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Japan: Experimental Floating Wind Farm Project

2MW Downwind-type Floating Wind Turbine                                          Fukushima Mirai                                                      (Floater: 4 Column Semi-Sub)tence with the fisheries

A consortium comprising of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu and Mizuho Information & Research have been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012. At present, the installation work of 2MW downwind-type floating wind turbine, 66kV floating power sub-station, extra-high voltage undersea cable and the dynamic cable at the testing area (first phase) have been successfully completed and commenced operations. The experimental study of 2MW downwind-type floating wind turbine, 66kV floating power sub-station commenced. The evaluation of safety, reliability and economic potential of the offshore floating wind farm through the collection and analysis of meteorological data, hydrographic data and performance data will be carried out during the experimental study. In addition, the experiment is aiming to establish the method of operation and maintenance of the offshore floating wind farm at the same time. At the second phase, the two unit of 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbine will be installed within fiscal year 2014 and the total capacity of the offshore floating wind farm will be 16MW

France Launches Tender for Floating Offshore Wind Pilots

France has launched a tender for several floating offshore wind turbine projects in what is set to be the first attempt to test this new technology on an industrial scale.   French environment agency ADEME on Wednesday posted a tender document inviting companies to submit proposals to build floating wind farms with between three to six turbines each, with a capacity of at least 5 megawatts per turbine in three sites in the Mediterranean and one site off southern Brittany.  

ODS-Petrodata Launches FPSbase

ODS-Petrodata, a provider of market intelligence for and about the offshore oil and gas industry, commercially launched FPSbase, a web-based tool providing data on the world's floating oil and gas production systems. FPSbase is designed to track all forms of floating production systems, including FPSOs, FSOs, TLPs, spar-shaped and semisubmersible units; and to deliver analysis of upcoming project tenders, available FPS supply, and current and future demand

Daewoo to Build Floating Dock By 2009

The Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., said it will build a floating dock. Daewoo will invest $149m won in constructing the floating dock. The planned completion date is September 2009, the company said in a regulatory filing. (Source: Yonhap)

ClassNK Establishes New Standards for FLNG/FLPG Sector


Society releases new Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage and Offloading April 28 (Tokyo) - Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) is pleased to announce the publication of its new Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage and Offloading. The new guidelines address the wide variety of construction and survey requirements for FLNG and FLPG facilities including LNG/LPG Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facilities (FPSO)

Planned Floating Production Projects at An All-Time High

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IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The 175 page report Floating Production Systems: Assessment of the Outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs is the 47th in a series of IMA reports on the deepwater production sector that began in 1996. Some highlights from the new report are below. Order backlog for production floaters at all-time high – 74 production floaters are currently on order

Orders for Floating Production Systems

(Source: IMA, Floating Production Systems, 2006) If confirmation is needed that the offshore oil sector is booming, it’s clearly provided by the recent spike in orders for production floaters. Since July there have been orders for 20 production floaters, adding almost 9% to the future inventory of FPSOs, production semis, spars and tension leg platforms. Growth in Number of Units — There are 188 production floaters in service or available as of end 2006

Braemar Secures World’s Largest FLNG Project

Sheila McLain, Vice President of Business Development for Braemar in Houston

Braemar Engineering, the marine and LNG technical consultancy arm of the Braemar Shipping Services PLC group, announced it has been appointed as Owner’s Engineers for United LNG, LP in the world’s largest floating LNG production project. The project, situated offshore near Venice, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, will be the world’s largest floating LNG export project, with three floating liquefaction units projected to export up to 24 million metric tons per annum (MTPA)

Offshore Float-over Installation Generates Renewed Interest

Bigger and heavier decks are on the horizon, installed in more remote locations.

