Smit Pioneer, the first of Smit International's new class of multipurpose offshore installation vessels, has been busy in its first few months of service. This vessel is one of four former LASH barge carriers purchased by Smit over the past two years. Three of the dock-type vessels are operating successfully in the global heavy transportation market. Smit Pioneer, however, was converted at a U.K. yard for the offshore installation and cablelay roles.
Immediately following sea trials and commissioning, Smit Pioneer sailed to Le Trait, France, last October to load for a subsea installation program in the Kuito Field, offshore Angola, under a contract won by Smit Maritime Contractors. Smit Pioneer has now commenced a 105-day charter for subsea installation work in Canadian waters. Once again, the vessel loaded at Le Trait, on the Seine, for departure to the Terra Nova Field, offshore Newfoundland. The assignment began earlier this month. The client for both Angola and Canada is Coflexip Stena Offshore. In the former case, Smit Pioneer installed flexibles in the Kuito Field, together with buoyancy tanks and counterweights required for the mid-water arches. This work was associated with the first phase of the fast-track Kuito development. The spread mobilized for the subsea works includes a 66 ft.
(20 m) diameter carousel and the Coflexip VLS (Vertical Lay System), positioned at the aft moonpool. A 20 x 20 ft. (6 x 6 m) moonpool plug was engineered, to ensure that the radius of the flexibles remained within the specified parameters. Smit Pioneer is a unique offshore installation vessel, outfitted to remain on station for extended periods. There is accommodation for a minimum of 80 persons, including 50 project personnel. Equipment includes an advanced DP system, two moonpools, a fully heave-compensated revolving crane (rated 150 tons dynamic load), an overhead crane and a Super Puma-capable helideck. The primary operational roles include the installation of moorings for FPSO's, diverless tieins, well servicing, flexlay, manifold and riser installation, ROV support and cablelay. The spread required for Terra Nova includes 12 reels, the Coflexip VLS (installed at the forward moonpool), a trencher and an ROV. The Coflexip contract is Smit's second award connected with Terra Nova — the first development in Canadian waters to require an FPSO. Smit Transport & Heavy Lift is to provide heavy lift services during the outfitting of the FPSO (a newbuild from Daewoo, Korea) at the Bull Arm facility. This program of lifts will be performed next month by Asian Hercules II (3,200 tons lift capacity) — the largest floating sheerlegs in the Smit fleet. Smit Pioneer's task is to trench and lay flexibles in the field, 350 km off St John's Newfoundland. Water depth on location is 312 ft. (95 m). Petro-Canada is the Project Operator. Drilling began in June of last year.
In recent months, an additional role has been identified for Smit Pioneer — as an all-weather surface platform for Smit's POLREC (Pollutant Recovery) system, developed to pump out oils and chemicals from wrecks. The need of an all-weather surface platform was identified following the loss of the tanker Erika off France last December. Smit used POLREC successfully in an awardwinning project to pump out Bunker C cargoes from two small tankers lost off the Korean port of Busan. In these cases, the POLREC diverless recovery system pumped the oil to a barge equipped with reception facilities.
vessels to meet newbuild standards. and use them in a pending long term contract with a large oil company to supply offshore rigs in the huge Terra Nova oil field off the east coast of Newfoundland. Secunda Marine Services Limited of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada met this challenge, and now has
with provisions of a camera at radar mast platform and a monitor in the wheelhouse in aid of safer operation with better forward visibility. Vessel Terra Nova FPSO Type FPSO Owner Terra Nova Alliance/Petro Canada Builder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Terra Nova FPSO was completed by
secured another contract from Coflexip requiring Smit Pioneer to undertake trenching and laying of flexibles at 312 ft. (95 m) depth in the Terra Nova Field, located in the grand Banks Area, 350 km off St John's, Newfoundland. During April, Smit Pioneer loaded equipment and departed for Canadian wat
a floating production system. Several months ago Petro Cana- da, the national oil company, announced a discovery at another field known as Terra Nova. In addition, there are at least seven other commercially exploitable oil fields and several more natural gas deposits that have been identified
Halifax, Nova Scotia—October 16-18 The Fourth Annual Canadian Offshore Resources Exposition and Conference (CORE) will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 16- 18, 1984 at Ocean Terminals 23, 24, 31, 32, 33, and 34, and in the Immigration Annex building, all facilities of the Port of Halifax.
October 7-9, Halifax, Nova Scotia 'Technological Advancements in Canada's Hydrocarbon Frontiers' This year's Canadian Offshore Resources Exposition (CORE) and Marine Supply Show, and its associated Conference, will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 7 to 9. The Conference, with the theme "T
A 43.5-million Canadian dollar agreement was signed recently for the purchase of an oversized Panamax floating dock for Halifax Shipyards of Nova Scotia. The new dock will be capable of handling all types and sizes of vessels up to 115,000 dwt, and when commissioned will enable Halifax Shipyards to
center of its Canadian operations – since 1997. It has been involved in every major offshore development project in Atlantic Canada to date, including Terra Nova, White Rose, and Hibernia. An important contributor to the region’s success, more than one billion barrels of oil has flowed through Technip pipe
. She said the number of icebergs Husky would deal with annually varies according to ice conditions. And Suncor, the major partner and operator of the Terra Nova field, just over 200 miles southeast of St. John’s, has an ice management program that monitors and deflects icebergs when required. Support vessels
Understanding the Bay of Fundy’s powerful tides is getting easier thanks to a new advanced sensor platform being built for the Minas Passage. Simon Melrose, the platform project manager for the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), speaking at the Nova Scotia Energy Research and Development Forum
The Foundation Company of Canada Limited, in joint venture with Skanska of Sweden, has proposed a concrete platform to Mobil Oil Canada for use in the Venture gas field off Nova Scotia. Designed for use in 22 meters (72+ feet) of water, the platform is a scaleddown version of the behemoth structures
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tion across sectors to connect local and international com- Applied research and new marine tech The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial Univer- panies in the ocean industry, its ? ve main areas of operation sity of Newfoundland, (the Marine Institute) in St John’s, being marine transportation
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