Daily Archives: May 3, 2012
The next-generation simulator from Kongsberg Maritime will be used to provide integrated, real-time training for Superior’s offshore marine personnel at its new facility in Anchorage, Alaska. Under the terms of the contract, signed September 2011, Kongsberg Maritime supplied Superior Energy Marine Technical Services with a full mission trainer in support of critical operations including ship bridge maneuvering and navigation, anchor handling, ROV operations, crane operations, process control, containment, and controlled pumping and flaring of hydrocarbons.
The system supports the full spectrum of offshore Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) activities in support of developing best practices for both surface and sub-sea marine practices – all conducted in real time and in the safety of a simulated environment. The simulator features two full offshore service vessel bridges, with 360 degree field of view, an offshore crane simulator, supplied by KONGSBERG company, GlobalSim, a DeepWorks ROV simulator, supplied to KONGSBERG by Fugro Subsea Services Ltd and a separate Process Simulator, for operator training and control system checkout in addition to multiphase flow simulation, supplied by Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies.
Superior’s working relationship with Shell Offshore was a primary motivator in establishing this state-of-the-art facility. Superior is committed to achieving a safe work environment and these core objectives were incorporated in the system design: “At Superior Energy Services, we believe in ensuring our people are as prepared and properly trained as possible. It makes sense from a safety perspective, from an environmental perspective and from a business perspective – it is simply the right thing to do,” said Captain Scott Powell.
“Partnering with Kongsberg Maritime provided a depth of engineering capability that allowed us to mirror a physical model-based simulation solution. This is the closest we can come to creating realistic scenarios without facing these circumstances first hand. Our people will be the best prepared in the industry and will have full confidence in the critical skills they will learn with this state-of-the-art simulator. This multi-team training capability will have a net positive effect on our preparedness and our commitment to health, safety and the environment,” continues Powell.
The KONGSBERG Offshore Vessel Simulator allows companies to train employees for the highly technical and often hazardous operations they will encounter in the offshore environment. Kongsberg Maritime simulators are designed to provide realistic scenarios for a wide variety of environmental applications.
- USA: SEACOR Buys 18 Liftboats from Superior (mb50.wordpress.com)
- USA: ABS to Class Unique Arctic Containment System (mb50.wordpress.com)
- Swiber Lands Offshore Construction Job in Gulf of Mexico (mb50.wordpress.com)
03 May 2012 10:40 GMT Bill Lehane
Preparations to bring the Mustang Island 818-L field back into production have been thrown off course after a lift-boat due to work on the project crashed during another job.
Silvermere Energy chief executive Andy Morrison admitted the delay was “unfortunate and frustrating” for the US-focused junior, which is partnered with operator Dominion Production in the development.
Morrison stressed the incident did not directly impact the AIM-listed outfit or its Kleberg County partner financially, since the boat was not on contract to Dominion at the time of the accident.
The collision tore a three-foot hole in the vessel’s hull, causing it to take on large amounts of water and lose engine power.
It is thought the boat will now be out of action for at least two months.
The incident is now under investigation by the US Coast Guard, with the vessel having been towed to Cameron, Louisiana for inspection.
Laredo, the contractor to Dominion, is attempting to source an alternative vessel.
The field’s I-1 well, which was acquired by Silvermere Energy from Core Oil & Gas, previously enjoyed 15 years of production between 1980 and 1995 before being shut down for economic reasons.
The junior had initially hoped to restart production by the end of last year.
Posted by Doug Tjaden
In 2011, Utah was the first state in over 80 years to pass a law making gold and silver coin legal tender. Its passage sparked articles in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and a host of major internet news sources. After decades of obscurity, Utah’s historic measure put sound money back on the map. Not satisfied to rest on their laurels, Utah passed a companion bill in the 2012 session, and it was signed by Governor Herbert.
The bill clarifies several tax measures and more importantly, expands the available specie to include gold and silver coin approved by the state.
Gold or silver coin or bullion, other than gold or silver coin that is issued by the United States, is considered to be specie legal tender and is legal tender in the state if:
(a) a court of competent jurisdiction issues a final, unappealable judgment or order determining that the state may recognize the gold or silver coin or bullion, other than gold or silver coin that is issued by the United States, as legal tender in the state; or
(b) congress enacts legislation that: (i) expressly provides that the gold or silver coin or bullion, other than gold or silver coin that is issued by the United States, is legal tender in the state; or (ii) expressly allows the state to recognize the gold or silver coin or bullion, other than gold or silver coin that is issued by the United States, as legal tender in the state.
By allowing additional specie to be used as legal tender, the Utah legislature has freed its citizens from potential supply constraints imposed by the use of only United States minted gold and silver coin. More importantly, the people of the state of Utah now define what specie is considered constitutional tender, further distancing themselves from potential control of their competing currency by Washington D.C.
Many who subscribe to Austrian economic theory applaud Utah’s leadership. They clearly see a sovereign debt crisis looming on the not-too-distant horizon and understand the importance of having in place a hard currency system to fall back on. Choice and competition in currency has never been more important in this nation. Well done Utah. Keep up the great work. The rest of the nation may soon thank you.
Doug Tjaden is in Strategic Business Development at SilverSaver.com by Mass Metal LLC. He is an avid proponent of helping states re-institute sound money through education and networking. Doug is also an author, pastor and father of five and is a speaker on economics, politics and religion. He is passionate about helping people understand history, and how it can help us identify trends in place which will soon affect our lives.
- Dr. Edwin Vieira, you should know better about what the U.S. Constitution says about legal tender (fauxcapitalist.com)
- The distinction between legal tender for payment of debts and payment for goods and services (fauxcapitalist.com)
- States To Use Gold and Silver as Legal Tender (activistpost.com)
- U.S. Mint to Produce Five-ounce Silver Bullion Coins (prweb.com)
- Sound Money Takes Hold in Utah, Missouri and South Carolina (wealthwire.com)
- House panel OKs gold, silver as legal tender – State & Regional – TheState.com (goldkingint.wordpress.com)
- Utah & South Carolina Legalizes Gold, Silver Coins As Currency (goldkingint.wordpress.com)
- Why is the cost of some silver more than others? (goldkingint.wordpress.com)
- South Carolina Approves Gold and Silver as Money (postamericana.wordpress.com)