SE Asia Hub Pays Early Dividend for Duffy & McGovern

Duffy & McGovern Accommodation Service's (DMAS) new Singapore hub is already reaping rewards for the firm in the region. The leading offshore accommodation provider's Southeast Asia network, which was established six month's ago and has its hub in Singapore, has brought in contracts worth US $550,000 in the area since it was opened in December 2004.

This month the Singapore office has secured new contracts with Global Industries, Geoservices and Ensco with a combined value of $280,000 for projects in China, Thailand and Brunei respectively.

At the same time the company has announced the appointment of a new representative in Brunei, which will complete Duffy & McGovern's chain of South-East Asia offices. Yura Oil, which is managed by Siti Abdullah, formerly a director and owner of Oiltools International, will now be responsible for raising awareness of Duffy & McGovern's offering in Brunei.

Managing director of Duffy & McGovern, Craig McLeish, said, "We are delighted with the progress of South-East Asia operation and the further enhancement of the network through the appointment of Yura Oil. We have a proven track record now for operating successfully on a global level and our customers know they can rely on our service wherever in the world their operations take them."

Contracts secured in June in the region will be managed by the Singapore base and accommodated from the company's growing Southeast Asia fleet.

Global Industries has commissioned an A60, 12-man sleeper unit from the fleet for use on the Hercules barge for six-months. The Hercules barge is working for China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on the installation of a pipeline as part of the South China Sea Panyu / Huizhou gas development project.

The contract with Geoservices will see Duffy & McGovern provide a 20 x 8 engineering unit for use on a variety of projects in Thailand over the next two years. The unit, which has been modified to Geoservices' exact specification, will be used as a mud logging unit and provides facilities for data acquisition and chemical analysis.

Finally, Ensco will shortly take delivery of a 20 x 8ft Zone 1 A60 unit for its Ensco 51 cantilever jack up, working in Brunei for Shell. The unit will be used to provide a recreational gym facility for an anticipated three-year period.

John Kwek, Duffy & McGovern's representative in Singapore said; "Activity in the region is buoyant at the moment, fuelling enquiries for offshore accommodation. The local availability and high specification of Duffy & McGovern units mean that customers in the region are now able to call up accommodation which is guaranteed fit for purpose in much shorter timescales. Quality is also high on the agenda and although Duffy & McGovern provides 'temporary' accommodation, the quality is such that many of the contracts we have been awarded and are tendering for are for long-term rentals over 12 and 24 month periods."

Duffy & McGovern's South-East Asia network and Singapore hub was formally announced at the Offshore South-East Asia (OSEA) show in Singapore in December 2004 and, with regional headquarters also in Aberdeen and Houston, represents the third global hub for the company, completing their world-wide reach.

The accommodation firm currently has a fleet of around 20 modules in the region which includes engineering modules and sleeper cabins. Further modules are currently being shipped in to meet the demands of specific contracts in the region, which will increase availability to around 30 units.