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May 12, 2010

Marcon brokers sale of two newbuild AHTS's

Marcon International, Inc., Coupeville, Washington, reports the delivery of two new DP-1, 5,150 BHP, 1,350 tdw anchor handling tug supply vessels to Nigerian buyers.

Marcon was sole broker in the transaction and is also offering, from the same owners, two new 5,150 BHP, 50m AHTs; one 7,400 BHP 75 m AHTS and one 75 m PSV.

The two AHTS's now delivered to Nigeria - Opu Tamuno 1 and Ibi Teme - were constructed at Zhanjiang Haibin Shipyard in China. Initially the pair were commissioned on speculation by the yard, and the buyers secured them with over six months of work remaining on each.

The sister vessels measure 58.7 m x 14.6 m x 5.5 m depth and have a design draft of 4.75 m. Clear deck area measures 370 sq.m with a loading of 7 tonnes per sq.m. Under deck capacities include 475 cu.m fuel, 230 cu.m water, 460 cu.m ballast, 255 cu.m liquid mud and 170 cu.m dry bulk.

Each vessel is powered by a pair of CAT 3516B engines driving twin controllable pitch propellers in kort nozzles via twin Reintjes 7.455:1 gearboxes, creating about 65 tonnes of bollard pull and a free running speed of abt. 13.5 kn at 100 percent MCR.

For auxiliary power the two vessels are equipped with twin 350 kW, 415V, 3 phase, 50 Hz diesel engine powered auxiliary generators plus one 65 kW emergency generator.

Each vessel comes equipped with a CPP bow thruster developing 6 tonnes of thrust.

Deck equipment includes a hydraulically driven double drum waterfall winch with 150 t line-pull of the first layer, and a braking capacity of 200 t. The drums are capable of stowing two reels of 1,000 m of 56 mm wire rope.

To handle anchors and wires, Opu Tamuno 1 and Ibi Teme are fitted with 200 t SWL stern rollers, 200 t tow pins extending 60 0mm above the deck in the fully extended position and one set of 200 t SWL shark jaws able to take 50 mm to 75 mm wire and 28 mm diameter chain. Two 10 t electro-hydraulic tugger winches and a pair of 5 t capstans are also installed.

The vessels are equipped with full communications annavaids including two radars, an echosounder, DGPS, WeatherFax, twin gyro compasses, a magnetic compass, autopilot, doppler speed log, AIS, GMDSS, VHFs, SART and a Navtex receiver.

Twin 1,200 cu.m/h fire monitors are located on top of the wheelhouse.

Accommodations are provided for 42 persons in two single-berth, four two-berth and eight four-berth air conditioned cabins.

Vessels are classed Bureau Veritas 1 +Hull +Mach "Supply Vessel & Fire Fighting Ship" Tug Unrestricted Navigation AUTCCS +DYMAPOS AM/AT (DP-1).

Marcon International has sold a total of 9 vessels and barges to-date in 2010. Sales on several additional barges are pending.

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