Cal Dive takes delivery of Q4000

Vessel & ROV News - April 12, 2002

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Cal Dive International has accepted delivery of the Q4000, the ultra-deepwater, semi-submersible vessel designed to perform construction and well intervention tasks in water as deep as 10,000 feet.

"Following the completion of Gulf of Mexico project work for ExxonMobil, Kerr-McGee and Mariner Energy in extended sea trials, the Q4000 will be formally placed into service and mobilized offshore Brazil to establish customer recognition in this important deepwater market," said Owen Kratz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are pleased that the Q4000 has been completed on time and within her $180 million budget, an achievement many did not think possible given the vessel's unique design and the fact that CDI had never built a semi-submersible."

Features include a Huisman-designed, three-sided tower capable of lifting 600 tons. The vessel's 350t crane is the world's first with sufficient capacity to deliver loads to 10,000ft. The Q4000 also has a unique column-stabilized design that combines dynamically positioned station-keeping with a large deck space (15,000 square feet), significant deck load capacity (3,400t) and high transit speed (12kt).

The vessel, which Cal Dive commissioned in 1999, was built at the AMFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas.

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