20/05/2008 - 12:00

Neptune acquire $30m support vessel

20/05/2008 - 12:00

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Perth based engineering services company, Neptune Marine Services Ltd, has acquired a $31.3 million sea vessel, the Nor Sea.

Perth based engineering services company, Neptune Marine Services Ltd, has acquired a $31.3 million sea vessel, the Nor Sea.
The Nor Sea is a specialist anchor handling, towing and supply vessel that can accommodate up to 42 passengers.
The purchase is conditional upon Neptune raising funds to complete the purchase within 90 days, with delivery expected shortly after finance has been obtained.
Neptune managing director and CEO, Christian Lange said that the vessel will be used for survey and light construction support works throughout Australasia, while improving delivery of the company's integrated services.
"The vessel is also an intrinsic component in the progression of Neptune's business strategy of acquiring assets, technologies and expertise that seamlessly add value to our unique integrated subsea services model," Mr Lange said.
Full announcement below:

Leading engineering services company, Neptune Marine
Services Ltd (ASX: NMS) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Singapore
based Nor Supply Pte Ltd for the acquisition of the vessel, Nor Sea.
Built in April 2005, the 70.05 metre dynamically positioned Nor Sea (American Bureau of
Shipping class DP2) is a specialist anchor handling, towing and supply (AHTS) vessel
featuring 5506 BHP, FiFi Class one capability and accommodation for 42 that adheres to
Australian standards.
Neptune has agreed to acquire the vessel at a cost of USD$30 million (AUD$31.3 million)*.
The acquisition is conditional upon Neptune raising sufficient funds to complete the purchase
within 90 days. Delivery of the vessel is expected shortly after finance has been obtained.
Managing Director and CEO of Neptune Marine, Christian Lange, said the Nor Sea was a
natural extension to the company's portfolio that would result in improved delivery of its
integrated services.
"The vessel is also an intrinsic component in the progression of Neptune's business strategy
of acquiring assets, technologies and expertise that seamlessly add value to our unique
integrated subsea services model," he added.
Well known to Australian operators, the Nor Sea will be applied to ROV, survey and light
construction support works throughout the Australasian region.
The vessel will be permanently fitted with a 135HP Swift XL Free Swim Construction Support
ROV system and associated hydrographic survey system. Survey support will be provided
by Neptune subsidiary, Tri-Surv Geomatics.
"The ROV will be installed on the purpose built mezzanine deck that extends the capabilities
of the vessel further as the configuration allows for a number of different operations to be
carried out simultaneously, the result of which is time and cost savings for clients," Mr Lange
explained.
While the Nor Sea will predominantly service the Australian market, Mr Lange said it will also
provide support to the South East Asian market in conjunction with Neptune's existing IRM
support vessel, the MRV ROV Supplier, that will predominantly operate in Asia, due to be
delivered on 4 June 2008.
Arrangements for the fit out and delivery of the vessel will be supervised by Neptune's ROV
and Vessel Manager, Joel Weston.

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