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Eastern Shipbuilding launches another for HOS

Written by Nick Blenkey
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HOS Bayou

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 — Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Panama City, FL reports that its Allanton shipyard recently launched the HOS Bayou (Hull 205) for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The vessel is the fifth of twelve HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels and MPSV’s under contract with Eastern.

Guests attending the launching event included Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Regional Representative, Mr. Jack Reid, .

Hornbeck Director of Engineering and Project Management Mr. Bill Krewsky spoke about the long term commitment, partnership and future of Hornbeck and Eastern and praised the shipbuilder’s quality of workmanship, the ongoing vessel deliveries and the excellent performance of the Eastern-built HOS Red Dawn, and the HOS Red Rock, both now on charter working in the Gulf of Mexico.

Others from Horneck attending the launch included Scott Siberski, Manager of Projects, four Hornbeck Operations personnel and vessel officers from the Hornbeck team.

Captain Steve Powell will be taking the vessel to sea as Master once she delivers early next year. His wife Susan had the honors of christening the vessel; they were accompanied by their two children, Mitchell and Linda. Deacon Timothy Warner of Saint John’s Catholic Church, Panama City, performed the blessing of the vessel.

The HOS Bayou is the first of six vessel Eastern vessels designated as the HOSMAX 310 series by Hornbeck Offshore and is a Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV.

These vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2,500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z-Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp. Schottel also provides two STT 4 fixed pitch tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors.

GE Energy Power Conversions provides the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the propulsion and 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 14 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.

The HOSMAX 310 Offshore Support Vessels offer a clear deck area of  11,137 sq.ft and have the following capacities:

Total Fuel Oil Capacity:        285,649 USG    
Fuel Oil Day-tanks            23,752 USG
Drill Water/Ballast Capacity:    609,227 USG
Potable Water Capacity:        62,538 USG
Liquid Mud Capacity:        21,509 bbl. (10) Tanks
Dry-bulk Mud:            14,347 Cu. ft. (7) Tanks
Methanol Capacity                       2,212 bbl. (2) Tanks

All ten of the HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels under contract at Eastern are USCG, ABS Classed + A1, Offshore Support Vessel and Ocean Service, Loadline, + AMS, + ACCU, + Circle E, + DPS-2 with additional ABS Class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, FFV-1 and certified under SOLAS/IMO. Additionally, HOS has contracted with Eastern for two (2) HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels (MPSV’s) with accommodations for 73 persons, a 250MT subsea crane, moon pool, helideck and two (2) ROV/LARS units.

The two HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Platform Supply Vessels are to be ABS Classed Hull and Machinery, Oceans Service and reviewed for the United States Coast Guard under the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP 2-95) with the following Class Notations, +A1, + AMS, +ACCU, +DPS-2, UWILD, FFV-1, +Circle E, Offshore Support Vessel (HNLS, HDC, HLC), GP, RRDA, HELIDK, ENVIRO, CRC, SPS (Special Purpose Ship), and certified under SOLAS/IMO.

STX Canada Marine and Eastern Shipbuilding provided the design for these vessels based on the very successful and proven Eastern Shipbuilding “Tiger Shark Class” Series. Eight other offshore supply vessels in this series have been delivered to Eastern’s clients and have already proven themselves in worldwide operations.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group is currently under contract constructing a total of sixteen vessels of similar size and complexity for customers in the United States and in Brazil.

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