Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:36
Mermaid Marine has been awarded a contract worth more than $50 million by BHP Billiton Petroleum for provision of offshore marine support for operations off the north west coast of Western Australia.
The five-year contract will cover the BHP’s floating production storage and offloading (FPSP) operations.
Mermaid will use its Mermaid Cove vessel which is currently under construction in Singapore, and will commence operations in 2013 with the Mermaid Supporter vessel being used in the meantime.
The Mermaid Cove is a 53m offshore support vessel and a sister ship to the 53m Mermaid Strait and 50m Mermaid Sound, which are on long-term contract with Woodside.
The Mermaid Cove will be the first of its kind operating off the NW Shelf to be fitted with a 10m daughter craft as well as a 7m fast rescue craft, which will significantly increase the vessels capability as a search and rescue and emergency response vessel.
The Cove will also be equipped to undertake oil dispersant and recovery operations.
“The Mermaid Cove is a class leading, innovative vessel that further adds to Mermaid’s production support capability. We are very pleased to continue to support BHP Billiton’s offshore operations,” said MMA managing director Jeff Weber.
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