Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered an Offshore Supply Vessel HOS RIVERBEND (Hull 204) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC on Monday February 3rd 2014.
The HOS RIVERBEND is Eastern’s fourth and final vessel designated as the HOSMAX 300 series. Each vessel is Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV’s. These high-tech 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 provided 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 supplied 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 cruising speed of 12 knots. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.
The remaining six OSVs under contract are designated HOSMAX 310 Vessels. The first, the HOS BAYOU (H205), will be delivered in a few months and the second, the HOS BLACK FOOT (Hull 206) was launched on Friday, January 17, 2014.
The shipbuilder also announced that the M/V CAPT. TROY J. HOTARD (Hull 186), the 56th inland towboat, was delivered to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA, on February 4, 2014.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, February 10, 2014