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LAROSE Shell Oil executives got a glimpse Friday of the 360 foot icebreaker that Edison Chouest Offshore is building for the oil giant. The vessel is the biggest and one of the most advanced ever built by the south Lafourche company.
Shell execs get glimpse of 'all new' icebreaker ship design
work on it and you hear about it, but eventually you just want to come down and kick the iron, said Pete Slaiby, vice president of Shell Alaska, who was visiting the ship for the first time. The hull towered more than 30 feet above him at Chouest Shipyard North American facilities in Larose.
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goes over and above what most people do, he said. an all new design. The hull is 1.875 inches thick at its thickest point, about twice as thick as most of the other boats the company makes.
Edison Chouest spokesman Lonnie Thibodaux attributed the increase to material and equipment factors, like the price of steel.
Chouest has made three other icebreakers, also known as crunchers. Two were for the National Science Foundation, and another was the Nanuq, a cargo ship built for Shell in 2007. But, according to Chouest technical director, Gary Rook, the Nanuq was a conversion of a standard Chouest design.
The new icebreaker, known as Hull 247 until it finds a permanent name, is the largest ship Chouest has built. It has the capacity to hold 10,000 barrels of oil and can cut through one meter of ice at a speed of 5 knots. Though the season for operating in Arctic waters lasts from July to October, the ship has the capability to work in the region year round.
huge, he said, when asked about the icebreaker effect on the local economy. contract occurred during a slowdown. at work. The superstructure of the boat is being manufactured at Chouest LaShip facilities in Houma by 200 workers, and once all the parts of the boat are transported to LaShip in November, 400 employees will be on site in Houma to help assemble it.
Shell awarded the contract for the arctic supply vessel in 2009, in anticipation of recently won permits to drill off the Alaskan coast.
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The boat will stabilize oil rigs, and protect them from ice in the rough Arctic waters of the Beaufort Sea, where Shell has been granted tentative approval from the federal government to drill four exploratory wells next summer. The company is Nike Down Coat Mens still waiting to learn the fate of several other permits to drill in the Chukchi Sea.
to the Deepwater Horizon spill and subsequent moratorium on offshore drilling. But Gary Chouest, president and CEO of Edison Chouest Offshore, argued that Gulf coast industries stand to gain from drilling in the Arctic.
The project had an original estimated cost of $150 million, but Chouest said on Saturday that the total had climbed to $200 million. Nike Dri Fit Tank Top Mens
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