Crowley Tug Participates in Rig Blackout Test

MarineLink.com
Monday, August 25, 2014
Ocean Sky tending to Noble drill rig John Day during blackout trials (photo by Captain Ward Davis)

Once again displaying their diversity for use in the domestic petroleum industry, one of Crowley’s four ocean class tugs, Ocean Sky, recently provided back-up station-keeping and holdback services during a routine blackout test of ultra-deepwater, semisubmersible oil rig Noble Jim Day in U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This Shell-leased, Noble-owned rig is currently operating in about 9,600 feet of water in the 508 section of Walker Ridge as part of the Stones Prospect. 

As part of routine blackout testing, Crowley was contracted to have the Ocean Sky connect its tow line to the rig, which itself has DP3 technology. The tug’s connection was to serve as a contingency in the event the rig required additional assistance, which it did not during the 12-hour drill.

“These tugs have performed above and beyond each time they've been contracted,” said Tommy Crosby, manager, sales and marketing, for Crowley’s solutions group. “During this drill, we were able to demonstrate yet another feature of these ocean class tugs – tug holding position during stand by operations. These four tugs have repeatedly performed to the expectations of their build including salvage, heavy-lift barge towing, ocean towing and positioning of offshore structures, and standby and response in the Gulf of Mexico during Loop Current features and hurricane contingency planning.”

Crowley’s ocean class tugs are modern ocean towing twin-screw vessels with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) in nozzles, high-lift rudders and more than 147 MT bollard pull. The first two ocean class vessels, the Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, are classed as Dynamic Positioning 1 (DP1) tugboats and are twin-screw tugs with an overall length of 146 ft., beam of 46 ft., hull depth of 25 ft. and design draft of 21 ft. The second two tugs of the class, Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun, are classed as DP2 and are 10 feet longer. All four vessels are capable of rig moves, platform and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response, salvage support and firefighting.

crowley.com
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Expanding Operations Demand Robust Fleet Management Solution

As technology needs penetrate the growing offshore sector, Harvey Gulf will depend on Advanced Logistics’ software to support its expanding fleet deployments. When

Yamal, the Future of Russian Gas Industry

Yamal is seen as the future of the Russian gas industry Development of an unparalleled gas production center is well underway in Yamal, in harsh Arctic latitudes.

BW Offshore Lands FPSO Contract Extension

BW Offshore has received a one year contract extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Umuroa operating on the Umuroa field offshore New Zealand for AWE.

Workboats

FMT Embraces Electronic Records Management

After Testing Records Technology Waters, Tug and Barge Company Jumps In. Shortly after Florida Marine Transporters CIO Don Carlton installed an electronic records

New Generation SSAV Delivered to PACC Offshore

POSH Xanadu, the first of a new generation of DP3 Semisubmersible Accommodation Vessels (SSAV) for PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH), was delivered to Singapore on December 22,

Nakilat to Build 11 Tugs for New Doha Port

Qatar’s New Port Project (NPP) has signed an agreement with Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) to construct 11 workboats for use at the port. HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada,

Energy

Es Sider Port Oil Tanks On Fire

A fire at an oil storage tank at Libya's Es Sider oil port has spread to two more tanks, officials said on Friday. The first oil tank was hit during clashes

Oil slides, Brent tests $60

Global oil markets fell again on Wednesday in holiday-thin trade, extending more than a week of see-saw volatility as traders jousted over whether a growing supply glut had been fully priced in.

MOL Seals Shipping Deal with Reliance

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) and Reliance entered into a strategic association for transportation of Liquefied Ethane from United States to India.

News

Es Sider Port Oil Tanks On Fire

A fire at an oil storage tank at Libya's Es Sider oil port has spread to two more tanks, officials said on Friday. The first oil tank was hit during clashes

Oil slides, Brent tests $60

Global oil markets fell again on Wednesday in holiday-thin trade, extending more than a week of see-saw volatility as traders jousted over whether a growing supply glut had been fully priced in.

USCG Rescues Man Stranded in Bahamas

A man who was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for five days is safe after the Coast Guard rescued him Thursday afternoon. Rescued was Andrew Black, Bahamian national, 55-years old.

Maritime Safety

USCG Rescues Man Stranded in Bahamas

A man who was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for five days is safe after the Coast Guard rescued him Thursday afternoon. Rescued was Andrew Black, Bahamian national, 55-years old.

WESMAR Bow Thruster Integrate Safety

“The WESMAR thruster works really well. It turns the boat on a dime,” says Wylie Sacks of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who with his son, ‘Vinnie,’ a 100-ton licensed captain,

USCG Respond to Ohio River Barge Collision

The Coast Guard is responding to a barge collision on the Ohio River near Joppa, Illinois, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders were notified

Offshore Energy

Yamal, the Future of Russian Gas Industry

Yamal is seen as the future of the Russian gas industry Development of an unparalleled gas production center is well underway in Yamal, in harsh Arctic latitudes.

BW Offshore Lands FPSO Contract Extension

BW Offshore has received a one year contract extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Umuroa operating on the Umuroa field offshore New Zealand for AWE.

Teekay Petrojarl Contracts Damen for FPSO Upgrade

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), has been awarded an EPC contract by Petrojarl I LLC for the upgrade of its FPSO Petrojarl I.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.2582 sec (4 req/sec)