Specialised Vessel Services

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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 the leading player in the Safety, Supply, Standby and Security vessel market off Africa.

SVS is a dynamic growing business with operations covering all of the East African coastal countries with new business interests in West Africa. With our company headquarters in Mauritius we have an operating presence in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique and Benin.

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.

We specialise in operating in new markets and challenging areas.

October 2013

Crewing Team Update

SVS only recruits and retains the seafarers that meet the company’s high expectations and levels of standards and compliance. SVS thoroughly check all certification, documentation, work history and maritime knowledge of seafarers to ensure that the standards and compliance required by the company, authorisations, conventions and administrations are met. The company standards and compliance bar is set by that which is laid out by the four pillars of the IMO; STCW Manila amendments, MARPOL, SOLAS and the MLC.

The seafarers certification and documentation is constantly under review by the dedicated crewing team in order to ensure that all seafarers serving on SVS vessels are fully trained as per the requirements from relevant bodies laid out above. The crewing department will submit random certification for checking by the relevant maritime authority along with the certification which does not satisfy the crewing manager during the recruitment phase. Training and revalidation is taken very seriously by the company and all seafarers are subject to the Manila amendments which ensures revalidation of the basic requirements for a particular rank every 5 years.

SVS is an equal rights employer and currently has seafarers from over 11 different countries all working side by side. Where possible, SVS offers seafaring employment to all local nationals in the area of operation and currently, over 70% of SVS crews are African including nationals from Benin, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. To ensure the highest standards are met and maintained, SVS recruit from all over the globe, the furthest current seafarers home being Manado, Indonesia.

SVS operates an ‘open door’ policy for its crews to their crewing manager and they can contact him any day of the week 24/7 to ask questions, air concerns, address welfare issues or ask for updates on certification, future projects and employment. This eases the crews during prolonged service at sea and ensures the crews feel supported whilst isolated on the vessel. This is one of the many reasons why SVS seafarers return to serve SVS vessels time and time again.

September 2013

SVS signs contract for 2 new build 55M FSIV

SVS has recently signed contracts with Damen Shipyards for the delivery of 2 x new build 55M Fast Support Intervention Vessels.

Built by Damen at their Vietnam Shipyard SVS is due to take delivery of the SVS CORNWALLIS in October 2013 and SVS CAVENDISH in January 2014.

This multi-million dollar investment in new build vessels defines SVS's commitment to the acquisition, management and delivery of best in class vessels to support major oil and gas projects offshore including drilling, pipe lay, seismic and survey work where these is a requirement for fast crew supply, safety stand by and fast supply work.

The Damen axe-bow design gives exceptional performance and this latest purchase underlines the partnership approach undertaken between SVS and their ship building partner, Damen.

Photo: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
August 2013

SVS Morgan completes tow of damaged tanker vessel

SVS Morgan was tasked at short notice to conduct a tow of the damaged tanker vessel from Nacala, Mozambique to Durban, South Africa.

Mobilising the SVS Morgan within 24 hours of firm interest, SVS Morgan proceeded South through the Mozambique Channel in very heavy sea and 40 knots winds to take the tanker vessel on tow, for continued passage to Durban.

The flexibility of the SVS fleet, in this instance, using the SVS Morgan in role as a tow tug, show the breadth of capability offered by from the SVS fleet ensuring our watchwords of Safety, Standby and Support can be offered to meet differing client needs.

Photo: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
July 2013

SVS Bonny will be available for charter from start September

SVS Bonny will shortly be mobilising on her delivery voyage to the Africa region and will be available for charter from start September in support of the Autumn seismic and drilling campaigns.

This investment ensures that SVS continue to provide vessels that can fulfill chase roles for seismic acquisition combined with fast support or stand by capability in support of exploratory operations.

The vessel is an ex Japanese Government Patrol Vessel and has a top speed of 36 knots, coupled with excellent endurance, a very low fuel consumption and berth space for 12 charterers personnel. The vessel is a versatile ship in excellent condition.

June 2013

SVS further strengthens finance team

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Nassim Walsh as Finance Officer based in our Dubai office.

Nassim will be working for our Chief Financial Officer and comes to SVS as a proven Finance Director; she is a multi-lingual Master of Business Administration graduate with over 11 years of banking and professional experience with a great deal of very relevant experience in shipping and banking.

Nassim will primarily be based in Dubai, but will spend time in our locations across Africa.

We are looking forward to having Nassim on the team to strengthen our overall financial support for the future growth of the business as well as to leverage her local market knowledge of Dubai.

Photo: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
June 2013

SVS moves into West Africa

SVS has recently signed charter agreements for the SVS Frobisher and SVS Avery to support drilling exploration work off Benin. The vessels mobilised from Mombasa recently with both making the transit in excellent time and in good order. SVS Avery conducted a maintenance call at the Damen facility in Cape Town, taking advantage of the transit voyage to ensure that all on board systems are fully functional and working to Damen and Class specification. The vessel mobilisation was supported by the deployment of a full time shore manager and the upcoming project will see an Offshore Manager (OSM) deployed to oversee all HSSEQ aspects of the project, as well as liaison between charterers representatives and the main drilling operation.

