Strategically located in Southern Africa, at the base of the African continent and geographically on a busy shipping lane, AMSOL’s ability to provide offshore support and supply as well as emergency response and safety standby services, ensures that client needs are met.
Recent operations undertaken by the highly experienced Masters, Officers and Crew onboard the AMSOL tugs ‘Umkhuseli’, ‘S.A. Amandla’, ‘Nomasa’ and ‘Siyanda’ have highlighted the company’s coastwise coverage.
- AMSOL’s AHTSV ‘Nomasa’ was released by her present charterers in January to assist the tug ‘Posh Osprey’ which had lost the connection to the rig she was towing in extremely heavy weather conditions 150 nautical miles off the Namibian coast. The ‘Nomasa’ assisted with the reconnection to the tow and the voyage resumed.
- February was a busy month.
- AMSOL’s ETV ‘SA Amandla’ assisted a Multipurpose & Heavy Lift Carrier with a rescue tow 450 nautical miles north west of Cape Town; safely delivering the vessel to the Port of Cape Town after it suffered engine failure.
- AMSOL was also contracted to assist POSH Singapore with the holdoff of the semi-submersible drilling rigs ‘Petrobras XV’ and ‘Vega’ from their towing tugs to allow the tugs to enter the Port of Durban for bunkers. The handovers to AMSOL’s tug ‘Siyanda’ took place 5 days apart and were conducted approximately 60 miles offshore to ensure sufficient sea room between the rigs and the coast.
- The ‘SA Amandla’ stood by the Ore Carrier ‘K.Iron Mountain’ 30 miles off Cape Town in late March, later escorting her and running spares to the vessel to ensure that she was able to complete repairs and resume her voyage.
- In early April: AMSOL’s AHTSV ‘Umkhuseli’ took over the towage of the rig ‘Bras VII’ from her towing tug ‘Jarvis’, enabling the ‘Jarvis’ to enter port for bunkers and stores.