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    Pacific Patriot - first example of new P Type - delivered to Swire

    Vessel & ROV News // December 10, 2004
    The first of a series of newbuildings, known as the "P" class, was delivered to Swire Pacific Offshore at the end of September by Labroy shipyard.

    Pacific Patriot sailed immediately to take up a long term contract in West Africa. A second vessel, Pacific Pilot, is due to be delivered at the end of October with the Pacific Pioneer following in early January 05 and the Pacific Protector in late March.

    The four "P" Class vessels are less than 5,000bhp, making them the first low horse power vessels to be built for Swire Pacific Offshore since 1982. The recent fleet regeneration programme at the company has concentrated on larger tonnage until now.

    Having a more economical specification and aiming at the more cost effective part of the market the vessels are expected to be very much in demand.

    The first steel was cut for the vessel on the 10th October 2003 creating a building cycle of 11 months.

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