Damen confirms order for ice-class vessels for Atlantic TowingVessel & ROV News // July 7, 2014
Damen in The Netherlands has confirmed that Atlantic Towing (ATL) has selected newly-designed, ice-strengthened PSV 5000s from Damen Shipyards Group to meet its 10-year offshore support contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd (HMDC).
The vessels will operate in the sub-Arctic waters of the Hibernia and Hebron oil fields, off Newfoundland and Labrador.
ATL will take delivery of four PSV 5000 vessels, one of which will be equipped for inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) duties. All four will share the same fully functional design, with the first vessel due in service in the second half of 2016.
With Damen’s distinctive bow design, the PSV 5000 vessels will have what Damen described as a "cost and emissions-efficient diesel-electric power plant."
Jan van Hogerwou, Manager North America at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, said: "These vessels... will work in sub-Arctic conditions in one of the world’s foggiest places, [and area] which is also renowned for strong winds, high waves, snow and icebergs.
"All four will be benefit from iceberg management tools, and the IMR vessel will have a 100 tonne subsea crane equipped with a heave compensation system for operation in the Grand Banks area.”
Damen said the combination of the PSV5000’s 'flare-less' bow, slender hull lines and diesel-electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives "will minimise fuel consumption and emissions, offering superior seakeeping and dynamic positioning, and ensure crew comfort in challenging sea conditions."
The vessels will also have fuel-efficient generators and a selective catalytic reduction system, in compliance with forthcoming environmental regulations.
Mr Van Hogerwou said the vessels will have a deck area of 940m2, two ROV hangars and two fast rescu craft. He said the 90m PSV5000 "is much more than a scaled up version of the Damen PSV 3300."
The PSV5000s will join Atlantic Towing’s current fleet of nine offshore support vessels, playing a key role in iceberg-management programme, as well as fulfilling standard PSV duties.
As part of its contract, Damen will open a service and maintenance centre in St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.