The Singapore-managed anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel VOS Champion recently commenced operations for charterer Geocean in Papeete, French Polynesia
The AHTS vessel is now fully operational for Geocean, acting as main construction vessel during the charterer’s pipelaying operations for the realisation of a seawater air-conditioning (SWAC) system for the French Polynesia Hospital. SWAC systems use deep cold ocean water to replace conventional air conditioning systems.
Geocean performed similar works in 2011 for the submarine installation of an equivalent SWAC system for the Le Brando Hotel on Tetiaroa atoll in Tahiti.
Built to ABS class at China’s Fujian Southeast Shipyard in 2016, Singapore-flag VOS Champion has an overall length of 65 m, beam of 16.4 m, design draught of 5.4 m, accommodation for 39, clear deck area of 425 m2 and deck cargo load capacity of 700 tonnes.
Dynamic positioning class 2 capable, VOS Champion has two eight-cylinder MaK 8M25C main engines rated at 2,400 kW each, that drive controllable-pitch propellers.
With a bollard pull of 88 tonnes, the vessel has a full suite of deck machinery for its towing and anchor handling duties.
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