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Big Supply Vessel 'Nicor Sailor'
Converted By Eastern Marine
The Nicor Sailor (ex-Acadian Sai- lor) is now one of the largest-capac- ity supply boats in the Gulf of Mexi- co. This Nicor Marine vessel (shown above), which suffered an on-board fire in the Gulf in April 1984, has been completely rebuilt for a new assignment—to haul supplies for drilling operators exploring for oil and gas in deepwater Gulf tracts.
The new Sailor, rebuilt by East- ern Marine, Inc. of Panama City,
Fla., boasts features demanded most for deepwater supply work—a silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) diesel-electric propulsion system, exceptional below-deck cargo capac- ities, and one of the largest open deck cargo areas available in the
Gulf today. Capacities include 6,360 cubic feet of bulk mud and cement, 2,094 barrels of liquid mud, 148,004 gallons of fuel oil, 6,879 barrels of drill water, 44,760 gallons of potable water, and 800 long tons of deck car- go.
The rebuilt vessel has an overall length of 217 feet, beam of 44 feet, draft of 13.5 feet, and can accommo- date a crew of 23. The clear deck measures 146 by 36 feet.
Since its founding in 1976, East- ern Marine has built a reputation as one of the industry's most respected shipbuilders. "The high quality of workmanship displayed at Eastern
Marine resulted in our taking de- livery of a vessel clearly superior to the Sailor when newly built, "said
Glen Fornell, Nicor Marine presi- dent.
Despite the complexities of the extensive rebuilding job, the ship- yard delivered the Sailor on sched- ule. The seven-month project in- cluded rebuilding the engine and
SCR control rooms; replacing all equipment and fixtures in the gal- ley, staterooms, and common areas, as well as all bridge electronic equipment and fixtures; refurbish- ing auxiliary equipment, pumps, and motors; and reconfiguring the vessel for offshore supply service with wood decking on the main deck, cargo rails, and refurbished bulk mud system.
Eastern Marine also installed a fixed Halon fire-fighting system for machinery spaces, and four large- capacity, liquid-mud tanks and re- lated pumping equipment. All main diesel generator sets were replaced or rebuilt.
The Nicor Sailor has been com- pletely recertified by the U.S. Coast
Guard and the American Bureau of
President Of BP Alaska
BP Alaska Exploration Inc. has announced the appointment of Dr.
Chris S. Gibson-Smith as presi- dent. The company, headquartered in San Francisco, is a subsidiary of
BP North America Inc., with re- sponsibility for oil exploration and production in the U.S.
Dr. Gibson-Smith's most recent assignment was a chief geologist (worldwide) for British Petroleum.
Immediately prior to his appoint- ment as president of BPAE, he was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford
Graduate School of Business.
He joined BP in 1970 as a geolo- gist. His experience includes explo- ration assignments in the North
Sea, South America, the Canadian
East Coast and Arctic Regions, and a three-year assignment in the U.S.
Gulf Coast. As president of BPAE, he succeeds John R. Grundon, who has returned to the British
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