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.