Keppel FELS Lays Keel for Brazilian AHTS Ahead of Schedule

FELS Setal SA has laid the keel for the second Anchor Handling Tug / Supply vessel (AHTS) it is building for Brazilian offshore vessel operator, Delba Maritima Navegaçao, two months ahead of schedule.

FELS Setal clinched the US$90 million contract for three AHTS in December last year amidst competition from nine other shipyards in Asia, Europe and Brazil. The three vessels are the first AHTS to be built in Brazil.

The three AHTS, of the UT722 design by Rolls Royce Marine, are highly sophisticated multi-functional vessels to be used for supporting the offshore platforms and FPSOs operating in the Campos Basin. They will be chartered to Petrobras for a period of eight years.

Each taking between 22 to 30 months to build, the first AHTS is scheduled for operations in the last quarter of 2003. Each AHTS is equipped with very high winch capacity of between 300 to 500 metric tons and engine horsepower from 12,000 BHP to 14,400 BHP. Measuring 76m in length and 18m in breadth moulded, each vessel has bollard pulls of between 130 to 150 metric tons.

Over at the Brasfels Yard, the prestigious US$75 million conversion of tanker Stena Concordia into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO), P-48, for Halliburton Produtos Ltda, a subsidiary of Kellogg Brown & Root, is currently in progress. The vessel is presently undergoing drydock work, which is expected to take 70 days.