The Offshore Partners is currently involved in the construction supervision of a series of offshore pipe-lay vessels for TL Offshore, a subsidiary of the Malaysian company SapuraKencana, who together with the Norwegian company Seadrill have won contracts for a major South American operator, to lay flexible pipelines with a diameter of 100mm to 630mm, in a depth of up to 2500 metres.
The vessels will be operated by SapuraKencana’s Brazilian subsidiary Sapura Navegação Marítima.
The first of the vessels to be completed, namely Sapura Diamante, is a 550t DP2 pipe-lay vessel with an overall length of 146 metres, which will be able to accommodate 120 persons, was launched at the end of September 2013. Sapura Topázio, which is the second in the series, is currently under construction and is expected to be launched in 2014 and will be followed in swift succession by the remaining three vessels.
Apart from providing part of the construction supervision team to TL Offshore at one of IHC’s shipyards, The Offshore Partners has the additional remit of acting as SapuraKencana’s agent in The Netherlands, whereby a whole range of general services are procured on their behalf.