OCTOBER 3, 2013 — BAE Systems says that the subsea support vessel ordered at its Mobile, AL, shipyard by Oceaneering International, Inc., (see earlier story) will be built to the MT6022 design from Norway's Marin Tekknik.
Marin Tekknik MT6022
The U.S.-flag, Jones Act compliant vessel will be used to augment Oceaneering's ability to provide subsea intervention services in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The DP2 vessel will measure 353 ft long with a 72 ft beam and will be equipped with a 250-ton active heave compensated crane crane capable of reaching 4,000-meter water depth.
The vessel will be outfitted with two 13,000 foot-rated Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicles.
It will be powered by GE tier 4i emission compliant engines.
"This contract reinforces our commitment to new construction in the commercial market and strengthens BAE Systems' position as a highly competitive and financially stable builder of deepwater support vessels," said Richard McCreary, vice president of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards. "We continue to grow our backlog of projects and build our commercial shipbuilding workforce."
Projects currently under construction at BAE Systems' Mobile and Jacksonville, Florida, shipyards include two dump scows and six platform supply vessels. The company employs more than 1,300 people at the two sites and expects to hire an additional 250 workers by mid-2014.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, overhaul, and ship construction for commercial, private, and government customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, and Hawaii, and offers a highly skilled and experienced workforce of more than 5,000 employees, dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services. The company also has proven commercial shipbuilding, module fabrication, and robust industrial fabrication capabilities at the Mobile and Jacksonville shipyards.