We have over 30 years’ experience in offshore construction and installation services. Now we are growing our fleet of offshore installation vessels in response to client demand and to diversify our services in this key area.
Our track record in offshore installation services
We have been involved in the installation of floating production units for almost 35 years. We provide a full installation of SBM Offshore supplied FPSOs and terminals – using our own marine resources and tools. Our installation vessels can also be used to lay flexible flow-line or electric cables, or to support shallow or deep water diving during construction.
We originally operated our Installer 1 vessel, which is now retired. Today, we have a fleet of two vessels: the ‘Dynamic Installer’ (1984) – a Dynamically Positioned Saturation Diving Support Vessel, owned and operated by SBM Offshore; and the ‘Normand Installer’ (2005) – a state-of-the-art deep water Subsea Construction Vessel, owned and operated by SBM Offshore and Solstad through a joint venture company, Advanced Deep Sea Installations.
Investing in the next generation of installation vessels
As our fleet of FPSOs grows, so we recognize the need to strengthen our installation fleet in order to meet and anticipate client demand.
In April 2011 we awarded a contract to Keppel Singmarine in Singapore for the detailed design and construction of a multi-purpose Diving Support & Construction Vessel (DSCV). This investment is an important element of our strategy to grow offshore contracting activities within the Turnkey Services segment, by adding a modern vessel with even greater performance and increased reliability to our fleet.
Our new DSCV vessel in detail
The new DSCV will be a MT-6024 design from Marin Teknikk in Norway, built to DNV rules and international regulations. The vessel will have a class III DP system and be equipped with a fully integrated 12-man saturation diving system capable of operating in up to 300-metres of water.
It will include a patented “double-deck” concept, which provides a large storage or construction area on the upper deck while keeping the conventional main deck unobstructed for anchor handling equipment. A 250-tonne knuckle boom crane and
150 tonnes winch will enable the vessel to carry out offshore construction and installation work in water depth of up to 1,500 metres.
Operations for the new vessel will be supported by two work-class ROVs. Delivery is scheduled for the Q2 in 2013. The vessel will be fully owned and operated by SBM Offshore.