Having become much more than just builders of hulls for yards in other countries, Turkish shipyards are looking to new markets because of the downturn in the oil and gas industry
The last five years saw Turkish shipyards move from building hulls for offshore support vessels on behalf of other yards to building and outfitting entire vessels. The downturn in the oil and gas sector has brought new contracts to a halt, but a recent contract awarded to Cemre Shipyard shows that there are opportunities in a related sector.
February 2017 saw Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) in France order a service operation vessel (SOV) based on a design from Salt Ship Design in Norway. The SOV will be built by Cemre Shipyard in Turkey and will operate on behalf of Dong Energy.
Due to be delivered by the Turkish yard in the Q4 2018, the 83.0 m vessel has a beam of 19.4 m and will be equipped with a dynamic motion compensated gangway with what Salt Ship Design described as “a unique onboard logistic solution”.
LDA worked closely with Salt Ship Design to develop a vessel tailored for the needs of the offshore wind industry. “This has resulted in a very purpose-driven SOV,” said the Norwegian naval architect.
Compared to some Turkish yards, which have worked their way through orders for offshore support vessels awarded before the downturn, Cemre has weathered the storm quite well, having been awarded a contract by Esvagt in Denmark, which operates in the offshore oil and gas and offshore wind industries, to build a Havyard 832 multipurpose vessel (MPSV) that will go to work for oil company Hess once delivered in 2018.
“We are very pleased to have a growing business relationship with Esvagt and that they chose us to build this advanced multipurpose vessel in Turkey at Cemre Shipyard,” said Hüseyin Şanli, shipyard manager at the yard, at the time the order was placed. “Cemre has delivered many ships to European clients and will continue to do more,” he said. In fact, Cemre has built a number of offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry and already had experience of building SOVs, having already been contracted to build one for Esvagt. The oil and gas vessel for Esvagt is designed to meet the latest environmental requirements according to IMO Tier III and will have accommodation for 49 people. It is being built for rescue/standby for 150 people and will have a length overall of 81.90 m and a deck area of 620 m2.
Other recent projects in which Cemre has been involved include two anchor-handling tug/supply vessels for Femco in Russia. Two anchor handlers for Femco of Havyard 843 ICE design were built in Turkey, one at Cemre and one at Tersan Shipyard, with final outfitting in Norway and were delivered late in 2016.
Unless they secure work in the offshore wind industry, most Turkish yards have to turn their attention to new markets now that demand for offshore support vessels has all but dried up. Selah Shipyard delivered its latest offshore newbuild, the platform supply vessel (PSV) Ievoli Cobalt, to Marnavi late last year. Built to the MMC 879L CD design, Ievoli Cobalt has a length of 83.8 m, breadth of 16.8 m and moulded depth of 7.4 m. It has a deck area of 722 m² and a deadweight of approximately 4,000 tonnes.
Besiktas Shipyard launched Dina Polaris, a multipurpose PSV it is building for Myklebusthaug Management. The status of the vessel is not clear at present, but it was originally due to be delivered in the first half of this year and is being built to Rolls-Royce’s UT 7521 design, giving it a length of 98.9 m and a breadth of 21.0 m. The vessel has a deck area of 1,000 m², deadweight of 6,000 tonnes and accommodation for 100 people. Dina Polaris will have port and starboard ROV hangars and will be prepared to allow for a moonpool, helideck and a 150-tonne AHC crane.
The multipurpose PSV Troms Polaris was launched at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey on 4 March 2016, but vessel position data suggests that it has not left Turkish waters. The ship was being built for Tidewater company Troms Offshore. The PSV will have an active heave compensated crane with 150 tonnes capacity, which can be quickly and easily fitted when required. The vessel is also prepared for a helicopter deck, which would usually be needed during extensive subsea construction work.