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STIRLING SHIPPING

Harrisons (Clyde) used to be a traditional British shipping company once. They operated general cargo ships, which if memory serves ran from Liverpool to the West Indies and bits of South America. In the mid 1970s they started up an offshore division, which was known as Stirling Shipping.

They started off operating four very small platform ships, and in the second decade of the new millenium one can only wonder how on earth anyone could have expected to operate ships so small successfully. However, they did and these little ships ventured into the far North in the North Sea winter. The masters quite liked them because they were easy to handle since they had virtually no windage, but the deck crews were less enthusiastic because no matter what the weather they always got soaked out on the afterdeck. Their first job was in a Harp Lager ad.

Stirling continued to operate small ships until they purchased Star Offshore, some time in the 1990s and subsequently built a number of VS 4783 platform ships, and three unique anchor-handlers, all at Fergusons on the Clyde. In 2001? Stirling were bought by Seacor, but two of the ships were personally owned by the Harrison family, so they kept them and renamed them. They can be found elsewhere on this site.

As time passes I am trying to address some of the history of the business, but you can get an good overview if you purchase  my book "The History of the Supply Ship". Of course all these ships have been disposed of, but I am including as many as I can find, as time allows.

Updated 6/11/13

 

 


ANCHOR-HANDLERS

TYPE: VS 473 STIRLING IONA photo: Peter Taylor
General Propulsion Deck Equip
Length OA 73.8 m Engines 2 x Wartsila Workdrum pull 300 tonnes
Breadth 16 m BHP 15000 Capacity 1 1390m x 76mm
DWT 2881 T For'd Thrusters 2 Capacity 2 1390m x 76mm
Deck area 555 m2 Aft Thrusters 1 Towdrum pull 300 tonnes
Fuel 891 m3 Bollard pull 178 tonnes Capacity 1 1560 x 76mm
Pot water 564 m3     Capacity 2  
Mud 427 m3 DP   Sharks Jaw 2 x Karmfork
Base oil 128 m3 Joystick Kongsberg SJ01 Cranes  
Brine 534 m3        
Dry bulk 242 m3 Year built 2000 Shipyard Fergusons
Tank Cleaning          

The Stirling Iona is a sensible ship in a world populated by exotica, and it is possibly a move back towards those basic requirements which motivated the British ship-owners in the 1970s. They wanted to provide ships which would carry out all the tasks which might be required of them by the fledgling North Sea oil industry. And since most of the objects out there were floating, anchor handling and towing was the first requirement followed by an ever increasing supply capability.

The progress of the floating objects out into the deeps has encouraged numerous ship-owners to built larger and more powerful vessels with the capacity to store thousands of meters of large diameter wire on their work drums; or in some cases sufficient rope to tie said objects to the seabed with a variety of unusual anchors. However there is still a need for medium sized ships capable of moving semi-submersibles from one point to another in water depths of less than 700 meters and capable of towing and supplying both semi-submersibles and jack-ups in areas less well served with marine support than the Shetland Basin. Presumably this the market that the Stirling Iona is intended to serve, and even though the winch appears to take up little space on the deck, the work drums are sized for 1390 meters of 76mm wire.

In a style which reflects the earliest anchor-handlers the winch is completely exposed, allowing those at the controls of the ship and the winch to see exactly what is happening down there.

Although the VS473 first appeared in about 1983 this ship is only a little like the original. The design benefits from the developments in engines, and the prime movers are shoe-horned in under the accommodation with long shafts to the gearboxes and the screws. In what seems to be accepted as the British approach, mud and brine tanks are ranged down either side of the underdeck space aft of the engine room - designed to avoid internal framing, and the dry bulk tanks are set down the centre. Fuel and water are mainly contained with the double hull and the forward and aft tanks.

The two Wartsila 12V32 engines develop 15,000 bhp between them giving the ship a maximum bollard pull of 172 tonnes and a maximum speed free running of 16 knots.

The wheelhouse is particularly impressive, and it is obvious that some-one within either Stirling or Fergusons or both have taken the trouble to think out the layout of the controls so as to provide the ship driver and the winch driver with the means of carrying out their function without having to have arm extensions fitted. The design of the forward controls is particularly interesting, grouping the dials and levers on two consoles to allow the driver to step forward to see what is happening outside.

Extract from article in Offshore Support Journal May 2000.

