SubSea Seven: Seven Arctic

In October 2018 Subsea 7 vessel, Seven Arctic, came to Core Industries private port facilities in Theodore, AL. While the Seven Artic was at port, Core demobilized several offshore project cargo items from the Murphy Dalmatian Project and then mobilized additional items onto the vessel for the Appomattox Project. These items were oil field related with both the Appomattox Project and the Murphy Dalmatian Project. The Appomattox project is Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico while the Dalmatian South flow line is the deepest reeled pipe-in-pipe installed by Subsea 7 to date.


Shell Offshore Inc. Loadout: Shell Stones

Shell Offshore Inc’s (Shell), Stones project is the world’s deepest oil and gas project, operating in around 2,900 metres (9,500 feet) of water in an ultra-deep area of the US Gulf of Mexico. The project started production in September 2016 from a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility called the Turritella. The Turritella FPSO connects to subsea infrastructure which produces oil and gas from reservoirs nearly 30,000 feet below sea level.

In April 2018 Shell Offshore Inc offloaded several surface and subsea items components for the Stones FPSO project from a customer supplied vessel and place into storage near the dockside and into CORE facilities indoor storage facilities. In late September 2018, after the onshore scope of work was completed at Core’s dockside, it was time to load out the ALM/PD and the VFD onto barges. Prior to load out, an extensive and thorough review was conducted of all safety aspects including risk assessments, verification of qualification and certification of personnel, equipment readiness including Core’s 660 T crane, spreader bars, slings and shackles. The ALM/PD and the VFD each weighed approximately 300T. After load out to barge, sea fastening was completed, final documents were signed off by the surveyors before sail away.

Successful execution of the Shell Stones project highlighted several critical aspects – upfront project planning and execution, documentation, inventory management, offloading and staging, structural fabrication and welding, FAT/SIT testing, lift test and load out.


Yildiz Entegre: Yellow Pine Woodchips

Core industries operates one of the world’s largest bulk woodchip handling facilities for customers manufacturing pulp, paper and medium density fiberboard. In September 2018 a Yildiz Entegre woodchip vessel arrived at Theodore Industrial Port for the loading of southern yellow pine woodchips. The loading process involves large rubber tired and track dozers pushing the woodchips from storage piles into reclaim pits that transfers the woodchips onto belt conveyors and then to a traveling shiploader. The woodchips then flow through a telescoping chute which is positioned inside the vessels hold and finally onto a belt jet slinger which stows and compacts the woodchips in the woodchip carriers hold. Core loaded approximately 48,000 short tons of woodchips onto the carrier. The vessel was at port for two days before transporting the woodchips to Turkey. Core has vast knowledge in the woodchip industry which allowed them to get the job finished quickly and successfully.


Technip- Constellation Project

In January 2018 Core received 6 umbilical reels that were unloaded and stored onto Core’s dockside long term storage. In August 2018 Core loaded the umbilical reels onto a barge that were transpooled to Technip’s vessel, the Deep Blue. This was part of Anadarko’s Constellation Project located in the Gulf of Mexico. Once the reels were transpooled, the barges returned to dock where Core then unloaded the empty reels and loaded them out onto a vessel to return to France. Core Industries long term storage facilities and heavy lift capabilities made it ideal to complete this project.


PLS International

PLS International, a division of Port Blakely, supplies responsibly-sourced logs from the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. Southeast to destinations worldwide. PLS International purchases logs from Northern California to British Columbia on the west coast and throughout the U.S. Southeast for export to Japan, South Korea, China, and India. In April 2018 they hired Core industries to receive and load out southern yellow pine logs on a vessel bound for overseas market. Core constructed the plan in which they used a material handler to unload, tally and stockpile the logs and then load out the logs onto a vessel traveling to Nanao, Japan carrying 4783 tons of timber. Due to CORE’s experience in wood and exporting, Core was the perfect fit for this project.


Shell Offshore Inc.

Shell Offshore Inc. hired Core Fabrication in April 2018 to offload several surface and subsea components for the Stones FPSO project from a customer supplied vessel and place into storage near the dockside and into Core’s indoor storage facilities. Those components included a PD (Pancake Deck) shipped from Louisiana, subsea ALM (Artificial Lift Module), and a surface VFD (Variable Frequency Drive), and a BF-HPU (Barrier Fluid Hydraulic Power Units) shipped from Norway. After the offloading operation was completed, Core then performed assembly, welding, integration, NDE, coating, modifications, and lift testing of the equipment. The components weighed up to 330T.


Hornbeck Offshore

In March 2018, Hornbeck Offshore contracted Core Industries to assist and repair the heel pin area of their 250T knuckle boom crane on the HOS Warland. Two weeks after the Warland was complete, the HOS Woodland arrived for the same repairs. Core assisted in repairing and fixing the heel section of the vessels cranes. Core’s main role in this operation was using two of their own cranes, to lift the boom section of the vessels crane for 8 consecutive days while the repairs could be made. Hornbeck Offshore chose Core for this project due to the good relationship, dock capacity and heavy lift capacity Core provides.


SCB International

SCB International is a leader and innovator which has provided materials sourcing and solutions for over 30 years. SCB hired Core to offload 35,000 tons of copper slag, commonly known as “Black Beauty.” When the ship arrived at the port, the copper slag was directly offloaded by Core’s owned Piner Smag grabs (buckets) utilizing the ships cranes. The slag was discharged into hoppers, loaded into trucks and delivered to Mobile Abrasives Inc. Core provided all the necessary facilities, personnel and equipment to discharge the copper slag efficiently and economically. Once again proving Core’s ability to be a complete solutions provider to its customers.


Hess Corporation- Offloading and Storage of TSBs

In June 2017 Hess Corporation, a leading oil and gas producer, contracted Core Industries, to offload 12 TSBs (Tendon Support Buoys) arriving from the Stampede TLP project at Core’s Theodore, AL deep water port facilities for long term storage, preservation and maintenance. A 660T crane was used to offload the TSBs from the barge. Core then used SPMTs (Self-Propelled Modular Transporters) to transport the TSBs from the dock to long term storage. Each TSB is 53’6” in height, 30’8” in diameter, and 134T in weight. With Core’s experienced operations and project management personnel, heavy lift capabilities and storage facilities, the project was completed successfully.


Heerema Aegir- March 2017

Heerema Marine Contractors’ (HMC) Aegir, is a deep water vessel that made its first port call in the U.S. on its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to CORE Industries private port facility, Theodore Industrial Port, in March 2014. The Aegir returned in March 2017 when HMC commissioned CORE industries for several facility services. Those services included a detailed painting scope, several crane lifts, yard and facility shore base services, and long term storage. CORE provided all the necessary means to get the project finished successfully.

The Aegir returned in August 2017 to begin load out of the items that were previously left on site in CORE industries long term storage facility.