Heading to the Port of Walvis Bay

A high-tech research ship will be one of 38 vessels scheduled to call at Walvis Bay this month.

04 February 2020 | Infrastructure

More than 28 vessel already visited the Port of Walvis Bay in the first month of the year.

According to the provisional port log released by the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport), Fugro Scout which will call on 15 February, will be one of 38 vessels scheduled to visit the port this month.

The research vessel is part of a series of Fugro custom-designed and constructed DP2 geotechnical drilling vessels. It was built to Comfort Class COMF-V(3) standards with quarters for up to 60 operational staff.

The 82.9m vessel was constructed in 2015 and can stay at sea for up to 35 days. It is capable of operating at a depth of between 20m and 3000m.



Since its maiden project in the Persian Gulf, it has been successfully deployed in the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea, completing several geotechnical and geophysical survey scopes for various clients.

Fugro Scout is a fit-for-purpose designed and constructed geotechnical drilling vessel that provides a stable platform capable of operating independently in remote regions around the world. Its design allows integrated investigation methods to be deployed during a single survey program.

The vessel is designed and constructed in compliance with the Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships (2008). It has been specifically designed for state of-the-art geotechnical operations in water depths up to 3 000m for both drilling and seabed sampling and in situ testing.

A large soil laboratory provides a unique open plan working environment for geotechnical operators. Other equipment includes both downhole and seabed sampling and testing systems rated for 3 000m water depth.

The twin tower type drilling derrick is installed over a centrally located moonpool. Drilling is performed with a heave motion compensated ram type drilling system.

The drilling machinery and equipment, rig pumps, drilling fluid bulk storage and mixing equipment and ancillary equipment is installed below deck, providing a clear, uncluttered main deck/drill floor area that when combined with automated pipe and tool handling equipment, promotes safe drill floor operations.

The other vessels scheduled to call at Walvis Bay include five fishing vessels, nine multipurpose vessels, ten container vessels, a the reefer, two tankers two passenger liners, two general cargo vessels, three RoRo’s, the tug Far Sleipner and two offshore supply vessels.

Nine passenger liners, six container vessels, five fishing vessels, two RoRo’s, two bulk carriers, two tankers, a multipurpose vessel and a seismic vessel called in January.

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