Babcock has successfully completed a contract to undertake a substantial refit on Bibby Offshore’s dive support vessel (DSV), Polaris, at its Rosyth dockyard.
The project was Bibby’s largest ever refit package and underlines Babcock’s move to expand its role in the maintenance and refitting of complex oil and gas support ships.
The Bibby Polaris vessel is one of Bibby’s international fleet consisting of eight subsea support vessels, including the most modern fleet of DSVs in the North Sea. The refit was a statutory five year class renewal and maintenance period, and included major packages of work undertaken and supported by Babcock on the dive bells and dive systems, thrusters and engines, fresh water and cooling systems, underwater valves, crane maintenance, structural work on moonpool hatches, lifeboats and davits, and accommodation upgrades, as well as a full topside and underwater paint package.
Babcock’s focus on offshore vessel refit and repair sector at its Rosyth dockyard is part of a move to diversify into complementary markets where it can apply its considerable ship maintenance and support skills and experience to the benefit of commercial customers.
The Bibby Polaris undocked last month (February) on completion of the successful refit by Babcock.
babcock, March 17, 2014