To serve as a crew boat for international oil companies (IOCs) and other oil producers, the Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc has unveiled its prototype boat.
On Tuesday in Abuja, Mr. Olabode Makanjola, the company’s CEO, revealed this to reporters as he spoke with them outside of the ongoing Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) conference.
The conference’s theme is “Funding the Nigerian Energy Mix for Sustainable Economic Growth,” according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The 40-seater water bus, according to Makanjola, would support marine transportation, particularly in Lagos and other riverine areas.
In addition, it would move people safely while addressing the nation’s traffic congestion.
“With the help of oil industry standards and applications, we were able to construct our prototype boat, which the IOCs and other oil producers in the Delta, Lagos, and other regions could use as a crew boat.
“We plan to investigate every riverine area. Bonny Island and Akwa Ibom have expressed interest in Rivers.
“At first, we considered supplying and maintaining a vessel in partnership with the Lagos State Government because importing a high-quality vessel was so expensive.
“We found that even though Delta and Rivers states had boat yards with operators, many of the boats on the market were of poor quality and unsafe.
“We decided to make a positive contribution to the community. We undergo ongoing inspections to make sure we adhere to the required level of safety, he said.
In terms of diversification, Makanjola claimed that it looked for issues or areas where there were difficulties and chances to grow the sector in terms of local content training.
According to him, the offshore logistics firm that began working with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in 1999 to operate in both aviation and maritime also launched an LPG distribution program for Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) in 2004.
He claims that it entered the aviation industry with the help of Shell and the Nigeria Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB) and that it now controls 70% of the market there.
“We first entered the helicopter industry because we discovered there were no Nigerians there, and we prevailed.
“We built the first business repair and overhaul center in Nigeria after realizing that the aviation industry was having problems with MRO facilities and training.
The goal is to establish a hub in Sub-Saharan Africa for this kind of operation, he said. “This means that we do not have to fly out any of our aircraft for major repair, we can strip our aircraft down for a major report,” he said.
He added that although initially, 80% of its pilots were foreign nationals, today 95% of them were Nigerians, with most of them receiving training from Caverton. He said the company was committed to training, particularly when it came to local content.
“We trained many pilots as part of the Niger Delta amnesty program, and many of them are currently flying for us.
We fly them to Dubai, Europe, and the United States for training because these facilities are hard to find and have very little room. We also created a module using a simulator to train and fly over the nation.
To promote economic diversification and growth, Makanjola stated that it was concentrating on increasing training capacities and providing third-party maintenance in marine and offshore activities.