SEPTEMBER 26, 2014—Back in May, Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA, delivered the Ms. Charlotte, the first in a series of four 300 Class deepwater platform supply vessels for Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), Galliano, LA.
The 4,999 dwt Ms. Charlotte is one of seven vessels—four 300 ft Class and three 270 Class platform supply vessels—acquired by ECO from Bee Mar, LLC, Broussard, LA, a vessel operating unit of Bollinger Shipyards. At the time we broke the news on the acquisition back in February, the deepwater support vessels were on order at Bollinger Marine Fabricators (BMF), Amelia, LA, in various stages of production. The last of the seven vessels will be completed by BMF in 2015.
The Ms. Charlotte is classed by ABS as +A1, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1, Offshore Support Vessel, Oil Recovery Capability Class 2, E, +AMS, + ACCU, +DPS2, POT, UWILD. The PSV is 84.1m x 18.29 m x 7.31 m.
The ABS-classed Ms. Charlotte is fitted with two GE 3,125 hp 8L250 main propulsion engines. The PSV has extensive electrical requirements, including cargo pumps and dual bow and stern thrusters for the Dynamic Positioning 2 system. To meet these requirements and to provide redundancy, the Ms. Charlotte is fitted with two Cummins QSK19-powered 525-kW generator sets and two Stamford PM734F 1500 kW shaft generators. To meet SOLAS requirements there is also a Cummins 6CTA8.3-DM powered 175 kW emergency generator set.