Toisa orders trio of multi-purpose vesselsVessel & ROV News // June 26, 2008
Sealion Shipping Ltd in the UK has announced that, on behalf of Toisa Ltd, an order has been placed with the ABG Shipyard in India for the construction of three new, large multi-purpose offshore support vessels.
The newly designed series of ships will enter service commencing March 2012.
Designed for worldwide subsea and ROV support duties, the vessels' outline specification will be based on a LOA of 87.40m, beam of 19.00m, depth of 8.00m, with DP2/IMO Class 2. The vessels will have a 60 berths, a deck area of 925m2, mezzanine deck of 202m2, a 70 tonne subsea crane and a 5 tonne general purpose crane, and a helideck rated for a Sikorsky S92 (D-value 21 metres).
The newbuilds will have diesel electric propulsion with two 1,200kW tunnel thrusters, a 1,000 kW azimuth 'drop down' thruster, and a stern mounted 1,200 kW tunnel thruster, plus two 2,200kW azimuthing thrusters, giving a speed of 14.0 knots.
Said Sealion: "This order represents a positive recognition that, not only is there a clear and increasing demand for multi-purpose offshore support vessels around the world, but that current fleet numbers of such vessels will not be able to service the needs of the offshore oil and gas industry in the future without such new vessels."
"Higher and more demanding standards in safety, dynamic positioning operations and the use of environmentally sensitive vessels can only be met by the introduction of new vessels into the world fleet. We are proud to be a market leader in the operation of such vessels and are committed to ensuring that our clients have access to the best vessels we can provide."
Toisa currently operate seven multi-purpose support vessels in its modern fleet of 23 vessels. In addition, Toisa has a further 12 offshore support vessels under construction which will enter the fleet in the near future.
Full details of the Toisa Fleet can be found at www.sealionshipping.co.uk.