THE HOURS spent by staff of Australia Marine Services (A.M.S.) Tugs & Barges preparing a vessel for work on the Wheatstone project has paid off for the design of future vessels, the company says.

A.M.S. Tugs & Barges contributed a 28 metre workboat, the A.M.S. Shine, to the marine spread needed for the module off loading facilities and breakwater construction contract managed by Bechtel.

But before the vessel joined the team in November 2013, it had to be made compliant with Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) requirements.

An A.M.S. Tugs & Barges spokeswoman said the company had put a lot of work into developing various documentation pertaining to the operation of the vessel with a high level of safety in mind.

“This includes the introduction of various logging of safety checks such as, but not limited to, electrical tagging, labelling of all flaps, vents, entry and exit points and equipment operational procedures,” she said.

“Other equipment such as line tension monitors were introduced to the vessel to complement her towing and anchor handling capabilities, while the winch tow wire was operating under tension.”

The entire process, which also included the induction of a designated crew and the certification of all mooring and lifting points on the vessel, took between one and two months, she said.

A.M.S. Tugs & Barges also installed a specifically designed and fabricated hydraulic self lifting 35T SWL Fork Towing Pin unit onto the A.M.S. Shine to suit the anchor handling operations of the project.

This process took only ten days to integrate, install and commission, the company said.

This was not the company’s first work on a Chevron-operated project, having supplied a 250 foot water transfer barge to the Gorgon project in 2011.

But with the module off loading facilities and breakwater construction contracts now completed, the A.M.S. Shine is currently being prepared for its next job for the Wheatstone project, the A.M.S. Tugs & Barges spokeswoman said.

Working within OVID guidelines was a valuable experience for the company, she said, as the compliance model was becoming increasingly attractive for major projects.

“A.M.S. has gained significant knowledge during the process of getting A.M.S. Shine to OVID standard and as such, the company has planned to incorporate the related OVID regulations onto the design of our new build vessels that will be joining the A.M.S. fleet in 2014-2015,” she said.

“Stepping into the final year of our five year fleet expansion in 2015; A.M.S. aims to deliver more quality vessels to the Australasian marine industry by utilising OVID as our main compliance model.”