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Marine Log

GPA 670 MKII Special Products PSV

December 5, 2007

Chinese yard launches GPAI PSV for Bourbon

Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. reports that China's Zhejiang Shipyard has launched the "Bourbon Hamos," the first of four Platform Support Vessels for Bourbon Offshore.

With this order, Bourbon's well GPA-designed fleet expands to 100 vessels, including 54 GPA 254L AHTSs, 28 GPA 654M PSVs, four GPA 670 ROVs and ten GPA 670 PSVs.

The 70-meter GPA 670 MKII Special Products vessels are equipped with three 1,825 kW main diesel generators, two 2,000 kW open-water propeller Z-Drive units, as well as two 746 kW tunnel bow thrusters, and one 170 kW emergency generator.

The use of environmentally friendly diesel-electric propulsion results in excellent fuel efficiency, as well as lower operating cost for the owner.

GPA's priority is to ensure client satisfaction. In addition to the fuel efficiency of the vessel, competitive pricing for the GPA 670 series, of which Bourbon is already successfully operating ten vessels, provides the owner with an excellent return of investment.

By applying the highest safety standards and comfort levels, offshore operations are being conducted without risk to the health or security of crewmembers, thus providing maximum dependability.

The GPA 670 MKII Special Products will primarily be engaged in the transport of stores, materials and equipment to offshore installations in tropical areas and distinguishes itself from other platform support vessels mainly due to its ability to carry approximately 170 cubic meters of special products such as methanol in specially designed tanks located in the aft end of the vessel.

The vessel, also provides the capability to carry 255 cubic meters of bulk material, as well as 1,083 cubic meters of liquid products.

The vessel is DP2- and FFV1-certified and can accommodate 23 crew members,

Delivery for the last of the four GPA 670 MKII Special Products is expected in August 2008, increasing the number of GPA 670 PSVs Bourbon owns to 18