Swiss ship manager Promar is looking to ramp up growth across West Africa’s offshore oil and gas sector after officially launching its latest vessel – the Mamola Reliance.
The state-of-the-art, 80 m Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), built by Damen Shipyards, in Galati, Romania, is the first of its kind in Promar’s fleet. The ambitious Geneva-headquartered company delivers ship management services to the global offshore market
Promar Chief Operating Officer Christophe Mansuy said the high-spec PSV is amongst the best-equipped in the world. Mr Mansuy said it has been developed in line with North Sea standards and benefits from a package of special design features making it particularly attractive for deepwater operations.
“We are thrilled to officially christen the Mamola Reliance which is the result of months of hard-work, design creativity and endeavour from both Promar and Damen teams,” said Mr Mansuy. “The Port of Barcelona provided a terrific setting with its impressive infrastructure. From here the vessel will sail to the Gulf of Guinea.
“We believe the Mamola Reliance possesses world-class qualities which make it highly attractive to the global offshore market. It is the first PSV under Promar’s management and joins our broader fleet of Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels (MPSVs) and Fast Crew Boats (FCBs). It fits the familiar Promar mould having been designed and built to the highest standards expected by oil majors and subcontractors across the world.
“In fact, we believe the Mamola Reliance’s design features and diversity will exceed market expectations and provide us with a sharp competitive edge. It is prepared for Remote Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) use and further benefits from an oil-spill detection radar, and a tank-heating system. The vessel is also equipped with FiFi 1 capacity and it is further compliant with Special Purpose Ships (SPS) – meaning it can safely carry additional personnel from port to offshore locations.
"The incorporation of Class 2 Dynamic Positioning (DP2) also enables the vessel to operate in ultra-deep waters. All these technical characteristics unleash potential to market the vessel in wider geographical areas, for example Asia and Latin America.
“The Reliance has been built for ultimate crew comfort and to ensure first-class sea-keeping ability. We understand the importance of staff welfare, the challenges posed by being onboard for long periods, and crew demands for safe and comfortable working environments. We have given special attention to ensure the bridge area, machinery spaces, living quarters, galley and mess rooms are built to provide a pleasurable working experience."
The news comes as Damen prepares to deliver the Mamola Reliance’s sister ship, the Mamola Defender – in August 2015.
Damen Shipyards North, West and South Europe sales manager Captain Andrea Trevisan said: “The delivery of the Damen PSV 3300 Mamola Reliance is a moment that has been keenly anticipated by both Damen and Promar since we embarked upon this project. The vessel represents the onset of a new generation of pioneering high quality PSVs."
Mr Mansuy said safety and customer satisfaction are of paramount importance to the Promar brand.
“Promar is focused on delivering high-quality,” tailor-made” vessels in complete compliance with international rules and regulations,” he said. “Our highly-trained ashore and onboard personnel adopt and promote safe working practices as a key service, and have recently embarked on a wide-reaching safety campaign called “make every day a safer day”.
“At its core Promar is an ambitious and progressive business. We are looking to make a major impact in the international offshore sector, and we are keen to expand and engage with more offshore oil exploration and production operations, as well as oil contractors and vessel charterers. We have great confidence in the fleet under our management which promise modern and reliable offshore solutions, built in partnership with world-leading shipyards.”
Promar was set up in 2002 with head offices in Geneva, bases in Congo, Angola, Gabon, as well as finance and chartering offices in UAE and permanent representatives in Romania and Madagascar.
Adapted from a press release by David Bizley