An offshore installation method that is more than three decades old is generating renewed interest from many operators who are challenged with designing heavy-lift crane installations. Float-over installation has become a cost-effective alternative to lift installation for offshore construction, as ever-increasing size and weight of decks constantly exceed the lifting capacity of floating cranes. Exploration of oil and gas in more remote offshore fields is driving the increasing demand for

ClassNK to Host Floating Offshore Wind Round Table

Photo: ClassNK

ClassNK, Japan’s an  international certification and classification society, will host a round table discussion about floating wind technologies on the sidelines of Wind Energy Hamburg (WEH) on September 26.   “ClassNK is one of the leading classification societies, boasting over a century of technical experience in the maritime sector,” says Hirofumi Takano, Director of Innovation Division at ClassNK.  

Grand Bahama Shipyard: Investing in the Future

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

MR spent time with Graham Couser, VP of Sales and Marketing, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. (GBSL), for updates and insights on how this yard is faring in the current market and investing for the future. As the largest ship repair yard in the Caribbean, Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

Keppel to deliver third FPSO for Shapoorji Pallonji, Bumi Armada JV

Bumi Armada Courtesy Bumi Armada

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Armada Madura EPC Limited (Armada Madura), a joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Shapoorji

MODEC Connects Offshore Fleet with O3b/RigNet

RigNet and MODEC Sign Agreement to Deliver Fiber-equivalent O3b Satellite Connectivity to Offshore Brazilian FPSO Fleet   O3b Networks, technology solutions company RigNet and floating production service provider MODEC, entered an agreement to provide high-throughput

US-flag Lakes Cargo Volume Dips in September

File photo: Paul Csizmadia

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The September float was also 8.7 percent below the month’s five-year average.  

US-flag Lakes Cargos Down Almost 10% in July

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.85 million tons of cargo in July, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA) reports.  The July float was also 9 percent below the month’s five-year average.  

Royal Vopak to Acquire EXMAR's FRSU Share

EXMAR to sell its share in FRSU

EXMAR and Vopak announce that discussions are currently taking place to explore the possibility of an acquisition of EXMAR’s share in its floating LNG storage and regasification business (FRSU’s) by Vopak. As the outcome of these discussions between EXMAR and Vopak is currently

Ocean Signal Unveils E101V Float-Free EPIRB

Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with VDR memory capsule

The new Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule is designed according to the latest VDR performance standards as a leading solution for commercial vessels of 3000+ gross tonnage. This is on display at the SMM, Hamburg, 6th to 9th September


(Image: NABRICO)

The Company: From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment

Striking Bollard Pull Results for ALP Striker

ALP Striker performed an impressive and most satisfactorily bollard pull test

ALP Striker achieved an impressive and most satisfactory bollard pull results of 309.6 tonnes during her sea trials. The DP II Anchor Handling Salvage Tug was delivered on 12 September to ALP Maritime Services. The vessel is designed for towing very large floating objects while also offering

Terex Floating Cranes for Open Sea Get Approval

Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes can be used on the open sea in accordance with the Lloyds Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment. TPS has again obtained the design approval first issued in 200

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has obtained design approval for Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes in the G HPK 8200 B four-rope grab variant operated on the open sea.   This was necessary because the Lloyd's Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment has changed since

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing

Photo: Wison Offshore & Marine

The first natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) has completed performance testing at the Wison Offshore & Marine yard in Nantong, China, marking the first time LNG has been produced onboard a floating facility.   The performance test was carried out in the presence of

Yard Improvements at Grand Bahama Shipyard

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a shipyard in the Caribbean, said it had a productive summer program consisting of work on vessels from the tanker, container and towage segments of the maritime industry. Additionally, renovations and upgrades were performed on the floating dry docks and

Final Legwork Underway to Move Transocean Winner

Final preparations for moving the Transocean Winner rig onto the Hawk vessel are continuing and good progress has been made on the operation in Broad Bay.   The anchors have now been disconnected and the rig is being held on four tugs about half a mile from the Hawk.  

BP Pact with Eni to Buy Gas from New Mozambique Field

Photo: BP

 BP and the Area 4 concession partners, Eni East Africa (EEA), Galp Energia (Galp), Kogas and Empresa Nactional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), have entered into a sales and purchase agreement for BP to purchase 100% of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by the EEA-operated Coral South

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