February 12 2012
Stanford Marine has been awarded a contract by BG International Limited, Tanzania Branch, (BG Tanzania) for the recently delivered new generation deep-water Platform Supply Vessel Stanford Buzzard.
Stanford Buzzard is a cutting-edge DP2 vessel of MMC 887 design, 87 m long and 18.8 m wide vessel of 5,000 DWT. The vessel is driven by four Cummins QSK60-D(M) main engines each developing 2,547 BHP with diesel electric propulsion.Ideal for deep water offshore supply, this vessel has 3500 metric tons of cargo capacity and 1000 m3 free deck space and can house 52 personnel.
She will be supporting BG Tanzania’s four to eight exploration and appraisal wells programme located in the Mafia Deep Offshore Basin and Northern portion of the Ruvuma Basin.
In order to support the operations in Tanzania, Stanford Marine will open a satellite office in Mtwara, near the border of Mozambique.
Security upgrades required for this project included blast-proof windows, RPG netting, Armor bullet-proofing with ceramic ball material and a citadel capable of safely and securely accommodating all personnel and allowing them to maintain control of the vessel and communications from a hardened location which pirates are not able to breach.