Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming of its first G Class Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), Pacific Gannet in Japan on Friday, Sept. 12.
The naming ceremony was held at the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU)’s Yokohama Shipyard and graced by Lady Sponsor, Mi Hyun Bray, the wife of Rupert Bray, Marine Services director of SPO.
“The delivery of Pacific Gannet is another important milestone in SPO’s long term partnership with JMU. This is the first of 10 G Class PSV vessels that SPO has commissioned JMU to build over the next three years. The addition of the G Class PSV vessels will provide another industry leading product within our fleet portfolio, helping us provide our global clients with outstanding service,” says Managing Director of SPO, Neil Glenn.
The G Class series is the latest addition to SPO’s fleet and was developed to meet the increase in demand for PSV vessels from its clients. Today, SPO operates a diverse fleet of 88 offshore support vessels, including anchor handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, ice-breaking supply vessels, anchor handling tugs, seismic survey vessels, wind-farm installation vessels, accommodation barges and multi-purpose offshore vessels. As part of its fleet expansion plans, SPO aims to have a total of 100 vessels by the end of 2015.
JMU has worked with SPO for a number of years, completing the construction of its four vessel H Class 4,700 deadweight ton (dwt) PSV series in addition to the current L Class series of 5,200 dwt PSVs. The most recent naming ceremony of the L Class vessel, Pacific Legacy was held on July 17.
“JMU is privileged to collaborate with SPO, one of the leading names in the oil and gas industry, on the building of this new series of PSV vessels for their fleet. We will continue to work closely with SPO to ensure that the G Class vessels are built to the highest standards of safety, reliability and quality,” says Representative Director, Vice President of JMU, Yoshio Otagaki.
The G Class vessels (4,000 dwt) are suited for a wide range of supply duties in the offshore industry. Powered by a diesel electric propulsion plant and equipped with counter rotating azimuth thrusters with variable frequency drives. The tank arrangement allows for generous liquid capacities, with 34,220 cubic feet (969 cubic meters) of cargo fuel. The efficient hull form and bulbous bow shape also ensure optimal fuel efficiency. The bulbous bow design takes into consideration various operating speeds, draughts and sea states that Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) typically operate in and is designed to maximise its effectiveness over a wide range rather than a tuned design point.
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