Harvey was here

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On August 17, 2017 a low pressure system east of the Caribbean Sea was upgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey. As the storm moved westward and changed structure several times, it managed to touch every one of Gulf Copper’s locations on the Gulf Coast. The track of Harvey had a peculiar route that passed over each […]

The Ensco 102 being towed past the Ocean Star Museum and Education Center

The Center for Offshore Safety – Fifth Annual Forum September 19 & 20, 2017

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This September 19th and 20th, the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) will hold it’s 5th annual Forum. The theme for 2017 is Transforming Learnings into Action.  The COS focuses on offshore safety on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), “with the purpose of adopting standards of excellence to ensure continuous improvement in safety and operational […]

The Ocean Star Museum and Education Center celebrates 20 years in Galveston, Texas

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On April 27th, 2017, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center, in Galveston Texas, celebrated 20 years of service as the premier showcase of the offshore oil and gas industry as well as recognition of the achievements of the industry pioneers. The rig was originally built in 1969 at the Bethlehem Shipyard in Beaumont, Texas as hull number […]

Texas Maritime Academy is searching for a new training ship

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I saw this article about Ann Marie Reigrut posted on LinkedIn by my friend and colleague Thomas Betancourt. It is also an article in the Maritime Executive publication. I also had a recent discussion with Colonel Mike Fossum, COO of Texas A&M at Galveston, about some mutual interests in Galveston between Gulf Copper and Manufacturing Inc. and […]

Budget Considerations for Converting a Jackup Drilling Rig into an Offshore Installation

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In May 2016, I wrote an article about Gulf Copper’s experience in converting jack ups into Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs). That article was about the concept, the basic economic factors and the current availability of jack up due to market conditions.  I have been approached numerous times since then with the question of “How […]

The MOPU Conversion Solution to Offshore Production Platforms

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This article was originally published on LinkedIn on March 21st, 2016. A Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU) is a movable platform, or structure, that is used in offshore well production. Structures such as a jack-up drilling rig, semisubmersible drilling rig, or ship hulls, are often used for platforms. Related acronyms in the industry are FPSO, FPU, […]