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    Diesel-electric PSVs for Tidewater

    Vessel & 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.


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