Fairmount Sherpa completes long distance tow in record time

by Hans | September 17th, 2012

Fairmount Sherpa tows rig Atwood Condor in record time from Mauritius to Trinidad. Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Sherpa has delivered rig Atwood Condor fast and safely in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The semi submersible rig was towed from Port Louis, Mauritius, over a distance of 8,100 nautical miles with an average speed of 8.5 knots.

The Atwood Condor is a 2012 Singapore build dynamically positioned semi submersible drilling unit capable of operating in 3,050 meters of water and drilling depths up to 12,200 meters. The 118 meter long state-of-theart rig has a accommodation capacity for up to 200 persons. The rig is owned by Atwood Oceanics, headquartered in Houston, US.

Before crossing the Atlantic Ocean Fairmount Sherpa and her tow made a planned four days stop-over at Walvis Bay, Namibia. During this stop-over the Fairmount Sherpa performed several cargo and passengers runs between the rig and the port.

Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fairmount’s fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tons bollard pull each, especially designed for long distance towing, and a multipurpose support vessel. Fairmount Marine is part of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group.

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