During the New Orleans Work Boat Show in November last year, US sales team members Matt Taylor and Tim Ryder met with representatives from Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC to demonstrate and explain the unique capabilities of the Argus Oil Spill and Ice Detection Radar Module.
Harvey Gulf had used other systems in the past, but were very impressed with the features and ease of use of Argus. After some follow-up, we received the order in December. The system has now been delivered for installation to the Eastern Shipbuilding Group who is building the first of three 292ft Tiger Shark Class Offshore Support Vessels for Harvey Gulf in Panama City, Florida.
The boat is an STX Marine design featuring a DP II SOLAS-classed, AC diesel-electric with twin Z-drives. The offshore support vessel measures 292' x 64' x 24'-6". This high-tech vessel's main propulsion is provided by the two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z-drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 Kw at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 hp which makes it capable of top speeds in excess of 12 knots.
The vessel is ABS classed, A1, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, Enviro +, Offshore Support Vessel and certified under SOLAS. It is also Green Passport (GP) certified.
Harvey Gulf will take delivery of this vessel in April and members of the Navico pro team will be on board for crew training before it‘s rented out to Shell Oil for service in Alaskan waters. The Simrad Argus Radar is one of the first of its kind in this market segment that is able to provide Oil spill and Ice detection Radar built into an IMO/SOLAS ARPA navigational radar system. It is capable of detecting and tracking oil slicks, and provides the size of the oil spot area in km2 or m2 in addition to oil spot volume in barrels.
In addition, the system is ordered with specially automated and thermostat controlled heating kits to prevent radar scanners from icing over in extreme conditions.
11th Mar 2012