As oil prices rise, Wilhelmsen comes out with offshore reactivation manual

Launching their Offshore Preservation & Re-Activation Manual, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) today urged offshore industry players to take a second look at the cost of chemicals and necessary man-hours incurred by using third party service companies, when stacking, preserving or reactivating of rigs and offshore support vessels.

The step-by-step Offshore Preservation & Reactivation Manual offered free to customers, provides detailed guidance on the procedures and chemical usage for marine systems on offshore units such as drillships, jackups, semi-submersibles, supply vessels and accommodation units.

WSS believe that essential stacking or reactivation procedures related to the marine systems, to a great extent, can be performed by onboard crew when available.

“As a chemical manufacturer, we seek to reduce the cost incurred from using expensive third parties by enabling on-board crew to carry out a greater share of the preservation or re-activation of the unit themselves. With the right equipment, quality chemicals and WSS’ guidance alongside OEM recommendations, this process can be straightforward for areas and systems such as; deck and superstructure, tank cleaning, accommodation area, ballast water systems, seawater systems, water production units, cooling water systems and for challenges related to fuel contamination, etc,” said Pål-Arne Aam, business manager, offshore, WSS.

In addition to reducing the man hour costs incurred by utilising third party stacking and reactivation crews, WSS also suggest that significant savings can be made on chemicals when stacking or reactivating.

Highlighting the often-inflated prices bundled up with routine stacking and reactivation work by third party providers, Wilhelmsen, as a chemical manufacturer, believes it can offer both better value for money and consistently better-quality products.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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