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In 1975 Silver Line, one of Britain's old style shipping companies, was purchased by foreign buyers, and as is often the case, the incumbent Managing Director flew the coup, taking with him a number of key executives. This group became Sealion Shipping and established itself in the city of London not far from Leadenhall St, which was still the centre of the universe in shipping terms. Initially they operated a single chemical tanker which was chartered to carry caustic soda across the Irish Sea, however the company grew rapidly and by the early 80s it owned and managed a small fleet of chemical tankers.

In 1983 Sealion was purchased by TNT which resulted in the departure of the chemical tankers and the building of four offshore vessels. These ships known as the Lion Class were constructed by Richard Dunstan of Hessle, the company having purchased the designs from Cochranes just up the river who where at the time building two of the same class for Harrison's Clyde. The four ships entered service as the TNT Leopard, TNT Lion, TNT Panther and TNT Tiger. This was the same TNT who were and still are, engaged in major transport activities around the globe. The small ships were 61 meters long, had 3500 BHP available and were assisted in their efforts to manoeuvre by an azimuthing thruster under the bow. This layout had been traditional for British designed vessels since the early seventies the azimuthing thruster compensating to a degree for the limitations of fixed pitch propellers. These small ships traded in the North Sea at times venturing as far as the most northerly platform of the time, the Magnus platform.

These ships were followed by two further newbuildings. These vessels were built in China; the TNT Cougar which was an anchor handler and the TNT Grypon which was a platform supply vessel, although both looked identical from the outside. They were, and are muscular looking ships but of limited bollard pull being powered by 4 1000 bhp MAN engines.

Over the next few years the fleet was augmented by second hand tonnage including the Seagair which had been BP's multi-role support vessel and the Balder Baffin which had been a platform ship or ROV support vessel. They became TNT Sentinal and TNT Mariner.

In 1989 the company decided that it was no longer necessary for it to be at the traditional hub of the shipping industry and move out to Farnham in Surrey, and almost before they had unpacked the tea chests the ships and the supporting organisation was purchased by Gregory Callimanopolous. The ships became Toisa instead of TNT and the managers remained Sealion Shipping.

Most of these developments took place as the oil industry and all the support services were being rocked by the recession which was at its worst in 1987 and 1988, and even ships recently brought into service were often being laid up to wait for an improvement in day rates. It may have been these years of sparse returns which determined the future for TNT, who were probably more used to the steadier trade resulting from the delivery of newspapers.

In 1988 the Piper Alpha disaster propelled the industry into a new phase, and despite the brave rescue activities of the standby vessel Silver Pit and its FRCs, the Cullen enquiry determined that the SBVs (Standby Vessels) which were then mainly old trawlers, would in reality be unlikely to be effective and so a general upgrading of these craft took place. Supply ship owners, in addition to the traditional standby vessel owners, entered the market and the whole industry had scouts exploring the ports of the world looking for hulls which could be turned into the new breed of SBV. Sealion joined in this search on behalf of Toisa and sent superintendents out on purchasing expeditions.

They picked up five small craft from North America which became the Toisa Widgeon, the Toisa Teal, the Toisa Petrel and Toisa Puffin and the Toisa Plover. Two of these ships were surveyed by a luckless Sealion superintendent in the icy wastes of Northern Canada, where they had lain since being built, effectively unused. It was so cold that when he took his camera out the lens froze, and so he was forced to return without pictures. However, they and the other three vessels joined the Toisa fleet and they are all still operational.

As the turn of the century approached the confidence gradually returned in the oil industry and Toisa ordered two VS483's from Kvaerner Govan. This ship type has become particularly popular with British ship-owners and managers for some reason and the nw ships were delivered in 1998, named the Toisa Intrepid and Toisa Invincible.

The company had by now made some major design charges to existing hulls and had carried out five conversions for the standby market, and so they were ready to bring out their own design. This initiation resulted in the construction of the Toisa Coral and Toisa Crest both of which were built at Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon They entered service in 1999. These two ships are completely up to date and aligned to today's thinking on what support vessels are about, though their concept originates in the Canadian built Balder ships, offering an alterative, ROV support or platform supply role. They look superficially like UT755s but are in fact almost as large as VS 483s. One is still operating in its supply role while the other is acting as an ROV support vessel for cable laying operations in the Far East.

