Keppel Singmarine Brasil, Navgantes, Santa Catalina, Brazil, recently won two new construction contracts worth about S$140 million from Brazilian operators.
Under the first contract, the new shipyard will build six 45-tonne bollard pull, twin-screw Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) harbor tugs for SMIT Rebras. KSM Brasil will provide the detailed design and engineering work and the purchase of all equipment for the tugs. The tugs are designed by Canada's Robert Allan Ltd.
The first tugboat will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2012, followed by the remaining five at three-month intervals.
Under the second contract, the shipyard will build a 4,500-dwt Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) based on its proprietary MTD 9045P-DE design for Keppel O&M's Brazilian shipowning arm, Guanabara Navegacao Ltda (GNL).This is the first vessel constructed under the business model to build Offshore Support Vessels in anticipation of demand in Brazil, and such vessels will be offered for bare-boat charter or sale upon completion.
Hoe Eng Hock, Executive Director of KSM Brasil says, "Petrobras will need over 100 Brazilian-built offshore support vessels by 2020, to facilitate the exploration and development of the Santos Basin's deep water pre-salt fields. We see a growing market for purpose-built support vessels that can operate safely and efficiently offshore Brazil."
Set for completion in 2013, the PSV will have an overall length of 94.2m and beam of 19.8m, with a deck space of 1,000 square meters. Equipped with a diesel-electric propulsionsystem and dynamic positioning (DP) 2 capability, this PSV is well suited to operate in different offshore conditions. It will accommodate 26 crew. The unique arrangement of the PSV's internal tanks and systems enable it to transport a wide combination of oil-based and water-based bulk cargoes for offshore exploration and production.
June 29, 2011