Sri Lanka, 23rd Oct 2013 – GAC Sri Lanka has completed the movement of offshore drilling rig Hercules Triumph from the port of Trincomalee to India.
The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore, Inc., USA, is now safely anchored at Kakinada, ready to start drilling operations for CAIRN Energy at the RAVVA offshore oil field.
GAC Sri Lanka, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services
provider GAC Group, chartered three anchor-handling tug boats – SCI URJA,
SCI Ahimsa and Mahaweli – to off-land the Hercules Triumph from heavy-lift
vessel Target at Trincomalee Anchorage and worked in close liaison with the
Harbour Master and port officials throughout the complex operation. GAC
also provided a range of port services including using its own fleet of
supply boats for the transfer of crew and other personnel to and from the
rig. Further, GAC Sri Lanka supplied provisions, stores, fresh water and
bunker fuels to the rig and anchor-handling tugs.
As part of its task to oversee the entire project, GAC Sri Lanka was also
responsible for domestic air transfers of Hercules Offshore officials to
and from the site.
After four days of servicing at Trincomalee, the Hercules Triumph was then
towed by two tugs, the SCI URJA and the SCI Ahimsa, over 700 NM miles to
Kakinada, arriving 8 days later.
Preethilal Fernando, Director and CEO of GAC Sri Lanka, says: “GAC has
long been a pioneering company in the oil and gas support services
industry and this is another milestone in rig operations in Sri Lanka. The
Port of Trincomalee is perfectly suited to this type of operation as it can
accommodate vessels with a very deep draft, which is critical for
off-landing and floating of rigs.
“This was a complex operation and we have worked very closely with
Hercules Offshore throughout the process, which has been a great success.
We are very proud that Hercules Offshore entrusted GAC with the movement
of the Hercules Triumph, which is now in location in the Indian Ocean and
ready for operations again.”
As one of the world’s leading shipping, logistics and marine services
providers, GAC Group has a strong presence across the oil & gas sectors
worldwide, providing a wide range of offshore support services for
exploration, construction and production through to decommissioning of
rigs, as well as a range of support services including ship supply,
bunkering and crew travel services.
GAC is the world’s leading provider of global Shipping, Logistics and
For more information, go to www.gac.com.