Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. christened and launched the M/V Bravante V for Boldini S.A. of Brazil. The event was held on March 21, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility with hundreds of Eastern employees and guests.
Attending were Renato and Regina Nascimento, William Wueman and William Grutter along with several members that traveled from Brazil witnessing the launch of the first of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern.
Mr. Nacimento’s wife Regina had the honor of christening the vessel. Eastern’s President, Brian D’Isernia said a few words about the bright future of Shipbuilding hear in the United States, providing more local jobs and the Offshore Marine Industry prior to the launch. Father Roy Marien of Saint John’s Catholic Church located in Panama City, Florida performed the blessing of the vessel.
The first of five vessels is a series are ABS, SOLAS, DPS-2, AC Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled PSV’s measuring 284’(86.5m) x 60’(18.3m) x 24’-6”(7.5m). These high-tech vessels feature four Cummins QSK-60DM 16-cylinder turbo-charged IMO Tier II diesel generator engines each rated at 1825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Cummins also furnished the four Marathon Model 744 690VAC main generators. Main propulsion power is provided by two 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel Combi-Drives SCD 2020 Single Fixed Pitch Propellers with Nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 750 rpm each for a total of 6,700 Hp. Schottel also provides two STT 4 Fixed Pitch Reversing Tunnel Thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors. GE Energy provides the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the thruster drives, motors, control systems, DP system, switchboards, motor control centers, automation and navigation/ communication electronics. These vessels are capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.
The Bravante V is the first of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract each with below-deck capacities of 442,675 USG (1,600m³) of cargo fuel, 62,608USG (237m³) of ships service fuel, 513,550 USG (1,944 m³) drill water, 5,030 barrels (800m³) of additional drill/brine water, 5,030 barrels (800m3) of additional fuel/liquid mud, 8,631 cubic foot (244m3) of dry-bulk mud and 26,575 USG (100.6 m³) of potable water.
All five vessels under contract are Marshal Island Flag, IMO/SOLAS, ABS Classed A1, Offshore Support Vessel Ocean Service, Loadline, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, , with additional ABS Class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, DPS-2.
STX Canada Marine provided the design which is the basis for the very successful and proven Eastern Shipbuilding “Tiger Shark Class” series. Five other Offshore Supply Vessels in this series have been delivered to Eastern’s clients and have already proven themselves in worldwide operations.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group is currently under contract constructing a total of sixteen vessels of similar size and complexity for customers here in the United States and in Brazil. These contracts will maintain Eastern’s reputation as the largest OSV/PSV and MPSV vessel construction shipyard in the United States.