Bluewater Services has signed an agreement with Royston covering the engine overhaul and repair of two of its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ships operating in the North Sea
Under the agreement, Royston will carry out planned engine maintenance and emergency repairs on Haewene Brim and Aoka Mizu FPSOs. This agreement covers maintenance on the main engines, generator sets and fire pumps.
The FPSOs were both designed and built for operating in harsh environmental conditions with internal turrets enabling year-round production in North Sea fields. Samsung-built 103,000-dwt Hæwene Brim is operational at the Pierce field in the UK sector of the North Sea for client Shell UK Exploration & Production. It is powered by four Wärtsilä W46 medium-speed engines.
Aoka Mizu is on contract to Hurricane Energy for production work on the Lancaster field, west of Shetland, and utilises MAN 32/40 diesel generating systems.
Royston has carried out extensive and regular main engine services on Haewene Brim in recent years and previously completed the refurbishment and refit of essential power systems on Aoka Mizu as it moved between production duties on different fields in the UK sector.
This new frame agreement extends this long-standing relationship between the two companies and will establish a new partnership approach to FPSO vessel engine maintenance.
“FPSO systems are designed for maximum productivity and operating uptimes, so it is vital that engine maintenance work is carried out efficiently and effectively, to the highest technical standards,” said Royston marine and offshore sales manager Cameron Lawson. “Our relationship with Bluewater means we are very familiar with both vessels. The new arrangement will formalise and further extend our support to them in this way,” he said.
Bluewater is responsible for the overall provision of engineering support on these FPSOs. Part of that approach is having a formal agreement in place with independent engineering company Royston for engine service and repair. It is an effective method of managing some of the risks associated with FPSO operations.
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