Ocean Shield - Sydney Harbour.
Ocean Shield - Sydney Harbour,5.10.2013.
The ship is a sister ship to the Australian Customs Vessel Ocean Protector. She has a displacement of 6,500 tonnes, is 105.9 metres (347 ft) in length, has a beam of 21 metres (69 ft), and a draught of 6.6 metres (22 ft). The propulsion system consists of two Rolls-Royce 3,000-kilowatt (4,000 hp) azimuth thrusters at the stern, two 1,800-kilowatt (2,400 hp) tunnel thrusters at the bow, plus a 1,500-kilowatt (2,000 hp), retractable azimuth thruster, also near the bow. Maximum speed is 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph). Power is generated by four Wärtsilä 2,880-kilowatt (3,860 hp) medium speed diesel generators. The vessel is equipped and rated as a Dynamic Positioning Class 2 vessel and has an ice class of 1B.
On 19 March 2012, the Australian government announced the purchase of Skandi Bergen in a group of Defence acquisitions. The ship cost A$130 million: the price did not include the vessel's subsea equipment, which included ROV-operating equipment and an offshore crane with a 250-tonne safe working load (SWL). This equipment was retained by the shipyard for installation in a replacement vessel ordered by DOF Subsea, with a 60-tonne SWL crane fitted instead. On 3 June 2012, the ship's new name, Ocean Shield, was announced. Although tasked by the RAN, Ocean Shield is operated by a civilian crew, and will bear the prefix "Australian Defence Vessel" (ADV), instead of being commissioned and receiving the HMAS prefix.
The ship will be used to transport equipment and personnel as part of humanitarian and disaster relief operations. Ocean Shield will supplement the capability of the amphibious warfare ships Tobruk and Choules until the Canberra class ships enter service. The ship has accommodation for around 100 people, and is equipped with a helipad. She also has 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft) of deck area for cargo and equipment.