‘African Inspiration’ vessel delivered to Marine Platforms

Marine Platforms, an oil and gas subsea support services firm, located in Nigeria and Aberdeen, has taken delivery of a new subsea support vessel, the African Inspiration, from Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard.

Marine Platforms, which is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with an operations base at Port Harcourt, also has a technical support base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, and the vessel will service deepwater market locations offshore Nigeria.

The African Inspiration is currently berthed in Aberdeen to install two 200hp workclass ROV systems and other project equipment before it leaves for Nigeria. The 113m Havyard Type 857 subsea IRM vessel is fitted with a 250 tonne deepwater crane, has a gross tonnage of 9,618 and crew capacity of 120.

Marine Platforms offers a wide range of services to the offshore oil industry in Nigeria and West Africa ranging from completions and sub-sea services to vessel chartering services.

Chief technical officer, Angus Kerr, said: “The delivery of the African Inspiration will allow us to fulfill clients current and future project requirements by providing turnkey solutions and long-term employment for a greater number of both Nigerian and expatriate workers.

“We employ locally based personnel for both on and offshore operations as well as requiring the services of many local vendors. Nigeria, like many other countries, now requires a higher level of in country workers and using the expertise of the team here we assist with the development of Nigerian personnel ensuring a sustainable future for both our Nigerian and UK workforces.”

Marine Platforms, which was founded in 2001, specialises in subsea construction, life of field services, ROV operations, engineering support, supply vessel operations and well bore clean-up.

The firm operates two subsea support vessels, Siem Marlin and African Vision, as well as 12 advanced workclass ROV systems in West Africa.