LONDON –Ceona has completed final outfitting of the Polar Onyx and the Normand Pacific to begin clients’ projects in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico. The successful delivery of the two flexlay and subsea construction vessels marks the conclusion of the first phase of Ceona's fleet development program.
The high-capacity new-builtPolar Onyx is designed for operations in harsh conditions and deep waters (Ulstein X-bow), and is built to the highest standard in dynamic positioning, DP3 (Operations +) with a 250-metric-ton (276-ton) AHC offshore crane. Final outfitting has taken place in Schiedam, the Netherlands, where Huisman has installed a 275-metric-ton (303-ton) vertical lay system (VLS) and a deck-mounted carousel with capacity for 2,000 metric tons (2,205 tons) of flexible products. Two permanent work-class ROVs delivered by Ceona’s partner ROVOP, which can operate in 3,000 m (9,843 ft) of water depth, were also mobilized in Schiedam.
Following an on-schedule completion, thePolar Onyx has sailed for Brazil, where the vessel will mobilize and enter service as a pipelay support vessel (PLSV) for Petrobras. Ceona will manage the PLSV, the vessel's maiden contract, in partnership with Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG). The Polar Onyx is under charter to Ceona from GC Rieber Shipping for a fixed period of five years, with options for up to five additional years.
Meanwhile, theNormand Pacific has been finalized with the installation of a new high-specification 75-metric-ton (83-ton) VLS, a reel drive system of 400-metric-ton (441-ton) reels and two work-class ROVOP ROVs. It has now mobilized for its first contract as part of the Ceona fleet, working on the Clipper Contingency Umbilical Installation Project for Bennu Oil and Gas in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel will work on the installation of dynamic umbilical and electrical quad cables in water depths of over 900 m (2,953 ft). The Normand Pacific is chartered from Solstad Offshore for one year, starting in April, with an extension option.
Ceona COO Stuart Cameron, commented, “With work under way in both Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico, we will continue to build our subsea capabilities with the ongoing construction of theCeona Amazon, our multipurpose pipelay and construction vessel that is on track for delivery early 2015.”