Harkand launches ROV support vessel

Harkand launched the Harkand Harmony, its newest ROV support vessel, designed to service Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry. Around 100 invited guests from across the global energy sector attended the christening ceremony at Keppel Marina in Singapore.

Sophie Mottais-Trouve, wife of Harkand’s vice president of Commercial and Strategy Olivier Trouve, opened the festivities by officially naming the 65m-long vessel.

The Harmony’s christening follows two major milestones for the group. The vessel has been secured on a three-year, hire-purchase that will see Harkand extend its inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM) services in the growing Asia Pacific region.

The vessel, built by ASL Marine Holdings at Batam near Singapore, will be fitted with one Comanche WROV and a complete survey spread. Able to accommodate 60 crew members, it boasts a 580sq m main deck, a Kongsberg DP2 system, 20t man-riding knuckle boom crane and a 4.5m moon pool.

The addition of the Harkand Harmony to the company’s fleet, along with two new Triton XLX ROVs, which will be delivered in August, marks an important step forward in the company’s Asia Pacific development plan.

“The investment we are making in our business both in terms of our people and our assets underlines our commitment to the Asia Pacific energy industry and our continued desire to create a modern, safe, and efficient fleet that meets the expectations of our customers,” says Frederic Fumey, managing director for Harkand Africa and APAC.

Martin Watts, general manager for Harkand Asia Pacific added, “The addition of this purpose-built vessel to our fleet is a momentous day for Harkand and marks the start of a new chapter for our operations in the region. I’m delighted that so many of our customers have shared the day with us and look forward to the Harmony becoming an integral part of the industry in the coming months.”

Harkand aims to become a leading global name in subsea IRM, focused on attaining the highest standards in health, safety, quality, and environmental performance along with first class project execution.

Formed in February 2013 through the merger of Iremis, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS), and Andrews Survey, following investment by Oaktree Capital Management, Harkand employs 750 people at bases in Singapore and Perth in APAC, Dubai in the Middle East, and Aberdeen in the UK. Harkand aims to grow turnover to $1 billion in the next five years.

The group recently announced the acquisition of Veolia Marine Services based in Houston, which will further expand the group geographical reach, asset base, and staff. This transaction is still subject to certain conditions and is expected to close in July 2013.

Present in Asia Pacific since 2009, it operates from two offices strategically located in the main oil and gas hubs of Singapore and Perth. Complete with workshop facilities, it operates a fleet of workclass ROVs and portable diving systems providing services for a number of different clients.

Image: K.L.Ang, executive director of ASL (left), Sophie Mottais-Trouve (middle), and Martin Watts (right) officiated at the vessel's naming ceremony.

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