C&M Makes Debut in Russia

After a very successful four days exhibiting at Offshore Europe, Aberdeen-based C&M Group is now in Russia to showcase its vessel, the Ice Maiden, at the RAO/CIS Offshore event.

The eighth international conference and exhibition for oil and gas resources development of the Russian Arctic and CIS Continental Shelf (11-13 September) is held in St Petersburg. It will focus on oil and gas field development in the Russian Arctic and continental shelf and C&M Group is hoping to secure a charter for the Ice Maiden in Arctic Circle for the winter of 2008 whilst attending the event.

"OE was tremendously successful for us with the potential for multi-million pound contracts to be secured on the back of the contacts we made," says C&M Group’s commercial director, Alisdair Harrison. "Unsurprisingly the main focus for visitors to our stand was the Ice Maiden our14,000 tons Russian Class AAA ice-breaker being converted into the first DP3 accommodation vessel capable of operating anywhere in the world. We are seeing interest in her from West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico as well as the North Sea.

"However, the Ice Maiden comes into her own in Arctic waters and we are anticipating even higher interest from this event in Russia. We will be showcasing her unique capabilities in working offshore Sakhalin Island and throughout the Barents, East Siberian and Bering Seas."

C&M is planning to show-off the Ice Maiden’s ability to work in artic conditions, traversing ice up to 1.2 meters thick and operating in temperatures as low as minus -50 degrees.

Harrison adds: "Given that 30% of the world’s hydrocarbons are located within the Arctic Circle, the Ice Maiden is the only vessel capable of transporting up to 400 men along with all their necessary equipment, anywhere in the world."

In conjunction with Scottish Development International, meetings for C&M Group have been arranged with key representatives from Statoil, Norsk Hydro, Total and each of the Gazprom and Rosneft operating companies.

C&M Group is now a global marine and engineering business and a Scottish company of scale. The three companies within the group are C&M – Marine Services Ltd which provides a wide range of marine services, including specialist subsea, installation and conversion services; C&M – Engineering Services Ltd, which undertakes major electrical contracts, communication cabling and the supply and installation of kitchen/galley and laundry equipment; and C&M – Marine Services (USA) Inc, the Houston-based company that manufactures, refurbishes and rents offshore accommodation modules and provides a variety of marine services.