Ideally suited to extended duration operations, company says.
Stabbert Maritime has added a multi-purpose construction vessel to its fleet.
The Ocean Intrepid barge is 381 feet in length, features DP-2 dynamic positioning, a 400T motion compensated crane, a 978 sq ft moonpool and the ability to house over 100 people working offshore for an extended period of time.
The vessel provides a large working platform for a broad range of offshore operations, and Stabbert Maritime describes it as "an extremely cost effective work platform for extended duration offshore operations."
ABB Consulting recommends that operators should make better preparations during the "lighthouse phase" to avoid cost increases when the time comes for full scale decommissioning.
On the 20th anniversary of Greenpeace’s campaign against the sinking of the Brent Spar platform, the oil and gas industry in the North Sea is still tied to a no dumping policy that makes “no scientific sense”, according to Shell’s former decommissioning manager.
Coupled with falling oil prices, decommissioning costs in the North Sea are coming up above the original budget. This puts operators with oil and gas platforms in the region, such as Shell whose Brent decommissioning project will take many years and accrue high costs, in a tight spot.