SVS deploy OSMs on all multi-vessel projects/charters. We believe we are the only Safety/Supply/Support or Chase/FSIV owner who does this, in direct support of our charterers requirements – typically aligned to the delivery of strict OGP standards.

May 2013

Financial Report Half Year 2012/13

The first half trading of Specialised Vessel Services showed a continuation of its upward growth trajectory.

The company successfully grew its top line whilst maintaining overall profit levels.

During this period the company continued to expand its customer base, expand the operational capability of the company by considerably strengthening its management team, whilst at the same time expanding its fleet of new build vessels from Damen.

The balance sheet and net worth of SVS continues to strengthen as the company continues to pay down its vessel loans at an aggressive rate whilst maintaining excellent levels of EBITDA.

Overall the Board are pleased with the H1 12/13 results and the company strategy of purchase, ownership and operation of top quality vessels, personnel and systems is ensuring that SVS is prepared for its next trading period.

Photo: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
May 2013

SVS opens new Dubai
based Back Office

Specialised vessel Services (SVS), is set to capitalise on the growing demand for its services in the area with the opening of a new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This new office will run the company back office systems, with elements of finance, HSSEQ, technical management, procurement and legal being based in the Emirate.

SVS is looking forward to opening the doors of it latest Branch Office. This office will allow the company to better serve our existing current client base, as well as explore new business opportunities in the immediate region as well as diversifying our current portfolio of services.

The company is pleased to add a number of new members to its Dubai team. This team is recruited from the global shipping market from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds which demonstrates the commitment to equality that forms a corner stone of SVS operating standards. Staff from Kenya, India, Philippines and the UK will all share their multi-national experience in the new back office hub.

SVS has a proven ability to operate successfully in some of the harshest and most remote areas of the Indian Ocean from the Coast of Somalia to the Mozambique Channel. The company is committed to providing vessels and systems that are seen and widely recognised as ‘best in class’ to the offshore oil and gas industry. It is further committed to grows its operational geographies and to building sustainable and outstanding back office systems and processes.

April 2013

Dedicated crewing managers and online chart publications

As SVS continues to grow its support functions and the DPA team ensures compliance with the STCW Convention and Code.

SVS employs a highly dedicated crewing cell, which ensures that the fleet is always adequately manned with medically fit, experienced and competent seafarers, paying particular attention to recruitment, placement, training, retainment and crew changes to ensure SVS continue to lead the market through the quality and standards of our crews and vessels.

The crewing cell subject applicants to a thorough, phased recruitment process, which ensures the recruitment of highly skilled seafarers to serve our vessels and subsequently, the projects. The crewing cell also ensure that the seafarers remain trained and compliant with the relevant conventions and codes.

The crewing cell remains on call 24/7 to react to any situation regarding crew in support of operations and projects on which the vessels serve.

Please visit the careers page for more information on recruitment.

SVS have recently signed an agreement with EW Liner Charts & Publications for the online monitoring of our vessel chart folios to ensure all Charts & Publications are automatically supplied with Notice to Mariners and Chart/Publication updates.

This continuing commitment to vessel and crew services, ensures we support our charterers requirements of having fit for purpose vessels, operated by professional and experienced crew with the right equipment.

April 2013

Meeting the Supply Chain Challenge in East Africa

SVS operations in East Africa are reliant on an effective supply chain that can support and meet the needs of our vessels and charterers. To do so in East Africa is challenging; cross border requirements and working, customs regulations, accessibility, infrastructure challenges and diverse geography demanding the use of multiple modes of transport from sea, road and air coupled with often complex, changing and differing documentation requirements create a unique set of issues that all require management and solutions.

The SVS Supply Chain team understand these challenges and work hard to provide best in class service, through the ability to support the uniqueness of each of these areas. We have a dedicated team, based in Dubai and Singapore that support the procurement and delivery of both technical and consumable operational items. Working through an agency agreement with KMC, we can ensure delivery of critical and consumable items through the KMC established Mombasa Supply Base whilst in Tanzania, Boma Logistics ensure that our working demands are met, be they in Dar es Salaam, Kilwa or Mtwara.

Time and again, the SVS Supply Chain team ensures delivery of the right product, in the right quantity, in the right condition, with the right documentation, to the right place at the right time at the right price. Our dedicated teams liaise with suppliers, clearance and forwarding agents and customs tracking all shipments. This improves stability, predictability, and reliability of the ‘forecast to deliver’ process, bringing SVS and the customer closer together. We look to work with trusted and reliable suppliers that understand the nature and dynamics of our business, and look beyond the short term, towards building a sustainable long term relationship with suppliers, customs, C & F agents and more importantly maintaining a first class customer focus.

