When taking a rig to Peterhead, you can benefit
from the port's strategic location in a number of ways, including:
Close proximity to offshore fields - saving
in tow costs and time off-hire
Convenient for senior management based
in Aberdeen, allowing rig visits without incurring significant
Competitive rates and availability of skilled
The port has experienced pilots who work in
conjunction with marine managers, rig move specialists and tug
masters. Mooring crews and a vessel to take lines are available
as required. Entrance to the port is through the 208 metre wide
entrance during a slack water period. Peterhead offers a large
range of skilled and experienced companies that can assist with
any project, including agents, waste management, fabrication,
engineering, heavy craneage, shot blasting, painting, scaffolding,
electricians, diving contractors etc.
The seabed is particularly suitable for jack-ups, being
relatively flat and of a consistency that allows only slight
penetration of the spud cans (around 1.5 metres). Potential
problems when withdrawing the legs for departure are thus avoided.
Borehole core logs, diving surveys and hydrographic surveys
are available on request. The water depth at the berth is 11.8
metres chart datum. The jetty can also be used by semi-submersible
rigs. Noble Denton recently completed a successful mooring study
analysis that confirmed that the Posimoor criteria could be
A small office is available at the jetty head,
and services such as electricity, telephone and security can
all be arranged as required. There is a storage site near the
jetty entrance (approximately 2,000 square metres) if required.
The jetty offers direct connection to the trunk
road network south of Peterhead, providing congestion free access
that avoids the town.
Princess Royal Jetty
Jack-up rigs can use the northern end of Princess Royal
Jetty. The berth is accessed through the ASCO security gate,
and therefore benefits from 24hr security provision. The jetty
is serviced with fresh water, fuel and electricity.
Semi submersible drilling rigs used the North Breakwater
extensively in the early days of North Sea development, and
over 40 rigs have berthed there for all sizes of contract, from
routine IRM to major overhaul.
A specially built rig mooring system is installed
which comprises 5 bollards each with a 200 tonne mooring capacity.
A 4 metre high parapet wall on the seaward side of the breakwater
provides a more sheltered environment for working and has eliminated
wave overtopping in all but the most extreme conditions.
The combination of deep water (up to 14 metres
at Chart Datum), ready access to engineering and fabrication
services and storage makes this an ideal location.
The North Breakwater is currently leased by
ASCO, who are supporting the initiative to bring this trade
back to the port.
Off Berth Location
One jack-up or semi-submersible (ballasted down to sit on
the seabed) can be accommodated within the port at a location
which can be conveniently accessed by tender from Peterhead
Bay Marina, but which is not alongside a berth. This is a cost
effective option for long term stacking requirements.
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