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Oil Field Solutions

The shareholders of CMI commenced their involvement in this sector in 1996 with the acquisition of the Floating Storage Ailsa Craig for the Al Rayyan field in Qatar.  After 2 years of incident-free operation, the vessel was replaced by a larger vessel and Ailsa Craig was chartered to Amni Corporation of Nigeria where she commenced operations on the Ima Field in November 1999.  This operation is still ongoing today, though with the newer and larger FSO Ailsa Craig 1, which was converted and delivered in 2012.

The group has been involved in three major conversion projects since delivery of the Ailsa Craig I in 2012.  Completed the conversion of a 2.1 m bbls FSO as part of an EPIC contract for one of Nigeria’s largest oil fields owned by an indigenous company.  FSO Eli Akaso was delivered to the client in January 2020.

The next FSO conversion completed by the group was FSO Teli, converted for Vaalco Gabon in ASRY Shipyard, Bahrain in 2022. FSO Teli was successfully delivered to our client in Gabon in August 2022, and First Oil was achieved swiftly after in October 2022.

Finally, the group is presently undertaking its first FPSO conversion for a major customer in Nigeria. The FPSO will be delivered to the oil field in Q4 2024.

World Carrier Group have expanded their West African operations and now provide a full range of services at 4 different oil fields. The Group’s West African fleet consists of the following units:


  • FSO Ailsa Craig 1 – 1990/2011 built/converted, 14 point moored, 2.5m barrel capacity
  • FSO Eli Akaso – 1999/2019 built/converted, 14 point moored, 2.1m barrel capacity
  • FSO Teli – 2002/2022 built/converted, 8 point moored, 1.1m barrel capacity


  • M/T Cactus – 1m bbls capacity tanker presently under conversion to an FPSO at Drydocks World, Dubai.  Delivery in Nigeria expected in Q4 2024

Shuttle Tankers

  • M/T Interim – 1991 built oil/chemical tanker, 33,500 DWT
  • M/T Algo – 1998 built oil/chemical tanker, 16,775 DWT
  • M/T Nox – 1993 built shallow draft tanker, 9,400 DWT at 6.8m

Field Support

  • AHTS Ugbana – 2000 built 185 ton bollard pull
  • AHTS Defiant – 2006 built, 151 ton bollard pull
  • AHT Busy Gator – 2007 built, 40 ton bollard pull
  • AHT Busy Bee – 1998 built, 45 ton bollard pull
  • Tug Busy Snail – 1984 built 27 ton bollard pull with 3m draft

Whatever the needs CMI Offshore and World Carrier are able to bring practical solutions to the marine component of shallow-water and marginal oil fields in niche markets.

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