Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine), has secured a S$98M contract to construct three Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for Tidewater Inc. Designed to support the offshore oil and gas exploration and development fields in deeper waters, these new generation supply vessels have been designed with sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion systems.
Two aft azimuth thrusters that also provide the dynamic positioning capability of the vessels when combined with the forward retractable thruster and tunnel thruster power each vessel.The highly automated PSVs also feature the integration of a dual computer Dynamic Positioning System with the vessel's propulsion thruster control system, joystick control system, Power Management System (PMS) and Vessel Automation System (VAS). Linkage of the PMS with the VAS is via a fiber optic network. The vessels also incorporate stringent noise and vibration standards in the accommodation and bridge areas to ensure crew comfort. Design and construction work will commence immediately and ST Marine expects to deliver three PSVs to Tidewater by the end of 2002.