Eastern Shipbuilding announces another double event for Hornbeck Offshore

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is very pleased to announce another Double Event in Panama City, Florida. On Friday, August 8, 2014, the christening and subsequent launching of the HOS BRASS RING (Hull 209), was followed with the same day delivery of the HOS BLACK ROCK (Hull 207) for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC.
The launch event was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern Employees and Guests in attendance with an afternoon of perfect weather and launch conditions. Attending the launch from Hornbeck was Bill Krewsky, Director of Engineering and Project Management. Bill spoke about the ongoing on-time deliveries of HOSMAX vessels, long term commitment, partnership and future of the two companies. Once again thanking Eastern’s Management Team and its Employees for the quality of workmanship, the on-time and on-budget vessel deliveries and praised the operational performance of Eastern’s HOSMAX Vessels.

Captain Don Smith, of Hornbeck Offshore, will be taking the vessel to sea as Master once she delivers later this year. Captain Don’s wife, Ashlee Smith had the honors of christening the vessel; accompanied by their daughter Savannah. Captain Don’s mother and father Joanna and Gene Sealy were in attendance along with several other Smith family members. Prior to the launch, Eastern’s President Brian D’Isernia, said a few words about the dedication, commitment and hard work of his Employees, the future the two companies share; the continued growth of Eastern Shipbuilding and the Offshore Marine Industry in the United States and abroad. Father Roy Marien of Saint John’s Catholic Church of Panama City, Florida, performed the blessing of the vessel.

The HOS BLACK ROCK delivered eleven (11) days early and on-budget, was Eastern’s seventh delivery of a ten offshore support vessel contract and the third vessel designated as the HOSMAX 310 series by Hornbeck Offshore.

Each HOSMAX 310 vessel is a Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV. These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2,500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z-Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp. Schottel also provides two STT 4 fixed pitch tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors. GE Energy Power Conversions provides the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the propulsion and thruster drives, motors, control systems, DP system, switchboards, motor control centers, automation and navigation /communication electronics. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.

All ten of the HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels are USCG, ABS Classed A1, Offshore Support Vessel and Ocean Service, Loadline, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, DPS-2 with additional ABS Class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, FFV-1 and certified under SOLAS/IMO.

The HOSMAX 310 Offshore Support Vessels feature the following characteristics:
Dimensions: 302’x 64’x 26’
Deadweight Tonnage: 6,144 LT
Total Fuel Oil Capacity: 285,649 USG
Fuel Oil Day-tanks 23,752 USG
Drill Water/Ballast Capacity: 609,227 USG
Potable Water Capacity: 62,538 USG
Liquid Mud Capacity: 21,509 bbl. (10) Tanks
Dry-bulk Mud: 14,347 Cu. ft. (7) Tanks
Methanol Capacity 2,212 bbl. (2) Tanks
Clear Deck Area: 11,137 Sq. ft.

The HOS BLACK WATCH, HOS BRASS RING and HOS BRIARWOOD are the remaining three HOSMAX 310 Platform Supply Vessel’s scheduled for delivery in 2014 and early 2015.
Eastern is also in full production for Hornbeck Offshore for two HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels (MPSV’s) each with accommodations for 73 persons, 250MT subsea crane, moon pool, helideck and two (2) ROV/LARS units. Named the HOS WARLAND and the HOS WOODLAND, both vessels are on-schedule to be launched by mid-2015.

These two HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Platform Supply Vessels are to be ABS Classed Hull and Machinery, Oceans Service and reviewed for the United States Coast Guard under the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP 2-95) with the following Class Notations, A1, AMS, ACCU, DPS-2, UWILD, FFV-1, Circle E, Offshore Support Vessel (HNLS, HDC, HLC), GP, RRDA, HELIDK, ENVIRO, CRC, SPS (Special Purpose Ship), and certified under SOLAS/IMO.

Eastern Shipbuilding is very pleased to be a part of the Hornbeck Offshore mission to be the Company of Choice for its customers, employees and investors as the vessels that we construct for them are launched and subsequently delivered into service.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. is a leading provider of technologically advanced, new generation offshore service vessels primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Latin America. Hornbeck Offshore currently owns a fleet of more than 60 vessels primarily serving the energy industry.
VARD Marine and Eastern Shipbuilding provided the VARD SV310 design for these vessels from the very successful and proven Eastern Shipbuilding “Tiger Shark Class” Series. Sixteen (16) other Offshore Supply Vessels in this series have been delivered to Eastern’s clients and have already proven themselves in worldwide operations.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group is currently under contract constructing a total of ten vessels of similar size and complexity for customers here in the United States and in Brazil. These contracts still maintain Eastern’s reputation as the largest OSV/PSV and MPSV new construction shipyard in North America. “We’ve Got You Covered”

By Professional Mariner Staff