Saipem to set up spool-base in the US

Italian offshore contractor Saipem has announced that it will establish a spool-base on Greenwood Island, Mississippi, to support pipelay vessel Saipem Constellation.

The Saipem spool-base will be located within the facilities of ST Engineering Halter Marine & Offshore via a long-term agreement, and equipped with advanced welding machines, non-destructive testing facilities, and field joint coating systems.

With a particular focus on the Gulf of Mexico, the base will support the Saipem Constellation (formerly Lewek Constellation), a vessel which Sapem acquired for $275m last year

Giorgio Martelli, president and CEO of Saipem America, commented: “The spool-base supports Saipem’s growth in the deep water field development sector as well as consolidating the importance of our activities in the Gulf of Mexico area, with a locally-based approach and resident assets.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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