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    Cal Dive commences Sea Sorceress conversion

    Vessel & ROV News // September 7, 2000
    Cal Dive says it is proceeding with the conversion of the Sea Sorceress into a multi-purpose deepwater construction ship with full DP 2 capability.

    The ice-classed Sea Sorceress has several unique attributes that make it suited for a wide range of tasks, including deepwater mooring installation, construction, and subsea well support work.

    With a below-deck storage fluid storage capacity of 8000m3 the vessel is also highly capable as a tender or supply vessel for floating production systems utilising tender assisted drilling techniques.

    The vessel is 374ft long by 104ft wide with a double hull and double bottom.

    Other features are a 49ft by 20ft moonpool, a four-point mooring system, and a large helideck. Sea Sorceress currently has 8000 metric ton deck load capacity and will be fitted with a crane.

    As part of the conversion, Cal Dive has already installed a passive motion suppression system designed by BPP, London. Sea trials recently conducted in the Gulf of Mexico have proven the effectiveness of this system.

    The Sea Sorceress is currently based in the US Gulf of Mexico and will be available for work in full DP mode in June 2001.

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