ASRY Offshore Services (AOS) awarded first contractNews // August 19, 2008
Newly established Persian Gulf oil and gas specialist ASRY Offshore Services (AOS) has won its first major contract, the upgrading of Hercules Offshore’s jack-up drilling rig Hercules 170.
Hercules 170, owned by US-headquartered Hercules Offshore and operated by its Doha, Qatar company, was built in Singapore in 1981 and is a Sonat Offshore cantilever jack-up design capable of operating in water depths of 170ft.
The rig is now working in the Persian Gulf region and will arrive at ASRY’s shipyard in Bahrain later this year for a work package that includes a number of upgrades to increase her performance and drilling capabilities.
The work will include installing a new larger portside crane, additional generators, modifications to the lifeboats and also upgrade of the drilling systems, with work on the mud pumps, as well as blasting and panting of the hull and legs.
AOS was established at the start of 2008. ASRY has over recent years seen a rapid growth in the offshore markets in the Persian Gulf region and based on its own track record and expertise in the repair and conversion work on specialist vessels and rigs, has now established a separate operating company within ASRY to concentrate on this market.
AOS will specialise specifically in the offshore oil and gas industries and will be undertaking work both onshore and offshore, from fabrication work for platforms to life extension programs for rigs and maintenance and repair work on offshore support vessels. A large new offshore fabrication area will be built within the next 18 months.
AOS’ new purpose built offices have recently been completed and now houses all of the company’s specialist offshore staff.
The new office block is located alongside the Bahrain shipyards two new slipways, among the largest of their type in the world, which came into operation this May.
Both slipways, with a dry berth length of 255m each and capable of accommodating vessels with a maximum size of 140m x 20m, are now fully operational.
A recent visitor to the new slipway facility was Rising Flag Worldwide’s 2008-built OSV Tag Blue Hawk. A further six offshore vessels, Atco Sharifa, Atco Taibah, Huta 35, CCC Pioneer, Farouk and Martec 250 are already booked for docking later in August.