Offshore Supply Vessel by Chevalier a Mini Hotel with Punch

By George Backwell at May 25, 2013 05:20
Filed Under: Company News, Offshore

Offshore wind-farms, oil/gas rigs and platforms, demand service in the North Sea energy sector as new wind turbines are planted at just the same time as a revitalised oil industry booms, fed by recent advances in deepwater energy extraction technologies. The problem is that there are not enough skilled workers to meet the demand, according to a recent BBC focus on reborn offshore services hub Aberdeen, Scotland; and alarmingly the shortage is likely to become progressively more acute. Present-day employers need to hold on to highly-trained staff, and one of the ways to do that is to keep them as comfortable as possible as they journey to-and-fro the offshore installations on the frequently lumpy North Sea.

Recognising the trend, Chevalier Floatels commissioned Holland Shipyards  to convert and upgrade extensively their Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) DP Gezina, remarking wisely : “In the end it is the engineers who determine the success of any project. Preventing seasickness and fatigue and keeping them comfortable and happy is a way to increases productivity and to bind engineers to their organisation.”

Accommodation Vessel DP Gezina
: Image credit Chevalier Floatels

The 70.1 m, 1,930 gt diesel-electric powered vessel was built in 2007 by Remontowa in Poland and has recently emerged from Holland Shipyards Merwede River facility after a comprehensive conversion that began last autumn.

Chevalier Floatels claims to have developed a new concept for the offshore wind and offshore oil and gas industry that is much more than just accommodation, setting a whole new standard in terms of reliability, efficiency and comfort.

Propulsion Machinery

Volvo Penta Genset: Image courtesy of Volvo Penta

Five marine diesel Volvo Penta gensets power twin 630 kW Schottel azimuth thrusters as main propulsion units, and there are are two bow thrusters (one tunnel of 300 kW and one retractable of 400 kW) which in combination enable the Praxis DP2 system to exert positioning control. The service speed at 3-m draft is 13.5 knots.

A SAM Electronic Line integrated bridge consul with automation and VMS from SAM electronics also provide planned maintenance, integrated automation and monitoring systems.

For sea-going comfort retractable Rolls Royce stabilisers are fitted each side, and for the safety of personnel boarding offshore installations there is an Ampelmann heave compensated gangway on the afterdeck. But well-designed hotel-style accommodation is what  makes DP2 Gezina stand out from the crowd, as follows

  • Two berth Cabins: 12
  • One berth Cabins: 36
  • Total berths: 60 (incl. crew) (Can be upgraded to 90 berths)
  • Hospital
  • Fitness room
  • Offices: 3
  • Changing room
  • Reception
  • Laundry
  • Recreation Rooms:
  • Mess room / meeting room
  • Day room
  • Smoke room
  • Two recreation rooms

In addition a galley with hot and cold buffet counter is fitted in the mess room, and  water-makers, sewage treatment, food storages and fuel tanks give the vessel a 30-day at sea autonomy.



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