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    Merwede Shipyard confirms Hornbeck order

    Yard News // June 21, 2007

    IHC Holland Merwede BV has confirmed that its subsidiary Merwede Shipyard received a contract for the design and construction of a multi-purpose offshore support vessel for Hornbeck Offshore Services in the US.

    Merwede Shipyard secured the order because of its ability to design and offer the vessel - including the integration of cranes -within the required short delivery time and for a fixed price.

    The vessel will be built under Yard No 717 and delivery will take place in the third quarter of 2009.

    The multipurpose OCV will be capable of operating globally. However, the Hornbeck Offshore Services plans to deploy the vessel in its primary operating market in the Gulf of Mexico.

    While this foreign-built vessel cannot qualify for Jones Act trade, the company still intends to US-flag the vessel, which offers certain strategic benefits to the company and its customers.

    Hornbeck Offshore also has a four-year option to construct two additional sister vessels based on the same Type-22 MPOCV design at a US shipyard, which would qualify for domestic coastwise trade under the Jones Act.

    The vessel will be built in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of Det Norske Veritas, to obtain the following notation: DNV + 1A1, EO, SF, Dynpos, AUTRO, HELDK, DK(+), ERN (99,99,93) and to the regulations of the Isle of Man Authorities.

    The 8,000 deadweight ton vessel will be equipped with two cranes, a helideck, a moonpool and accommodations for 100 people. The primary crane will have lifting capacity of up to 400 tons in up to 3,000m of water, and the secondary crane will provide significant additional lifting capacity.

    The ship was designed by Merwede Shipyard in close concert with Hornbeck Offshore Services and has been based on an enhanced version of the Merwede Type-22 design, Merwede Shipyard’s versatile 22m beam design.

    It will be a fully dynamic positioned DP3 vessel, suitable for worldwide operation.

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