Contract extension confirmed for GMS AHTS vessel Atlas

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

UAE-based OPCO has declared its option to take its contract with Gulf Marine Services (GMS) for anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) Atlas for a further 12 month period.

The vessel commenced its charter in May this year and has been providing drilling materials and project supply, as well as undertaking rig moves in offshore Abu Dhabi. Atlas has incurred no unscheduled downtime to date under this contract, carrying out her operations efficiently for the client.

The vessel and crew were commended earlier in the charter for responding to a distress call from a stricken barge in the SATAH field during a period of high winds and rough seas. An accommodation work barge was adrift and heading towards an installation in the field; Atlas successfully secured and towed the barge, with her crew of six personnel, clear of danger.

Duncan Anderson, chief executive officer at GMS, says: “Atlas has performed well and her crew has demonstrated exceptional skills and expertise while on operations in the Abu Dhabi oil fields. We are delighted her contract extension has been confirmed and will continue to work in the spirit of partnership with our valued client.”

Notes to Editors :

Gulf Marine Services (GMS) was founded in Abu Dhabi in 1977 and has become the largest provider of self-propelled, self-elevating accommodation jackup barges in the world. The company provides services to the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors from its offices in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

GMS prides itself on its state-of-the-art quayside facility in Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah industrial area, where it builds and maintains its vessels.

The fleet of seven K-Class barges is ideally suited to operations in the Middle East, Asia and West Africa, operating in water depths of up to 45m. The company’s E-Class vessels, GMS Endurance, GMS Endeavour and GMS Enterprise, with dynamic positioning two (DPII), have been built for world-wide operations in deeper waters, up to 65m, with operational areas including the North Sea and Mediterranean. The S-Class, planned for delivery in 2015, will be the latest addition to the fleet, with these DPII jackups working in depths of up to 55m. GMS operates two AHTS vessels in the Middle East: Atlas and Helios.

Photograph : GMS AHTS vessel Atlas

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GMS AHTS vessel Atlas


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