Canadian Contracts Roll in For Accommodation Provider

Duffy & McGovern Accommodation Services has picked up two new contracts in Canada worth US $50,000.

Aberdeen-based DMAS will provide rental units to Sperry Sun Canada and MI Swaco, both for use on the drillship Deepwater Pathfinder, which is carrying out exploratory drilling on the Crimson well, offshore Nova Scotia.

Duffy and McGovern secured the accommodation contracts through its agent in Halifax and St. John's, Associated Marine, which currently has its full fleet of DMAS units on hire. The company expects to draft in further units for use in Canada from its US $2 million fleet expansion. The cabins are currently being manufactured for use in the U.S., Gulf of Mexico and Canadian markets.

"The last year has seen a marked increase in activity for us in the Canadian sector, largely due to our well established local presence with Associated Marine. I am delighted that Sperry Sun and MI Swaco have selected Duffy and McGovern for their accommodation requirements," said Craig Russell, commercial director for Duffy and McGovern . "If business continues to be strong, it's likely that much of our new fleet, which is currently under construction in the United States, will be dedicated for use in Canada."

DMAS is supplying a high specification, 20 x 8 feet, Zone 1 engineering unit to both MI Swaco and Sperry Sun for a minimum of four months. The DNV 2.7.1 units supplied have been equipped for use as mud logging units and will operate on the Deepwater Pathfinder located approximately 350 kilometers southeast of Halifax, where drilling is taking place on the Crimson well in the Annapolis offshore block. Both MI Swaco and Sperry Sun are working on 110 day contracts with Marathon Canada, a 30 percent partner in the Crimson Well, the deepest exploratory well drilled offshore Nova Scotia to date.

Other current Duffy and McGovern contracts in the Canadian sector include deals with Baker Hughes Inteq, Halliburton and Husky Energy.

"The DMAS fleet has been a welcome addition to our portfolio of offshore support services in Canada," said Associated Marine CEO Rod Wark. "The unprecedented quality of the cabins has helped us carve out a sizeable share of the offshore accommodation market for Duffy and McGovern in the North American sector, which I believe will continue to grow."