Boskalis vessel heads toward Norway transporting Shell FPSO

Dec. 9, 2022
Boskalis’ White Marlin semisubmersible transport vessel departed from Qingdao, China, carrying Shell's 34,000-ton cylinder-shaped Penguins FPSO.

Offshore staff

SOUTH HOLLAND  Boskalis’ White Marlin semisubmersible transport vessel departed from Qingdao, China, with "an impressive cargo," Shell's 34,000-ton cylinder-shaped Penguins FPSO, Boskalis stated in a social media post today.

"After a smooth and safe float-on and sea-feasting campaign the vessel started her journey to Norway," the company added. 

The cylindrical FPSO was designed by Sevan Marine, and it was ordered by Shell from Fluor in 2018. 

Following a stop in Norway, the FPSO will then be moved to the area northeast of the Shetland Islands and be used for the Penguins offshore field redevelopment.

Shell and its partner Exxon in 2018 opted for the cylindrical Sevan 400 FPSO design. Oil will be transported via tanker to refineries, and gas will be transported via the FLAGS pipeline to the St Fergus gas terminal in north-east Scotland. The FPSO is designed to operate continuously for 20 years without dry docking.