Doha Marine Services takes delivery of new vesselVessel & ROV News // September 12, 2003
Conceptual design of Conquest was derived from within DMS management where careful evaluation of clients needs and weather conditions were evaluated and came up with a 'pocket DP' vessel.
Detailed design was completed by Henderson International of Dubai, and the owners elected to build DMS Conquest on a speculative gamble with no contract in place, creating considerable interest from the international market with enquiries coming from asfar afield as West Africa, Mexico, India and the Far East.
Conquest is a very versatile vessel and can perform, dive support, ROV, topside construction and maintenance activities, and also act as a crane vessel utilizing her 160t Liebherr telescopic hydraulic crane, which is capable of lifting 44t @ radius of 20M. Having fire monitors installed on the stern she can also support emergency firefighting and platform evacuation.
Fitted with a Kongsberg SDP21 system, supported by MCD Fan beam, DGPS, and HIPAP 350 reference systems, her DP seakeeping capability has proved very effective, said DMS.
Able to accommodate 90 personnel in one man, two man and four man cabins, all fitted with self contained bathrooms facilities, she is well suited for a construction and maintenance role.
Her owners are currently planning to install a helideck in addition to a hydraulic telescopic gangway which will allow the vessel to remain connected by gangway to an offshore structure while remaining on DP.
Other fleet expansion planned by DMS includes an order placed in a Southern China shipyard for the construction of a multi-role supply/maintenance vessel, DMS Challenger, which is due for delivery in April 2004.
Challenger is finished with the usual fuel, water, mud and bulk tanks, but also has a 50 man accommodation block and is fitted with FiFi 1 firefighting capability. She is designed with the option to install a telescopic hydraulic crane on her stern to make her capable to support maintenance activities.
Challenger's propulsion is via two 1,500bhp Caterpillar main engine driving 360 degree Schottel rudder propellers and a 500kW CPP bow thruster. Engines and thrusters are fitted for DP and the vessel is wired for DP-1 making it a simple operation to install the DP computer.
DMS says it also has further expansion plans with a DMS Conquest II in the pipeline and additional Challenger class vessels expected.