ECO Expands Aggressive Newbuild Campaign

Thursday, February 08, 2007
Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) announced plans to build several new anchor handling towing supply vessels (AHTS), as well as more than a dozen new generation 280-ft. platform supply vessels (PSV) in its affiliated shipyards in the U.S. All vessels are scheduled to join the ECO domestic fleet within the next three years. Construction highlights feature seven new anchor handlers: Two (2) 348-ft., 21,600 HP new generation anchor handlers and five (5) 288-ft., 16,000 HP vessels. Also slated for construction are fourteen (14) 4,700 deadweight ton PSVs. All the vessels are slated for delivery between February 2007 and mid-2010, and will be constructed at ECO affiliated shipyards: North American Shipbuilding (NAS) in Larose, LA, North American Fabricators (NAF) in Houma, LA and Gulfship in Gulfport, MS. One year ago ECO announced plans for the first three AHTS vessels, and has now ordered the equipment for the additional four. “ECO continues to provide the new generation vessels that meet the requirements of the deepwater operators,” said ECO President Gary Chouest. The first 288’ x 66’ x 29.5’ AHTS, the MAX CHOUEST, is slated for delivery in March 2007 from NAS. The JOSHUA CHOUEST, the next 288-ft. AHTS vessel in the series, is due for delivery in November 2007 from NAS. Three more are to follow with delivery dates at six-month intervals beginning in mid-2008. These vessels feature 200 MT bollard pull, DP2, increased capacities for both deck and below-deck cargoes and a deadweight tonnage of 4,236 LT. The ships will also be equipped with a 500 MT three-drum winch, secondary winches, chain lockers, dual tow pins, shark jaws and stern rollers. The first 348’ x 72’ x 31’ AHTS in the series, the DINO CHOUEST, is scheduled for a May 2008 delivery from NAS. An identical ship is slated for delivery in June 2009 from NAS. These vessels are also DP2, 210 MT bollard pull, new generation anchor handlers similar in size to the LANEY CHOUEST, a 348-ft. AHTS that has operated successfully for the past three years. These new larger anchor handlers will be equipped with a 600 MT four-drum winch. To date ECO has delivered twelve (12) 280’ x 60’ x 24’ platform supply vessels, with the CAROL CHOUEST slated for delivery and service in the Gulf of Mexico on March 1, 2007. The remaining fourteen (14) PSVs in this class are scheduled for deliveries every eight weeks afterwards. The 280-ft. PSV series has truly revolutionized the supply vessel industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring a deadweight of 4,700 LT, these vessels feature dedicated below deck tankage for 15,000 barrels of liquid mud. The vessels also provide a clear deck area of 10,251 sq. ft (203’ x 50.5’), with a capacity of 2,700 LT. ECO also continues to add to its fleet by taking recent delivery of several new 160-ft. fast supply vessels, designed and built by Breaux Brothers in Loreauville, LA. ECO is also announcing the continuation of that newbuild relationship, with plans for an additional twelve (12) fast supply vessels, with delivery dates between February 2008 and August 2011.
Maritime Reporter October 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Traders Eye Floating Diesel Storage in Atlantic

Europe diesel stocks reach fresh record high; huge imports from Asia, Middle East weigh on supplies. Oil traders are preparing to store diesel in giant tankers

Shell Want Shipper Guarantees on Nigerian Crude Exports

Royal Dutch Shell has asked ship owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a "letter of comfort" (LoC) to guarantee it is not stolen, according to an email from the company seen by Reuters.

Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines.   Under the new program, owners can double the maximum oil change interval to 1,


Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister

Seadrill Hopes to See Market Turn in 2017

Offshore rig driller Seadrill is facing another two years in the doldrums but hopes the international rig market could turn around in 2017.   Rig rates have more

Eni Arctic Service Rig Extension Okayed

Italian oil company Eni has received permission from Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority to extend the use of a service rig on its troubled Arctic Goliat oil field offshore Norway until Nov.

Maritime Contracts Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1565 sec (6 req/sec)