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20 Dec 2013
Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) Welcomes Seventh D Class Vessel, Pacific Dispatch, to Its Fleet

Company targets to expand its fleet to 100 vessels by end 2015

Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) welcomes another new anchor handling tug supply vessel, Pacific Dispatch to its fleet with her launch and naming ceremony. This vessel is built by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) shipyard in Singapore.

More than a hundred representatives from SPO and ST Marine attended the event, held at the shipyard of ST Marine. The launch and naming ceremony was graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Ofelia J. Villanueva, President of Anscor Swire Ship Management Dependents Association (an organisation that provides support to the families of SPO's Filipino seafarers). Mrs Villanueva's husband, Mr Lino Villanueva, joined Swire Pacific Offshore in 1984 and served as a Captain from 1988 to 2013.

"The launch of Pacific Dispatch is another important step for the Company as we continue to develop our fleet of high specification anchor handling tug supply vessels. The D Class series has enjoyed a successful entry into service and each new vessel allows us to extend its presence across our key markets, supporting our customers with safe, high quality performance and service," says Managing Director, Mr Neil Glenn.

Pacific Dispatch is the fifth of a series of six D Class vessels built under contract from ST Marine for SPO. Similar to the sister vessels in the D Class series, Pacific Dispatch is specially built to SPS 2008 and Ice-Class Notations and it has advanced technical capabilities to support the latest generation of semi-submersible rigs while ensuring fuel efficiency and reduced environmental impact. The vessel is equipped with DP2 systems and boasts a clear deck space of 650 square metres. The main propulsion engine powers the vessel with 17,864 Brake Horsepower (BHP) certified to IMO Tier II standards. The large capacity 500 MT RRM Brattvagg winches, latest dynamic positioning technology, enhanced station keeping with independent drop down azimuth thruster, anchor recovery frame (ARF) and provisions crane provide the vessel with added flexibility, versatility and safety. Please refer to Appendix A for the Fact Sheet of Pacific Dispatch.

"We are pleased and honoured to be working with Swire Pacific Offshore, one of the world's largest owners and operators of offshore support vessels. We share similar values in wanting the best for our customers and always striving to excel. This successful launch of the fifth vessel is testament to our collective abilities to bring the best of both companies together to produce positive results. We look forward and will strive to ensure this excellent partnership is maintained and contribute to Swire Pacific Offshore growing their fleet in support of their customers in the burgeoning offshore oil and gas industry," says President of ST Marine, Mr Ng Sing Chan.

SPO is projected to have 100 vessels by the end of 2015, including a total of eight D Class vessels. To date, vessels in the D Class series delivered include Pacific Defiance (February 2013), Pacific Diligence (April 2013) and Pacific Dolphin (August 2013). Pacific Dove and Pacific Duchess have been launched and will be delivered by the first quarter of 2014. Pacific Dispatch is scheduled to be delivered by middle of 2014, followed by Pacific Dragon at the end of 2014.

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About Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO)

Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd is a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry with a network that spans the globe. Operating for more than 35 years, SPO has become a trusted name in the oil and gas industry. SPO has operated in Singapore since 1975 and moved its headquarters there in 1992. SPO is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited. In line with its vision, "Excellence in Marine Services", strong emphasis is placed on health and safety, the environment and sustainable development. Today, SPO owns and operates a diverse fleet of more than 80 offshore support vessels, including anchor handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, ice- breaking supply vessels, anchor handling tugs, seismic survey vessels, wind-farm installation vessels, accommodation vessels and multi-purpose offshore vessels. SPO will have a fleet of more than 100 vessels by the end of 2015. SPO and its subsidiaries operate vessels in every major oil exploration region outside of USA and have offices in Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, The Philippines, Russia, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.

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About Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine)

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of ST Engineering, provides turnkey building, repair and conversion services for a wide spectrum of naval and commercial vessels. In shipbuilding, it has the proven capabilities to provide turnkey solutions from concept definition to detailed design, construction, on-board system installation and integration, testing, commissioning to through-life support. It has also established a track record in providing high engineering content shiprepair and ship conversion services for a worldwide clientele. ST Marine also provides a suite of sustainable environmental engineering solutions via its environmental engineering subsidiaries led by STSE Engineering Services Pte Ltd (STSE).

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General Information
BuiltST Marine (Singapore), Delivery 2014
ClassificationABS CLASS +A1, +ACCU, Offshore Support Vessel,
Towing Vessel, +AMS,ES, ICE CLASS C0, DPS-2, SPS

Length, overall92 metres
Length, BP79.8 metres
Breadth, moulded22 metres
Depth, main deck9 metres
Design draft5.5 metres
Maximum draft midship7.5 metres
Gross Register Tonnage6605 tonnes
Net Register Tonnage1981 tonnes

Top 10 features of a D Class Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS)

  • High speed winch with high capabilities and simultaneous drum operation - this is crucial for deepwater work to save time.
  • Excellent chain handling capacity with inboard lifters - this improves safety immensely
  • Safe deck operations equipment - spilt stern roller, cargo rail cranes with manipulators and Anchor Recovery Frame
  • Excellent underdeck capacities with good rig chain locker sizings for 4 complete systems
  • Enhanced stability to meet the latest European standards for anchor handlers
  • 200-tonne plus bollard pull enhanced by drop down azimuth thrusters if required
  • DP2 with high Environmental Regulatory Number
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) garage
  • SPS 2008 compliance
  • Latest environmental class notation with enhanced features namely 5 ppm Oily Water Separator, black and grey water treatment sewage system, HP water midst fire suppression system excluding use of CO2

Environmental Features

  • All mud tanks of free flowing design with external stiffening and sloped floors
  • Mud tanks have their own recirculating system with internal spray nozzles
  • Oily water separator with 15 ppm monitor but can operate below 5ppm according to IMO MEPC 107(49)
  • Sewage Treatment Plant according to IM MEPC 159 (55)
  • Cargo loading and discharge station provided with save all to inboard tank
  • Stern Roller fitted with environmentally friendly grease system
  • Galley macerator