The drillship, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, to start drilling operations in block 3 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was halted on Friday by five Turkish warships while making a new effort to reach Soupia target, which it was unable to fulfil due to Turkish threats. Eventually, it headed to international waters off Limassol.
Already, Vos Prime supply vessel is at Limassol Port and together with Vos Prudence and Vos Purpose they are the three vessels that support Saipem.
Harbour Master Panagiotis Agathokleous said Saipem 12000 arrived southeast of Cape Gata, outside Cyprus’ territorial waters and anchored while waiting to be served by the supporting vessels that accompany it.
The process, he added, will take about three to four days. The support vessels are unloading cargo related to the drilling work at block 3, will load cargo for another drilling and will also refuel.
Two weeks ago Saipem had to halt its transfer journey to block 3 of Cyprus EEZ, when it was stopped by Turkish military ships with a notice not to continue because there would be military activities in the destination area.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.