BAE Systems has begun construction on the first of two platform supply vessels for Jackson Offshore Operators, LLC. Employees and executives from both companies gathered last week at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Florida shipyard for a ceremony as construction commenced on the first module, which will weigh approximately 87 tons. When complete, the entire first vessel will weigh about 3,500 tons deadweight and measure 252 feet long and 60 feet wide, with a draft of 25 feet. Construction on the second vessel is scheduled to begin later this year. Both vessels will be used to support offshore drilling operations.
The GPA 675J platform supply vessel design is provided by Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. of Seattle, Washington. The vessels will include an integrated Rolls-Royce ship systems package inclusive of low-voltage active front end diesel electric systems and a complete Rolls-Royce propulsion package with Azipull propulsion thrusters.
“We are very excited that construction has begun on our vessels,” said Lee Jackson, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Offshore Operators. “BAE Systems has been a delight to partner with on this project and we are looking forward to continued progress and eventually launch and delivery early next year.”
“This is an important milestone as we expand our role supporting the offshore energy market,” said Tom Young, director of the Jacksonville shipyard for BAE Systems. “The construction of these vessels establishes our yard as an industry leader in commercial shipbuilding, meeting our customers’ quality standards and mission requirements.”
The Jackson Offshore program is part of a continuing effort by BAE Systems to strengthen its position in the commercial new construction market at its facilities in Jacksonville and Mobile, Alabama. The company is currently constructing two dump scows and a trailing suction hopper dredge in Mobile, with scheduled deliveries in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The Mobile facility is also under contract to build two platform supply vessels, with start of construction on the first vessel to begin this month.
BAE Systems currently employs approximately 400 people in Jacksonville and expects to hire an additional 120 workers there by mid-2013. Career opportunities are available at www.baesystems.jobs.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, conversion, overhaul and new fabrication construction for commercial, private and government customers. The company operates six full-service shipyards in Alabama, Florida, Northern and Southern California, Virginia, and Hawaii, and offers a highly skilled and experienced workforce of more than 5,000 employees, dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services. The company also has proven commercial shipbuilding, module fabrication and robust industrial fabrication capabilities at the Mobile and Jacksonville shipyards.
BAE Systems’ commercial customer base includes industry leaders operating offshore energy support vessels, oil exploration vessels, cargo ships, cruise ships, oil transportation vessels and international carriers.
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