Second deepwater spill containment vessel heads to GoM

Offshore staff

DUBAI, UAE – Drydocks World has delivered Eagle Louisiana, the second of two modular capture vessels (MCV) for spill containment operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The shipyard converted the AFRAmax tanker for Singapore-based AET, which has a 20-year agreement with Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC) for operation of Eagle Louisiana and Eagle Texas, which was delivered earlier.

MWCC members are Anadarko, Apache, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hess, Shell, and Statoil. The MCVs will operate as normal tankers, but will also be outfitted and deployed for containment services in the event of a deepwater well control incident in the GoM.

Both vessels have 700,000 bbl of liquid storage capacity, and can process, store, and offload the liquids to shuttle tankers. Their process equipment will separate the liquids from gas, safely store them, and flare the gas. Liquids will then be offloaded to shuttle tankers which will transport the liquids to shore.

H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World, said: “A newly-fabricated subsea containment assembly will attach to risers and other containment equipment to direct the flow of fluids to the MCVs for processing and storage.”

The shipyard’s work scope included installing four retractable azimuth thrusters, one tunnel bow thruster, new machinery spaces, diesel generator sets and associated tanks, auxiliaries, switchboards, and electrical distribution equipment.

The main engine was modified for controllable pitch propeller (CPP) operation and a control system was added for dynamic positioning, power management, and equipment monitoring. Structural support stools and foundations were added for future installation of topsides processing modules, a turret, flare tower, communications equipment, control facilities, and other items.  

Additionally, the ship’s systems were modified to provide services to topsides processing equipment, along with hydraulic systems for the CPP, thrusters, cargo valve control and fire pumps. A new main deck central pipe rack was fabricated and piping was installed to support topsides processing equipment.

Drydocks World upgraded the living quarters to accommodate more than 65 personnel, and performed mechanical completion, pre-commissioning, commissioning, testing and sea trials of the converted vessel.


Eagle Louisiana
(Photo courtesy Drydocks World)

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