Turku Shipyard Begins Production on Cargo Vessel

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This morning, STX Finland’s Turku Shipyard began production of the multipurpose deck cargo vessel ordered by Oy Gaiamare Ab. NB 1379 is an environmentally-friendly specialized ship that will be delivered during spring 2012. The vessel has a length of approximately 105 meters and a width of approximately 19 meters, and it will provide work for about 300 persons during different stages of production. 

The production start-up at STX Turku Shipyard took place in a traditional manner. The event was attended by representatives of Oy Gaiamare Ab, STX Finland Oy and classification society Bureau Veritas, as well as by members of the press.

The vessel is designed for transportation of demanding and heavy project cargo, such as offshore wind farm structures. The ship is also suitable for transporting energy wood in the Baltic Sea region. The multipurpose deck cargo vessel is also designed to operate as an oil spill response vessel, both at open sea and in the archipelago, and it can be equipped with versatile oil spill response equipment. The diesel electric propulsion system supports the diverse utilization of the ship, while being energy efficient and low carbon.

The ship will be the first cargo vessel of its kind with diesel electric propulsion that is designed to use alternative bio-oils as fuel. Additionally, the vessel includes Double Acting Ship (DASTM) mode, which means it can run ahead and astern in ice. This ice class 1A vessel, which can operate all year round, has large tanks with the approximate volume of 2700 m³ for recovered oil, which will significantly increase the storage capacity of current Finnish oil spill response fleet.

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