Topaz signs PSV up for extended drydocking scheme

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The MMC 879 CP design Caspian Voyager was delivered by Selah Shipyard, Tuzla, Turkey, in 2012

Dubai headquartered OSV specialist Topaz Energy and Marine has entered its 2012-built, 79.4 m long platform supply vessel Caspian Voyager into the ABS Extended Dry-Docking (EDD) scheme.

The program will extend the vessel’s maximum drydocking period from 5 to 7.5 years, allowing it to undergo In-Water Surveys (IWS), resulting in higher availability and productivity.

ABS says the move marks a significant step in Topaz’s journey to transform its fleet to a condition-based class model. The entry of Caspian Voyager, Topaz’s largest modern PSV in the Caspian, into the Extended Dry-Docking (EDD) scheme acts as a bridge for this transition.

Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO said: “This solution compliments Topaz’s digital efforts in targeting critical areas for repair, prioritising maintenance requirements, and efficient scheduling and using resources to improve availability of their assets, while also meeting class and statutory requirements.”

“This agreement is a milestone in our journey towards digital transformation,” said Martin Helweg, Chief Operating Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine. “At Topaz, we focus relentlessly on ensuring the quality and safety of our operations. We aim to be a best-in-class, reliable, innovative service provider to our customers and we believe that with our partners, ABS and ASMA, we are making yet another step in the right direction to provide the tools necessary to achieve this.”

Additionally, the Director of the Azerbaijan State Maritime Agency, Captain Gudrat Gurbanov, said: “The strong and reliable relationships between the State Maritime Agency and shipowners create the successful foundation needed to ensure maritime safety and the protection of the environment.”

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