JUST months after moving its corporate headquarters to Perth in order to strengthen relationships with Western Australia’s largest oil and gas clients, Bhagwan Marine has announced an expansion of its offshore support vessel fleet.
The CMV Athos and the DP2 SeaMaster are both Dynamic Positioning (DP2) vessels, combining enhanced capabilities with greatly improved efficiency, safety and manoeuvrability.
The CMV Athos is a 65m ABS Classed, Multi-Purpose Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS),while the DP2 SeaMaster is a 40m multi-purpose catamaran ideal for in-field maintenance and repair duties including ROV, dive, safety standby, and accommodation campaigns.
Upon arrival in Western Australian waters, both vessels were immediately deployed into term charters with Vermilion Oil & Gas Australia, Jadestone Energy and other oil and gas operators on various projects. In addition, the vessels have also serviced other clients including Santos in the ad-hoc market.
Bhagwan Marine managing director Loui Kannikoski said that whilst moving into larger AHTS and OSV type vessels had been on the cards for some time, as it was a natural progression, the decision to augment the company’s expanding fleet with these two particular DP2 vessels had grown directly out of moving the company’s Head Office to Perth.
“We’re talking to our clients every day now, and getting an even greater understanding of their needs,” he said. “We listened when they told us what they need, and we went out and got it. And that’s the way we intend to operate – in close consultation with the industries we service.”
Bhagwan Marine has been in the news recently, announcing the appointment of a respected industry executive, Peter Bengtsson as its incoming chief operating officer. Describing the appointment of Mr Bengtsson as a “coup”, Mr Kannikoski said that more announcements are likely in the future, as Bhagwan continues its program of dynamic expansion.
“Our capacity, our fleet and our expertise get stronger all the time,” Mr Kannikoski said. “Bhagwan Marine is here for the long haul.”
The full specifications of the CMV Athos and DP2 SeaMaster can be viewed at bhagwanmarine.com