Marcon concludes sale of Orion Pioneer

Vessel & ROV News - May 16, 2012

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Marcon International in the US hasannounced the sale of the US flag oilfield supply vesselOrion Pioneer (ex-Orion Star, Acoustic Pioneer, September Morn) from WesternGeco Overseas Inc to private buyers.

The vessel was originally built in 1981 by Halter Marine as a standard design 180ft x 40ft x 14ftsupply vessel for Levy-Mellon Marine of Patterson, Louisiana to use in the Gulf of Mexico market. She was later modified for specialized acoustic work for theNaval Sea Systems Command with conversion of port and starboard No 2 tanks to 13ft x 15ft enclosed storage spaces and liquid mud and drybulk tanks converted to carry additional ballast and fuel.

Orion Pioneer was originally classed by ABS, but later only carried an ABS loadline. Vessel currently has tankage for 79,000g fuel, 9,800g fresh water, and 160,000g ballast water providing an endurance of 30 days. She is powered by twin EMD 12-567BC main engines developing a total of 2,500 bhp.

The new buyers plan to register the vessel in Panama and operate her in the
Caribbean. Marcon acted as sole broker for the transaction.

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