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    Mermaid Marine Australia takes delivery of newbuild

    Vessel & ROV News // December 19, 2008

    Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd (MMA) has taken delivery of its latest newbuild vessel, Mermaid Searcher.

    The vessel is currently en route to Australia having sailed from Hong Kong on December 12th 2008. The vessel ordered by Mermaid Marine through Cheoy Lee, a Hong Kong-based
    shipbuilder, and built at the Guangzhou Panyu Lingshan Shipyard in Southern China to a modified Conan Wu design taking into account the additional requirements for an Australia operated

    "Mermaid Searcher is designed as a multi-purpose vessel in line with MMA’s strategy of providing clients with a flexible fleet that ensures we are able to continue to meet the ongoing demand for vessel services in our core North West Shelf market," said the company.

    The vessel has a Special Purpose Certificate which allows it to carry up to 34 people and the layout and equipment on board makes it ideally suited to survey, ROV work or cargo operations.

    Equipped with Joy Stick control and bow and stern thrusters it has excellent stationkeeping capability to ensure safe and efficient operations.

    The technical details of the vessel are as follows:

    Class: ABS
    Flag: Australian
    LOA: 54m
    Beam: 13.8m
    Draft: 4.5m
    BHP: 3,200bhp
    Fuel: 900m3
    Water: 100m3
    Deck Space: 220m2 main deck, 50m2 mezzanine deck
    Accommodation: 34 POB.

    Said MMA: "The delivery of this vessel represents the ongoing commitment of MMA to increasing our fleet capacity and capability to service the offshore oil and gas industry."

    Mermaid Searcher’s first major role is supporting the pipeline installation for Woodside’s Pluto project and it will contribute to earnings in the second half of FY2009.


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