A pair of offshore service providers is contesting the results of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras’ major tender for the contracting of flexible pipelaying support vessels to operate in the South American nation.

Last October, Petrobras received bids from Subsea 7, DOF Subsea and Sapura Navegacao in a tender that called for the charter of an unspecified number of PLSVs to enter operation by July 2023, or 180 days after signing of the contract.

According to documents obtained by Upstream, the Petrobras bidding committee only qualified the vessels proposed by Sapura, stating they “satisfied all the bidding rules”, but labelled the units offered by DOF and Subsea 7 as “under analysis”.