Calm Bourbon. Photo courtesy of Ulstein

The French offshore services company Bourbon Offshore has announced the delivery of the group’s 500th vessel.

Bourbon announced on Wednesday the Bourbon Evolution 806, the sixth vessel in the first series of offshore IMR2 vessels. With this delivery, Bourbon now has 500 vessels owned or leased bareboat, which places the group among the world leaders in offshore maritime services.

“We are delighted with the delivery of this 500th vessel, which reflects our desire to give ourselves the means to continue our development and to best serve the needs of our customers. We are now realizing the fruits of seeds sown several years ago when we invested in a series of standardized vessels to achieve a world leading position in our market. says Gaël Bodénès, Deputy CEO.

Bourbon’s fleet now consists of 500 vessels, ranging from tugboats that can tow oil rigs to fast boats that can move personnel between offshore platforms, with an average age of 6.3 years. The company employs more than 11,000 people through 28 operating subsidiaries. By the end of 2015, Bourbon plans to deliver 34 additional vessels under construction.

Bourbon claims to have notably succeeded in its policy of standardizing its fleet, which includes the Bourbon Liberty series (111 vessels at the end of 2014), the Bourbon Evolution 800 series (6 current and 4 under construction), the series of seismic support vessels (4 operational and 2 others planned), and the Bourbon Explorer 500 series (a total of 20 PSVs, including 4 vessels currently in operation).

Bourbon adds that the focus on vessel standardization and maintenance centralization led to an availability rate of 94.5% in 2013.