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    Sea Explorer en route to Congo

    Projects and Operations // July 18, 2008

    Fairmount says its tug Fairmount Alpine "is making good progress" with the towage operation of the semi-submersible drilling rig Sea Explorer, from Malta to Point Noire, Congo, a distance of 4,842 nautical miles.

    The spread sailed from Malta on June 25th and arrived offshore Las Palmas on July 6th, where the rig was supplied with fresh water and fuel.

    The average speed during the first stretch of the voyage was 6.4 knots.

    André Boelaars, assistant operations manager at Fairmount said: "Some owners of self-propelled submersible vessels always provide the public with incorrect information concerning speeds. One of them, a public company, even states in official presentations that towing speeds are always 4 knots. Nothing could be more wrong - at Fairmount, towing speeds of jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs are always in the 6 to 8 knots range, sometimes more. In other words, at least 50 per cent faster than many companies want the market to believe."

    "The same myth concerns insurance premiums and damages. The excellent safety record of Fairmount guarantees the lowest insurance premiums and I cannot remember that we had any damage to the rigs entrusted to our care,'' he concluded.


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