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BIBBY OFFSHORE

Bibby Line was established in 1807 in Liverpool, and it was well known to all British seafarers in the heyday of the UK liner fleets. The fleet was named after English counties and after the Second world war the company was to remain profitable due it its troop ship contracts with the UK government. In the 1960s the company joined with other British ship-owners in the search for new trade and joined a consortium of bulk carrier owners, and in addition built some LPG carriers. By the late 1970s the trade recession was having a seriously adverse effect on all international trade and Bibby were forced to sell a number of ships. And in 1980 their ore carrier Derbyshire was lost. It just disappeared on a voyage to Japan, and has become one of Britain's most famous shipwrecks.

The company entered the offshore industry in the 1980s when it took an interest in Consafe then an accommodation unit operator. This was not entirely successful. The company retains a variety of interests in shipping and related activities, and for this site the area of interest is Bibby Offshore Ltd, which set up an office in Aberdeen in 2003, and became a separate entity within the group in 2007.

In addition to the three ships shown here Bibby have the Toisa Polaris and the Nor Spring on hire.

In September 2013 Bibby gained the management contract for the BP 'Jigsaw' fleet, of which much has been written on this site over the years. This small fleet of offshore support vessels is soon to be joined by a number of BP owned platform ships, and so a page has been set up for the BP fleet.

Since the last review the company has purchased the Toisa Polaris and has renamed the Nor Spring to Bibby Spring, however this vessel still appears to be owned by Solstad. They also now have the Mermaid Endurer and the Olympic Aries on hire.

At the time of the 2015 review nothing much seems to have changed for Bibby, except possibly the change of the Jigsaw ships from emergency ships to standard platform ships. This may well mean that they no longer manage them. But in any case they are all on the BP page.

Reviewed 28th September 2015. 

SHIP TYPE

NOW

ORDERED

 

AHTS Under 10000 bhp - -
AHTS 10000bhp to 20000bhp - -
AHTS 20000 bhp and over - -
Diving ships 3 -
Heavy lift ships - -
Pipelayers - -
IMR ships - -
PSVs deck less than 1000 m2 - -
PSVs deck 1000 m2 + - -
SBSs/ERRVs - -

 

CONSTRUCTION/ROV VESSELS

  TYPE: ST 253L NAME: BIBBY SAPPHIRE   PHOTO: Vic Gibson
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 94.0 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 6L32 Workdrum pull  
Breadth 22.0 m BHP 15660 Capacity 1  
DWT 2800 t kW 11520 Capacity 2  
Deck area 800 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 2000 kW Accomm beds 185
Fuel 1500 m3 Az Thruster 2 x 2200 kW Flexible Capacity -
Pot water 430 m3 Aft Thruster prop 2 x 3000 kW ROVs  1 x observation
Mud   Bollard pull - Sharks Jaw -
Brine   DP K-POS DP III Cranes 1 x 150 t
Dry bulk   Joystick   Dive System Capcty 18 persons
Year built 2005 Shipyard Aker Langsten Dive System Depth  
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: ST 256L NAME: BIBBY TOPAZ   PHOTO: Jim Pottinger
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 106.6 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 6L32 Workdrum pull  
Breadth 22.0 m BHP 15660 Capacity 1  
DWT 5337 t kW 11520 Capacity 2  
Deck area 900 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 2000 kW Accomm beds 105
Fuel 2441 m3 Az Thruster 2 x 2200 kW Flexible Capacity -
Pot water 666.7m3 Aft Thruster prop 2 x 3000 kW ROVs  1 x L.Work
Mud   Bollard pull - Sharks Jaw -
Brine   DP K-POS DP III Cranes 1 x 150 t
Dry bulk   Joystick   Dive System Capcty 18 persons
Year built 2008 Shipyard Aker Langsten Dive System Depth  
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: NAME: Bibby Polaris   PHOTO: Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 113.57 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 9L26 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 22 m BHP 14580 Capacity 1 -
DWT 5500 t kW 10720 kW Capacity 2 -
Deck area 700 m2 For'd Thruster 3 x 1335 kW Accomm berths 98
Fuel 1300 m3 Az Thruster - Storage capacity

1 carousel

Pot water 460 m3 Aft Thrusters 2 x 2200 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability 18 Men
Brine - DP II Simrad SDP 21 Cranes 1 x 150 t
Dry bulk - Joystick   Tank cleaning -
Year built/due 1999     Shipyard -
Previous names Toisa Polaris
Comments -

 

DISPOSALS

 

  TYPE: NAME: BIBBY AQUAMARINE   PHOTO:
  Photo Required  

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83.0 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 9L32 Workdrum pull  
Breadth 16.02 m BHP - Capacity 1  
DWT 1500 t kW - Capacity 2  
Deck area 275 m2 For'd Thruster 1 x ??bhp Accomm beds 73
Fuel 809 m3 Az Thruster 1 x ??bhp Flexible Capacity -
Pot water 273 m3 Aft Thruster prop 2 x ?? bhp ROVs 1 x observation
Mud   Bollard pull - Sharks Jaw -
Brine   DP II Kongsberg SDP 521 Cranes 1 x 50t
Dry bulk   Joystick   Dive System Capcty 12 divers
Year built 1981 Shipyard Wartsila Turku Dive System Depth  
Previous names Shearwater Aquamarine, Blackgold Aquamarine, Dynamic Aquamarine, Aquamarine
Comments Sold to Marine Engineering Diving Services and renamed Altus Exertus



 

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