Aliaga 12/10/2018: After 22 years of continuous service in the Assodivers family, with participation in more than 40 subsea cable installation and repair projects in regions including Africa, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe and with an impeccable “zero breakdown” record, the 42-year old Argo completed her end-of-life voyage to the ship-recycling facilities of Ege Gemi Söküm in Aliaga, Turkey and was subsequently stricken from the Greek Flag Registry. She was originally built as a pure Platform Supply Vessel in the Netherlands in 1976 named Maersk Plotter (one of 4 identical sisters) and after a service of 12 years for Maersk, she was taken over by Augustea in Italy and traded for a further 8 years as the Augustea Otto. She was taken over by the Assodivers Group in 1996 and re-named Argo II directly commencing service in her original form as a support vessel on the Group’s first international cable protection projects in Morocco and Indonesia. In light of ever increasing project demand, in 2001 the vessel underwent a major conversion which encompassed the assignment of DP-2 Class Notation, full SPS Code compliance and certification, accommodation spaces renewal, machinery upgrade, installation of offshore lifting appliances and various other major upgrades, finally emerging as a cutting-edge Multi-Purpose Support Vessel tailored for subsea cable installation and protection work. In her further years of successful service with Assodivers, which saw her name changed to Argo I and then finally Argo, she became a true member of the family being a home away from home for most of our Group’s current senior seagoing and project personnel for many years. In addition to the sentimental ties with our personnel and management, it is safe to say that her contribution to the growth of the Group cannot be overstated and her removal from service has been a difficult decision to make. We are all sorry to see her go, but at the same time remain content that her departure paves the way for further fleet expansion and modernization.
Assodivers Group has been involved in offshore activities since its establishment in 1976. The group specializes in the provision of turn-key services for submarine cable installation, protection and repair projects, utilizing specially designed equipment and marine means. Our list of services includes submarine cable loading, transportation, laying, pulling and landing onshore as well as sea trench excavation by means of trenching and/or jetting techniques, offshore mattress installation and provision of pre and post installation survey.
Acting either as a turn-key solution contractor or as a subcontractor, Assodivers has been involved nationally and globally in a variety of projects for some of the leading cable manufacturers of the Telecommunication, Power and Alternative Energy Industries such as Alcatel, Fulgor, Nexans, NKT, NSW, Prysmian and service owners such as OTE, PPC, REE and Terna.