Lockheed Martin launches first SLICE crewboatNews // March 8, 2006
Lockheed Martin's new crewboat for HSP has a unique 'SLICE' hullform.
Lockheed Martin in the US has announced that it has launched Líder, the first of two SLICE crewboats or 'Crew Transport Vessels (SCTV)' the company is building for Hotelería y Servicios Petroleros, SA de CV (HSP) in México.
HSP in conjunction with Consultoría y Servicios Petroleros SA de CV (COSEPE) will operate the two vessels, under contract with Mexico’s national oil company PEMEX, to transport workers and limited cargo from Ciudad del Carmen to the Gulf of Mexico’s Campeche Basin Oil Field, approximately 90 miles offshore.
Constructed at the FBMA shipyard in the Philippines, Líder and sister ship Tenaz feature Lockheed Martin’s innovative SLICE hullform design.
The company first used this innovative design for a vessel it developed, built and tested for the United States Office of Naval Research. "Based on Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) design, the SCTV hullform will improve the operational efficiency and lower the costs for PEMEX by enabling Líder and Tenaz to operate faster in more challenging sea conditions and still provide a safer, more comfortable ride," said Lockheed Martin in a statement.
Following dock and sea trials over the next several months, Líder and Tenaz will be transported together to Mexico for final delivery to HSP this summer.
“Today, and even more so in the future, oil exploration and production demands support vessels to go farther from shore and into deeper waters, often exposing passengers to rougher seas and for longer periods of time. By incorporating the latest technological advancements in offshore marine crew transportation in decades, Líder and Tenaz will enable HSP to better serve PEMEX by providing safer, more cost-effective, swifter and more comfortable transportation,” said Carlos Alfaro, chief executive officer of HSP.
“We are extremely pleased to launch Líder,” said Dave Broadbent, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Littoral Ships & Systems line of business. “Not only are we on budget and on time for delivery later this year, but we are providing HSP with an innovative vessel that meets the demanding needs of the offshore industry. The faster, smoother ride of Líder and Tenaz will enable workers to arrive sooner, healthier and ready to work.”
The development of the detailed engineering and construction work for Líder and Tenaz took place in Baltimore, Maryland; Sunnyvale, California; and Cebu, the Philippines and Southampton, UK.