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    BMT completes design of shuttle tanker

    News // June 7, 2002
    British Maritime Technology (BMT) subsidiary BMT Designers and Planners Inc has announced the completion of a new design for a 500,000 bbl shuttle tanker for use in the Gulf of Mexico.

    With the expectation of new oil-producing Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units in the Gulf of Mexico, BMT Designers and Planners identified the need for the vessel among US tanker operators and owners. Over the next few months the design will be shown to US tanker operators and owners.

    BMT Designers and Planners faced a number of key challenges in the design process, including meeting the 12.2m (40ft) draft restrictions of Gulf coast ports. Although designed for shuttling, the vessel also had to be flexible enough to undertake work onother US shipping routes.

    John Gallagher, Managing Director of BMT Designers and Planners said: "The vessel is designed to be reliable, safe, environmentally friendly and economical to operate. We expect it will be extremely attractive given its relatively low first cost and efficient operation costs".

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