Vryhof units score first-ever gig with Cooper Energy

Ocean Monarch; Image: DSM

Two Vryhof businesses, Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) and Vryhof Anchors, have secured a contract to provide full-scale mooring and anchoring services to Australian energy company Cooper Energy.

DSM said that the companies won the contract in Cooper’s main target drilling area – offshore Victoria, Australia – for the first time.

The company added that the contract would result in full-scale engineering, pre-lay mooring design, and analysis from Deep Sea Mooring that would be provided to Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling unit – the Ocean Monarch.

Vryhof Anchors will also assist Cooper with the correct anchor selection for each offshore location. Local back deck services and marine representation will also be provided.

The Ocean Monarch is part of a ten-well drilling campaign for Cooper Energy in the Otway and Gippsland Basins that will take place between January and August 2018.

Barry Silver, Asia Pacific managing director for Deep Sea Mooring, said: “We see this as a milestone contract in our development and look forward to a long-term relationship with Cooper. We are also confident that this will provide us with a crucial platform for opening up our products and services across the Tasman Sea in another key target region – New Zealand.”

Deep Sea Mooring and Vryhof Anchors’ equipment and anchor handling vessels will be coordinated and based out of Karratha, West Australia, and at Port Melbourne.

As for the rig, the Ocean Monarch semi-submersible is managed by Diamond Offshore Drilling. The rig can operate in water depths of up to 10,000 feet and drilling depth of 35,000 feet.

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