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    DeepOcean to charter newbuild SURF vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // October 22, 2013

    DeepOcean AS, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has entered into a five and a half year charter agreement starting March 2016 for a newbuild installation vessel that will enhance the company's service offerings in the subsea umbilicals risers & flowlines (SURF) segment in the North Sea area.

    “The expansion into the SURF segment as a lead contractor is something we do with great confidence," said Mads Bardsen, President of DeepOcean AS. "DeepOcean has a proven track‐record of delivering subsea installation projects including the installation of structures, cables, umbilicals and flexible risers. The addition of the SURF vessel provides us with the opportunity to serve our customers as a lead contractor and offer commercial benefits resulting from the bundling of our services. We have in‐depth knowledge of the subsea infrastructure... and are seeing larger and more complex subsea production assets as well as an increase in the number of subsea tie‐backs together with replacement and rejuvenation projects. I believe the timing is right.”

    The new vessel will be owned by Østensjø Rederi and is of SALT 304 design. It will have a length of 149.8m, breadth of 27m, and 2,300m2 of deck space.

    The vessel is especially designed and equipped for the North Sea market with the fuel saving, environmentally friendly Siemens BlueDrive PlusC propulsion control technology and DP3 positioning system.

    The vessel will have a 150 tonne dual tension vertical lay system and a 3,000 tonne carousel situated below deck. A 400 tonne active heave compensated knuckleboom main crane will be fitted which can lift 600 tonnes in double fall mode. The accommodation facilities will have a capacity of 140 persons.

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