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    SURF newbuild on trials out of Chinese yard

    Vessel & ROV News // July 22, 2005
    The first in a new series of PSVs for SURF, part of Groupe Bourbon, which are building in China, reportedly begun sea trials in June.

    The vessel is the first in a series of 10 73.2m (240ft) vessels being built at Zhejiang Shipybuilding at Ningbo, southeast of Shanghai, in mid-June.

    At the time that the trials of the first vessel commenced, vessels number two, three and four were alongside being fitted out while vessel number five was taking shape nearby.

    The vessels have a 16.5m beam and employ three of QSK-60 powered generators. The 16-cylinder four-stroke engines each develop 2,548bhp (1,901kW) at 1,800rpm, which in turn produces 1,825kWe at 60 Hz. The generators power electric motors, which will turna pair of azimuthing drives.

    The DP2 equipped ships also have two bow thrusters. Two of the three main engines are fitted with front-end power-take-offs and pumps to supply fi-fi monitors mounted on the cabin tops.

    Guido Perla and Associates of Seattle provided the design and regulatory package for the Bureau Veritas classed vessels, and also provided engineering support to the shipyard throughout the construction.

    Cummins says the propulsion packages are a further example of international cooperation and teamwork in building boats with this level of sophistication.

    Calvin Klotz, vice-president of the marine division of Cummins Mid-South in Kenner Louisiana, worked with Cummins China and Cummins Marine to broker the programme with the shipyard and Group Bourbon.

    The engines and generators are being built at the Cummins Mid-South facility in Louisiana and then shipped to China.

    Project Manager for Cummins Mid-South, Jack Bingert and Jim Wakenell of Cummins Marine have traveled to the shipyard several times to work in cooperation with Gu Daming and Lin Song of Cummins China on the installation and commissioning of the power packages.

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