Marine Asset Corporation Sign Contract For Semi Sub Accommodation Vessel

by Hans | May 5th, 2010

Marine Asset Corporation (MAC) announces the recent signing of new build contract for the construction of a 500 man Compact Semi Sub Accommodation Vessel – CSS ACCOMODATOR

Marine Asset Corporation (MAC), the company established to hold the share interest in the CSS design concept previously held by Minnow Marine Projects Limited (MMPL)- a company sold to the GMMOS Group in the UAE  during Dec 2009.

Wen MMPL was sold, the new owners were keen to focus on their core businesses of AHTS’s, PSV’s and crew boats. Hence MMPL’s investment in the CSS did not fit in with the business plan of the new owners and this necessitated the creation of a new company, to hold the already substantial interest  and take the investment forward to the next phase. The CSS Concept has taken 5 years to get to today’s position; from the original concept sketched on A4 paper, to the MODU coded design of today which will change the way the offshore industry works.

MAC is pleased to advise the contract for construction has been signed and became effective as of the 3rd May 2010, with a projected delivery of December 2012. The contract has been agreed with the Fujian Mawei Shipyard of SE China, a shipyard where the shareholders of MAC have to date contracted a total of 16 OSV’s over the past 7 years and established an excellent client / customer relationship.

With an excess of $2 million expended on design concept; including detailing, computer modeling, tank testing, close liaison with Class; the final  outcome creates a vessel capable to work in any water depth without the need to jack up or set anchors. The Semi Submersible Hull form provides significantly reduced roll angles compared to a mono-hull and the DPS-3 control provides an enhanced level of safety during station keeping close to any fixed structures.

Funds to date have been spent on proving the sea-keeping, stability, and structural integrity of the Hull Form, which is capable of being finished to perform a variety of roles. The first will be an Accommodation vessel with other variants to follow that can be configured for Sub Sea Engineering, Diving and ROV duties, in addition to Well Intervention, and Topside Construction. The CSS at normal operating draft, and arranged in a sub-sea installation configuration, is capable of carrying 1500 tonnes deck cargo with total cargo deadweight in excess of 3000 tonnes. The vessel is also capable of being ballasted down so the main hull is immersed thereby increasing the load carrying capability or to reduce trimming effect during large crane operations.

The Accommodation variant, will have 230 cabins with the majority being 2 man, all with ensuite facilities, and able to accommodate 430 passengers, plus the marine crew of 20 and the 50 hotel and catering staff required to care and feed 500 hungry men. Other facilities will include a Gym, Cinema, recreation rooms and offices for both clients and crew.

With a helideck able to support the largest Helicopter, crew changes can safely be accommodated offshore. With a 600m2 deck area, 150t telescopic crane and an Active Heave Compensated Gangway, the CSS ACCOMODATOR is able to support offshore Hook up and Maintenance activity in adverse weather conditions, and so reduce weather downtime. The CSS Accommodator and other CSS variants have been designed by STX Marine, a full service Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering company with offices in Vancouver, Canada and Houston, USA. 

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