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Offshore Boom in 2003?

With 2002 happily in the rearview mirror, many signs point to a far more lucrative times for the ship and boatbuilding industries of the world, with a surge in offshore business leading the way. With many lucrative potential projects on the board in the Gulf of Mexico and abroad, ship and boat builders large and small are counting on increased offshore drilling opportunities to lead the way to prosperity in 2003. In a recent story published by Reuters, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. officials are quoted as saying the offshore engineering orders will rise by more than a third -- to $1.5 billion -- making it a major plank in the plans of the world's largest shipbuilder. HHI is said to have booked about $1.1 billion in new orders in this niche in 2002, and it notes that many large projects are currently in the bid process.


Viking Supply Ships Open Canadian Office

Balder Viking: Photo courtesy of VSS

Sweden's Viking Supply Ships (VSS) have opened an office in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. They say they have had several vessels working in Canada over the past few years and the opening of the Canadian office will strengthen their strategic position in the Canadian market. Mr. Gerard Dunphy, who has been in the Offshore Business for over 20 years in Atlantic Canada, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, Greenland and the North Sea, has been employed as the Managing Director.


Bibby Charter Enlarges North Sea DSV Fleet

Sat control room on board one of Bibby Offshore’s support vessels

Bibby Offshore expanded its fleet of North Sea class diving support vessels by signing a contract to charter the DPII DSV Mermaid Endurer from Subtech Ltd. on behalf of Mermaid Offshore Services. The charter will run from April, 2014 for 200 days with extension options and a similar optional period has been agreed from April 1, 2015. The vessel will join Bibby Offshore’s DSV fleet which includes the Bibby Sapphire, Bibby Polaris and Bibby Topaz


Glacier Energy Services Acquires Ross Offshore

(l-r) Glacier Energy Services chairman, Scott Martin; Ross Offshore director Toby Ross; Glacier: Offshore MD Mark Derry; engineering technician Craig Marr.

International oilfield specialist Glacier Energy Services confirmed the acquisition of Aberdeen-based Ross Offshore in a multi-million pound deal, further extending its onsite specialist technical support offering to the energy industry. The purchase sees Glacier Energy Services establish an offshore division headquarters at Ross Offshore's modern facility at Peterseat Drive in Aberdeen. Following the acquisition, Glacier has a combined turnover of more than £15million


Bureau Veritas Diversifies with MatthewsDaniel Acquisition

Bureau Veritas announced today that it has acquired MatthewsDaniel Ltd, a global provider of loss adjusting and risk assessment services for the offshore industry. Created in Houston, Texas, in 1962, MatthewsDaniel is headquartered in London and has operations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The company employs more than 150 people and reported revenues of approximately EUR 34M in 2013. MatthewsDaniel primarily provides services for the insurance market


Great ships of 2014: Siem Moxie

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The ISV Siem Moxie, an Ulstein SX 163 design not only has been deemed a “Great Ship” in our pages, it has also been awarded the “Offshore Renewables Awards 2014” and the “Innovation Awards” by an international panel.  The Siem Moxie measures 242 x 55.7 ft. (74 x 17 m). It is the very first X-Bow support vessel which features two sets of Voith Schneider Propellers. Both the Voith Schneider Propellers are also used for its active roll stabilization system


PPL Shipyard Completes Acquisition of Sabine Industries

Further to its announcement dated September 22, 2005, “SembCorp Marine’s PPL Shipyard Acquires Sabine Shipyard in Texas, USA”, SembCorp Marine is pleased to announce that its subsidiary PPL Shipyard has completed the acquisition of a 100 per cent equity interest in Sabine Industries, Inc. (SII) and its subsidiaries Sabine Offshore Services, Inc (SOSI) and Sabine Shipyards, Inc (SSI) and a 25 per cent equity interest in Sabine Vessels, Inc (SVI) for a total consideration of US$6.4 million.


German Offshore Wind Farm: Iberdrola Chooses Areva Turbines

Iberdrola chooses Areva Wind as preferred supplier for its Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in German waters. Under the terms of the agreement, with construction scheduled for 2016 and 2017, Areva Wind will support Iberdrola on foundation and tower design optimization, project logistics, installation concept and project certification with regulator Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). The Wikinger offshore wind project


Fendercare's New Offshore Pipe-Laying Solution

Piggyback Saddle: Image credit Fendercare Marine

Fendercare Marine launch a new range of piggyback saddles to assist pipeline installation in the offshore industry. Piggyback saddles - alongside clamps and spacers - can act as a shaped interface between a pipeline and a cylindrical buoyancy tank, to ensure the tank rides comfortably and safely on top of the pipeline during the laying operation.  They can also act as separators during parallel lay installations and are most frequently used when smaller secondary umbilicals or


Biggest HATLAPA Stern Rollers Ordered for Maersk Tugboats

HATLAPA builds its largest stern rollers to date for Maersk Supply Service’s two new tugs under construction in Chile. The Danish shipping company Maersk Supply Service has ordered two large stern rollers from HATLAPA to be used in the two vessels built at the Chilean shipyard Asenav. The tugs will be built for worldwide use in the oil and gas industry. The first of two orders was delivered in early 2013, with the second to be completed by March 2014


The German Shipbuilding Rebound

Tamsen Shipyard, Rostock: Minehunting vessels  “Herten” and “Homburg” at Tamsen Shipyard.

