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    Edison Chouest embarks on newbuild programme

    News // December 15, 2000
    Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) in the US has revealed plans for an aggressive new newbuilding programme.ECO officials announced the aggressive newbuilding programme on 04 December. It will consist of six 260ft new generation deepwater supply vessels, two 165ft fast supply vessels, as well as the conversion of an existing vessel into the largest offshore supply vessel in the US market, and the construction of what the company claims will be the largest anchor-handling vessel in the world.

    ECO's affiliated shipyards in south Louisiana, North American Shipbuilding in Larose and North American Fabricators in Houma, will not only perform all construction work on the various newbuild projects, but will also perform modifications on several Chouest seismic vessels being converted to offshore supply vessels.

    ECO's shipyards have already begun construction on the first four of the six 260ft deepwater supply vessels, the first of which is due to be delivered in a few months. Delivery is also expected during calendar year 2001 of the two additional 165ft fast supply vessels.

    North American Shipbuilding is preparing to convert the Margaret B Chouest - currently the largest vessel in the Chouest fleet - to what Chouest says it believes will be the largest offshore supply vessel in the US market.

    The vessel was constructed in 1995 as a container cargo vessel, and has recently returned from its service requirements with the US Navy. The 5,000dwt vessel will be modified to carry 12,000 barrels of liquid mud as a dynamically positioned class 2 (DP2)offshore service vessel. The vessel is capable of maintaining 17kt in Sea State 3 fully laden.

    The recordbreaking newbuild in the Chouest programme will be the construction of a 347ft long by 72ft vessel with a deadweight of 6,500 tons - the largest anchor handling vessel in the world.

    ECO says the vessel will be capable of a bollard pull of 360 tons. Its installed power will be 30,000hp and it will be capable of operating in depths of up to 12,000 feet.

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