GPA DeliversFinal 670 Platform Supply Vessels

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Photo courtesy GPA

In late 2010, Seattle-based Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) reached yet another milestone with the delivery of the last of 22 GPA 670 PSVs constructed at different yards owned by Sinopacific Shipbuilding in China, such as Zheijang and Dayang Shipyards. 

The first of the original ten vessels was delivered to Bourbon Offshore in 2005 at Zhejiang Shipyard. Soon, orders by Bourbon followed for different versions of the original GPA 670 PSV and GPA worked closely with Bourbon and the shipyard to develop the GPA 670 MKII Special Products PSV, as well as the GPA 670 MKII ROV.  Between 2007 and 2010, four of each of these additional two versions were constructed at Sinopacific Shipbuilding.  Yet another four GPA 670 MKIII PSVs, also constructed at Sinopacific, were delivered to Tidewater in 2009.
 
All of these twenty-two 70-meter vessels are equipped with diesel-electric propulsion systems, consisting of three main diesel generators, two azimuthing Z-Drive units, two tunnel bow thrusters, as well as one emergency generator. Diesel-electric systems have become a successful standard for most GPA-designed offshore vessels over the years with over 100 vessels already in service. More than 40 currently under construction and several others yet to be announced will also be equipped with diesel-electric propulsion configurations.  Such systems result in considerable fuel savings and lower emissions as one or more of the generators can be shut down for stand-by or slower moving operations while also providing power to all other electric consumers aboard.  Another advantage of these systems is increased cargo space below deck by approximately 30% as diesel-electric vessels benefit from the elimination of the drive shaft.  These benefits, combined with competitive new-building cost, the result of simplified construction methods, have been proven to be very efficient solutions for their owners and operators.
 
“We at GPA are very proud and thankful to have been a part of these projects and to see these twenty-two vessels completed. We are especially pleased with the fact that we provided engineering services to Bourbon and Shell to deliver an unprecedented design with the first ever IBC-2 certified offshore supply vessel.  This vessel, one of the GPA 670 MKII ROVs, designed with an extra deck in the forecastle and heavy modifications to the entire center of the vessel below the main deck, is the first PSV worldwide with chemical tanker capabilities,” says George Karantsavelos, Project Manager and Naval Architect at GPA.  “In order to meet new clean hull and other regulations issued while these twenty-two vessels were under construction, GPA has already developed an updated version to replace this very successful design and we certainly believe it will be an excellent addition to the fleets for the years to come.” 
Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Decade Old India Shipping Summit Makes History

In ten years, India Shipping Summit held consistently in Mumbai, has sailed on a robust growth course despite the worldwide witnessing recessionary waves buffeting any endeavors to grow and gain.

COSCO Delivers Bulker

The Board of Directors of COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited announced that COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd a subsidiary of the Company's 51% owned COSCO Shipyard Group Co.

Navy to Commission Submarine North Dakota

The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota, during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

Offshore

Ezra Bags $70m in Offshore Contracts

Ezra Holdings Limited, a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that the Group’s Subsea Services division,

Rederij Groen Takes Delivery of 7-Waves

Rederij Groen’s entire SRSV fleet built by Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Dutch offshore services company Rederij Groen has taken delivery of the 7-Waves,

New Oil Field Found in British North Sea

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1566 sec (6 req/sec)