Rigdon Marine's First And Ten chartered for Gulf of Mexico

Rigdon Marine Corp. has taken delivery of the First And Ten, the company's first of 10 diesel electric Rigdon 4000 Class platform support vessels (PVS).

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Rigdon Marine Corp. has taken delivery of the First And Ten, the company's first of 10 diesel electric Rigdon 4000 Class platform support vessels (PVS). The vessel immediately assumed a term contract with a major international oil company operating in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Rigdon 4000 PSVs can transport up to 4,000 barrels of liquid mud in an independent and fully segregated, self-cleaning oval tank system, and have the ability to deliver 100% of the mud cargo to an offshore rig while greatly reducing the client's tank cleaning expense. TheFirst And Ten is ABS classed DP-2, with a diesel-electric propulsion system for fuel efficiency and performance redundancy, the company says.

TheFirst And Ten is 190 ft x 46 ft x 18 ft (58 m x 14 m x 5.5 m) and features two azimuthing z-drives and one fixed L-drive aft with two large tunnel thrusters forward. These features translate into a faster, more maneuverable, more stable and overall safer vessel than traditional medium-sized vessels, Rigdon says. The First And Ten and her sister PSVs will be capable of serving the widest array of applications in all water depths, the company says.

8/13/2007

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