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Keppel Wins Barge Order

Keppel Corporation Limited, through its offshore unit in Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has clinched another contract to build a swamp barge from repeat customer, PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk (PT Apexindo). The S$25 million contract for the swamp barge, Yani, is the third contract PT Apexindo has awarded to Keppel FELS Ltd. The Indonesian drilling contractor, who recently obtained a public listing on the Jakarta Stock Exchange, has earlier awarded Keppel with two other contracts, one for the new construction of swamp barge Raisa, and another for the repair and refurbishment of swamp barge Maera. Said Mr Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Keppel O&M, “We are very pleased that PT Apexindo has entrusted us with the construction and refurbishment of their swamp barge fleet. “We clinched the first contract on the Raisa through a competitive bid put together as a result of the integration of our offshore and marine business. We are able to combine our expertise in rig design, project management and shipbuilding skills as an integrated entity, and offer the best price and services to our customers.” The construction of Raisa is seeing good progress and the barge was recently launched on 22 October 2002. Maera’s six-month refurbishment is into its third month in Keppel FELS. Both barges are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2003 for deployment in the Tunu Field of East Kalimantan for TotalFinaElf Indonesie


Keppel Singmarine Secures Newbuild Contracts

Keppel Singmarine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has secured two contracts from Indonesian customers worth a total of about S$47 million.   The first contract is for a Coal Transshipment Barge for repeat customer PT Indo Straits Tbk, through its subsidiary company PT Pelayaran Straits Perdana and the second is for the construction of three tugboats for a new customer, an international shipping company


Indonesian Offshore Contract for Veripos

Aberdeen-based Veripos has been awarded a major contract by PT Pageo Utama of Jakarta for provision of GNSS precise positioning facilities in support of two three-year regional survey and navigation service projects being carried out by the Indonesian company on behalf of BP West Java and CNOOC South East Sumatra.   The contract for the two projects also covers supply by Veripos of integrated demodulator and GNSS receivers in addition to associated proprietary QC software to ensure


Pertamina Awards EPCI Contract for Matindok Gas Project

The contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of gas well pads, flowlines, pipelines besides a central processing plant

  Technip, in a consortium with PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk (WIKA), was awarded an onshore lumpsum contract by PT Pertamina EP for the Matindok Gas Development project located in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of gas well pads, flowlines, pipelines; a central processing plant (672 million cubic meters per year of gas) with gas treatment facilities such as acid gas removal as well as sulphur removal


AKR Corporindo to Spend 2.3 trln rph on Industrial, Port Project

  PT AKR Corporindo, a distributor of basic chemicals and petroleum products, plans to spend 2.3 trillion rupiah ($198.84 million) on investment in the second half of this year, to finance its Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate project, said Director Suresh Vembu. The firm is working in co-operation with state port firm PT Pelindo on the project situated on a 1,700-hectare site in Gresik, East Java


Frigate Launched for Indonesian Navy

Photo: Damen

Damen frigate modularly constructed in the Netherlands and Indonesia in collaborative construction project   PT Pal’s Surabaya Shipyard has launched the first of two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigates designated for the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL). PT Pal built these ships in collaboration with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).   The launch ceremony was attended by guests of honor Indonesian Minister of Defense


Samudera Orders Two

PT Samudera Indonesia reportedly entered into an agreement with STX Shipbuilding to buy a pair of bulk carriers for $97.6m, the Jakarta Post reported. Upon delivery, the vessels will be deployed on a time-charter contract and are expected to increase Samudera's capacity to meet the demand for bulk carrier services. Samudera currently operates 20 vessels.


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 11

1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group   1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act   1942 - In a PT boat, LCDR John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia   1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr   1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast  


This Day in Navy History - August 4

1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara 1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon 1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands 1947 - Birthdate of the Medical Service Corps 1964 - The Navy and national intelligence sources report a North Venamese PT boat attack on USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox in the Tokin Gulf prompting Congress to pass the Tonkin Gulf Resolution on 7


RINA Performs Design Appraisal for CNG Power Plant

Photo: RINA

International classification and verification company RINA Services has performed the design approval for the world's largest Compressed Natural Gas storage plant in Grati, Indonesia. The CNG will feed the local 300 MW power plant. The plant, operated by Indonesia’s PT PLN (Persero), burns up to 15 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of gas from the CNG storage, driving three gas turbines. Adding a CNG plant to the existing power station tackles the issue of peak load demand


DSME's First Export Submarine Goes to Indonesia

Photo: DSME

 South Korean defense contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched the first out of three Type 209/1400 Chang Bogo-class (a license-built variant of the 209) diesel-electric attack submarines for service in the Indonesian Navy.  


