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    Another newbuilding for Torch

    Vessel & ROV News // May 8, 2000
    Torch Inc, the offshore construction and pipelay company has awarded two major contracts for the construction of a new, multi-purpose dynamically positioned vessel designed to carry out the installation of rigid flowlines, umbilicals, coiled tubing and flexible flowlines, as well as performing subsea construction in water depths of up to 10,000ft.

    The construction contract for the new vessel, to be named Midnight Warrior, has been awarded to Bender Shipbuilding of Mobile Alabama; the contract for the ship's pipelay system has been awarded to SAS Gouda in the Netherlands.

    Midnight Warrior should enter service in late 2001, and is the first of its type to be built in the US.

    Torch says that its recently converted vessel Midnight Eagle has been selected by Taylor Energy to perform a pipelaying job in South Marsh island Block 27. The scope of the work includes laying some 21,000 feet of 4in pipe and burying with a 3ft cover.

    The company's latest newbuilding, the DP2 class offshore subsea construction vessel Midnight Arrow, which was purpose-built in Spain, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico, and has gone to work immediately on behalf of Sonsub, carrying out telecommunicationand cable repair, plus up to 150 cable crossings in up to 500ft of water, in the Gulf of Mexico, on behalf of Petrocom.

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