Duffy & McGovern Wins Maersk Contract

Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services (DMAS) has secured a contract extension and new rental deal worth nearly £170,000 with Maersk in Norway and Denmark.

DMAS' high-specification modules will remain aboard the ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig Inspirer well into 2007 after a second six-month extension was agreed.

Aberdeen-headquartered manufacture and rental specialist DMAS delivered eight linkable sleeper modules to the Maersk drilling rig in February 2005, on an initial nine-month contract.

Maersk retained the accommodation for a further nine months in January 2006, as the Inspirer continued work for ConocoPhillips in the Jade field. This time the units will remain on board for an initial six-month period as the rig is relocated to Norway to carry out work for Statoil.

The modules comply with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and IMO (International Maritime Organization) standards and are stacked to create a two-storey complex accommodating a total of 32 staff on the Inspirer.

Duffy and McGovern's commercial director, Craig Russell, said: "Maersk has become a loyal customer and we are delighted to see our high-specification units now continuing to serve the crew on the Inspirer in the Norwegian sector."

Meanwhile, Maersk Oil and Gas has also taken a 20x8 ft DMAS engineering cabin to the Valdemar field, Denmark on a three-month rental deal with options. DMAS has supplied the module from its base at Dusavik, near Stavanger in Norway, undertaking both delivery and return transport for the client.

The zone-1 module is A60 fire-rated and DNV 271-approved, essential factors in meeting stringent Danish regulations. It will be used as an office for hook-up and commissioning personnel.

DMAS' DNV-approved modules have been used in large numbers by Norwegian operators and earlier this year Statoil signed a deal to extend its rental of a 24-man complex through to 2010 on its Troll A platform.

"The flexibility and high standard of our fleet in Norway means that we are able to provide a full range of cabins quickly from stock in Dusavik, as was the case with the DNV-approved engineering unit commissioned by Maersk Oil for this deal," added Craig Russell.