Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Offshore Energy Sector Provides Plentiful Work for Heavyweight Towing Group

Several Contracts Stretch Company Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – It seems to have been a busy time of late for heavy towing operation Fairmount Marine who have kept us appraised of three major contracts in the energy sector this month alone. Firstly the company’s multipurpose vessel, Fairmount Fuji, has assisted Italian contractor Saipem with its offshore Congo operations performing several cargo runs between Saipem’s Boscongo yard in Pointe Noire and the offshore moored drilling ship Saipem 10,000 whilst also taking care of the transport of Saipem crew members.

Off the coast of South America, tugs Fairmount Glacier and Fairmount Expedition have assisted in the installation of FPSO OSX3 in the Tubarão Martelo oilfield offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Fairmount tugs were part of a five unit strong fleet of tugs contracted to hook-up the OSX3 to her anchors. Contracted by Boskalis Offshore for the offshore support for the positioning of OSX3 during the hook-up operation the two tugs were mobilised to Rio de Janeiro from where they escorted the OSX3 to the oilfield over a distance of about 100 miles. The hook up operation consisted of the installation of twelve anchor chains, a tricky job which was executed in double quick time despite its awkwardness.

The latest venture involved the tug Fairmount Summit delivering a rig, Ocean Valiant, safely in the port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands having towed the rig from offshore Cameroon, a distance of almost 3,000 miles. The Ocean Valiant is a semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., headquartered in Houston, US. The 1988 build rig is 122 metres long, 71 metres wide and 37 metres high, is capable of drilling up to 10,000 metres deep and can accommodate 140 persons.

After connecting to the tow bridle and before departure Fairmount Summit performed heading control to the rig while the rig was retrieving her remaining four anchors, the tug delivered the rig safely to the Astican Shipyard and assisted in the berthing manoeuvring of the rig and our photograph shows the enormous rig following the wake of the Fairmount vessel en route from Africa.