Leading single-point mooring equipment supplier Offspring International Ltd (OIL) has been appointed an international agent for Bassi Offshore, a supplier of floating and submarine hoses. The agreement marks a strengthening of OIL’s single-point mooring portfolio and will raise Bassi Offshore’s profile in the offshore market.

Part of the IVG Group, Bassi Offshore makes high-performance submarine and floating rubber hoses for the transfer of crude oil and derivative products. The hoses are used in single-point mooring (SPM), floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO), and other offshore applications. The company owns a state-of-the-art factory at Gironico in Northern Italy for the fully automated production of rubber hoses.

OIL is a global supplier of SPM products, including chafe chains, support buoys, mooring hawsers and messenger ropes to oil and gas operators, and a worldwide agent for Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division. OIL is also a participant in Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) committees related to SPM moorings, as well as deepwater mooring-related joint industry projects.

“Offspring International is well respected in the SPM market for its technical know-how and high-quality products. Moreover, their market presence, agency network and industry knowledge will be invaluable as we complete the transition to full compliance with the new OCIMF regulations for offshore hoses,” said Franco Guarnieri, managing director, Bassi Offshore.

OCIMF raises hose testing requirements

The OCIMF Guide to Manufacturing and Purchasing Hoses for Offshore Moorings, fifth edition (2009) requires that all offshore hoses meet new tests for torsion and tensile loading by 2012. Offspring International is able to work with Bassi Offshore to ensure compliance and assist with such testing as required.

“As leading supplier of high-quality rubber hoses, Bassi Offshore is a natural fit with our SPM product range,” says Dave Rowley, director, Offspring International. “It allows OIL to become a one-stop shop for all our customers’ requirements, and with the ability to draw on Bassi Offshore’s engineering expertise to provide hoses for bespoke applications should the need arise.”

Bassi Offshore will be exhibiting their range of hoses at OTC in Houston. Visit them at Booth 4566.