Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, welcomed the Olympic Ares, a multifunctional subsea construction support vessel (CSV) which is due to arrive in the port of Galveston on December 16, 2014.
The 115-meter Olympic Ares features a 250-metric-ton heave compensated crane for subsea use to 3,000-meter water depth and 1,300-square-meter of clear back deck space. Ahead of arrival in Galveston, the Olympic Ares was recently installed with two SMD Quantum MkIII 250hp 3,000-meter rated Work Class ROVs. Each of these high specification Quantum Work Class ROV systems includes SMD’s Extended Tophat Tether Management System (TMS), telescopic A-Frame, umbilical winch, deck pack and fully integrated control cabin.
Andrew Duncan, President and Managing Director of Bibby Subsea, said, “Taking delivery of the Olympic Ares further expands our capacity for our oil and gas clients
in the Gulf of Mexico, and allows us to continue to deliver comprehensive CSV support in this region.
“Welcoming the Olympic Ares follows recent investment in new operations facilities and key appointments into the business, with further asset based announcements to follow. The Olympic Ares will be primarily focused on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico market
but will also be available to support project commitments in Mexico, Trinidad and Canada as required and is a strategic step into the deepwater construction market. The vessel deployment further demonstrates Bibby Subsea’s commitment to offer clients in the region a cost effective and efficient alternative to other options currently available.”
Bibby Subsea said it has experienced significant client demand for its service offering since its inception in August 2013. A recruitment drive is planned to increase the number of Bibby Subsea staff in the region by more than 70, both onshore and offshore, throughout 2015 to strengthen the business’s presence and enhance its on-the-ground support for clients in the region.