Harren & Partner Buys Offshore Construction Vessel
Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner is looking to grow its offshore salvage business with the purchase of the offshore construction vessel MV Blue Giant from English operator OIG Group.
“Although the oil markets are currently still recovering, we have deliberately opted for this investment despite its counter-cyclical nature. Alongside our classic offshore activities, we also wish to further strengthen our position in attractive niche markets such as the salvage business, where this vessel also has possibilities for deployment,” explained Peter Harren, Founder and Managing Director of Harren & Partner.
The vessel, which was built for Harren & Partner in 2008 and sold to OIG in 2011, will be managed by Harren & Partner’s Offshore Department.
MV Blue Giant was constructed to the order of Harren & Partner at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, Germany, and was one of the first ships to combine the functions of a dock ship with those of a Ro-Ro and heavy lift vessel. After several offshore and salvage projects in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast of the U.S., MV Blue Giant was sold to the OIG Group, but since delivery has been continuously under the technical management of Harren & Partner. In 2017 during the ice-free summer months the vessel was used for maintenance and repair work on a gas platform in the Pechora Sea, Russia.
The dynamic positioning system (DP2) equipped offshore construction vessel (length 179.63 m, breadth 25.40 m) features a combined crane capacity of up to 700 t and one height extended crane up to 60 m. The vessel is equipped with a cabin block which can accommodate up to 200 people, a moon pool, a helideck and a fire fighting system reaching a distance of 180 m.
The vessel is slated to undergo its 10-year class renewal in Bremerhaven. Currently, Harren & Partner said it is holding intensive talks about future projects.