Sealion now operates a fleet of twenty-one vessel world wide from its offices in Farnham and has a marine workforce of over 350. The principle activities undertaken by the Farnham office are those of chartering, development and support for the fleet, and the day to day running of the vessels is left to the masters and their teams of officers. The company also places emphasis on the training and development of the sea staff, and up to 10 cadets a year are taken on. The result of this policy is a low turn-over of staff.

Possibly the boldest step the company has taken - apart from entering the offshore industry in the first place - was the placing of orders for the Toisa Polaris and Toisa Perseus, variously called multirole support vessel, or life of field support vessels, both built in Holland at the van der Giessen-de-Noord yard. These ships are over 110 meters long and are provided with multiple thrusters and full Class 3 DP capability. The Toisa Perseus was reviewed in this journal in November 1998 shortly before it entered service. It is equipped with carousels for cable-laying and J-lay equipment for subsea pipeline installation.

As construction of the second ship, Toisa Polaris, was nearing completion, the recent downturn in the offshore industry was beginning to bite, and once more the smaller vessels in almost everybody's fleets were beginning to go into hibernation to await a return to the warmth generated by a higher oil price. The result was a change of specification for the second hull which became a dedicated diving support vessel. This was an unusual direction to take, since the role of the diver has been much reduced by the increasing versatility of the ROV, but the company, and their charter's could see that there was still a great deal of diving to be done, maintaining subsea structures which had been put in place before the arrival of the ROV and whose lives have by now far exceeded that which was originally envisaged. However despite the continuing need for diver intervention, no new diving ships had been built for many years.

The ship was promoted by Halliburton who have taken it on charter for seven years with options and advertise it as a "construction class diving support vessel capable of providing a number of packaged facilities and services not commonly available to field operators."

All these things may be true, but getting back to basics the Toisa Perseus and the Toisa Polaris are extremely large sophisticated and impressive vessels, a long way from the Toisa Tiger, the first offshore vessel to appear in sealion colours, and considering that the company has gone from four to twenty-one ships in seventeen years this is probably not the end of the story.

This report appeared in the Offshore Support Journal in 2000

Sealion have a Brazilian Company with one ship, Toisa Amazonia, which is included here.

At the 2013 review some ships identified as being sold, three anchor-handlers added and some newbuildings shortly to join the fleet.

This information updated 22nd October 2013

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  TYPE: VS 4612 NAME: Toisa Defiant   PHOTO: Mike Prendergast, James Dodds

 

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 69.6 m Engines 2 x Wartsila W9L32 Workdrum pull 310 t
Breadth 17.0 m BHP 12000 bhp Capacity 1 5000m x 76mm
DWT 2298 t kW 9000 kW Capacity 2 2100m x 76mm
Deck area 483 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 619 kW Towdrum pull 350 t
Fuel 746 m3 Az Thruster   Capacity 1 1500m x 76mm
Pot water 467 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 610 kW Capacity 2  
Mud 563 m3 Bollard pull 151 t Sharks Jaw 2 x Karmfork
Brine 617 m3 DP DP1 Cranes 5t x 15m
Dry bulk 228 m3 Joystick Yes Tank cleaning  
Year built/due 2006     Shipyard Wuchang
Previous names  
Comments  

 

  TYPE: VS 4612 NAME: Toisa Daring   PHOTO: Alan Marwick
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 69.6 m Engines 2 x Wartsila W9L32 Workdrum pull 310 t
Breadth 17.0 m BHP 12000 bhp Capacity 1 5000m x 76mm
DWT 2298 t kW 9000 kW Capacity 2 2100m x 76mm
Deck area 483 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 619 kW Towdrum pull 350 t
Fuel 746 m3 Az Thruster   Capacity 1 1500m x 76mm
Pot water 467 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 610 kW Capacity 2  
Mud 563 m3 Bollard pull 151 t Sharks Jaw 2 x Karmfork
Brine 617 m3 DP DP1 Cranes 5t x 15m
Dry bulk 228 m3 Joystick Yes Tank cleaning  
Year built/due 2007     Shipyard Wuchang
Previous names  
Comments  


 

  TYPE: VS 4612 NAME: Toisa Dauntless   PHOTO: Mike Prendergast, Ian Mathieson

 