German shipbuilding has made a significant turnaround. The country’s shipbuilding industry has seen increases in the number of employees, orders and deliveries compared to 2013, according to the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM).


Hertel Offshore Renamed CKT Projects

Photo courtesy of CKT Projects

Hertel has announced the acquisition of Hertel by Altrad  for its worldwide access solutions, insulation, corrosion protection and mechanical businesses. Hertel Offshore was not part of the acquisition by Altrad, but will continue its activities and business with the same shareholders (NPM


ABS Expands in Offshore Markets with AIM Service

ABS Group has announced the release of a new offshore Asset Integrity Management (AIM) service focused on driving operational reliability, efficiency and profitability for asset owners and operators.   The AIM services are delivered by a newly dedicated offshore business division using a


Aiken Marine Sees Upturn In Overseas Business

Danny Donald (left) and Steve Grant (right). (Photo:Aiken Marine)

A division of Aberdeen-based Aiken Group announced an upturn in its overseas business in recent months.   Aiken Marine, which supplies a range of services to the global marine and offshore industries, has seen a rise in its business supplying and brokering newbuild resale drilling jackups


Van Oord to Acquire Activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore

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Van Oord has reached agreement on the acquisition of the activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore. The acquisition consists of the assets of Ballast Nedam Offshore, the dedicated EPCI staff (Engineering, Procurement, Contracting and Installation)


Special Vessels “Built by Flensburger”

The first offshore seismic vessel, MV Amazon Conqueror,  for the owner WesternGeco, during launching in June 2014

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, FSG, was founded in 1872 by a group of five local ship owners who previously had all their steamboats built in England as most German ship owners did in the 19th century.  The first ship, the iron tall ship Doris Brodersen


Hyundai Merges Offshore and Plant Divisions

Image: Hyundai Shipbuilding Division

 To improve efficiency Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced its intention to merge its plant division into the offshore business. The world's biggest shipbuilder said that they will take place after current projects are completed.


Wartsila Sees Low Oil Price Impacting Shipping

CEO cautious on 2015 outlook. Finnish ship engine and power plant maker Wartsila reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit and warned lower crude prices were likely to curb oil firms' demand for vessels. Shares in Wartsila dropped 2.1 percent to 40


MOL Joins Project to Mark Anniversary of Japan, Brazil Treaty

A group shot of the project members in front of the completed Tachinepta float

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that MOL cooperated in the transport of the “Tachinepta” float (*1) Samba Carnival (*2) Components of the float, weighing about 5 tons in all, were placed into 15 containers and loaded aboard an MOL-operated containership


Bibby Sees Hike Interest From Offshore Sector

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy: Bibby Ship Management)

Bibby Ship Management is seeing a near 20% increase in inquiries for its services from the offshore sector as ship owners and support vessel operators look to reduce costs and recruit the best crews for their vessels. This development is fuelled in part by a move by the oil majors to reduce


Seacor Holdings Rejig Top Deck

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  SEACOR Holdings Inc.informed that Oivind Lorentzen their Chief Executive Officer has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, but will continue as a director and non-executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman


OTC Names Technology Award Winners

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The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place May 4-7 in Houston, has announced 17 technologies that will receive the Spotlight on New Technology SM Award. The 2015 awards will be presented May 4, in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby.  


Rolls-Royce to Supply Engines for First Seabed Mining Vessel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has secured a landmark agreement to supply six of its new B33:45 medium-speed diesel generator sets to China’s Fuijan Mawei shipyard for configuration aboard the world’s first ever seabed mining vessel. The pioneering vessel


Safety at VIKING Scales New Heights

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  A record-breaking offshore evacuation system is one of several highlights to be presented at the stand of leading marine and fire safety equipment and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) at OTC 2015 in Houston, Texas.   Chuting for the top


Edda & its Five Star Offshore Accommodations

 Over eight months during 2012 – 2013, we operated the Edda Fides in the Bass Strait between south east Australia and Tasmania on the KTT (Kipper Tuna Turrum) project, the largest domestic  gas  development on the eastern seaboard of Australia at the time.  The charterer was McDermott Australia and the client was Esso Australia where we served as accommodation unit for up to 400 workers doing upgrade on the Marlin B platform. The project started in June 2012 and was successfully completed in Feb

Petter Sundet, Captain of Edda Fortis, discusses with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News the evolution of top-notch accommodation in the offshore environment. Please provide a brief bio. Specifically, how did you come to a career in the marine industry






 
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