Marine services provider MMA Offshore has been awarded a contract by Woodside to provide accommodation and walk-to-work vessel services to support platform maintenance operations on Woodside’s Australian assets.
MMA Offshore said on Wednesday it had been hired to provide these services to Woodside over two scopes scheduled to start in April 2019.
The services provider also said that the MMA Pinnacle, a multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV), will be fitted with a motion-compensated gangway system, which will enable the transfer of personnel between the Woodside platforms and their accommodation on the vessel during the maintenance program.
The gangway system is based around a custom-built pedestal and a Safeway motion-compensated mast and gangway. MMA’s in-house engineering team worked closely with Woodside and Safeway, a specialized gangway manufacturer based in the Netherlands, to design and fit the system to the MMA Pinnacle.
The MMA Pinnacle, which is on a long-term structured contract with i-Tech 7, the Life of Field business unit of Subsea 7, is also permanently fitted with two identical Centurion SP Work Class WROV Systems capable of working in up to 3000m and has an approved Safety Case for operations in Australia which is owned by i-Tech 7.
The vessel is also fitted with a 150t active heave compensated subsea crane capable of reaching depths of up to 3,000m.
In recent news, MMA was in March awarded a drilling support contract by Australia’s energy company Santos. The contract was for the provision of three vessels to support the drilling campaign, including two anchor handling tug supply vessels and a platform supply vessel.
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