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    Toisa re-enters anchor handling market with new design

    News // October 24, 2003
    Sealion Shipping has confirmed an order, on behalf of Toisa Limited, for three dynamically positioned, anchor handling tug supply vessels, with options for a further three.

    The ships are to be constructed at the Wuchang Shipyard in China, the first being scheduled for delivery in August 2005 with subsequent units being delivered at intervals of four months.

    To be built to a new Vik and Sandvik design, designated the VS 4612, the principal characteristics will be a length overall of approximately 70m, beam of 16.6m, and depth of 7.3m, with a summer deadweight of 2,200 tonnes on 6.2m draft. The ships will have Firefighting Class 1, 2 x 4,500kW main engines, a speed of 16 knots, bollard pull of 160 tonnes, anchor handling/towing winch of 350 tonnes pull, and will be prepared for oil recovery operations.

    Commenting on this new order David Jamieson, the Managing Director of Sealion Shipping said, "These units have been designed as the next generation of work horses for the international oil and gas industry. With a speed of 16.0 knots, the ability to drive two propellers from one engine and a high capacity winch they will be ideal for operations in remote deep water regions."

    "Toisa has taken the decision to re-enter the anchor handling market after an absence of some five years, in the belief that a very significant part of the international fleet is both unsuitable and becoming too old to be viable in these regions," said Jamieson.

    "The company presently owns and operates a fleet of sophisticated subsea construction vessels and platform supply vessels. This investment will provide a third leg to its operations. The Vik and Sandvik design and Wuchang Shipyard were selected for the order following an extensive evaluation both of available designs and suitable shipyards. We are very confident that Wuchang will provide us with a first class product at a competitive price."

    Sealion Shipping is Toisa's ship management subsidiary and currently operates a fleet of 23 offshore support vessels trading in the North Sea, Brazil, Gulf of Mexico and South East Asia.

    Additionally it has three multi purpose platform supply/ ROV support vessels under construction at the Wuhu shipyard in China and one ROV support vessel under construction at the Itajai Shipyard in Brasil for its joint venture company, Sealion do BrasilNavegacao.

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