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OIL PRODUCTION VESSEL HEADS TO TYNE17 Oct 2013

The floating storage production and offloading vessel (FPSO) EnQuest Producer is expected to arrive on the River Tyne on Friday (18 October).

 

The FPSO EnQuest Producer will arrive undertow and without engines making it a challenging job for the Port of Tyne's team of Pilots.

Mike Nicholson, Port of Tyne's Harbour Master, said: "We have developed a good level of experience in handling FPSO's but working with a ‘dead ship' with no power always requires careful planning.

"Conditions have to be just right, the weather will be critical, we will need winds of force 4 or less with benign sea and swell. Three of our most senior Pilots will be employed to coordinate five tugs with a total pulling force of over 400 tonnes."

The EnQuest Producer is 249m and 53k gross tonnes, and once fully converted will be destined for the North Sea oil fields off the coast of Aberdeen.

The EnQuest Producer is expected to arrive off the Tyne at 1100 on Friday morning, and weather permitting, is anticipated to be approaching the berth in Wallsend by 1500.

 

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

Mobile: +44 (0) 79123 90777 Tel: +44 (0191) 455 2671 Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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