Diesel-electric PSVs for TidewaterVessel & ROV News // April 28, 2009
MMC Ship Design & Marine Consulting Ltd designed the new PSVs.
Classification society ABS reports that offshore support vessel giant Tidewater is building the latest generation of PSVs specifying diesel-electric power.
Tidewater says the propulsion choice was specified as it offers greater operational flexibility and efficiency. The flexibility of diesel electric allows for a one or more of the engines to be shut down when full power is not required.
A series of 12 vessels is planned with the first to deliver in 2010.
Each of the Vanuata-flagged vessels will be classed by ABS as A1,(E) Offshore Support Vessel, AMS, DPS 2 and FFV Class 1.
The design is from MMC Ship Design & Marine Consulting Ltd. of Poland and the vessels are building in China at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd.