August 29 - Fairmount Marine's powerful tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Summit have towed FPSO Skarv Idun to the field in the northern Norwegian Sea in which it will operate after it was completed and prepared in Norway.

Both tugs had already performed the tow of FPSO Skarv Idun from Korea to Norway earlier this year when Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Summit needed just 92 days for the long distance tow of about 15,300 nm from Samsung Heavy Industries' shipyard in Okpo, South Korea to Norway.

For the final stage, the positioning and mooring of the Skarv Idun, Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Summit were tasked with keeping the Skarv Idun in position for the mooring operations.

The Skarv Idun is a large floating production storage and offloading unit and will be used by BP to exploit the oil and gas fields Skarv and Idun, located just below the Arctic circle in the northern Norwegian Sea. The FPSO is 292 m long, 50.6 m wide, has a towing draught of 12.2 m and has a deadweight of 128,000 tonnes.

Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fairmount's fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tonnes bollard pull each, especially designed for long distance towing.