Maersk Supply Service has announced it has been awarded a contract with Chevron Australia which will see two newbuild anchor-handling tug supply vessels support the Gorgon Stage Two drilling program.

Vessels Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master are to provide towing, anchor handling, supply and other services for a program in the northwest shelf of Western Australia beginning in the 2019 second quarter.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to utilise the advanced capabilities of these new vessels to deliver a superior service and contribute to the offshore development of this important project for the region,” said David Lofthouse, head of commercial Asia Pacific, Maersk Supply Service.

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Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master have been working in Western Australia since September 2017 and March 2018 respectively, where they will remain until the contract starts.

Throughout the program, both vessels are to be operated by local crews, according to Maersk, and supported from Maersk Supply Service Perth shorebase.

Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master are the first two vessels of Maersk Supply Service’s Starfish newbuilding series, designed to minimise fuel consumption while maximising reliability and onboard safety. Following their delivery in 2017, three more vessels of the series have joined the fleet, with the final scheduled for delivery in early 2019.

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