Tasik Subsea finds work for Southern Star after ‘shock’ Fugro redelivery

Tasik Subsea’s subsea operation vessel Southern Star is getting set for operations at the Anjung gas development project, offshore Sarawak, East Malaysia.

The vessel went on hire to Shelf Subsea on May 1, and will head up critical shutdown work at the Petronas field. The shutdown activities and flowline installations are scheduled to take a number of weeks, and then will be followed by a programme of other scheduled projects.

Southern Star went on a six-year charter to Fugro upon delivery in 2017, however Fugro terminated the contract despite the vessel, according to Tasik, having been continuously employed during the 22 months it was with the Dutch company.

John Giddens, CEO of Tasik Subsea, said: “We were shocked and saddened at the state of our almost new vessel when it was handed back by Fugro. The efforts by our staff, new charterer and trusted contractors to return it to peak condition in such a short time have been outstanding.

“Our vessel has a number of exciting new projects on the horizon from blue-chip clients looking to charter a ship that embodies the outstanding qualities of the Southern Star.”

Giddens says that Tasik Subsea has issued a notice of defamation demanding an unreserved retraction of a statement that Fugro issued about the vessel, which it says was made to support its efforts to “wriggle out of” the charter for commercial reasons.

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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