Well, if you’ve been following the news, it’s really kind of obvious that this was going to happen.
The Shell high tech, best in the industry effort is basically 1 Ship, 1 Rig, and a Barge.
The ship is the Noble Discoverer, an obsolete hunk of junk with barely the power to get out of its own stink when the engines are working which they seldom do. They couldn’t even muster enough steam to get it out of the way of Alaskan property taxes.
The Coast Guard found a lack of preventive maintenance and “systematic failure” led the Discoverer to experience a loss of its propulsion system and an explosion in its exhaust system.
The Coast Guard reportedly found that the Discoverer is not able to maintain sufficient speed at sea to maneuver safely in all conditions without a tow; multiple dead end wires and improper wire splices in the engine room; main engine cooling water contaminated with oil and sludge.
In addition, the vessel experienced an abnormal propeller shaft vibration on the way back from the Arctic in November, requiring the crew to shut down the vessel’s main engines and have the rig towed to the Port of Seward.
Oh, and it catches fire all the time too.
The Coast Guard inquiry began after the ship had propulsion problems while pulling into Seward, Alaska last November. Earlier that month, a fire broke out in the rig stack on the vessel while it was in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It was swiftly put out by personnel on board the Discoverer and no one was injured.
After exploding in flame in Dutch Harbor, missing the January 1st property tax deadline, and collecting 16 major Coast Guard citations for safety violations the ship is being floating drydocked to South Korea for repair since it’s too unseaworthy to sail there on its own. It won’t arrive until late spring to say nothing of the time needed for repair (unless they determine that it’s fit only for razor blades).
Then there is the Kulluk which when last we checked was doing a pretty good job of grinding itself to razors near Kodiak after it broke it’s tow. It’s headed to South Korea too though it’s still a Keystone(XL) Cops comedy of errors.
The Corbin Foss, one of Seattle-based Foss Maritimes’ tugboats, hit the port side of the Ocean Wave, a Crowley Marine Services tug, around 5:30 p.m. Friday in Killiuida Bay on the eastern side of Kodiak Island, where the Kulluk is anchored while awaiting Coast Guard approval to leave, said Petty Officer David Mosley.
It won’t get there or be fixed any time sooner than the Noble Discoverer.
And then there was the Arctic Challenger a useless dockside Queen, an “Ice Breaking Barge” with no utility except as a floating hole which on a calm tranquil September day in Puget Sound had its super high tech blowout containment unit crushed like a beer can at half its rated depth.
Shell Vessels Sidelined, Imperiling Arctic Plans
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, The New York Times
Published: February 11, 2013
The new potential delay in drilling does not necessarily doom Shell’s seven-year, $4.5 billion quest to open a new oil frontier in the far north, but it may strengthen the position of environmentalists who have repeatedly sued to stop or postpone exploration that they claim carries the risks of a spill nearly impossible to clean up.
It may also give the Obama administration considerably more time to decide whether to allow Shell to continue operations in two Arctic seas after repeated accidents, failed inspections and mechanical problems that have called into question the company’s safety management
Shell Suspends Drilling for Arctic Ocean in 2013
By DAN JOLING Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska February 27, 2013 (AP)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will not drill for petroleum in the Arctic Ocean in 2013.
The problem with our elites is that they’re massive morons and inbred idiots.