Offshore Inland: Topside Service and Repair Around the World

Friday, September 28, 2012

Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services: Topside Service and Repair Around the World

Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services, Inc.  (OIMO) offers a unique combination of topside marine services throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Positioned with US Gulf (primarily deep water) topside service centers in Pensacola, Mobile, Port Fourchon, Galveston, and Port Isabel as well as supporting topside services at additional locations in Mexico, Western Mediterranean, and West Africa.  Offering a strong engineering and design capabilities supporting both traditional marine overhaul needs as well as more complicated and demanding project upgrades for the oil and gas service and drill rig sector. 
Moving to a its offering of specialty services such as electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic services as well as high pressure and structural support are all enhanced by strong teams of scaffold builders, painters, riggers, etc.  This full service offering allows OIMO to support the above service centers as well as mobilize these service teams to anywhere in the world. 
In recent years, OIMO has provided these traveling shipyard teams to support our customers in over a dozen countries around the world.
In the recent past, OIMO has made several technical and geographical investments and improvements. 
Technically, the company’s engineering and design capabilities has expanded to include more pipe, electrical, and structural expertise as well as a new laser scanner system, which is used for reverse engineering and upgrade support.  The company has also expanded its electrical, electronic, and power management services capabilities lead by a strong supervision team. 
Geographically, OIMO has put extensive effort into expanding its deep-water service locations especially with its large facility in Pensacola, Galveston, and Dos Bocas, Mexico. 
These locations include full service topside marine services, full fabrication, as well as subsea and drill rig project mobilization and storage support.
OIMO completes more than 500 projects each year ranging from large rig upgrades to full topside ship special survey periods, to design and build projects featuring full service offshore installations. 
One project was a full service special survey period in Dos Bocas, Mexico on a jack up drill rig. 
This project included large structural ballast and hull repairs, reworking several piping systems, change out of main engines, accommodation upgrade, scaffolding, diving inspections, etc.  
Another example of OIMO’s capabilities can be highlighted from a recent project off the coast of West Africa. 
The OIMO’s team removed two deck cranes from an Atwood Oceanic Rig and replaced them with two new Seatrax cranes.  This project was handled by OIMO as the full general contractor pre-fabricating all the necessary under deck structures and pedestals and providing a high impact team to handle the entire on board change out.
 In a recent letter from the Drilling and Completions Manager, Jamie Ressler, the OIMO team and the Seahawk crew were congratulated and praised for all their good work: 
“To the best of my knowledge,” Ressler said, “no rig contractor/operator partnership has ever even considered such an under-taking.
The crane change out would have been a significant body of work in a shipyard.  The fact that the work was done in the field during rig operations without incident or disruptions was exceptional.  I know of zero examples where such a significant scope of work was conducted in the field while conducting well operations.”

(As published in the August 2012 edition of Maritime Reporter -

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