PSV Blue Fighter deliveredVessel & ROV News // January 20, 2012
Blue Fighter is an Ulstein PX121 design PSV.
Ulstein Verft delivered the vessel Blue Fighter, the first of two medium-sized PSVs of the new PX121 design, to Blue Ship Invest on 19 January 2012.
“The two vessels were ordered based on market trends showing a future increase in demand for this type of PSV. We have entered into an agreement with Remøy Shipping for the management of Blue Fighter and we are negotiating interesting contracts for the ship. In the first instance the vessel will enter the North Sea spot market,” said Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group and Managing Director of Ulstein Shipping.
Ulstein Verft was contracted to build the vessels for Blue Ship Invest, a shipping company that is part of Ulstein Group, at the end of 2010.
"The delivery of the first PX121 confirms Ulstein Verft’s ability to build prototype vessels. Experienced people, streamlined processes and a well-established project organisation make us a competitive and reliable shipbuilding partner for advanced offshore support vessels,” said Karsten Sævik, Managing Director of Ulstein Verft.
Efficiency and flexibility has been the focus in the development of the PX121 design. With optimised tank capacities and flexible and segregated tank arrangements, the multifunctional vessel is suitable for many types of supply contracts. In addition to tanks for oil, water and drilling fluids, the vessel has four stainless steel tanks for lowflash liquids.
The vessel is built with the X-BOW, which is particularly well-suited for this type of vessel. The X-BOW is said to offer efficiency over a wide draught range, which is important for PSVs as they frequently operate with varying loads.
Both the hull and choice of propulsion system make the vessel particularly suited for North Sea and North Atlantic conditions. The vessel is equipped with a DP 2 class dynamic positioning system.
The ship has a length of 83.4m and a beam of 18m. It has a cargo deck of 875m2 and a loading capacity of 4,200 dwt. The ship meets the requirements of DNV’s Clean Design notation and is prepared for fire-fighting class Fi-Fi II. It has a maximum speed of circa 15 knots and modern accommodation for 24 persons.