Ark Ship­ping takes de­liv­ery of OSD-de­signed AHTS for Caspian op­er­a­tions

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A new shal­low-draft an­chor-han­dling tug sup­ply (AHTS) ves­sel de­signed by Off­shore Ship De­sign­ers (OSD) has been de­liv­ered to Rus­sian in­land wa­ter­ways op­er­a­tor and off­shore lo­gis­tics ser­vice provider, Ark Ship­ping.

The AHTS Antarc­tic, de­signed in close co-op­er­a­tion with the owner, is partly based on the de­sign of an­other OSD-de­signed ship, the Arc­tic, which was de­liv­ered to Ark Ship­ping in 2012. The DP1 ves­sel has a Bureau Ver­i­tas Ice Class No­ta­tion, and is fully equipped to op­er­ate in the chal­leng­ing and ex­treme con­di­tions of the Caspian Sea, where ice for­ma­tion of around 80 cm dur­ing the win­ter pe­riod is not ex­cep­tional. Con­struc­tion of the hull from special-grade steel will en­able the Antarc­tic to en­dure min­i­mum temperatures of -25 to -30C. Hull con­struc­tion, mean­while, has been op­ti­mized to cre­ate a rel­a­tively low-weight hull for an ice-class 1A ves­sel.

The Antarc­tic’s large breadth forms a sta­ble plat­form for stand-by res­cue, sup­ply and an­chor-han­dling op­er­a­tions un­der ex­treme con­di­tions. The ves­sel can sup­ply and load dif­fer­ent car­goes such as ce­ment, liq­uid mud, fuel oil, fresh wa­ter and black wa­ter. The min­i­mum draft in a light op­er­at­ing con­di­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 2.5m fa­cil­i­tates ac­cess to the shal­lower parts of the Caspian Sea.

The Antarc­tic has a Standby Res­cue Ves­sel class no­ta­tion for 100 sur­vivors. An in­no­va­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion de­sign of­fers suf­fi­cient room for sur­vivors and en­sures proper san­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties. The ves­sel, which is fully equipped with all equip­ment needed to en­sure safe and ef­fi­cient an­chor-han­dling op­er­a­tions, has a to­tal propul­sion power of 4923 kW and 6600 hp. It has six rud­ders with a triple steer­ing gear and dou­ble- cylin­der set-up. Three Cum­mins QSK60 En­gines drive three high-thrust pro­pel­lers. a con­fig­u­ra­tion which en­sures a high bol­lard pull and ex­cel­lent ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, even in icy and shal­low waters.

“Ark Ship­ping has been op­er­at­ing ves­sels in the Caspian Sea for al­most 30 years, es­tab­lish­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion,” said OSD man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michiel Wi­js­muller.

“It must meet the re­quire­ments of the ma­jor oil and gas com­pa­nies in the area, so it is al­ways look­ing to push the bound­aries of or­tho­dox tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide high­qual­ity ves­sels which op­er­ate in an ef­fi­cient and safe man­ner in dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ments. We are de­lighted that Ark re­turned to OSD for its lat­est ves­sel, which adds to our con­tin­u­ally ex­pand­ing de­sign port­fo­lio.”

Off­shore Ship De­sign­ers spe­cialises in new­build de­sign and ba­sic en­gi­neer­ing for a wide range of ship types, in­clud­ing tugs, work­boats and ves­sels for the off­shore, re­new­able en­ergy, pas­sen­ger trans­port, fish­ing and gen­eral cargo mar­kets. Lo­cated in Europe and Asia, its teams pro­vide a range of con­sul­tancy, naval ar­chi­tec­ture and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices, in­clud­ing con­cept FEED stud­ies, ves­sel re­fit and con­ver­sion, and struc­tural and sta­bil­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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