Ocean Liner Services had the pleasure of assisting with the crew change arrangements and transfers to and from the semi-submersible rig, Hercules during her call on the port of Walvis Bay.
The Hercules crew were the first to travel in OLS' newly branded bus to the loadout area, from where they were ferried by the Orca Marine launch, MV Seaswas (with a capacity of 18 passengers) to the rig anchored in the bay.
The Hercules has been contracted for 115 days rig will carry out two well explorations offshore in the Orange Basin, 150km off the south Namibian coast.
The rig belongs to Scottish-based drilling company, Odfjell Drilling and was built in 2008. It is sixth-generation deepwater and harsh environment semi-submersible rig, constructed in South Korea and can accommodate 180 people. It can operate in water depths of 3km and its maximum drilling depth is 10km.
The Hercules has a state-of-the-art, highly efficient drilling system and is known for being a deepwater and harsh environment semi-submersible.
The rig's arrival signals a positive build-up to the oil discoveries already made and an opportunity to potentially further discover more oil reserves on Namibian offshore territory and an opportunity to gain further insight in Namibia’s hydrocarbon prospectivity.