DG Shipping Recalls 27 ONGC Supply Vessels

Friday, July 27, 2007
The Directorate General of Shipping (DG, Shipping) has asked India’s biggest oil explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to recall 27 of its 46 supply ships for undergoing safety audits immediately. The DG Shipping directive, which could lead to the disruption in oil production, has come within days after an ONGC-chartered ship, Samudrika-10, sunk off the Mumbai coast, killing five people on board.

In a notice dated July 11 to ONGC, the DG Shipping ordered around 27 OSVs (offshore supply vessels) to be recalled to the base for undergoing safety management tests before resuming duty at Bombay High.

ONGC operates 46 offshore supply vessels which help in production and maintenance of India’s largest oil field, Bombay High, situated 160 kilometers north west of Mumbai. ONGC Chairman and Managing Director R S Sharma said the company was working out a contingency plan of giving the shipping contract to Shipping Corporation of India, as the ships of Sical, the company which operates its ships on an ONGC contract in the Bombay High area, were under scrutiny.

The contingency plan being worked out by ONGC will only come into force if any of the ships fail the safety audit and are not allowed to operate. The ONGC spokesperson said that the production was unlikely to be affected as all the ships were OSVs, which carry supplies, and not tankers which carry crude oil from the field. In case any of the ships failed to pass the audit, then the ships in operation would be asked to make more trips, he added. In the last one week, 16 ships of Singapore-based Sical, which owned the ill-fated Samudrika-10, have returned to ONGC’s Nhava base and the safety audits are expected to be completed in the next few days. If any ship fails the safety test, ONGC will have to hire new ships to maintain production.

The multi-purpose OSVs are considered a lifeline for Bombay High rigs as they transport heavy equipment from the coast to the rigs, carry fire-fighting equipment, water, food and help to maintain the rigs. Depending on the facilities on board, the OSVs command a daily rent of $14,000 to $100,000 a day. (Source: http://www.business-standard.com)

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter July 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Young Taken on PESA Advisory Board

Hoover Container Solutions’ chairman and CEO, Donald Young, has been nominated and elected to the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA) Advisory Board for a three-year term.

US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21.

Antwerp Port CEO Scoops Baron Title

After 25 years as CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, Eddy Bruyninckx has been raised to the nobility by H.M. the king of Belgium with the rank of baron. In Belgium

Contracts

MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for

Team Britannia, GAC Inks Partnership Deal

As Team Britannia prepares for its bid to break the round-the-world powerboat record later this year, GAC has been named their official shipping and logistics partner.

Libya's PFG to Lift Terminal Blockades

Petroleum Facilities Guard has blocked terminals for months. Ras Lanuf, Es Sider terminals damaged by fighting. Libya's Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) will

 
 
Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0879 sec (11 req/sec)