Plying the offshore

Keith Gosse
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Published on April 02, 2014

The drill rig Henry Goodrich sits in Conception Bay in late summer 2012. Drill rigs are a fairly common sight in the bay as they come in for maintenance or repairs. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on April 02, 2014

The offshore supply vessel Maersk Norseman sits docked in St. John’s harbour. The vessel is one of many ships that use St. John’s harbour as a supply base for New- foundland’s offshore industries. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on April 02, 2014

A large anchor sits on the aft deck of the offshore supply vessel Atlantic Hawk in St. John’s harbour.
— Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on April 02, 2014

A Crosbie Industrial Services vacuum truck sits next to the Maersk Norseman at the offshore supply base in St. John’s harbour as it services an offshore vessel. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on April 02, 2014

The drill rig West Aquarius floats past the Bell Island ferry terminal as it is towed into Conception Bay in December 2013. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on April 02, 2014

The oil rig Henry Goodrich (left) was joined in Conception Bay by a second rig in 2011 — a fairly rare sight. The West Aquar- ius (right) underwent some safety alterations before drilling exploratory wells for Statoil.
— File photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

Published on April 02, 2014

The fabrication hall of the Hebron project’s gravity base structure (GBS) at the GBS casting basin site in Great Mosquito Cove at the Bull Arm fabrication facility site, some 130 kilo- metres northwest of St. John’s. — File photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The oil industry in Newfoundland’s offshore has resulted in an upsurge of shipping traffic in the waters off the province and in some of the harbours near our oilfields. It’s common to see offshore supply ships making their way back and forth in St. John’s harbour.

Bay Bulls harbour has become a supply point for some of the projects, as well. Conception Bay is a docking area for shuttle tankers and oil rigs as they are brought in for repairs or service or for crew changes.

In several instances in past years you could see both oil rigs and shuttle tankers sharing the waters between Bell Island and Conception Bay east and south.

Here’s a snapshot of offshore oil and gas-related activity on or near the water.

Geographic location: Conception Bay, Bay Bulls, Bell Island

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  • Corporate Psycho
    April 06, 2014 - 07:12

    Didn't the taxpayers give Pennecon a cheque to keep the Bay Bulls Terminal open? What's gone on there since? Speaking of Pennecon anyone hear how thier internal investigation into the Penashue scandal went?