Swire Pacific Offshore launches first L-class PSVVessel & ROV News // April 3, 2014
Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming of its first L-class vessel, Pacific Leader in Japan on 28 March 2014.
The naming ceremony for Pacific Leader was held at the Maizuru Shipyard at Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU), Japan.
“The L-Class series of large PSVs is another important step in the growth and development of Swire Pacific Offshore’s fleet. With a fuel efficient modern design and a high quality, high specification build, we are confident these large capacity vessels will offer our customers an exceptionally reliable, economical and flexible solution to their offshore marine support needs and continue to enhance SPO’s capabilities as a leading maritime services provider,” said the company's Managing Director of SPO, Mr Neil Glenn.
Pacific Leader is the first of a series of eight L-Class vessels that SPO has commissioned. Four vessels will be built by JMU in Japan and the balance four vessels will be built in Brazil. Upon its delivery, Pacific Leader will be going straight into a charter contract.
The L-Class vessels (5,200 dwt) have a fuel-saving design with a newly-developed, fuel efficient propulsion pods, a four-engine diesel-electric power plant, large cargo carrying capacity and bulk cargo system.
The propulsion system features a computerised power management system that is programmable to ensure the optimisation of the diesel engine load and fuel consumption.
A Cargomaxx bulk system allows for the carriage of dry a nd wet bulk cargoes in five separate tanks, and uses a pressure vacuum system to load and upload the cargo and has a product weighing system to accurately measure a product delivered as an individual parcel or as an aggregated amount over a period of time. The FiFi 1, DP2 vessels are also SPS Compliant and Clean Class.