March 2013

Continued support to Anadarko in Kenya and Mozambique

SVS continue to work with Anadarko off East Africa, with the latest fleet addition, SVS Teach, working in support of their work off Kenya. SVS Teach is a Damen new build 33M ‘axe bow’ design FSIV. The vessel is equipped with excellent bridge technology to assist in the vessel role, including Thermal Imaging equipment and night vision monoculars and well as having a ballistic protected bridge and wheelhouse. During this current campaign, the vessels flexibility and versatility will be maximised as she is employed in a number of roles covering aspects of safety, standby, supply and security. The SVS Teach will be supported by SVS Grenville in the near future.

SVS Monck, another 33M axe bow FSIV, is operating off Mozambique working out of Pemba in support of drilling work. The vessels role is similar to the Kenyan work, with SVS Monck undertaking fast intervention support to the project. SVS Monck is further fitted with a rear deck davit and is able to launch and recover her 6.5M Zodiac SeaRider RHIB in support of work boat or other safety related operations.

The use of the versatile 33M axe bow vessels allow SVS to provide a range of services to meet our charterer’s needs. This includes fast crew supply, critical stores supply, safety standby for a range of work along with intervention, chase and security tasks.

March 2013

Fleet Maintenance Program Continues

The 2013 Fleet Maintenance Programme is now three months in, with the Fleet Department working from their 12 month schedule to ensure SVS vessels are maintained in “Best in Class” condition.

The SVS DAMEN fleet is looked after by the DAMOS system which is classed approved by Bureau Veritas. “DAMOS is a unique vessel maintenance management system that identifies and categorizes all on-board systems of a vessel. Information from DAMOS enables ship owners to prolong the lifecycle of their fleet and optimize cost of ownership. With DAMOS, external surveys are faster and easier as all relevant maintenance information is stored in the database.”

Other vessels have also been subject to their planned maintenance schedules. SVS Frobisher has had a full engine overhaul carried out by James Troop Ltd, an Authorised agent of Daihatsu, along with maintenance of all on board systems and extensive pipework replacement throughout the vessel. SVS Drake returned from her latest tasking for a Classification Survey by International Register of Shipping whilst in dry dock which was successful and we are currently awaiting delivery of Class Certificates. The vessel also had a jet propulsion system overhaul, generator overhauls and main engine 3000 hours services carried out by specialists during this period.

SVS operate a Preventative Maintenance Policy with the Technical Management Team working closely with the vessels to ensure defective items are repaired quickly and efficiently to ensure minimal downtime to charterers.

February 2013

SVS take delivery of new 33M Damen Axe Bow

The most recent addition to the SVS fleet, SVS TEACH has recently undergone and passed her sea trials in Singapore. SVS TEACH will be mobilising to East Africa over the next few week, to start on a long term time charter in support of exploration work off Kenya.

This investment demonstrates SVS commitment to building a modern, best in class fleet to meet the combined roles of SAFETY STANDBY SUPPLY SECURITY. As the threat of piracy reduces, largely in part to the anti-piracy efforts in the region, SVS can now focus on delivery to more normalised exploration operations.

The Damen 33M axe bow provides a best in class vessel with range, capability, performance and speed to deliver fast support, intervention and crew supply capability. The team are looking to having the vessel on strength.

February 2013

SVS announce appointment of Chief Financial Officer

SVS are pleased to announce the appointment of new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As SVS continues to grow and expand our horizons, this recruitment enhances and strengthens our existing Finance and Management Teams, enabling SVS to move forward financially in a structured, organised and scalable way, both within SVS and further across the Group.

New CFO brings to SVS and the Group comprehensive, senior finance management experience as well as a proven track record of delivering transformational business results. His role is to deliver, and implement, a clear vision of how SVS and the Group will work from a financial and back office perspective. As a CFO, he is experienced in raising capital, managing acquisitions, dealing with financial institutions, Investors and Boards as well as having personally managed an IPO process.

During his career leading Finance teams, he has managed teams ranging up to 120 people and as small as 2, and as a COO/CEO managed companies as large as 2000 people delivering on a £1.4bn top line.

January 2013

SVS Local Content Plan delivers success

As a company operating, for the majority of its charter work off Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, SVS ensure that we fully integrate our vessel crewing program to the local market. We ensure that the local workforce is accessed through active recruitment from those countries we operate in the most and we are pleased to announce that just under 50% of our crew are drawn from this market.

We focus on training, assessment and continued skills based improvement to ensure that we deliver to client expectations and needs. Most oil and gas related companies require and insist on local content provision; SVS are proud to be able to state that we do fully invest our time and energy in making this a reality. We run a series of Deck and Engineering Cadet schemes and meet the education fees for those on the scheme, as well as providing a marine career path of those interested in same.

January 2013

Zero Incidents on 3D seismic project off Seychelles

SVS are currently finishing the support to a 3D seismic project off Seychelles. Managing the Group vessels, MARTIAL and CENTURION, SVS have worked to ensure that the project has passed without any HSSE related incident, with no operational headaches and importantly zero client down time.

The two vessels were deployed at very short notice, with one chartered direct to the seismic provider, and the other to the security provider.

A complex set of operating conditions existed and the HSSE and Operations teams once again proved their worth in ensuring project success.

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