JANUARY 8, 2015 — Bibby Offshore's Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has signed a three year contract with Bordelon Marine to charter a new vessel.
The Jones Act compliant, U.S.-flag Brandon Bordelon is an ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) and will commence a three year charter in August 2015 primarily operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The addition of the Brandon Bordelon to Bibby Offshore's existing international fleet of specialized vessels enhances its capability throughout the Americas region.
Purpose built at Bordelon Marine's Houma, LA, shipyard, the high specification Brandon Bordelon is a 257 ft x 52 ft DP2 Class Multi-function Subsea Support and Construction vessel designed to provides a versatile and cost effective approach to a variety of operations, including IMR operations (inspection, maintenance and repair), light construction, survey and inspection work.
"Signing a contract with Bordelon Marine for this new ULIV allows us to offer clients a cost effective and efficient alternative to other options currently available in the light intervention market," said Andrew Duncan, President and Managing Director of Bibby Subsea. "Over the past ten years Bibby Offshore has established a significant international presence and is a leading provider of IMR support and subsea construction services in the U.K. North Sea, with a proven track record of providing quality assets and people to their established client base. We are committed to bringing those principles to the Americas region."
"The contract with Bibby Subsea underpins our commitment to providing a first class service to the Gulf of Mexico region and significantly increases our offering to this highly specialized market," said Wes Bordelon, president and CEO of Bordelon Marine. "As a family owned business ourselves, we are aligned with Bibby Offshore's ethos to provide excellence while maintaining the health, safety and well-being of our customers, colleagues and the environment."
Bibby Subsea aims to deliver a diverse range of subsea construction projects for operators in the Americas region. Services include project management and engineering, innovative remotely operated vehicle support vessels (ROVSV) and survey capabilities, diverless intervention, advanced remote systems and tooling packages, in-house survey and data processing, subsea construction support services, and IMR.
Bibby Subsea and Bibby Offshore now employ more than 1,450 people onshore and offshore worldwide, with offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Newcastle, Singapore, Trinidad, Houston, and Norway. The company has an international fleet of seven subsea support vessels and 17 ROVs, and will continue to add to its fleet to meet demand.