Remedial Offshore launches first Elevating Support VesselVessel & ROV News // January 5, 2009
Remedial Offshore launched its first Elevating Support Vessel (ESV) on December 16th, when the unit was skidded onto a quayside barge at COSCO Nantong Shipyard.
The innovative ESV design is optimized for well intervention in water depths to 325ft (100m). Each ESV unit (two are under construction) combines capabilities of a jack-up platform, an ocean-going vessel, a workover drilling rig, heavy-lift cranes and an offshore accommodations platform in a single package.
Launching the vessel onto a barge allowed its three 3,500hp thrusters to be installed and further commissioning work to continue prior to moving the unit downstream to another COSCO shipyard where the remaining sections of its 425ft (130m) legs can be installed.
These are the last steps before the vessel starts sea trials for an expected March 2009 delivery.