Oceanteam ASA's second DP2 construction support vessel (CSV) North Ocean 102 was christened in a ceremony at Metalships shipyard in Vigo, Spain, at the end of last year, and has now started work on a project by project basis for the Mexican Offshore Construction and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) company CICSA.
North Ocean 102 is configured as a construction support/installation vessel and is now at work under the terms of a five-year deal with Cisca. The ship is 137m in length and has a 27m beam and, on delivery, was fitted with two 100 ton cranes, a large moon pool (7m x 7m) and had been upgraded to be able to accommodate a crew of up to 199.
North Ocean 102 is the second example of the Oceanteam 100 series, a series of vessels that are similar in most respects, if not identical, having been designed primarily for field support, construction, and installation work, or to work as IMR support vessels.
All of the 100 Series vessels are built at Metalships, with the third ship in the series, North Ocean 103, due to be delivered later in 2009, after which the vessel will go to work on behalf of Technip UK Ltd, Oceanteam having recently announced that it had signed a contract with Technip UK Ltd for a vessel charter plus additional services, and agreement that will commence in 2009 for a minimum period of eight years plus options for worldwide operations.