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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

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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August 2014

SVS Cochrane and SVS Monck complete escort of PLV Castrone

SVS vessels Cochrane and Monck were tasked at short notice in early June to escort the Pipe Laying vessel “PLV Castrone” from Yemen to a safe release point in the Indian Ocean.

After embarking security teams in Mombasa, Cochrane and Monck deployed at best speed to the rendezvous point with PLV Castrone also effecting a bunker evolution en route at Djibouti. Cochrane and Monck arrived at the RV with PLV Castrone in good time and the escort was conducted without incident.

Both SVS vessel crews were commended by the client for their professionalism especially in the horrendous weather that followed them throughout the task.

Both vessels arrived back in Mombasa by the 1st August completing the 5700 nm round trip bespoke task in an impressive 19 days confirming once again the ability, flexibility and versatility of the SVS fleet.

July 2014

SVS Grenville – Successfully Docked and into Class

SVS Grenville was docked in an East African Dry Dock facility between the 9th to the 30th July 2014. The main purpose was to enable a comprehensive inspection for entry of the vessel into Class. This was successfully completed and she is now under IRS Class.

The dock enabled an opportunity for underwater work to be conducted that included shaft calibration, shaft seal replacement, CPP servicing, stern bush replacement and the servicing of all underwater valves. For Hull protection four coats of Jotun paint was applied which included two coats of Antifouling. All Zinc anodes were replaced and thickness gauging of the hull was conducted as per IACS regulations and all plates were found well within specification.

All deck equipment was checked and serviced including the 4 Ton crane and Anchor winch. The docking was finished to schedule and will enable the vessel to continue with her tasking until her next scheduled dock in thirty months time.

June 2014

SVS complete external OVMSA Audit and Self-Assessment Program

In June 2014, SVS Management conducted a confirmation review of stages 1 & 2 of their OVMSA, with the valued support of the quality assurance department of an OCIMF member client.

SVS will be publishing their self-assessment towards the end of the year and welcome existing and potential clients to review their systems.

The Offshore Vessel Inspection Database, commonly referred to as OVID was developed by the OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) in response to a request from members to provide a database of offshore inspections, broadly following the format of SIRE, Ship Inspection Report Programme; whilst acknowledging that the offshore marine sector has different processes and procedures than the tanker world, from an assurance and operational view point.

OVID has been designed to provide a number of positive benefits to OCIMF/OGP members and vessel operators. By utilising a database where inspection reports are available online to OVID participating members, assurance checks as a part of the due diligence or chartering process, may be sped up as companies have instant access to reliable information on the vessel specification, condition and its safety performance.

The OVMSA programme, Offshore Vessel Management Self-Assessment, takes this service yet further by delivering a voluntary tool to enable operators of offshore vessels to monitor continuous improvement throughout internal management systems, using industry best management practice benchmarks.

These systems encompass all typical and task specific activities undertaken by the company including technical, operational, personnel and HSSE management, both on-board and ashore. The programme encourages vessel operators to assess their safety management systems against listed key performance indicators (KPIs) and provides the best practice guidance standards. Once published, OCIMF members are able to access online and review potential contractors.

Specialised Vessel Services aims to transfer best practices across their fleet through the consistent application of the OVMSA, and OVID, industry provided and preferred tools. The self-assessment audit is broken down into the following KPI areas of management, each assessed over 4 stages with increasing level of detail:

  • Management, Leadership and Accountability
  • Recruitment and Management of Shore-based personnel
  • Recruitment and Management of Vessel personnel
  • Reliability and Maintenance Standards
  • Navigational Safety
  • Offshore Operations
  • Management of Change
  • Incident Investigation and Analysis
  • Safety Management (Shore and Fleet Monitoring)
  • Environmental Management
  • Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning
  • Measurement, Analysis and Improvement
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