Duffy & McGovern Gets North Sea Contracts Boost

Duffy & McGovern will remain on board Maersk, Apache and Ensco rigs in the North Sea well into 2006, after contract extensions worth £400,000 were agreed by the firms.

Duffy & McGovern Accommodation Services (DMAS) was awarded the contract to provide the first modules for Maersk's new jackup, Maersk Inspirer, in February 2005 as the ultra harsh environment rig embarked on its first contract with ConocoPhillips in the Jade field. The accommodation firm supplied eight four-man linkable sleeper modules which comply with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and IMO (International Maritime Organisation) standards and are stacked to create a two-storey complex housing a total of 32 men. That deal has now been extended by a further nine months.

In a separate deal, independent oil and gas operator Apache North Sea Ltd has committed to extend its contract for cabins to the end of 2006, in order to accommodate workers involved in ongoing planned maintenance work.

A 16-man living quarters complex was provided for Apache's Forties Echo platform in the North Sea by Duffy & McGovern in August last year, and heralded a new industry relationship for the Aberdeen-based accommodation specialists.

Duffy & McGovern has meanwhile supplied Ensco with an additional four-man sleeper unit for its Ensco 101 jackup, on contract to independent UK operator Tullow Energy in the North Sea.

The cabin is the second four-man linkable unit supplied to Ensco by DMAS in the last six months, in a combined deal worth more than £100,000. It is on contract for a minimum six month period, with further extension options up to 18 months.

Commercial director for Duffy & McGovern Craig Russell, said, "We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing relationship with customers Maersk, Apache and Ensco who have taken up extensions offered as part of our initial deal.

"The North Sea continues to be extremely buoyant and these contracts reflect the continued investment by operators in their platforms and infrastructure. Duffy & McGovern has recently been approached by several operators about the supply of further HSE complaint units for their current and future North Sea projects."