Under the contract, the conversions will be carried out within 2008 – 2010. Sembawang Shipyard has been awarded this milestone specialized contract based on the shipyard's capabilities in passenger-ship upgrading and established track record in the highly specialized and technically challenging field of DP2 and DP3 offshore vessel conversion work.
The work-scope of this Contract includes the rebuilding and refurbishment of existing cabins and the addition of another 50 cabins to house a complement of 400 to 500 persons, building of offices, public areas e.g. restaurant and cinema, conversion of existing car decks to workshops to be equipped with owner's supplied equipment and machinery, installation of new generators, fresh water generator system and modification of the piping system. Other major installation work such as installation of stern thrusters with DP2 capabilities and new 60-ton and 80-ton cranes and an offshore gangway will be carried out to enhance the vessel's performance and maneuverability in offshore locations.
Upon completion, the vessel will be the world's first versatile DP2 Accommodation and Repair Vessel (ARV), uniquely designed and equipped to provide extensive accommodation and workshop facilities to support and service offshore facilities and projects in deep water areas.
The first vessel is expected to arrive in the shipyard in mid-January 2008, and redelivered to Owners in fourth quarter 2008. The converted vessel may be deployed worldwide.
Mr. Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard said "We are very pleased to be chosen by Equinox Offshore Accommodation for this major project. This milestone award reaffirms Sembawang Shipyard's market leadership in the passengerships and specialized dynamic positioning offshore conversion market. We thank Equinox Offshore for their trust and confidence in our shipyard and look forward to a long-term collaborative partnership to deliver mutual benefits and value propositions to both our companies."
Mr. Petter Hoie, Chief Executive Officer of Equinox Offshore Accommodation Limited, said " Sembawang Shipyard has been selected by Equinox Offshore to be our partner shipyard in this milestone project for the offshore industry as the shipyard has clearly demonstrated its strong track record in handling sophisticated offshore work especially vessels equipped with dynamic positioning capabilities and passenger-ships conversion and upgrading. The ARV is both a passengership and a repair ship, the first of its kind and we are confident that both Equinox Offshore and Sembawang Shipyard will have a very successful partnership with this significant project and subsequent vessels."
Barring unforeseen circumstances, SembCorp Marine expects a positive contribution to its earnings from the contract. However, this contract is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of SembCorp Marine for the year ending December 31, 2007.
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