Crowley Maritime Corp’s offshore services group has delivered Shell’s Appomattox semi-submersible floating production system (FPS) from Kiewit Offshore Services’ construction facility in Ingleside, Texas.
Designed to operate on the open waters of the US Gulf, the FPS system was towed through the Aransas Channel using Crowley’s Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun tugboats. The tugs also offered escort services to the deep-water installation site.
The two DP2-class tugboats can perform rig moves, platform and floating production installation, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response and salvage support.
Upon reaching the site, the tugboats were reconnected to deliver positioning support so that Crowley’s customer Heerema could attach the Appomattox FPS to its mooring spread.
Crowley’s vice-president Johan Sperling said: “Our ocean-class tugs and experienced team continue to demonstrate the company’s ability to provide offshore and heavy lift marine project support for a variety of energy customers.
“Few others have the experience and state-of-the-art marine assets that Crowley does. Together, they are a powerful and effective combination.”
Shell’s Appomattox project is expected to produce 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (bbl/d). It is currently 65% complete.
The project will produce oil from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, which are located approximately 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, US. The project area lies in nearly 7,400ft of water.
Jacksonville-based Crowley offers marine solutions, as well as energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets.