Zhenjiang Shipyard held, on January 3rd 2014, a launching ceremony for the first of six all-electric platform supply vessels of VARD PSV08 design, which are being built for Tidewater Co., Ltd. USA.
Having the length of 83.8 meters, breadth (MLD) of 18m, depth (MLD) of 8.4m, the PSV boasts of carrying capacity of 4100t and 870㎡ of deck area.
The vessel is equipped with an advanced Blue™ Drive Plus C power-supply system. Based on Siemens ground-breaking diesel electric technology, the system uses less fuel, resulting in substantial cost and energy savings. The environmentally-friendly Blue™ Drive Plus C offers a significant reduction in harmful greenhouse gases.
The total emissions of NOx and greenhouse gases for the new drive is lower than for other comparable vessels with diesel or gas operations. When compared with dual-fuel offshore vessels with the same operating profile, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 27 percent.
Other benefits of the Blue™ Drive Plus C include reduced diesel engine maintenance costs and reduced total energy consumption of up to 15 percent as compared to other diesel electric propulsion systems currently on the market. When compared to gas or dual fuel operations, the energy savings increase to 23 percent.
The launch of the vessel moves Zhenjiang Shipyard towards high-end, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels.
zjshipyard, January 6, 2014