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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

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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


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

MacGregor's Deck Machinery for Sentinel Marine ERRV

MacGregor Safety and service quality

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply deck machinery for a new 65m emergency rescue & response vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine. The ship has been designed by Focal Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd and will have a bollard pull of 100 tonnes of FOCAL 552

FleetWeather Opens New Office in Greece

FleetWeather Business Intelligence, a provider of maritime business intelligence solutions and consulting services for global shippers, announced the opening of a new office this October in Athens, Greece.   According to FleetWeather, the office launch is the result of a developing customer

Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said.  

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

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Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

Jan De Nul Acquires Jack-up Heavy Lift Vessel

Photo: Jan De Nul Group

 The dredging and maritime management company Jan de Nul Group signed the acquisition of the offshore facility vessel Vidar, which previously worked for the German company Hochtief.   The facility vessel Vidar, which is less than two years old

Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for North Carolina


  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it completed an important environmental review

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

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Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the

Changes in Swire Pacific's Top Deck

Ron Mathison

  Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) announces a change in leadership with the appointment of a new Managing Director in Singapore. Mr Ron Mathison has taken over the helm as the new Managing Director on Monday, 21st September 2015.  Mr Mathison has also been appointed as Director of John

US to Sell Offshore Leases for New Jersey Wind Farms

Interior to auction 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for wind energy development; 13 energy companies qualified to bid in lease sale   As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy resources, cut carbon pollution and create American jobs, U.S

SBM Offshore Invited to Participate in Petrobras Tenders

Netherlands-based floating production solutions provider SBM Offshore announced that its main Brazilian subsidiary has received written notification from Petrobras of its ability to participate in the recently issued Libra and Sépia FPSO tenders in Brazil.  

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Palau Ship Registry Eyes Asia Expansion

Jai Acharya (Photo: PISR)

With the opening of three new offices in Asia, The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) said it is pushing ahead with a growth strategy intended to place the Palau flag among the region’s foremost ship registers.  The newly opened offices in Qingdao and Dalian, China, and Tainan

Kruszewski Joins Braemar Engineering

Chis Kruszewski

  Braemar Engineering, the specialist maritime engineering consultancy, today announced the appointment of Chis Kruszewski to the role of Senior Electrical Engineer in its Offshore, DP and FMEA Group. Mr Kruszewski joins Braemar Engineering with immediate effect

Höegh Autoliners Appoints Agents in Finland

Joachim Lagerstedt Managing Director Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

  Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from 1 December 2015.   SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners in Sweden and Norway for several years, is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited Petri

Höegh Names SSL as its Agent in Finland

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 Höegh Autoliners appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, which has already worked with the Norwegian ocean carrier in Sweden and Norway for several years, as its agent in Finland, effective Dec. 1., 2015.   SSL is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited

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