Brought into service in mid-2006, the 265 x 58 x 18.5-ft. multipurpose DSV Harvey Discovery awaits orders while a Port Fourchon native frolics off the bow. (Photo: Don Sutherland.) tionship. Harvey's Capt. Jake Stahl characterizes the relationship as more of a collaboration, with a sense of everyone building the boats together. "Jules would visit the yard periodically, to see if there might have been anything we missed, or something recent experience taught us we could do better. Anything we learned from the first boat, we'd incorporate in the second. We were willing to pay for any changes, particularly if they had to do with safety." The easy relationship with Eastern Shipbuilding allowed for captains and engineers to get aboard "six months before the boats were launched, and begin their familiarization. So they could know their vessels the first day they went to work." With so much care and communication and attention to detail built-in and ongoing, Mr. Guidry today describes the boats as "RollsRoyces." Safe & Hospitable "Considerations for vessel design," agrees Mr. Schubert, "started with creating a safe and hospitable workplace to operate in the marine oilfield environment, and progressed to a platform that enables these vessels to efficiently and safely transport maximum cargo volume and weight in minimum port facility water depths. The vessels' final evolution combines these attributes with electronic and mechanical innovations such as redundant dynamic positioning systems or DP-2, and an automated cargo discharge system which operates from the pilothouse, controlling liquid mud, dry bulk, diesel fuel, potable and drill water cargo." A computerized tank level indicating system, with printout and e-mail capability, monitors the liquid mud, fuel, drill and ballast water tanks. The system is interfaced with a vessel stability program from which all cargo, including deck cargo, as well as loading, transport and discharge stability, can be monitored with maximum regard to vessel stability and trim. Mr. Schubert drew upon his 42 years of marine operations experience, including 30 as a marine surveyor to the oilfield industry, invoking the knowledge of "every mistake" that Mr. Guidry spoke of. Mr. Schubert's company has "investigated the root causes of well over 10,000 individual marine accidents" including fires, explosions, sinkings, collisions, slip/trip fall accidents, materials failures, mechanical and electrical failures, deficiencies in construction or lighting, and a list of additional factors that make for a safe or unsafe ship. "Our initial interior and exterior lighting plan was all Coast Guard and ABS approved," said Mr. Schubert, "but we ended-up doubling our interior lighting and increasing exterior lighting by 50 percent. If you can see something you won't fall over it, and if you can see that it's broken you can fix it." It's been noted before that the cost of just about everything has gone up on the oil patch, partly due to last year's hurricanes and partly due to the economics of deepwater exploration. Anything that helps a vessel economize becomes a plus, and the integrated fuel management system in the Harvey boats works toward that Capt. Rigobert Falgout of the Harvey Gulf tug Invader works the aft control station during the tow of a jack-up rig on the GOM. (Photo: Don Sutherland.) 20 · MarineNews · December, 2006
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