Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras has received several bids in its latest tender for the charter of platform supply vessels, writes Fabio Palmigiani.
The company divided the 1500-bhp-rated PSV tender into three categories. Lot A allowed contractors to submit vessels for one year, while Lot B covers two years and Lot C three.
Finarge Apoio Maritimo bid lowest in lots A and B, and emerged as frontrunner to secure a contract with Petrobras. The company proposed the Ievoli Coral PSV for dayrates of $23,000 and $22,500, respectively.
Mare Alta ended slightly behind in both categories with the Amadon Tide II and Bobby Rawle Tide vessels, owned by Tidewater, for dayrates of $25,249 and $25,749, respectively.
Competition for lots A and B also had commercial offers from Asgaard Navegacao with two newbuild units, OSM with the Vega Commander and Vega Carrier PSVs, and Acamin with five Whitesea Shipping-owned vessels - Samed, Saeb, Saheb, Saleh and Sarem - and a Global Offshore-owned vessel, Meghna.
According to the non-official ranking, OSM finished ahead in Lot C with the Vega Commander PSV for a dayrate of $24,500.
All vessels proposed for lots A and B were also submitted in Lot C, plus the Armada Tuah 25 PSV, owned by Malaysian player Bumi Armada.
The 14 vessels offered in the Petrobras tender are dynamically-positioned Class 1 PSVs built after 1999. Delivery is scheduled for September 2014, or 120 days after contracts are signed.
Petrobras also received eight bids for the first of two batches in an international tender to contract fast supply and oil spill response vessels.