Vancouver, B.C. July 19, 2016 – Bridgemans Services Group LP is pleased to announce that an extensive 10-month process to refit and repurpose the company’s 142-metre accommodations vessel, MV Bluefort, has been successfully completed. The vessel is now ready and available to provide premium level accommodations, hotel and catering services at windfarm job sites in Northwestern Europe and other projects requiring accommodations throughout the world.
With extensive renewal to all mechanical components and living spaces, the Bluefort is one of the most efficient and versatile Floatel solutions in the global marketplace. The combination of fuel efficiency, rapid scalability of occupancy and high-capacity storage of fuel, food and supplies enables the former Baltic Sea ferry to provide long periods of uninterrupted service for up to 210 workers plus crew at offshore and inshore projects.
The refit included the renovation of 210 cabins, each complete with private washroom, as well as lounge and dining areas that have been redesigned to maximize functionality and occupant comfort. Upgrades were completed to all mechanical, navigational and operational systems including state-of-the-art satellite communications and TV services. Substantial stability upgrades were also completed to meet safety compliance regulations for operations in severe wave conditions in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea regions.
“The end result has exceeded our expectations and rivals a new build in terms of reliability and comfort,” said Brian Grange, President of Bridgemans Services Group LP. “The vessel offers scalable capacity and is incredibly cost-effective to operate. Its completion represents a defining moment for our company and our entire team.”
Additional features of the vessel include a 12,000 pound capacity helicopter pad, large dry-storage and covered deck space for containers, supplies and equipment, walk-in freezers for cold food storage, and a boat landing platform to enable safe and efficient transfer of crews. There is also a fully-equipped onboard fitness centre; a medical treatment facility complete with hospital beds; management offices, meeting rooms and a 225-seat briefing theatre.
Catering, maintenance and hotel services for MV Bluefort will be provided by Bridgemans Remote Catering Services International (BRCSI), a subsidiary company with almost 30 years of experience delivering premium-level food and hotel services to remote locations.