December 12 - Signet Maritime Corporation's tug boat Signet Warhorse II has towed a large cargo barge carrying components for Saipem, from the US Gulf of Mexico to Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo.

The components are destined for use in the Litchendjili gas field, and the Nene Marine gas project. Signet will be assisting this project, by not only towing the jacket but also by helping position barges for subsea installations.

Travelling at an approximate speed of 5.5 knots for a total of 6,702 nautical miles, the vessel navigated north of Cuba, along the Bahama Channel and made one stop in Brazil to refuel, before crossing the Atlantic and arriving in West Africa. 

Signet Warhorse II, which has a bollard pull of 153.58 tonnes, will remain in the Congo assisting the project as needed and return to the US Gulf of Mexico with two cargo barges upon completion of the project.

Saipem hopes to have assembled all components to begin commercial operations during 2015.