The UK’s premier commercial boat builder Alnmaritec have recently completed the build of two hose and line handling boats at their yard in Blyth, Northumberland, both of which are destined initially for shipyards in Singapore. Reacting to an urgent customer request one of the boats was completed in just 16 weeks.
The first boat, Alnmaritec hull number 158, will be installed onto the FSO (Floating Storage and Offloading) Gagak Rimang by Sembawang at their Singapore shipyard as part of a larger conversion project. From there she will head to the Cepu Oil & Gas block in East Java, Indonesia. The Cepu block, which is operated by US-based ExxonMobil’s subsidiary Mobil Cepu Limited, is expected to begin producing in July 2014.
Hull number 161, the second of the two boats, was ordered by single Buoy Moorings Limited of Monaco and is set to be installed onto the FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) N’GOMA at the Keppel yard, also in Singapore. 2014 will see the FPSO make the journey to Angola where she will stay for at least 12 years.
Both boats are of the highly successful Wave Handler 900 class and have been supplied complete with a twin arm davit system. The primary role for each is in line and hose handling duties. They have a small wheelhouse forward with folding seating for four passengers and a bow access arrangement for personnel transfers. The aft deck is fitted with a working platform at the stern to facilitate hose/line handling with a hydraulic capstan built into a plinth on the deck and a towing point with a remotely operated quick release hook.
Completion of these boats sees Alnmaritec reach yet another milestone as Managing Director Chris Millman explains, “FPSO N’Goma represents the 25th Wave Handler class boat that we have completed and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We have developed the design of this class of boat over a number of years to the point where we have seen it become the industry standard for this type of work.”
Millman added: “I’m extremely proud of the team for hitting the target, especially when you take into consideration the additional work and learning which had to take place in order to fit the ATEX certified systems.”
September 08, 2013