Petrobras Hires Damen-Designed Oil Spill Response Vessels
Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM has secured contracts with Petrobras Brazil to charter five new-build Fast Oil Spill Response Vessels featuring Damen axe-bow design.
The new fuel-efficient Sea Axe design by Damen Shipyards Group, as described by the designer, allows the vessel to reach offshore oil platforms in half the time it takes traditional oil spill response vessels.
The three vessels will start operating by the end of December 2015 and two by end of June 2016.
The four-year firm contract has a value of USD 130 million and is mutually extendable for a further four-year term. All of the vessels are being built by Damen, and will have state-of-the-art guidance and propulsion systems with built-in redundancies.
Christophe Vancauwenbergh CMM’s CEO said: “This is our second Brazil project and we look forward to further building and developing our partnership with Petrobras. CMM’s track record in managing and executing projects of this nature, working closely with the client, was key to our success in securing this contract.”