Voith Turbo Drives Seabed Worker
Voith Turbo Schneider Propulsion announced the supply of its Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) for a new inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel, the M/V Seabed Worker.
The multipurpose offshore vessel was built by Norwegian shipbuilder Fjellstrand for Seabed AS, and is fitted with two VSP, type 32R5 ECR/265-2, arranged in the stern of the vessel and driven by two electric motors rated at 2500 kW.
Voith Turbo also supplied the Voith roll stabilization (VRS), which improves the onboard comfort and work safety on deck. In fact, in case of harsh weather conditions, the roll stabilization controls the rolling motion of the ship via the VSP during transit and dynamic positioning. The vessel is also fitted with a dynamic positioning system (DP2), and features an active heave-compensated 50 ton offshore crane in the stern area.
The Seabed Worker has been in service since May 2009, performing IMR operations on pipelines, feeder lines or valves. The vessel is 88.8 m long and 16 m wide, with a gross tonnage of 3923 tons, a service speed of approximately 12 knots and a top speed of 15 knots. The four main engines are Cummins QSK 60 DMI rated at 1800 kW each. The deck area is 650 m2 and the vessel has accommodation for 66 people.
The Seabed Worker is also capable of managing remote operated vehicles (ROVs) from a launch and recovery system installed in the moonpool. The vessel hosts a Perry Slingsby XLX ROV in a hangar situated aft of the accommodation area, which can be closed to function as a protected work area for storage, maintenance and handling of the ROV.