CMI Group reaches a milestone in terms of Lost Time Incidents. We have now achieved a clean record since the company started business of Zero LTI’s 1,000,000 manhours have been worked without any Lost Time.
CMI Group has taken delivery the latest vessel in its fleet – CM Jet 5 which is a large 210 passenger high speed catamaran which has been chartered to Saipem./Ersai for the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan. This vessel was lifted onto the cargo vessel Amythest in Busam Korea for its voyage to the Caspian and is now on route to Kazakhstan where it will enter operations into the High Speed Division joining CM Jet 1 and 2 in carrying offshore workers to and from the offshore development. The vessel will operate out of the port of Atyrau on the Northern Caspian coast on the Ural River.
The latest vessel to join the fleet is the ERRV/MRV/Supply Vessel Ocean Tern which has recently departed Cork in Ireland and it is currently transiting towards the Black Sea where it will proceed to Kazakhstan to join the CM Italia on Charter to KMTF/N-Operating Co supporting the Maersk Explorer Rig. This vessel will be providing a full ERRV provision to the drilling programme as well as providing supply capability as it can carry liquid Mud and Dry Bulk as well as Fuel for the drilling campaign. Whilst the vessel was being prepared for transit the crew took the opportunity to carry out Fast Rescue Craft training.
CM Italia has now started a Charter in Kazakhstan with KMTF/N-Operating Co supporting the Maersk Explorer Rig drilling programme and will remain there until the end of the year. The vessel is now operating under the Kazakhstan Flag.
CM Italia has arrived in Baku International Seaport for reinstatement of its masts and fire monitor tower which were removed for canal transit to the Caspian. The vessel is an 80t BP AHTS and will be used for rig anchor handling and jacket towout projects in the Caspian along with the sister vessel CM Cormorant which is due in Baku later on this month.
Caspian Mainport announces that it has taken delivery of its latest vessels CM Italia and CM Cormorant which are 80t Bollard Pull AHTS’s and these vessel are currently on route to the Black Sea/Sea of Azov to then transit into the Caspian Sea via the Volga Don Canal System.
The Turkmenistan operation is now in full swing as all the vessels which were on stand by over the winter in Baku have now sailed across to Turkmenbashi for the start of the project. The CM Annie and CM Eagle carried out the tow of the Bumi Armada Lay-barge stinger and the CM Heather carried out a tandem tow of the barges M50 and M3610. CM Supporter accompanied the tow and took spares and equipment for the project on the crossing.
The CM Jet 1 and CM Jet 2 are now back in action operating from Atyrau, transporting offshore personnel to and from Kashagan Offshore development. The vessels were laid up for the winter in Kurik Port and have recently returned to the water having completed winter maintenance and a routine Main Engine change out.
CMI Offshore Group is delighted to announce the approval of Branch Registration in Turkmenistan. The Company now has established branches in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan giving full coverage of the offshore oil and gas sectors in the Caspian Region and with the highest levels of local managers and staff.
CM Annie, CM Eagle, CM Heather, CM Supporter and the barges M50 and M3610 arrive in Baku in preparation for the Petronas Project start up in early 2010 in Turkmenistan. The vessels will spend some time in Baku undergoing upgrades to their communication equipment and with scheduled dry dock works to be completed. The project is scheduled to start in early 2010. The vessels will be crewed with 100% Turkmen nationals and an extensive training programme is underway for all staff involved in the project.