Wednesday, August 16 2000

Ceiba Field FPSO christened in Singapore
Triton Energy Limited and Bergesen DY Offshore AS of Oslo, Norway, today christened the Sendje Berge, the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) that will be the cornerstone of Triton's initial development of the Ceiba Field offshore the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Triton and Bergesen held the christening ceremony at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, where the Sendje Berge, a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier), has been life extended and converted to an FPSO. Triton chose an FPSO-based development concept for the Ceiba Field to provide early production and flexibility to cost effectively increase future production capacity.

Triton is leasing the Sendje Berge from Bergesen under a multi-year contract. Following completion of the conversion, expected in September, the Sendje Berge will sail for Equatorial Guinea, where it is scheduled to begin oil production by year-end.

The Sendje Berge is a 275,000 dwt steam tanker. The vessel measures approximately 350 meters (1,150 feet) in length and 52 meters (170 feet) in width. The vessel's crude oil storage capacity is 2 million barrels.

ABB Offshore Systems fabricated the initial oil and gas processing facility of the Sendje Berge, which will provide onboard processing capacity of 60,000 barrels per day (bpd). The conversion provides for field addition of production modules up to a combined capacity of 240,000 bpd, should future field appraisal warrant, and, if needed, the addition of water and gas injection facilities.

The Cameron Division of Cooper Cameron Corporation is providing subsea systems and equipment in the Ceiba Field including wellheads, subsea production trees, pipeline end manifolds, and subsea and surface-installed production control systems for four wells. Cameron's SpoolTree(TM) Subsea Christmas Tree System will be utilized for 5 1/2-inch tubing completions.

Stolt Offshore Services, S.A. is supplying and installing flowlines, risers and control umbilicals (provided by Oceaneering Multiflex) to connect each of the first four production wells in the Ceiba Field to the FPSO vessel and a riser support structure. The scope includes approximately 60 kilometers (km) of 8-inch insulated steel flowlines, 2.8 km of flexible risers and 30 km of control umbilicals. Equipment has been sized as a result of flow assurance work, full-field development considerations and to facilitate hookup of additional wells. Each well will have two flowlines for production and operational flexibility.

Ceiba Oil Field

Recent activity in the Ceiba Field includes the completion of the Ceiba-4 well by the Sedco 700 semisubmersible rig. The Sedco 700 will next complete the Ceiba-2 well, followed by the Ceiba-3 and Ceiba-1 wells. All of the wells will then be ready for hookup to the field's early production system.

The R. F. Bauer drillship is expected to begin drilling the Ceiba-6 well, a significant step-out, by the end of August. The well, which will be located approximately 2.5 miles south of the Ceiba-4 well, has been designed to delineate the southeastern extent of the main field and to test the potential of laminated sands and other secondary reservoirs. The well is expected to provide key geologic information, allowing refinement of the field model and drainage plan. The drillship currently is undertaking preliminary completion work on Ceiba-1. After drilling Ceiba-6, the Company plans to drill up to six exploration wells.

Triton announced its Ceiba Field discovery on October 6, 1999, following drilling and testing of the Ceiba-1 discovery well. Triton has drilled five successful wells in the field, most recently the Ceiba-5 appraisal well, which confirmed the primary oil pool found in the four previous wells and encountered a previously unseen deeper pool with an additional high-quality reservoir.

The Ceiba Field is in Block G off the continental coast of Equatorial Guinea. Triton has an 85% working interest in and is the operator of Block G and the adjacent Block F, which together encompass an area of approximately 1.3 million acres. The blocks are located in the Rio Muni Basin, 150 miles south of the country's capital, Malabo, and off the shore of the city of Bata. Triton's partner in the blocks is Energy Africa Ltd. of South Africa, which has the remaining 15% working interest.

Rolls-Royce Marine busy in Brazil
Strengthening its position in Brazil, Rolls-Royce Marine has set up a new sales and service center in Rio de Janeiro. It has recruited Paulo Lemgruber from Interocean to be president of Rolls-Royce Marine - Commercial, Brazil. Ronaldo Melendez has been recruited from Gehr International to be commercial sales director. Other appointments are being made to strengthen the customer service center providing support to customers using Rolls-Royce gas turbines, Bergen diesel engines, Ulstein Aquamaster equipment and Kamewa thrusters.

Rolls-Royce Marine has just signed contracts for Ulstein Aquamaster propulsion systems for two coastal dredges to be built in Manaus by the Ebin Shipyard.

Rolls-Royce's plc regional director for South America, Mike Boden, said: "We now look forward to providing immediate local support to our marine and naval customers in Brazil, where we already have substantial equipment in operation for the harbour and inland workboats, offshore supply boats, offshore oil producing platforms, visiting cargo ships and a long relationship with the Brazilian Navy through providing engines for Brazilian frigates."

U.K. detains foreign-flag ships
Eight foreign ships were placed under detention in U.K. ports during July 2000 after failing port state control safety inspections, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says. They joined five ships still under detention from previous months. The rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last 12 months is 5.8%. This is a slight decrease on the 12-month rate of 5.9% to June.

The ships detained included:-

A small Belize-flag refrigerated cargo ship that was still under detention in Fraserburgh at the end of July. The main engine was inoperative, charts had not been corrected and the magnetic compass was defective. The 10 deficiencies included the funnel fire damper being inoperative, the deckhouse being holed on the aft starboard side and the lifeboat having no fuel for the engine.

A St Vincent and Grenadines-flag ro-ro cargo vessel that was also still under detention at Teesside the end of July. Twenty-one deficiencies were found, including the stern ramp door not being weathertight, the funnel fire dampers being inoperative and a fuel oil quick-closing valve being inoperative.

A Liberian-flag general cargo ship spent a day under detention in Falmouth. Despite being about to depart from dry-docking after an extensive refit, her lifeboat davits were in a dangerous condition. The davits were badly corroded and the falls were not adequately attached.

A list of foreign-flag ships detained following inspections by surveyors from the MCA is published monthly and is also placed on the Internet at:


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