FSO Palanca

ITC / Augustea have been awarded the towage contract of FSO PALANCA from offshore Angola to Singapore. The 256 meters long and 60 meters wide storage vessel will be towed by the two AHT's BLUSTER of 12000 bhp 135 tbp and KAMARINA of 8000 bhp / 123 tbp, around the Cape of Good Hope to the Far East, in a voyage expected to take about 65 days

Sembcorp Marine's subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured a contract for  the repair and upgrading of FSO PALANCA from Angola's state controlled oil company Songangol.

The contract, signed in Luanda, Angola, calls for the major repairs and upgrading of the 20-year-old FSO PALANCA, used for storage and offloading of oil produced from Angola's Block 3.

The scope of work includes the renewal of the vessel's cargo piping system and pumps, tank blasting and coating, and cables renewal for the entire electrical system. The existing 30-men accommodation block will be re-designed and rebuilt to accommodate 60 men. The new accommodation block will include a new helicopter deck to meet the vessel's operational requirements. The vessel is expected to enter Sembawang Shipyard in September 2012.

Upon completion during the first months of 2013, two tugs of ITC / Augustea will perform the return tow to Angola.