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Aiviq: Pride of Shell’s Alaskan drilling fleet?


On 29 Dec 2012, at 09:47


Interesting facts about the Aiviq on your web site this morning.

Shell’s Alaska Mishaps Continue in Monster Seas

This link takes you to the technical and description of the  this Tugboat and its facilities which is American design, American built and crewed, cost more than $200 million!

The technical specification is amazing with four diesel engines and two propellers of the latest and most advanced type,  thrusters at both the bow and stern, so much electrical power it could run a small town and redundancy available :- begs the question of why all this advanced specification failed.  It is very doubtful that it was any of the main systems, so what was the cause?  Maybe the root cause was within the complex control systems and all the interlocks built in to prevent mal-operation by the crew.  Me thinks too complex as such a vessel should be manned by fully competent staff who have had the necessary training and experience with such complex control systems and more importantly, knowing what action to take in the event of an emergency situation.

On this occasion Shell paid for the best possible Tug for the Operation but the Owners of the Tug apparently failed to provide the service that they had contracted to provide.

Have a great New Year and continue to expose the “teflon” shouldered Shell Management who continue to hold themselves beyond accountability to the community. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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