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ENDEAVOR

August 20, 2009

Five more deliveries from Drydocks World Batam shipyards

Drydocks World-- Southeast Asia Pte. Limited ("DDW-SEA"), the Southeast Asian subsidiary of Drydocks World, has delivered the vessels Endeavor, Greatship Ahalya, Mermaid Vision and Ark Dartmoor from its Drydocks World Nanindah yard and Armada Tuah 104 from its Pertama yard. Both yards are located in Batam, Indonesia,

Delivered to a subsidiary of Bourbon's Setaf-Saget, the 30,000 dwt, 170 m Endeavor is the world's largest fully pneumatic self discharging cement carrier. Designed by Shiptech Pte. Ltd., it is one of the largest vessels to be built at the Nanindah shipyard, which is DDW-SEA's designated volume shipbuilding facility

The 80 tons bollard pull Greatship Ahalya, 105 tons bollard pull Mermaid Vision, 90 tons bollard pull Ark Dartmoor and 150 tons bollard pull Armada Tuah 104 are all Anchor Handling Tug/Supply (AHTS) vessels, built to ABS requirements.

Greatship Ahalya is the third in a series of four vessels ordered at the Nanindah yard by Greatship (India) Limited. The Greatship Akhila and the Greatship Asmi were delivered earlier this year.

Mermaid Vision (owned by Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd) and Ark Dartmoor (delivered to Singapore Retail Pte. Ltd.) are both 1,650 dwt AHTS vessels with similar designs, each 67.8 m long and equipped with Class 1 external fire-fighting capabilities, .

Armada Tuah 104 is owned by Malaysia's Bumi Armada Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, which has contracted a total of nine newbuilding projects with DDW-SEA. To date, four maintenance and support vessels and Armada Tuah 104 have been delivered, with four more AHTS vessels are currently in progress.

Mr. Denis Welch, CEO of DDW-SEA said, "The maritime industry is currently facing extraordinarily challenging times, however, we believe the resilient players will emerge and weather the crisis. At DDW-SEA, we continue to meet our clients' expectations; having delivered 11 vessels of differing types and sizes since the beginning of the year-- which once again, has proven our capabilities as an integrated maritime solutions provider in the Southeast Asia region. This could not be made possible without the commitment and contribution of our dedicated teams at all our yards."


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