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 69.6 m Engines 2 x Wartsila W9L32 Workdrum pull 310 t
Breadth 17.0 m BHP 12000 bhp Capacity 1 5000m x 76mm
DWT 2298 t kW 9000 kW Capacity 2 2100m x 76mm
Deck area 483 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 619 kW Towdrum pull 350 t
Fuel 746 m3 Az Thruster   Capacity 1 1500m x 76mm
Pot water 467 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 610 kW Capacity 2  
Mud 563 m3 Bollard pull 151 t Sharks Jaw 2 x Karmfork
Brine 617 m3 DP DP1 Cranes 5t x 15m
Dry bulk 228 m3 Joystick Yes Tank cleaning  
Year built/due 2006     Shipyard Wuchang
Previous names  
Comments  

 

  TYPE: VS 4616 NAME: Toisa Elan   PHOTO: -
     

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83.0 m Engines 4 x Wartsila W9L32 Workdrum pull 400 t
Breadth 22.0 m BHP 24000 Capacity 1 2318m x 90mm
DWT 4427 mt kW 18000 Capacity 2 3785m x 90mm
Deck area 768 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1200 kW Towdrum pull 400 t
Fuel 1200 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1500m x 90mm
Pot water 997 m3 Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Capacity 2 -
Mud 891 m3 Bollard pull 219 mt Sharks Jaw 4 x Karmforks
Brine 1163 m3 DPII Kongsberg Kpos Cranes -
Dry bulk 11000 cu.ft Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2012 Shipyard Wuchang Berths 25
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: VS 4616 NAME: Toisa Envoy   PHOTO: -
     

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83.0 m Engines 4 x Wartsila W9L32 Workdrum pull 400 t
Breadth 22.0 m BHP 24000 Capacity 1 2318m x 90mm
DWT 4427 mt kW 18000 Capacity 2 3785m x 90mm
Deck area 768 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1200 kW Towdrum pull 400 t
Fuel 1200 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1500m x 90mm
Pot water 997 m3 Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Capacity 2 -
Mud 891 m3 Bollard pull 219 mt Sharks Jaw 4 x Karmforks
Brine 1163 m3 DPII Kongsberg Kpos Cranes -
Dry bulk 11000 cu.ft Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2013 Shipyard Wuchang Berths 25
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: VS 4616 NAME: Toisa Explorer   PHOTO: -
     

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 83.0 m Engines 4 x Wartsila W9L32 Workdrum pull 400 t
Breadth 22.0 m BHP 24000 Capacity 1 2318m x 90mm
DWT 4427 mt kW 18000 Capacity 2 3785m x 90mm
Deck area 768 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1200 kW Towdrum pull 400 t
Fuel 1200 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 1500m x 90mm
Pot water 997 m3 Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Capacity 2 -
Mud 891 m3 Bollard pull 219 mt Sharks Jaw 4 x Karmforks
Brine 1163 m3 DPII Kongsberg Kpos Cranes -
Dry bulk 11000 cu.ft Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2013 Shipyard Wuchang Berths 25
Previous names -
Comments -

 


CONSTRUCTION/ROV VESSELS

 

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Perseus   PHOTO: George Craigen, Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 113.57 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 9L26 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 22 m BHP 14579 Capacity 1 -
DWT 6300 t kW 10720 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 1200 m2 For'd Thruster 3 x 1335 kW Accomm berths 98
Fuel 1300 m3 Az Thruster - Storage capacity

2 x carousels

Pot water 460 m3 Aft Az Props 2 x 2200 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability -
Brine - DP III Simrad SDP 21 Cranes 1 x 150 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 1998     Shipyard -
Previous names -
Comments -


 

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Proteus   PHOTO:
     

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 131.7 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 9L26 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 22 m BHP 14579 Capacity 1 -
DWT 8710 t kW 10720 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 1900 m2 For'd Thruster 3 x 1335 kW Accomm berths 160
Fuel 1155 m3 Az Thruster - Storage capacity

-

Pot water 563 m3 Aft Az Props 2 x 3000 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability 14 divers
Brine - DP III Simrad SDP 21 Cranes 1 x 342 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2002     Shipyard Van de Geissen
Previous names -
Comments -

 

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Pegasus   PHOTO: Martin Penwright
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 133 m Engines 4 x MAN 9L27/38 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 22 m BHP 14579 Capacity 1 -
DWT 9300 t kW 10720 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 1200 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1335 kW Accomm berths 199
Fuel 1200 m3 Az Thruster 1 x 1200 kW Storage capacity

-

Pot water 460 m3 Aft Az Props 2 x 3000 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability 18 divers
Brine - DP III Simrad SDP 21 Cranes 1 x 342 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2008     Shipyard Van de Geissen
Previous names -
Comments -


