LEEVAC Shipyards Jennings LLC has signed contracts with Tidewater Marine, LLC of New Orleans, LA to build two LEEVAC Design Services “LDS ” Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), a 300’ x 62’ x 24’ diesel electric PSV with options for two additional vessels.
“We are very excited to have another opportunity to build for Tidewater. This marks the seventh and eighth LEEVAC designed vessels to be built for them. We have worked very closely with the entire engineering team at Tidewater on several designs. At the end of the day Tidewater asked us to give them an exceptional vessel that would meet all of their Jones Act and international requirements. I think we really hit the target with the LDS 300,” said Christian Vaccari, President of LEEVAC.
The LDS 300 DE PSV will have a deadweight capacity of 5400 LTs and will carry over 17,600 barrels of liquid mud. It will be powered by four Caterpillar Model 3516C Tier 3 IMO II Marine variable speed diesel propulsion generator sets rated at 2100kw each. The propulsion drives and thrusters are being provided by Schottel. Tidewater chose Siemens as the vendor for the Integrated Electrical System. These will be the first US built PSVs to be outfitted with Siemens’ BLUEDRIVE Plus C™ systems.
The BLUEDRIVE Plus C™ system will be used to control the power management, vessel control, machinery, alarms, power and propulsion systems. Marine Interior Systems was selected for the joiner work and Kongsberg will be providing the DP-2 system. The vessel will be built to ABS and USGC classifications. Additionally, Tidewater has chosen to class this vessel HAB (WB) and the vessel will be ABS Classed with the A1 Offshore Support Vessel (FFV-1) notation for offship fire fighting capabilities.
“I have worked with the the team at Tidewater for years”, said Mike Jannise, Engineering Manager at LEEVAC. “These guys know what they want and it makes designing a vessel of this quality level a very exciting project for us.”