Maersk Supply services has hooked up the Ailsa floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit for Total E&P UK's Culzean field in the North Sea, marking the final step of its transportation and installation.
Eight Maersk Supply Service vessels were involved in the operation, including two M-class Starfish AHTS vessels. Maersk Master, winner of the OSJ Vessel of the Year award for 2018, carried out tensioning of 12 50-tonne anchors in two vessel mobilisations, achieving the highest tensioned mooring system in the North Sea at 723 tonnes. Maersk Minder installed 12 140-mm mooring chains and sheathed wires in two mobilisations.
The project was delivered as an integrated solution including project management, engineering, procurement and execution of offshore work. Maersk Supply Service head of integrated solutions Olivier Trouvé said “This is a significant milestone for Maersk Supply Service in delivering full-scope solutions to our customers.
“Leveraging the expertise, commitment and flexibility of all stakeholders involved as one on and offshore team was key to the safe, efficient and timely completion of this challenging project.”
First commissioned in 2014, Maersk has received four M-class AHTS vessels so far, with a further two due to be delivered from shipbuilder Kleven at the end of October this year and the end of January 2019, respectively.
Total E&P UK has also contracted Maersk Supply Service to decommission the Janice, James and Leadon fields as an integrated solution.