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    Chouest continues with aggressive newbuilding campaign

    News // January 25, 2006

    Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) in the US has announced plans to construct several new anchor handers at its North American Shipbuilding (NAS) facility in Larose, Louisiana, and expand on its highly successful series of 280ft PSV series and acquire new fast supply vessels. Earlier this month, the company also awarded Bollinger Shipyards a contract to build two 245ft liftboats for Chouest.

    ECO has already ordered ship’s equipment for the first three anchor handlers, and holds an option for another three vessels. The first two AHTS are to be delivered during the first and third quarters 2007. 

    This new proprietary hull design, 16,000hp, 280ft, DP2, 200 tonnes bollard pull, new generation anchor handler offers increased capacities for both deck and below-deck cargoes, with a deadweight tonnage of 4,236 LT. 

    The ship will be equipped with a 500 tonne three-drum winch, providing total wire capacity for 27,034ft of 4.25in wire, with secondary winches with a total capacity of 33,160ft of 5in diameter synthetic rope. Chain lockers will accommodate 18,700ft of 3 3/4-inch chain. Deck equipment includes dual tow pins, shark jaws and stern rollers.

    The third new Chouest AHTS vessel to be delivered in the second quarter 2008 is a 348ft proprietary hull design, 16,000hp, DP2, 210 tonne bollard pull, new generation anchor handler. The vessel will have a deadweight tonnage of 5,111 LT and is equipped with a 600 tonne four-drum winch, providing total wire capacity for 43,960ft of 5in wire and secondary winches with a total capacity of 107,020ft of 5in diameter synthetic rope. Chain lockers will accommodate 38,704 ft of 3 3/4-inch chain. Deck equipment includes dual tow pins, shark jaws and stern rollers.

    “All three of the new anchor handling vessels have been designed to meet the challenges of increased requirements for installation and recovery of deepwater mooring systems,” said ECO President Gary Chouest.

    To-date ECO has delivered eight 280ft PSVs, all currently working in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is now releasing plans to construct an additional 10 vessels, all slated for delivery in the next 24 months. 

    The ninth 280ft PSV, Dante, was recently completed at NAS and is slated for delivery soon, to be closely followed by Allie Chouest, which is currently being completed at ECO affiliate North American Fabricators in Houma, Louisiana, and scheduled for a March 2006 delivery.

    The 280ft series has a deadweight of 4,800 tons, as well as dedicated below deck tankage for 15,415 barrels of liquid mud. The vessels provide a clear deck area of 10,251 square feet (203ft x 50.5ft), with a capacity of 2,700 LT.

    In recent months ECO has taken delivery of two new 160ft fast supply vessels, designed and built by Breaux Brothers in Loreauville, Louisiana. ECO is also announcing the continuation of that newbuild relationship, with plans for an additional nine fast supply vessels over the next two years.

    The two 245ft liftboats are based on a Bollinger design that has proven to be an industry leading design that is American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed and USCG certified subchapter L, meeting all SOLAS/MARPOL requirements. The vessels will be built at Bollinger’s Lockport facility, with deliveries scheduled for the first and second quarters 2007.

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