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EBDG to Design Lightering Support Vessel

Image courtesy Elliott Bay Design Group

As a player in the Gulf lightering business, AET recognizes the need for modern, new lightering support tonnage to better serve its clients and aid safe operations. Although the new generation lightering support vessel (LSV) might look similar to a Gulf supply boat, several characteristics set it apart. It is designed to be easily built and operated. It also features less piping, ballast and cargo tankage. Since the vessel is mission-specific to handle Yokohama fenders and small cargos for tankers, there is no need for dry-bulk tankage and associated pumps for systems such as fuel oil cargo and drill water. The design calls for hi-lift rudders and modest power. The vessel’s bow design shows minimized flare and the side shell is canted inwards (known as tumble-home) to reduce appendages and surfaces. This minimizes the risk of damage in close-quarters maneuvering and promotes safety and ease of operations when working close-aboard tankers off-shore. EBDG’s LSV design measures 185 ft by 46 ft by 15 ft and estimated lightship weight is 1670 tonnes. Currently, Leevac Industries is constructing two LSVs with an option for additional vessels. Meanwhile, AET’s investment in its lightering operations also extends landside, with a major new warehouse, offshore office and home base for its workboat crews currently under construction in Galveston


Offshore Ship Designer Sets up in Singapore

Photo courtesy Merlin Corporate Communications

IJmuiden-based Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has opened a design office in Singapore. The office will provide a local liaison point for customers building ships in Asia which were designed in the Dutch and UK offices of OSD, and also provide a local solution for design projects for companies based in Singapore. “We already have a successful design and newbuilding supervision office in Shanghai,” said Michiel Wijsmuller, managing director of OSD


WTS Opens Houston Office

WTS Vice President, Americas Region, Philip Bannerman

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has established a new office in Houston, Texas in response to increased client demand for its newbuilding and aftermarket products and services. WTS is targeting increased business from the local offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico and an expanded focus on Brazil, where deepwater offshore production is entering a new and dynamic phase. WTS Vice President, Americas Region, Philip Bannerman says the company is well placed to provide the mix of skills and


Bibby Offshore HQ in Final Stage of Construction

Howard Crawshaw, director of Knight Property Group, and Bibby Offshore’s chief executive Howard Woodcock outside Bibby’s new HQ in Westhill

The new purpose-built headquarters for subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore is entering its final phase of construction. The new 53,427 sq. ft. office facility at Prospect Park, Westhill, which represents a multi-million pound investment, is on track to be completed by April 2013. Bibby Offshore staff are due to relocate from its existing offices at Waterloo Quay to the new premises by the end of May 2013.


LOC Group expands Asian operation

Zhoongkeun Kim

  London Offshore Consultants, a global leader in marine and engineering consultancy for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, has further expanded its footprint in Asia, successfully registering LOC Seoul and opening the company's first office in South Korea. "Initially concentrating on the vibrant energy markets, our ultimate objective is for LOC Seoul to cover all aspects of our work," said Captain Jon Walker, Regional Head of Asia for the LOC Group


Bibby Offshore Opens Office in Stravanger, Norway

  Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited, [the subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, is pleased to announce its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stravanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the UK North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the Company’s growing international presence.


IHC Merwede Opens Singapore Office

IHC Merwede B.V. launched its first regional office in Singapore. The setting up of this 38,000-sq.-ft. facility is part of IHC Merwede’s global strategy to provide its customers with optimal life cycle support and leverage upon the expanding Asia Pacific dredging and offshore markets. “With the rapidly increasing worldwide demand for oil and gas, we are seeing exciting opportunities, particularly within the Asia Pacific region. We are targeting to capture over 55%


Salazar Announces Renewable Energy Office

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will establish a new regional office in 2010 to support renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the Atlantic seaboard. “Given the enormous potential for renewable energy development, especially wind energy, in the Mid and North Atlantic,” Secretary Salazar said, “MMS needs a dedicated Atlantic Region office as we plan for offshore renewable energy


ABS Opens Office in Stavanger

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Classification society ABS announces the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway to further extend its global reach and provide dedicated support to its growing Norwegian client base.   Known for its leadership in offshore classification and technology, the society’s Stavanger office will be staffed with a professional team of offshore engineers and surveyors focused on delivering premium class service to the region.


