Timelapse: Platform Supply Vessel assembled in less than two minutes
The time-lapse video above shows a platform supply vessel, also known as PSV, falling into place in a yard in Norway.
The video features a complete process of assembling the hull sections, welding them together, painting in blue, installing thrusters and launching the completed hull.
Completed in 2014, the Blue Power, as the vessel was subsequently christened, was designed and built by the Norwegian company Ulstein.
Built according to the Ulstein PX121 design, and shaped as submarine’s bow, Blue Power is purposely designed to improve handling in rough sea and to lower fuel consumption by causing less hydrodynamic drag, the designer explains.
Today, the vessel sails under the name NAO Power, as it was later bought by Nordic American Offshore (NAO), along with several other Ulstein-built vessels.
The NAO Power, an 83 meters long, medium-sized PSV, is currently operating in the UK North Sea spot market.
According to Marine Traffic, the Blue Power this week worked for the French energy firm Engie (formerly GDF Suez). The PSV put its 850 square meters deck to good use, supporting Engie’s drilling operations in the UK North Sea.
The UK-flagged vessel’s AIS data, dated March 23, showed it sailing towards the Ensco 80 jack-up drilling rig. As of Friday, March 25, the vessel is moored in Aberdeen.
Offshore Energy Today Staff