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News from the Offshore Supply Vessel Industry

Cochin Shipyard delivers offshore supply vessel to Shipping Corp

Cochin Shipyard Ltd has delivered the world’s first high-tech Rolls Royce series Platform Supply Vessel to the Shipping Corporation of India.

The ship, christened SCI Nalanda, was handed over in the presence of chairmen of SCI and CSL, S. Hajara and K. Subramanian, respectively.

SCI Nalanda is the first of the two high-tech offshore vessels being built by the yard on the UT 755 CD design of Rolls Royce for the Shipping Corporation of India.

Chouest to launch new line of supply ships

Edison Chouest Offshore has begun a new series of eight offshore supply vessels that will be built in Houma, Larose and Tampa, Fla., the company said Wednesday.

The newly announced series will be in the 280-foot range and adaptable to a range of jobs, said spokesman Lonnie Thibodeaux, who would not elaborate on the cost or further details.

“Our design plans also take into account the potential of future modifications for deployment in the Arctic,” said Dino Chouest, vice president of operations for the company.

Gdansk's shipyard gets new wind in its sails as builder of specialist vessels

On a windy afternoon at Gdansk Shipyard – the rallying point for the 1980s Solidarity movement which spelled the end of the communist regime – an 85-metre oil platform supply vessel slides off the slipway into the Baltic Sea. It is one of six specialist ships the yard builds every year, along with wind turbine towers.

Mermaid buys supply vessel for $US31.5m

Mermaid Marine says it will buy a new 75-metre platform supply vessel from Singapore's OTTO Marine for $US31.5 million.

The company said the vessel would be used to transport cargo to offshore rigs and platforms and other tasks to support offshore oil and gas operations.

Mermaid managing director Jeff Weber said the ship was the second of its type in the company's fleet and significantly expanded its capabilities in offshore drilling and construction support.

Farstad charter hat-trick

Offshore vessel operator Farstad Shipping has secured charter deals for three of its vessels.

The subsea vessel Far Saga has gained a six-month firm contract with Subsea 7 in Norway, starting immediately and with an option for a further 15 months.

Swissco group orders three new vessels

Swissco Holdings Ltd has announced that it has, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Swissco Energy Services Pte Ltd and Swissco Offshore Pte Ltd, entered into shipbuilding contracts for the construction and delivery of three offshore support vessels, including one anchor-handling tug supply vessel and two utility vessels.

The total contract value for the construction of the OSVs is approximately S$27 million, excluding owner supplied items. The OSVs will be constructed in the province of Guangzhou in China, and are expected to be delivered to by the end of 2012.

Global Offshore bags Rs 194.5 cr contract

Global Offshore Services Limited (Formerly known as Garware Offshore Services Limited) one of the leading offshore vessels services providers has bagged a contract for 4 years in Brazil worth Rs 194.5 crore. The company’s large platform supply vessel (PSV), MV Beaucephalus, owned by its wholly owned subsidiary, viz., Global Offshore Services B.V., will be deployed in the Brazilian waters for approx. value of Rs 48.6 crore per annum.

Trico extends date of Vessel Auction to March 28, 2011

Trico Marine Services, Inc. (Pink Sheets: TRMAQ) (the "Company" or "Trico") today announced that it has extended the date of its previously scheduled auction to sell certain additional Towing and Supply vessels, in continuation of the Company's exit from the Towing and Supply business. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "Court") recently issued an Order approving the auction process for the sale of these vessels.

Topaz commences planned expansion into Brazil

Topaz Energy and Marine ('Topaz'), a leading international oilfield services group, today announced that it has agreed to acquire two offshore supply vessels in Brazil based on a total delivered price of $40.4m.

The vessels, Sea Otter and Sea Marten, were built in 2007 and 2010 and are both Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (AHTSV). AHTSV are specialised vessels used in support of offshore oil and gas activity. The vessels are employed on three year time charter contracts with Petrobras, the semi-public Brazilian oil company and the largest in Latin America.

CSL inks contract with SCI

The Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has signed contracts for two 120 tonne Bollard pull anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS) with the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI). The contracts were signed in New Delhi by V Radhakrishnan, director (technical) CSL, and A K Gupta, director (technical and offshore services), SCI.
Shipping Secretary K Mohandas, Shipping Joint Secretary Rajeev Gupta, Director-General of Shipping Satish B Agnihotri, National Shipping Board chairman Capt P V K Mohan, CSL C and MD Commodore K Subramaniam, and SCI C and MD S Hajara were present on the occasion.