Britoil enters the PSV market with ULSTEIN designsVessel & ROV News // November 9, 2012
Britoil will build the PX121 PSVs at its own yard on Batam.
Britoil Offshore Services Pte Ltd has entered into a contract for design and equipment packages for two PX121 PSVs design from ULSTEIN in Norway.
The vessels will be constructed at Britoil’s own yard, PT Britoil Offshore Indonesia, on the island Batam. The X-BOW vessels will mark Britoil’s entry into the PSV market.
Singapore based Britoil has a fleet of 40 vessels, mainly anchor handling tugs and barges. The company has more than 25 years of experience in ship services and transport.
The first vessel of the PX12 design, Blue Fighter, was delivered by Ulstein Verft earlier this year. A team from Britoil attended her preliminary sea trials.
“Britoil is a new customer for ULSTEIN,” said Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO at Ulstein Group, “and we are very happy that the company has selected an ULSTEIN designs for their entry into a new market segment. We strongly believe that Britoil will find the new PX121 vessels to be a cost-effective and attractive complement to their fleet.”
“This is a break-through for ULSTEIN in Southeast Asia, and the first time an ULSTEIN designed vessel will be constructed at an Indonesian yard," said Mr Ulstein. "The contract comprises a comprehensive equipment package including basic design, engineering support and main equipment supplied by ULSTEIN, including generator sets, DP system, main azimuth propellers, tunnel thruster and retractable thruster, FiFi system and cargo handling system.
"It also includes a large power and control package including electric propulsion system, integrated bridge solution, consoles, radio/navigation equipment, ULSTEIN IAS (integrated automation system) and ULSTEIN COM (internal communication system)," said Sigurd Viseth, managing director at Ulstein Design & Solutions.
While having the same hull lines as Blue Fighter and sister vessel Blue Prosper, the Britoil vessels are customised according to its requirements. This includes one extra accommodation deck, allowing for a total complement of 50 persons. The ships will be built according to IMO’s SPS Code, and will have OILREC class notation (oil spill recovery in emergency situations).