Nigerian company sees keel of first PSV laid in ChinaVessel & ROV News // September 10, 2013
Pheranzy Offshore Chairman and CEO Chris Ezuede has announced the keel laying of the first of two FOCAL 522, 78m DP2 PSVs at Hongda Marine Co Ltd in China.
Mr Ezuede said: "We are very excited to have this opportunity to begin this partnership with Hongda Marine for the building of the first of two PSVs for our growing Nigerian fleet.”
Hull #1305 will be the first of two FOCAL 522 vessels for the Pheranzy Offshore fleet working in Nigeria.
Pheranzy Offshore is an indigenous Nigerian marine transportation company operating PSVs, tugs and tank barges servicing the offshore oil and gas industry in Nigeria and the West Africa region.
Pheranzy Offshore announced the signing of the contract for the two 78m PSVs on 9 May 2013.
“We have worked very closely with the management of Hongda Marine Co, Ltd for many months to make this day a reality. This building programme is in line with the Nigerian government’s aspiration to have local indigenous companies involved in the marine transportation sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, thereby creating more jobs for Nigerians and exposing our people to the latest technologies in the maritime industry,” said Mr Ezeude.
The FOCAL 522 design has a deadweight of 4,000 tonnes, 800m2 deck cargo area, complement of 60 persons and can carry multiple cargoes of fuel oil, base oil, fresh water, liquid mud, dry bulks and methanol.
In addition the design also includes oil recovery notation and FiFi 1 capacity for standby and emergency response, as well as the ability to support ROV operations, subsea installation and offshore construction services.
Delivery of Hull #1305 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the second unit, Hull #1306 is scheduled to deliver in the first quarter of 2014.