ABU DHABI, UAE – Gulf Marine Services says its newbuild self-propelled self-elevating support vessel (SESV) GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Later this month the vessel will start a three-month contract (extendable by up to one-month) for an EPCC contractor working for an unnamed national oil company in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region.
GMS Scirocco is the second of a new SESV design, the mid-size class, in the company’s fleet. A third, GMS Sharqi, is due to be delivered early next year, followed by a further large class vessel, GMS Evolution, in 4Q 2016.
The company builds all its SESVs, also known as jackup barges, at its quayside facility in Abu Dhabi. The current newbuild program, which began last year, will increase the fleet from nine to 15 vessels by the end of next year.
All the group’s existing vessels are employed on contracts to support brownfield oil and gas production, well servicing and maintenance work in the MENA region, and oil, gas and renewable energy-related operations off northwest Europe.
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