The versatility of PSVs

LFC 3000 artist impression. Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has developed a committed response to the increasing number of laid up Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) resulting from the current predicament facing the offshore oil and gas industry. The Dutch company’s solution involves converting idle PSVs into vessels capable of taking on roles in alternative sectors such as aquaculture, shipping and defence.

The present situation for the offshore oil and gas industry is having serious consequences. Damen has a solution to get these vessels active and profitable once again. – Our design teams have come up with workable ideas across several industries. For example, we can convert a laid-up PSV into a profitable Container Feeder or, for naval operations, a Logistic Support Vessel, informs Damen Sales Manager Remko Hottentot. – The possibilities are numerous. It will also be possible to transform a PSV into an accommodation and O&M vessel.

The ship conversion know-how stems from Damen’s worldwide network of fifteen repair and conversion yards. – With a strong reputation for engineering, craftsmanship and project management skills, Damen’s conversion teams are highly experienced in giving vessels a new lease of life, while staying on schedule and on budget, states Mr Hottentott.

One example of an already developed proposal is the Damen Live Fish Carrier 8916 for the aquaculture industry. – Here, the concept of using the existing PSV platform is ideal, yielding many advantages for live fish carrying situations.