Support Vessels

Support Vessels

Monitor Systems specialise in the design and manufacture of safety, critical, operational instrumentation and monitoring systems for offshore platform supply and support vessels.

Monitor Systems have experience working on supply/support vessels; undertaking detailed equipment survey, design, manufacture and installation of monitoring and instrumentation systems.

General: A platform supply/support vessel is a ship specially designed to supply and support offshore oil platforms. These supply/support vessels range from 20 to 100 meters in length and accomplish a variety of tasks, and need specialised instrumentation and equipment to do so. The primary function for most of these supply/support vessels is transportation of goods and personnel to and from offshore oil platforms and other offshore structures.

In recent years a new type of platform supply/support vessels entered the market, usually equipped with a Class 1 or Class 2 Dynamic Positioning System.

Supply and Support: Cargo tanks for drilling mud, cement, diesel fuel, potable and non-potable water, and chemicals used in the drilling process comprise the bulk of the cargo spaces. Fuel, water, and chemicals are almost always required by oil platforms. Certain other chemicals must be returned to shore for proper recycling or disposal.

Equipped: Common and specialty tools are carried on the large decks of these platform supply/support vessels. Most carry a combination of deck cargoes and bulk cargo in tanks below deck. Many ships are constructed (or re-fitted) to accomplish a particular job. Some of these platform supply/support vessels are equipped with a firefighting capability and fire monitors for fighting platform fires. Some vessels are equipped with oil containment and recovery equipment to assist in the cleanup of a spill at sea. Other platform supply/support vessels are equipped with tools, chemicals and personnel to "work-over" existing oil wells for the purpose of increasing the wells' production.