Bourbon Strengthens Position in Brazilian Market

Bourbon Offshore Maritima has strengthened its position on the Brazilian market by signing contracts with Petrobras for 13 new vessels. The contracts cover:

  • 1 Bourbon Liberty 200, an 80-ton traction AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel), for three years from May 2010;
  • 7 Bourbon Liberty 100, a PSV (Platform Supply Vessel), for four years. These vessels will be put into service between June and October 2010;
  • 18-meter passenger transport crew boats, for 8 years. These vessels will join other vessels of the same type that have already been working for Petrobras in Brazil for two years and have given full satisfaction.

Christian Lefevre, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of BOURBON announced, "We are delighted to have been selected by Petrobras. This is a real boost to BOURBON in its strategy of investing in innovative high-performance vessels that help clients reduce their costs, in particular through our Bourbon Liberty series. It also demonstrates  that the offshore market in Brazil offers numerous development opportunities that BOURBON is well equipped to support, through its subsidiary Bourbon Offshore Maritima, by offering our full array of services and technical expertise from a local base."

With 40 Bourbon Liberty vessels currently in service, these contracts for 8 new vessels underline the success of this range of vessels whose features are ideally suited both to continental offshore and deepwater offshore.

Bourbon Offshore Maritima's fleet will thus be increased from 17 vessels (11 supply and 6 boats) to 30 vessels (19 supply and 11 crew
boats) between now and the end of the year.