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Eastern Shipbuilding Group Awarded Contract To Deliver Cutting-Edge MPSVS For Hornbeck Offshore Services

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Posted on January 3, 2024

Eastern Shipbuilding Group is proud to announce its recent contract with Zurich American Insurance Company, to complete construction of two ultra high-spec 400 class Multi-Purpose Support Vessels (MPSVs) for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC (HOS). This significant project will be executed at Eastern’s advanced shipbuilding facilities in Allanton and Port St. Joe, with anticipated delivery dates set for 2025.

Joey D’Isernia, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are delighted to be entrusted with the completion of these highly capable vessels for our esteemed partners at Hornbeck. Our experienced shipbuilding team is poised to timely deliver these critical MPSVs to the market.”

Over ten years ago, the project was initially entrusted to a different shipyard, which encountered significant design and production challenges during the build, eventually ending in disputes and litigation.  Eastern has rescued several faltering programs in its history. Drawing upon their seasoned expertise, Eastern has successfully guided numerous clients in reviving shipbuilding initiatives that veered off course with previous shipyards.

The two ultra high-spec, Jones Act-qualified MPSVs will stand as cornerstones in the U.S.-flagged fleet, equipped with cutting-edge features. The HOS Warhorse and HOS Wild Horse will boast two large, heave-compensated cranes, two Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), a spacious moonpool, and accommodations for 102 personnel.

In parallel, Eastern Shipbuilding Group is pioneering the conversion of the first-of-its-kind Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for HOS, named the HOS Rocinante.  The HOS Rocinante is a dual-service SOV/flotel tailored to serve the emerging demand of the U.S. offshore wind market and the ongoing demand of the petro-energy flotel market. This groundbreaking vessel is scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2025.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group looks forward to achieving yet another milestone in delivering top-notch maritime solutions and reinforcing its commitment to innovation and excellence in shipbuilding.

About Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) is an American owned and operated shipbuilder with three shipyards on the Florida Gulf Coast. They build world class vessels for national defense and commercial clients, including the U.S. Coast Guard’s Heritage Class Offshore Patrol Cutters and the U.S. Army Corps’ new MCHD. ESG is the largest private sector employer in Northwest Florida and is a 2017 recipient of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Small Business of the Year award. With a portfolio of over 350 vessels and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) certified systems, ESG is known as one of the most diverse vessel construction companies in the country.

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