On 9 December 2014, the brand new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Company in Jiangsu China, launched its first ship, an IMT982 Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel was launched in a unique way, using the yards new gantry crane. At 22,000 tonnes SWL the “Honghai” crane is the largest moving gantry crane in the world. The IMT982 was light work for the crane! It was the first time the giant Honghai crane has been used.
This 83.2m LOA PSV, designed by OSD-IMT, has a deck area of 900 m² and can carry 1360 m³ of fuel oil, 770 m³ of potable fresh water, 1010 m³ of liquid mud/brine, 1350 m³ of drill water/water ballast, 278 m³ of dry bulk and 170 m³ of base oil. It has a maximum deadweight of about 3,900 tonnes at 5.95 m draught.
A diesel electric propulsion system is fitted offering a greater fuel economy and efficiency. It comprises four main diesel generators, 2 x 1900 kW frequency controlled electric motor-driven azimuth thrusters for main propulsion and 2 x 800 kW frequency controlled, electric motor driven, tunnel thrusters fitted forward. The vessel is classed with Lloyds Register of Shipping and is fitted with a DP2 system. It has accommodation for a crew of 27 persons and has a trial speed of 14.0 knots.
The vessel, named “Nordic Trym” is expected to be delivered to its new owners, Nordic Offshore Supply Limited in April 2015.