Damen Shipyards has secured a contract to deliver four PSV 5000 vessels to Atlantic Towing (USA) for supporting Canadian oil fields.
The vessels will be on-contract to support ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company, operating in sub-arctic waters of the Hibernia and Hebron oil fields, off Newfoundland and Labrador.
One of the vessels will be equipped for inspection, repair and maintenance duties, with the first vessel scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2016.
The new 90m PSV 5000 features a 940m² deck area, two ROV hangers and two fast rescue crafts.
All four vessels will have the similar functional PSV design platform, featuring Damen’s bow design and a cost and emissions-efficient diesel-electric power plant.
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem North America manager Jan van Hogerwou said: "These will be safety-critical vessels, working in sub-arctic conditions in one of the world’s foggiest places renowned for strong winds, high waves, snow and icebergs.
"All four will benefit from iceberg management tools, while the IRM vessel will feature a 100t subsea crane equipped with an advanced heave compensation system for operation in the Grand Banks area."
The new vessels will join Atlantic Towing’s existing fleet of nine offshore support vessels.
As part of the contract, Damen will open a certified service and maintenance centre in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Image: The new 90m PSV 5000 features a 940m² deck area, two ROV hangers and two fast rescue crafts. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.