Bourbon Mobility has struck a deal to oversee personnel logistics for Subsea 7, on Angola’s Zinia 2.
Bourbon will oversee all personnel moves both by air, from Paris, and onshore, in Luanda, and then offshore. This comes under the company’s “airport-to-rig” pitch.
The agreement also covers COVID-19 restrictions. Bourbon said quarantine periods and medical inspections in Angola were all covered under this work.
The French company said this was a turning point for passenger transport, by moving from a traditional charter agreement to an “integrated service offering”.
Bourbon, Sonasurf and Subsea 7 expect to enable management of more than 1,000 trips during the project. Sonasurf is Bourbon’s joint venture in Angola.
“This project is the outcome of a collective approach between Subsea 7 and Bourbon, working together to develop innovative solutions to find new models and more efficient ways of working,” Subsea 7’s charetering development manager Guillaume Vassout said.
“We are very proud of the trust that Subsea 7 has placed for us. This innovative flexible chartering approach demonstrates Bourbon’s desire to develop new integrated services that are as close as possible to clients’ needs, to help them optimise their costs,” Bourbon Mobility’s CEO Francois Leslé said.
Subsea 7 announced the contract for work on Zinia 2 in mid-2018. It had planned to carry out offshore work in 2020.
Bourbon ran into financial difficulties and is now owned by Société Phocéenne de Participations (SPP), as of early this year.
SPP is a company composed of a number of banks. These are BNP Paribas, Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel Alpes Provence, Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel de Paris et d’Ile de France, CM-CIC Investissement SCR, Crédit Lyonnais, Natixis and Société Générale.