Bourbon Offshore has held a naming ceremony at Sinopacific Zhejiang shipyard in China for two landmark vessels soon to be added to their fleet: the Bourbon Liberty 254, which is the 54th and final vessel to be delivered as part of the Bourbon Liberty 200 series of AHTS’; and Bourbon Liberty 301, the first of twenty vessels from the new Liberty 300 series featuring larger deck space and greater capacity.
“Delivery of the Bourbon Liberty 301 is an important milestone for BOURBON,” says Christian LefÃ¨vre, CEO of BOURBON, during the vessel-naming ceremony. “Our strategy of building standardized vessels in large quantities, as exemplified in the Bourbon Liberty 100 and 200 series, has been a tremendous success and a key factor in helping BOURBON reach a position of global leader in the offshore marine services industry.”
Since the first Liberty series vessel was delivered in February 2008, a total of 76 vessels (54 Bourbon Liberty 200 and 22 Bourbon Liberty 100) have been added and are currently in operation throughout the world.
“We operate a fleet of 76 Bourbon Liberty vessels worldwide,” says Rodolphe Bouchet, VP Business Management for Marine Services. “The concept and design of the series is appreciated and recognized by our clients, as evidenced by their loyalty. We continue to respond to their needs and remain closely connected to the evolving needs of the offshore industry.”
In 2010, BOURBON decided to extend its offering range by calling for the construction of 20 of the new Bourbon Liberty 300’s and 15 Liberty 150’s at Sinopacific Zhejiang shipyard as part of the groups ‘BOURBON 2015 Leadership Strategy’.
“Bourbon Liberty 300 vessels are the extension of Bourbon Liberty 200 vessels,” says BOURBON’s newbuilding managing director, Olivier Daniel. “They provide clients with a larger deck space and the capacity to carry more liquid mud and bulk products. At the same time, they use the same key features as the Bourbon Liberty 200 series (Class 2 Dynamic Positioning system, main gensets, azimuth thrusters).”
By 2014, BOURBON will have a total of 111 standardized, efficient and innovative offshore vessels operating within its fleet.