Besiktas Shipyard

Besiktas picked to build Palmali PSV trio / 21.09.2012

Turkey’s Besiktas Shipyard has won a contract worth $120m to build three ice-class platform-supply vessels (PSV) for Palmali Shipping.

Palmali, headed up by Azerbaijan-born Mubariz Mansimov, has won the breakthrough deal to provide three shallow-draught units to work in the Caspian Sea’s Filanovsky field for Russian energy giant Lukoil.

Palmali says two of the ships are to support year-round well-drilling and the third will be a multipurpose (MPP) unit with oil-spill response and standby rescue capabilities.

Yavuz Kalkavan, head of the Besiktas group, says deliveries are slated for 2014. The standby ship will be 80 metres in length with a 60-tonnes bollard pull, while the more regular supply ships will be 75 metres long with the same traction.

Long relationship

Besiktas Shipyard has enjoyed a long and profitable relationship with Palmali.

It is now close to completing a platform-construction barge for Palmali, which is also chartered to Lukoil. The project was said to be worth $50m and the barge will be delivered in October.

It has been built in four pieces at Besiktas and will be towed to the Caspian Sea, where it will be used in the construction of drilling platforms.

The Turkish yard has also built a large number of river-sea tankers for the Istanbul-based owner.

By Gillian Whittaker Athens