Nigerian company Marine Platforms Limited has received its first newbuild vessel at a ceremony in Fosnavåg, Norway, on Thursday, November 6.
The vessel, named ‘African Inspiration’ by Norway’s Minister of Finance Siv Jensen, was built by Norwegian offshore ship designer and constructor Havyard.
The vessel is a Havyard 857 Subsea IMR (Inspection Maintenance and Repair) ship that will be used for installation, maintenance and repair work on oil installations on the seabed.
Long 113 meters, with a cargo deck of 1,200 sq. m, ‘African Inspiration’ was designed by Havyard Design & Solutions in Fosnavåg and built at Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik in Sogn. The vessel offers cabin capacity for a crew of 120 persons.
While ‘African Inspiration’ is the first newbuild vessel owned by Marine Platforms Limited, the company already owns one offshore vessel, which it purchased from a Norwegian ship-owning company. It also charters several vessels in order to carry out the assignments the company has taken on.
Taofik Adegbite, founder and CEO of Marine Platforms, the company voted Nigerian enterprise of the year in 2013, said: “MPL has been a pioneer for Nigerian companies that want to offer advanced subsea services to the oil industry in Nigeria. We see that more such companies are now emerging, which we welcome, since competition helps to keep us on our toes.
We will work hard to maintain our leading position, and we believe that the experience Havyard has gained means that the company will have good opportunities in the Nigerian market, both for us and for other emerging companies. Havyard has shown that it can handle the challenges presented by a new and emerging market and, like MPL, it has a competitive advantage it can use to exploit the growth that is expected in this market.”
Offshore Energy Today Staff, Image: Havyard