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Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies research vessel in Gulf oil spill after-effects study

Oct. 6, 2010 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service has arranged a substantial logistics service for the M/Y Latitude, a 170 foot vessel which was used by the non-profit environmental organization Oceana to study the after-effects of the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company supplied the ship, which was chartered by Oceana from owners Windstor Holding Inc of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, with the loading of heavy equipment including 40 anchors and anchor wire, fuel, and inflatable buoys. Wilhelmsen Ships Service also supplied personnel including welders and technicians and assisted with the embarkation of ten scientists who were heading to the scene. The team, which set off at the end of August, was specifically tasked with studying the size and movement of the underwater oil plume and the effects it has had on wildlife.

The Latitude, referred to as an expedition displacement ship, is capable of sailing in both shallow and deep waters and is adapted to serve as a diving platform.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service also co-ordinated the logistics for a two-hour media event that was held on board the ship, attended by Hollywood celebrities Morgan Freeman, and Ted Danson.

Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on protecting the oceans. The expedition has been working over the past two months to assess the long-term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which Wilhelmsen has assisted in loading, specialized divers and satellite tags to investigate the effects the oil has had on coral, fish, shark and other marine species. Oceana is also documenting areas that may be in danger if the oil is captured by sea currents and transported towards southern Florida or if another oil spill occurs in this area in the future. To date, an estimated 200 million gallons of oil has spilled into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, 2010.

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Photo: (Credit should be shown as © Oceana) The Scientific team on board the Latitude.


2010-10-06

Please see Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) company electronic office

For further information, contact:
Ole Jakob Ytterdal
Head of Communications
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Tel: +47 67 58 40 00
Mobile: +47 97 08 83 62
ole.j.ytterdal@wilhelmsen.com

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4,500 marine professionals servicing 2,200 ports in 125 countries.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies safety products and services, Unitor products, Unicool refrigerants, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to the maritime industry. Last year the company made product deliveries to 25,000 vessels and handled 70, 000 port calls.

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