Sunday, March 11, 2012

Another Successful Oil Drilling Rig Placement for Fairmount

Specialist Towing Group Completes 10,000 mile Pull
Shipping News Feature

BRAZIL – OMAN -The French Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group tell us their specialist subsidiary ocean towage and heavy lift transport contractor Fairmount Marine has delivered a new build drilling rig ODN Delba III safely from the Persian Gulf to a location offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil safely with the total voyage of over 10,625 miles performed with an average speed of 6.0 knots. As well as a multipurpose support vessel the Fairmount Fuji, the company fleet consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tonnes bollard pull each, especially designed for long distance towing and the ship used on this occasion was the tug Fairmount Summit (pictured).

The ODN Delba III is a semi submersible drilling rig for deep water operations capable of reaching wells at up to 30,000 feet built last year in Abu Dhabi for Odebrecht Drilling Services, part of Odebrecht S.A., a leading Brazilian multinational. Odebrecht contracted Fairmount Marine to tow ODN Delba III from Muscat, Oman, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Fairmount Summit was subsequently mobilized to the Persian Gulf. During the towage at a stopover at Cape Town, South Africa, some cargo runs were performed together with the Fairmount Fuji which had just returned to Cape Town after a survey job on the Atlantic Ocean.

This latest towage was Rotterdam headquartered Fairmount Marine’s second successful operation for Odebrecht in a short period the company having already performed the towage of semi submersible drilling rig Norbe VI, a sister unit of ODN Delba II, for the principal.