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Prosafe SE: Prosafe firms up orders for semi-submersible accommodation vessels at COSCO


November 22, 2013 - London

Reference is made to the announcement on 7 November 2013 regarding the Letter of Intent entered into with COSCO (Qidong) Offshore Co., Ltd. for the engineering, procurement and construction of two semi-submersible accommodation vessels, with options for four further units. Prosafe has now completed firm turnkey contracts with the yard. The vessels will be the most advanced and flexible units for worldwide operations excluding Norway, and will be ready for operations in 2016.

 

The units will be of Gusto MSC's Ocean 500 design, and will be equipped with 500 beds, DP3 station keeping systems, 10-point chain mooring and 300 tonne cranes. This will allow for operations in both DP and anchored mode, providing maximum cost efficiency and flexibility.

 

The contracts are in excess of USD 200 million for each of the two vessels. The vessels will be financed through cash flow from operations, existing debt commitments and new debt facilities.

 

The two new vessels reinforce Prosafe's position as world leader in offshore accommodation, in line with the company's long-term industrial strategy. Prosafe's continued objective is to remain cost-effective in terms of both construction and future capital expenditure and to own and operate the most versatile fleet for year-round worldwide operations.

 

The vessels will be named Safe Notos and Safe Eurus, joining Prosafe's other newbuilds Safe Boreas and Safe Zephyrus, all named after the gods of wind in Greek mythology.

 

Prosafe is the world's leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels. Operating profit reached USD 222.4 million in 2012 and net profit was USD 177.5 million. The company operates globally, employs 570 people and is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus. Prosafe is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with ticker code PRS. For more information, please refer to www.prosafe.com.

 

Larnaca, 22 November 2013

Georgina Georgiou, General Manager

Prosafe SE

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Sven Børre Larsen, Chief Financial Officer

Prosafe Management AS

Phone: +47 51 64 25 30

 

Cecilie Helland Ouff, Senior Manager Finance and Investor Relations

Prosafe AS

Phone: +47 51 64 25 20 / +47 99 10 94 67



This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.



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