Bisso Marine to Convert OSV Into Diving Support Vessel

Bisso Marine, a pipeline, offshore construction, salvage and diving contractor headquartered in Houston, Texas, announced the purchase of the OSV Dino Chouest from Edison Chouest Offshore. The vessel will be converted into a diving support vessel and renamed Bisso Diver I.

The vessel is 196 feet x 44 feet x 14 feet and is powered by (2) CAT 3516 main engines generating 4,070HP with a cruising speed of 14 knots. The vessel is also equipped with a White Gill DP system and (2) 10,000 GPM fire fighting monitors.

The Bisso Marine conversion of the DSV Bisso Diver I is expected to be completed by mid-June 2008. The dive support vessel will be equipped with a Techcrane 60 with a 56 foot to 100 foot retractable boom and a four point station keeping system from (2) two drum AMCON 385 winches. In addition, the Bisso Diver I will be fitted with a permanent winch foundation that can accommodate a series of winches with up to 200,000 lbs of capacity to facilitate subsea lowering or rigging via the anchor handling stern roller.

Additional modifications will include accommodations for 48, including private accommodations, office and lounge for client representatives and VIPs. The naval architecture and marine engineering firm Alan C. McClure, Associates, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has been contracted to assist Bisso Marine management in the planning and engineering of the conversion.

Bisso Marine will use the DSV Bisso Diver I support its offshore construction, pipeline and salvage projects.

Bisso Marine has also introduced the ABS Classed anchor handling tug William Bisso. The tug is named after W. A. Bisso, V, the 4 year-old son of W. A. "Beau" Bisso, IV, the company's President and Chief Operating Officer.

The A-1 Maltese Cross anchor handling tug is 115 feet x 32 feet with an operational draft of 14 feet. The 52 bollard pull tug is powered by a pair of EMD 16-645 E2 main engines turning 108-in. propellers in kort nozzles through 4:1 Reintjes gears.

Bisso Marine will use the William Bisso support its offshore construction, pipeline and salvage projects.