The Teekay owned tanker Scott Spirit is a prime example of a modern shuttle tanker designed to load from offshore installations as an alternative to building undersea pipelines to connect offshore oil fields to storage and refinery capacity. Being designed to work in such challenging environments as the North Sea, Brazil or off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, shuttle tankers are arguably among the hardest working vessels in the tanker sector.
Built by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries, Geoje, South Korea
Delivered in 2011
Owned and operated by Teekay Shipping, Stavanger, Norway
GRT 66,563 tons
DWT 109,334 MT
Teekay Offshore Partners, is a major player in this intensively competitive business and in June 2015 the company announced the signing of a 15 year shuttle contract with Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (CHHS), Chevron Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Husky Energy, Mosbacher Operating Ltd, Murphy Oil, Nalcor Energy, Statoil, and Suncor Energy. Teekay Offshore is to provide shuttle tankers for loading crude oil at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron oil fields located off Newfoundland. These 15-year contracts, plus extension options, is initially being serviced by one of Teekay Offshore’s existing shuttle tankers, the Navion Hispania, and two to three third party-owned shuttle tankers currently operating in East Coast Canada. Teekay Offshore also committed to enter newbuild contracts to construct three Suezmax-size, DP2 shuttle tankers for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2017 through the first half of 2018 with an option for one more should it become necessary.
These new long-term Canadian flag shuttle tanker contracts mark Teekay Offshore’s expansion into Eastern Canada’s growing offshore oil production market and have resulted in Teekay Offshore establishing permanent offices and ship operations, Teekay (Atlantic) Management Ulc., in St. John’s Newfoundland. Canship Ugland has previously been the dominant player in the Canadian offshore market since production began at the Hibernia field in 1997.
In September 2016, Teekay Offshore also entered into conditional contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to construct two 154,000 DWT Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tankers for delivery in 2019 and 2020 with options to order up to two additional vessels to provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea under Teekay Offshore’s existing master agreement with Statoil ASA. The new vessels will be constructed based on Teekay Offshore’s newly developed Shuttle Spirit design (picture above left with credit to teekay.com) which incorporates technologies aimed at increasing fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and improved LNG propulsion. Teekay Offshore has also transferred its shuttle tanker business into a new subsidiary, Teekay Shuttle Tankers following a contract signed between Teekay Corporation, Teekay Offshore and Brookfield Business Partners as well as its institutional partners to enter into a strategic partnership. The deal includes a USD 640 million investment in Teekay Offshore, following which Brookfield will own approximately 60% of the company.
The picture above right shows Teekay’s Falcon Spirit loading at sea from a single buoy mooring (SBM).
Ship of the Week contributed by Capt. Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.