February 7 - Jumbo Shipping has been awarded a contract with Ithaca Energy for the provision of the FPF-1 mooring system installation for the Greater Stella Area development.

Installation of the mooring system will be executed by Jumbo's Fairplayer - a DP2 heavy lift vessel equipped with two 900-tonne revolving deepwater cranes.

The Ithaca-operated Greater Stella Area (GSA) is located in the Central North Sea, and will be developed by drilling subsea wells tied back to a centrally located floating production unit with onward hydrocarbon transportation to nearby existing infrastructure.

"This award is an excellent opportunity to further strengthen Jumbo's experience in becoming a leading deepwater mooring contractor," said Roddy Lafontaine, manager of commerce offshore at Jumbo.

The offshore installation works are expected to commence in June/July 2014.