Swire Seabed fixes new vessel

Swire Seabed fixes new vessel

Subsea operations specialist Swire Seabed has fixed it newsest subsea vessel, Seabed Constructor.

Swire Seabed has secured a six-year contract for Seabed Constructor with UK based Ocean Infinity.

The vessel is formerly the Olympic Athene, acquired from Olympic Shipping earlier this week for an undisclosed price.

The multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel is equipped with a 250-tonne crane and a free deck space of 1,300 square metres.

“The decision to invest in this high quality subsea vessel is part of Swire Seabed’s long-term growth strategy. Our contract with Ocean Infinity enables the company to establish a survey department that can process and present large quantities of high quality data to our clients. Despite the challenging times in the offshore industry, the strength of our parent company, Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), with support from the rest of the Swire Group, allows Swire Seabed to continue investing in new assets and facilitating the company’s development and expansion in both current and new market segments,” said Swire Seabed CEO, Arvid Pettersen.

Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Swire Seabed is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore.

Swire Seabed’s other subsea vessels are Seabed Worker, Seabed Supporter and Seabed Prince. It also owns several mobile assets including two 3,000 m rated Kystdesign Supporter WROV systems, a 6,000 m depth rated Argus Bathysaurus XL WROV, a Sperre Sub-fighter 15k Observation ROV and Seabed Excavator, a multi-purpose subsea tool carrier and dredging vehicle.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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