ABU DHABI, UAE – Gulf Marine Services says its new self-propelled self-elevating support vessel (SESV) GMS Enterprise has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
The vessel has completed sea trials and has started its first charter, a four-month contract for an unnamed EPC contractor working for a Middle East/North Africa (MENA)-region national oil company.
GMS Enterprise is the first of six new SESVs that will expand the company’s fleet from nine to 15 vessels by 2016.
The company builds the vessels, also known as jackup barges, at its quayside yard in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi. The hull for the next newbuild, the smaller GMS Shamal, is due to arrive at the yard later in the current quarter and is to be completed next spring.
GMS Scirocco, another mid-size class vessel, will be completed in 3Q 2015.
All of the group’s existing fleet is contracted to support brownfield oil and gas recovery, well services and maintenance work in the MENA region, and oil, gas and other operations in northwest Europe.