DDW Offshore Ramps Up AHTS Projects in Australia

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DDW Offshore, a Norwegian subsidiary of Akastor, has recently been awarded a nine-month contract extension for one of its anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels by Petrofac. This extension is to facilitate the disconnection of the Northern Endeavour FPSO in Australian waters.

Originally, this project was assigned to the Skandi Atlantic in September 2027, with the contract starting on September 27 and scheduled to last for a year.

In August 2023, the Skandi Atlantic, built in 2012, was engaged by Petrofac for an additional four months, seamlessly following the existing contract.

This extension ensured the vessel's continued involvement in the disconnection activities of the FPSO Northern Endeavour. It also included towing and well isolation operations in the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields located in the West Timor Sea, extending until the end of January 2024.

The latest extension includes a significant change: the substitution of the Skandi Atlantic with the Skandi Emerald in March 2024. Both vessels are slated to undertake identical tasks as per the initial agreement.

Following its demobilization in March, the Skandi Atlantic is scheduled to undergo a special survey for class renewal in Singapore. Post-survey, the vessel is anticipated to be ready for new contracts by the end of April 2024.