Shell Awards HMC Supporting Contract for Mars Platform



Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has received a notice of award from Shell for support work on Shell Mars Platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The project is scheduled for November this year.

As a result of hurricane Katrina the topsides of the oil and natural gas production platform Mars were considerably damaged. Part of the awarded project contains lifting and up righting the drilling rig on Mars. HMC has already started mobilizing resources to serve this fast track project.

The support work is scheduled for execution by the crane vessel Hermod and should start early November. The Hermod is capable of a tandem lift of 8,100 tons (9,000 sht). The vessel has an overall length of 154 meters (505 ft) and a breadth of 86 meters (282 ft).

'Mars is one of the gulf's largest deep-water platforms with oil production. Considering the fast track of the project, this contract is a real challenge for HMC.' states Eric Romijn, Project Director HMC. HMC is the world leading marine contractor for the oil and gas industry. HMC transports, installs and removes all types of offshore facilities with three of the four biggest crane vessels in the world. HMC is a fully owned subsidiary of Heerema Group.

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