Subsea Seven: Demobilization and Mobilization

In December 2018, Subsea 7 vessel, Seven Arctic, arrived back at Theodore Industrial Port. Core industries demobilized several offshore project cargo items from the Hess Stampede project and mobilized cargo items onto the vessel for Shell’s Appomattox project.

The Stampede deepwater oil and gas field is one of the largest undeveloped fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Discovered in 2005, Stampede is located 115 miles south of Fourchon, LA., in the Gulf of Mexico. The Appomattox is Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico located 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Technip PDVSA Reel Load Out

Technip, who is a global leader in the oil and gas industry, hired CORE to load out 5 reels and many other items to an ocean going barge - San Miguel in July 2016 - August 2016. Due to Technip’s long term relationship and proximity to CORE industries, on July 18, 2016, CORE began working in conjunction with Technip and assisting them with multiple job testing equipment pieces for load out. Once the items had been tested, the inland barge had been discharged and the ocean going barge arrived, CORE began the load out and preparation for the barge going to Venezuela. CORE loaded 5 reels along with multiple other items onto the barge. The reels weighed approximately 117.35 tons, 108.85 tons, 136.9 tons, 158.7, and 150.05 tons.

CORE provided the necessary manpower and shore side services to assist in the successful work. CORE also provided welders, cranes, riggers, day and night shifts and other services. Work continued until August 5, 2016 when the offshore barge sailed to Trinidad.

Refurbishment of Technip’s Flagship Vessel — The Deep Blue

Technip is a global leader in oil and gas projects, technologies, systems and services. Technip partnered with Core to prep its flagship vessel, The Deep Blue, for refurbishment in July 2016. The Deep Blue is one of the most advanced pipelay and construction vessels in the subsea industry. As part of refurbishment, the Deep Blue required specialized care and support to deconstruct certain equipment and perform maintenance and repairs.

This vessel has an aligner wheel, for coiling and uncoiling pipe and umbilicals, installed approximately 300 feet above its top deck. Core’s experienced staff were contracted to plan and execute the removal of this aligner wheel and its attachments for refurbishment. To accomplish this, we reconfigured our Heavy-Lift Manitowoc Crane. What made this lift especially unique was the need to lift the wheel vertically but place it horizontally onshore. Because of the complexity of this project, it took nearly two days, two cranes and about 15 people to complete.

Once deconstructed and offloaded to our facility, our team then assisted in metal refurbishment, welding on the aligner wheel as well as maintenance/repair to the bearings and other wheel internals, and blasting and repainting of the entire wheel. In conjunction with this work, we also removed lattice frames and several other pieces of equipment for refurbishment. While this work was being conducted, the ship was sent for full refurbishment at a shipyard. Once all work was complete, Core reinstalled and reconfigured the aligner wheel and other equipment onto the Deep Blue.

Mobilization of Heerema’s New DCV Aegir

In March 2014, Core served as a shore base for Hereema Marine Contractors and their newest vessel — the deepwater construction vessel (DCV) Aegir. This was the Aegir’s first port call in the U.S. on its maiden voyage from the Netherlands. It was designed for use on complex oil and gas infrastructure and pipeline projects in ultra-deep water. Core’s team supported demobilization and storage of heavy reels and other project equipment.

The Aegir was at port for two weeks while Core provided assistance for remote operated vessels as well as welding. This particular vessel can be configured to support various types of projects, such as laying umbilicals and collecting umbilicals. Our team provided support for demobilizing equipment that was not necessary for the Aegir’s next assignment using our heavy-lift capabilities and supported configuration of the vessel once that equipment was offloaded and stored.

Core is equipped with the facilities and space to store equipment, long-term or short-term, while providing preservation and maintenance. The Aegir redocked in fall 2014 after deployment to the Gulf of Mexico. Core assisted Heerema in reloading the stored equipment back onto the vessel.  

The Aegir will be returning to Core’s private port facility in 2017.

Hornbeck Offshore

In April 2016, the Core team brought the second of four MacGregor cranes associated with the Hornbeck MacGregor Crane Project out of long-term, off-berth storage. The crane was moved to the dock using 44 lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs). Core’s heavy-lift crane was used to load and install the 550-ton crane onto the Woodland HOS, one of Hornbeck’s newly built offshore service vessels.

Subsea 7 Murphy Dalmation Project

Core also completed the heavy-lift services required for Subsea 7’s Murphy Dalmation Project in February 2016. Several umbilical reels were loaded onto Subsea 7 vessels for transport to an oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.