SeaRose FPSO weighs anchor in Conception Bay

Published on May 19, 2012
The towering 267-metre floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel SeaRose sits docked in the waters of Conception Bay as Kelly’s Island looms in the background Friday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The massive SeaRose offshore production ship sailed into the mouth of Conception Bay Friday morning. It will be visible in the bay over the long weekend.

The floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel, 267 metres long, was anchored just off Kelly’s Island Friday, having successfully separated itself from its station at the White Rose oilfield.

“The disconnect went well,” said Husky spokeswoman Colleen McConnell, who described the process as “textbook.”

Production at White Rose is scheduled for an

18-week shutdown to allow for maintenance work on the vessel this year.

“Everything is working well so far in terms of the schedule,” McConnell said.

The SeaRose is in Conception Bay to allow a heavy lift vessel to connect a protective cover plate to the ship. The plate, weighing approximately 260 tonnes, according to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, is designed to protect the part of the vessel normally connected to the subsea infrastructure at Husky’s White Rose field.

The oil production vessel will be in Conception Bay until May 23rd or 24th. It will then begin a transatlantic trek expected to take about a week to 10 days.

The SeaRose FPSO is scheduled for drydock at a Belfast shipyard, where maintenance work will be completed by Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd. The drydock is expected to last 30-32 days.

From there, the SeaRose FPSO will head back across the North Atlantic with its crew.

“We’ll still have a regular staff of between 90 and 120,” McConnell said.