2001 Maritime

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August 14, 2001

Diamond Offshore increases scope of FirstWave job
Houston-Galveston area ship repairer FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding says it has been notified of a major increase in scope to the contract for maintenance and modifications to the "Ocean Summit," a jackup drilling rig owned by Diamond Offshore (USA) Company. The "Ocean Summit" arrived at the East Pelican Island facility in mid June for maintenance including steel replacement in the preload tanks, drillwater tanks and mud pits. The work scope included conversion and renovation of additional crew quarters as well as fabrication and installation of a new emergency generator house, fuel oil day tank and crane pedestal and installation of a new crane. In addition, the rig was drydocked for inspection and necessary repairs to the spud cans.

The additional scope now includes the blasting and painting of all of the preload tanks and drill water tanks. It is expected that the rig will remain at First Wave's East Pelican Island facility for the modifications through the first week of September.

Frontline tests emission reduction technology
Just because George W. won't sign off onit, the Kyoto protocol isn't going to go away. Neither is the Gothenburg protocol of the UN-ECE convention dealing with pollution occurring across national borders.

Tanker giant Frontline AS has been working with a Norwegian company, Venturie AS, to find a solution to the emission problems related to the transportation of crude oil.

It has been testing a Venturie unit in the cargo tanks of its tanker Front Granite. There are plans to commercialize the unit now being tested and bring it to market early in 2002. So, while the information released thus far by Frontline includes some diagrams, it seems deliberately vague about the exact way it works.

The bottom line appears to be that tests in the Front Granite showed that pressure was reduced in a tank fitted with the system compared to pressure in a control tank. The fact that pressure in the tank fitted with the equipment is not increasing, indicates that VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) are being absorbed, not emitted. Besides avoiding pollution of the atmosphere, this yields the bonus that valuable lighter components remain in the oil when it is unloaded.