April 15, 2010
Bumble Bee joins Bee Mar fleet
Houston headquartered Bee Mar LLC reports that its latest DP-2, U. S.-flag, platform supply vessel (PSV), the M/V Bumble Bee, has completed sea trials and entered service in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
"The M/V Bumble Bee is a welcome addition to our busy fleet," said Bee Mar president and chief executive officer Van C. DeWitt. "Our domestic and international customers are very pleased with the technical design, station-keeping and cargo capacities of our new DP-2 platform supply vessel fleet in service globally."
The M/V Bumble Bee is the first in a new sister-ship series of 4,000 BHP, DP-2 platform supply vessels; with a clear deck area of 8,225 sq. ft (175 x 47 ft), liquid mud capacity of 9,000 barrels and a cargo carrying capability of 3,000 long tons.
The Bumble Bee Class fleet is being added to the existing Busy Bee Class fleet of DP-2 vessels currently operating worldwide. Both series were built at Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La.
The five-vessel Busy Bee U.S.-flag fleet was also built as a sister ship design series, each with 2,700 long tons of cargo carrying capability, 4,000 BHP, 7,050 sq. ft (150 x 47 ft) of clear deck and 6,300 barrels of liquid mud capacity. The Busy Bee vessel series, so named for the first vessel in the fleet, have been at work in the U.S. Gulf and international markets since Bee Mar commenced vessel operations in June 2009.