Zamil Offshore enters subsea market with Mermaid Offshore ServicesCompany News // November 18, 2014
Zamil Offshore has expanded into the subsea market after creating a partnership with Mermaid Offshore Services. Together they have formed a joint venture company, Zamil Mermaid Offshore Services Company.
Zamil Offshore owns 60 per cent and Mermaid 40 per cent of the JV, which was formed to bid for a Saudi Aramco contract to supply diving support vessels and diving services for five years plus two one year extensions. The JV was successful and Aramco awarded them the contract.
For the contract, Zamil Offshore has provided four vessels, two of which are DP2 vessels, Zamil 63 and Zamil 64, both of which, started life in the company's fleet as anchor handlers before conversion to DSVs. These vessels now carry a full air dive spread and all-electric ROV from Saab Seaeye. The vessels are also capable of supporting a small modular saturation diving spread should the client require mixed gas intervention. Both vessels have accommodation for 75 men and carry a full survey suite and HiPAP HPR systems.
A further two shallow draft conventional vessels have been specifically built for this contract: these vessels while being sisters are configured for differing roles. Zamil 601 is designated as a mother ship to a purpose built daughter craft, this being a MultiCat design built in the UK. This requirement required the vessel to be capable of launching the daughter craft from its deck; this required the vessel to be fitted with a 60ton crane.
The second vessel, Zamil 602, while having the same hull, superstructure and power also has two spud legs for shallow water mooring. Each vessel is fitted with four-point mooring and the same crane to allow daughter craft to be launched from either vessel, should it be so required.
Both vessels are designated to operate in extremely shallow and are capable of supporting the same ROVs fitted to the DP2 DSVs with the foundations and power supplies already in place.
The four vessels were all built in-house in Zamil’s own shipyard in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
A fifth vessel, Mermaid Asiana, is provided by Mermaid. This vessel is a DP2 DSV with integrated 15-man saturation diving spread and a 100 tonne AHC crane. This vessel is capable of working in 300m of water is fully equipped to conduct IMR and light construction projects.
Like the Other DP2 DSVs this vessel also is equipped with Saab Seaeye Panther XT plus ROV.
All of the vessels carry full satellite communications, utilizing the benefits of both Fleet Broadband and V-SAT systems.