 

 

  TYPE: VS 475 NAME: STIRLING ISLAY   PHOTO: Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 74.5 m Engines  2 x Wartsila 12V32 Workdrum pull 380 tonnes
Breadth 16.0 m BHP 15000 Capacity 1 5490m x 76mm
DWT 2700 m t kW 11000 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 500 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1000 bhp Towdrum pull 380 tonnes
Fuel 853 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1880m x 76mm
Pot water 564 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 1000 bhp Capacity 2 1880m x 76mm
Mud 2692 bbls Bollard pull 175 t Sharks Jaw 2 x Karmfork
Brine 3367 bbls DP - Cranes  
Dry bulk 8550 cu.ft Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2002 Shipyard Fergusons Berths 16
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: VS 475 NAME: STIRLING JURA   PHOTO: Peter Taylor

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 74.5 m Engines  2 x Wartsila 12V32 Workdrum pull 380 tonnes
Breadth 16.0 m BHP 15000 Capacity 1 5490m x 76mm
DWT 2700 m t kW 11000 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 500 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1000 bhp Towdrum pull 380 tonnes
Fuel 853 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1880m x 76mm
Pot water 564 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 1000 bhp Capacity 2 1880m x 76mm
Mud 2692 bbls Bollard pull 175 t Sharks Jaw 2 x Karmfork
Brine 3367 bbls DP - Cranes  
Dry bulk 8550 cu.ft Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2002 Shipyard Fergusons Berths 16
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: UT 734 NAME: STIRLING SIRIUS   PHOTO: George Craigen, Peter Taylor

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 65.0 m Engines 2 x Wartsila 9R32 Workdrum pull 300 t
Breadth 14.5 m BHP 9180 Capacity 1 1000m x 56mm
DWT 2000 t kW 6750 Capacity 2 1000m x 56mm
Deck area 433 m2 For'd Thruster 1 x 800 bhp Towdrum pull 300 t
Fuel 402 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1200m x 64mm
Pot water 500 m3 Aft Thrusters - Capacity 2 -
Mud 326 m3 Bollard pull 125 t Sharks Jaw Karmforks
Brine - DP - Cranes -
Dry bulk 225 m3 Joystick Ulstein Tank cleaning -
Year built 1985 Shipyard Sterkoder MV Berths 26
Previous names Star Sirius
Comments -

 

  TYPE: UT 734 NAME: STIRLING SPICA   PHOTO: Vic Gibson
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 65.0 m Engines 2 x Wartsila 9R32 Workdrum pull 300 t
Breadth 14.5 m BHP 9180 Capacity 1 1000m x 56mm
DWT 2000 t kW 6750 Capacity 2 1000m x 56mm
Deck area 433 m2 For'd Thruster 1 x 800 bhp Towdrum pull 300 t
Fuel 402 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1200m x 64mm
Pot water 500 m3 Aft Thrusters - Capacity 2 -
Mud 326 m3 Bollard pull 125 t Sharks Jaw Karmforks
Brine - DP - Cranes -
Dry bulk 225 m3 Joystick Ulstein Tank cleaning -
Year built 1985 Shipyard Sterkoder MV Berths 26
Previous names Star Spica
Comments -

 

PLATFORM SHIPS

TYPE: - NAME: STIRLING ALTAIR PHOTO: Vic Gibson
 
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 68.17 m Engines 2 x Allens Fuel 779 m3
Breadth 15.5 m BHP/kW 5000/3680 Pot water 643 m3
DWT 2584 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 600 bhp Mud 376 m3
Deck area 468 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1985 Aft Thrusters 1 x 600 bhp Brine -
Shipyard Cochrane's Joystick Gem 80 Dry bulk 260 m3
Berths 26 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names Star Altair
Comments -

 

TYPE: UT 705 NAME: Stirling Aquarius PHOTO:George Craigen, Peter Taylor
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 81.9 m Engines 2 x Bergen Fuel 1096 m3
Breadth 18 m BHP/kW 6600/4850 Pot water 690 m3
DWT 3100 t For'd Thrusters 1 x 1000 bhp Mud 600 m3
Deck area 830 m2 Az Thruster 1 x 1000 bhp Base oil 216 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 275 m3
Year built 1991 Joystick Poscon Dry bulk 396 m3
Shipyard Laksevag DP - Tank Cleaning Marex
Previous names Gerd Viking, Star Aquarius
Comments This ship entered service as the Gerd Viking, but was bought by Star Offshore in about 1994. When Star was purchased by Stirling it became the Stirling Aquarius.

