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Arrival of FPSO Teekay Banff at Kishorn marks another contract for Wester Ross port

By Hector MacKenzie

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The vessel makes quite an impression.
The vessel makes quite an impression.

A WESTER Ross port which sustained thousands of jobs at its peak in the 1970s has taken another major step in its bid to again become a major player in the local economy.

Kishorn Port this week welcomed the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Teekay Banff for temporary mooring.

Over the past three months, Teekay has been carrying out an offshore decommissioning programme on the vessel and associated systems as approved by the UK Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning.

This work has included isolating, cleaning, flushing and disconnecting the FPSO from the subsea infrastructure as well as a comprehensive cleaning campaign in preparation for departure from field.

Colin Ortlepp, director of Kishorn Port Ltd said: “We’re pleased Teekay has chosen Kishorn to moor the Banff FPSO.This is the port’s third significant project in 2020 following on from the downsizing and recycling of the casualty vessel, the MV Kaami, and the ongoing preservation of the Voyageur Spirit FPSO."

During the anchorage period, port services and support will be provided by KPL partners Ferguson Transport and Shipping.

Ferguson’s operations director, Jack Ferguson, said: “We very much look forward to providing Teekay and its partner Altera infrastructure with marine, logistics and support services whilst she remains with us in the port.”

The Banff FPSO will remain moored at Kishorn Port until a suitable location is selected by Teekay for the appropriate recycling of the unit.

The Banff FPSO was built in 1997. It has an overall length of 120 metres and a width of 42 metres. During its final operational phase the vessel was located within the Banff and Kyle Fields situated within Central North Sea approximately 190km off Peterhead.

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