Sunday, December 24, 2006

Holiday Cheer

I haven't been in much in the last few months as work has been beastly.

However, I would like to wish everyone a good Christmas Holiday and a better New Year.

My thoughts go out to those who are away from their families, working in the marine industry.
I hope the day is a flat calm for you all.

Cheers and Regards to all.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Semi Submersible becomes Fully Submersible

Received by Email from sources, with picture. Thanks....

"Yesterday the carrier vessel that had recently arrived off Luanda with the Global Sante Fe Drill Rig "Aleutian Key", moved to deeper water to ballast down and float the Key and in approximately 18 metres of water the operation began.

Unfortunately the operation could not be stopped once started and the carrier vessel now lies at the bottom of the sea.

No need for ROV assistance to locate the vessel as the top of the crane
can be seen protruding from the surface."

The press release goes like this...

On the morning of December 6, 2006, the semisubmersible vessel Mighty Servant 3 developed a list and sank after the offloading of the drilling rig, GSF Aleutian Key. The vessel is resting at the sea bottom in approximately 62 meters of water. The drilling rig did not sustain any damage and is underway to its drilling location.

All of the 21 crew of the vessel have been taken off the vessel and are on their way to the Port of Luanda on board of one of the supporting vessels on stand by during the offloading. The 83 crew of the drilling rig were all safely on board of the drilling platform at the moment of the incident.

The vessel is approximately one mile off the North Angolan coast and very close to the entrance of the port of Luanda. Local authorities have been informed and are assisting in the response effort.

The cause of the incident is not known at this time, but is being investigated.

The 27,720 dwt. vessel is Dutch flagged and sails with a combination of Dutch and Filipino crew. Families of the crew members have been informed. Crew members will be repatriated to their home destinations as soon as possible.

The Mighty Servant 3 has an open deck of 40 metres wide and 140 metres long. The vessel can move cargoes weighing up to 25,000 tons.

Mighty Servant 3 is equipped with a counter weight system enabling use of the ship's horizontal semisubmersible capabilities without using the aft buoyancy casings. The Mighty Servant 3 is capable of loading/discharging floating cargoes overhanging all three sides of the 40 meter-wide cargo deck.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Fresh from a battle with a Beatle, Danny Williams offers BC advice

B.C.'s offshore resources would 'transform' province
The benefits would be enormous, chamber lunch told
Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, November 28, 2006

British Columbia's vast offshore oil and natural gas resources should be recognized and developed as one of Canada's best opportunities for economic growth, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams told a receptive audience at a B.C. Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday.

Williams, one-time president of an offshore oil and gas company working off Canada's fossil-fuel-rich east coast, said it would be easy to adopt a pessimistic attitude and shy away from the rich opportunity off B.C.'s coast.

But he said the opportunities are too great to ignore, and that the industry can develop in a way that will minimize adverse environmental impacts.

Williams said Newfoundland's three offshore oil and gas projects, coupled with resource developments such as the Voisey Bay nickel deposit, have given the province the strongest rate of economic growth in Canada.

B.C. can expect the same, Williams suggested.

"It would completely transform what is already a very, very beautiful province," he said.

At peak production, the three Newfoundland projects will account for almost 50 per cent of Canada's annual production of light crude oil -- and further reserves showing even greater potential have been estimated.

"Newfoundland and Labrador has sometimes been described disparagingly as the poor cousin of Confederation -- as defeatists who do not want to know, or do not know, how to take care of themselves," Williams said.

"The unemployment rate in 2006 is the lowest it has been in 25 years. Since 1996, the average annual labour force has grown by nine per cent. In 2006, personal income will grow by four per cent."

B.C.'s offshore oil and gas resources are believed to be the largest of any single North American jurisdiction. They have been locked up under a federal moratorium for more than 30 years, although the provincial government is eager to see Ottawa lift its ban on exploration and development.

Paraphrasing Winston Churchill, Williams said, "It's easy to be very pessimistic, and I can give you five reasons to say why not."

But he said there are "ways of doing it responsibly.

"The benefits that could come back to British Columbia ... would be enormous," Williams added.

He noted that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has expressed a desire to make Canada into an international "energy powerhouse" and said development of the B.C. offshore, coupled with expanded activity in his own province, would help accomplish that vision.

"The implications are huge, the energy implications for this country," Williams said. "We have a responsibility as provinces and as a country to seize this great opportunity, and we are going to be world leaders here. We think British Columbia is a great opportunity."

Last week, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell mentioned during a question-and-answer session with a business audience in Hong Kong that exploration could be underway within two to three years.

Over the past two years since a federal government panel declined to offer a definitive verdict on the merits of the moratorium, the provincial government has been working at a grassroots level, with first nations and coastal communities, to make an economic case for commencing exploration.

Williams urged the chamber, one of the industry's strongest proponents in B.C., to "keep the attention level up."

"Your premier is basically indicating that he wants this advanced ... within the next three or four years. You need to work with those that are confident, but you also need to educate those that are negative so that you can show to them the benefits that will come."

Chamber president John Winter described Williams's speech as "some words of wisdom from people who've done it.

"The thing about the offshore industry around the world is that every location is unique in its own ability to get it done, but the results, the benefits, are the same for everybody who's in the business.

"As long as you can negotiate the best kind of economic deal and look after the environment at the same time. Anybody who has seen the North Atlantic knows that if you can overcome those obstacles, I don't think the ones presented here are any more formidable."

ssimpson@png.canwest.com