LEEVAC to build two PSVs for Aries Marine

LEEVAC Shipyards LLC has been awarded a contract to build two new diesel-electric, DP-2, 270'×56'×21'6" platform supply vessels for Aries Marine Corp., Lafayette, La. Designed by LEEVAC Design Services, the new LDS 270 boats will be built at Leevac’s newbuild yard in Jennings, La.

 

LEEVAC Shipyards LLC has been awarded a contract to build two new diesel-electric, DP-2, 270'×56'×21'6" platform supply vessels for Aries Marine Corp., Lafayette, La. Designed by LEEVAC Design Services, the new LDS 270 boats will be built at Leevac’s newbuild yard in Jennings, La.

“I am very pleased to see a Louisiana-owned company choose a Louisiana shipyard for this project,” said Leevac’s president, Christian Vaccari. “This contract will provide over 200 jobs in southwest Louisiana.”

The new PSVs will have a deadweight capacity of 4,000 LT and room for 13,000 bbls. of liquid mud. 

Main propulsion will come from four 3516C Caterpillar generators, producing 1,825 kW of electrical power each. The diesel-electric propulsion package is part of the Siemens Blue Drive integrated electrical system, which will control the vessels’ power management, controls, machinery, alarms, propulsion, and power. The system uses less fuel, resulting in substantial cost and energy savings. Introduced by Siemens in 2011, the Blue Drive system reduces emissions of NOx and greenhouse gases. When compared with dual-fuel offshore vessels with the same operating profile, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 27 percent, according to Siemens.

“The team at Leevac was quick and responsive to our ideas and delivery timetable,” said Court Ramsey, Aries Marine’s president. “In less than 24 months, we will bring to the offshore market two extremely fuel-efficient, versatile, modern workboats.”

Schottel will provide the propulsion drives and thrusters, and Marine Technologies LLC, Mandeville, La., will be responsible for the DP-2 systems. 

“We have worked very close with Court Ramsey and [Aries’ marine superintendent] Tommy Brown to develop an exceptional design,” said Vaccari. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to begin this partnership with a company like Aries Marine.” 

Marine Interior Systems, Covington, La., will handle the joiner work for the new PSVs.

Estimated delivery dates for the LDS 270s are October 2014 and February 2015. The new PSVs will give Aries Marine a fleet of 28 vessels.

LEEVAC is also building two Z-Tech 2400 class escort tugs for G&H Towing Co., Houston, and a PSV for New Orleans-based Tidewater Marine.

— Ken Hocke