COSCO Dalian Shipyard in China has delivered the first of four Stingray-class, MT6027 subsea support vessels for Maersk Supply Service.
The Stingray-class newbuilds are highly versatile vessels designed together with Marin Teknikk in Norway. Intended for a wide range of operations in deep and shallow water operations, including in challenging offshore environments, the vessels have an energy-efficient propulsion setup, class 3 dynamic positioning, a 400-tonne active heave-compensated crane and two work-class remotely operated vehicles capable of operating in up to 3,000 m of water.
The vessels also have a large free deck area (1,925 m2) with a large number of sea fastening features and cofferdams built in above all tanks to ensure efficiency and flexibility for client operations. The vessels have accommodation for 120 people.
In July 2017, Maersk Supply Service secured a contract with Subtec SA de CV in Mexico, a subsidiary of Blue Marine Group, for one of its Stingray vessels. The vessel will operate in the Bay of Campeche, undertaking general support duties including inspection, maintenance and repair of platforms, in addition to well stimulation and enhancement work. The contract will commence in Q3 2018 with a firm period lasting until June 2020.
An in-depth description of the vessels will be published by OSJ shortly.