The ALP Striker, an ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessel, has completed its sea trials in Pohang, South Korea.
According to Ulstein, the company in charge of the vessel’s design, it has achieved an impressive bollard pull result of 309.6 tonnes in its final test.
“She is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. The vessel is a part of the shipowner’s ALP FUTURE class, a series of stronger and larger towing vessels to match and enable increase in size of FPSO’s, FLNG’s and similar floating installations,” the company stated.
PHOTOS: ALP Striker Completes Sea Trials
The vessel was designed for towing very large floating objects while also offering services such as anchor handling, positioning and mooring.
It was built by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair in Japan and it is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners.
The DPII Anchor Handling Salvage Tug had been delivered on 12 September to ship owner ALP Maritime Services.
It is based on the Ulstein SX 157 design and was developed especially for this project in a tight collaboration between Ulstein Design & Solutions and ALP Maritime Services.
Towing Vessels Respond to Stronger Demand
According to Ulstein, the four vessels have the ability to perform worldwide ocean towage of any distance, as well as positioning and hook-up of floating installations to pre-laid mooring systems.
As well as this, they are able to perform anchoring of installations and floating objects and disconnecting and mooring retrieval, as part of repositioning or decommissioning operations.
The increased focus on performance follows the recent increase in the size of floating production and storage offloading vessels (FPSO), and floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers (FLNG).
“When developing the design, Ulstein had to ensure that each vessel has the sufficient bollard pull and operational reliability to handle even the heaviest tows by only two vessels. Environment and fuel efficiency have also been important criteria,” the company explained.Last updated on 11:32AM - 19/09/16