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Bourbon Orders 46 Vessels for $740m

Bourbon is again expanding its fleet with an order for 46 new vessels for an aggregate contract price of nearly $740m. Forty-four of the vessels will be built in the

Sinopacific shipyards in China, with the

West Atlantic Shipyard in Nigeria tapped to build two. The 46 new vessels in fact represents 3 new series of vessels: • 28 AHTS GPA 254 supply and anchor- handling tugs with 80 tons traction 14 PSV GPA 654 platform supply ves- sels with 1600 tons deadweight

Both of these series are equipped with diesel-electric propulsion, classes DP2 and

FiFi1. Also, one series of four PSV, Ulstein

PX105 MACS supply vessels, 4400 tons dwt, 88.8 m long, with the X-BowM and the PG-MACST system.

This new series is the culmination of the optimization of the design of the P105 and

PX105 models, four of which are under construction for Bourbon, while four oth- ers have already proven their operational value in the Bourbon fleet since 2005.

Each is equipped with diesel electric propulsion, classes DP2 and FiFi1, and a double hull. Bourbon's Offshore Division has 110 supply vessels on order.

The Hunt for O&G Off

New Zealand

L & M Petroleum launched its 2007 exploration for oil and gas with a seismic data survey to define future well locations in the southern waters of New Zealand.

L&M Petroleum is reportedly carrying out seismic surveying and well drilling, con- centrating on its Waiau permit in Western

Southland. (Source:

New USGS Publication

The USGS announced publication of

Open-File Report 2006-1046, Surficial

Sediment Character of the New York-New

Jersey Offshore Continental Shelf Region: a GIS Compilation, by Williams, S.J.,

Arsenault, M.A., Poppe, L.J., Reid, J.A.,

Reid, J.M. and Jenkins, C.J. The report is available on-line at

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