Hallin Marine has announced a major expansion of its West Division, committing its new build vessel to the region, unveiling a move into saturation diving and looking to recruit more staff and move to new premises. The Aberdeen based West Division will take delivery of the US$50 million new build Subsea Operations Vessel (SOV) Windermere in the second quarter of 2010, having signed a long-term time charter with the marine operations division of parent company, AIM listed Hallin Marine Subsea International PLC.
The West Division of the integrated subsea contractor has, until now, focussed on the operation of its own fleet of remote operated vehicles (ROVs). It is looking to operate the new vessel in the Middle East, Mediterranean and West Africa areas.
The Windermere, which will be managed out of Aberdeen, is fitted with a 15-man saturation diving system, an air diving spread, two heavy duty work-class ROVs and an inspection class vehicle.
The diesel electric, Voith propulsion DP 2 vessel has a 50 tonne, active heave compensated crane and accommodation for 120 crew and operational staff. The 80 metre, 'cost effective, fit for purpose' Windermere will be supported by an experienced onshore project engineering capability.
New jobs are currently being created to support the move into vessel operations and saturation diving and Hallin is planning to relocate from Dyce into larger accommodation in another area of Aberdeen.
Mike Arnold, Hallin West Division's MD, said:
"These are exciting developments and exciting time for West Division! As a company Hallin has great experience in vessel operation and saturation diving. It is a logical progression that we bolt that experience onto our very successful business here in the West Division. The SOV Windermere will be one of the most capable, modern and cost effective subsea operation vessels ever built.
The Windermere is a sign of our commitment to continue to grow our asset portfolio in the West and support of our new and existing clients. Like her class-leading sister, the Ullswater, the Windermere has been designed to incorporate all the lessons Hallin has learned during a decade of saturation diving and ROV operation - it will be an operator's and contractor's dream.
We are keen to offer our all our clients in the northern hemisphere a wider range of solutions, including total packages for their subsea projects, and we are very keen to get our hands on the vessel. Now we have the capability to offer something we are continually being asked for! The Windermere's diving focus will be in the Middle East, Mediterranean and West Africa, while it will look to deploy its ROVs pretty much anywhere in the western hemisphere."