GMS newbuild programme includes first S-class unitVessel & ROV News // April 30, 2014
GMS is building on its already strong foundations in the UAE to become the largest builder and operator of self-propelled self-elevating accommodation jack-up rigs, not just in the Middle East, but worldwide.
The company recently announced a newbuild programme that includes the addition of a new design to its current fleet of nine jack-ups.
Four new vessels with dynamic positioning (DP2), capable of global operations in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, will be built at the company’s yard in Mussafah; the first, GMS Enterprise, is underway and will be ready for new contracts in quarter three 2014.
Three rigs will be a new S-class jack-up design. The S-class will bridge the gap between GMS’ existing 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 E-class harsh weather DP2 vessels currently working in the North Sea and suitable for worldwide operations in water depths of up to 65m with 230 tonne and 300 tonne cranes.
Duncan Anderson, chief executive at GMS, said: “We’ve seen a major increase in demand for our jack-up rigs over the last five years. As a result, we are currently building a third E-class vessel at our yard 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 started work on the first of three new S-class barges in November, GMS Shamal, and this will be ready for quarter two, 2015.”
The S-class will have DP2 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. It will have 800m2 of deck space, a 150 tonne main crane, a 15 tonne auxiliary crane, and will accommodate from 150 to 300 people.
The S-class jack-ups will be used for well services in the oil and gas sector and for offshore wind farm maintenance, in northwest Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and West Africa.