In line with its strategy in modern offshore, Bourbon is expanding its fleet with next-generation, innovative and high-productivity vessels to assist its oil and gas clients in the development of their deepwater and continental offshore operations.
On February 28 in the context of its Horizon 2010 plan, Bourbon
announced investments of $1.8b, 85 percent of which will be devoted to the Offshore Division.
Since January 1, Bourbon has placed the first series of orders
for 56 modern offshore oil and gas supply vessels, which represents a total
$808 million. These 56 vessels are in addition to the 27 supply vessels already under construction at December 31, 2005.
- 18 modern offshore service vessels to be used for deepwater offshore
In line with its growth strategy in deepwater offshore oil and gas
marine services, Bourbon has defined in detail and ordered new, innovative
vessels, equipped with the latest technologies to guarantee the best safety
conditions during operations.
The deliveries and commissioning of these vessels will be staggered
from the final quarter of 2007 until the first half of 2009.
- 4 PSV Ulstein P105 ordered from the Zhejiang shipyards in China
These 4 vessels are sisterships of the Bourbon Peridot, delivered in
Ninety-one meters long with a deadweight of 4900 tons, these Platform
Supply Vessels (PSV) will be equipped with diesel-electric propulsion, will
be classed DP2 and will be pre-equipped to receive a 100 ton deep sea
- 8 GPA 670 PSVs ordered from the Zhejiang shipyards in China
This order follows an initial order of 10 vessels of the same type, 5
of which are already in operation, giving full satisfaction to the
With a length of 73 meters and deadweight of 3200 tons, the PSVs in
this series will be equipped with diesel-electric propulsion and classed
- 5 AHTS ordered from the Bharati shipyards in India
This series of Anchor Handling Tugs Supply vessels (AHTS), with 11,000
HP and a bollard pull of 125 tons, is identical to the series of 5 units, 4
of which were recently delivered by Keppel (KPELF)
in Singapore (Bourbon Artemis,
Bourbon Aladin, Bourbon Apsara, Bourbon Alexandre). Classed DP1 and
equipped with a FiFi 1 anti-fire system, these AHTS offer optimum services
for the towage, anchor handling operations of drilling rigs and tanker
lifting at offshore terminals.
- 1 MPSV ordered from the De Hoop shipyards in the Netherlands
This 85-meter long Multi-Purpose Supply Vessel (MPSV) has quarters for
70 people. With diesel-electric propulsion, a DP2 system, and heave
compensated 100-ton crane, this vessel is particularly adapted to sub-sea
operations conducted in deepwater using robots (ROV).
- 38 modern offshore service vessels to be used for continental
By developing new concepts for vessels to replace the old units working
in continental offshore, BOURBON has demonstrated its strong capacity for
- 2 MPSVs ordered from the Bharati yards in India
This order follows the order for 2 MPSVs currently under construction
at the same shipyards. With a length of 60 meters and accommodations for 44
people, these vessels are particularly adapted to maintenance work in
producing oil and gas fields on the continental offshore.
- 36 supply vessels ordered from the Dayang shipyards in China
This large order includes 2 series of vessels, the concepts for which
come from a GPA design identical to the design for the 10 units already
ordered in December 2005 by Rigdon Marine for the US Gulf of Mexico.
Twenty-six of the 36 vessels ordered are AHTS with 80 tons of bollard
pull, and the other ten are particularly economical PSVs of 1600 tons
All 36 AHTS and PSVs ordered are diesel-electric, classed DP2 and
FiFi1, and maneuver using 2 directional thrusters associated with a fixed
propeller and 2 bow thrusters. They have been designed to optimize the
transport of various products and can carry 640 m3 of liquid mud.
Christian Lefevre, COO of BOURBON, announced: "These large orders
placed within a very short time period are one of the key factors in our
international growth. With the recent opening of new subsidiaries in
Mexico, Qatar, Egypt and Asia, we are able to serve the needs of our
clients in those regions. Building vessels in series allows us to apply a
profitable economic model to reduce construction and maintenance costs. The
success of this model is based on control of industrial know-how, which
BOURBON has already demonstrated. With the new vessels ordered, by the end
of the year we will boost our capacity to satisfy clients' expectations for
modern vessels, both for their deepwater and continental offshore