05th September 2018

VIDEO: Maersk Supply Service decommissioning work arriving in Aberdeen Harbour

Subsea Christmas trees weighing 48 tonnes, 32 tonne manifolds and ballast blocks weighing 136 tonnes each are some of the items brought into Aberdeen Harbour as work continues to decommission Total’s (previously Maersk Oil) Leadon field in the North Sea.

In conjunction with Scotoil, Aberdeen Harbour has supported Maersk Supply Service as it works to recover and remove subsea infrastructure from the field safely and securely, and footage captured of the arrival shows how just some of the Christmas tree structures were safely removed from the Maersk Inventor to Aberdeen’s quayside.

Lead Project Engineer at Maersk Supply Service, Mike MacRae, passed on his thanks for the company’s previous two port calls to Aberdeen, saying: “The support of Aberdeen Harbour throughout was very much appreciated and contributed to our success.”

John McGuigan, Operations Manager at Aberdeen Harbour, said: “Aberdeen is the heart of the energy industry and, with our established supply chain and experience supporting oil and gas customers, it makes the port the natural spot to support the growing decommissioning industry. We can see this being reflected in our recent decommissioning activity levels.

“The opening of the harbour expansion in summer 2020 will only add to this and we look forward to supporting many more customers with their decommissioning requirements.”

Craig Smith, Managing Director of Scotoil, added: “We are pleased to once again have performed an incident free demobilisation, size reduction, cleaning and disposal operation alongside Aberdeen Harbour.

“We look forward to carrying out many more similar operations with Aberdeen Harbour Board in future.”