The Netherlands: Dockwise Ltd Announces New Awards and Confirmation of Gorgon Project

Dockwise Ltd. announces 11 awards totaling USD 42 million, all for execution in Q2 and Q3 2011. The USD 42 million comprises contracts for transportation of dredging equipment to Spain and Uruguay, a Power Barge and jack-up barges to the Dominican Republic and Egypt, jack-up rigs to Gabon, Mexico and Trinidad, a semi-submersible to Vietnam and three contracts pertaining to the transportation of multiple barges and tugs to Brazil and Colombia.

Moreover, it can now be confirmed that one of the intended awards – briefly referred to in our Q1 2011 release and at that time included in the backlog additions on an anonymous basis – has been converted into a firm contract for the Gorgon project. Dockwise was awarded a contract on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project on Barrow Island, off the coast of Western Australia. The contract will start in early 2012 and encompasses the transport of onshore LNG modules. Dockwise’s Mighty Servant III has been assigned to the Gorgon Project. The value of the contract is approximately USD 26.7 million.

André Goedée, Chief Executive Officer of Dockwise, commented: “Operating activity remained subdued in the second quarter of 2011, reflecting industry-wide conditions. However, compared to the first quarter, Dockwise noted a further upturn in enquiries and bookings for spot market projects be it still on low cycle pricing levels. We continue to be actively engaged in tendering for longer term projects. In that respect the Gorgon award is considered another important ingredient in improving our long-term backlog.”

The Gorgon Project is operated by an Australian subsidiary of Chevron and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (approximately 47 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent) and Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (one percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).

Dockwise will publish Q2 and interim 2011 results on August 19, 2011.

About Dockwise Ltd/Dockwise Group

Dockwise Ltd., a Bermuda incorporated company, has a workforce of more than 1200 people both offshore and onshore. The company is the leading marine contractor providing total transport services to the offshore, onshore and yachting industries as well as installation services of extremely heavy offshore platforms. The Group is headquartered in Breda, the Netherlands. The Group’s main commercial offices are located in The Netherlands, the United States and China with sales offices in Korea, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Nigeria. The Dockwise Yacht Transport business unit is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale and has an office in Genoa, Italy. The Dockwise Shipping network is supported by agents in Norway, Argentina and Italy.

To support all of its services to customers, the group also has three additional engineering centers in Houston, Breda and Shanghai, manufactures specific motion reduction equipment such as LMU (Leg Mating Units) and DMU (Deck Mating Units) and owns a fleet of 19 purpose built, semi-submersible vessels.

Dockwise shares are listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under ticker DOCK and on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam under ticker DOCKW.


Source: dockwise, June 27, 2011;