Chevron Australia has contracted Maersk Supply Service to support its Gorgon Stage Two drilling programme, it was announced on 9 January.
Two Starfish-class AHTS vessels will provide towing, anchor handling, supply and ROV services for Chevron’s activities in the Northwest Shelf offshore Western Australia from Q2 2019.
The vessels, Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master are already in Western Australia – since September 2017 in Maersk Mariner’s case and since March 2018 in Maersk Master’s case. They will be operated by local crews and supported from Maersk Supply Service’s Perth base.
The contracted AHTS vessels were the first two deliveries in Maersk Supply Service’s Starfish newbuild series.Three sister vessels, Maersk Mover, Maersk Minder and Maersk Mobiliser are also in service and another vessel is expected to be delivered in early 2019.
Maersk Master was named Vessel of the Year at the Offshore Support Journal Conference & Awards industry gala in London in February 2018.
Built for deepwater operations, the Starfish vessels are 95 m long, with a beam of 25 m and are equipped with a raft of innovative features including an anchor-recovery frame that simplifies operations over the stern roller and a remotely operated deck-handling gantry crane.
Maersk Supply Service Asia-Pacific head of commercial, Asia-Pacific, David Lofthouse said “We are proud to have the opportunity to utilise the advanced capabilities of these new vessels to deliver a superior service and contribute to the offshore development of this important project for the region.”
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