FPSO Firenze of ENI will soon leave the Apulian sea
The support vessel serving Aquila oil field offshore Brindisi will switch flag from Italy to Panama subsequently being relocated abroad
ENI is getting ready to detach FPSO Firenze, floating production storage and offloading unit anchored offshore Brindisi, from Aquila oil field.
As recently reported on Genoa Harbour Master's website, where FPSO Firenze is registered – as a 'ship' for still being equipped, unlike other similar units, with a functioning propulsion system – Port Authority announces that ENI (owning the unit through Floaters Spa subsidiary) asked cancellation from the Italian Registry to switch to Panama.
Seafarers' unions appeared quite surprised although the Italian energy company had recently convened a meeting with them to anticipate their intentions regarding FPSO Firenze.
ENI informed unions that their decision to detach this unit (purchased in 2013, for over 330 million Euro, from ex-subsidiary Saipem, to replace a former support ship called FPSO Firenze) from Aquila oil field ensued from current unstable oil market and too high operating costs, adding she will be laid off in Italy or abroad.
Consequently, the group already envisaged disembarking the large number of seafarers operating on board.
Since the aforementioned meeting, no further contacts occurred between ENI and Unions, while the company told Ship2Shore: “Our application to change flags ensued from a different commitment envisaged for this unit, that will be operating globally”.