Subsea 7 vessels have featured on this site a few times, probably because they are such unusual vessels, particularly these flexible pipelayers, which we would have though to be impossible in days gone by. This one, the Seven Phoenix was built in 2002 and so is one of the earlier ships of the type, and it can be seen that the pipelay tower is projected over the port side. These towers are designed to be capable of a certain loading and this one is 310 tons. It is a DPII ship kept in position by multiple thrusters. I'm not sure whether there are any operating anywhere else in the world, other than the Campos Basin.

Around the turn of the first decade of this century Tidewater had Remontowa, the Polish shipyard, design and build an number of small anchor handlers, designated the  NED 8167L. This vessel, the Tommy Sheridan Tide, is one. They have a useful 13000 bhp available giving them a bollard pull of 155 tons. Although Tidewater don't choose to make details of their fleet available I have photos of eight of them in my archives, sent in by enthusiastic photographers - so there may be eight of them.

Thumbing back through my archives I find the Cedar River, a small platform ship owned back in the day by Trico and, you could say, fairly typical of the out of date tonnage used a lot in the Gulf around the turn of the century when this photo was taken. I used to get an OPL catalogue of offshore vessels and turned to the 2005 edition which told me the ship had been built in 1975, had been owned by a couple of other companies and was powered by two Cats developing a collective 2200 bhp. It had a crew of seven.

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