The COVID-19 pandemic is one of many situations where a sudden, or also predicted, need of extra hospital/treatment facilities will emerge. One solution is hospital vessels (Emergency Support Vessels - ESVs). Ulstein has developed a portfolio of ESVs of different types and sizes for world-wide operations.
The term hospital ship covers a range of functionality and services that are needed in emergency situations, with its primary function being a hospital or medical treatment facility.
Ulstein has identified five types of emergency support vessels. These vessels are purposely built or converted to perform emergency support operations as their primary activity, or deployed in emergency situations as back-up and extra support, making use of some of their functionality such as cargo carrying, firefighting, and mobility functions.
Emergency situations can stem from natural disasters which include random, non-predictable natural disasters, seasonal events and longer-term situations, or from human-initiated events. The number of natural disasters is rapidly growing, reaching over 800 serious incidences in 2018, four times as many as there were experienced in the 1980s. Accidents relating to ships in operation also represent an emergency target for hospital ships.
A portfolio of specialised Emergency Support Vessels
Ulstein has developed a portfolio of specialized emergency support vessels (ESV) and explored the conversion of existing laid-up tonnage. The illustrations in the article above include four examples of our portfolio. The vessel on the top is a converted platform supply vessel complemented with emergency support capability on a permanent basis.. The next three illustrations are from left; a standby emergency response vessel, a hospital ship with aid capability, and a quick mobilization of temporal medical aid on the weather deck of a platform supply vessel.
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