Valparaíso Express Class: Tailor-made for the New Canal

This is how the newbuildings will look like (Image: Hapag-Lloyd)

 The new, expanded Panama Canal is set to open soon. Hapag-Lloyd is preparing for the event by optimizing its fleet. Here, we show you what these new ships will look like.   The new Panama Canal will usher in a new era in shipping between South America and Europe


Stronger Capesize Demand Boosts Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday, primarily helped by higher demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


This Day In Naval History: April 29

ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) is sunk during an exercise (U.S. Navy Photo by Chris Brown)

1814 - American sloop USS Peacock and HMS Epervier engage in battle. Peacock takes two 32-pound shots in her fore-yard with the first exchange, but her return broadside smashes most of Eperviers rigging and guns. After 45 minutes, Epervier is captured


Gulf Island Delivers Towboat to Marquette Transportation

MV Loree Eckstein (Photo: Gulf Island Shipyards)

Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC recently delivered the second of a three-vessel new build program for Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah Kentucky. The M/V Loree Eckstein, named after John Eckstein’s wife, was delivered on February 18


Turkish Power Ship to Supply Electricity to Zambia

Turkey's Karadeniz will in the next two weeks begin supplying Zambia with electricity from a power-generating ship as it looks to take advantage of chronic shortages in Africa, the company said on Wednesday.   Karadeniz builds what are effectively floating power stations which plug into


Great Green Fleet in South China Sea

John C. Stennis participates in replenishment-at-sea with fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). Mobile Bay is receiving an advanced biofuel mixture Photo USN

 The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea. The ships transited the Luzon Strait March 1 and have maintained a location in the eastern half of these international waters for four days.


Belgium Ratifies Ballast and Recycling Conventions

Kitack Lim with Guy Trouveroy (Photo: IMO)

Belgium became the latest country to ratify a key international measure for environmental protection, the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, bringing the treaty within sight of meeting entry into force criteria. Aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species in


Shipwreck off N.Carolina Believed to Be Civil War-era Steamer

  A shipwreck discovered off the coast of North Carolina is likely one of three Confederate blockade runners known to have been lost in the area, archaeologists said on Monday.   The remains of the iron-hulled steamer were located on Feb. 27 near Oak Island


Historic PT Boat to Return to Lake Pontchartrain

PT-305 in late 2015 (Photo: The National WWII Museum)

The National WWII Museum announced plan to return restored, operational Higgins Patrol-Torpedo Boatto Lake Pontchartrain; fundraising campaign to support move to permanent boathouse, testing for civilian rides   The National WWII Museum announced plans to return restored patrol-torpedo (PT)


MAN Diesel & Turbo Inks Deal with Japan’s JFE

Photo courtesy of Man Diesel & Turbo

Supply of German manufacturer’s energy-efficient marine engines to Japanese market complies with stringent environmental regulations   Japanese engine manufacturer JFE has entered a new cooperation agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo for MAN's 32/44CR, 35/44DF


This Day In Naval History: March 11

George Bancroft (Photo: United States Library of Congress)

 1778 - During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Boston captures the British ship Martha in the North Atlantic.   1845 - George Bancroft takes office as the 17th Secretary of the Navy. Although he serves in that position only 18 months


PCA Announce New Booking & Service Tariff

Panama Canal Photo PCA

New booking tariff for neopanamax locks & changes to other service tariffs Friday, March 11, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama  The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) announced the following new booking and PCSOPEP tariffs for the neopanamax vessels and modifications to other pilot related tariffs


BOEM Proposes New Regulation for OCS

Bulldozers reconstruct the beach and dunes at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as a dredge ship pumps sand from the Outer Continental Shelf to shore. Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released proposed regulations that would provide additional clarity and certainty for its Marine Minerals Program regarding negotiated, non-competitive leases for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources such as sand, gravel and shell.


Pelindo III to Receive 15 Tugs in Indonesia

Image: Robert Allan

In early 2015, Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, Canada was awarded a contract to provide four customized versions of its distinctive RAzer series designs of ASD tugboats to the Indonesia Port Corporation, “PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO)”






 
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