Thursday, September 20, 2000
Consortium completes Erika
CSO Constructor, the last vessel of the consortium to work on the two sections of the wreck, has completed its work after removal by the divers of all subsea structures associated to the pumping operations in 125 m of water.
The contract was awarded last April to the consortium formed by CSO International and Stolt Offshore. It called for recovery and neutralization of heavy fuel remaining in the two sections of the wreck, located about 10 km apart. The work was broken down into three main phases:
For this operation, the consortium led by CSO mobilized a team of nearly 40 people onshore and 300 professional workers offshore split between seven vessels (CSO Constructor, Seaway Kestrel, Crystal Ocean, British Shield, Anglian Duke, Melide and Zeus). Subsea operations performed by the divers from the two dynamically positioned, construction vessels (CSO Constructor and Seaway Kestrel), represented an overall 30,000 hours of saturation, of which 9,600 were actually spent under water on the two sections of the wreck. The work performed by the divers included drilling the hull and installing 64 valves to recover the Erika cargo, and installing and recovering the pumping system.
ILS introduces BidQuest
Launched as part of ILSmart.com, BidQuest employs a user-friendly, fill-in-the-blank form that allows companies to immediately advertise their parts and equipment needs, upload their bidding specifications and requirements, decide on the length of the "request for bids'' process, and select vendors in a fraction of the time the traditional RFQ process requires.
"BidQuest represents the next step in our on-going effort to provide our customers with full transaction capabilities,'' said Bruce Langsen, ILS' president.
BidQuest, says ILS, saves time and money by eliminating countless phone calls and fax queries, as buyers garner bids online. BidQuest lets parts buyers determine the length, rules and scope of the bidding process. At the same time, BidQuest provides a host of information management capabilities, enabling buyers and vendors to view a summary of their requests for proposals and bids, which are maintained in history file. Subscribers can easily generate customized reports for analysis of their purchasing activities.
Teekay Shipping wins FSO contract for
The contract is for an initial three year period, with options to extend to ten ) years.
Woodside is operator of the Legendre oilfields development 100km north west of Dampier, on behalf of joint venture partners Apache Energy Limited and Santos Limited. Under the terms of the FSO contract, Teekay Shipping will convert the 1988-built 106,700dwt Aframax tanker Pioneer Spirit to an FSO tanker ready for first oil from the Legendre fields in second quarter 2001.
"Teekay won the tender on the strength of its commercial and technical proposal,'' said Woodside's Legendre Project Manager, Duncan Clegg, on award of the contract.
Bjorn Moller, President and CEO of Teekay Shipping said: "We are delighted that Teekay has been awarded this valuable contract against some very strong competition. Offshore services is a an area of growth for the company and this latest achievement is a further example of our expanding involvement in this marketplace.''