Eastern Delivers 6th OSV to HorbeckBy Joseph R. Fonseca
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V HOS Black Foot (Hull 206) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC, ahead of schedule and on budget.
The HOS Black Foot is Eastern’s sixth of 10 offshore support vessels under contract and the second vessel designated as the HOSMAX 310 series by Hornbeck Offshore.
Each vessel is Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSVs. These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2,500 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. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.
The HOSMAX 310 Offshore Support Vessels feature the following characteristics:
Dimensions: 302’x 64’x 26’
Deadweight Tonnage: 6,144 LT
Total Fuel Oil Capacity: 285,649 USG
Fuel Oil Day-tanks 23,752 USG
Drill Water/Ballast Capacity: 609,227 USG
Potable Water Capacity: 62,538 USG
Liquid Mud Capacity: 21,509 bbl. (10) Tanks
Dry-bulk Mud: 14,347 Cu. ft. (7) Tanks
Methanol Capacity 2,212 bbl. (2) Tanks
Clear Deck Area: 11,137 Sq. ft.
The remaining four Offshore Supply Vessels under contract are also designated HOSMAX 310 Offshore Support Vessels. The third of which, the HOS Black Rock(Hull 207) launched on Friday, March 28, 2014 and the fourth, the HOS Black Watch(Hull 208) launched Friday, June 6, 2014. Both are scheduled for delivery in 2014.
All ten of the HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels under contract are USCG, ABS Classed A1, Offshore Support Vessel and Ocean Service, Loadline, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, DPS-2 with additional ABS Class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, FFV-1 and certified under SOLAS/IMO. Additionally, HOS has contracted 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. The two HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Platform Supply Vessels are to be ABS Classed Hull and Machinery, Oceans Service and reviewed for the United States Coast Guard under the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP 2-95) with the following Class Notations, A1, AMS, ACCU, DPS-2, UWILD, FFV-1, Circle E, Offshore Support Vessel (HNLS, HDC, HLC), GP, RRDA, HELIDK, ENVIRO, CRC, SPS (Special Purpose Ship), and certified under SOLAS/IMO.
VARD Marine and Eastern Shipbuilding provided the VARD SV310 design for these vessels from the Eastern Shipbuilding “Tiger Shark Class” Series. Fifteen 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 12 vessels of similar size and complexity for customers in the United States and in Brazil. These contracts will maintain Eastern’s reputation as the largest OSV/PSV and MPSV new construction shipyard in North America, the builder said.