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Briggs Marine orders Freire A/S MSV

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 09/03/2023 Briggs Marine

Briggs Marine has placed an order with shipbuilder Freire A/S of Vigo, Spain, for a new Maintenance Support Vessel which is due in service in Q4 2024.

The new vessel, measuring 40 metres in length, will form part of Briggs’ charter fleet. It aims to enhance and expand the Company’s offering across a range of industries including defence, ports & harbours, energy & utilities, construction and offshore renewable energy.

Optimally configured to support Briggs’ ongoing contracts with UK Government, offshore wind farms and commercial ports, the vessel will primarily undertake inspection, servicing and replacement of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) and heavy inshore moorings in the UK and overseas.

The DP2 propulsion system and generous deck outfit has been specified and configured for maximum crew safety and uninterrupted service, even in arduous conditions where necessary.  The Company has specified diesel-electric propulsion aims to offer the best fuel efficiency possible in a wide range of applications as well as compliance with the latest and proposed future emissions standards. Importantly, the nature of machinery installation allows it to be future proofed – the ship will be able to embrace emerging technologies to utilise transitional fuels and offer drop-in battery capacity to allow for potential zero carbon operations in some circumstances.

In addition to the primary AtoN tasks, the vessel has been designed to incorporate maximum flexibility for support of other tasks including ROV deployment, survey duties, diving, subsea investigation, seabed preparation tasks and other marine project activities. Amongst other features the vessel is fitted with a moonpool, a detachable ‘A’ frame, a 4-point mooring system and a survey project office. A demountable Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) boarding ladder has also been incorporated into the design to support offshore wind farm projects.

Collieson Briggs, Managing Director commented: “This latest vessel order further demonstrates Briggs’ commitment to maintaining its position as the UK’s nearshore marine experts. The vessel will further enhance our marine project support capability for both the growing renewables sector as well as the more traditional marine construction tasks upon which Briggs has built its solid reputation".

Crew welfare is important to the Briggs Marine, and accommodation is to be well appointed with noise -reduction features to enable 24/7 operations at high levels of endurance. The vessel’s hull shape is the result of technical collaboration with Freire A/S, with the intention to provide excellent sea keeping properties and weather resilience. Comfortable continuous operations aims to be possible with a permanent crew of 6 and a balance of 10 additional project personnel in cabins.

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