 

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Sentinel   PHOTO:
     

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 94.3 m Engines 4 x Br Polar F216V Workdrum pull -
Breadth 19.5 m BHP 12972 Capacity 1 -
DWT 3025 t kW 9540 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 775 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 800 bhp
1 x 1000  bhp
Accomm berths 70
Fuel 1808 m3 Az Thruster - Storage capacity

-

Pot water 587 m3 Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability -
Brine - DP II Simrad ADP 703 Cranes 1 x 10 t, 1 x5 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 1982     Shipyard Richards, Low
Previous names Seagair, TNT Sentinel
Comments -

 

  TYPE: MT 6016L NAME: Toisa Paladin   PHOTO: Mike Prendergast
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 103.7 m Engines 5 x Cat 3516/3508 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 19.7 m BHP 12660 Capacity 1 -
DWT 4600 t kW 9310 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 900 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1050 kW Accomm berths 100
Fuel 1320 m3 Az Thruster 1 x 883 kW Storage capacity

-

Pot water 1330 m3 Aft Az Props 2 x 2200 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability 18 divers
Brine - DP II KPOS DP-21 Cranes 1 x 140 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2007     Shipyard Kleven
Previous names -
Comments -


 

  TYPE: UT 736 NAME: Toisa Pisces   PHOTO: Ron Jansen
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 103.7 m Engines 3 x Bergen BRG9 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 23.2 m BHP - Capacity 1 -
DWT 6420 t kW 10875 Capacity 2  
Deck area - m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 880 kW Towdrum pull  
Fuel 878 m3 Az Thruster 1 x 880 kW Capacity 1  
Pot water 1439 m3 Aft Azimuth 2 x ? kW Capacity 2  
Cargo Oil 3325 m3 Bollard pull - Sharks Jaw  
Oily Water 1415 m3 DP II Alstrom ADP 21 Cranes 1 x 23t 1 x 10t
Solids 10 m3 Joystick Yes Tank cleaning  
Year built/due 1996     Shipyard Ulstein Verft
Previous names Fresnel
Comments This vessel was originally a French cable ship, converted by Sealion against a contract for a well testing vessel for use in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

  TYPE: NAME: Sealion Amazonia   PHOTO: Jan Plug, Tony Poll

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 73.8 m Engines 4 x MAK 8M20 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 16.0 m BHP 6927 Capacity 1 -
DWT 2922 kW 9090 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 270 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 800 kW Accomm berths 62
Fuel 900 m3 Az Thruster - Storage capacity

-

Pot water 500 m3 Aft Az Props 2 x 1500 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability -
Brine - DP II Kongsberg SDP 21 Cranes 1 x 10 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 2005     Shipyard Itajai
Previous names -
Comments -

PLATFORM SHIPS

TYPE: SEALION C NAME: Toisa Conqueror PHOTO: George Craigen, Tony Poll
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 73.8 m Engines Wartsila 6L26 Fuel 1007 m3
Breadth 16.05 m BHP 5228 Pot water 768 m3
DWT 3248 tonnes For'd Thrusters  2 x 800 bhp Mud 395 m3
Deck area 688.5 m2 Az Thrusters - Base oil 169 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 425 m3
Year built 1999 DP II Kongsberg Simrad Dry bulk 217 m3
Shipyard Appledore Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning Marex
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: SEALION C NAME: Toisa Coral PHOTO: George Craigen, Torleif Klokset
 
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 73.8 m Engines Wartsila 6L26 Fuel 1007 m3
Breadth 16.05 m BHP 5228 Pot water 768 m3
DWT 3248 tonnes For'd Thrusters  2 x 800 bhp Mud 395 m3
Deck area 688.5 m2 Az Thrusters - Base oil 169 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 425 m3
Year built 1999 DP II Kongsberg Simrad Dry bulk 217 m3
Shipyard Appledore Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning Marex
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: SEALION C NAME: Toisa Crest PHOTO: Vic Gibson, Peter Taylor
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 73.8 m Engines Wartsila 6L26 Fuel 1007 m3
Breadth 16.05 m BHP 5228 Pot water 768 m3
DWT 3248 tonnes For'd Thrusters  2 x 800 bhp Mud 395 m3
Deck area 688.5 m2 Az Thrusters - Base oil 169 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 425 m3
Year built 1999 DP II Kongsberg Simrad Dry bulk 217 m3
Shipyard Appledore Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning Marex
Previous names -
Comments

The Toisa Crest was named by Glenda Jackson earlier this year at Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon. The naming was noteworthy for a variety of reasons, and it shows that America is not the only country to believe that former film actors make good politicians.

