BAE to Build Offshore Drilling Support Vessel; Richard McCreary Comments

OilPipesBAE Systems will manufacture a ship for Oceaneering International to support offshore drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Norwegian firm Marin Teknikk will help design the planned 353-foot-long DP2 vessel with IVi-emission compliant engines from General Electric, BAE said Friday.

Work on the project will be performed at a shipyard in Alabama.

“This contract reinforces our commitment to new construction in the commercial market and strengthens BAE Systems’ position as a builder of deepwater support vessels,” said Richard McCreary, vice president of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards.

“We continue to grow our backlog of projects and build our commercial shipbuilding workforce,” McCreary added.

BAE intends to employ 250 more workers next year for two facilities in Florida, where some 1,300 builders currently work to construct two dump scows as well as six platform supply ships.

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