The company is investing around US$1 million (£600,000) on an additional fleet of units for use in the United States, beginning work on five new 12-man sleeper modules which will create the capacity to house 60 additional offshore personnel.
The new modules, which are being manufactured at the company's New Orleans base, are part of a global fleet enlargement program which will see Duffy & McGovern's fleet increase to 420 units across the world by 2008.
"Our first fleet of 12-man cabins were built in early 2005 and have been in high demand by companies in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and South East Asia, where they are primarily designed to be used," says Craig Russell, commercial director for Duffy & McGovern.
"By building a further five 12-man modules we will ensure that we can continue to have asset available to meet customer demand, in the US in particular, when other modules from the fleet are in use."
Made up of three four-man cabins, Duffy & McGovern's 12-man cabins are 41 x 12 foot in dimension and occupy less deck space than the nearest comparable 12-man unit on the market. ABS and US coast guard-approved, the A60 SOLAS / IMO modules are laid out to provide access at both ends of the unit and include luxury outfitting, en-suite bathrooms and sophisticated ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
Construction of the five new units is underway at Duffy & McGovern's Belle Chasse (New Orleans) manufacturing facility with the cabins expected to be released into the fleet at the beginning of 2006.
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