Dubai-based shipyard and offshore marine firm Grandweld Shipyard has delivered the third of the six Bourbon Gannet hybrid seismic support vessel for Bourbon Offshore.

With a length of 54m, the 50t bollard pull vessel will be managed by French geoscience company CGG to assist in seismic operations such as chasing, towing, storage and transport of offshore supplies and crew.

Bourbon Petrel and Bourbon Fulmar are the sister vessels of Bourbon Gannet which were earlier delivered by Grandweld, as part of the same contract with Bourbon.

Since July 2013, the Bourbon Petrel has been supporting the CGG Symphony seismic vessel in the Black Sea, while the Bourbon Fulmar is assisting the Viking Vanquish, a seismic vessel operating in northern Europe.

A flexible hybrid propulsion system allows Bourbon Gannet to easily operate under efficient propulsion configuration including diesel-mechanical, diesel-electric and hybrid mode, while offering substantial fuel savings and lowering CO2 and sulphur emissions.

In order to ensure highly responsive maneuverability, the vessel is equipped with two electric bow thrusters and two flap-type rudders.

It also features a distance line winch, dip winch, moonpool, fuel hose storage reel, Yokohama fenders and workboat davit.

Grandweld general manager Jamal Abki said, "The highly innovative features of these vessels will set high market standards for efficiency and operational excellence.

"The delivery of these vessels marks yet another fruitful collaboration between Grandweld and Bourbon."

Grandweld is part of Stanford Marine Group (SMG) and provides shipbuilding, ship repair and engineering solutions to the marine offshore industry.

Image: The 50t Bourbon Gannet will be operated by CGG to assist in seismic operations. Photo courtesy of Stanford Marine Group.