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SBS

Shetland Base Service commenced services in the port of Aberdeen during 2001. They were a logistics company offering a complete transport service - from door to platform using the company's own services. It controlled a small base on the south side of Aberdeen Harbour. It owned a fleet of vehicles, and back in the summer of that year it bought a UT705. This vessel was almost immediately chartered by a Scandinavian operator. With this purchase SBS became the UK's largest supply ship owner! Something to think about. At the oil show they signed a contract for the building of a second vessel. This one was a VS 470 II.

Later the shipping part of the company detached from the base operations, and expansion continued. the ships were painted up in a colour scheme which looked very like that of the defunct OIL, and much of both onshore management and sea staff had previously worked for that company.

Late in 2006 the company was purchased by Viking Supply Ships, but still exists as SBS Marine, managed from its Scottish headquarters in Aberdeenshire.More recently, on the Viking Supply Ships website, it is stated that SBS Marine Ltd has been purchased by AB TransAtlantic. But surely AB TransAtlantic own Viking Supply Ships??

Where we seem to be now is that the holing company have renamed Viking Supply Ships as Viking Supply Ships, and the SBS ships are gradually being renamed as Viking something, and so this site is now history.

Updated May 2012

PLATFORM SHIPS

 

 

PLATFORM SHIPS

TYPE: UT 705 NAME: SBS Cirrus Photos : Vic Gibson, Derek Mackay
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 80.77 m Engines 2 x Warsila 6R32 Fuel   500 mt
Breadth 18 m BHP/kW 6120/4500 Pot water   960 mt
DWT 3250 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 x 1000 bhp Mud   390 m3
Deck area 795.6 m3 Az Thruster   Base oil  
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 1000 bhp Brine  
Year built 1985 Joystick Yes Dry bulk   336 m3
Shipyard  Liaaen AM DP No Tank Cleaning   ?
Previous names Active Duke
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TYPE: VS 470 Mk II NAME: SBS Nimbus Photo: Vic Gibson
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 73.4 m Engines 2 X Cat 3606 Fuel   1109 mt
Breadth 16.6 m BHP/kW 5460/4014 Pot water   912 mt
DWT 3800 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Mud   1071 m3
Deck area 710 m3 Az Thruster   Base oil   214 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine  
Year built 2005 Joystick Yes Dry bulk   371 m3
Shipyard  Karmsund DP No Tank Cleaning   ?
Previous names -
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TYPE: VS 470 Mk II NAME: SBS Stratus Photo: ??
 
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 73.4 m Engines 2 X Cat 3606 Fuel   1109 mt
Breadth 16.6 m BHP/kW 5460/4014 Pot water   912 mt
DWT 3800 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Mud   1071 m3
Deck area 710 m3 Az Thruster   Base oil   214 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine  
Year built 2005 Joystick Yes Dry bulk   371 m3
Shipyard  Karmsund DP No Tank Cleaning   ?
Previous names -
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TYPE: VS 470 Mk II NAME: SBS Tempest Photo: Vic Gibson
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 73.4 m Engines 2 X Cat 3606 Fuel   1109 mt
Breadth 16.6 m BHP/kW 5460/4014 Pot water   912 mt
DWT 3800 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Mud   1071 m3
Deck area 710 m3 Az Thruster   Base oil   214 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine  
Year built 2005 Joystick Yes Dry bulk   371 m3
Shipyard  Karmsund DP No Tank Cleaning   ?
Previous names -
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TYPE: VS 470 Mk II NAME: SBS Typhoon Photo: Vic Gibson, David Dodds
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 73.4 m Engines 2 X Cat 3606 Fuel   1109 mt
Breadth 16.6 m BHP/kW 5460/4014 Pot water   912 mt
DWT 3800 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Mud   1071 m3
Deck area 710 m3 Az Thruster   Base oil   214 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine  
Year built 2006 Joystick Yes Dry bulk   371 m3
Shipyard  Karmsund DP No Tank Cleaning   ?
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: VS 470 Mk II NAME: SBS Torrent Photo: Olaf Haga
   
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 73.4 m Engines 2 X Cat 3606 Fuel   1109 mt
Breadth 16.6 m BHP/kW 5460/4014 Pot water   912 mt
DWT 3800 tonnes For'd Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Mud   1071 m3
Deck area 710 m3 Az Thruster   Base oil   214 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine  
Year built 2007 Joystick Yes Dry bulk   371 m3
Shipyard  Karmsund DP No Tank Cleaning   ?
Previous names -
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