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VT Halter Marine Secures OSV Contract

Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.'s (VTS) subsidiary, VT Halter Marine, Inc. has secured a contract to build an Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) for an undisclosed interest. The contract includes options for six additional vessels. This announcement comes within days of VTS concluding the purchase of Halter Marine’s assets. John Coburn, Chairman and CEO, VTS stated, “Commercial contracts such as this one are an important part of VT Halter Marine’s business plan. A contract of this type is indicative of the continued confidence in and a bright future for VT Halter Marine and its employees. We are very pleased with the timing of this opportunity - building offshore vessels for a prominent U.S. owner and operator of OSVs. It is certainly a positive beginning for VT Halter Marine, the local community and the State of Mississippi.” Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) carry goods, supplies, individuals (in addition to the crew) or equipment used to support exploration and offshore production of mineral or energy sources. This state of the art OSV will be ABS classed and U.S. flagged for international service. Pricing and vessel specifications are considered to be competition-sensitive information and, are therefore not being disclosed. The contract became effective on Nov 8, 2002, and the first vessel is expected to be delivered in approximately 13 months' time. “As the Company grows, we anticipate expanding operations, which in turn will result in


Huisman Begins Construction on New Quayside

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On Thursday, June 16, 2011, Huisman’s CEO Joop Roodenburg gave the official start signal for the construction of Huisman China’s new quayside. With the new quayside in place, the Huisman China facility will be easily accessible for seagoing vessels, allowing for fast installation, commissioning and testing of the Huisman designed and built offshore construction equipment onboard. Besides the installation of Huisman products, the new quay and 2


MISC Sees Soft Shipping Rates Ahead

MISC Bhd expects freight rates for crude oil to remain soft over the next two years as competitors put more new tankers to sea. MISC earns 90% of its profits from shipping oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). A subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), the world's largest carrier of LNG. LNG is shipped under long-term contracts, but MISC still faces significant exposure to oil freight rates, with crude oil tankers accounting for 40% of its profits.


Lluavi Puts Mexican Shipbuilding on the Map

Strategic Marine Mexico recently launched the second 170.6 ft Crew Boat, the LLuavi, for Arrendadora Ocean Mexicana (Blue Marine). The two 170.6 ft Crew Boats, Aramara and Lluavi, has seen Blue Marine become the only Mexican ship owner to build offshore vessels in Mexico. “Not only is this project a huge achievement for Strategic Marine, but for the Mexican community at large, helping to create over 160 jobs in total


Offshore Update: Waiting on Feds to Issue Permits

Offshore supply vessel Michael G. McCall, Gulf Craft’s most recent delivery, could not get work in the Gulf of Mexico. Seacor chartered it for operations off the west coast of Africa. The 190-ft by 34-ft vessel was delivered in July 2010. (Photo courtesy Gulf Craft, LLC)

By Susan Buchanan, from the November 2010 edition of MarineNews Marine companies along the Gulf of Mexico have seen little new business since the offshore drilling moratorium was lifted in early October as oil producers apply for permits and decide how to navigate costly safety regulations. At Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., one of the top U.S. boat builders, Chief Executive Officer Boysie Bollinger, said “we're waiting for BOEM to start issuing offshore drilling permits


Initiative to Speed Offshore Wind Development

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar launched a “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to facilitate siting, leasing and construction of new projects, spurring the rapid and responsible development of the renewable resource. “The Cape Wind lease is an historic milestone in America’s renewable energy future, but to fully harness the economic and energy benefits of our nation’s vast Atlantic wind potential we need


Rolls-Royce Wins S. American Contracts

Rolls-Royce won contracts for six platform supply vessels (PSV) worth around £45 million, including the first offshore orders from Chile. CBO (Companhia Brasileira de Offshore) has ordered four UT-Design type UT 715 L offshore supply vessel design and equipment packages. The 3,000 tonne deadweight PSVs are to be built by Allianca shipyard near Rio de Janeiro for delivery in 2009 and 2010. The vessels will go straight into long-term charters with the Brazilian state oil company, Petrobras


Deepwater to Build Offshore Wind Farm

Rhode Island picked Deepwater Wind to develop an offshore wind farm expected to cost more than $1b and provide about 15 percent of the state's electricity. The wind farm was expected to generate about 1.3 million megawatt-hours a year. Rhode Island selected Deepwater after reviewing seven bids on its April request for proposals to build an offshore wind farm. Deepwater was established to develop utility-scale offshore wind projects in the northeast United States.


TY Offshore Launches Eighth of Eighteen FMT Industries Barges

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TY Offshore, LLC launched the FMT 3256, the eighth of eighteen 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges for FMT Industries, LLC, one of the several companies within the Florida Marine Group. FMT Industries recently exercised its option for four additional barges from its original order of ten. The barges are being built at TY Offshore’s Gulfport, Mississippi facility. Additional barge launches will follow at thirty day intervals.