 

TYPE: - NAME: STIRLING CAPELLA PHOTO: Peter Taylor
 
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 68.8 m Engines 2 x Polar F312V Fuel 567 m3
Breadth 15.5 m BHP/kW 5080/3680 Pot water 612 m3
DWT 2386 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 500 bhp Mud 365 m3
Deck area 550 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1983 Aft Thrusters 1 x 500 bhp Brine -
Shipyard Fergusons Joystick Gem 80 Dry bulk 255 m3
Berths 26 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names Star Capella
Comments -

 

 

type: VS 483 name: STIRLING CLYDE PHOTO: Derek Mackay. Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83 m Engines 2 x Wartsila Fuel 1099 m3
Breadth 19 m BHP 4920  Pot water 1074 m3
DWT 4679 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 Mud 682 m3
Deck area 896 m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick Simrad Albatross Brine  
Year built 1996 DP ditto Dry bulk 400 m3
Shipyard Fergusons Tank Cleaning Marex    
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: 464 CD NAME: Stirling Dee PHOTO: Peter Taylor, David Styles
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 64.61 m Engines 2 x Yanmar Fuel 431 m3
Breadth 14.0 m BHP/kW 5600/4117 Pot water 355 m3
DWT 2114 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 600 bhp Mud 341 m3
Deck area 504 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1985 Aft Thrusters - Brine -
Shipyard Teraoka Japan Joystick Poscon Dry bulk 170 m3
Berths 27 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: 464 CD NAME: Stirling Esk PHOTO: George Craigen
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 64.61 m Engines 2 x Yanmar Fuel 431 m3
Breadth 14.0 m BHP/kW 5600/4117 Pot water 355 m3
DWT 2114 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 600 bhp Mud 341 m3
Deck area 504 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1986 Aft Thrusters - Brine -
Shipyard Cochranes Selby Joystick Poscon Dry bulk 170 m3
Berths 27 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: VS 483 name: STIRLING FORTH PHOTO: George Craigen, Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83 m Engines 2 x Wartsila Fuel 1099 m3
Breadth 19 m BHP 4920  Pot water 1074 m3
DWT 4679 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 Mud 682 m3
Deck area 896 m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick Simrad Albatross Brine  
Year built 1996 DP ditto Dry bulk 400 m3
Shipyard Fergusons Tank Cleaning Marex    
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: SK 60/09 NAME: Stirling Fyne PHOTO: Vic Gibson
 
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 71.0 m Engines 2 x MaK Fuel 1061 m3
Breadth 17.5 m BHP/kW 4800/3530 Pot water 721 m3
DWT 2649 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 600 bhp Mud 356 m3
Deck area 558 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1982 Aft Thrusters 1 x 680 bhp Brine -
Shipyard Hjorungavaag Joystick Simrad Dry bulk 339 m3
Berths 22 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names Edda Fjord
Comments -

 

TYPE: UT 706 NAME: Stirling Pegasus PHOTO: George Craigen, Vic Gibson
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 68.8 m Engines 2 x Bergen Fuel 643 m3
Breadth 17.5 m BHP/kW 6610/4860 Pot water 630 m3
DWT 3100 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 800 bhp Mud 474 m3
Deck area 615 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1992 Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine -
Shipyard Fergusons Joystick Poscon Dry bulk 255 m3
Berths 26 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names Star Pegasus
Comments -

 

type: VS 483 name: STIRLING SPEY PHOTO:  Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83 m Engines 2 x Wartsila Fuel 1099 m3
Breadth 19 m BHP 4920  Pot water 1074 m3
DWT 4679 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 Mud 682 m3
Deck area 896 m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick Simrad Albatross Brine  
Year built 1999 DP ditto Dry bulk 400 m3
Shipyard Fergusons Tank Cleaning Marex    
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: VS 483 name: STIRLING tay PHOTO: George Craigen, Vic Gibson
 

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83 m Engines 2 x Wartsila Fuel 1099 m3
Breadth 19 m BHP 4920  Pot water 1074 m3
DWT 4679 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 Mud 682 m3
Deck area 896 m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick Simrad Albatross Brine  
Year built 1998 DP ditto Dry bulk 400 m3
Shipyard Fergusons Tank Cleaning Marex    
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: - NAME: STIRLING VEGA PHOTO: Peter Taylor
   
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 68.8 m Engines 2 x Polar F312V Fuel 567 m3
Breadth 15.5 m BHP/kW 5080/3680 Pot water 612 m3
DWT 2386 mt

For'd Thrusters

2 x 500 bhp Mud 365 m3
Deck area 550 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
Year built 1983 Aft Thrusters 1 x 500 bhp Brine -
Shipyard Ailsa Troon Joystick Gem 80 Dry bulk 255 m3
Berths 26 DP - Tank Cleaning -
Previous names Star Capella
Comments -

 

 

 



 

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