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Siem Helix 2 starts work offshore Brazil

OE Staff Monday, 18 December 2017 09:33

Helix Energy Solutions' Siem Helix 2 newbuild light well intervention vessel has completed the vessel acceptance tests and is now on contract to Petrobras offshore Brazil under a multi-year contract.

The Siem Helix 2 joins the Siem Helix 1, which started operations in April, also offshore Brazil. 

The 158m-long, 31-beam, DP3, Salt 307 WIV design Siem Helix I and 2 were completed at the Flensburger shipyard in Germany (owned by Siem Industries) in 2016, and are chartered from Siem Offshore (part of the Siem group). They are working for Petrobras under four-year initial term contracts.

Both vessels have accommodation for up to 150, a Huisman multipurpose tower (MPT) and a 250-tonne, down to 3000m water depth crane.

Helix is also building the Q7000, at Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. It is due in service in 2019. Once complete, the unit will also have a Huisman MPT.

Owen Kratz, President and CEO of Helix, said: “Our team applied the lessons learned from the Siem Helix 1 process to efficiently complete the Siem Helix 2 acceptance and testing. With the addition of the Siem Helix 2, the sixth well intervention vessel in our fleet, we continue to strengthen our position in the well intervention market.”

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