Turkmenistan Operation In Full Swing

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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.

CM Jet 1 and CM Jet 2 Are Now Back In Action

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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.

Branch Registration in Turkmenistan

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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.

Preparation for the Petronas Project Underway

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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.

Four new ships join fleet

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Four new ships purchased in 10 days. CMI Caspian Ltd wins contract, together with Integrated Petroleum Services Ltd of Malaysia, to provide 3 modern 45 ton bollard pull tugs and a PSV to support the 2010 field development work for Petronas/MMHE/Technip in Turkmenistan. The vessels are all being mobilised into the Caspian for lay-up during Winter 2009 and scheduled for commencement of operations around February 2010. In conjunction with this contract, CMI Group will open offices in Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi through a Turkmenistan branch which will support these vessel operations.

C.M. Jet 1 and C.M. Jet 2 Acquisitions

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CMI is delighted to announce the arrival of its latest two acquisitions in Kazakhstan. The CM Jet 1 and CM Jet 2 were purchased from Red Funnel Group in the UK and are high speed ( 36 knot) catamaran passenger ferries each capable of carrying 140 passengers. These vessels were loaded on a cargo vessel in Southampton where they previously operated under British flag and transported to St Petersburg for onward shipment to Kazakhstan where they will operate a service carrying offshore personnel from Atyrau to and from the offshore Kashagan Field. A major upgrade took place in Southampton before departure and the pictures below show the loading and the departure as the cargo vessel “MV La Rochelle” passes the Queen Mary 2 in Southampton.

C.M. Service Acquisition

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Caspian Mainport fleet takes delivery of its fourth vessel purchased in four months. The C.M. Service is a Supply Vessel with shallow draft and good deck space making it particularly suitable for Kashagan operations. The vessel also has a 24 man passenger accommodation module fitted to facilitate passenger transportation.

C.M. Mehran arrives in Bautino

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The latest addition to the fleet (C.M. Mehran) arrives in Bautino having sailed from Karachi via Suez and the Black Sea. The vessel was built in 2003 and is a 44 tonne Bollard Pull AHT and will be used by Saipem in support of its operations Offshore Kazakhstan. The vessel was selected due to its Shallow Draft, high horse power and manoeuvrability.

CMI Offshore purchase the C.M. Trader

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Another CMI acquisition with the purchase of the C.M.Trader, a 2,700 tonne Ice-Class Product Tanker. This vessel joins the Kazakhstan fleet and is utilised by Saipem on the Kashagan Project carrying diesel fuel and technical water in support of the Hook up and Commissioning Project. The vessel has a 10 man crew and operates on a year-round basis located at the Kashagan oilfield.