HARPS Holdings Pte Ltd has signed a Collaboration Agreement with China Ocean Engineering Shanghai Company (COES) to explore opportunities in West Africa.
COES is a leading marine and offshore company in China, and owns a fleet of 40 specialized vessels. Their fleet include huge ocean-going tugs capable of more than 250TBP, AHTS up to 15,600BHP, as well as construction vessels with up to 3000MT lift capability.
COES specialises in Offshore Installation, Ocean Towage, as well as AHTS services. The company has in the past performed numerous projects involving Africa. This includes the towage of FPSO “ERHA” from Korea to Nigeria in 2004, the towage of FPSO “UNITY” from Korea to Nigeria in 2005, the towage of FPSO “SANHA” from Japan to Nigeria also in 2005, and the towage of FPSO “OKPO” from Korea to Nigeria in 2008.
Besides the above, COES also has an established salvage business under the brand name of Shanghai Salvage. Currently, Shanghai Salvage is responsible for the recovery of the Korea Ro-Ro vessel Sewol, which tragically sank in April 2014 with over 300 lives lost.
HARPS’ current involvement with COES allows HARPS to market the expertise and advanced equipment of COES to the West African region. Together with COES, HARPS believes that they can improve on the technological options available to the marine and oil and gas industry.