A nice little anecdote from the float out:
When the skirt was pressurised to lift the structure off the blocks everybody in the management and MWS team was in a darkened control room at the yard watching instruments to tell us when and how it would float, with the normal joke about; “Do you think it’ll float” and “Everybody know that concrete don’t float” was bandied about.
As the sensors confirmed that it was afloat and accurate draft readings in mm. came in the Construction Engineer, who were probably the only one that really understood the entire process, made his calculations and announced the actual weight. I can’t remember the exact number, but is was something around 220,000 m.t., which was abt. 1200 m.t. below the anticipated weight, based on records kept during construction.
The immediate question was; what happened to all that steel and concrete that was missing?"
One suggestion was that there were probably a lot of new garages built around Stavanger.
The first oil field remotely controlled from acontrol room ashore has been in operation for one year:
Island Offshore has sold out controlling interest in Island Offshore Subsea, (a subsidiary) to Technip FMC, who now run the operation of the well intervention vessels.
They want to change the conditions for the employees from that of offshore drilling to industrial workers.
The 42 people affected are prepared to loos their jobs rather than accepting lesser conditions.
To go from 2 weeks on/4 weeks off to even time is the main but not only dispute:
AUV perform pipeline inspection in autonomous mode and with supervision/control from shore: