Otto Marine Entrenches Deeper into West Africa with 3-year Multi-Million Dollar Contract

Global Workboats will take delivery of the 7,200 bhp AHTS in-line with the Group’s strategy to build a strong chartering fleet to tap on pockets of demand in Africa, Australia and other potential new markets

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Image courtesy Global Workboats

Otto Marine Limited, a leading offshore marine services and shipbuilding company announced that it has entered one of it’s AHTS’ into a time charter contract for an initial value of USD $20.8 million over 3 years, with an option to extend for a further 1 + 1 year.  The potential value of this contract is up to USD $35.0 million.

The 7,200 bhp AHTS with DP class 2 capabilities “Beluga 1” vessel will be operated by Global Workboats Private Limited (“Global Workboats”) and deployed off the coast of Nigeria, and be part of a growing fleet of vessels servicing the West African offshore market. The vessel is currently undergoing routine maintenance at Otto Marine’s Batam shipyard.

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image courtesy Otto Marine

Including “Beluga 1”, Global Workboats will have a total of 4 offshore support vessels deployed in African waters. Other 3 vessels already deployed include two 61 meters utility vessels and one 8,000 bhp AHTS.

Chief Financial Officer of Otto Marine, Mr. Michael See, commented, “we are delighted with this charter contract which is a reflection of our increasing presence in Africa and together with the recent sale of our 10,800 bhp AHTS vessel to a third party for US$31.0 million demonstrates our commitment to steadily strengthen and improve our cash position.
We will continue to work on strengthening our chartering fleet through organic growth to enhance our operating and logistics capabilities. We believe the positive synergies harnessed within our business offerings will land us in a commanding position to tap on the growth opportunities within the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.”

Managing Director of Global Workboats, a 100% owned subsidiary of Otto Marine specializing in offshore supply vessel operations, Capt. Mike Kelly, commented that “we are all very proud to be a part of the ExxonMobil project. The Beluga 1 has been custom fitted with a 25 ton deck crane which will enable her to successfully deliver on the specific requirements for the project.”

The contract is expected to have marginal contribution to the Company’s FY 2012 earnings.

About Otto Marine Limited (OTML.SP)

Singapore-based Otto Marine Limited is an offshore marine group engaged in specialized shipbuilding of offshore vessels for primarily deep sea applications. In addition, Otto Marine is chartering out its own fleet of sophisticated and environmentally friendly (clean/comfort class) Anchor Handling Tugs and Offshore Supply vessels.

In continuation of its expansion strategy, Otto Marine is the majority shareholder in the seismic operator, Reflect Geophysical.

Otto Marine owns and operates one of the largest shipyards in Batam, Indonesia – one of the most sophisticated yards in Asia Pacific. The yard is building to DNV and Norwegian class standards. Its customers are primarily deep sea and offshore operators and equipment companies who provide logistics support and offshore services to companies operating globally in the oil and gas industry.