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BY JOHN R. SNYDER, PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ShipYARDSPOTLIGHT ShipBuilding

John R. Snyder

RiSiNG STAR

New class of DP2 PSVs are game-changer for Bordelon Marine

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hings will be very different for Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders on April Fool’s Day. That will be the day when the first of its three Stingray Class DP2 Platform Supply Vessels is completed and delivered to its sister company, Bordelon Marine. The towering vessel—the superstructure rises five stories above the deck— has an elegant, robust bow design, with a spacious 182 ft x 44 ft deck, giving the vessel an appearance of being much larger than its 255 ft overall length. The three 3,285-dwt Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) are quite an undertaking for the relatively new Houma, LA, shipbuilder, but a challenge that its President and Owner, Wes Bordelon, relishes. “I enjoy building things. It just gets in your blood,” says Bordelon. He spent his youth working on boats—his father Terry co-founded Bordelon Marine in 1979—before leaving to pursue his other passion—music. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Bordelon played drums professionally with bands in New York, Chicago and Boston and performed studio session work in New York. For eight years, he worked as an Artist Development Representative for record labels such as Capitol, EMI, Interscope, Universal and Virgin. While he loved the music profession, he realized he missed his Louisiana marwww.marinelog.com

itime roots. Now as President of both a vessel operating company and a shipyard, Bordelon enjoys the creative and strategic challenges of the marine marketplace. So why would a relatively small vessel owner want to undertake setting up its own shipyard? Maintaining your own shipyard, points out Bordelon, allows you to refine your vessel design, control production costs and schedule, and moderate your fleet expansion and replacement. The Houma shipyard is a stone’s throw away from LAShip, one of Edison Chouest Offshore’s shipbuilding group. ECO is renowned for building sophisticated tonnage for its own fleet—something that Bordelon would like to emulate, albeit on a much smaller scale. Bordelon Marine, Inc., Lockport, LA, currently has a fleet of 11 vessels, the largest being its DP1 170 ft mini-supply vessels. The new DP2 Stingray Class PSVs will be a game-changer for Bordelon Marine. The 3,071 gross ton PSVs will have an overall length of 255 ft, beam of 52 ft, depth of 18 ft and maximum draft of 15 ft. Each vessel will be supplied by two electronically controlled Tier 3-compliant 2,200 hp Cummins QSK-60 main engines. The generators will include two 975 kW Cummins QSK-38 units and

one 525 kW Cummins QSK-19 unit. The emergency generator will be a 170 kW Cummins 6CTA8. Each PSV will have two Schottel 125 Z-drives and two 950hp Schottel STT2 fixed-pitch bow thrusters driven by electric motors with a VFD system. Marine Technologies, a company owned by Edison Chouest, is supplying the state-of-the-art DP2 Bridge Integration and Full Navigation Suite, Radar/ ECDIS/Doppler, and VSAT. All American Paint & Supply, Inc., is providing Carboline paint systems for the vessel’s interior and exterior. C. Fly Marine supplied a turnkey design package, from preliminary design to production for the PSVs. The vessels are being classed by ABS as ABS(E) +A1 +AMS, DPS-2, ACCU, FiFi 1, SOLAS, USCG Subchapter L and Subchapter I, so they will be able to operate both in the U.S. and internationally. In light of some of the massive newbuild programs being undertaken by other larger operators, Bordelon says he does have concerns about an oversupply of tonnage in 2015. His company plans to incrementally replace older tonnage in his fleet. Following delivery of the first Stingray in April, the second in the class will join the Bordelon Marine fleet in January 2014, followed by the third in the third quarter of 2014. ML MARCH 2013 MARINE LOG 33


Mar 2013 Marine Log Magazine