Aqualis Offshore lands FPSO topside warranty survey gig

Marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has won a contract to provide marine warranty surveyor (MWS) services for transportation of Petrobras’ FPSO P67 & P70 topside modules from Brazilian ports to COOEC’s yard in Qingdao, China.

Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, is to provide the MWS services for Cantex Global Logistics, a logistics company focused on the offshore oil and gas industry.

Aqualis will supervise the load out and sail away of the transport vessels in Brazil, as well as the discharges of the modules at COOEC’s Qingdao yard in China.

The company did not disclose the value of the contract.

A total of 29 topside modules for the FPSO P67 and P70 will be transported in eight shipments from Brazil to China. The maximum module weight is about 1650 metric tonnes. Aqualis Offshore has been contracted to provide marine warranty services for six of the eight shipments, including load out and sail away from Brazil to China, as well as discharges of all modules at COOEC’s Qingdao yard.

Aqualis Offshore’s offices in Shanghai, China and in Rio, Brazil are working on this project.

Phil Lenox, director – Asia Pacific, Aqualis Offshore, said: “We are proud to be able to support Cantex Global Logistics on this project and would like to give them credit for choosing a China-based business to execute the marine warranty services on this extensive project.”

Aqualis Offshore has already completed the MWS for loadout and sail away for one vessel, and will oversee the loadout for another three vessels in Brazil in a few weeks’ time. The remaining two shipments from Brazil will be completed in the summer of 2016.

For surveying the discharges, Aqualis Offshore finished the first shipment in Qingdao China on February 15, 2016. The discharge of the second vessel will start at the end of February 2016, the company said. The rest of vessels will arrive in Qingdao for discharges in March, April and in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

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