MMEER Dixie Patriot LLC, a Mike Mullen Company, has made the decision to move the Dixie Patriot lift boat out of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico due to diminished prospects in the region. The lift boat will depart the U.S. Gulf by mid-September on a 42-day trip to Sharjah, UAE on a Dockwise transport vessel.
Mike Mullen, MMEER's President, commented, "The US lift boat market has slowed down dramatically as a result of lower natural gas prices. While the unit will be moving overseas without a contract, we expect to find work more quickly due to the recovery in the price of oil. In addition, work available in the Middle East provides for longer term contracts as opposed to the short-term nature of contracts in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico".
The 280-class Dixie Patriot can work in water depths of up to 200 feet and is outfitted with two Seatrax 200-ton capacity cranes mounted on its forward leg towers, allowing for a tandem lift of 400 tons. Additionally, the ABS classed and USCG certified Dixie Patriot has over 11,000 square feet of usable deck space, making it a unique platform to perform a wide variety of offshore project applications, specifically decommissioning and heavy lift projects.
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