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MSC (Europe) Awarded Conversion Project

Maritime Services Corporation’s Southampton-based marine outfitting company, MSC (Europe) Ltd., has received a Letter of Intent and deposit that will lead to a $19 million conversion contract to convert the ex Dronning Ingrid rail ferry into a state of the art hospital ship for the charitable group Mercy Ships. MSC will act as the general contractor for all phases of the conversion.


Bender Granted Conversion Contract From Cal Dive

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair of Mobile, Ala., has been awarded the conversion of the 400 x 102 ft. (121.9 x 31 m) Sea Sorceress. The barge, which will be converted from a manned fuel barge to a DP-II construction barge for Cal Dive International of Houston, Texas, will receive eight 850 kW retractable Z drives. These drives will be powered by four Wärtsilä generators providing 6.6kV of power. A new engine room on the dynamically positioned barge will be used for the vessel's main source of


Marotta Receives GD Sub Conversion Contract

Marotta Scientific Controls, Inc. has been awarded a contract from General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, for valves on two Ohio Class submarines that will be converted to multi-mission platforms, optimized for covert strike and special operations support. The contract value is $3.2 million with an option for another $3.3 Million for two additional conversions in 2003 & 2004. The U.S. Navy, in response to changes in post-Cold War strategy, will overhaul four


Frontline Ltd. Develops Heavy Lift Activity

In line with the strategy decided by the Board, Frontline Ltd. is currently in the process of establishing a separate entity to develop the company's heavy lift activity. Such a company will include up to six single hull Suezmax vessels. Five of these vessels are on long term leases from Ship Finance International Limited, and a deal is subject to reaching a mutually acceptable solution with Ship Finance International Limited for a purchase of these vessels


Singapore’s Shipyards Reflect Booming FPSO Trend

Traditional shipyards in Singapore are benefitting from booming oil and gas business, as work orders flow in for Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) conversions, states a new report by business intelligence experts GBI Research. The new report  cites Singapore as the location of around 70% of conversions for the FPSO industry globally, with traditional shipyards such as Keppel, Sembawang, Jurong


NASSCO to Design TOTE LNG Propulsion Conversion

TOTE Orca-class: Photo credit NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO, contract with Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) to design the conversion of two Orca-Class  trailerships. The contract is to design the conversion of the company’s two existing Orca Class, diesel-electric trailerships to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. This design contract is in addition to the new-construction order that TOTE Shipholdings placed with NASSCO last month for the construction of two new LNG-powered containerships.


Noble Drilling Completes Fifth Conversion

Noble Drilling Corporation announced its fifth successful EVA-4000TM semisubmersible conversion, Noble Max Smith, commenced its mobilization to its first location in Alaminos Canyon for Amerada Hess Corporation. The unit, capable of drilling in water depths up to 6,000 ft., will undergo final commissioning of its marine systems when it arrives on location. Upon completion of commissioning, the rig will commence drilling operations under its contract with Amerada Hess Corporation.


FPSO Conversion Begins in Brazil

In working on what is claimed to be the largest and most complex offshore conversion project undertaken to date in Brazil, the conversion of the FPSO P-48 (formerly the VLCC Stena Concordia), FELS Setal SA, the Brazilian subsidiary of Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine, has achieved five million work hours without a Lost time Incident. US-based Kellogg Brown & Root’s subsidiary Halliburton Produtos Ltda awarded FELS Setal the contract for the marine conversion of the FPSO in February 2001


Imtech: Number of Marine Service and Maintenance Contracts to 5,000

Imtech (technical services provider in Europe and on the global marine market) is observing a substantial increase in the number of marine service and maintenance contracts managed by Imtech. Recently Imtech signed a new global partnership agreement for 350 vessels operated by an international ship operator in Hong Kong, which granted Imtech a preferred service vendor status. As a result, Imtech passed the 5,000 mark for ships under various types of contract and partnership agreements


Cargotec Secures Vietnamese Pipelayer with Mooring Solutions

A contract for mooring equipment for a pipelaying barge marks Cargotec’s successful entry to the Vietnamese offshore market. In July this year, Cargotec won a contract from the joint stock company Vinh Nam (VAM JSC)/TECMACH  to supply mooring equipment outfits for Vietsovpetro’s 110m-long by 30.5m-breadth pipelaying crane barge, Con Son. The 1969-built vessel is currently undergoing a conversion at Dung Quat Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd.


