Acteon company InterMoor completed decommissioning operations of the Innovator platform in the Gulf of Mexico’s Gomez field, Mississippi Canyon Block 711. Conducted in water depths of 910 meters, the scope of work involved disconnecting 10 risers/umbilicals; disconnecting 12 mooring lines and then towing the Innovator to Ingleside, Texas. InterMoor said it developed special procedures for disconnection and towing, procured rigging and tow equipment for all vessels including the Anchor Handling Vessel (AHV), FPU and tug vessels, and provided personnel for the AHV and FPU throughout all phases of operations. InterMoor said its involvement with the Innovator platform dates prior to 2006 when it was a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) known as the Rowan Midland. At that time, the MODU was being converted by ATP to a production platform, and InterMoor provided the mooring design, project management, procurement, installation and hook-up of the mooring system. The 12-leg mooring system consisted of suction embedded plate anchors (SEPLA), stud link chain, subsea connectors and polyester mooring ropes. This was the third permanent polyester mooring system installed in the Gulf of Mexico and the first permanent SEPLA mooring. In 2011, InterMoor provided mooring line inspection, changed out all rig wires and upgraded five of the mooring legs due to new Metocean regulations and possible life extension
Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) has recently completed a contract to provide installation, calibration and commissioning on an eight-point mooring monitoring system for Frontier’s drill ship, Duchess, off the coast of Nigeria. The new running line tensiometer and LCI-90 mooring monitoring system provides visibility into line tensions which will support mooring and rig movement monitoring. The Duchess is a 475 ft by 75 ft vessel which needs to stay centered over an offshore oil-well
BC Ferries has completed an internal investigation into the April 3 incident, in which unusually strong northwest winds caused Queen of Cowichan to break from its mooring lines at Departure Bay and drift on to an adjacent dock. Queen of Cowichan, which was moored at the outside terminal berth, broke its mooring lines at about 3:30 a.m., twisted free of the dock and went adrift, resulting in minor damage to the berth and an adjacent dock, and virtually no damage to the vessel.
Aker Kvaerner has been awarded a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in South Korea for delivery of mooring equipment. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately NOK 60 million. The contract involves supply of mooring equipment for two semi-submersible drilling rigs to be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd for the Norwegian rig owner SeaDrill. Four sets of double mooring winches and eigth underwater fairleads will be
GL Noble Denton has issued new guidelines for float-over installations and for moorings. They are now available for oil and gas companies, designers and contractors and describe current “industry good practice” which help oil and gas companies to have their mooring systems or float-over operations approved by GL Noble Denton. An approval by GL Noble Denton may be a requirement of an insurance warranty or to ensure that operational risks are as low as possible.
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.
First Subsea is using innovative non-destructive testing (NDT) technology to inspect the quality of forgings used in the new range of LankoFirst fiber rope connectors for deepwater moorings. Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) undertaken by Vibrant NDT Ltd is reportedly the only NDT technology to correlate to the structural integrity of the inspected component. The LankoFirst fiber rope mooring connector is designed to revolutionize the ease with which deepwater fiber mooring
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) associate company Smit Lamnalco wins Single Point Moorings (SPM) support contract from Petrofac. The contract is to support Single Point Mooring operations 20 km off the Al Fao Peninsula for the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP). The annual contract value is approximately US$-70 million (Boskalis share 50%) and services will commence November 2012. The Single Point Mooring (SPM) contract covers operations and maintenance of four
Failures of mooring systems in offshore floating production are not easy to predict, but they do occur, and they will happen more often as infrastructure nears the end of design life. “It is mission critical that we do the detective work up front on these ageing systems,” according to Tony Hall, CEO of Welaptega Marine. “It’s imperative that we identify any phenomenon that could put a facility at risk of failure.”
Houston-based consultants Stewart Technology offers a full range of services for marine and off-shore needs, and now announce that in addition they offer mooring analysis. Consultation services in this area include those for single point moored systems as well as spread moored systems. Everything from buyers, towers, SALMs and CALMs can be utilized in these services. Mooring analysis from Stewart Technology can be truly beneficial in a number of situations
$500 Million Being Invested in Vital North American Trade Route The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the transit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation announces plans to open a new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, U.S. Trelleborg said it will establish a local “feet on the ground” presence in the area and confirms the company’s commitment to the global oil and
Strainstall UK Limited has been selected to work alongside SBM offshore on the prestigious Shell Stones project, which is an ultra-deep Oil and Gas development in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently the deepest production facility in the world at approximately 2,900 meters.
First of 14 ASD Tugs launched at Damen Shipyards Galati The Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) new ASD Tug 3212 was launched end of March at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The ceremony marks the first in a 14-terminal tug contract between the two companies whose working relationship spans more
Cavotec say that their first automated mooring application in the Netherlands is in place as two MoorMaster units were delivered and carefully lowered into position at Port Den Helder. The units will be used by two TESO passenger ferries on the Den Helder-Texel Island route
Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of, and will soon deploy, the SL Kiwi. It’s their second tug of the Damen STu 2208 type. The 39.4-metric-ton bollard pull tug will join the sister ship SL Kittiwake, delivered late 2012, to support Single Point Mooring operations.
Financial Highlights in the fourth quarter of year 2013 were as follows: Sales were NOK 11.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from NOK 11.2 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) amounted to NOK 1
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) has announced the delivery of the Akatsuki, the first 104,000 DWT class Post-Panamax coal carrier, which was jointly developed with Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation (President: Takashi Ueda; Headquarters: Kita-ku
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the delivery of the Akatsuki, the first 104,000 DWT class Post-Panamax coal carrier, which was jointly developed with Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation and built at the Sanoyas Shipbuilding Mizushima Shipyard.
Sterling Global Operations (SGO) has been chosen to provide surface - supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal and salvage operations for the sunken 82,000-ton Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in Jan
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.'s (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries Keppel Shipyard Ltd., Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd. and Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co. Ltd. have secured contracts worth a total of about S$140 million. Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology) of Keppel O&M, said
PRISE, the Port River Information System Elbe, will soon be officially launched following a one-year trial. The new IT platform will bring together all information on ship arrivals and departures from all of the parties involved in the handling process: the terminals, pilots
On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet
UK-based maritime engineering consultants HR Wallingford are supporting Quantum Power’s development of an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification facility at Tema, Ghana. The facility will include a floating storage and regasification unit with transfer from
The U.S. Coast guard (USCG) said responses crews for the grounded Elizabeth D refloated the vessel at mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday afternoon. Personnel on scene, including a marine surveyor, conducted a damage survey of the vessel after it was refloated and declared it seaworthy