“Olympic Bibby” Subsea IRM Vessel Christened at Kleven Shipyard

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Image: Bibby Offshore

On Thursday 9 April, Bibby Offshore celebrated the official naming ceremony of the subsea IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel Olympic Bibby at Kleven Shipyard in Norway.  She was ordered by Olympic Shipping and upon delivery will be chartered by Bibby Offshore for a 3 year firm period, plus options for two additional years.

She is the seventh vessel built by Kleven Verft for Olympic since 2011 and is a Marin Teknikk 6021 design.

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Olympic Bibby, screen shot via YouTube

Vessel particulars:

  • Class: DNV, +1A1, SF, E0, Dynpos AUTR, DK(+), HELDK-SH, COMF-V(3), Clean Design, SPS, Crane, NAUT-OSV(A).
  • LOA: 87.75 meters
  • Beam: 19 meters
  • Displ: 4,500 tons
  • Installed power: 8790 ekW
  • Crane: 60T AHC Subsea Crane
  • Accommodations: 68
  • ROVs: Two (2) permanently installed Quasar Mk II Work Class ROVs, plus the option for 2 x Seaeye Lynx Inspection Class / Seaeye Cougar XT inspection Class ROVs

In the following video, the Olympic Bibby is seen entering the narrow Fosnavåg harbour for her naming ceremony on 9 April 2015.  The entrance to the harbor is a 22 meters wide giving her only a meter and a half of clearance on either side.

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive of Bibby Offshore, commented: “Norway is a very important marketplace for us, and we are dedicated to expanding our presence and existing services in line with regional industry demand. The Olympic Bibby is a cost efficient vessel with capabilities that will help us achieve these objectives by further aligning the business going forward during the current environment.”

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Image: Bibby Offshore

“By making our NORSOK compliant vessels available to the Norwegian market, we are working to ensure we have a range of assets capable of operating in this important new area, and becoming a partner of choice in the region,” commented Arne Lier, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore AS

Bjorn Kvalsund, Executive Vice President for Olympic Shipping said: “We have developed a strong relationship with Bibby Offshore over several years. The name of our latest vessel is a true reflection of this relationship and we look forward to further strengthening our ties now and in the future.”