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    Bourbon Offshore orders 56 newbuilds

    News // April 24, 2006

    Bourbon's orders include several GPA654 design PSVs.

    Having announced details of its new, Euros 1.23 billion strategic plan in February, which it dubbed 'Horizon 2010 plan,' Bourbon Offshore has announced that it has placed order for the first of what will be a total of 56 new offshore support vessels worth some Euros 672 million.

    The 56 vessels the company plans to order are in addition to the 27 supply vessels it already has under construction as of December 31st 2005.

    18 newbuilds are being ordered deepwater offshore operations with deliveries and commissioning of the vessels staggered from the final quarter of 2007 until the first half of 2009.

    They include:

    • Four Ulstein P105s ordered from Zhejiang shipyard in China. These are sister vessels to Bourbon Peridot, delivered in 2005 and will be 91m long with a deadweight of 4,900 tons, with diesel-electric propulsion, DP2, and will be pre-equipped to receive a 100 ton deep sea crane.
    • Eight GPA 670 PSVs ordered from the Zhejiang shipyards in China. This order follows an initial order of 10 vessels of the same type, five of which are already in operation. With a length of 73m and deadweight of 3,200 tons, these PSVs will also be diesel-electric propulsion and classed DP2.
    • Five AHTS ordered from the Bharati shipyards in India. This series of AHTS will have 11,000hp and a bollard pull of 125 tons, and is identical to the series of five units, four of which were recently delivered by Keppel in Singapore (Bourbon Artemis, Bourbon Aladin, Bourbon Apsara, Bourbon Alexandre). Classed DP1, the vessels have FiFi 1.
    • One MPSV ordered from the De Hoop shipyards in the Netherlands. This 85m MPSV has accommodation for 70 with diesel-electric propulsion, a DP2 system, and heave compensated 100-ton crane and is intended for subsea operations conducted in deepwater using ROVs.

    Bourbon has also ordered 38 modern OSVs intended for continental offshore operations. These include:

    • Two MPSVs ordered from the Bharati in India with a length of 60m and accommodation for 44 intended for maintenance work in oil and gas fields on the continental shelf.
    • 36 supply vessels ordered from Dayang shipyards in China. This large order includes two series of vessels, both designed by Guido Perla & Associattes, and includes 26 AHTS with 80 tons bollard pull, and 10 economical PSVs of 1,600 tons deadweight.

    "These next-generation vessels precisely meet future client demands for safety, manoeuvrability, environmental protection and productivity," said Bourbon.

    All 36 AHTS and PSVs ordered are diesel-electric, classed DP2 and FiFi1. They have been designed to transport a variety of products and can carry 640m3 of liquid mud.


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