SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 — Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Panama City, FL, reports the on-time delivery of the M/V Bravante VIII (Hull 158) on Tuesday September 9, 2014 to Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil.
The vessel is the fourth in the series of five VARD SV290 platform supply vessels that Eastern is building for Bravante.
The five are all ABS classed, AC diesel-electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled PSVs measuring 284'(86.5 m) x 60'(18.3 m) x 24'-6"(7.5 m).
With a clear deck area of 9,365 sq ft. (870 sq.m), they have a deadweight of 4,500 LT.
They feature four Cummins QSK-60DM 16-cylinder turbo-charged IMO Tier II diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Cummins also furnished the four Marathon Model 744 690 V AC main generators.
Main propulsion power is provided by two 690 VAC electric motors driving two Schottel Combi-Drives SCD 2020 single fixed pitch propellers with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 750 rpm each for a total of 6,700 hp.
Schottel also provides two STT 4 fixed pitch reversing tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors.
GE Energy provides the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the thruster drives, motors, control systems, DP system, switchboards, motor control centers, automation and navigation/ communication electronics.
These vessels are capable of a maximum speed of over 13 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation and communications equipment.