Fairmount Tugs Deliver FPSO Pazflor

Press Release
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A specialized team lead by Fairmount Marine has completed successfully the tow, mooring and positioning hook-up of the floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Pazflor offshore Angola. Earlier Fairmount’s powerful tugs Fairmount Expedition, Fairmount Glacier and Fairmount Alpine have towed FPSO Pazflor from Korea to Angola.
After arrival offshore Angola the 30 man team of Fairmount Marine connected the FPSO Pazflor to its moorings, while the three Fairmount tugs together with a fourth, chartered tug have kept the Pazflor in position. The mooring and positioning hook-up works took less than three weeks and all went according to planned schedule.
The Fairmount Class tugs Fairmount Expedition, Fairmount Glacier and Fairmount Alpine have towed the FPSO Pazflor from Okpo in Korea over 11.000 miles to its destination offshore Angola.
Fairmount Alpine, Fairmount Expedition and Fairmount Glacier have a combined bollard pull of over 600 tons. The long distance tow was done via Singapore and Cape of Good Hope.
"We are delighted to see that we have a happy client. With the successful completion of the towage, mooring, positioning and hook-up of the FPSO Pazflor, Fairmount Marine not only demonstrates that it is The Global Leader in ocean towage, but also that the Fairmount team is able to provide a whole range of integrated and highly skilled services to our clients from towage to positioning and mooring,’’ says Albert J. de Heer, CEO of Fairmount Marine.
FPSO Pazflor is one of the biggest of its kind, measuring 325 metres long, 61 metres wide and a towing draught of 8 metres. The unit is named to the Pazflor oil field, about 150 miles offshore Angola. The oil field of about 600 square kilometres at a depth of 1.200 meters is discovered in 2003 and operated by oil company Total. Once in service the FPSO Pazflor will produce 220.000 barrels crude oil daily.

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