James Fisher Marine Services confirmed as Supacat launch customerVessel & ROV News // April 9, 2014
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has confirmed that it is the first customer for a Supacat Multi-purpose Vessel 24 (SMV 24).
The SMV 24 has an overall length of 25.7m and is powered by two MAN V12 diesel engines providing a maximum speed of 30 knots and fully loaded range of 675 nautical miles.
The vessel is capable of carrying three standard ISO 20ft containers with 30 tonnes load, providing extensive and versatile deck space for equipment such as ROVs, specialist diving equipment, accommodation modules, ship to turbine (STT) oil change service and offshore facility maintenance equipment (generators, HPUs, bunkering, workshops, tool stores, service spares).
With the addition of optional high quality SOLAS A60 accommodation modules for 12 passengers and permanent accommodation for crew, the DNV1A1 Wind Farm Service Code R1 classed SMV 24 provides cost-effective solution for servicing sites that are 150 up to nautical miles offshore and for continuous trips of up to one week’s duration.
"The flexibility and versatility of this new SMV 24 vessel renders it capable of reducing both the number of dedicated use vessels and number of visits to site required simultaneously delivering significant cost reduction and increased operational flexibility," said James Fisher in a statement.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this highly flexible offshore support vessel, to provide efficient and potentially cost-saving operation and maintenance solutions,” said Andy Nattrass, marine operations project manager for James Fisher Marine Services.
“This service is likely to be particularly of interest to the fast-growing offshore wind energy sector, for which we are able to combine it with bespoke innovations such as our ‘Ship-to-Turbine’ oil transfer concept, an innovative and cost-effective method of exchanging gearbox and hydraulic oils for offshore windfarms.
"Whether providing services in marine renewable energy in this way, supporting offshore oil and gas operations, or enabling surveying and diving operations, the SMV 24 provides a highly flexible, multi-role capability.”
Nick Ames, Managing Director of Supacat, said: “We are delighted that JFMS has chosen to be the launch customer for our new SMV 24 multi-purpose vessel. To have such a prestigious marine services company purchase the very first SMV 24 speaks volumes for the product and for its future potential in this growing sector."