Swire Pacific names second L Class OSV at Maizuru

JULY 21, 2014 — Singapore headquartered Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd. (SPO) has celebrated the naming of its second L Class vessel, Pacific Legacy.

The naming ceremony was held at Maizuru Shipyard of shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU).

"The delivery of Pacific Legacy in Japan continues our successful collaboration with JMU. The L Class series are very high quality vessels, designed for fuel efficiency and with a specification aligned to the exacting requirements of our clients around the world," says Managing Director of SPO, Mr Neil Glenn.

The 97.29 m vessel is the second of a series of four L Class vessels that SPO has commissioned JMU to build. The first vessel Pacific Leader is currently operating in Africa. The remaining two vessels, Pacific Legend, Pacific Liberty will be delivered over the next six months.

The L Class vessels (5,258 DWT),feature newly developed, fuel efficient propulsion pods, a four-engine diesel electric power plant, large cargo carrying capacity and bulk cargo system, makes them well suited for supply duties in deep water environments.

The bulbous bow design takes into consideration varying operating speed, drafts 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. The hull is designed for a 7.5-year window between Class required mandatory drydockings and propulsion and tunnel thrusters have been selected for their ability to be changed out when the vessel is afloat. The main deck has a clear deck space of 912 sq.m.

A Cargomaxx bulk system allows for the carriage of dry and wet bulk cargoes in five separate tanks, using a pressure vacuum system to load and unload the cargo and has a product weighing system to accurately measure a product delivered as an individual parcel or as an aggregated amount over a period of time.

The propulsion system features a computerized power management system that is programmable to ensure optimization of diesel engine load and fuel consumption. The FiFi 1, DPII vessels are also SPS Compliant and Clean Class. The fire-fighting pump is independently driven using a variable speed electric motor to improve operating efficiency through a quick start-up time and reliability through a direct drive system. The vessel is equipped with three 999 kW variable speed, controllable pitch tunnel thrusters and fitted with SOLAS Lifeboats.