SUPPLY SHIP OPERATIONS
Captain Vic Gibson
|Publisher||Oilfield Publications Limited|
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At the turn of this century the Southward movement of oil exploration across the Mississippi delta made the eventual search for hydrocarbons under the sea inevitable, and in 1923 the first offshore exploration took place in the state of Louisiana. The drilling derricks were set on platforms which in turn were supported by piles driven into the mud of the Mississippi delta. It was not long before these structures were being erected just off the shore, and by 1930 the oil companies were using derricks mounted on barges which were sunk to the seabed on the location. The supply vessel as a ship type is unique in that it did not develop from any other sort of craft, except that in common with all other ships it has a hull, engines and a bridge...
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