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Petrolog acquires ocean diving support vessel

24 February 2015, Lagos – Petrolog, an indigenous oil servicing company, has acquired an ocean diving support vessel to boost its operations and advance the local content policy of the federal government.

petrologThe brand new 100 per cent Nigerian flagged, ABS classed Dynamic Positioning (DP2) dive support system vessel is currently in Nigerian waters. It is the largest indigenous owned vessel in its class and is capable of providing diving, offshore construction and field support.

The DSV VINNICE has a dead weight of 3200 tons. It is 85 meters long and has a beam of 22 meters. It has an ample deck space, which will afford the placement of equipment tools and supplies on its deck.

Equipped with the latest dynamic positioning and mooring controls, the vessel has navigation equipment and communication equipment to keep the officers and DP operators in constant contact with the deck and diving supervisors during DP and moored operations. For the added flexibility to its modern DP2 systems, the vessel has a 4 point mooring system, which can be used in shallow waters and high current channels.

The bridge is 150m2 in area and has a panoramic view of the diving equipment, deck area, and surrounding waters with CCTV monitoring internal and external ship security, the mooring winches and diving chambers.

The two main 6-cylinders diesel engines drive the azimuthing stern drives, the shaft generators for the two bow thrusters, and the two firefighting pumps. The Vessel is powered by 3 main 800Kw Caterpillars generators and 192kW emergency generators. The Saturation Diving System is powered by dedicated 800kW main and 400kW emergency generators.

The bunks are comfortable and can accommodate up to 182 crew members. It offers modern day amenities and has a fully functional hospital and a team of qualified medical staff. Clients can enjoy the convenience of private offices, spacious conference facilities, a recreational room, an internet cafe and a gym.
Petrolog Chairman, Mr. Vincent Ebuh said the acquisition of the vessel will further position the company as a foremost indigenous oil servicing company and boost its capacity to meet the demands of oil production companies in the country.

According to Ebuh, the local content policy of the federal government has thrown a great challenge to indigenous companies in oil and gas thereby making it possible for the serious minded ones to venture into areas that were hitherto dominated by foreign companies. To him there are indeed many more investment potentials in the sector.

The DSV VINNICE has state of the art fire-fighting equipment, including water and water mist for the interior of the vessel a seawater deluge system for its exterior.

The ABS approved 9-man system is rated to 300 meters sea water and is capable of operating at water depths of up to 1000ft. The system includes a hyperbaric rescue chamber to safely evacuate divers in an emergency. In addition to the Saturation Diving System, the Vessel also has an ABS class Air Dive System for more shallow subsea diving activities.

The vessel boasts a full IMCA Audit package and PMS software package. The diving system is also extensively tested through use of the latest FMEA methodologies.

Petrolog a multinational private indigenous oil servicing has been in operation for over 30years ago. The company has expanded its operations into four continents. Its operations include drilling, mud engineering, geophysical exploration, pipe laying and engineering design.

– This Day

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