Eastern Shipbuilding launches HOS Riverbend

The following is the text of a news release from Eastern Shipbuilding Group:

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce, on Friday September 6, 2013, the launching of the HOS RIVERBEND (H204) for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC.  The launching event was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern Employees and Guests attending. 

Attending from Hornbeck was Executive Vice President & COO Carl Annessa and William “Bill” Krewsky, Director of Engineering and Project Management. Mr. Annessa spoke about the long term commitment, partnership and future of the two companies. Annessa also praised the quality of workmanship, the ongoing vessel deliveries and the excellent performance of the HOS RED DAWN (H201), which is now on charter working in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, ten (10) senior members and vessel officers of the Hornbeck Team witnessed the launch of the fourth of twelve HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels and MPSV’s under contract with Eastern.  Also attending were several of Hornbeck’s clients.

Captain Randy King who will be taking the vessel to sea as Master once she delivers later this year and his wife Patricia had the honors of christening the vessel.  Prior to the launch, Eastern’s President Brian D’Isernia, said a few words about the future the two companies share; the continued growth of Eastern Shipbuilding and the Offshore Marine Industry in the United States.  Deacon Earl Mirus of Saint John’s Catholic Church located in Panama City, Florida performed the blessing of the vessel. 

Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS RED DAWN (H201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and launched on February 15, 2013. The HOS RED ROCK (H202) launched on April 19, 2013 and the HOS RENAISSANCE (H203) launched on June 21, 2013. Both the HOS RED ROCK and HOS RENAISSANCE are currently at Eastern completing final outfitting, regulatory and DP-2 trials.  Delivery of the HOS RED ROCK is scheduled for September 2013.

The HOSMAX 300 Offshore Support Vessels feature the following capacities:

Total Fuel Oil Capacity: 241,141 USG

Fuel Oil Day-tanks: 20,190 USG

Drill Water/Ballast Capacity: 562,822 USG

Potable Water Capacity: 57,494 USG

Liquid Mud Capacity: 20,846 bbls. (10) Tanks

Dry-bulk Mud: 14,347 cuft. (7) Tanks

Methanol Capacity: 1,605  bbls. (2) Tanks

Clear Deck Area: 10,585 sqft.

The HOS RIVERBEND (H204) is the fourth and final vessel designated as the HOSMAX 300 series by Hornbeck Offshore and is Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV’s measuring 292’x64’x24’-6”. 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.  These vessels are capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots.  The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment. 

The remaining six (6) Offshore Supply Vessels under contract are 302’x64’x26’ designated HOSMAX 310 Offshore Support Vessels.  The total below-deck capacities of the HOSMAX 310 include 285,649 gals of diesel fuel, 609,227 gals of drill/ballast water, 21,509 barrels of liquid mud, 14,347 cubic foot of dry-bulk mud, 2,212 barrels of methanol and 62,538 gals of potable water.

All ten of the HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels under contract 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.

Additionally, HOS has contracted with Eastern for two (2) HOSMAX 310ES Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels (MPSV’s) with accommodations for 73 persons, a 250MT subsea crane, moon pool, helideck and two (2) ROV/LARS units.

The 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 5th new construction program.

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, and is a leading short-haul transporter of petroleum products through its coastwise fleet of ocean-going tugs and tank barges primarily in the northeastern U.S. and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  Hornbeck Offshore currently owns a fleet of 77 vessels with the addition of the HOS RED DAWN primarily serving the energy industry and has 23 additional high-spec “Upstream” vessels planned or under construction for delivery through 2016.

STX Canada Marine provided the design for both vessels which is the basis for the very successful and proven Eastern Shipbuilding “Tiger Shark Class” series.  Six (6) 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 eighteen vessels of similar size and complexity for customers here in the United States and in Brazil.  These contracts will maintain Eastern’s reputation as the largest OSV/PSV and MPSV new construction shipyard in the United States.

By Professional Mariner Staff