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Kvaerner Wins EPC Contract for Hebron GBS Project

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ExxonMobil Canada Properties has released the option for Kvaerner's joint venture company Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors to provide the full scope of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Hebron Project gravity based structure (GBS). The contract value for Kvaerner's share of the full EPC contract is approximately $1.5 billion and includes work conducted to date on the Hebron project.   The authorization to proceed with the full EPC contract follows the substantial completion of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and site preparation contract awarded November 9, 2010 and the authorization on April 25, 2012 to proceed with detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) related services throughout 2012.   The work will be performed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, with engineering in St. John's and construction at the Bull Arm fabrication yard. The completed GBS will be installed at the Hebron field on the Grand Banks in the Atlantic Ocean located 350 kilometers offshore from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. First oil is anticipated by the end of 2017. Kvaerner has a long track record for offshore concrete structures, with a series of concrete structures, both fixed and floating designed, constructed and installed on the Norwegian Continental shelf between 1971 and 1993

Signet Maritime Completes Rig Moves

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Signet Maritime Corporation announced the successful completion of transportation, delivery and loadout of two mat supported Jackup rigs. Signet provided full turnkey operations for the movement of the Rubicone H-191 from Sabine, Texas to Kiewit Offshore Services, Ingleside, Texas. The MV Signet Enterprise with 4,400BHP, 62.6MT Bollard pull ahead, 53.5MT bollard pull astern and the MV Signet Intrepid with 4,400BHP, 60.3MT bollard pull ahead, 54

Gowdy Joins Global Diving & Salvage

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Seattle-based Global Diving and Salvage has hired Renee Gowdy as Lead Estimator. In this position, Gowdy will be responsible for developing estimates and proposal production within Global’s Marine Construction Division for Federal, State, Local and civil customers as well as other key markets. Gowdy joins the department with an extensive educational and professional background in the estimating and preconstruction development process

Union Head, Mayor Still Hopeful for Graving Dock

According to a report from the Southern Gazette, CAW/MWF Local 20 president Wayne Butler said he remains hopeful there will one day be a graving dock in Marystown, following last week’s announcement Kiewit Offshore Services was withdrawing from the bidding process for the upcoming federal shipbuilding program.    (Source: The Southern Gazette)

Wilson, Sons Delivers Damen-designed PSV's


Four more vessels under construction. Damen Shipyards is further strengthening its involvement in the Brazilian offshore market with six Platform Supply Vessels, type PSV 4500, built under license by Wilson, Sons (Santos, Brazil) for Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore (WSUT). Two vessels have been recently delivered; the other four will be delivered throughout 2013. Damen and Wilson have enjoyed a business relationship for 20 years and the new vessels will be supplied to WSUT

Cargotec SmartPort Solutions at Brazilian Terminals

At the Brazilian container terminals Tecon Salvador and Tecon Rio Grande both part of the Wilson Sons Group, Cargotec is integrating the SmartLanes process automation solution for gate automation. SmartLanes is part of the process automation offering of the Cargotec SmartPort concept and is delivered in partnership with APS Technology Group, part of Cargotec SmartPort Alliance. Wilson Sons is one of the largest operators in port, maritime and logistics services in Brazil

Henry Takes Helm at James Fisher & Son

James Fisher & Sons plc, the UK marine services provider, this week announced the appointment of Nick Henry (43) as Group Chief Executive with immediate effect following the resignation of Angus Buchanan. Nick Henry joined the company from P&O in February 2003 as Managing Director of James Fisher Tankships. Angus Buchanan has been Group Chief Executive since 2002 and is resigning to enable him to give more time to his family.

