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    SBS expanding PSV fleet

    News // September 21, 2001
    Stewart Offshore in the UK reports that SBS is expanding is fleet of Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) and has placed an order with a Norwegian shipyard for a purpose-built PSV with an option for a second, at a total cost of 20 million.The VS470 Mk II vessels have been designed by Vik & Sandvik to meet the requirements of SBS's operations in the North Sea.

    To be built at the Kopervik yard of Karmsund Maritime Service AS, the first ship is due for delivery during 2003.

    Commenting on the new orders, Keith Fletcher, Managing Director of SBS said "In working with Vik & Sandvik on the design of the VS470 Mk II, we have developed a vessel which we believe is a leader in its market segment".

    "During the design phase, we focused on what our clients need in terms of deliverables, efficiency and value for money. The most important aspect of the design is the deep well deck which will greatly improve the safety of those seafarers involved in deck operations".

    Another critical design change is the addition of a fourth thruster, giving the 3,800dwt vessels improved station-keeping properties.

    With a larger deck area - 710m2 - and a higher deadweight, the vessels have also been designed to carry more deck cargo than other ships in this class.

    In addition, there is not only capacity below decks for more cargo, but the dedicated and segregated bulk facility, with on board cleaning, means that a greater mix of cargo can be carried and tanks can be cleaned prior to arrival in port.

    The two British-flag vessel will mean employment for an additional 44 crew members, with SBS training four officer cadets.

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