Supply vessel E. R. Kristiansand. This amazing builder’s model of the Platform Supply Vessel „E.R. Kristiansand“ in 1:100 scale is another treasure from the museum’s depot, built by the Norwegian workshop Langesund Miniatyrskipsbyggeri.
This amazing builder’s model of the Platform Supply Vessel „E.R. Kristiansand“ in 1:100 scale is another treasure from the museum’s depot. The model is a masterpiece made by the Norwegian workshop Langesund Miniatyrskipsbyggeri. A special feature of this model is that it does not bear the original name of the ship, as is usually the case with builder’s models. There can be two reasons for this: Either the model was renamed along with the ship in order to continue advertising it, or the company ordered a new model after renaming the ship. In this case, the difference between the construction and renaming is only two years.
The ship was built in 2005 by Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway. It was the second PSV / VS 470 Mk II vessel completed by the shipyard and was named „Centaurus“. Its original owner was the Hamburg-based offshore supply and towing company Harms Bergung GmbH. In 2007, it became part of the fleet of OSM Schifffahrt, a joint venture between E.R. Schiffahrt and the Norwegian OSM Group. Since 2016, the ship has belonged to the Fletcher Group, changing only its name from „E.R.“ to „FS Kristiansand.“ It is still in service.
Platform Supply Vessels are extremely robust and versatile ocean-going tugs used for a variety of tasks in the offshore industry. As the name implies, they are primarily used to supply offshore platforms, but also participate in construction, towing or salvage operations. They have capacity for a variety of cargoes, comparatively comfortable accommodations for the crew and offshore workers they carry as passengers, they have the power of a tug and sufficient stability to perform complicated maneuvers in the harshest offshore conditions.
The „Kristiansand“ is 73.4 m long, beam 16.64 m and has a main propulsion of 2 x 3020 hp Wärtsilä 6R32L marine diesel engines. The vessel also operates with 2 x Scania DI 12 auxiliary engines of 310 kW each, 2 x Brunvoll tunnel bow thrusters, 2 x Brunvoll tunnel stern thrusters and 2 x Morelli shaft generators. It has a top speed of 14.1 knots.