GORINCHEM, the Netherlands – Damen Shipyards Group says that Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM (CMM) has secured contracts with Petrobras to charter five newbuild fast oilspill response vessels with a new fuel-efficient Damen axe-bow design.
The company says that the new vessels will be able to reach offshore oil platforms in half the time it takes traditional oilspill response vessels, and that they will have “unrivaled” speed, stability, and operability in deep seas.
Three vessels will start operating by the end of December 2015 and two by the end of June 2016. The four-year firm contract has a value of $130 million and is mutually extendable for a further four-year term. All of the vessels are being built by Damen, and will have state-of-the-art guidance and propulsion systems with built-in redundancies.