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    Aries Marine turns to Leevac for newbuild programme

    Vessel & ROV News // February 4, 2013

    Aries Marine's new PSVs will be environmentally-friendly DP vessels.

    Leevac Shipyards has signed contracts with Aries Marine to build two LEEVAC Design Services 'LDS' 270 DE PSVs. The 270ft x 56ft x 21.5ft vessels will be diesel-electric units.

    "We are very excited to have this opportunity to begin this partnership with a company like Aries Marine," said Christian Vaccari, President of LEEVAC. "We have worked very close with Court Ramsay and Tommy Brown to develop an exceptional design."

    The LDS 270 DE PSV will have a deadweight capacity of 4,000 long tons and will carry over 13,000 barrels of liquid mud. It will be powered by four 3516C Caterpillar generators rated at 1,825kW each. The propulsion drives and thrusters are being provided by Schottel.

    Marine Interior Systems was selected for the joiner work and Marine Technologies will be providing the DP2 system. Aries chose Siemens as the vendor for the integrated electrical system, and the Siemens Blue Drive product will be used to control the power management, vessel control, machinery, alarms, power and propulsion systems.

    This will be the second vessel in which LEEVAC will be installing the Siemens Blue Drive system. 

    "This LDS 270 is a very exciting vessel design which our customers will greatly value. The team at LEEVAC was quick and responsive to our ideas and delivery timeline. In less than 24 months, we will bring to the offshore market two extremely fuel-efficient, versatile, modern workboats. They will fit perfectly within our existing fleet and bring our total vessel count to 28," said Court Ramsay, President of Aries Marine Corp.

    Construction will begin immediately, with delivery for the first and second vessels slated for October 2014 and February 2015, respectively.


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