Miclyn Express Offshore modified three fast crew boats after it secured long-term charters in the Middle East
The Singapore-based owner was awarded five-year contracts for 40-m Express 94, 38-m Express 77, and 36-m Express 69 with an unnamed energy company, to operate in Saudi Arabia for crew transfers, utility and supply operations.
All three vessels are already operating in Saudi Arabia, according to automatic identification system (AIS) data.
They are chartered until 2026 and the energy company has options to extend this to 2028.
The vessels were modified to prepare them for additional client requirements. Modifications on each vessel include adding a dedicated slop tank, a container-type workshop on the main deck, a separate storage room and an Arabic-seating area. This did not affect the vessels’ regular passenger seating capacity.
Modifications have prepared these fast crew boats to perform supply vessel services in the Middle East, to transport personnel and carry out offshore support activities as required for these contracts.
Express 94 completed its first special drydocking in Singapore before sailing to the United Arab Emirates in preparation for the long-term charter in Saudi Arabia.
Miclyn Express Offshore said these modifications were challenging due to the global Covid-19 pandemic but the vessels were successfully delivered in time to commence their charters in Q1 2021.
Miclyn Express Offshore is growing its fleet to reinforce its position as a leading crew boat operator in the Middle East. It operates 29 crew boats, two workboats, five anchor handling tugs, one accommodation work barge and two anchor handling tug supply vessels in the region. It has strengthened its assets in the Middle East to meet current market demands for crew boats.
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