Lamor delivers six Workboats to the North Caspian Sea
North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC), as the current operator for the Kashagan Project in the Kazakh Sector of the North Caspian Sea, continues developing their OSR capacity as part of their exploration and drilling activities are revamped over the next few years.
Caspian Offshore Construction LLP (COC) is a leading provider of marine fleet operation and management services in the North Caspian Sea. “In conjunction with our continued marine services support and awarded contract from NCPOC, COC recently acquired six (6) Lamor ultra-shallow water landing crafts (LWO 14000) which were supplied to NCOC operating agent NCPOC in Atyrau at the new base in Damba,” says Dauren Madin, CEO of the parent company JSC Circle Maritime Invest.
Based in Almaty, COC is a 100% private Kazakhstani entity with operation offices establish in Aktau, Bautino, Astrakhan, Ashgabad, and Turkmenbashi. Currently, the company manages the total fleet of 48 vessels, including 23 vessels belonging to “oil majors”, shareholders in NCOC.
“Although this contract is outside of COC usual time charter scope of work, it had provided new impulse to our relationship with Lamor, guiding us to securing the Agency Agreement between our organizations, which was signed in late 2014, allowing COC to represent exclusively Lamor and their products in Kazakh market. This is indeed helping us to raise COC profile in the OSR market in the Caspian, as well as it is giving Lamor new set of opportunities in promoting their products in the market” says Madin.
COC’s fleet is certified in accordance with ISM Code, while Company’s Quality and Environmental Management Systems are approved and certified by Moody International as compliant with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards.
Multipurpose workboat for use in very shallow waters
The Lamor LWO 14000 is a robust workboat based on the landing craft concept made of high grade marine aluminum with heavy duty hydraulic bow ramp. “The landing craft is designed and tested for excellent and effortless sea handling and maneuverability,” says Lamor’s Steve Reilly, VP Global Business.
The V-shaped hull, keel and stringers give stability in open waters, while its 0.4 m draft allows it to be utilized for many operations in very shallow waters. The landing craft has a high cargo capacity of 3,000 kg to transport equipment, personnel, and various emergency response gear.
“Moreover, these special landing crafts have a wide open deck space with a strong bow door for easy access and deployment operations. The onboard crane on the starboard side of the deck gives these vessels the ability to raise and lower equipment onboard anywhere and deploy oil skimming systems over the side. The temperature controlled wheelhouse has excellent 360º visibility,” Reilly explains.