For those unfamiliar with British politics Glenda Jackson, former film actor favoured by Ken Russell is now a cabinet minister favoured by Tony Blair. She is UK Shipping Minister. At the naming ceremony she said she was "pleased to be involved in the naming of this fine vessel and proud to say that Toisa Crest was not only built in Britain but has been registered under the British flag."

Actually it was even more noteworthy than that. Toisa Crest and its sister ship Toisa Coral are the first supply vessels to be designed in Britain for a number of years and the first to be built by Appledore Shipbuilders since the Offshore Marine ships in the late sixties and early seventies.

They are part of the fleet of 21 vessels owned by Gregory Callimanopulos, all of which are managed by Sealion Shipping Ltd of Farnham.

The vessels were designed in house by Sealion and have a superficial resemblance to the UT755 in that they are provided with a single exhaust, which passes through the wheelhouse and becomes the funnel on the port side.

They are designed as dual role supply/ROV support vessels and the Toisa Coral is already working for Cable and Wireless in the ROV support role in the Far East. To provide this service they have a full Class 2 Kongsberg Simrad SDP21 Dynamic Positioning system which can interface with 2 DGPS receivers and a HiPAP acoustic system. Transponders can be deployed from the specially designed A-frame permanently mounted on the bow.

And in order to accommodate client personnel the ships have a total of 40 berths in single and double berth cabins. In addition the bridge is uniquely provided with a client operations room in a well on the starboard side. This facility allows the client personnel to work in close co-operation with the ship's bridge staff without getting in the way (our words, not theirs).

Also to facilitate the change from supply to ROV operations the forward sections of the crash barriers and the bulwarks can easily be removed and the areas are then unobstructed by pipework, access hatches or vents. In addition if the client requirement is such a moonpool can be created by removing the deck and bottom plating from the base oil tank. The ships can also be fitted with a 17.5 meter helideck by judicious re-arrangement of the fittings on top of the wheelhouse.

In their supply vessel role carrying capacities are what the industry has come to expect from modern platform ships 1000 cubic meters of fuel, 768 cubic meters of potable water and 681 cubic meters of drill water with compatible high pumping rates. They have four dedicated liquid mud tanks and four dedicated brine tanks which form the sides of the main underdeck cargo space. The tanks have corrugated transverse bulkheads and are externally framed fore and aft to minimise problems with residues and to ease cleaning.

Main propulsion is by two 2614 bhp Wartsila diesels, total output in kilowatts being 3,900. As well as providing main power the engines drive two 1500 kW shaft generators which provide the power for the vessel's domestic and operational services and, crucially power for the four 590 kW tunnel thrusters; two forward and two aft. Claimed fuel consumption is 14 tonnes per day at 13 knots and a minimal 7 tonnes per day at an economical 10 knots.

Glenda said at the naming ceremony "I believe that our efforts and those of the industry to promote once again the high standards of the British shipping industry have started to pay off." There is no doubt that the British marine industry would like to think that she is right. The Toisa Crest is certainly a good example of a well designed, well built and beautifully finished ship though in this case there is no doubt that all the credit lies with the Toisa, Sealion and Appledore Shipbuilders.

This originally appeared in Offshore Support Journal in 1999

 

