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    Gulf Marine Services introduces new self-propelled jack-up

    Vessel & ROV News // October 9, 2009

    Endurance and Endeavours are a new type of self-propelled jackup.

    A uniquely designed self-propelled self elevating jack-up barge is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and, once delivered, will be one of the most flexible and capable vessels in the market, claims Gulf Marine Services.

    Gulf Marine Services, the Middle East region’s largest elevating support vessel operator, has developed a design along with MSC Gusto which incorporates an operating water depth of up to 65m, accommodation for 150 persons, deck space of 1,000m2, deck load of 11,350 tonnes, self-propelled DP 2 dynamic positioning, heavy lift crane capacity of up to 350 tonnes and four legs for faster jacking on location.

    The company said requirements from existing customers in the energy sector and potential demand from new markets has resulted in the design of GMS Endurance

    "This new self propelled jackup barge design is set to operate in deeper waters and harsh environments," said the company in a statement. "The design's extreme flexibility will be suited to a much wider range of opportunities than existing vessels currently in the market. Offshore accommodation and construction, well intervention & workovers and drilling completions are some of the key markets Endurance has been targeted to work in."

    The company also has plans to expand into the renewables sector, and has a sister vessel, GMS Endeavour, under construction too.

    Andy Cobban, technical manager of the construction division at the company said: "GMS Endurance is a state of the art barge and the design elements it encompasses will position it as the most flexible in the market at present. The size and flexibility of the design provides it with a greater scope of opportunities within the market and it can be further adapted to suit particular client requirements."

    “We already have five working jack-up barges and we are looking to further increase our presence in the Middle East and Internationally. Through the unique design of Endurance and Endeavour we are confident of broadening our opportunities in existing markets and expanding into new markets.”

    GMS Endurance is the first of two new Gusto 2500X vessels planned by GMS over the next 12 months, with GMS Endeavour currently having its hull towed to the company’s Mussafah shipyard for completion in 2010. 

    The barges have been designed with a view to further increasing GMS’ presence in the Middle Eastern, West African and North Sea markets.

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