French boat builder PIRIOU has delivered the 11th of its 53- by 10-meter Fast Supply and Intervention Vessels (FSIV) to Suisse Outremer AG, to be operated by ABC Maritime AG. Built at the PIRIOU yard in Vietnam, the Karol W was turned over to the owners in October 2014. She is a sister ship to the FSIV Kacey delivered from the yard in May of 2014. The Kacey was on charter in Venezuela by September of this year.
The ABS-classed all aluminum boat is distinguished by a plumb bow that is noted for providing an improved performance and comfort at sea.
Capacities on the vessel include accommodation for up to 10 crewmembers, seating for 48 offshore workers and two single, owner’s cabins, each complete with their own head. A large, 242-square-meter cargo deck is capable of carrying up to 226 tons. With a molded hull depth of 4.4 meters the FSIV has tankage for 135 cubic meters of fuel oil.
Four Cummins V-16-cylinder QSK50-M1 main engines provide propulsion. They each deliver 1,342 kW (1,800 HP) to Hamilton water jets. Combined with a pair of 150 kW bow thrusters, and controlled by a Class 2 Dynamic Positioning, the vessel has remarkable maneuvering and station keeping abilities. The combined 5,368 kW (7,200 HP) gives the Karol W to speed of 20 knots loaded and 30 knots light ship.