Trio roll out Stones FPSO project

Tokyo: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) is investing in its fourth FPSO. The Japanese line has teamed up with compatriot Mitsubishi Corporation and SBM Offshore to convert a tanker for the Shell-led Stones project, an ultra-deepsea field in the Gulf of Mexico 2,900 m below the surface and approximately 320 km off the shore of the US state of Louisiana.

The Stones field will be the deepest an FPSO has ever operated.

NYK, Mitsubishi and SBM Offshore have been working together on FPSO projects, mainly in Brazil, since 2011.

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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