GMS unveils details of extensive newbuild programmeVessel & ROV News // November 22, 2013
Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has announced details of a newbuild programme that includes a further E-Class vessel - similar to GMS Endeavour, the company’s self-propelled jack-up barge currently occupied in windfarm operations in European waters - and three S-Class vessels, a new design GMS describes as a ‘workhorse’ ideally suited to the renewables industry.
The four new self-elevating self-propelled vessels with dynamic positioning (DPII) will be capable of global operations in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors and will be built at the company’s yard in Abu Dhabi.
The first, GMS Enterprise, is already underway and will be ready for new contracts in quarter three, 2014.
The new S-Class jack-up design will bridge the gap between GMS’ existing seven K-Class assets currently operating in the Middle East in water depths of up to 45m and equipped with 36 and 45 tonne crane options, and its two E-Class harsh weather dynamic positioning (DPII) vessels currently working in the North Sea and suitable for worldwide operations in water depths of up to 65m and with 230 tonne and 300 tonne cranes.
Duncan Anderson, chief executive officer at GMS, says: “We’ve seen a major increase in demand for our jack-up barges over the last five years. As a result, we are currently building a third E-Class vessel in Abu Dhabi with this capable of working in even deeper water, up to 80m, and with a larger 400 tonne crane; we also have an option to build another of these large units.
“In addition to this, we’ve identified a need for a jack-up that falls mid-way between the two classes we already provide, and have produced a modified Gusto design called the S-Class. We will start building the first of three new S-Class barges this month (November), which will be ready for quarter two 2015.”
The S-Class will have DPII and will operate in depths of up to 55m, however it will be a smaller and more utilitarian harsh weather barge than the E-Class; a workhorse that will be ideal for wind-related operations. It will have 800m2 of deck space, a 150 tonne main crane, a 15 ton auxiliary crane, and will accommodate from 150 to 300 people.
The S-Class jackups will be used for well services in the oil and gas sector and for offshore windfarm maintenance, in northwest Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and West Africa.