Superior Endeavour Resumes Operations After $25 Million Upgrade

Superior Offshore says that the Superior Endeavour, a DP II vessel, has returned to work after a $25 million upgrade.

"This state-of-the-art multipurpose diving support vessel can now work on deepwater jobs anywhere in the world and will have an immediate impact on our bottom line," said Jim Mermis, president and chief executive officer of Superior Offshore International.

"The Endeavour successfully completed sea trials following this significant upgrade and is currently mobilizing for Mariner Energy's Bass Lite Project in the Gulf of Mexico assisting with the installation of a new flowline into the Devil's Tower facility."

The vessel upgrades include:

-- Installation of a 12-man IMCA compliant integrated 1,000 foot/300 meter saturation diving system, including a hyperbaric rescue chamber and a three-man diving bell;

-- Installation of a 50-ton knuckle-boom crane;

-- A dynamic positioning system power management upgrade;

-- Overhaul of the main engines and ancillary machinery;

-- Refurbishment of all shipboard piping;

-- Installation of new generators and engines for the DP system;

-- Upgrade of the integrated 35-ton vessel pipe-davit system;

-- Installation of an IMCA compliant surface diving system;

-- Upgraded and increased accommodations to house 71 persons;

-- Installation of client and project offices, with upgraded IT and worldwide communications systems. "In addition to bringing the Endeavour back into service, Superior is also looking forward to the Gulmar Falcon DP II Saturation DSV returning to service in late September upon completion of its scheduled regulatory dry-docking," Mermis added.

Superior Offshore International is a leading provider of subsea construction and commercial diving services to the offshore oil and gas industry, serving operators internationally and domestically in the outer continental shelf and deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Construction services include installation, upgrading and decommissioning of pipelines and production infrastructure. Commercial diving services include inspection, maintenance and repair services and support services for subsea construction and salvage operations. The company also operates a construction/fabrication division. Superior Offshore operates a fleet of 11 service vessels and provides remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and saturation diving systems for deep water and harsh environment operations.