Fairmount tows rig Noble Max Smith to BrazilProjects and Operations // February 11, 2013
The tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition have towed the drilling rig Noble Max Smith from the Gulf to Brazil. Both tugs hooked-up in Pascagoula in the US.
Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition were mobilized to the departure location from there previous projects. Fairmount Sherpa had just delivered the rig Atwood Condor in Trinidad after a speedy crossing of the Atlantic and the turbulent waters around the Cape of Good Hope and Fairmount Expedition was successfully involved in the salvage of the container vessel MSC Flaminia.
On completion of this project she was prepared in Rotterdam for the towage of rig Noble Max Smith and mobilized just in time for the departure from Pascagoula.
Noble Max Smith is a semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Noble Corporation and contracted by Shell for a drilling campaign offshore Brazil over a three year period. Prior to this the rig was prepared at a shipyard in Pascagoula.
Upon readiness of the rig, a departure meeting was held and Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition connected their towing wires to Noble Max Smith one by one. After this the convoy began its 5,500 miles journey to Niterói, Brazil.
First the convoy set sail towards Bridgetown, Barbados, for a stop-over for replenishment of the tugs and the rig. The tugs received first their bunkers and fresh provisions and secondly Noble Max Smith received fresh provisions and stores. For this both Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition were used. As such they did multiple cargo runs to and from Noble Max Smith.
Upon arrival offshore Niterói, Fairmount Expedition assisted with mooring of the rig into position.