JANUARY 22, 2014—Marine Assets Corporation, headquartered in Dubai, UAE, recently handed over the Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) Olympia, a DP-3 Accommodation Vessel, to Brazil's Gran Energia. The accommodation vessel will go to work for Petrobras.
The vessel was launched last March at Liya Pingtan Shipyard, a facility managed by China's Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd. Godmother Clarice Garcia named the vessel CSS Olympia in a ceremony.
Designed by STX Marine, Inc., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and CSS Designs Ltd., the DP-3, 84m x 32m x 22.2m vessel is ABS classed. STX Marine and CSS Designs developed the innovative, ground breaking CSS design over the past five years and, sayus STX Marine, "this successful delivery, will change the long term landscape of the offshore vessel market."
The primary function of the CSS Olympia is to act as a floating accommodation unit for rig personnel. It can accommodate 500 people. The vessel has a DP-3 rating and will remain connected to an offshore facility via a telescopic gangway system. Other features include a 12.8 tonne rated helideck, and a 150 MT telescopic boom crane.
Two further CSS Accommodation variants are under construction for MAC, the CSS Venus and CSS Themis, due for delivery later this year. Overall, there are a further six CSS vessels under contract with deliveries planned over the next 2 years.