IHC Merwede Opens New Singapore Office

IHC Merwede officially opened its new Singapore office at the PSA Building today. The Singapore base will be the corporate headquarters for IHC Offshore & Marine’s Southeast Asia businesses, as it further expands its footprint in the region. IHC Merwede already has an IHC Parts & Services office in Jurong, which manages its life-cycle support operations. The new venture will focus on promoting IHC Merwede’s offshore and marine vessels and technology solutions


V.Ships Wins Fortress Deal

Courtesy V Ship Management

V.Ships Offshore, part of V.Group has been awarded a ship management contract by Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC to provide full technical and crew management services for an advanced SURF/IMR vessel. The ship management services will be delivered from our newly


Corvus Lithium Ion ESS Powers Edda Freya

Edda Freya (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy ESS powers newly christened Edda Freya, the environmentally friendly offshore construction vessel from Østensjø Rederi AS   Østensjø Rederi AS has christened its new offshore construction vessel, Edda Freya


Ulstein Verft's First Wind Service Vessel Launched

(Photo: Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

Shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has launched its first vessel within the renewable energy segment, and also the first with the newly-developed X-STERN hull line design.   The service operation vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind industry is one of two being constructed for Bernhard Schulte Offshore


Shipping Industry Flying On The Dragon’s Back

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually found their 2008 heights just as unsustainable, even as some talked of a “new paradigm”.  


Costa Cruises Renews Its Communications Network

Photo: Costa Cruises

Telecommunications firm Italtel has been selected to renew the communications network of British/American owned Italian cruise shipping company Costa Cruises. Under the contract, Italtel will implement a updated integrated communication system


BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems

OAS in action Acta Orion (Courtesy Acta Marine)

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI629 Certification of Offshore Access


Anticipating Market Change Crucial for Industry - Braemar

(l to r) James aBeckett, Head of Dry Cargo Broking Braemar ACM; Denis Petropoulos, President Braemar Group Asia; and Peter Ryan, Head of Consultancy Braemar Incorporating the Salvage Association. Photo Braemar Group

Being in a position to accurately anticipate change in the shipping markets is becoming ever more crucial for maritime service providers, as owning principals demand more solutions to the problems created by over-ordering, according to Braemar Group Asia President Denis Petropoulos.


New BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems

Classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI629 Certification of Offshore Access Systems provides a clear


Seacat Services Supports Dong Construction Race

24 month, four-workboat, charter service agreement to provide DONG Energy with construction support across the Race Bank offshore wind project   DONG Energy, a developer of offshore wind projects, and offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services, today confirmed a two-year


SSA Showcases OSV Sector with OSV@Vivo 'Open House'

Dedicated Volunteer from Vroon Offshore Services Pte. Ltd.

OSV@Vivo has been taken to the heart of the Singapore public with an anticipated 4,000 visitors, expected to throng the two state-of-the-art Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) “Pacific Legacy” and “VOS Prince” moored at local shopping mall Vivocity Waterfront Promenade from 21


Aqualis Offshore and CSDC Join Forces

Aqualis Offshore and China Ship Design & Research Center Co., Ltd (CSDC) have signed an agreement to cooperate on engineering projects both in China and internationally.    CSDC, a subsidiary company of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC)


Atlantic Pioneer Gets to Work at Block Island

Atlantic Pioneer (Photo: Atlantic Wind Transfer)

The first US-built and operated offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel will be named at an official christening ceremony in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Following the Christening the ‘Atlantic Pioneer’, owned and operated by Atlantic Wind Transfers


Transocean Provides Fleet Status Report

Photo: Transocean Ltd

 Transocean, the world's leading offshore drilling contractor with 61 rigs in its fleet, has issued a Fleet Status Report that provides the current status of and contract information for the company's entire fleet of offshore drilling rigs.   


Faulkner Joins Braemar SA as Manager

David Faulkner Courtesy Braemar

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed David Faulkner as ‘Manager, Ports and Harbours (Middle East)’. David is a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in providing specialist port


Statoil Buys Half Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Stakes

Illustration from the Amrumbank West Wind Farm. (Photo E.ON)

Statoil today enters the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announced the final investment decision on the 385 megawatt project. The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of EUR 1.2 billion.






 
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