Bourbon Joins 500-Vessel Club

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Bourbon Calm. Photo courtesy Ulstein

French offshore services company Bourbon Offshore has announced the delivery of the groups 500th vessel.

Bourbon on Wednesday announced of the Bourbon Evolution 806, the sixth vessel of the first series of IMR2 vessels for the offshore industry. With the delivery, Bourbon now has 500 vessels either owned or on bareboat charter, ranking the group among the world’s leading offshore marine services companies.

“We are delighted with the delivery of this 500th vessel, which reflects our commitment to provide the means to continue our development and to best serve the needs of our clients. We are now realizing the fruits of seeds sown over several years when we invested in a series of standardized vessels to achieve a global leadership position in our market.” asserts Gael Bodénès, Chief Operating Officer.

Bourbon’s fleet now consists of 500 vessels, ranging from tugs that can tow oil drilling rigs to fast crewboats that can move personnel between offshore platforms, with an average age of 6.3 years. The company employs over 11,000 employees through 28 operating affiliates. By the end of 2015, Bourbon expects the delivery of an additional 34 vessels under construction.

Bourbon says it has particular success through a fleet standardization policy, which includes the Bourbon Liberty series (111 vessels by end of 2014), the Bourbon Evolution 800 series (6 current and 4 under construction), the seismic support vessel series (4 operational and 2 more planned), and the Bourbon Explorer 500 series (at total of 20 PSVs, including 4 vessels currently in operation).

Bourbon adds that its focus on vessel standardization and centralization of maintenance led to a 94.5% availability rate in 2013.