Deepwater Horizon: Incident command reports on weather effects

Hurricane Alex has slowed the hook-up of the third production containment vessel Helix Producer says retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hurricane Alex has slowed the hook-up of the third production containment vessel Helix Producer says retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As of his discussion midday yesterday, that was the only problem at the spill site stemming from the weather.

Allen said the sea state prevented safe connection of the flexible hose from the subsea connection to the vessel. The Discover Enterprise and the Q4000, however, continue in operation as usual.

Away from the site, the weather has inhibited water skimming operations, again due to the sea state. The sea state at the site was seven feet with winds up to 22 knots. Allen said the skimming needed to be less than five feet to be most effective.


07/01/2010

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