The offshore platform supply vessel Caroline Tide III has docked in the port of Beirut, ahead of the start of the drilling of Lebanon’s first offshore well. A week earlier her sister vessel, Lundstrom Tide, arrived as well in Beirut.
The vessel will support a drilling operation in the Total-operated Block 4, in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel, arriving from Cyprus, has a total length of 76 meters and a clear deck area of 710 m2. It is certified to carry up to 50 persons onboard.
A third similar support vessel is expected to arrive during the next two weeks.
The drilling start is expected during February by the arrival of the drillship to be used for the Byblos-1 well. The drillship in question is the Tungsten Explorer offshore drilling unit, owned by Vantage Drilling. Total’s Block 4 is thought to be highly prone to gas.
Total, together with partners Eni and Novatek, won the rights to the Block 4 and Block 9 offshore Lebanon as part of the first offshore bidding round in 2017.
The owner and operator of the vessel is Houston-based Tidewater Inc. an American company with decades of experience in serving the world offshore industry.