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boats ahead of the curve. Perhaps most important was Bourbon's recognition of a profound and fundamental change within the oil companies. "Our customer concern for safety and the environment is at an all-time high, as they can see the impact of a single disaster," said de Chateauvieux. Stung by a number of major oil spills dating to the Valdez disaster in 1989, oil majors became increasingly wary of accidents that would result in hefty fines and public relations damage. Enter Bourbon's vision, which was to scrap the business-as-usual model and design, from the keel up, a new fleet of vessels that incorporate as standard many features -- a unique ship design, dynamic positioning, diesel electric propulsion, and a new anchor handling system -- that were melded to ensure the fleet stood out, both visually and in terms of performance, from the crowd. The big difference between the Bourbon plan and that of other operators is the sheer magnitude of the plan, which is illustrated in the table on page 40. The company's push towards domination in the offshore niche is evidenced by its Vision 2010 plan, which calls for a $1.8 billion investment in new boats, 85% of which is earmarked for Bourbon's Offshore division. While the offshore oil and gas busi- ness is notoriously cyclical and activity for boats and rigs closely parallels oil price, de Chateauvieux believes that Bourbon is structured to weather any storm, reasoning that its modern, young fleet of capable vessels will be the last ones dropped in a major downturn. Bourbon Orca Bourbon Orca, the subject of this The Willard Marine Fleet for Port Security & Force Protection Assault 43/13m High Speed Interceptor Seating for up to 15 Jacques de Chateauvieux U.S. Navy Standard Cabin Model 10m & 11m R.I.B.'s · Willard vessels are constructed in fiberglass composites and aluminum up to 17m. Complete in-house engineering and prototype departments are available to fulfill specific user requirements. Founded in 1957 Willard Marine is U.S. owned with plants in the U.S. GSA contract GS-07F-0123H U.S. Navy Standard Open Model 11m R.I.B. · · · 44'/13m Open Ocean Response Boat NEW! 7m Cabin Visit Us At... Intnl. Workboat Show, New Orleans, LA Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2006 ASNE High Performance Craft Symp., Annapolis, MD Jan 23 - 24 WEST 2007, San Diego, CA Jan 31 - Feb 2 SEATRADE, Miami Beach, FL Mar 12 - 15 MACC, Norfolk, VA Jun 5 - 7 1250 N. Grove St., Anaheim, CA 92806 714-666-2150 Fax 714-632-8136 willardmarine.com Email: WebMaster@willardmarine.com © 2006 Willard Marine November 2006 39