Geoquip Marine has added a DP2 multi-purpose offshore support vessel, the Geoquip Saentis, to its fleet.
The Geoquip Saentis is currently being fitted with the latest version of Geoquip’s GMR600 fully heave-compensated offshore geotechnical drilling rig.
The vessel has accommodation and work spaces for 55 crew members.
At 80m length and 18m beam it provides a platform for offshore geotechnical operations, allowing seabed PCPT equipment and ROV to be mobilized alongside the GMR600.
“The acquisition of the Geoquip Saentis is a significant milestone in the development of the business and provides a great enhancement to the range of services we provide,” said chief executive officer Stewart Higginson.
“The name Saentis is derived from the highest peak in the Appenzell Alps, being the north-eastern mountain range of Switzerland nearby our offices in St Gallen and we see this acquisition as the latest major peak we have scaled as a business.
“This is the latest of a number of significant investments since we started working with Njord Partners, a specialist European investment fund, last year and the result of this has been record growth for the business, working with some of the most recognizable international brands in our target markets, including Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco and pre-eminent offshore wind farm developers. It is a very exciting time for Geoquip and we will be announcing further significant investments in the weeks ahead.”