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    First of pair of fast utility vessels delivered in Australia

    Vessel & ROV News // June 3, 2009

    Samson Supporter is the first of two utility vessels for Samson Maritime.

    Two Western Australian companies have co-operated to set what they claim are new design and construction standards for multi-million dollar high speed vessels built specifically for the Australian offshore market.

    Fremantle maritime support solutions company Samson Maritime ordered two 40m fast utility vessels from Henderson-based Strategic Marine last July, with the first of the vessels launched early this week at Strategic’s Singapore yard.

    The vessel, Samson Supporter, has a top speed in excess of 25 knots, business class seating for 50 passengers with the ability to increase passenger numbers to 100 by utilising a modular interior, accommodation for 12 crew members, 120m2 deck space, as well as a central deckhouse.

    Some of the unique features of Samson Supporter are its use of dynamic positioning to allow the vessel to remain on station for extended periods and conduct accurate ROV work, and a moonpool to allow hydrographic survey equipment to be deployed in a secure housing.

    The vessel also has an A-frame crane installed on the aft of the cargo deck and FiFi 1 for firefighting, including a vessel deluge system.

    Samson Maritime Director Jeremy Williams said these features were not required by industry standard crew boats.

    “This brand new design combines the best of established maritime design principles with leading edge technology,” Mr Williams said. “Importantly, these new vessels are built to the stringent requirements needed to operate them on the Australian coast."

    “These boats have the inbuilt flexibility to allow them to perform a wide range of both inshore and offshore maritime support tasks, including high speed supply runs, crew transfer, safety support and intervention and inshore and offshore survey tasks,” said Mr Williams.

    Strategic Marine Director Ron Anderson said he was delighted that the company’s Singapore yard had once again demonstrated its ability to deliver ahead of schedule.

    Samson Supporter and sister vessel Samson Supplier, which will be delivered in August, will service the highly active Western Australian oil and gas industry.


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