JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — BAE Systems’ shipyard here will build two additional 252'x60'x25'3" platform supply vessels (PSVs) for Jackson Offshore Operators LLC under a contract option the two companies announced in December at the International WorkBoat Show.
The new PSVs will service offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
BAE’s Jacksonville shipyard recently began construction on the first of two PSVs as part of the original contract. Those two vessels will be completed in 2015. Jackson Offshore currently operates a pair if 175' jet-drive fast crew-suppliers. Capacities will include 182,226 gals. of fuel oil; 10,752 bbls. liquid mud; and 10,200 cu. ft. bulk mud. The PSVs, which will have a 20'6" draft, will have rear deck space totaling 7,792 sq. ft. The PSVs will feature diesel-electric propulsion packages made up of Rolls-Royce Z-drives that will give the vessels a running speed of 12 knots. The first PSV is scheduled for a May 2014 delivery.
“It’s an exciting time for Jackson Offshore Operators, and the exercising of this option is an example of our confidence in BAE Systems as a quality shipbuilder,” said Lee Jackson, president and CEO of Jackson Offshore. “Like our other previously announced vessels being built by BAE Systems, once delivered, these vessels will be deployed on multiyear contracts in the Gulf of Mexico.”
“We are very pleased that Jackson Offshore has the confidence in BAE Systems to move forward with their additional ships,” said Richard McCreary, vice president of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards. “These ships will allow our Jacksonville shipyard to continue to grow its backlog and its employment, which is important in these times of federal budget uncertainty.”
The GPA 675J PSV design is from Guido Perla & Associates Inc., Seattle. The PSVs include an integrated Rolls-Royce ship systems package, inclusive of a low-voltage, active front-end diesel electric system and a complete Rolls-Royce propulsion package with Azipull propulsion thrusters.
In Mobile, Ala., BAE is currently building two dump scows, a trailing suction hopper dredge and the first of two PSVs.
BAE Systems currently employs approximately 400 people in Jacksonville and expects to hire an additional 120 workers there by the middle of this year. The company currently employs approximately 850 people in Mobile and expects to reach a total of 1,500 workers there by the end of 2013.