Our fleet is fundamentally comprised of support, installation and flexible pipe laying vessels called PLSVs – Pipe Laying Support Vessels. These are responsible for interconnecting oil wells to manifolds and oil and gas production units, known as FPSOs (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading).
Our ships are among the sturdiest in the industry, measuring 30m wide and 146m long, and possess a 60m-high vertical lay tower. Their two carousels allow for the storage of up to 4 thousand tons of flexible pipes and lines for operations. Each vessel also has two ROVs – Remotely Operated Vehicles – responsible for underwater maneuvering operations.
Our fleet currently consists of six operational vessels: Diamante, Topázio, Ônix, Jade, Esmeralda and Rubi. Named after gemstones, our vessels have the highest operational standards and are operated by an even more valuable team, a mix of highly experienced professionals and extremely qualified beginners.
Origin of our Ships' Names
Choosing a name for a ship is no easy task, and the mission becomes harder still when one has to baptize an entire fleet. Identification with the Company, the client and the type of activity, creativity, originality and sensitivity are some of the key ingredients in this decision-making process.
In the initial rounds of the survey, it became evident to Sapura that the names of our ships should bring in their essence something referring to Brazil – its culture, natural resources, places of interest, people, nature, etc. Among the many interesting suggestions, we selected a handful of possibilities – the names of Brazilian rivers, animals, indigenous tribes, famous locations… But an alternative in particular has sounded very interesting and promising from the start – the names of gemstones found in Brazil.
This is how the family of Sapura ships was born in Brazil – we baptized our first vessel SAPURA DIAMANTE, and the other vessels according to the following sequence. Given the diversity and the quantity of precious stones found in our territory, it is with great pride that we express our willingness to grow continuously. There will be no lack of names for our ships!
SAPURA DIAMANTE: The incomparable hardness of the diamond makes this gemstone an appropriate symbol for durability and constancy. Its clarity conjures up notions of permanence, sincerity and innocence. The diamond is life, light, the sun, an emblem of purity and perfection, of invincible spiritual power – it is the gemstone of commitment and fidelity, symbol of unconquerable light and brightness, treasure, wealth and intellectual knowledge. Brazil was once the world’s largest diamond producer, back in the 18th and 19th centuries. They can be found in almost every state of Brazil, especially in Mato Grosso.
SAPURA TOPÁZIO: the name comes from the Greek ‘Topaz’, which was the name of an island in the Red Sea from which a yellow stone was extracted. Imperial topaz was bought by the Egyptians that worshipped the all-powerful Rá – the Sun god. The gem became an amulet against evil for them, to ward off weakness, strengthen the intellect, provide courage and open paths. In Brazil, imperial topaz is found in Ouro Preto, and Brazil is the world’s largest producer of topaz.
SAPURA ÔNIX: a variety of quartz with black and white stripes, onyx is more valuable than marble. It relates to the earth, the physical, to survival and accomplishment, and manifests objective thought, spiritual inspiration and a greater control over emotion and passion. It is the gem of concentration and inspiration, and wards off depression. It can be found almost all over Brazil.
SAPURA JADE: jade was considered a sacred stone in ancient China and in the Mayan civilization. It is named after the Spanish term ‘piedra de la ijada’ and is the most appreciated gem in the East. Also known as jadeite, it is associated to virtues such as courage, justice, compassion, modesty and wisdom. In Brazil, it is found in Roraima and in Bahia.
SAPURA ESMERALDA: the emerald is one of the world’s most valuable gemstones, together with diamonds and rubies. In Brazil, it is linked to the bandeirante (frontiersman) Fernão Dias Paes, known as the ‘Emerald Hunter’. Ironically, Fernão wandered for years in the interior of Brazil looking for emeralds, but never found any. Near his death, he believed to have found some, but after he died, it was proven that the supposedly green stones thought to be emeralds were in fact tourmalines. Emeralds were appreciated in ancient times for their supposed healing power, especially for eye diseases. In Brazil, they can be found in Goiás, Bahia and Minas Gerais.
SAPURA RUBI: the ruby has the same chemical composition as the sapphire, except that it is red due to the presence of chromium. Rubies are extremely rare in nature, the artificial kind being more commonly found. An artificial ruby was used to produce the first laser beam. The name ‘ruby’ comes from the Latin ruber or rubino, which mean ‘red’. After the diamond, the ruby is the hardest of all substances, and therefore, is used in the bearings of the moving parts of watches. It is associated to strength, joy, protection, courage and compassion. Despite bring rare in Brazil, rubies can be found in Bahia and Santa Catarina.
The 550t PLSV ships that we have are identical vessels, which allows for a series of benefits, such as standardized maintenance and operation.
The only PLSV unit of our fleet that is not in that model is the Sapura Esmeralda. It is a brazilian flag vessel, little smaller (300 ton capacity), and that has a hangar dedicated to their ROVs.
Besides the PLSVs, Sapura Navegação Marítima S. A. has in its fleet the Tropicaliente, a vessel projected for passengers and transport of dry cargo.