Bourbon takes delivery of first of new FSIV series

FSIV Bourbon SiroccoJANUARY 23, 2013 — Paris headquartered Bourbon has taken delivery of Bourbon Sirocco and Bourbon Shamal, the first two in a series of four versatile FSIVs (Fast Support Intervention Vessels).

Delivered in October 2012, the Bourbon Sirocco is currently operating in Angola

Designed by Piriou Ingénierie and Mauric Design, and built by the Piriou SEAS shipyard in Vietnam, this new series relies on the solid experience both companies have and on their long-term partnership with Bourbon, which in 2004 resulted in the very first FSIV (Fast Support Intervention Vessels) series in the Bourbon fleet.

Bourbon currently has a fleet of 30 FSIVs, rapid assistance vessels that can simultaneously carry urgent supplies and intervention teams.

The DP2-equipped Bourbon Sirocco and the Bourbon Shamal have a characteristic straight bow and are designed to meet the needs of both the personnel transport market and offshore installation support.

They offer exceptional maneuverability and increased operational safety thanks to their DP2 system. Their crews of ten, meeting Bourbon's standards of competence, including a second for each crucial position: one captain and a first mate, one DP officer and a Junior DP Officer, one chief engineer and a second engineer, plus four experienced seafarers.

The Bourbon Sirocco and the Bourbon Shamal each have a cabin that can accommodate 60 personnel members, equipped with quality seats, air conditioning and soundproofed for optimal comfort.

The design combines a light, aluminum hull with a waterjet propulsion system to give a maximum speed of 30 knots while providing 240 sq.m  of deck cargo space.

"The Bourbon Sirocco, as well as her sister ships, will take full advantage of the strategy implemented by Bourbon in its quest for operational excellence, that is to say anticipating market needs and offering its clients a fleet of modern, reliable, efficient vessels built in series," comments Rodolphe Bouchet, Bourbon's Vice President for Business Management-Marine Services.

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