A steel cutting ceremony for the first of two next-generation methanol MDO/HVO powered DP2 Construction Service Operating Vessels (CSOVs) for Acta Marine has been held at Tersan Shipyard.
The vessel design was developed exclusively and in close collaboration with Ulstein Design & Solutions. The 89m long SX216 vessels will be equipped with an SMST-provided motion-compensated crane and a motion-compensated gangway for safe personnel transfer in significant wave heights up to 3m. The CSOV provides accommodation facilities for up to 135 people. In addition to the Methanol MDO/HVO engines the vessels feature a battery power storage system creating further energy efficiency and CO2 reduction.
These vessels are the first contracted to implement Ulstein’s Twin X-Stern design, the main distinguishing features of which are that the sterns and main propeller units are replicated at each end. The combination of thrusters and symmetrical hull design is believed to result in lower energy consumption and reduced motions, and therefore, higher operability and comfort. This concept improves the manoeuvrability and ability to stay in position. Further, the design allows for reduced noise, increased comfort on board and the potential to save significant energy in operation.
Together with the second newbuild CSOV, which will follow three months later, these vessels will be added to the Acta Marine fleet in the second quarter of 2024, enabling Acta Marine to maintain its position in the offshore wind market.