A flexible pipelaying support vessel (PLSV) jointly owned by Malaysia’s SapuraKencana and rig giant Seadrill has started operations in Brazil under a long-term charter to state player Petrobras.
The Sapura Diamante, the first of six units to be delivered by the 50:50 joint venture Sapura Navegacao, began operations more than three months ahead of its original delivery date after arriving in Brazilian waters on Saturday.
The 550-tonne Sapura Diamante PLSV was finished on 27 May at IHC Merwede’s Krimpen aan den Ijssel shipyard in the Netherlands and begins an eight-year deal with Petrobras.
Sapura Navegacao has five other PLSVs on long-term contracts with Petrobras that are under construction at IHC Merwede.
The Sapura Topazio, similar in size to the Sapura Diamante, is scheduled for completion in the third quarter and should arrive to Petrobras in late 2014. It was recently launched in Rotterdam and is currently being outfitted.
The Sapura Onix is set to be delivered in mid-2015 with SapuraKencana saying on Wednesday that the Sapura Jade, the Sapura Esmeralda and the Sapura Rubi are all set to join Petrobras in 2016.
Construction of the Sapura Esmeralda was originally planned in Brazil at the OSX shipyard, but financial complications at the Brazilian oil services company led Sapura to transfer work on the vessel to the Netherlands.
Delivery of the unit, which was previously scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014, was postponed to the second quarter of 2016.