TANAJIB, Saudi Arabia – Tanajib Port, which services offshore rigs and acts as a hub for Saudi Aramco’s drilling operations, has transformed the way it operates.
It has constructed a Marine Offshore Floating Hub, a remodeled oil tanker named Rawabi Integrity, stationed 70 nautical miles (130 km) offshore. According to Aramco, this represents a paradigm shift in the way offshore rig logistics are managed.
Its decks are stocked with all supplies and equipment needed to keep the company’s offshore rigs operating as planned, saving time and costly round trips to port for vessels.
Aramco claims this is a world-first concept, developed following a three-year collaboration between the company’s Marine and Drilling.
The new facility has also led to the existing onshore pier being de-clogged and deployment of boats to rigs optimized, generating major savings for the company.
Sultan S. Al Ghamdi is a planner responsible for preparing boats that are loading the cargo for rigs. “Some rigs need a deep boat,” he said. That means that the boat can hold position by itself without dropping anchor.
“We assign the boats, depending on the weather, depending on the location of the rigs, the deck space of the boats, and the requirement quantities.
“Things are managed better with the hub and we can also deliver over a short time frame [within 90 minutes as opposed to the previous eight to 10 hours].”
The associated new sea bus service is responsible for transportation related to more than 50% of rig crew changes at the offshore Marjan, Zuluf, and Safaniyah oil fields. Aramco operates two taxi boats to escort crews to the station.
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