type: GLOBAL 1000 name: Toisa Independent PHOTO: Vic Gibson
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 83.3 m Engines MaK 6M25 Fuel 1000 m3
Breadth 19 m BHP 5900 Pot water 1000 m3
DWT 4250 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 735 kW Mud 600 m3
Deck area 1000 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 200 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 2200 kW Brine 200 m3
Year built 2003 DP 1 Simrad SPD 01 Dry bulk 288 m3
Shipyard Appledore Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning MAREX
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: vs 483 PSV name: Toisa Intrepid PHOTO: Vic Gibson
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 82.88m Engines Wartsila Fuel 1138m3
Breadth 19m BHP 6600 Pot water 1011m3
DWT 4689t For'd Thrusters 2 Mud 660m3
Deck area 934.4 m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick   Brine  
Year built 1998 DP   Dry bulk 408m3
Shipyard Kvaerner Govan Tank Cleaning MAREX    
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: vs 483 PSV name: Toisa Invincible PHOTO: Vic Gibson
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 82.88m Engines Wartsila Fuel 1138m3
Breadth 19m BHP 6600 Pot water 1011m3
DWT 4689t For'd Thrusters 2 Mud 660m3
Deck area 934.4 m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick   Brine  
Year built 1998 DP   Dry bulk 408m3
Shipyard Kvaerner Govan Tank Cleaning MAREX    
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: vs 483 MkII name: Toisa Serenade PHOTO: Mike Prendergast, Josko Mikelic, Jan Plug
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 87.4 m Engines 2 x MaK 9M25 Fuel 1170 m3
Breadth 19.0 m BHP 7909 Pot water 1227 m3
DWT 4900 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Mud 946 m3
Deck area 1020 m2 Az Thruster   Base oil 226 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Brine 896 m3
Year built 2007 DP I Yes Dry bulk 432 m3
Shipyard Wuchang, China Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: vs 483 MkII name: Toisa Solitaire PHOTO: Josko Mikelic
   
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 87.4 m Engines 2 x MaK 9M25 Fuel 1170 m3
Breadth 19.0 m BHP 7909 Pot water 1227 m3
DWT 4900 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Mud 946 m3
Deck area 1020 m2 Az Thruster   Base oil 226 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Brine 896 m3
Year built 2009 DP I Yes Dry bulk 432 m3
Shipyard Wuchang, China Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: vs 483 MkII name: Toisa Sonata PHOTO: Josko Mikelic, Ivan Cvrljak
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 87.4 m Engines 2 x MaK 9M25 Fuel 1170 m3
Breadth 19.0 m BHP 7909 Pot water 1227 m3
DWT 4900 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Mud 946 m3
Deck area 1020 m2 Az Thruster   Base oil 226 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Brine 896 m3
Year built 2009 DP I Yes Dry bulk 432 m3
Shipyard Wuchang, China Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -
 

 

type: name: Toisa Valiant PHOTO: Vic Gibson
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 80.5 m Engines MaK 8L26 Fuel 1066 m3
Breadth 18.0 m BHP 6434 Pot water 933 m3
DWT 3100 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 610 kW Mud 399 m3
Deck area 720 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 170 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 610 kW Brine 367 m3
Year built 2005 DP II Simrad SPD 21 Dry bulk 212 m3
Shipyard Wuhu, China Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: name: Toisa Vigilant PHOTO: Robby Norman
 
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 80.5 m Engines MaK 8L26 Fuel 1066 m3
Breadth 18.0 m BHP 6434 Pot water 933 m3
DWT 3100 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 610 kW Mud 399 m3
Deck area 720 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 170 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 610 kW Brine 367 m3
Year built 2005 DP II Simrad SPD 21 Dry bulk 212 m3
Shipyard Wuhu, China Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

type: name: Toisa Voyager PHOTO: Jan Plug
 
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 80.5 m Engines MaK 8L26 Fuel 1066 m3
Breadth 18.0 m BHP 6434 Pot water 933 m3
DWT 3100 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 610 kW Mud 399 m3
Deck area 720 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 170 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 610 kW Brine 367 m3
Year built 2006 DP II Simrad SPD 21 Dry bulk 212 m3
Shipyard Wuhu, China Joystick Yes Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: VS 483 Mk III NAME: TOISA WARRIOR PHOTO:
     
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 87.4 m Engines 2 x W6L32 Fuel 990 m3
Breadth 19.0 m BHP/kW 8160/6000 Pot water 1225 m3
DWT 4860 t

For'd Thrusters

2 x 830 kW Mud 946 m3
Deck area 928 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 225 m3
Year built 2011 Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Brine 849 m3
Shipyard Wuchang Joystick - Dry bulk 430 m3
Berths 60 DPII Kongsberg Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: VS 483 Mk III NAME: TOISA WAVE PHOTO: Mike Prendergast
 
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY
Length OA 87.4 m Engines 2 x W6L32 Fuel 990 m3
Breadth 19.0 m BHP/kW 8160/6000 Pot water 1225 m3
DWT 4860 t

For'd Thrusters

2 x 830 kW Mud 946 m3
Deck area 928 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 225 m3
Year built 2011 Aft Thrusters 2 x 830 kW Brine 849 m3
Shipyard Wuchang Joystick - Dry bulk 430 m3
Berths 60 DPII Kongsberg Tank Cleaning -
Previous names -
Comments -

