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    Ship delivery specialists complete record transport with FPSO

    Projects and Operations // June 5, 2000
    CUSW Shipping Ltd of Newfoundland, a joint venture of Dutch ship delivery specialists Wijsmuller, Canship Ugland Shipping Ltd of Newfoundland, Canada and their subcontractor SmitWijs, has completed delivery of the Terra Nova Floating, Production, Storageand Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Bull Arm in Canada.The 960,000 barrel capacity vessel which has a maximum offloading rate of 8,000m3 per hour was taken from South Korea to Newfoundland in record time, driven by its twin auxiliary diesel generators, whilst simultaneously being towed.The Terra Nova FPSO was built at Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd in Okpo, Korea.For the 12,000-mile voyage to Bull Arm, Daewoo Heavy Industries and the Terra Nova Alliance chose the most efficient and secure means of delivery - transportation under the FPSO's own power, with the ocean-going tug Wolraad Woltemade as 'tow assistant' for the journey.CUSW Shipping says the Terra Nova FPSO could have made an average speed of up to 8kt sailing by herself, compared to approximately 4-5kt for a traditional wet tow, but the use of the tug made the voyage that much quicker, with speeds on the voyage approaching 10kt at times.Escort tugs were used during the passage through the congested waters of the Singapore and Malacca straits and in the Suez Canal. For the remainder of the voyage, the 292m FPSO sailed under its own power with the tug Wolraad Woltemade providing the extrapull.The Terra Nova FPSO arrived in Bull Arm on May 12, well within schedule to undergo hook-up and commissioning prior to start operations for Petro-Canada at the Terra Nova oil field.

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