Ocean Osprey is Ready to Serve in Norway

Ocean Osprey (Photo: Zamakona Yards)

Zamakona Yards announced that the newly built vessel Ocean Osprey arrived to Scotland last week to soon begin operating in the Martin Linge offshore oilfields to support the works of Norwegian company Total E & P. Ocean Osprey was launched January 31 at Zamakona’s facility in Pasajes (San Sebastián) and is the first ship ordered by the Norwegian shipping company Atlantic Offshore AS built by Zamakona Yards.


Njord Offshore Orders BMT-designed WSVs

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BMT Nigel Gee Ltd. announced that it has won a design for the construction of up to eight advanced 26m Windfarm Support Vessels (WSV), to be built by the Australian shipbuilder, Strategic Marine.  The vessels are to be built for Njord Offshore Ltd


Rolls-Royce Engines, Equipment for Bourbon

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Rolls-Royce is to deliver deck machinery and engines to an arctic Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) to be built by Vard for Bourbon Offshore Norway. The contract has a value in excess of £17 million for Rolls-Royce. The deck machinery delivery from Rolls-Royce will consist of


Golden Energy Offshore orders 2 PSVs

PX 121H design PSVs

 Golden Energy Offshore has entered into a shipbuilding contract with NANTONG RAINBOW OFFSHORE & ENGINEERING EQUIPMENTS CO.,LTD (ROC) in China for the construction of two PX121H Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) from ULSTEIN, with the option to build two more vessels of the same design


Damen Fits New SPS Feet to Wind Turbine Vessel

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Damen ARNO Dunkerque, part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group, has given a new set of feet to what they are caling the world’s first purpose-built offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessel, the 2003-built MPI Resolution*


Island Ventures Orders Two Ulstein Vessels, First in U.S.

Island Ventures II LLC orders two large offshore construction vessels from Ulstein, one for construction at Ulstein Verft, one for construction in the U.S. (Illustration courtesy: Ulstein Group)

Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore are ordering two new OCV vessels through the company Island Ventures II LLC. One vessel will be built at Ulstein Verft, Norway, and the other in the United States. Constructing at Ulstein Verft


Triple Subsea Crane Package Contract for MacGregor

Subsea Crane: Image credit MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is to deliver a package of three cranes to a new offshore accommodation & construction vessel being built at Chantier Davie Canada, with delivery scheduled for the end of Spring 2015. The vessel is the first in a series of dynamically positioned offshore


Island Offshore Orders Rolls-Royce-Designed PSV

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Rolls-Royce has a won a contract to design and equip a new offshore support vessel (OSV) for Island Offshore, to be built by shipbuilding group Vard. The platform support vessel (PSV) is a Rolls-Royce design of type UT 776 CD, the second of this type ordered by Island Offshore this year.


Siem Offshore Order Duel-Fuelled PSV's

A Siem Offhsore PSV: Image courtesy of the owners

Norway-based Siem Offshore has contracted Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Poland to build four dual-fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). The vessels are to be of VS 4411 DF design, and Siem Offshore say that they currently have two vessels of similar design under construction for delivery in


WTS Wins Xflow Watermist Fire Fighting Contracts

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Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) says it has been awarded contracts to supply its patented Unitor XFlow low pressure water mist fire fighting systems to newbuildings under construction for two leading Norwegian offshore vessel shipowners, as follows


ABS to Class its First Japan-Flagged Vessel

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Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel will be built to ABS class for Offshore Japan Corporation by Japan Marine United Corporation. ABS has been selected by Offshore Japan Corporation (OJC) to class its newly-ordered Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel


BAE Systems Launches Jackson Offshore PSV

BAE Systems launches the M/V Breeze from its Heckscher Drive shipyard on Wednesday, January 29.

BAE Systems today launched the first of four platform supply vessels it’s building for Jackson Offshore Operators, LLC. These vessels, which will support drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, reflect BAE Systems’ continued growth in U.S


Teekay Offshore Buys Towage Firm, Orders New AHTS Vessels

AHTS in ALP Colours: Photo courtesy of Teekay Offshore

Teekay Offshore Partners say they have agreed to acquire ALP Maritime Services B.V. (ALP), a Netherlands-based provider of long-haul ocean towage and offshore installation services to the global offshore oil and gas industry. Details as follows:


Bibby Remote Intervention Expands Fleet

Olympic Ares, on charter to Bibby Offshore from April this year.

Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs (Remote


Viking Strengthens Partnership with Lobby Marine Veteran

Viking Offshore & Marine Limited has announced it would participate in the ownership of a second cantilever drilling jack-up rig, further strengthening its partnership with Singapore rig veteran, Chan Kwan Bian as it accelerates its entry into mainstream offshore rig chartering.  


Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Details as follows: Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic


 
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