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    Swire Pacific Offshore to acquire accommodation barges

    Vessel & ROV News // May 28, 2008

    Swire Pacific Offshore has confirmed it has signed a shipbuilding contract with Boustead Penang Shipyard for the construction of two 111m accommodation work barges. Delivery is scheduled for first and second quarters of 2010, respectively.

    The units will be built and fitted out at Boustead's facilities in
    Malaysia, and will have helidecks for a Sikorsky 92 helicopter for personnel transfer.

    The vessels will provide accommodation for 239 personnel, each in what the company describes as "roomy single berth cabins with private ensuite facilities for maximum privacy and comfort."

    Each vessel will be fitted with a 200 tonne capacity subsea crane from Favelle Favco, to whom a Letter of Intent has been issued. FiFi One standard equipment will also be included on the units.

    The barges, designed in association with Shiptech Naval Architects of Singapore offer some unique features not normally found on vessels of this type.

    These include underdeck storage capability for dry bulk and liquid mud for offshore grouting, workover and warehousing operations, as well as a laydown area on deck.

    The barges are fitted with a large 7m x 7m moon pool for diving and ROV operations, spacious offices for client use and meeting rooms, together with a recreation room, two cinemas and a gymnasium for health and fitness for those on board.

    The vessels' mooring systems and main cranes have been designed for operation in water depths of up to 1,000m.

    Said Swire Pacific Offshore: "With the growth in operations in deepwater South East Asia and West Africa, these units should be able to provide shut down maintenance services as well as servicing the hook up and commissioning needs of
    offshore energy companies."

    Swire Pacific Offshore is working to ensure that the units are compliant with NOPSA regulations for service offshore Australia, where mandatory standards for crew comfort and safety are especially high.


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