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  • Fairmount couple towed rig Noble Max Smith to Brazil
    édité le 08/02/2013 - Plus de news de "Fairmount Marine" -

Fairmount couple towed rig Noble Max Smith to Brazil
Super tugs FAIRMOUNT SHERPA and FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION have towed the drilling rig Noble Max Smith from the Gulf to Brazil. Both tugs hooked-up in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA.

For this job the FAIRMOUNT SHERPA and the FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION mobilized to the departure location from their previous projects. FAIRMOUNT SHERPA had just delivered the rig Atwood Condor in Trinidad after a speedy crossing of the turbulent waters around Cape of Good Hope and the Atlantic. FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION was involved in the successful salvage of the ill fated container vessel MSC Flaminia. Upon completion of this project she was prepared in Rotterdam for the towage of rig Noble Max Smith and mobilized just in time for the departure from Pascagoula.

The Noble Max Smith is a semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Noble Corporation and contracted by Shell for a drilling campaign offshore Brazil over a three year period. Prior to this the rig was prepared at a shipyard in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA.

Upon readiness of the rig, a departure meeting was held and the FAIRMOUNT SHERPA and FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION connected their towing wires to Noble Max Smith one by one. After this the convoy began its 5,500 miles journey to Niterói, Brazil.

First the convoy set sail towards Bridgetown, Barbados, for a stop-over for replenishment of the tugs and the rig. The tugs received first their bunkers and fresh provisions and secondly the Noble Max Smith received fresh provisions and stores. For this both FAIRMOUNT SHERPA and FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION were used. As such they did multiple cargo runs to and from the Noble Max Smith.

Not only during the first part of the voyage to Bridgetown, but also during a large part of the second leg of the journey counter currents were experienced. Nonetheless the FAIRMOUNT CLASS tugs showed their unbridled towing power and endurance. As such the Noble Max Smith was safely delivered in Niterói. Upon arrival offshore Niterói, FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION assisted in mooring of the rig into position.

Directly after delivery tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition were prepared for their next assignments.

Origine : Communiqué Fairmount Marine

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