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    Bourbon orders two MPSVs in France

    Vessel & ROV News // October 26, 2007

    Bourbon has ordered two French designed and built MPSVs.

    Following a European bid tender, Bourbon has announced that has ordered two MPSVs from Socarenam, a French shipyard based in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    The design of the vessels is based on a concept developed by Marine Assistance and Bureau Mauric, who have together developed a vessel concept derived from experience that the two French companies have in workboat design.

    Christian Lefèvre, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BOURBON said: "This order for two high-tech MPSVs from a recognised French shipyard reflects our desire to offer our customers high-performance multi-purpose vessels combined with an excellent cost/delivery deadline ratio in line with our Horizon 2010 strategic plan."

    "This contract is proof that French and European naval shipyards can be competitive and offer a solid performance. The choice of the Socarenam shipyard also reflects our desire to make investments and remain a major socio-economic player in France."

    The two MPSVs built by Socarenam will be used to provide support in specific, demanding offshore operations, such as the maintenance of oil facilities or production maintenance work and subsea inspection.

    They can accommodate 103 people and will have diesel electric propulsion and DP2.

    The vessels have also been designed with a reuced draft to allow them to operate in shallow water.

    The two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2009.


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