In 1990 Jackson Lane was engaged by Woodside to join their project team for the initial development studies for the Cossack offshore oilfield. At that time various FPSO options were considered including new build and tanker conversion. Our scope of work included preparation of layouts for crew accommodation and machinery spaces to satisfy operational requirements and statutory regulations. Our personnel were also involved in the survey and inspection of vessels suitable for conversion.
Following purchase as the “Chevron London” a full detail design of the new accommodation layout was completed with our personnel seconded to the client’s project team in Perth. The modifications included the provision of a new central control room and central equipment room, new galley, dining room and associated stores, complete with refit of all accommodation decks including all HVAC, piping and electrics from a bare steel shell. A new helideck was provided at bridge deck level.
The vessel was converted at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and renamed “Cossack Pioneer”. As part of the Woodside shipyard supervision crew Jackson Lane was responsible for supervision of the detailed design and fit-out work performed by the shipyard and their specialist sub-contractors. In addition we were responsible for procurement of all owner supplied equipment and loose furniture.
Since completion of the original conversion in 1993 the vessel has subsequently been re-fitted during shut-downs on several occasions. A major expansion of the accommodation was implemented around 1998 and Jackson Lane was again responsible for the accommodation design. This upgrade increased crew capacity to approximately 80.