Kyle Chafe

The Atlantic Osprey was first put to use in 2003 after it was built in the Halifax shipyard.
It flies the Canadian flag and docks in St.John's Harbour. Some basic facts about the Atlantic Osprey are:
  • Overall Length is 80 meters. That's equal to 262 feet.
  • Dead weight of the ship is 2750 tons. The net weight is 1147 tons.
  • Takes supplies to Oil Rigs such as White Rose. Also used as a tugboat.
  • 4 engines power the ship(4023HPx4=16,092 HP TOTAL).
  • Max speed of the Osprey is 16 knots,approx. 30 km/h.
  • Total of 42 cabins, 1 Office, 2 lounges, 1 mess-room and 1 Hospital.
  • It has two water pumps for Fire fighting, 6 life rafts with a capacity of 150 people in all.
  • At full tank, the fuel capacity is 1143m(cubed), or 1 143 000 litres.
  • Has a crane on board, as well as a ROV(Remote Operated Vehicle), and a Helicopter pad on the rear.

The Atlantic Osprey entering St.John's Hr.
"Good work Kyle -- Keep it Up" Mr Goldsworthy

Roles Of The Osprey
The Osprey is described as a UT722-L Anchor Handling,Tug Boat, and Supply Ship for offshore oil platforms. Its mainrole involves bringing supplies to offshore rigs such as White Rose and Hibernia such as food, ROV's or equipment that the rig needs. If the crew does not want to take a helicopter then the Osprey is there only other means of transportation. It's also designed as a tug boat incase a tug boat isneeded. If there are any fires or other hazards that the rig crew encounters the Osprey will be there to help out whether it be extinguishing a fire or something more.

Hearses were waiting for the bodies of Flight 491 which were recovered by the Atlantic Osprey.

When There is an emergency at sea, the Atlantic Osprey is oftenone to respond as well as many other ships. On March 12 of2009, a cougar helicopter flight 491 on its way to the White Roseoil field platform SeaRose FPSO and then to the Hibernia platformditched into the Atlantic Ocean. The Osprey was notified and theywent out in search of survivors and of any bodies and the wreckage.After days of searching they found all bodies(most still inside thehelicopter) and only one survivor. The onboard cranes and ROV'swere used to recover the fusealage of the helicopter from the bottom of the atlantic.

A song about working in the offshore oil industry. Some photos
provided by the crew onboard the Altantic Osprey.

The Osprey testing its water cannons outside St.John's Harbour.
Jobs On-board of the Atlantic Osprey
There are many jobs on-board of the Osprey and they are very similar to the jobs on-board of any other commercial vessel.These jobs include:
  1. Deckhands- Use the equipment on-board such as the cranes,winches,etc. Also paint and scrape rust of ship and sometimes load and offload cargo.
  2. Engine Room Workers- Keep engine and other machinery working. Often lubricate the engines gears, bearings, and have to read gauges and record them.
  3. Deck Officers- Supervise other members of the crew. Inspect Cargo, watch for other ships/icebergs in the boats path and have to control ship if captain is unavailable.
  4. ROV Crew- Control and maintain the Remote Operated Vehicle on-board. When the ROV is needed, they are there to help.

The Atlantic Osprey approaching Hibernia Oil platform