Fairmount tugs commence tow of ultra large FPSO PazflorProjects and Operations // January 25, 2011
Three tugs owned by Fairmount Marine have started the tow of floating production storage and offloading unit Pazflor from Korea to Angola.
Under command of lead tow master captain Wim van der Kort the tugs Fairmount Expedition, Fairmount Glacier and Fairmount Alpine departed from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s shipyard in Okpo.
The Pazflor is one of the largest FPSO’s ever constructed. The unit is 325m long with a breadth of 61m and has a towing draught of about 8m. The three Fairmount class tugs have a combined bollard pull of over 600 tonnes.
The tugs will tow FPSO Pazflor over 10.000 nautical miles to its final destination, 150 miles offshore the coast of Angola.
En route the tow will take bunkers at Singapore, Mauritius and Cape Town. Upon arrival a specialized team of Fairmount will position and moor Pazflor.
The Pazflor project is lead by Total as operator. The Pazflor oil field was discovered in 2003 and covers an area of about 600km2 in a water depth of 1,200m.
Once in operations, Pazflor will produce 220,000 barrels heavy oil per day.