JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — BAE Systems has begun construction on the first of two platform supply vessels for Jackson Offshore Operators LLC. A ceremony was held last week at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Fla., shipyard as construction commenced on the first module, which will weigh approximately 87 tons. When complete, the PSVs will weigh about 3,500 dwt and measure 252’x60′ and have a draft of 25 feet. Construction on the second vessel is scheduled to begin later this year. Both vessels will be used to support offshore drilling operations.
The GPA 675J PSV design is from Guido Perla & Associates, Seattle. The vessels will include an integrated Rolls-Royce ship systems package. This package includes low-voltage active front end diesel electric systems and a complete Rolls-Royce propulsion package with Azipull propulsion thrusters.
“We are very excited that construction has begun on our vessels,” said Lee Jackson, president and CEO of Jackson Offshore. “BAE Systems has been a delight to partner with on this project and we are looking forward to continued progress and eventually launch and delivery early next year.”
“This is an important milestone as we expand our role supporting the offshore energy market,” said Tom Young, director of BAE’s Jacksonville shipyard. “The construction of these vessels establishes our yard as an industry leader in commercial shipbuilding, meeting our customers’ quality standards and mission requirements.”
In addition to the Jackson Offshore PSVs, BAE is currently constructing two dump scows and a trailing suction hopper dredge in Mobile, Ala., with scheduled deliveries in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The Mobile facility is also under contract to build two platform supply vessels, with start of construction on the first vessel to begin this month.
BAE Systems currently employs approximately 400 people in Jacksonville and expects to hire an additional 120 workers there by mid-2013.
BAE operates six full-service shipyards in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, and Hawaii.