The Bluewater contract consists of eccentric fairlead chain stoppers and roller RamWinches for a deep draft production unit owned by ATP Oil & Gas. The hull for the Moss Maritime’s Octabuoy-design deep draft production unit will be built by the Cosco shipyard in China. After completion it will be located at the Cheviot field in the British sector of the North Sea.

The Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) contract consists of eccentric fairlead chain stoppers for the Pazflor floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) platform destined to operate in Angolan waters. The FPSO is being built by DSME in South Korea.

The Pazflor field, operated by Total E&P Angola, is located approximately 200km off the coast of Angola and has a water depth of nearly 800m. The equipment will be manufactured in Europe and South Korea, with delivery expected to take place during 2009.

Aker Solutions, through its subsidiary Aker Pusnes, has developed the eccentric fairlead chain stoppers design which is an on-vessel mooring solution with several advantages. With the eccentric fairlead chain stoppers the mooring load is secured at keel level thereby increasing the fatigue life of the chain. The design reportedly eliminates the need for reinforcements at the deck level thereby decreasing the overall weight.

Leif Haukom, president of Aker Pusnes, said: We are proud to be selected as maker of the on-vessel mooring equipment for the first production unit of Octabuoy design to be built. This contract underlines Aker Solutions’s strong position for mooring systems to installations in harsh environments, such as the North Sea.