Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the christening and subsequent launching of the M/V HOS Red Rock for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The event was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern Employees and Guests. Attending from Hornbeck was William “Bill” Krewsky, Director of Engineering and Project Management, and Scott Siberski, Manager of Projects, along with 10 senior members and vessel officers of the Hornbeck Team witnessing the launch of the second of ten HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern.
Captain Michael Paul Bouchereau who will be taking the vessel to sea as Master once she delivers later this year, along with Captain Paul’s wife Holly had the honor of christening the vessel and their son Gregory was also in attendance. Eastern’s President, Brian D’Isernia said a few words about the continued growth of Eastern Shipbuilding, the Offshore Marine Industry in the United States prior to the launch. Deacon Earl Mirus of Saint John’s Catholic Church located in Panama City, Florida performed the blessing of the vessel.
Hornbeck’s first vessel the HOS Red Dawn was launched on February 15, 2013 and is currently at Eastern completing regulatory and DP-2 trials. Delivery of the HOS Red Dawn is scheduled for mid-June 2013.
The HOSMAX 300 Offshore Support Vessels feature the following capacities:
Total Fuel Oil Capacity: 241,141 USG
Fuel Oil Day-tanks: 20,190 USG
Drill Water/Ballast Capacity: 562,822 USG
Potable Water Capacity: 57,494 USG
Liquid Mud Capacity: 20,846 bbls. 10 Tanks
Dry-bulk Mud: 14,347 cuft.
Methanol Capacity: 1,605 bbls. Two Tanks
Clear Deck Area: 10,585 sqft.
The HOS Red Rock is the second of four vessels designated as the HOSMAX 300 series by Hornbeck Offshore and are USCG, ABS, SOLAS, DPS-2, AC Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV’s measuring 292’x64’x24’-6”. These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z-Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp. Schottel also provides two STT 4 fixed pitch tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors. GE Energy Power Conversions provides the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the propulsion and 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 remaining six vessels under contract are 302’x64’x26’ designated HOSMAX 310 Offshore Support Vessels. The total below-deck capacities of the HOSMAX 310 include 285,649 gals of diesel fuel, 609,227 gals of drill/ballast water, 21,509 barrels of liquid mud, 14,347 cubic foot of dry-bulk mud, 2,212 barrels of methanol and 62,538 gals of potable water.
Additionally, HOS has executed contracts with Eastern for two HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels (MPSVs) with accommodations for 73 persons, a 250MT subsea crane, moon pool, helideck and two ROV/LARS units.
All 10 of the HOSMAX vessels under contract are USCG, SOLAS, ABS Classed A1, Offshore Support Vessel Ocean Service, Loadline, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, with additional ABS Class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, DPS-2 and FFV-1.
STX Canada Marine provided the design for both vessels 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.