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    Rigdon Marine christens final GPA640

    Vessel & ROV News // September 27, 2005

    Esplanade's sister vessel Conti - all 10 GPA640s have now been delivered.

    Larry Rigdon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rigdon Marine, has announced that the company has taken delivery of Esplanade, the tenth and final GPA640 PSV it ordered from Bender Shipyard & Repair.

    Esplanade was christened earlier this month before it was immediately deployed under contract to a major oil company in the Gulf of Mexico.

    “The christening of our tenth and final GPA 640 is a very proud moment for every employee of the company that has worked so tirelessly to ensure the smooth delivery of each vessel to our customers,” said Mr Rigdon.

    “Today, our clients are assured that one of the finest and most technologically advanced platform support vessel fleets in the industry is available to service their operational requirements. Furthermore, it goes without saying, that we greatly appreciate the effort and commitment to quality demonstrated by Guido Perla and Associates in Seattle, Washington and Bender Shipyards in Mobile, Alabama in delivering these vessels.”

    The GPA640 vessels are 210ft by 54ft by 19ft diesel-electric PSVs with Dynamic Positioning Class 2 (DP-2) certification and a modern streamlined hull design for fuel efficiency with top speeds of 13 knots fully loaded and 15 knots in light conditions.

    The cargo capacity of these vessels has also been increased due to the space saving diesel-electric engine room. The ships are capable of carrying 7,135 cubic feet of bulk material and 5,150 barrels of liquid mud in self-cleaning oval tanks. The vessels’ two pumps can deliver mud to a height of 196ft above water. In addition, two 80-PSI air compressors can deliver 50 metric tons of dry cement or barite per hour to the same height.


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