The Saipem 7000 oil prospecting support platform is anchored off São Vicente Island in Cape Verde to receive 6,500 tons of fuel, the Cape Verdean press reports.
Vivo Energy director Emanuel St’Aubin told the Inforpress agency that this major operation carried out by his company would cost the owner, the Italian company Saipem (a subsidiary of the ENI group), more than US$5 million.
The platform is the vessel with the world’s second biggest crane, with an operational radius of 42 metres. It is able to lift cargo weighing up to 14,000 tons.
During the Expomar fair last October, the oil companies based in São Vicente, Vivo Energy and Enacol, signed a tripartite agreement with the government to re-launch bunkering operations in Cape Verde. The first post-agreement operation is the one that begins today.
The oil platform with its crew of 700 arrived in São Vicente on Monday the 30th. The bunkering operation will also involve companies and institutions such as Enapor, Portos de Cabo Verde, Enacol, the Port and Maritime Institute and Customs. (macauhub)