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    Bibby Offshore comments on newbuild DSV

    Vessel & ROV News // August 31, 2006

    Bibby Offshore Ltd, the Aberdeen, UK-based subsea contractor, part of Bibby Line Limited of Liverpool, has confirmed that it has committed to bring a second newbuild Diving Support Vessel (DSV) to the market, following on from Bibby Sapphire conversion which delivered in the first quarter 2005.

    The new vessel, named Bibby Topaz, is under construction in Trondheim, Norway at the Fosen yard and will be available for subsea operations from July 2007.

    As with the Bibby Sapphire, Bibby Offshore will be taking Bibby Topaz on a long term time charter from Volstad Seismic A/S.

    The vessel, which is a Skipsteknisk AS design to Bibby Offshore specification, will be 107m long and have a beam of 22m. She will have a twin diving bell, 18 man dive system rated to 300m water depth. The vessel will also have a heave compensated 150te crane, a working deck area of 1,000m and accommodation for 106 persons.

    In a recent statement, Bibby Offshore said the vessel will be the first purpose-built DSV available to the North Sea market since the late 1980s and will be the most advanced and powerful vessel in her class.

    The order represents a further major commitment and investment in the subsea sector from Bibby Offshore and its parent Bibby Line Limited.

    Howard Woodcock, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore, said: "Bibby Offshore bringing the Bibby Topaz to the market underlines our focus and commitment to the industry in the North Sea Region and beyond; she will be a superb addition to our fleet, adding much to our capability, capacity and reputation in this sector.Ē

    The diving and ROV services on the vessel, like the companyís other DSVís, Bibby Aquamarine and Bibby Sapphire will be provided by Aberdeen based contractor, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) from their growing and specialist manpower and equipment pool.

    The vessel, whilst targeted at the North Sea Market, will be capable of supporting operations worldwide and be an integral part in the companyís strategic plan for growth.

    Bibby Topaz, when operational next year, will have a dual redundant Dynamic Positioning system, an advanced ROV with comprehensive and dedicated survey facilities on-board and three six man deck decompression chambers, together with diver and chamber gas reclaim.

    The DSV will also be fitted with a helideck capable of taking 12.8 tons or Sikorsky N92 or equivalent.

    Technical management and marine crewing of the Bibby Topaz has been awarded to Meridian Marine Management of Liverpool, a sister company of Bibby Offshore, who also technically manage the Bibby Sapphire and Bibby Aquamarine and the Bibby Groupís jack-up rigs.


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