AUGUST 10, 2012—The first in a new series of DP-2 Platform Supply/Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels under construction for Bordelon Marine in Houma, LA, is expected to be delivered in January 2013.
Called the M/V Connor Bordelon, the 252 ft x 52 ft x 18 ft PSV/MPSV is “a prototype design that incorporates a number of cutting edge features and capabilities, only commonly found in much larger new generation vessels,” says Bordelon Marine President & CEO Wes Bordelon. “The concept here is to give our clients a more affordable MPSV or light IMR/ROV support vessel option.”
The Stingray Class vessels have “been a dream of ours for several years now,” says Bordelon. “We wanted a vessel that was truly a multi-purpose hybrid type design that stayed within a reasonable size and cost range to the client. This vessel does that very well. It offers all of the necessary cutting edge technologies and capabilities, but keeps it all within a 3,400 DW boat.”
Under construction at Bordelon Marine’s shipyard in Houma, the Stingray Class vessels have ample room for cargo and equipment with clear deck of 8,272 square feet—188 ft x 44 ft.
And these vessels are speedy, with a top speed of 14 knots and environmentally friendly with electronic, Tier 3 compliant engines. Propulsion for each Stringray will be supplied by two Cummins QSK 60-M Tier 3 compliant diesel engines that each drive a Schottel 1215, 220 hp Z-Drive. Each vessel swill also have two Schottel STT2, 1020 hp bow thrusters.
Each Stingray will be able to hold 158,400 g fuel oil cargo, 4,000 ft3 bulk mud cargo, 9,600 bbl liquid mud cargo in three separate systems and 121,900 g potable water cargo.
All onboard systems are fully automated and controlled from the bridge. The vessels will each be able to accommodate up to 40 passengers and feature an internal ROV office and control room. The Stingray series are ABS SOLAS classed, Full Oceans, L&I, ACCU, FIFI 1, DP2, AMS.
“We gave a lot of thought and consideration to the comfort of the mariners, when we designed this vessel. These boats are the home away from home for our guys, and you can’t expect them to be safe, smart, and productive unless they are well rested and comfortable with their surroundings. Each stateroom has a private head, individual climate controls, and TV, internet and phone connections,” says Bordelon.
Adds Bordelon: “People always ask me why on earth would I want to be in the ship building business? It’s messy, expensive, and incredibly risky. Well for us it’s simply about the boats. If you stay in this business long enough, you develop a genuine affection and appreciation for these boats. Some people look at them and see a big hunk of rusty steel. I see an amazing balance of power, engineering, and thought. We wanted to be able to build a unique vessel that was our design alone, and to the needs and standards of our customers. We also wanted to build the vessel on our timeline and make whatever changes we needed, with a focus on quality instead of just price and schedule. A shipyard gives you the options to do all of those things. Plus at the end of the day, you have a lot of real big Tonka toys to play with.“