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 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

November 2015

Specialised Vessel Services completes sale of SVS DRAKE

As part of its long-term strategic replacement and vessel acquisition program, Specialised Vessel Services (SVS) are pleased to confirm the sale of SVS DRAKE.

Over the last four years SVS DRAKE has worked on key projects for SVS in both seismic guard/chase duties and in support of drilling exploration campaigns off East and West Africa.   The first vessel purchase by SVS, SVS DRAKE has been chartered to international oil companies and seismic operators including Statoil, Hunt Oil, BG Group, Noble Energy, Fugro (now CGG Veritas) and Seabird Exploration amongst others.  Over its working life with SVS the vessel has worked for 935 days on charter with the remainder spent on mobilisation/demobilsation voyages and an extended period of upgrade in July 2014.

The sale of SVS Drake supports the SVS strategic approach of operating a new, modern fleet and investing in new best-in-class vessels that meet the demands of the industry and the requirements of clients.  As part of the SVS acquisition programme, SVS’ newest vessel, SVS CORNWALLIS, a 55m Damen axe-bow Fast Crew Supplier, is now operating in the Gulf of Guinea.  

2015 has been an successful year for the company in a challenging market place which will have seen 5000 incident free days off West Africa primarily supporting offshore exploration campaigns for international oil companies.

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.

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