Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Project Freight Forwarding Just Keeps Breaking Records

Another Major Logistics Contract Completed by Fairmont
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Any one involved in freight forwarding knows the glamour attached to some of the logistics involved in moving a major global project. The burgeoning energy industry habitually produces shipments that break barriers in terms of scale and efficiency and Fairmont Marine, the Rotterdam based ocean towage and heavy lift transportation group, and no strangers to the heavy end of the shipping industry, advise us their latest venture, moving a massive oil storage and transfer platform, is one such movement.

Earlier this year Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Summit, two of the company’s tugs, needed just 92 days for the long distance tow of about 15,300 nautical miles from Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Okpo, South Korea to Norway. The towage was executed under command of Fairmount’s lead tow master captain Bertus Glas and was completed with an average speed of 7.0 knots including stops. Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Summit have a combined bollard pull of over 400 tons and the time set was a world record for such a project.

Now, and to schedule, the two workhorses have towed the floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Skarv Idun to the field in the northern Norwegian Sea after the completion works were undertaken in Norway. For the final stage, the positioning and mooring of the Skarv Idun, the two tugs were charged with keeping the FPSO in position for the mooring operations. The Skarv Idun is a large floating production storage and offloading unit and will be used by BP to exploit the oil and gas fields Skarv and Idun, located just below the Arctic circle in the northern Norwegian Sea.

A crew between 65 and 100 was on board Skarv Idun during the passage for on the job training, running the vessel, surveillance and providing marine support to the tug crews whilst the massive piece, which weighs in at 128,000 dead weight tonnes with a draught of over 12 metres, was en route to its final delivery point where the 292 metre long FPSO will sit off Nordland for BP to receive oil from the first undersea source before processing it and storing to await removal by tanker.

Photo; FPSO Skarv Idun