Bollinger Gretna, L.L.C., Harvey, La., and K-Sea Transportation Corp. of New York have signed a contract for the construction of four double hull, ocean service, OPA '90 oil barges. The barges will have capacities of 80,000 to 100,000 barrels - terms were not disclosed. The barges will be built primarily for oil service on the Northeast U. S. coast. They will be coupled with existing K-Sea tugs using a connection system designed and delivered by Acomarin Engineering. The system will provide increased operating efficiency and will enhance the safety and reliability of the units. The new barges will feature double block cargo segregation, segregated ballast, cargo monitoring and vapor recovery systems as well as advanced electrical and hydraulic systems. Formerly known as Gretna Machine & Iron Works, a multi-use construction and repair/conversion shipyard, its previous owner had dedicated the 66 year-old facility exclusively to repair and conversion work in October 1997. Modules for all four barges will be fabricated at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Amelia, La and shipped to Bollinger-Gretna where they will be joined to other components produced at Bollinger-Gretna, where final assembly and installation of piping and other systems will be completed. Delivery of the first barge is planned for summer of 2002, with delivery of the remaining three barges scheduled at regular intervals.
By David Tinsley, technical editor An advance in hydrodynamic design has been endorsed by Norwegian energy group Statoil, as the prospective charterer of an innovative newbuild intended for coastwise distribution of oil products. The 4,200-dwt vessel contracted by Bergen Tankers will employ a diesel mechanical propulsion layout based on twin azimuth thrusters incorporating 'pulling' propellers. The project represents the first application of the Norwegian-developed Azipull system in the
Predicting business trends in the notoriously fickle marine business is difficult if not impossible. Yet when developments transpire as they have in the fast craft niche of the ferry business, it is difficult to not read the writing on the wall. The business of designing, building, outfitting and operating fast ferries in the United States is set to take off, as increasing pressures from traffic and environmental concerns force more people to the waterways.
By David Tinsley, Technical Editor Liner shipping is traditionally a cyclical business, subject to dramatic peaks and troughs and sudden changes in fortune in individual trade lanes. Today's ebullience among all sectors of container shipping, including its various intermediaries, compares starkly with the situation in the latter part of 2001, when the market had hit a low point and the prophets of doom were out in force
ABS Nautical Systems, provider of integrated fleet management software for the maritime industry, announced it has experienced record growth in the second half of 2009. During that period, which began with the launch of the Newbuild Program, ABS Nautical Systems has expanded their business by signing 30 new contracts in just 26 weeks. ABS Nautical Systems expects to continue its momentum and forecasts even stronger growth in 2010.
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has been awarded a contract worth about US$260 million by returning customer, Floatel International Ltd (Floatel), to build a new generation accommodation semisubmersible (semi) for delivery in 1Q 2014. This new rig developed by Keppel O&M's Deepwater Technology Group, will be built to the SSAU4000NG design with Dynamic Positioning (DP) 3 capability. It marks Keppel FELS' third accommodation semi project with Floatel
While seeking to consolidate its existing LNG carrier workload by bidding for new tonnage to serve the Qatari export traffic and other projects, Spanish shipbuilder IZAR has intensified its research endeavors so as to create a broader business platform in the energy market. The group has thrown its weight behind a new initiative aimed at developing floating plant incorporating gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology to extract and convert gas from remote offshore fields into premium grade liquid
Silversea Cruises has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for one 36,000-GRT, 540-guest, ultra-luxury vessel from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009. The line has also signed an option for a sister ship with Fincantieri, Shipping Times has reported The agreement with Fincantieri is conditional to final contract and financing. However, an irrevocable banking commitment, fully underwritten
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 has commenced operations in India under a five-year drilling contract with Reliance Industries Limited. The company currently expects that Reliance will sublet the rig for the first four years of the contract to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, and that Reliance will operate the rig for the fifth year of the contract.
Drydocks World - Southeast Asia Pte Limited, the Southeast Asian subsidiary of Drydocks World, announced that it has secured a newbuilding contract with Scottish Highlands International Inc., a subsidiary of Coastline Maritime Pte Ltd, to construct a 689-ft Ultra Large Multi-Purpose Offshore Construction Vessel. DDW-Sea operates four shipyards in Singapore and on Batam Island Indonesia providing offshore rig construction, volume shipbuilding and ship repair and conversion services
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN), a product, crude and LNG tanker operator today announced the successful delivery of its second fully coated DP2 suezmax shuttle product tanker, Brasil 2014, from South Korea. The Brasil 2014 is a sister vessel to the Rio 2016 that was delivered in March
Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Following are highlights for this period and the Company's future outlook: • Record quarterly revenue of $147
Cat C280-16 generator sets with an increased power rating have been selected by Jurong Shipyard, to power West Rigel drill rig. The West Rigel is a semisubmersible drilling rig newbuild under construction for North Atlantic Drilling Limited, a subsidiary of Seadrill Limited
PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS has been chosen by China Shipping Group to be fitted to 50 newbuild bulk carriers. This large ECDIS fleet contract was negotiated by Bogerd Martin NV’s subsidiary company, Bogerd Martin China, based in Shanghai.
Maersk Drilling release its financial summary statement for year 2012. With high contract coverage for the coming years and the delivery of seven new large rigs in 2013-2015, Maersk Drilling says it is on track towards to reach its target of a profit of USD 1 billion by 2018
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd's (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries - Keppel FELS Brasil S.A. (Keppel FELS Brasil) and Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) - have secured two contracts worth S$200 million from repeat customers. Keppel FELS Brasil's contract is with MODEC and Toyo Offshore
Strategic Marine, a specialist shipbuilder operating in Singapore and Vietnam, has delivered the Njord Curlew, a high-grade crew transfer and service vessel for Njord Offshore, the UK fleet operator specialising in supply services for the growing offshore windfarm sector.
Keppel FELS Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured three contracts worth a combined US$300 million from repeat customers. The contracts are for the construction of a KFELS B Class jackup rig from Star Drilling Pte Ltd
Coastal voyager on its way for offshore wind farms Lady sponsor Annemie van der Ven- Scheeren, who named the ‘Coastal Voyager’ of Acta Marinein Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on 28th February, has not taken her task lightly. The spouse of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Acta
PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS ordered for Bourbon’s latest generation IMR (Inspection, Maintenance & Repair) vessels. The new ships are beign built in Zheijiang shipyard, China. Four dual Navmaster ECDIS 800 have been supplied
Ardmore Shipping Celebrates Naming of "Ardmore Seavaliant' and 'Ardmore Seaventure'. Ardmore Seavaliant immediately chartered to Cargill, following naming at SPP Shipbuilding. Chemical and product tanker specialist Ardmore Shipping has named the two newest vessels to join its fleet
Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) announced a collaboration with KOTUG International for the newbuild construction of two hybrid Advanced Rotortugs. Following AKA and KOTUG’s hybrid retrofit of the RT Adriaan in early 2012, the team are partnering once again to provide the next
BAM International has awarded MirTac the contract to (re)organize the documentation and activities related to maintenance, critical equipment, spare parts, quality and safety management into the Star IPS fleet management system. The contract comprises 12 units: the jack-up barge IB-909
Keppel FELS Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured a contract to construct a KFELS B Class jackup rig, ENSCO 110, from Ensco plc. The construction cost, together with the commissioning, systems integration testing and project management is expected to be
A welcoming ceremony was held for two newbuild vessels SL Gabon and SL Libreville at Port‐Gentil, Gabon on April 17. Among those attending the ceremony were the Minister Delegate of Transport Mr. Emmanuel Jean Didier Biye, the Governor of the Ogooué Maritime Province Mr