Tidewater Marine Service Modifies Vessel For West African Service

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Tidewater Marine Service, Inc., Tidewater Inc.'s marine subsidiary, has outfitted one of its supply vessels for special service off the coast of West Africa for Nigerian AGIP Oil Co., Ltd., a venture of the national oil companies of Nigeria and Italy.

According to Richard M. Currence, president of Tidewater Marine Service and a senior vice president of Tidewater Inc., the Koock Tide, a 180-foot, 2,250 horsepower supply vessel, was modified and equipped to support Nigerian AGIP's Brass River production and loading facilities in Nigeria, West Africa.

Principal modifications included: the installation of stern and side ramps to facilitate the handling of floating hoses; a workshop; a storage area; and a decompression chamber. The vessel's quarters have also been enlarged and modernized to accommodate the charterer's crew.

The new equipment additions to the Koock Tide are: a 20-ton telescopic crane; a mooring system with independent hydraulic mooring winches; and 80-ton-capacity "A" frame; two tugger winches; and a waterfall type double-drum winch. The vessel's navigation and communications equipment was streamlined and in addition, a satellite communication system was installed. The Koock Tide was also fitted with an improved firefighting system capable of discharging water or foam.

With these modifications and additions, the Koock Tide is the only ship of its kind in Tidewater's 267- vessel fleet and will be joined by two new mooring tugs off the coast of Africa, this summer. The tugs are currently under construction for Tidewater Marine at a U.S. Gulf Coast shipyard.

Tidewater owns and operates one of the world's largest fleets of vessels supporting the offshore oil and gas industry.

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