Sunday, 5 April 2009


Awaiting a berth in the Garvel Drydock this evening is the former platform supply vessel DEA OCEAN, which is now employed as a standby vessel in the North Sea. She was built in 1983 by McDermott Shipyards at the New Iberia yard in Louisiana as NEEDHAM TIDE for Tidewater Marine. Acquired in 2005 by Nomis Shipping, she was converted into an emergency rescue and response vessel and renamed DEA OCEAN for her new role working in the British sector of the North Sea. She is 54.8 metres overall, and 750 gross tons and is registered at Bridgetown in Barbados.