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MacGREGOR Forms Offshore Division

The MacGREGOR Group recently unveiled details of its new offshore division, a division made possible by the recent acquisitions of Hydramarine in Norway and Plimsoll in Singapore. The Offshore division will comprise more than 660 employees: 160 in Norway and 500 in Asia. In 2006, Hydramarine and Plimsoll had a combined turnover of approximately €104 million and a order backlog of €175 million. Both Hydramarine and Plimsoll are financially consolidated into the MacGREGOR Group as of April 1, 2007. According to the company, there are a number of strong synergies in combining Hydramarine and Plimsoll into one new business division. Business-wise, the MacGREGOR Offshore division will take advantage of the combined strength in the different geographical areas that Hydramarine and Plimsoll represent. There are also strong similarities between the respective product portfolios and technology within Hydramarine and Plimsoll. Hydramarine focuses on the development of hydraulic and electrical load handling equipment for ship and rig owners, yards and operators. Its key products are large Active Heave Compensated (AHC) cranes for the offshore industry. Hydramarine offers a complete range of high-end handling systems such as cranes, davits, winches and subsea load handling solutions. Its products are installed on various kinds of offshore supply vessels and rigs. Hydramarine concentrates on the offshore business in North Sea and the US Gulf region.


IHC Caland Wins Multiple Orders

IHC Caland NV won orders worth about $141.9 million. The orders include building a RoRo ferry for a French client, an offshore support vessel for a British firm, a tug for a Dutch customer and two river cruise ships for Viking River Cruises. "These new orders will take up a substantial part of the capacity at the group's shipyards well into 2002," IHC Caland said. It added that its offshore division had been ordered by a large international oil company to design a floating production and


Alstom Wins Repeat Order For Cable Layer

The Marine and Offshore division of Alstom Drives & Controls has been awarded a contract by James Fisher & Sons to provide a replacement power management, alarm and monitoring system for installation on the C/S Nexus cable layer. This is the second such order for Alstom from James Fisher, who granted the company a contract in 1993 for the supply and installation of a DPS901 Simplex Dynamic Positioning System onboard the same vessel


Certex Launches New International Offshore Division

Certex International is launching a new offshore division.  Certex International Offshore Services brings together five companies from the Foranka International AB group that are well established within the global offshore market – Certex Offshore (UK), Certex Norge (Norway), Peter Harbo (Denmark), Erling Haug (Norway) and Haug Offshore Services (Norway).  All five of the component companies will continue to operate on an individual basis but as part of Certex International


Bourbon First Half 2009 Revenues Up

Jacques de Chateauvieux, Chairman and Chief Executive of BOURBON, said, "the oil industry is looking to control capital expenditure and operating costs and this has led to an oil services market that is temporarily dominated by short term contracts and a reduction in usage and pricing. Nevertheless, even in this context, BOURBON's innovative and high performance vessels are maintaining high usage rates and will be the first to benefit from the expected upturn in business


Netherlands Shipyard to Build Ship for China

China order suction dredger: Image credit IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede says it has been successful in securing orders worth € 350 million for a wide range of dredging and offshore vessels and equipment, including a large trailing suction dredger for a Chinese customer. News of the orders as follows: The company's Dredging division has confirmed new contracts for the delivery of a large custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger, with units that will be supplied by IHC Beaver Dredgers as well as a cutter suction dredger training simulator


Tug/Supply Vessel from Tuong Aik

The Offshore Division of Swissco International Ltd. of Singapore recently took delivery of a new tug/supply vessel, the 2400-hp Swissco Swift from Tuong Aik Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. in Sibu Sarawak. The 32 x 9 meter vessel was built to a design by United Ship Design of Sibu. With a large open aft deck, a 2.5-meter stern roller, a 25-ton towing winch and firefighting monitors, this craft is designed to provide a range of services to charterers


India’s Shipping Companies Look to Offshore Investments

With the boom in the oil and gas exploration sector, fueled by the recent awarding of new blocks under NELP VI, Indian shipping companies are tanking up to sharpen their focus on the offshore segment. Only last month, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) came out with a tender for chartering of around 26 offshore supply vessels, with mobilization requirement up to the third week of November. Shipping companies such as Great Eastern Shipping


Singapore Shipyard Contracted for Ultra-deepwater Drill Rig

Photo courtesy of Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Marine, Jurong Shipyard gets US$ 568-million contract for semi-submersible deepwater rig for North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. The new rig will be constructed based on the Moss Maritime CS60 design – an enhancement of the Moss Maritime CS50E MKII harsh-environment ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rigs West Pegasus and West Leo which were delivered by Jurong Shipyard to Seadrill in March 2011 and January 2012 respectively


