Cargotec to supply winches for Tidewater vessels

Offshore staff

HELSINKI, Finland -- Cargotec is working on an equipment order for six new platform supply vessels (PSVs) under construction by Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China for Tidewater Marine LLC.

Each 75-m (246-ft) long vessel will be equipped with MacGregor-supplied auxiliary winches including an anchor windlass, capstans and tugger winches, a single deck crane, and a bulk handling system.

The PSVs will each have a total dry bulk capacity of 226 cu m (7,981 cu ft), provided by four 56.5-cu m (1,995-cu ft) capacity holds designed for cargo with a maximum specific gravity of 2.5.

A Cargotec spokesman said: "Our system is equipped with a programmable logic controller and a graphic operator interface for controlling and supervising the loading/ unloading process. This offers a high degree of automation and operational reliability; requiring minimal input from the operator.

"Instead of individual cabling, a field BUS communication system is used between the controller and the control valves on the tanks and compressors. This makes the installation process easier and substantially quicker. A closed circuit dust handling system ensures pollution free operations, significantly reducing the environmental impact."

Equipment is scheduled for delivery in phases throughout 2013.


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