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X-Bow makes its Asian debut

X-Bow makes its Asian debut

Ningbo: The first of four platform supply vessels, built for Bourbon Offshore Norway to Ulstein design at Zhejiang Shipbuilding here in Ningbo  is the first Asia-built vessel to incorporate the Norwegian builder's distinctive X-Bow (pictured).

The Bourbon Front, a PX105  platform supply vessel, boasts a range of innovative design features. These include more flexible cargo tank arrangements, latest fire-fighting and cargo handling safety arrangements and a number of environmental benefits aimed at improving quality of life on board and improving eco-efficiency

Bourbon newbuilding project manager. BJorn Bergsnes, who praised the quality of work at the Chinese yard, explained more details of the vessel. Exhaust gas is released through the ship's side, just above the waterline. As a result more space is available in the accommodation, which is also noticeably quieter and more comfortable. Views from the 360 degree bridge are also improved. Catalysts help to minimise emissions by mixing exhaust gas with sea water whilst service conditions alongside are improved as a result of reduced noise in the engine room - the harbour generator is located in a separate engine room compartment.  

The Bourbon project is another key step in Ulstein's global diversification. The Norwegian firm is marketing its innovative designs to international customers and partner yards in Asia and recently opened an office in Dubai where it hopes to take advantage of the thriving offshore sector. A number of vessels are now being built to Ulstein design at Drydocks World Dubai. [03/03/09]