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.
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.