IMC’s well-established track record in the offshore support vessel field has attracted the attention of well-known offshore and towage journal International Tug & OSV. Reporting earlier this year, the magazine noted that this experience includes designing the world’s first purpose-built, diesel-electric FPSO offtake support vessel.
MMA Offshore’s 50 metre Mermaid Sound (pictured below) is one of three IMC designed offtake support vessels that have been successfully supporting FPSOs off Australia’s north-west coast for a number of years. It, and the 53 metre Mermaid Strait, are on long-term contract with Woodside. The 53 metre Mermaid Cove is contracted by BHP Billiton Petroleum.
These sophisticated vessels perform multiple roles: transferring cargo to the FPSO; facilitating offload to tankers by transferring lines and hoses between FPSO and tanker; and providing a static tow to keep the tanker properly positioned during offtake.
IMC continues to innovate and enhance its product offering in this field, with ongoing work for dual fuel (diesel and LNG) variants. While the existing IMC-designed vessels are successful in both the offtake support and supply functions, further work has been undertaken to enhance designs to further improve efficiencies for future customers.
International Tug & OSV noted that IMC has developed an international clientele over its 21-year history. The article stated:
“Word of the company’s capabilities has found its way to the right ears. IMC’s clients include Bhagwan Marine, DOF Subsea, Farstad, Go Offshore, MMA Offshore (formerly Mermaid Marine Australia), Miclyn Express Offshore, Svitzer and Swire Pacific Offshore. Multiple newbuilding projects have been undertaken in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and the US; and substantial conversions in Indonesia, New Zealand, Norway and Mauritius.”
Justin McPherson, IMC’s Managing Director, says this diversity reflects the fact that IMC is an independent naval architecture consultancy with broad capability and global outlook.
“Since we are not corporately aligned with other parts of the vessel supply chain, we can work with our clients to undertake fully competitive technical and commercial evaluations and chose the shipyards and equipment that best meet the project’s requirements,” he says.
“Independence also facilitates a flexible, customer-centric approach that combines innovative thinking, with skilful engineering backed by deep and broad experience.”
In addition to this new vessel design work: IMC also applies its capabilities in areas such as vessel modification; vessel construction supervision and project management; stability and motions analysis; mooring design and verification; and marine and structural engineering.
Read the full article by accessing the issue of International Tug & OSV here.