Hornblower to supply former spill response vessels for brand spanking new roles

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Nick Blenkey

Blue hulled response vessel

California Responder (above) has now been renamed Seaward Explorer

Two former spill response vessels have been acquired by Hornblower Group, which is to supply them for constitution as multipurpose provide vessels by way of its Seaward Companies Inc. subsidiary.

Now named the Seaward Discoverr and Seaward Endeavor (beforehand the California Responder and Pacific Responder) the vessels have been constructed on the VT Halter Marine shipyard and delivered in 1992 and 1993 respectively to the Marine Spill Response Firm (MSRC). They’ve since operated strictly below the possession of MSRC, fulfilling their mission as prepositioned oil spill response property.

Seaward Companies’ acquisition of each vessels is described as “the primary endeavor to leverage the complete capabilities of this class of former spill response vessels to function multipurpose provide vessels (MPSV) in a wide range of industrial operations.”


“As we proceed to place Hornblower as a world chief in experiences and transportation and increase our portfolio of consumer service choices throughout the maritime trade, we’re proud to be the primary firm to take this class of multi-purpose provide vessels just like the Seaward Explorer and the Seaward Endeavor and supply them to purchasers for industrial use,” mentioned Scott Thornton, chief working officer, Ferries and Transportation Division, Hornblower Group. “Providing these two dynamic and operationally versatile vessels for consumer use virtually wherever is a primary for us and is a testomony to work of our unbelievable Seaward Companies crew.”

At 208 toes in size, the ABS classed Subchapter D and Subchapter I former spill response vessels will likely be accessible for makes use of together with, however not restricted to, offshore wind development/berthing and operational assist, emergency response, world expeditionary assist, cargo and freight operations, and authorities and personal maritime coaching actions.

The vessels are every outfitted with:

  • Command & Management Room workspaces and workplaces with enhanced berthing for as much as 38 individuals. Expanded personnel capabilities upwards of fifty people for short-duration operations.
  • Launch and restoration tools for small craft, ROV, and towed-array operations, together with two 20-ton cranes and three hydraulic deck winches rated to five, 10, and 20 tons, respectively.
  • Two 6.5-meter Brunswick Impression 650 Inflexible Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) powered by 170 hp Volvo Penta outdrives included for charterer’s use.
  • A helicopter deck rated for Bell L206 and appropriate for aerial drone assist.
  • Deadweight capability of 1,235 tons, with roughly 3,800 sq. toes of open deck house and a further 900 sq. toes of coated deck house, outfitted with Peck & Hale securing techniques all through.
  • 4,000 barrels of oil storage capability throughout 4 tanks with every outfitted with in-tank thermal oil heaters, Framo deepwell centrifugal pumps, and Worldwide Intershield 300V epoxy coatings.
  • Port and starboard oil switch manifolds appropriate for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore operations.
  • Towing bitt with hydraulic McElroy MC-21 capstan
  • A nautical vary of seven,200 nautical miles, permitting for numerous world operations.

“The acquisition of those vessels alerts a vibrant future for Seaward Companies and our increasing operational footprint throughout the world maritime trade,” mentioned John Keever, president, Seaward Companies Inc. “I sit up for what’s forward for our purchasers, significantly within the space of recent applied sciences in offshore wind development and operational assist.”

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