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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 

A new 12m workboat built by Singapore-based Strategic Marine has successfully completed its sea trials, and has been delivered to the client, Tullow Ghana Limited.

The vessel was delivered on-schedule to the client and will be deployed to offshore deepwater projects in the Gulf of Guinea.  The remote location of the offshore oil fields, reliability demands and challenging sea conditions in the region have all influenced the design and build of the workboat. The vessel has been fitted with an advanced propulsion system, with waterjets for added  manoeuvrability compared with conventional propellers that are typically installed on similar workboats. Strategic Marine won the contract following an international competitive bid process.

The boat is designed to be launched and retrieved from a larger mothership with a single point lifting hook, and will primarily perform line handling and crew transfer duties. It features a 2t capstan, 5t tow hook and an open transom, allowing crew to perform the required line handling duties with ease.  It can achieve a maximum fully loaded speed of 25 knots and carries up to 10 passengers in comfort for offshore crew transfers.

Strategic Marine CEO Chan Eng Yew said: “Following the Hull 393 workboat’s successful sea trials, we look forward to delivering the vessel to our clients on schedule. The vessel has been built to operate in the challenging waters of the Gulf of Guinea. It has been a pleasure to work with the client on this project and to support its personnel safety agenda, which forms a key element of its sustainability programme.”

Tullow Ghana stated that the vessel will be an important addition to the offshore fleet to transport personnel to and from its offshore assets, proving safety and comfort for its offshore workers, with good manoeuvrability and low vibrations.

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