OPI ACTIVATES UPGRADED DERRICK/PIPELAY UNIT

OPI International Inc., Houston, has completed sea trials and reactivated DLB 423, the only semisubmersible derrick/pipelay barge operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Formerly Choctaw 11, the barge is one of 23 vessels OPI acquired from Brown & Root in 1990. DLB 423 is working for Exxon Co. U.S.A. on a deepwater assignment in the Mississippi Canyon area of the gulf It's laying a 51 1/2 mile, 20 in line from Exxon's Alabaster platform in Mississippi Canyon Block 397 to a shallow water point

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