Jackson Offshore Operators has signed a multiyear agreement worth over $100 million with BP America for the chartering of two Jones Act deepwater platform supply vessels.
The Squall and the Lightning will be 252’x60’x25’3″ vessels equipped with a complete Rolls-Royce system package including Azipull propulsion thrusters, tunnel thrusters, a low voltage front end diesel electric system, an Acon automation and an Icon dynamic positioning (DP-2) system. The PSVs, which are underway at BAE Systems in Jacksonville, Fla., should be ready for service in 2015.
“This contract represents long term employment for many mariners and their families. This is yet another great example of BP’s commitment to America and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Lee Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Offshore. “We have had a good working relationship with BP for a number of years and are excited to see our relationship grow with the signing of this agreement.”
In March, Jackson Offshore exercised an option with BAE Systems for two more Guido Perla & Associates-designed PSVs, bringing the total number of vessels on order with BAE to four. The first of these PSVs is scheduled for delivery in May 2014, and the second vessel is scheduled for delivery in September 2014.