MENAS Marine Services Ltd
MENAS Marine Services Ltd. (MMSL) is the owner and operator of the Offshore Support Vessel, ‘RELUME’, which is chartered for use in offshore marine exploration and production of oil, gas and renewable energy sources. Currently working mainly in Northern Europe, ‘Relume’ is capable of working worldwide. She is chartered to exploration and production clients on an opportunity basis, providing a full portfolio of marine and offshore services.
Following her commissioning in 2004, Relume assumed a key role in bouyage operations for MENAS in the Arabian Gulf. This was followed in 2006 with a two-year charter with EMGS conducting electromagnetic surveys all round Norwegian waters in the North Sea, as far north as the Arctic Ocean off Hammerfest and Honningsvag, on behalf of clients including StatOil and Shell amongst others. She also conducted a successful 3 month West African campaign conducting electromagnetic surveys off the Congo and Ghana in early 2007. In 2008, three months of ROV trenching support followed, for TYCO on the Dan-Ice fibre optic cable lay from Demark up through offshore Norway.
Short term contracts such as these were replaced when Relume was chartered on behalf of Fluor for a diving campaign with RED7 for the construction phase of the Greater Gabbard Windfarm. Initially chartered for a 4 month period, Relume proved so adept at the varied tasks required during the construction phase, including diving; inspection; ROV Survey and UXO, that the charter was extended to 3 years, completing in 2012.
For the following two years Relume then went to work for ISS in Aberdeen (shortly to become Harkand), conducting survey and inspection works for oil majors including BP, Maersk, BG Group, Petrex and TAQA across the North Sea's Danish, German and Norwegian sectors.
2014 saw the start of a 12 month refit and upgrade of Relume, including installation of a new crane, upgraded bow thrusters, upgraded DP System and upgraded accommodation taking POB to 66 including revisions to office workspaces for clients.
OSV Relume is currently operating with charter roles such as air diving in the North Sea Placid Field for GDF; UXO operations in the Eems Estuary for Tianel / Tennet RAS euro; Air Diving and ROV inspection programme at Borkum, Gode Wind and Anhold Windfarms for DONG energy and ROV ops for TOTAL E&P Nederland amongst many other critical assignments.
OMAN – AMNAS
Over the last several decades and in addition to its role within the Arabian Gulf, MENAS installed and maintained a system of navigational aids along the Omani coast and approaches to the Gulf.
International law requires sovereign states to provide navigational aids within territorial limits for passing vessels and, around the time of the millennium, the Sultanate of Oman assumed a more direct involvement in such maritime responsibilities. MENAS offered to provide the essential technical knowledge and, through skills transfer, assist in building a viable navigation aids operation within Oman.
By Royal Decree, the Sultanate granted a concession to Arabian Maritime and Navigation Aids Services (AMNAS), a newly formed Omani company, to maintain navigational aids, with MENAS assisting in its development together with its local investors The Seven Seas Group.
12 years on and after successfully expanding the infrastructure of Oman’s nav aids service, AMNAS has all the operational knowledge and technical resources to ensure safe maritime navigation whilst trading with Oman or passing by into the Gulf.
AMNAS activities include, but are not limited to:
The efficient operation and planned maintenance of Aids to Navigation equipment and structures such as lighthouses, beacons, Racons and buoys situated along the Sultanate’s 1,709 nautical mile (3,600 kilometre) coastline and offshore islands.
Strategic management of the service to ensure that the Sultanate’s AtoN navigational aid network meets the standards set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), as directed by International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Development of Government endorsed plans to enhance and extend the existing network of AtoN with value added features such as DGPS and GMDSS features to meet both current and future patterns of maritime traffic density.