GMS support vessel construction nears completion

Offshore staff

ABU DHABI, UAEGulf Marine Services says its latest newbuild self-propelled self-elevating support vessel (SESV) GMS Sharqi has started its initial charter in the Middle East North Africa region. This runs for up to two months.

The Large Class vessel GMS Evolution remains on schedule for delivery during 4Q 2016, completing GMS’ newbuild program. It will then have 15 vessels.

SESVs are four-legged vessels which are self-propelled, meaning that they do not require tugs or similar support vessels for moves between locations in the field. This, GMS says, makes them more cost-effective and time-efficient than conventional offshore support vessels without self-propulsion.

They can be deployed for a wide range of offshore oil and gas platform installation, refurbishment and maintenance activities, and well intervention work.

Large Class vessels operate in water depths of up to 80 m (262 ft), with crane capacity of up to 400 metric tons (441 tons) and accommodation for up to 300 personnel. The new Mid-Size Class vessels, added to the fleet last year, operate in up to 55 m (180 ft) of water, with crane capacity up to 150 metric tons (165 tons), and accommodation for up to 300 people.


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