FPSO delivered by Japanese yard Yard News
// April 21, 2000
Hitachi Zosen Corporation in Japan has delivered an Aframax hull that will form the basis of a new Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit for Bluewater NV.
The vessel is the second FPSO constructed and delivered by Hitachi Zosen's Ariake works for Bluewater.
It is named Aoka Miza, meaning 'blue water' in the local dialect around the shipyard. Bluewater says the Aoka Mizu is its seventh vessel and is immediately available for completion to a FPSO. The hull is a near copy of Bluewater's Bleo Holm (shown here),which is currently operating on the UKCS.
The principal particulars are a length of 241m, breadth of 42m, and 21.1m draught. Bluewater says that since the Aoka Mizu is a new hull no unexpected surpises should occur during conversion and outfitting for the FPSO role. The company says the hull hasbeen suitably designed to meet the requirements of both the UKCS and the Norwegian sector, and is hence suitable for operation in most parts of the world.
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