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    Candies active in newbuild market

    Vessel & ROV News // February 23, 2001
    Otto Candies, the Louisiana-based US operator has ordered crew supply vessels in the US and a new support ship in the Netherlands.

    The American operation of Australia-based Austal Ships has secured a two vessel order for the construction of 150ft (45.7m) aluminium crew supply vessels that Otto Candies will use in the Gulf of Mexico. They are scheduled for delivery in early 2002.

    Austal USA's Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Chris Pemberton, said the company was extremely excited to the contract, not simply because it was important for the new yard, but because the order would demonstrate how suitable aluminium vessels could be for the offshore supply industry. The knock-on effects could be significant and not just in the US region, he claimed.

    "These aluminium vessels continue the recent trend towards high speed crew transfers to offshore platforms, improving productivity of the vessels but also allowing access to the deeper fields that are being developed," said Pemberton.

    Otto Candies said the main reasons for choosing Austal USA were the depth of experience and expertise offered by the Austal Group.

    The newbuilds will carry 80 passengers (rig crew) and have a crew of six. They will be powered by four Cummins KTA 38 M1 engines, providing a speed of 26kt.

    The second order from Otto Candies has seen Shipyard De Hoop Lobith in the Netherlands win an order for a 90m offshore support vessel. This is the second vessel that the yard has been contracted to build for Otto Candies, and it is due to be delivered inMarch 2002.

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