Remontowa Shipbuilding has delivered the first of two new platform supply vessels (PSVs), a rarity in current market conditions, and newbuild naval tugs
Borealis Maritime received Coey Viking, one of the first PSVs powered by LNG and a battery system, on 18 January 2021. This Wärtsilä-designed vessel will be operated under the technical management of shipowner Viking Supply Ships.
Its delivery is a hope to other shipyards and vessel owners that have struggled in a six-year industry slump that started in 2014 when oil prices and vessel demand dropped from record highs. The market remains in the doldrums and awaits a recovery in demand and reduction in the global fleet size.
Coey Viking was built to a Wärtsilä VS 4411 DF design and DNV GL classification. It is powered with a combination of LNG and marine gasoil in a gas-electric propulsion system. Remontowa also installed a battery pack on Coey Viking, reducing fuel consumption and emissions during offshore standby, port visits and dynamic positioning (DP) operations.
Coey Viking DP2 system enables this vessel to maintain position in demanding weather parameters, with wind speeds of more than 35 knots and wave heights of up to 4 m. It is also equipped to tackle offshore and port emergencies as it has a FiFi2 fire-fighting system and oil spill response unit.
In a previous delivery, Remontowa continued its progress in building a series of harbour tugs for the Polish Navy.
It secured the contract to build these six tugboats in June 2017 following a tender for design and construction of tug-class vessels. Remontowa delivered the first of these tugs Bolko in January 2020, followed in March by Gniewko, then the third Mieszko in July 2020. It delivered the fourth tug in this series, Semko, in November 2020, and expects to complete sea trials on a fifth tug, Leszko, in January 2021. This shipyard launched the sixth and final tug in the series, Przemko in December 2020. Remontowa then has one more of six tugboats of the B860 project to complete for the Polish Navy.
The B860 programme tugs are built for towing naval ships and logistics services in the Baltic Sea. They are also available for salvage and emergency support, pollution control and removing hazardous material from the water along the Polish coast.
These tugs have sufficient ice class to enable them to operate in severe ice conditions accompanied by icebreakers. They have a bollard pull of around 35 tonnes coming from a pair of Rolls-Royce MTU diesel engines driving two Schottel rudderpropellers.
Offshore vessel and tug newbuildings, market challenges and propulsion technologies such as LNG and batteries will be discussed in depth during Riviera’s series of virtual conferences and webinars during 2021 - use this link to access more details and register for these events