Swire makes it ten from IMT

Swire Pacific Offshore has ordered another four IMT966 anchor handlers to the IMT Marine Consultants design. These follow six similar vessels already under construction at Labroy Shipyards, Singapore. Scotland-based IMT Marine Consultants, partner in the Offshore Ship Designers Group, was responsible for the design of these innovative and powerful vessels.

The 120 tonne bollard pull vessels are optimised for world-wide service of offshore towage, anchor handling and logistics support activities in all weather conditions. One remarkable feature of the design is that the upper part of the bridge deck can be removed and stored on the main deck for passage into the Caspian Sea. The vessel’s beam is also optimised for Caspian Sea passage.

The vessel is propelled by two CPP propellers giving it a maximum speed of 14.5 knots. The design features two bow thrusters and two stern thrusters of 600 kW each for joystick controlled DP operations.

The Pacific Valhalla will be the first vessel to be delivered and is scheduled in August 2007 with subsequent vessels being delivered at two monthly intervals afterwards.

Main dimensions of the vessels are:

Loa 66.00 m
Lpp 57.00 m
Breadth (moulded) 16.00 m
Depth (moulded) 7.30 m
Draft (loaded) 6.18 m
Installed power 2 x 3,285 kW

IMT Marine Consultants Ltd is the offshore support vessel arm of the Offshore Ship Designers group. It focuses on the design and development of offshore support vessels including diesel-electric driven Platform Supply Vessels, Anchor Handlers, Standby Rescue Vessels and Diving Support Vessels.

Offshore Ship Designers Group (OSD) is a global one-stop resource delivering naval architecture and marine engineering skills to the shipping and offshore energy industries. OSD is based in IJmuiden, the Netherlands and has offices in Vlaardingen (the Netherlands), Montrose (Scotland), York (England) and Shanghai (China).