Atlantis PQ

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Name: Atlantis PQ
Owner: BP plc
Operator: BP plc (56%)
BHP Billiton (44%)
Port of registry:  United States
Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering
Okpo, South Korea
Laid down: 21 June 2004
Launched: 17 August 2007
Acquired: 17 August 2007
Maiden voyage: August 2006
In service: First Oil October 2007
Identification: ABS class no: 07113220
Call sign: WPYW299
IMO number: 9265768
Status: Operational at 27°11′43″N 90°01′37″W / 27.195278°N 90.026944°W / 27.195278; -90.026944Coordinates: 27°11′43″N 90°01′37″W / 27.195278°N 90.026944°W / 27.195278; -90.026944
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: ABS: A1, floating offshore installation
Tonnage: 30,882 metric tons
Displacement: 88,826 metric tons
Length: 129.07 m (423.5 ft)
Beam: 116.1 m (381 ft)
Draught: 26 m (85 ft)
Depth: 52 m (171 ft)
Capacity: Diesel oil: 48.3 m3 (1,710 cu ft)
Freshwater: 12.6 m3 (440 cu ft)
Fuel oil: 2,046.2 m3 (72,260 cu ft)
Ballast tank: 38,219 m3 (1,349,700 cu ft)
Other: 377.9 m3 (13,350 cu ft)
Crew: 60 berths
Notes: [1]

Atlantis PQ is a BP plc and BHP Billiton joint venture semi-submersible oil platform on permanent location over the Green Canyon Atlantis Oil Field in deepwater Gulf of Mexico, 190 mi (310 km) south of New Orleans. The "PQ" identifies the platform as being a production facility with crew quarters.[2]

The vessel's hull was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, South Korea. Its topsides modules were built in Morgan City, Louisiana with hull integration in Ingleside, Texas.[3]

Operating in depths of more than 2,100 metres (6,900 ft), Atlantis was the deepest moored semi-submersible platform in the world when it was installed. Independence Hub subsequently set a new record with its installation in 2,400 metres (7,900 ft) water depth.[citation needed]

Food & Water Watch lawsuit[edit]

As a result of the 2010 explosion of the semi-submersible Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the subsequent oil spill, informants within BP came forward with allegations that safety practices at Atlantis PQ were flawed. Specifically, allegations have been laid against the plans and specs used in its construction, maintenance, and operation. Kenneth Abbott, a former BP contractor, reported that up to 80 percent of the engineering plans used to build and operate the installations were never authenticated by even BP engineers for safety and stability, and that over 80 percent of the plans for the underwater welds were never verified. Food & Water Watch, a US-based consumer interest group, filed a complaint with the US district court requesting an injunction to stop production on Atlantis PQ until these matters have been investigated.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b "ABS Record: Atlantis PQ". American Bureau of Shipping. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Bardex (January 8, 2003). "Bardex To Moor Atlantis PQ". Rigzone. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Sharon H. Fitzgerald (March 21, 2007). "Texas Tea Flows Well in Coastal Bend". Business Images Coastal Bend. Retrieved 25 May 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Driver, Anna (2010-05-17). "U.S. Regulators Sued Over BP's Atlantis Platform". Reuters (Houston, Texas). Archived from the original on 2010-05-17. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Michael Williams (16 May 2010). Deepwater Horizon's Blowout, Part 1 (video). Interview with Scott Pelley. 60 Minutes. CBS. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 

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