Inpex hires vessel trio off Australia

Australia award: PSV Far Seeker, above, hired by Inpex

Japan’s Inpex has chartered a platform supply vessel and a pair of anchor-handling tug supply vessels from Norway’s Farstad Shipping for its operations off Australia.

Inpex chartered the PSV Far Seeker for a firm 18 months and options of a further 24 months. The vessel currently in the North Sea is expected to start the new work in November.

The Japanese explorer also signed up the AHTS Far Sword and AHTS Far Stream to start in November off Australia on 40-month deals with another up 24 months in options.

Woodside Petroleum has meanwhile hired the AHTS Far Sirius for 16 months beginning in October with options for a further 18 months as well as the AHTS Far Stream for 60 days starting in August.

ExxonMobil’s Esso Australia arm has rehired the PSV Far Supplier on a two-year contract, with further 3 years options, and the PSV Far Scandia for a fixed 10 months with additional six months in options.

Also off Australia, Italy’s Eni hired the AHTS Far Sabre for a 110-day period due to start in September with additional 35 days’ options.

China’s Sinopec has hired the AHTS Lady Caroline for a 60-day charter due to start in August in support of the Stena Clyde, which was chartered by the Chinese explorer for well abandonment work at Puffin in the Timor Sea.

Statoil has rehired the PSV Far Scotsman for drilling operations support off Tanzania for eight months and a further 6 x 6 months option.

 Australia’s Karoon Gas has hired the AHTS Far Senator on a five-month contract set to begin this month with a further 4 x 30 days option to support their drilling program in Brazil.

Also off Brazil, state oil giant Petrobras has extended the contract on AHTS Far Santana for another four years in direct continuation with its present contract.

Farstad Shipping said the clutch of contract awards and renewals were worth a collective around $282 million excluding options.

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