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Marine Log

January 3, 2008

Bollinger christens another Rigdon GPA 654

Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. reports that the "Slam Dunk", the fifth in a series of GPA 654 PSVs for Rigdon Marine was christened at Bollinger Shipyard in Lockport, La, today.

With this multi-vessel order, which was placed in January 2006, Rigdon's GPA-designed fleet has increased to 20 PSVs, including the Slam Dunk's sister vessels First and Ten, Double Eagle, Triple Play and Grand Slam, delivered or christened earlier this year, as well as ten 64-meter GPA 640 PSVs.

The design of the DP2- and FFV1-certified GPA 654s, measuring 58 m in length, incorporates greater operating efficiency compared to similar sized vessels, increased cargo capacities resulting from locating propulsion generators to above main deck, as well as reduced construction cost due to simplified construction methods.

Destined to serve deepwater offshore operations, the GPA 654s are capable of carrying 144 cubic meters of bulk material and 652 cubic meters of liquid mud in self-cleaning oval tanks. As a result of the vessel's diesel-electric propulsion configuration, fuel efficiency is increased.

The GPA 654 PSV is currently the smallest of the GPA Platform Support Vessel series, which ranges in size from 58 m to 92 m in overall length.

With 24 of GPA's PSV designs currently serving the offshore industry and an additional 102 vessels entering service within the next two years, GPA claims to be the worldwide leader in naval architectural design of next-generation PSVs. In response to demand for these ships and with design and construction projects underway on other types of vessels, GPA is investing in additional staff and equipment in its Seattle and Shanghai offices.