Expanding its presence in the Americas, Germany-based United Offshore Support (UOS) has been awarded a five-month charter for an anchor handler to support Eni Mexico, part of Eni SpA in the Mexican offshore market
Under the contract, UOS will deploy the UT768CD design G.H. Atlantis to provide drilling support for semi-submersible drilling rig Valaris 8505.
The new charter follows a two-year contract secured by the offshore support vessel owner in April to provide an AHTS vessel to CBO to support Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
UOS sees the introduction of 200-tonne bollard pull G.H. Atlantis as a “potential game-changer for local operators”. The company sees further possibilities for growth in the Mexican offshore market with the potential deployment of further high-powered AHTS vessels in the region.
“This is a very important strategic step into Mexico, a market which has huge potential for deepwater exploration and high demand for AHTS vessels in our segment,” said UOS Americas chartering manager Heiko Peters.
One of 13 AHTS vessels in the UOS fleet, 2010-built G.H. Atlantis began operations in Mexico in mid-May.
“It can be challenging arriving in a new market, but we have made a very promising start and a great first impression with Eni, commencing with a cargo loadout and tow of semi-submersible drilling rig Valaris 8505 (ex Ensco 8505)," said G.H. Atlantis master Captain Paul Veldhoen.
UOS has not worked in the Mexican offshore market since 2011. This contract furthers the relationship between UOS and Eni, who have been working together in the West African market since 2018.
“As a company, we are always looking for opportunities for long-term growth, and we believe this charter can be a big part of that,” said Mr Peters.
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