GE to Equip PSVs under Construction for Petrobras

Photo: GE

GE’s Power Conversion business will provide dynamic positioning (DP) and vessel control systems to equip the next generation platform supply vessels (PSV4500), currently under construction at the Detroit shipyard to the Brazilian shipbuilder Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda


Partnership Promotes Seawater Lubrication

Scott Groves (left), Business Development Manager at Thordon Bearings, and Leslaw Hnat (right), Chairman of the Board of MSR Gryfia, sign an agreement that affirms the companies’ efforts to convert ships to seawater lubricated propeller shaft lines from oil.

Thordon Bearings Inc. signed a letter of intent (LOI) under which it will cooperate with MSR Gryfia of Poland to promote the conversion of ships to an open seawater lubricated propeller shaft Thordon bearing system from a sealed oil lubricated propeller shaft bearing system.   


Damen Responds to Evolving Fishing Practices

Photo: Damen

Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam meets fishing sector’s growing needs by performing electric pulse fishing conversions   As European fishing policies evolve, so fishing techniques advance. One of the latest technologies available is electric pulse fishing


NASSCO Cuts Steel on APT "ECO Tanker"

Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of another ship in its commercial shipbuilding backlog, starting construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony in its San Diego shipyard. U.S. Rep


Hybrid Ferry Completes Three-month Trial

Hybrid Ferry MF Finnøy

Corvus Energy announced the completion of the three-month trial of the hybrid ferry MF Finnøy.  The refit vessel used a 960V, 260kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 40 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries


DNV GL, N-KOM to Partner on LNG Initiatives

N-KOM’s CEO Chandru Rajwani and Dr Henrik O. Madsen, DNV GL’s Group President and Chief Executive Officer, signed the memorandum. (Photo: Laurence Tissot)

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today between DNV GL and Qatar’s premier shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel within the maritime and offshore industry. The signing ceremony took place during DNV GL’s


Energy Storage System Ordered for LNG Battery Hybrid Ferry

Photo: Corvus Energy

Norwegian hybrid to be the first LNG battery ferry to operate on commercial routes Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Fjord1 have announced the award of the contract for the Fannefjord LNG hybrid ferry. The refit Fannefjord will use a 1,050V, 410kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 63


MSC Magnifica Completes Drydocking at Damen Shiprepair

MSC Magnifica

  After a very fast and successful 17-day drydocking the cruise ship MSC Magnifica left Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) for Hamburg on schedule to start her next cruise. Next week (December 2) another cruise vessel will arrive at Damen Shiprepair


Caterpillar Completes 1st Dual Fuel Engine Retrofit

Dual fuel marine engine, the MaK M 46 DF

Caterpillar Marine successfully completed the commercial marine industry’s first dual fuel engine retrofit conversion in hull. Performed in under six weeks, Caterpillar Marine along with Cat dealer Bolier, completed an in hull retrofit onboard the Coral Anthelia


DNV GL Gas Ready Notation

DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation provides a clear picture of the level of LNG fuelled preparedness of a vessel.

With the IGF Code practically finalized, the introduction of sulphur limits and burgeoning infrastructure and production capability, LNG as a ship fuel is spreading rapidly through the maritime world.   DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation gives owners


Alewijnse Wins Electrical Installation Contract

The Seawell

Alewijnse Marine Systems has been awarded the contract for the full electrical refit of the 114 metre diving support vessel Seawell, owned by Helix Energy Solutions Group.   The Seawell is currently in the North Sea and is expected at the Damen Shiprepair Yard in Vlissingen at mid December


Floating Production: Huge Opportunity for Shipyards, Manufacturers

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Floating production has been one of the most significant achievements in the upstream oil and gas industry over the past four decades. The ability to produce in deepwater has opened a new frontier in oil and gas development – and has generated a huge business base for suppliers of floating


ABS Releases Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels

Christopher J. Wiernicki

Notation reflects increased demand for review and approval of machinery elements on vessels designed for conversion to LNG fuel.   ABS has published the ABS Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuildings for future conversion to gas propulsion.


Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs

Seaspan Marine has converted Royal’s stern tubes to RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic EAL. Photo credit: Seaspan Marine

Vessel fleets face an increasing number of environmentally focused regulations, adding complexity to their operations and creating urgency around compliance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP)


Damen Performs Cruise Ship Maintenance

Photo: Damen

Astor and Marco Polo receive refurbishment and class survey work   Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands, including Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages






 
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