Following the unfortunate events in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010, our ability to provide emergency interventions and rapid response solutions in the case of unforeseen events has strengthened our position as a leader in offshore services.
After the storm
The events in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010 focused the world’s attention on the potential risks involved in offshore energy operations and transformed the ‘safety landscape’ by requiring those in the industry to prove their ability to produce energy safely and reliable today and in future.
Playing to our strengths
In recent years we have been called upon to provide quick and efficient emergency intervention and rapid response solutions for clients following accidents, operational incidents or structural failures. This capacity is nothing new – in fact, it forms an integral component in the SBM Offshore offer of regular inspections and comprehensive repair, maintenance and prevention services to clients.
One example from many
During routine FPSO operations an SBM Offshore client’s shuttle tanker accidentally collided with the hose reel located at the FPSO stern, damaging the offloading hose. Fortunately the hose was empty so there was no risk of a spill, but production was halted. The client’s emergency task for contacted us to provide a spare hose reel, but none was immediately available – however, our After-Sales team rose to the challenge by proposing an effective solution utilizing a full replacement offloading hose string, which we procured and delivered ahead of schedule.
We also helped our client to avoid repeat incidents by fabricating and installing a series of stern platforms, specially designed to store all hoses in a catenary when not connected to the shuttle tanker. Just three months after the incident all necessary changes and improvements were completed and production restarted.
As the offshore energy company continues to push the boundaries there is no doubt that our ability to respond swiftly to unforeseen events, including emergencies, will distinguish us a leader in our industry. We continue to develop our emergency intervention and rapid response capabilities in line with every new development.