as much as I bitch about the Bayoo mafia companies I cannot say that I am not impressed by these new “ships” and the hope they provide for the future of the US Jones Act qualified IMR vessel. Each and every one of these will be one fewer Norwegian vessel in the GoM with their interloping foreign crews. GO ECO!
By Rob Almeida On March 5, 2014
Ulstein’s SX165 design, rendering courtesy Ulstein
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been selected by Island Ventures II LLC, a joint venture between Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore, to class two next-generation, Ulstein SX165-design offshore construction vessels (OCVs) ordered last November.
The vessels will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway and Edison Chouest’s LaShip yard in Houma, Louisiana, in the U.S.
The OCVs will be 28 m wide and 145.7 m long with accommodations for 200 people. They will be equipped with one 400-metric-ton crane and one 140-metric-ton crane, a large moonpool measuring 11.2 x 12 m, and two smaller moonpools with remotely operated vehicle installed in a centrally located hangar. The vessel has three separate engine rooms to provide extreme operational reliability.
Want more details about these vessels? Read: Edison Chouest Offshore to Build First X-Bow in U.S.
Health, safety and the environment have been fully considered in the development of this design. The vessels design provides for crew comfort and safety in accordance with international regulation ILO Maritime Labour Convention and features four lifeboats, two on each side. In addition, the vessels are equipped with SCR catalyst systems for NOx emission reduction.
According to Ulstein Verft, this will be the largest vessel to date to be built at the yard and is the company’s largest single shipbuilding contract. “Ulstein Verft is pleased to work with ABS for this exiting project, and we are looking forward to expanding our cooperation into new markets for these types of vessels,” says Managing Director of Ulstein Verft, Kristian Sætre.
The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2015.
“We look forward to adding these vessels to our fleet,” says Edison Chouest Offshore CEO Gary Chouest. “The cooperation between our companies is excellent, and we look forward to working with Ulstein on the construction of these multifunctional vessels.”
I might even (GASP!) be applying for a job with them if they are seeking UL licenses to man them with?