Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Heavy Lift and Ocean Towage Company Completes another Drilling Rig Assignment

Ferry and Shipping Group Subsidiary Provide Dive Support
Shipping News Feature

ANGOLA – A multipurpose support vessel of Fairmount Marine, Rotterdam headquartered specialist ocean towage and heavy lift subsidiary of French shipping and ferry group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, has supported Angolan maritime provider Octomar Serviços Maritimos in the underwater maintenance of the drilling rig, Transocean Rather. The Fuji hosted and assisted a diving team of Octomar for the duration of the job, which lasted six weeks, off the coast of Angola.

The Fuji is a multipurpose support vessel with a spacious aft deck of 280 square metres and with towing capabilities. She had just finished assisting Congolese Muanda International Oil Company in a well intervention operation offshore Congo when the vessel was contracted by Octomar. She was prepared in the port of Pointe Noire, Congo, with equipment and personnel of Octomar before she was mobilised to the port of Luanda, Angola.

After clearance in Luanda the Fuji sailed to the oil field where Octomar was contracted to perform underwater maintenance to the floaters of the semi-submersible deepwater drilling rig Transocean Rather, owned by Houston based Transocean Ltd, the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, and supporting the dive teams before completing the job on schedule and readying herself for her next assignment.

Photo: A view over the stern of the Fuji looking back at the legs of the rig towering above her.