February 26, 2008
Bourbon to build ten GPA IMR vessels at Chinese shipyard
Seattle based naval architecture firm Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. has signed a contract with Paris-based Bourbon to deliver the concept design, regulatory package, and final design for 10 GPA 696 IMR vessels.
At 100 m overall length and 21 m maximum breadth, the GPA 696 IMR (inspection, maintenance and repair) vessels are currently the largest in the GPA-designed PSV fleet, which includes vessels measuring 58 m to 92 m ft in overall length.
Ten GPA 696 IMR multipurpose vessels, which will be equipped with two deck cranes and a helideck designed for a Super Puma Helicopter EC225, will be constructed at China's Zhejiang Shipyard. Eighteen GPA 670 PSVs have been or are currently being constructed for Bourbon at the yard, including 4 GPA 670 PSV MKII Special Products and 4 GPA 670 PSV MKII ROVs.
The Fifi-1 certified GPA 696 IMR has an environmentally friendly diesel-electric propulsion system that includes Schottel Z-Drives, tunnel bow thrusters and azimuthing bow thrusters. The system is configured with fully redundant engine rooms and thruster compartments. It is designed to provide reduced maintenance cost and improved station-keeping at offshore installations, and to significantly increases crewmember safety. This has been GPA standard for all the GPA 600 and 200 series of offshore support vessels.
With this order, the number of new GPA 600 and 200 series of offshore support vessels in service or currently or soon to be under construction has increased to 134.