LATC Marine opts for Damen PSVs and crewboatsVessel & ROV News // April 14, 2015
Africa-focused proprietary investment firm LAT Cleveson (LATC) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of two PSV 3300 platform supply vessels and two FCS 5009 fast supplier vessels. The transaction will bring next generation Damen PSVs to the offshore industry of Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea for the first time.
The purchase is being made by LATC Marine Ltd, a subsidiary of LAT Cleveson, which provides vessel supply and offshore operation support services to oil and gas operators in Nigeria. The deal has been financed by Fidelity Bank Plc.
Gbolahan Shaba, COO of LATC Marine, said: "Our aim is to redefine the concept of quality tonnage in the Gulf of Guinea and particularly in Nigeria. We plan to locally develop the necessary skill sets that will sustain our quality service to the most demanding clientele who run very complex operations in the most challenging environments. Ultimately, our strategy is to attain the capacity to build and maintain quality tonnage in Nigeria. We anticipate strong demand for repair and docking services in our region and we plan to create the facilities to meet that demand, professionally and safely”. Advising on the agreement was RS Platou Africa (RSP).
The PSVs and fast suppliers acquired by LATC Marine will have the support of the Damen Service Hub in Port Harcourt, as well as the Damen Regional Office in Lagos. An additional Service Hub in Ghana is being planned.