Sembcorp Marine wins $140 million conversion contract

Written by Nick Blenkey

sembcorpmarinelogoSembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured a US$140 million contract from Equinox Offshore Accommodation Limited to convert a ropax vessel to a DP2 Accommodation and Repair Vessel (ARV).

Sembcorp marine says the shipyard was awarded the specialized contract based on the shipyard’s capabilities in passenger-ship conversion and upgrading and established track record in the highly challenging field of DP2 and DP3 offshore vessel conversion work.

To be named ARV3, the vessel is expected to arrive in the shipyard in January 2012 for the conversion and modification works. The completed ARV3 will be a diesel electric DP2 high specification vessel, designed and equipped to provide extensive accommodations and workshop facilities to support and service offshore facilities and projects in deep water areas. ARV 3 will have accommodations to comfortably house a complement of 450 persons. Upon completion in fourth quarter 2012, the versatile ARV3 will be deployed to support offshore works in Brazil for five years under Owner’s charter contract with Petrobras of Brazil.

Mr. Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard said “We are very pleased to be chosen by Equinox Offshore Accommodation for this important project. We believe that with our combined expertise, we will deliver a high quality and sophisticated offshore vessel to meet the stringent requirements of Petrobas, Brazil.”

Mr Petter Hoie, Chief Executive Officer of Equinox Offshore Accommodation Limited, said “Sembawang Shipyard is our valued partner in Singapore for our offshore and conversion work and has strongly supported us since our inception. The shipyard has clearly demonstrated its strong track record in handling sophisticated offshore work especially vessels equipped with dynamic positioning capabilities and passenger-ships conversion and upgrading. We are confident that the ARV3 will be the state-of-the-art DP2 Accommodation Repair Vessel, serving the offshore needs of our valued customer, Petrobas, Brazil.”

December 19, 2011

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