My company John w. stone and oil had plans to build a new vessel to replace the Stone Buccaneer. The keel was going to be laid down sometime in 2011 but then the deepwater horizon happenend. Our work slowed down bigtime with the stone explorer being laid up. Things are begining to pick up again. The new vessel is supposed to be state of the art etc…with another to follow.
This of course may or may not happen. The said vessels would cost anywhere from 40-80 million. I recently looked online at ship brokerages and some double hulled/bottom vessels built in korea or china would be about 13 million. We would want to go the dp route and the current vessel plans have us looking like a dive support vessel or a Chouset supply boat with the house forward.
What does the all knowing board think? Would it be easier to buy a ship from a foreign outfit and have it go in the shipyard for rennovations. Would we have a problem with abs? with the jones act for that matter? I think having an unlimited vessel is out of the queston for now b/c of manning requirements and solas etc…