Marine Subsea snags $150mn in African barge contracts

MARINE SUBSEA IS delivering $150mn worth of new contracts within its fleet of five multi-purpose barges.


The latest is with Total for the brand new African Worker barge in Angola and another new barge African Lifter is also in Angola with operator Sonangol.

The Norwegian headquartered company, which has offices in Angola is providing deepwater accommodation services through African Worker in the significant three year contract.

The 9,412 tonne, 100 m African Worker barge is being moored at depths of 1,500 m on Girassol Field, Block 17. Whilst DP3 barges have been traditionally used for permanent positioned work at this depth, Marine Subsea's state-of-the-art barges can also operate in deeper waters at a financially competitive rate.

The vessel can accommodate up to 300 people for all types of offshore projects including accommodation, maintenance, repair and installation, construction, survey operations, pipelay and hook up projects.

Marine Subsea operates in three main industry areas – subsea construction and well intervention, offshore support and charter and logistics. Operating a fleet of modern and high specification intervention and accommodation/support vessels, Marine Subsea offers strategically located expertise, particularly to the West Africa market.

The African Lifter is now on a five year contract in Sonangol and will be stationed on Block 2 in Angola. The African Caribe has been awarded an extension of one year plus eight months options with Saipem for the FARM project for CABCOG (Chevron) in Cabinda. The African Fjord is with Diamond International/ENI in the Congo until May next year. And the African Installer is with Geocean in Libya until late autumn this year.

Marine Subsea also operates Sarah, a multi-purpose offshore subsea construction and light well intervention vessel that operates at 3,000 m as well as offshore support units and a semi-submersible crane vessel. Production on a brand new light well intervention vessel, Karianne, is also underway and is expected to be complete later this year.

Christian Nygaard, Managing Director of Marine Subsea said, "Demand for our fleet of high quality barges is growing and we are extremely proud that our latest vessels were quickly awarded high profile contracts in Angola. Our high standards and the quality of our vessels means our reputation is growing around the world."

The African Worker will support Total's oil exploration and production in Angola, where the operator has had a presence since 1953.

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