Eastern launches HOS Brass Ring for Hornbeck

On Aug. 8, 2014, Eastern Shipbuilding Group christened and subsequently launched HOS Brass Ring (Hull 209) for Hornbeck Offshore Services. The event was held at Eastern’s Allanton, Fla., facility. 

Captain Don Smith, of Hornbeck Offshore, will be taking the 302’x 64’x 26’ vessel to sea as master once it is delivered later this year. Captain Don’s wife, Ashlee Smith, had the honor of christening the vessel. She was accompanied by their daughter Savannah. 

The same day, HOS Black Rock was delivered to Hornbeck. It was Eastern’s seventh delivery of a 10 offshore support vessel contract and the third vessel designated as the HOSMAX 310 series by Hornbeck Offshore.

Each HOSMAX 310 vessel is a diesel-electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV. These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier 3 diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2,500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z-Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp. Schottel also provides two STT 4 fixed pitch tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors. GE Energy Power Conversions provides the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the propulsion and thruster drives, motors, control systems, DP system, switchboards, motor control centers, automation and navigation /communication electronics. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.

All 10 of the HOSMAX Offshore Supply Vessels are USCG, ABS Classed A1, Offshore Support Vessel and Ocean Service, Loadline, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, DPS-2 with additional ABS Class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, FFV-1 and certified under SOLAS/IMO.

The HOSMAX 310 offshore support vessels feature the following characteristics:

Dimensions: 302’x 64’x 26’
Deadweight tonnage: 6,144 LT
Total fuel oil capacity: 285,649 gals.
Fuel oil day-tanks 23,752 gals.
Drill water/Ballast capacity: 609,227 gals.
Potable water capacity: 62,538 gals.
Liquid mud capacity: 21,509 bbl. (10) Tanks
Dry-bulk mud: 14,347 Cu. ft. (7) Tanks
Methanol capacity 2,212 bbl. (2) Tanks
Clear deck area: 11,137 Sq. ft.

The HOS Black Watch, HOS Brass Ring and HOS Briarwood are the remaining three HOSMAX 310 platform supply vessel’s scheduled for delivery in 2014 and early 2015.

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