Bibby Offshore makes multi-million pound investment in ROV fleetVessel & ROV News // October 25, 2012
Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore has announced investment of around £11 million in ROVs for its latest division, Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL).
Initial investment of close to £4 million has been made in ROV systems for Bibby Offshore’s fleet of Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) to bring the service provision in-house, while 46 jobs have been created on and offshore within the division already this year.
BRIL has installed Sub Atlantic Comanche ROVs on all three of Bibby Offshore’s North Sea fleet of DSVs, including Bibby Topaz, Bibby Sapphire and Toisa Polaris, and it also supplies BRIL survey and position services onboard the DSVs in conjunction with NCS Survey.
BRIL has awarded Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), based in Newcastle, a five year frame contract worth £25 million for SMD to provide a wide range of hydraulic work-class ROVs to BRIL.
Under the terms of the agreement, BRIL took delivery of its first new work-class ROV, the 100hp Atom, from SMD in September and will receive a new 3,000m-rated, 150hp Quasar in November.
BRIL will then immediately expand its onshore staff by eight and offshore workforce will more than double from 30 to around 65. Further recruitment of staff will continue throughout 2013.
BRIL has invested a further £1.8 million in two SeaEye Lynx inspection class ROVw which have been installed on board Bibby Offshore’s NOR Spring DP2 ROV support vessel, which is currently operating in Indonesia providing inspection services for Pertamina.
BRIL will provide support services for the Bibby Offshore Limited Asia Pacific division, based in Singapore. BRIL plans to make further investments in equipment over the coming months which will consist of ordering a mixed fleet of work-class ROVs including the 100hp Atom, 150hp Quasars and heavy duty construction ROV the 250hp Quantum.