LIMASSOL, Cyprus -- Remedial Offshore has launched its first elevating support vessel. The Remedial ESV Solutions was skidded onto a quayside barge at the COSCO Nantong Shipyard.
The ESV design is optimized for well intervention in water depths to 325 ft (100 m). Each ESV unit (two are under construction) combines capabilities of a jackup platform, an ocean-going vessel, a workover drilling rig, heavy-lift cranes, and an offshore accommodations platform in a single package.
Launching the vessel onto the barge allows its three 3,500-HP thrusters to be installed and further commissioning work to continue prior to moving the unit downstream to another COSCO shipyard where the remaining sections of its 425-ft (130-m) legs can be installed.
These are the last steps before the vessel enters sea trials for an expected March 2009 delivery.