Norway/Sweden: First Arctic SAL, shuttle tanker combo operates in Pechora Sea ///
In recent months, a unique combination of a single anchor loading (SAL) system and two specially built arctic shuttle tankers (AST) has achieved multiple crude oil loadings from northern Russian fields under widely varying conditions in the Timan Pechora Sea. The SAL system is operated by Murmansk Shipping Co. (MSCO) at the Verandey shore terminal, where average water depth is 12 m (39 ft). Area field production is 8,000 bopd and increasing.
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