Alnmaritec delivers line handlersYard News // September 9, 2013
UK commercial boatbuilder Alnmaritec has completed the build of two hose and line handling boats at its yard in Blyth, Northumberland, both of which are destined initially for shipyards in Singapore. Reacting to an urgent customer request one of the boats was completed in just 16 weeks.
The first boat, Alnmaritec hull number 158, will be installed onto the FSO Gagak Rimang by Sembawang at their Singapore shipyard as part of a larger conversion project. From there she will head to the Cepu Oil & Gas block in East Java, Indonesia. The Cepu block, which is operated by US-based ExxonMobil’s subsidiary Mobil Cepu Limited, is expected to begin producing in July 2014.
Hull number 161, the second of the two boats, was ordered by single Buoy Moorings Limited of Monaco and is set to be installed onto the FPSO N'Goma at the Keppel yard, also in Singapore. 2014 will see the FPSO make the journey to Angola where she will stay for at least 12 years.
Both boats are of the highly successful Wave Handler 900 class and have been supplied complete with a twin arm davit system. The primary role for each is in line and hose handling duties. They have a small wheelhouse forward with folding seating for four passengers and a bow access arrangement for personnel transfers. The aft deck is fitted with a working platform at the stern to facilitate hose/line handling with a hydraulic capstan built into a plinth on the deck and a towing point with a remotely operated quick release hook.