AHTS BLIZZARD towing laybarge CRAWLER

weather detoriated during tow from italy to nigeria

Mid November 2013, AHTS BLIZZARD sailed from Trieste, Italy with Saipem’s laybarge CRAWLER in tow with destination Nigeria. Weather and sea conditions prompted the convoy to seek shelter at Trapani, Sicily, where the tow was interrupted for 16 days awaiting improvement of sea conditions. After scheduled stop-over’s at Dakar and Abidjan, the 5,300 nm towage was completed mid January 2014. In Nigeria, Saipem has been awarded a contract by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for the  fabrication and installation of pipelines, ranging in diameter between 12 and 14 inches, and of risers and subsea spools in the Asasa, Usari and Edop fields. The fields are located offshore south-eastern Nigeria, in a maximum water depth of 50 metres.