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Company profile

We are a dynamic, ambitious marine company with a proven track record of creating new markets and being visionary in our approach. We are an established provider in the Safety, Supply, Standby & Support vessel market off Africa. We have a range of related services and combine experience in near shore and onshore logistics, Port Captain and Port operations, bathymetric survey services and a range of specialist services to meet client offshore requirements.

SVS is a dynamic growing business with operations covering all of the East African coastal countries with new business interests in West Africa. Our portfolio includes charter work in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Benin, Nigeria, Togo, Angola, South Africa and Gabon.

Our business strategy

Our focus is the delivery and supply of best in class vessels through a dedicated support network of engineers, operations and back office staff.

We operate in support of offshore oil & gas exploration operations through the provision of safety, standby, supply and support vessel services and shore based support where needed.

Our new market strategy has been developed to extend our existing market areas by geography and vessel type and we are actively looking at investment into the AHTS, PSV and other support vessel markets.

We specialise in operating in new markets and challenging areas

March 2015

SVS GRENVILLE has been delivered to a major oil & gas exploration and development company for a 12 month period

SVS GRENVILLE has been delivered to a major oil and gas exploration and development company for a 12 month period of hire off Cote D'Ivoire. Early in her deployment she has received positive reviews from the charterer following external Common Marine Inspection Document (CIMD) audit with charterers stating '….We had a debrief with our marine auditor yesterday.  Only positive feedback on the Grenville and her crew.'

SVS were able to mobilise SVS GRENVILLE at short notice having positioned the vessel to West Africa to provide well managed and fit for purpose tonnage in the region. This decision was vindicated, as the Charterer had originally been let down by a poor mobilisation from another vessel operator and SVS were able to deliver what they needed in a prompt and professional manner.

The vessel has a broad remit operating in support of charterer drilling operations.  GRENVILLE has spent over 36 months in support of exploration activity, both seismic and drilling, in East Africa and therefore able to provide experience in the requested roles of; managing close standby duties to the client rig; managing sea traffic in the area to keep the 500m zone free of third parties and clearance of illegal fishing equipment.

The charterer demanded specific conditions in vessel standards and marine systems and SVS dispatched by air, at their own cost, a Fast Rescue Boat from the Netherlands to fulfil client requirements.

The SVS GRENVILLE has recently undertaken a full dry dock and it is expected that the vessel will be conducting her duties for prolonged periods at sea, of up to 45 days.

The efficiency and timeliness of SVS's approach in this task has enabled the client to continue operations in a complex environment without loss, and maintain its reputation.

January 2015

SVS complete support of two 3D seismic surveys off East Africa

SVS provided SVS COCHRANE and SVS KIDD in support of 2 x 3D surveys of East Africa. From last October SVS COCHRANE was mobilised to support a 60 day survey off Tanzania.

Mobilising from Mtwara the vessel completed the work with no lost work hours. COCHRANE was conducting guard and chase vessel duties. The ship operated for 30 day periods at 5 knots, being able to move to 20 knots to conduct duties as required.

At the end of this project, the client was requested to mobilise another chase vessel at immediate notice to support their next work off Mozambique. SVS mobilised the KIDD and the vessels were ready for deployment from Pemba, Mozambique in good time for client OVID inspections and project start up.

In both instances the seismic end clients were very demanding with specific requirements in vessel standards, marine systems and HSSE requirements.SVS operates a full SMS and delivers marine safety systems and standards that enable us to deliver with confidence to the most demanding clients.

This ensures that clients work is enabled, there is no impact resulting in downtime or standby and we can ensure the HSSE statistics of our clients are not compromised.

All in all, the SVS approach increases client profitably, ensures efficiency and maintains reputation.

September 2014

SVS overcome supply chain adversity in West Africa

SVS are an established best in class provider in the Safety, Supply, Standby & Support vessel market. We have excellent relationships with leading O & G operators and service companies alike. SVS have been operating within the East African region since our establishment in 2010 and we are now successfully delivering services in West Africa. This new geography comes with a new set of operational and logistics challenges. Our ‘niche’ is the provision of service excellence in difficult or complex country environments.

SVS have their new 55M Damen Axe Bow safety standy FSIV (SVS Cavendish) operating from Soyo in Angola. Angola presents a series of complex challenges with low holdings of technical stock in country and extended supply chains across difficult terrain. Moving stock, provisions and ships stores in country and through Luanda over 779KM on under developed road systems compounds the supply chain issue.

SVS Supply Chain have quickly adapted to these challenges, using their global network, collaborating with local service providers to swiftly establish an effective supply chain that delivers and sustains SVS CAVENDISH without compromising our operations and more importantly the welfare of our crew.

The first request from the charterer was the conversion of half of the seating to rest areas for charterers personnel – whilst continuing to work on the vessels charter operations. This was achieved and the solution has seen locally constructed tables, along with reconfigured seating & access to large screen terrestrial television (on clients request) and gym and fitness equipment being delivered to the vessel with no disruption of the vessels work.

August 2014

Specialised Vessel Services agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service

SVS is pleased to announce a recently signed agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service for the delivery, servicing and supply of SVS Fleet Life Raft Equipment (LRE).

SVS are committed to best operation of their vessels and this arrangement with Wilhelmsen guarantees we fully conform with regulatory conditions and compliance requirements. It further enables SVS to fulfil its commitment to safe working conditions for our crew by ensuring working, in date and serviceable LRE on board our fleet.

The agreement is based on:

  • Fixed annual price to ensure best value and no variable financial implications in ‘difficult to operate’ regions
  • Due-date monitoring through Customer Service Centres
  • Approved life rafts
  • Annual inspections
  • Official Certificate of Compliance
  • Quick turnarounds for LRE servicing and supply

Dealing with one service provider, regardless of the vessels location, allows for ease of organisation. Wilhelmsen arrange shipment to the required port in advance of a vessels arrival to ensure the equipment is ready for when the vessel arrives. Wilhelmsen operate in over 2,200 ports with 24/7 assistance and the service is already proven with 4 x vessel LRE changes taking place, problem free, to date.

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