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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


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


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


Japanese-Chartered Tanker Is Free To Leave

The Indonesian Supreme Court has ruled that a Japanese-charted oil tanker, held up by a local dispute, can leave the country but when was unclear, an official with the oil company involved said. The incident, involving a tanker chartered by trading house Mitsubishi Corp., was caused by a dispute between PT Caltex Pacific Indonesia, Indonesia's biggest oil operator, and a local contractor. "Today, we received the decision from the Supreme Court saying that the content of the ship is owned by


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


Fed's Green Signal for Port Everglades Expansion

Imag by Port Everglades

 Port Everglades received key federal clearance to begin the next phase of deepening and widening its channels.   The port now can seek Congressional funding for a project that would generate thousands of jobs and maintain the region's leading position in international trade.  


Union Vows More Channel Tunnel Disruption

Ferry workers will disrupt traffic through the sub-sea Channel tunnel between France and Britain for 48 hours from midday on Thursday, a union official said. "We will pursue our actions to make the French government budge," said union official Eric Vercoutre


Striking Ferry Workers to Ease Blockade of Calais Port

Striking ferry workers blocking access to Calais port in northern France agreed on Wednesday to let some boats through, partly lifting a blockade in its third day.   Workers at ferry service MyFerryLink are trying to prevent job cuts after their company was sold to a Danish company


Injured Fisherman Medevaced off Alaska

Screenshot from USCG video

An injured mariner was medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel near Sand Point, Wednesday, the USCG reported. Watchstanders at USCG District 17 command center received a report that a mariner aboard 48-foot fishing vessel Capt-Jay was suffering from a head injury


LNG Tanker Diverted from Britain to N. America

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery bound for Britain may have been diverted on Wednesday towards North America, according to live ship-tracking data on Reuters Eikon.   The GDF Suez Point Fortin tanker was initially due to unload its Algerian cargo in Britain's Isle of Grain terminal on


Italy Reports 3,600 Migrant Rescues in 2 Days

Almost 3,600 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats sailing from Africa to Europe over the past 48 hours, Italy said on Thursday, with sea conditions seen as perfect for attempting the crossing.   As more than 600 migrants were brought ashore at the port of Catania in Sicily


Indonesia Rolls Out First Green Container Terminal

Image by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III

 It was an historic moment for Indonesia when President of Indonesia inaugurated the Lamong Bay Terminal in Surabaya, East Java, operated by state-owned PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III).   The Lamong Bay is the first green-concept container terminal in the country


Sea Urchin Haven Disturbed by Oil Spill

Santa Barbara Photo Wikipedia

  Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. Now, she needs new hunting grounds. The coast, thought to be one of the world's best places for harvesting sea urchins


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 New Containerships

Due to the dimensions of the canal, shipping companies are only able to use ships with a maximum capacity of 4,900 TEU so far. (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

When the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete, liner shipping companies will finally be able to use larger vessels. Hapag-Lloyd has therefore ordered five state-of-the-art ships.   Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five modern container ships from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy


Peel Ports Welcomes 3 Queens

Three of the world’s largest and grandest ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria  - paid a historic visit to salute the city of Liverpool, the original home of their owners, cruise-line

  Three of the world’s largest and grandest ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria  - paid a historic visit to salute the city of Liverpool, the original home of their owners, cruise-line company Cunard


All Women Crew Team SCA Win Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8

Team SCA crew. Photo: Team SCA

 All-women sailing crew Team SCA have recorded their first victory of the Volvo Ocean Race, clinching the eighth leg in the Bay of Biscay off the coasts of France and Spain.    The Swedish boat, skippered by Briton Sam Davies, won the eighth and penultimate 647-mile stage


Sunken 48-foot Sports Fisher Vessel Salvaged

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) monitored the salvage of the sunken  Bigbi Thursday, two miles north of Little Creek, Va.   The Bigbi sank at approximately 5:40 a.m., Saturday.   The four-man crew of the Bigbi activated their emergency personal indicating radio beacon


Crowley Adds Sailings from North Atlantic to Puerto Rico

Crowley Maritime Corp. informs its liner services group will add sailings between Pennsauken, N.J., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, this summer. The company has served the Puerto Rico market since 1954.   “With our accelerated sailing schedule


RINA Launches Open-sea Crane Standards

Photo: RINA

RINA has launched new standards for cranes which will be used for transhipment of bulk cargoes at sea and has completely revised and rebased its rules for offshore cranes used in offshore construction, service and demolition. Under the new rules for lifting appliances


Kvichak to Build 48 ft. Foil Research Cat

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, was recently awarded a contract to design and build a 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory.  The vessel will operate in Puget Sound






 
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