Schlumberger recently launched the "DeepSTIM(a) II" -- the second in a new line of advanced stimulation vessels for deepwater service. The new vessel surpasses the size of the first ``DeepSTIM'' by 10 feet.
The new-generation "DeepSTIM" design integrates Schlumberger expertise in marine, mechanical, electronic and chemical engineering and "DeepSTIM II" incorporates design improvements made after the first vessel was launched in 1999.
Measuring 270 feet by 56 feet, the vessel's large capacity provides reliability in severe weather and allows the vessel to remain at sea for long periods.
The fully enclosed North Sea-style deck encompasses all pumping, mixing and blending equipment, eliminating exposure of equipment and personnel to weather.
Equipped with the latest in antiroll systems, environmental waste containment, data acquisition and transmission and fluid engineering, "DeepSTIM II" represents the culmination of stimulation and deepwater service technology.
The dynamic positioning system keeps the vessel in place using computer-aided thrusters built into the hull.
Both satellite global positioning and a sonar system help assure operations continue in adverse weather to avoid costly downtime.
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