On Friday, 8th August 2014 a christening ceremony of a Platform Supply Vessel took place in Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard which is a member of the biggest marine capital group in Poland – Remontowa HOLDING. It was the eighth vessel in series built for one of the biggest and most renowned US Owners, operating a fleet comprising of several hundred ships dedicated to performing complicated tasks including servicing, building and maintenance of underwater installations and securing proper functioning of oil and drilling rigs. Similar to previous vessels of the series, the ship was named after one of the species of antelopes – Wildebeest.
The execution of the contract for the building of a series of Platform Supply Vessels has begun in June 2011. All vessels in the series are built according to design of the Polish design office MMC Ship Design & Marine and under the supervision of the classification society ABS (American Bureau of Shipping).
It is worth mentioning that obtaining and realizing this contract allowed Remontowa Shipbuilding to become a pioneer in the field of “medium-voltage” ships. The vessels are utilizing Diesel-Electric propulsion, that is generating sets powering the electrical motors of the thrusters. This type of propulsion enables economical operation due to significant reduction of both fuel consumption and emission of harmful substances to the atmosphere. The vessels are equipped with advanced control and dynamic positioning (DP2) systems as well as firefighting (class FiFi-1) and oil recovery installations.
The work deck allows transport of large-size objects, containers, packages of pipes and other materials needed in drilling or maintenance operations. Widlebeest will be the largest world’s vessel in the up-to-90 m length class, with load-carrying capacity of 5500 tons. She will be capable of shipping not only liquids, fuels, water and loose cargo, but also dangerous loads (in under-deck containers).
It is worth reminding that four years ago, in 2010 Remontowa Shipbuilding built three AHTS vessels dedicated to towing, anchor and transport operations for the same Owner.
This series of Platform Supply Vessels, as well as the AHTS vessels delivered earlier, confirm Remontowa Shipbuilding’s leading position in the market of special, multipurpose vessels supporting the offshore industry.