One of the world’s biggest Construction and Pipe-Laying Vessels, the “CASTORONE” called at Limassol Port in May/June 2014.

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The Port Call in Limassol was the first ever call of the “CASTORONE” in a European Port and Limassol Port was favoured from other Ports in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The Vessel with overall length of 374 meters and accommodation for 700 personnel, is owned by SAIPEM, a sister company to the Italian E&P Contractor ENI.

Atlas Offshore Operations Ltd is the nominated Shipping and Logistics Agents and Engineering Contractors of SAIPEM in Cyprus for the Burullus WDDM Phase IXa Project in Egypt.

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During the stay of MV Castorone in Limassol, the Logistics Coordinators at Atlas Offshore Operations organised import receipt, import clearance, storage and loading on board of over 270,000kg of sea, road and 120,000kg of airfreight cargo shipments. Additionally the discharging of nearly 350,000kg of equipment to be stored and reloaded on return of the vessel, or exported to multiple destinations around the globe.

The personnel coordinators of Atlas Offshore Operations processed the arrivals and departures, embarkation and disembarkation of over 500 crew members and visitors whilst the MV Castorone was in port. This involved airport pick-ups, invitations, drop-offs, town visits, as well as all required documentation to allow the personnel to move freely whilst in Cyprus.

After the departure of the vessel, Atlas Offshore Operations continued to provide offshore support to the vessel now operating in Egyptian waters, with the receipt, import clearance and loading to the MV Castorone via supply vessels, tug boat, barge of a further 180,000kg of cargo and a further 100.000kg of discharged goods, which were exported to destinations around the globe.

Not only was the MV Castorone the largest vessel ever to moor at Limassol port, but the supporting operation of the vessel carried out by Atlas Offshore Operations was the largest of its kind ever carried out in Cyprus.