Damen PSV 5000 Larus (photo: Damen)
Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore, a joint venture between Wilson Sons and the Chilean maritime services provider Ultramar, has taken delivery of a Damen PSV 5000. The vessel was built at Wilson Sons shipyard in Guaruja, Brazil. The delivery is the first of a two-vessel contract, with the second vessel due for completion later in 2016.
“For this vessel, and the one still under construction, we provided the full engineering package in addition to certain key materials,” says Damen Sales Manager Americas Rutger Dolk. “A key point is that the engineering package takes into account the yard using local equipment and materials. We will also play a supporting role during the commissioning of both vessels.”
At 85.25 metres long, with a 19-metre beam, this Damen PSV 5000 is to be known as Larus. Allowing for optimal use of the 920 m2 deck area, the vessel is equipped with a travelling gantry crane along the work deck to allow optimal storage and movement of deck cargo.
This contract reiterates the success of the working relationship between Damen and Wilson Sons. The Brazilian shipbuilder constructs vessels with local content, using Damen design and engineering support.
“We have been working with Wilson Sons for more than 20 years now. And, with many vessels constructed for diverse clients, it has been a very productive relationship,” says Dolk.
Regarding Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore’s contract with Petrobras, the vessel acquisition is part of the sixth round of the Program for the Renovation of the Offshore Support Fleet (Prorefam). The initial requirement for vessels equivalent to the PSV 4500 was upgraded after Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore decided to invest in the PSV 5000. “These vessels have expressly been made larger. The design will make them as versatile as possible – ready to serve the oil and gas industry for the next 25 years,” concludes Dolk.