Castoro Sette North Sea Campaign

Following the successful completion of the Nord Stream project, ITC's AHTS BLIZZARD continued working for Saipem UK. Ltd, now supporting the semi submersible lay barge CASTORO SETTE with anchor handling operations

Following the successful completion of the Nord Stream project, ITC's AHTS BLIZZARD continued working for Saipem UK. Ltd, now supporting the semi submersible lay barge CASTORO SETTE with anchor handling operations.

From May up to including August 2012, the vessel spread worked in the Norwegian sector on the Gundrun project and in the UK sector on the Scott and York projects.

The Gudrun project comprises a new build platform, export lines to Sleipner A and the power cable from Sleipner A. The jacket was installed last summer by Saipem's S 7000, which will also install the topsides next summer. Working for Statoil, CASTORO SETTE had to install two 14 and 12 inch oil and gas export pipe lines of 57km long.

BOULDER towed CASTORO SETTE to its first work location and was relieved by BLIZZARD after the first week of May. The Gundrun project required intensive anchor handling operations, BLIZZARD setting up to 24 anchors each 24 hours and handling of the heavy midline buoys.

For the Scott project, CASTORO SETTE took care of 7 km of pipeline, incorporating the start-up operation. Mid July the vessel spread moved to the Scott worksite and activities were completed early August.

Saipem UK Ltd has awarded Allseas Marine Contractors SA the installation of approximately 13 Km 16 inch + 3 inch pipeline as part of the York Development project.

During three weeks in August, CASTORO SETTE completed the deep water part of the pipelines after which the barge was towed to Rotterdam, where the convoy arrived on August 24th, 2012 after a successful campaign.