Blue Fighter

New name: NAO Fighter. A medium-sized PSV vessel of the PX121 design with a cargo deck of 850 sqm and a load capacity of 4,200 tonnes (dwt). It has a max speed of 15.85 knots. The main engine arrangement includes two large and two small engines. By using only one large engine, the service speed can be 12 knots.

Vessel type

Platform supply

Design

PX121

Built by

Ulstein Verft AS

Year

2012

Owned by

Nordic Amercian Offshore

Yard number

291

Designed by

Ulstein Design & Solutions AS

Ordered by

Blue Ship Invest

Operated by

Remøy Shipping

Principal dimensions

Length:
83.4 m
Beam:
18 m
Dead weight:
4242 tonnes
Draught (max):
6 m
Speed (max):
15.85 kn
Accommodation:
24 POB
Deck area:
850 sqm

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration

Capacities

Fuel Oil (MDO):
1474 cbm
Fresh Water:
1033 cbm
Ballast water/Drill water:
1676 cbm
Liquid mud (sp. gr.2,8 t/m3):
1307 cbm
Brine (sp. gr.2,5 t/m3):
1307 cbm
Cement (4 tanks):
254 cbm
LFL* (4 tanks):
153 cbm
Base oil:
259 cbm

Classifications

  • DnV 1A1, Offshore Service Vessel Supply, SF, E0, DYNPOS-AUTR, CLEAN DESIGN, COMF-V(3), COMF-C(3), LFL*, NAUT-OSV(A), DK(+), HL(+)

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Ship history

The ship investment company Blue Ship Invest, a part of Ulstein Group, ordered ten platform supply vessels of the PX121 design in the period 2010-2014. Eight have been acquired by Nordic American Offshore (NAO).

'Blue Fighter' was contracted in 2010, and delivered to BSI on 19 January 2012. Named at Ulstein Verft, lady sponsor Kathrine Gåsvik Ulstein. After only days of operation in the spot market, ‘Blue Fighter’ entered a one-year contract, with an option for an additional year, with the American oil company Apache for work in the North Sea.

Remøy Shipping has technical and commercial management of the vessel, and the vessel's first Captain, Inge Gjelsten, had mastered several newbuilds before, but stated that

"A vessel of this type is my preferred choice for the North Sea. It is remarkably efficient and comfortable in all weather conditions. Wind and seas have little impact on the vessel’s performance compared to conventional PSVs. We can compare performance directly when steaming on the same tracks to the oil fields: With the same weather conditions and 3-5 metres head sea within 30 degrees of the bow, our ship can easily and comfortably maintain a speed of 12-13 knots, while the other vessels have to reduce their speed to 7-8 knots. The higher speed is a result of the ‘X-BOW® effect’. Also, due to the position of the stabilisation tanks on board, ‘Blue Fighter’ operates extremely well when wind and seas approach from the side.”

The vessel was purchased by NAO in 1 November 2013, and renamed 'NAO Fighter' - IMO 9613692

Ulstein’s decision to focus on this ship type resulted from careful market analysis. The vessels have an optimum combination of fuel efficiency and deadweight, and a capacity and performance that approaches those of larger PSVs. They can take on most of the tasks usually handled by slightly larger PSVs, but at a lower operating cost.

Overview all eight BSI vessels now owned by NAO:

BNR 289 NAO FIGHTER - delivered January 19, 2012, original name Blue Fighter.
BNR 294 NAO PROSPER - delivered on September 6, 2012, original name Blue Prosper.
BNR 296 NAO THUNDER - delivered May 13, 2013, original name Blue Thunder.
BNR 297 NAO POWER - Delivered on March 6, 2013, original name Blue Power.
BNR 298 NAO GUARDIAN - delivered June 28, 2013, original name Blue Guardian.
BNR 299 NAO PROTECTOR - delivered September 23, 2013, original name Blue Protector.
BNR 303 NAO STORM - Delivered January 19, 2015, original name Blue Storm.
BNR 304 NAO VIKING - Delivered January 19, 2015, original name Blue Viking.

Please contact us for more information

Ulstein Verft AS

P. O. Box 158
NO-6067 Ulsteinvik
Norway

Tel: +47 7000 8000

gr@ulstein.com