New DSV for Bibby OffshoreVessel & ROV News // April 23, 2008
Moonie: first purpose-built DSV in North Sea for more than 15 years.
Aberdeen-based Bibby Offshore Ltd has taken delivery of what the company claims is the North Sea’s first purpose-built diving support vessel (DSV) in over 15 years.
The arrival of the DSV Bibby Topaz, a Skipsteknisk AS ST 256L design, is the result of a £50+ million commitment by the subsea contractor.
The vessel, which arrived in Aberdeen on April 21st, will begin a six-month contract with a major North Sea operator at the end of this week.
Having completed an extensive client audit, Bibby Topaz will work on various subsea construction projects in the Dutch sector and UK northern North Sea regions.
Built in Trondheim, Norway, Bibby Topaz is, the company claims, the most advanced vessel in her class in the North Sea.
At 107m long, with a beam of 22m, she has twin diving bells and an 18 man dive system rated to 300m. Featuring a heave compensated 150 tonne crane and a working deck area of 1,000 square metres, the Topaz will accommodate a crew of 106.
Bibby Offshore commercial director, Fraser Moonie, said: “The Bibby Topaz is the second North Sea class vessel to be delivered by Bibby Offshore within a 13 month period. This investment further underlines our focus and commitment to the industry in the North Sea region and beyond. A superb addition to our fleet, Bibby Topaz adds much to our capability, capacity and reputation within the sector."
“As the most advanced vessel in her class, Bibby Topaz is uniquely designed to allow for harsh environment working, further strengthening our view that she will play an integral role in the future development not only of Bibby Offshore, but the sector in which we operate. An extensive client audit produced extremely positive feedback about Topaz, a very exciting achievement for us.”
Bibby Offshore own and operate a fleet of modern and advanced diving support vessels from which it provides specialist support for a wide range of diving and subsea requirements. The company also provides a full suite of management, technical, crewing and operational support services onboard Floating Production Systems worldwide.
Having experienced spectacular growth in the four years since its inception, the company has recently moved its 120 strong shore-based workforce into their new state-of-the-art headquarters at Aberdeen’s harbour area.
Bibby Offshore recently began an aggressive international growth strategy with the launch of its Trinidad office.