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    Ceona vessels ready for work

    Vessel & ROV News // May 8, 2014

    Ceona has completed outfitting of its vessels Polar Onyx and Normand Pacific in order to begin projects in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico, respectively.

    The successful delivery of the flexlay and subsea construction vessels marks the conclusion of the first phase of Ceona's fleet development programme.

    The high-capacity newbuild Polar Onyx is designed for operation in harsh conditions and deep water (and has the Ulstein X-bow), and is a DP3 vessel with a 250 tonne AHC offshore crane. Final outfitting took place in Schiedam, The Netherlands, where Huisman installed a 275 tonne vertical lay system (VLS) and a deck-mounted carousel with capacity for 2,000 tonnes of flexible products. Two work-class ROVs delivered by Ceona’s partner ROVOP, which can operate in water depths of up to 3,000m, were also mobilised in Schiedam.

    Polar Onyx sailed for Vitoria, Brazil, where she will mobilise and enter service as a pipelay support vessel (PLSV) for Petrobras. Ceona will manage the PLSV in partnership with Odebrecht Oil & Gas. Polar Onyx is on charter to Ceona from GC Rieber Shipping for a fixed period of five years, with options for up to five additional years.

    In Galveston in the US, Normand Pacific was been fitted with a high-specification 75 tonne VLS, a reel drive system with 400 tonne reels and two work-class ROVOP ROVs.

    The vessel recently sailed to Freeport to mobilise for its first contract as part of the Ceona fleet, working on the Clipper Contingency Umbilical Installation Project for Bennu Oil and Gas in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The vessel will work on installation of a dynamic umbilical and electrical quad cables in water depths of over 900m. Normand Pacific is chartered from Solstad Offshore for one year, starting in April 2014, with an option of extension.

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