Navy Names Fourth Virginia Class Sub

Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced his decision today to name the fourth submarine of the VIRGINIA Class for the state of North Carolina. "More than half a century has elapsed since a U.S. Navy ship has borne the name, "North Carolina," said Danzig. "With over 2,000 of North Carolina's sons and daughters having joined the Navy and Marine Corps this year, and more than 45,000 Sailors and Marines currently serving in the state

Shaerf Elected Chairman of NYMAR

Peter Shaerf, a Managing Director of investment house AMA Capital Partners LLC, was recently elected the new Chairman of the Board of NYMAR (New York Maritime Inc.). He takes over the reins from Bill Honan of Holland and Knight. In his first week in office, Peter has stated his intent to better market New York as “The Capital for Shipping”. Peter joined AMA in 2002. He started in the industry over 30 years ago and worked for many years as a shipbroker for container and dry cargo vessels

Landmark Steam Turbine for FPSO

One of the 27 MW steam turbine driven generator sets delivered to Fred. Olsen Production. Fred. Olsen Production ASA has chosen UK engineering company Peter Brotherhood Ltd to supply two condensing steam turbine driven generator sets for the Knock Allan FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel for the Olowi field off the coast of Gabon. The turbines are the world's most powerful to be installed on an FPSO vessel.

Mooring Safety Improved at Port Taranaki

Vessel moored at Port Taranaki using SmartLoad® boss mooring link.JPG

Scotload, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has designed and delivered a solution for the monitoring of mooring line stresses at Port Taranaki, a deepwater port in New Zealand. The company said it utilized its SmartLoad 2Ex technology for Zone 2 hazardous areas to improve safety and significantly

ROV Support Vessel Fugro Aquarius Delivered

Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius.   The new Brazilian-built DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 meters is length with a deck area of 520 square meters and accommodation for 60 people. Permanently equipped with two Fugro-built 150HP work class ROVs

Fugro Acquires ROV Support Vessel

Courtesy FUGRO Image Rogério Cordeiro

  Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius, the most advanced vessel of her type built in Brazil. The new DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 metres is length with a deck area of 520 square metres and accommodation for 60 people

Jamaican Elected to WMU Board

MAJ DG Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as

IBIA Forum to Examine Bunkering with New Fuels

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) will be holding a forum entitled: ‘Bunkering with new fuels – Building on strong foundations’ as part of London International Shipping Week, on Wednesday 9 September.

Anglo-Eastern and Univan Set Sail Together: Largest Ever Ship Management Merger

Pic: Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd

 There has been a great deal of merger activity in the shipping industry over the past few years, especially amongst owners, but, Anglo-Eastern Group and Univan Group have reached an agreement, with the culmination of the largest ever merger of independent

The Maritime Person of the Year

Brian, Buckley and Eric McAllister - the Massachusetts Maritime Academys Persons of the Year

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s annual salute to ‘the person of the year’ this year spotlights McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. and its leadership team. Set for September 10, 2015, MMA’s Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year – benefiting the MMA

Imtech Germany to Be Sold in November

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The German unit of bankrupt Dutch engineering services company Imtech is expected to be sold in November, according to Imtech Germany's insolvency administrator.   "The aim is to sign the sales contract for the whole unit or major parts shortly after ordinary insolvency proceedings

Global Maritime take Center Stage @ Danish Forum

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The second Annual Danish Maritime Forum, scheduled for October 7-8, 2015, in Copenhagen, brings together a wealth of global maritime leaders to address present and long-term challenges for industry.   Discussions at this year’s Danish Maritime Forum are influenced by volatility in

Low Containership Demand: A Manageable Challenge?

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Is the lack of demand for containerships a manageable challenge?   The low demand on the high volume trade lanes is increasing the pressure on earnings which is already felt in the container shipping industry, says shipping association BIMCO.  

Pressure on Earnings in Container Shipping Industry

Photo: Maersk Line

 The low demand on the high volume trade lanes is surely increasing the pressure on earnings which is already felt in the container shipping industry.   This was one of the views that, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand shared with the participants at the Maritime Cyprus

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

Shipping Delivering Real CO2 Reduction

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

  In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, the global shipping industry, as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has launched some key messages to government negotiators, explaining the impressive progress the industry is making to reduce

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

PG Flow Solutions Acquires Calder

PG Flow Solutions AS (PG), majority owned by Norvestor VI, L.P. has acquired 100 percent of the shares in the U.K. high-pressure pumping specialist Calder ltd.   Calder’s founder and chairman, Ian Calder-Potts, will continue his active role in the business as a board member in PG

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