Bureau Veritas Classed Fleet Passes 100 mi Gross Tons

  Strong growth in the numbers of ships being transferred into BV class has pushed the Bureau Veritas classed fleet past the 100 million gross tonnes milestone. At the end of the first half of 2014 Bureau Veritas classed 10,700 ships totalling over 100 million gross tonnes. Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice President and Head of Bureau Veritas's Marine & Offshore Division says, "Our classed fleet has doubled in size over the last eight years and it is gratifying that the


Seven Seas Launches New Facility at ASRY

ASRY Chief Executive Nils Kristian Berge and Seven Seas Chairman Freddy Sidhwa inaugurate the new facility (Courtesy ASRY)

ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has welcomed a new dedicated living quarters outfitter and HVAC facility operated by UAE-based Seven Seas within the yard. The facility includes a metal fabrication workshop, a carpentry workshop, offices and stores


IACS Updates Strategy and Elects New Chairman

Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has updated its forward strategy and work plan for the upcoming year at its 69th Council meeting held in Santa Margherita, Italy, chaired by Roberto Cazzulo, Chairman of RINA Services and outgoing IACS chairman.


Bureau Veritas Kick-starts LNG Bunkering

Jean-Francois Segretain

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published a comprehensive set of guidelines on LNG Bunkering, with the aim of speeding adoption of LNG as a ship’s fuel by kick-starting the LNG bunker chain. Jean-Francois Segretain, Technical Director, Marine and Offshore Division


Bureau Veritas to Class First LNG Bunker Barge

LNG bunkering barge for GDF

International classification society Bureau Veritas has been chosen to class the unique LNG bunkering vessel which will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries, Korea, under an agreement between Japan’s NYK and Mitsubishi and France’s GDF-SUEZ.


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


Thai Owners Charter Out DSV 'Mermaid Endurer' for N. Sea Work

Mermaid Endurer: Photo courtesy of Mermaid Maritime

Mermaid Maritime's subsidiary Subtech Ltd. has been awarded a subsea services contract with Bibby Offshore Limited for services in the North Sea. This contract will utilize the DP2 Dive Support Vessel ‘Mermaid Endurer’ for inspection


Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Accommodation Barge

Photo: Fairmount Sherpa

Tug Fairmount Sherpa has delivered accommodation barge Ayang 2 offshore Angola. The barge was towed from Romania to a location offshore Porto Amboim. The Ayang 2 is an accommodation and work barge owned by the offshore division of Korean group Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering


Integrated Vessel Control System Contract for Kongsberg

Wind Turbine Support Liftboat Image courtesy of Nordic Yards

Nordic Yards in Wismar, Germany, has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to deliver an Integrated Vessel Control System for a newbuild 80m Wind Turbine Service Jack-Up Vessel, owned by Danish offshore services specialist, DBB Jack-Up. The integrated 'Full Picture' solution covers navigation


Bureau Veritas Boosts Dutch Maritime Innovation

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International classification society Bureau Veritas said it is boosting innovation and sustainability in partnership with Dutch owners, builders and designers. Jan Smit, Senior Vice President and head of the North Europe & North America Zone of BV’s Marine & Offshore Division, said


IHC Merwede Wins Dredging and Offshore Orders

Photo: IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede has secured orders worth €350 million for a wide range of dredging and offshore vessels and equipment. The company’s Dredging division has confirmed new contracts for the delivery of a large custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger


M&M Appoints Lunde to Directors Board

Dagfinn Lunde

Maritime and Merchant AS  (to be renamed Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA), which was granted a banking license by The Financial Supervisory of Norway (FSAN) on the 28th of January for establishing a global bank dedicated solely to the shipping and offshore industries


IHC Merwede Launches Sapura Pipelayer

Sapura Topázipo. Photo: IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede has successfully named and launched the pipelaying vessel Sapura Topázipo in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming of the fully integrated IHC Merwede vessel was carried out by Puan Sri Datin Seri Yazreen Yahya


Coast Guard Marine Safety Center Visits Shearer Group

Pictured above are, from left to right, Mike Capitain, Naval Architect, Cdr. Gooding, Jackie Ellis, Designer, Capt.. Nadeau, Ed Shearer, Principal Naval Architect, Christian Olavesen, Naval Architect and Ron Sikora, Senior Designer. Not pictured was Joshua Sebastian, Engineering Manager and Jo Ann Pitzer, Office manager.

Capt. John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, and Cdr. Peter Gooding, Chief, Engineering Division, with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center visited The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) at their offices in Seabrook, Texas. It was a cordial visit to discuss new options to improve, review and approve submittals


HHI to Deploy 3DEXPERIENCE Design Platform

Hyundai Heavy Industries Selects Marine & Offshore Industry Solution Experiences for Design and Engineering of Offshore Structures Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, a company in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions


Bureau Veritas Speeds CSR-H Implementation

International classification society Bureau Veritas has completed a series of consequence assessments with all the major shipyards in Korea, China and Japan to help them speed the implementation of the IACS Harmonized Common Structural Rules






 
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