SUPPLY SHIPS: MEETING PROBLEMS OF A CHANGING ROLE

The Author discusses the changes in design of North Sea supply boats over the last 15 years or so. The original vessels were relatively low powered, with low profile funnels half-way along the after deck and unsophisticated anchor-handling equipment; however, as experience was gained, ships with higher forecastles, more powerful main engines and bow thrusters, and higher funnels were developed, together with more sophisticated navigational equipment. The supply ship developed into a highly adaptable anchor-handling/tug/supply vessel which alleviated the need for expensive tugs standing by solely for the movement of rigs. Within the last two years specialised anchor-handling tugs have become available for rig shifting, their high hire rate being offset by the time saved as they must be available at short notice to meet charter obligations. In order to deal with the inevitable emergencies, the supply boat operator must have an efficient on-shore back-up service available. Order from BSRA as No. 52,181.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at meeting on "Operating Experience with Offshore Workboats and Support Vessels", held in Newcastle upon Tyne, 30 March 1978, Paper I.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society for Underwater Technology, Limited

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Simkins, JAB
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308991
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1980 12:00AM