Press Release Extension of BOURBON flagship series Bourbon Liberty
BOURBON success story continues with 54th and last Bourbon Liberty 200 vessel and the very 1st Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release Extension of BOURBON flagship series Bourbon Liberty
Paris, March 28, 2012
BOURBON success story continues
and last Bourbon Liberty 200 vessel
and the very 1st
Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel
BOURBON announces the extension of its flagship series Bourbon Liberty in line with its strategy to offer a
very high standard of service for the most demanding clients.
A naming ceremony was held today at Sinopacific Zhejiang shipyards in China for two iconic BOURBON
vessels: Bourbon Liberty 254, last vessel to be delivered of the Bourbon Liberty 200 series of 54 AHTS, and
Bourbon Liberty 301, first vessel of the Bourbon Liberty 300 series of 20 AHTS.
In June 2010, the group announced its “BOURBON 2015 Leadership Strategy” and ordered 3 new series of
vessels from Sinopacific shipyards. Bourbon Liberty 301 is the first vessel of the first series to be delivered.
“Delivery of the Bourbon Liberty 301 is an important milestone for BOURBON,” says Christian Lefèvre, CEO
of BOURBON, during the vessel-naming ceremony. “Our strategy of building standardized vessels in large
quantities, as exemplified in the Bourbon Liberty 100 and 200 series, has been a tremendous success and a
key factor in helping BOURBON reach a position of global leader in the offshore marine services industry. With
this extension of series, BOURBON demonstrates the efficiency and flexibility of this strategy to meet the
needs and expectations of the most demanding oil and gas clients”.
The first Bourbon Liberty, Bourbon Liberty 101, was delivered to the Group in February 2008. Four years later,
all 76 Bourbon Liberty vessels (54 Bourbon Liberty 200 and 22 Bourbon Liberty 100) are operational and
provide clients with numerous advantages:
- low fuel consumption thanks to diesel-electric propulsion
- greater reliability as a result of new design and equipment redundancy (multiple thrusters and 3 main
- maneuverability with 5 thrusters
- greater cargo capacity since the main generators were moved to the main deck level.
“We operate a fleet of 76 Bourbon Liberty vessels worldwide,” says Rodolphe Bouchet, VP Business
Management for Marine Services. “The concept and design of the series is appreciated and recognized by
our clients, as evidenced by their loyalty. We continue to respond to their needs and remain closely connected
to the evolving needs of the offshore industry. The „BOURBON 2015 Leadership Strategy‟ plan which calls for
extending the range of this series with 20 new Bourbon Liberty 300‟s and 15 new Bourbon Liberty 150‟s,
reflects an accurate anticipation of the evolution of the market”.
“Bourbon Liberty 300 vessels are the extension of Bourbon Liberty 200 vessels. They provide clients with a
larger deck space and the capacity to carry more liquid mud and bulk products. At the same time, they use the
same key features as the Bourbon Liberty 200 series (Class 2 Dynamic Positioning system, main gensets,
azimuth thrusters),” comments Olivier Daniel, BOURBON Newbuilding Managing Director.
BOURBON decided to extend its fleet by offering clients a Cleanship Class AHTS. Since innovation is at the
core of BOURBON growth, the group decided voluntarily to apply this Cleanship notation to the Bourbon
Liberty 300 series even though the deadweight of the vessels does not require it.
Nineteen other Bourbon Liberty 300 vessels and 15 Bourbon Liberty 150 vessels will join the recently
delivered first Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel, in the near future.
In 2014, BOURBON will be able to provide clients with an unprecedented series of 111 standardized, efficient
and innovative offshore vessels.
BOURBON offers oil & gas companies with the most demanding requirements a comprehensive range of surface and
subsea marine services for offshore oil & gas fields and wind farms, based on an extensive range of latest-generation
vessels. The Group provides a local service through its 27 operating subsidiaries, close to clients and their operations,
and it guarantees the highest standards of service quality and safety worldwide.
BOURBON has two operating Activities (Marine Services and Subsea Services) and also protects the French coastline
for the French Navy.
Under the “BOURBON 2015 Leadership Strategy” plan, the Group is investing US$2 billion in a large fleet of innovative
and high-performance and built-in series offshore vessels.
In 2011, BOURBON posted revenues of €1.008 billion and operated a fleet of 437 vessels.
Classified by ICB (Industry Classification Benchmark) in the "Oil Services" sector, BOURBON is listed for trading on
Euronext Paris, Compartment A, and is included in the Deferred Settlement Service SRD and in the SBF 120, CAC
Mid 60 and DowJones Stoxx 600 indices.
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