Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

Stim vessel concept

June 21, 2007

Elliot Bay designs stim vessel for ONGC

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India has contracted with Elliott Bay Design Group, Seattle, Wash., to provide consultancy for the design, construction and delivery of a 110 m x 19 m x 9.25 m well stimulation vessel.

The function of the vessel is to provide well stimulation services in open ocean environments, primarily in the Arabian Sea offshore India.

The overriding requirement is for a ship which can perform advanced offshore well stimulation operations while under redundant Dynamic Positioning (DP Class 2) functions within international regulations, International Association of Classification Society, Indian Registry of Shipping and Directorate of General Shipping certification.

The vessel is to be equipped for high pressure pumping operations and storage facilities with various blends of chemicals including sand, flow back facility and burner boom, and will feature a helicopter deck and three cranes.

EBDG has completed the concept design and currently is preparing the preliminary design. Contract design completion is scheduled for late summer 2007.