Hornblower acquires pair of multipurpose vessels available for offshore charter

(NEW YORK) —  Hornblower Group has acquired two major offshore vessels available for hire: Seaward Explorer and Seaward Endeavor, previously California Responder and Pacific Responder, respectively. Seaward Services Inc. (SSI), part of the Hornblower Group of maritime businesses, is offering the multipurpose supply vessels for charter, with prompt availability.

Seaward Explorer and Seaward Endeavor were built at VT Halter Marine in Mississippi and commissioned by the Marine Spill Response Co. (MSRC) in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Since their construction, both vessels have operated strictly under the ownership of MSRC, fulfilling their mission as prepositioned oil spill response assets.

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Seaward Services’ acquisition of both vessels marks the first endeavor to leverage the full capabilities of this class of former spill response vessels to serve as multipurpose supply vessels in a variety of commercial operations.

At 208 feet in length, the ABS-classed Subchapter D and Subchapter I former spill response vessels will integrate into Hornblower Group and Seaward Services’ expansive global maritime operations, where these vessels will be available for uses including, but not limited to, offshore wind construction/berthing and operational support, emergency response, global expeditionary support, cargo and freight operations, and government and private maritime training activities.

Seaward Explorer and Seaward Endeavor are each equipped with:

• Command and control room workspaces and offices with enhanced berthing for up to 38 persons. Expanded personnel capabilities upwards of 50 individuals for short-duration operations.
• Launch and recovery equipment for small craft, ROVs, and towed-array operations, including two 20-ton cranes and three hydraulic deck winches rated to 5, 10, and 20 tons, respectively.
•Two 6.5-meter Brunswick Impact 650 rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) powered by 170-hp Volvo Penta outdrives included for charterer’s use.
• A helicopter deck rated for Bell L206 and suitable for aerial drone support.
• Deadweight capacity of 1,235 tons, with approximately 3,800 square feet of open deck space and an additional 900 square feet of covered deck space, equipped with Peck & Hale securing systems throughout.
• Four thousand barrels of oil storage capacity across four tanks with each equipped with in-tank thermal oil heaters, Framo deepwell centrifugal pumps, and International Intershield 300V epoxy coatings.
• Port and starboard oil transfer manifolds suitable for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore operations.
• Towing bitt with hydraulic McElroy MC-21 capstan.
• A nautical range of 7,200 nautical miles, allowing for diverse global operations.

Chartering inquiries: chartering@hms-seaward.com

– Hornblower Group

By Rich Miller