Damen Shipyards says it has inked a contract with Monaco-based Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM for the construction of five Fast Oil Spill Response Vessels for work offshore Brazil.
The newbuild OSRV’s will featuring Damen’s proprietary Sea Axe bow design, which is advertised to combine high-speed and fuel-efficient operations, with enhanced seakeeping characteristics especially in heavy seas.
CMM has already secured contracts with Petrobas for the charter of the newbuilds offshore Brazil. Three vessels are expected to begin operating by end December 2015 and two by end of June 2016. The four-yearn firm contract with Petrobas has a value of $130 million and includes options for four additional years.
All five of the vessels are being built by Damen, and will feature state-of-the-art guidance and propulsion systems with built-in redundancies.
“This is our second Brazil project and we look forward to further building and developing our partnership with Petrobras,”said Christophe Vancauwenbergh CMM’s CEO. “CMM’s track record in managing and executing projects of this nature, working closely with the client, was key to our success in securing this contract.”
The Sea Axe bow design was introduced in the early 2000’s by Damen and designed together with Delft University of Technology, MARIN and the U.S. Coastguard. The optimized hull shape can fuel usage by as much as 20%, according to Damen.