DISPOSALS

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Cougar   PHOTO: Vic Gibson
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 60.86 m Engines 2 x MAN 8L 20 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 13.0 m BHP 4000 Capacity 1 -
DWT 1077 t kW 2940 Capacity 2 -
Deck area 310 m2 For'd Thruster 1 x 500 bhp Towdrum pull -
Fuel 404 m3 Az Thruster - Capacity 1 -
Pot water 362 m3 Aft Thrusters - Capacity 2 -
Mud - Bollard pull 40 t Sharks Jaw -
Brine - DP - Cranes -
Dry bulk - Joystick Poscon Tank cleaning -
Year built 1984     Shipyard China Corp
Previous names SSS Foochow, TNT Cougar
Comments This may actually be a platform ship[ even though it looks identical to the Gryphon.

 

 

TYPE: CLYD 361 NAME: Toisa Panther PHOTO: Toisa Panther Crew
   
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 61.59m Engines Yanmar Diesel Fuel 256m3
Breadth 11.6m BHP 3520 Pot water 149m3
DWT 1137m For'd Thrusters 1 Mud 336m3
Deck area 333m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick GEC Gem 80 Brine  
Year built 1983 DP   Dry bulk 232m3
Shipyard Dunston  Tank Cleaning      
Previous names -
Comments -

 

TYPE: CLYD 361 NAME: Toisa Lion PHOTO: Peter Taylor
   
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 61.59m Engines Yanmar Diesel Fuel 256m3
Breadth 11.6m BHP 3520 Pot water 149m3
DWT 1137m For'd Thrusters 1 Mud 336m3
Deck area 333m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick GEC Gem 80 Brine  
Year built 1983 DP   Dry bulk 232m3
Shipyard Dunston  Tank Cleaning      
Previous names -
Comments This ship sold in 2010 to Indonesian buyers.

 

TYPE: CLYD 361 NAME: Toisa Leopard PHOTO: George Craigen
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 61.59m Engines Yanmar Diesel Fuel 256m3
Breadth 11.6m BHP 3520 Pot water 149m3
DWT 1137m For'd Thrusters 1 Mud 336m3
Deck area 333m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick GEC Gem 80 Brine  
Year built 1983 DP   Dry bulk 232m3
Shipyard Dunston  Tank Cleaning      
Previous names -
Comments Sold to Al Mataf Shipping, a UAE shipowner.

 

TYPE: CLYD 361 NAME: Toisa Tiger PHOTO: George Craigen
   
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 61.59m Engines Yanmar Diesel Fuel 256m3
Breadth 11.6m BHP 3520 Pot water 149m3
DWT 1137m For'd Thrusters 1 Mud 336m3
Deck area 333m2 Aft Thrusters 2 Base oil  
    Joystick GEC Gem 80 Brine  
Year built 1983 DP   Dry bulk 232m3
Shipyard Dunston  Tank Cleaning      
Previous names -
Comments This ship appears to have been sold, but no details to hand.

 

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Polaris   PHOTO: Vic Gibson

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 113.57 m Engines 4 x Wartsila 9L26 Workdrum pull -
Breadth 22 m BHP   Capacity 1 -
DWT 5500 t kW 10720 kW Capacity 2 -
Deck area 700 m2 For'd Thruster 3 x 1335 kW Accomm berths 98
Fuel 1300 m3 Az Thruster - Storage capacity

1 carousel

Pot water 460 m3 Aft Thrusters 2 x 2200 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability 18 Men
Brine - DP II Simrad SDP 21 Cranes 1 x 150 t
Dry bulk - Joystick   Tank cleaning -
Year built/due 1999     Shipyard -
Previous names -
Comments Sold to Bibby Offshoire

 

  TYPE: NAME: Toisa Puma   PHOTO: Ron Jansen, Martin Cardos
 

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 77.0 m Engines 3 x Fuji, 1 x Cat Workdrum pull -
Breadth 16.8 m BHP 11060 Capacity 1 -
DWT - kW 8130 Capacity 2 -
Deck area - For'd Thruster 3 x 825 kW Accomm berths 60
Fuel - Az Thruster - Storage capacity

-

Pot water - Aft Az Props 2 x 1500 kW ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability 12 divers
Brine - DP II - Cranes 1 x 25 t
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built 1985     Shipyard Irnamura
Previous names Norian, Pacific Attawhai
Comments Sold to Oceanographia and renamed Caballo Eclipse in 2012

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