The Seabulk Offshore group of companies has decided to add a new UT-710 Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS) to its fleet, making the 226-ft. Seabulk South Atlantic
the fifth newbuild vessel in Seabulk’s 2003 fleet renewal program.
Built by Norway
-based Brevik Construction, the 10,050-hp Seabulk South Atlantic joins
the fleet on a five-year bareboat charter agreement that includes an option to purchase at the contract’s end.
Seabulk South Atlantic, which moves at speeds up to 15.5 knots, has a certified bollard pull of 133 MT, and provides a large triple-drum anchor handling/tow winch with up to 300 tons line pull and 450 tons brake load. The vessel also has a large 123 x 50-ft. deck that can handle up to 800 tons of cargo.
The UT-710, which was designed by Rolls Royce Marine, incorporates a substantial amount of that manufacturer’s equipment, including the main engines, thruster, rudder, and automation and control systems
. The vessel is also fitted with high Liquid Mud and Brine capability in addition to FiFi 1 class notation and Dynamic Positioning DP1. Resulting from its versatile capabilities, the vessel can therefore serve in a multiple support role assisting heavy-duty semi-submersible rigs for exploration and development drilling, as well as fulfilling the steadily growing demand for offshore terminal support work.