Swire breaks off shipbuilding contracts for four vessels

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Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (SPO), has reaffirmed the cancellation of shipbuilding contracts for four Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) with Estaleiro Ilha S.A (EISA) yesterday (April 8, 2015). 

According to SPO, this update follows a period of negotiations requested by EISA following the Notice of Cancellation delivered by SPO in August 2014.

SPO said: “On SPO’s specific project, EISA was unable to meet the minimum and critical conditions to continue with the construction of the vessels despite SPO’s repeated and good faith efforts to find a satisfactory way forward.”

The company further added: “SPO’s Board has concluded that they can no longer have confidence in the delivery of these vessels on a reasonable timescale and to SPO’s satisfaction, and therefore must reaffirm the cancellation of these shipbuilding contracts.”

Managing Director of Swire Pacific Offshore, Neil Glenn, said: “SPO commissioned EISA to build four Brazilian flagged vessels in May 2011 as part of our plans to develop our business in Brazil. The first vessel was due for delivery in January 2014 with the remaining vessels at approximately three month intervals thereafter. The vessels were not built against specific client tenders or contracts but rather to service the general requirements of the offshore industry in Brazil.

“As of today, we have not taken delivery of any vessels, and have no reason for confidence that they will be delivered to our satisfaction and on a reasonable timeframe. SPO’s Board has therefore resolved to reaffirm cancellation of the orders. This is the first time that SPO has cancelled a vessel order and I hope it is very clear that the decision was not taken lightly. We remain committed to the Brazilian market as it is still an important part of our long term plans.”

SPO’s vessel building contracts in other countries are proceeding as planned, the company added.

SPO recently took delivery of the anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS), Pacific Centurion and platform supply vessel (PSV), Pacific Goldfinch. In addition, SPO will take delivery of five more PSVs in 2015 and four more PSVs across 2016 and 2017.

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