The Nigerian flagged vessel, African Inspiration will sail into the country’s waters in September this year. The 113 metre long multipurpose service vessel, owned by the Nigerian oil service firm Marine Platforms, has a Gross Tonnage of 5000t. The facility arrives at a landing cost of about $140 Million. Its main crane, which is 3000 metre long, has an active heave compensation of 250tonnes. It has the capacity to accommodate 120 persons on board and is sailing in with two (2) 200HP Remote operated vessels (ROVs).
African Inspiration is being built by the Havyard group in Havyard Shipyard, located in the maritime cluster in the north west of Norway.
African Inspiration will be Marine Platforms’ second vessel. The company’s first such facility, the $100Million African Vision,was commissioned in 2010. It carried out brief support works for (the French major) TOTAL’s Akpo field, Exxon Mobil’s Erha and (Shell subsidiary) SNEPCO’s Bonga North West field, supporting the Saipem Heavy Construction Vessel, before starting a long term subsea installation, repair and maintenance on SNEPCO’s main Bonga field.