Eastern Tallies Another Bravante Delivery
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the on-time delivery of the M/V Bravante VIII (Hull 158) on Tuesday September 9, 2014 to Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil. The Bravante VII (Hull 157), the third in the series, was delivered three months earlier and is currently on charter in Brazil. The fifth and final vessel the Bravante IX (Hull 159) was launched on August 28, 2014 and will deliver in January 2015.
The Bravante VIII is the fourth VARD SV290 design of five vessels in a series which are all, ABS Classed, AC Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled PSVs 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 over 13 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.
Vessel Dimensions (feet): 284’x 60’x 24’-6”
Vessel Dimensions (meters): 86.5m x 18.3m x 7.5m
Regulatory: Marshall Islands, ABS A-1, SOLAS/IMO
Power Generation: GE Energy Power Conversions: DE 690VAC
Generators: Cummins QSK60DM IMO II: 4 x 1825kW
Propulsion: Schottel SCD 2020 FP Z-Drives: 2 x 2,500kW
Bow Thrusters: Schottel STT4: 2 x 1,180kW
Sleeping Accommodations: Four four-man staterooms, five two-man staterooms, three one-man staterooms
The Bravante VIII Platform Supply Vessel features the following capacities:
Deadweight: 4,500 LT
Cargo Fuel Oil Capacity: 442,675 USG (1,600m3)
Fuel Oil Day-tanks 62,608 USG (237m3)
Potable Water Capacity: 26,575 USG (100.6)
Drill Water/Ballast Capacity: 513,550 USG (1,944m3)
Brine/Additional Drill Water Capacity: 5,030 bbls. (800m3)
Liquid Mud/Fuel Oil Capacity: 5,030 bbls. (800m3)
Dry-bulk Mud: 8,631 cuft. (244m3)
Clear Deck Area: 9,365 sqft. (870m2)
Firefighting Vessel: ABS FFV-1, 2x5284 GPM Monitors w/Deluge System
Starting with the Bravante VI including the Bravante VIII and the final vessel all will feature the added Class notation ABS FFV-1. All five vessels contracted are Marshall Islands 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.
VARD Marine and Eastern Shipbuilding provided the design for these vessels from the very successful and proven Eastern Shipbuilding “Tiger Shark Class” Series. Eighteen 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 nine vessels of similar size and complexity for customers here in the United States and in Brazil. These contracts maintain Eastern’s reputation for constructing and delivering vessels on-time and on-budget, and as one of the largest OSV/PSV and MPSV new construction shipyards in North America.