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Corpus Christi, TX / Spain: Fairmount Marine Delivers Topside for Castor Project

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Fairmount Marine’s powerful tug Fairmount Expedition has safely delivered a 18,000 ton topside for process, utilities and living quarters for the Castor project offshore Spain. The topside was loaded onto Heerema’s H-541 barge and towed from Corpus Christi towards Spain.

The Castor project is a 1,3 billion cubic meters submarine gas storage project at a depth of 1,800 metres, 12 miles offshore Valencia at the east coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. The topside was build in Corpus Christi, US.

Fairmount Marine was hired for the towage across the North Atlantic by Heerema Marine Contractors. Tug Fairmount Expedition had to mobilize the barge H-541 from Flushing, the Netherlands, to the US first.

Upon arrival of tug and tow in Corpus Christi, the topside was loaded onto the barge, where after the barge was prepared for towage across the North Atlantic. On the morning of October 12th, the Fairmount Expedition crew started with preparations for the towage connection. After the towage connection was established the convoy left Corpus Christi around noon the same day.

In the meanwhile Heerema Marine Contractors crane vessel Thialf was brought into position in the Castor field in order to install the topside which was being delivered by Fairmount Expedition. Fairmount Expedition maintained stand-by in the Castor field. Once the topside was taken of the barge H-541, Fairmount Expedition commenced demobilization of the barge.

The total 12,068 mile voyage (Flushing/the Netherlands – Corpus Christi/US – Tarragona/Spain) took just 50 days, with a just in time delivery of the topside by Fairmount Expedition.

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South Korean Hyundai Heavy Delivers Deepsea Metro II Drillship

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Deep Sea Metro Ltd. has today taken delivery of the drillship Deepsea Metro II from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The naming ceremony for the vessel was held on November 10 in Hyundai Heavy’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

President & CEO of Odfjell Drilling, Simen Lieungh states:

“This is the second project for Deep Sea Metro this year and fourth overall that Odfjell Drilling has successfully delivered since the Deepsea Atlantic in 2009. We are pleased to see that our site team and the yard have succeeded in every way, with regards to safety and schedule. The safety results in all our projects are very satisfactory, which is an important indicator of professionalism and accountability in all aspects. With the delivery of this state of the art vessel, we are now looking forward to the operations ahead.”

Deepsea Metro II will start its first drilling campaign for Petrobras , offshore Brazil.

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Norway: Ulstein Verft Delivers PSV Rem Mist

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Ulstein Verft delivered the platform supply vessel Rem Mist to Remøy Shipping on 5 May 2011. The vessel, which is yard number 289 from Ulstein Verft, was delivered one day before the contracted date.

In his speech at the delivery, managing director of Remøy Shipping, Per Gunnar Jarnes, emphasised ULSTEIN’s ability to deliver advanced vessels on time – even before time in this instance. “In order to be successful in the global market, it is vital to focus on and develop what one does best – and that is what ULSTEIN has done with great success”, said Jarnes.

The vessel is a large PSV equipped with multi cargo tanks for dry media and liquids. The exhaust system grants a 360 degree view from the bridge. The exhaust is led through the ship side and escapes at the water surface, instead of going through the wheelhouse roof.

Rem Mist is the second vessel ULSTEIN delivers to Remøy Shipping. Her sister vessel, Rem Hrist, yard number 288, was delivered at the beginning of March this year. Both vessels have eight year contracts with Statoil in the North Sea.

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