Global Marine Systems Limited, the world leader in subsea system design, installation and maintenance, is proud to announce that it has achieved SPS (Special Purpose Ships) notation for its C.S. Sovereign multi-role DPS-2 vessel. The achievement means that C.S. Sovereign can now carry up to 50 people on board over and above the working crew, such as client representatives or project specific personnel. As a result, greater flexibility can now be offered to customers on projects where the C.S. Sovereign is deployed.
The SPS Code, introduced 1983, and updated and revised into the SPS Code 2008, provides an appropriate level of safety for both the vessel and the persons carried. The code has provided a solution, which bridges the gap between the regulations required for either cargo or passenger ships, and already is proving valuable to Global Marine’s customers providing operational flexibility to multiple industry sectors including offshore renewables.
“Gaining SPS notation has taken two years and a lot of hard work in consultation with ABS [our classification society] and the UK Flag State for the vessel in the form of the MCA,” said Captain Simon Hibberd, Director Fleet & Operational Support at Global Marine. “It opens up opportunities for C.S. Sovereign that we previously have not had. It’s been a big undertaking for the ship and crew to achieve, however, this is an important development as the SPS notation offers genuine market differentiation positioning us to meet the demands of the ever changing offshore market.”