Manson Christens Offshore Vessel EP Paup
The vessel is named for Everett Peter Paup, Manson’s Chairman of the Board.
The barge was built by Gunderson Marine in Portland, Oregon, and the 150-person quarters building was built by Global Maritime in Erath, Louisiana. The 1000-ton crane assembly was erected and the various components integrated at Manson Gulf’s Houma Yard in Terrebonne Parish.
The Paup’s primary mission is the installation and removal of oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, or any heavy lift civil construction projects, said Vincent Dinkler, EP Paup project manager. With its ability to carry a crew of 156, large fuel and water capacity , ABS and Coast Guard certification, it can work anywhere in the world, he said.
The quarters building is state-of-the-art, with all staterooms having their own showers and heads, recreation rooms, galley seating for 90, offices, conference room and barge control room. The barge is all electrically powered, including the crane. The electric power comes from a 2225 kW Cat generator meeting the latest air quality standards.
There are life rafts on board for 200 percent of the crew capacity.
The barge will be towed from location to location by a tug, and a crew boat is part of the marine spread.
Manson Gulf LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manson Construction Co. of Seattle Washington – a 100-year-old family-owned dredging and marine construction business.