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    New offshore platform for Bibby

    Yard News // March 6, 2000
    Bibby Line Limited, the Liverpool-based UK shipping group and specialist in offshore support services to the oil and gas industry, has taken delivery of a new service vessel - the first of its kind in the region and unique in its design and capability.

    The vessel was built by Arab Heavy Industries, PJSC (a member of Singapore's Keppel Group) in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. The naming of the Trident Bibby One, a self-elevating self-propelled service vessel took place at the shipyard on 23 February 2000.

    Bibby claims the Trident Bibby One will set new performance standards in supporting offshore activities in the Middle East and South East Asia. It was due to be ready for service in March 2000.

    Designed and built to comply with DNV rules and the MODU code, the Trident Bibby One is of a totally new design. A 5000hp twin screw propulsion system is synchronised with the bow and stern thrusters by a single joystick control system, which allows thevessel to move location without tug assistance and also ensures a safe approach to fixed offshore installations.

    Bibby's newbuilding can operate in shallow waters of around 10ft or in up to 180ft of water with her 260ft lattice legs. She is designed and equipped for operations as varied as well servicing - including coiled tubing, wire-lining and acidizing - as well as heavy lifting, maintenance, construction support and pipeline repairs.

    The main crane is a custom design of 210t capacity set around the starboard leg well which allows a deck space of over 9,700 square feet. This unusually spacious deck provides maximum flexibility for oil companies and their contractors. Two 70 ton EBI cranes further enhances her efficiency and lifting capabilities.

    Trident Bibby One can accommodate up to 60 people in the modern and well-equipped accommodation block and is self contained for on board operation.

    The helideck is designed and built to the latest UK CAA rules.

    A spokesman for the company said: "The almost complete elimination of weather downtime and savings on tug assistance ensures both maximum productivity and very cost effective operations. Trident Bibby One has the latest design features and meets the highest safety requirements of the industry."

    The unit will be managed by Bibby Harrison Management Services based in Liverpool and crewed through Bibby International Services based in the Isle of Man.

    Bibby Harrison Management Services, is a joint venture ship management operation between Bibby Line Ltd and Thos & Jas Harrison Ltd, two of Liverpool's oldest and most respected shipowners.

    Based at Duke Street, Liverpool, it manages bulk carriers, container vessels, chemical and LPG carriers, coasters, self-elevating platforms and floating storage units.

    Arab Heavy Industries PJSC is a joint venture between Keppel Group, Ajman Government and the Al Futtaim Group, which owns and operates a ship building and repair yard in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.

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