HOS Bluewater, a 240ED-Class Offshore Supply Vessel, courtesy Hornbeck Offshore
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) to convert and stretch six U.S.-flagged 200 class DP1 offshore supply vessels to 240 class DP2 OSVs.
We first heard about Hornbeck’s conversion plans back in September when the company announced the retrofit program along with an expansion of its current newbuild program (officially Newbuild Program #5) from 16 vessels to 20 new OSVs. The vessels for the retrofit are six of Hornbeck’s ten Super 200 class DP1 OSVs, four of which recently completed two-year charters with Petrobras in Brazil.
“We are very pleased to announce the award of the HOS Super 200 conversion program,” said Bollinger executive vice president, Ben Bordelon. “Our relationship with Hornbeck Offshore goes back many years and we are proud to be a part of their continued commitment to better service their clients with this advancement of their fleet.”
In order to meet the aggressive delivery schedule required by HOS, Bollinger says it will carry out the conversions at two separate Bollinger facilities; Bollinger Larose, L.L.C. and Bollinger Morgan City, L.L.C. Both facilities have long standing business relationships with HOS, and have also serviced the super 200’s for regulatory and routine maintenance over the years.
Built in 1999 and 2000, the vessels were acquired by HOS in 2007. Due to their 56-ft beam, the planned 40-ft mid-body extensions and DP upgrades will bring each vessel’s capacity up to approximately 2,850 tons of deadweight and roughly double their liquid mud carrying capacity to approximately 8,000 barrels.
Once complete the OSVs will support deepwater and ultra-deepwater offshore oil and gas activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, and Brazil.
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