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First Line of Baltic Sea Pipe to be Laid by Saipem

Saipem 7000 pipe-laying vessel: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Contracts worth around EUR 2-billion for construction of the first of the four offshore lines of the trans-Baltic South Stream gas pipeline have now been signed by South Stream Transport and Saipem, inform Gazprom. Saipem is to build the first offshore line of the South Stream gas pipeline as well as erect process facilities in the shore crossing areas, and construct the landfalls. Pipes will be welded together on board a special pipe-laying vessel and then laid in position on the seabed at a depth of up to 2,200 meters. The South Stream gas pipeline will be laid by two pipe-laying vessels of Saipem: Castoro Sei, an S-lay vessel suitable for both shallow and deep waters and Saipem 7000, a J-lay vessel that constructed the Blue Stream gas pipeline in the Black Sea in the early 2000s. For the shore crossings, four micro-tunnels will be built on both the Russian and the Bulgarian side. which will allow the preservation of the Russian and Bulgarian coastlines. Preparations for these micro-tunneling operations will start in June 2014 and offshore construction will start in autumn 2014. Background The offshore section of the South Stream gas pipeline will consist of four parallel lines, each longer than 930 kilometers, across the Black Sea from the Russian coast to the Varna Port in Bulgaria


Technip Offshore Wins Pipeline Contract

Technip Offshore Contractors Inc., formerly Coflexip Stena Offshore Inc., a U.S. entity of Technip-Coflexip has been awarded by BP America Production Company the fabrication and installation of a deepwater subsea pipeline for their King West Development. The King West well is located in Mississippi Canyon Block 84 in the Gulf of Mexico. The planned field layout for this development consists of one subsea well located in MC 84


Technip Awarded Subsea Contract for the Gulf of Mexico

Technip was awarded a lump sum contract by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the development of  the Lucius field, located in the Keathley Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico, at a water depth of approximately 7,000 feet (2,130 meters). The contract covers installation of a flexible flow line, multiple flexible gas lift jumpers; main gas lift and infield umbilicals; subsea distribution units; electrical, fiber optic and hydraulic flying leads; • design and fabrication of the


DNV GL to Class Two Brazilian Pipe Laying Vessels

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The two pipe laying vessels (PLSVs) are to be built at the brand new Vard Promar yard in Recife, in the North East of Brazil. The order is part of four OSVs by DOF/Norskan and Technip, important customers for Vard. The other two of these vessels are to be built in Norway, also to DNV class. The new Vard Promar yard in North East Brazil represents a significant expansion of Brazil’s shipbuilding capability as more yards will be built outside of Rio de Janeiro


G&D’s KVM Applied on Van Oord Pipelay Vessel

Photo: Van Oord, G&D

Dutch Van Oord’s first shallow water pipe lay vessel’s infrastructure holds KVM hardware from German Guntermann & Drunck. KVM provides surveyor and chief officer in charge with the computer applications required for the process of laying pipes. Hundreds of meters of pipeline a day A broad range of all sorts of equipment from cranes to welding stations, even a gym and accommodation for up to 300 people is what the Stingray crew calls home


Oceanteam Takes Stake in New Offshore Shipping Firm

Oceanteam Shipping ASA announce that it has founded together with Grupo Diavaz a new shipping company named 'DOT Shipping'. Oceanteam inform that DOT Shipping will focus on providing high-end vessel solutions for the Mexican market. Details of the transaction remain confidential and further details on DOT Shipping will be disclosed in due course. About Oceanteam Shipping Based in Norway, ASA 
Oceanteam Shipping ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: OTS) is an offshore shipping company whose business


Tata Steel Secures Gulf of Mexico Contract

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Tata Steel has been awarded a major contract worth more than £100 million to provide pipe for Discovery Producer Services L.L.C. (Discovery) gas pipeline in Keathley Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Discovery is a 60:40 joint venture between Williams Partners L.P. and DCP Midstream Partners L.P.  The company will supply Discovery’s Keathley Canyon ConnectorTM with 214 miles (345km) of 20-inch diameter submerged arc welded linepipe, weighing more than 110,000 metric tonnes


New Pipelaying Vessel to Have Huisman Equipment

Subsea Pipe-layer: Image credit Maritime by Holland

Pipe-laying equipment from the Dutch company Huisman Equipment has been ordered by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven for CEONA's new ship. Work has started at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG on the multi-functional offshore construction vessel and pipelaying platform Ceona Amazon for London-based shipping company Ceona. The 33,000 gt DP2-equiipped newbuilding, 199.4 m long, 32.2 m wide and drawing 7.5 m, will be part of a new generation of vessels in the Ceona fleet


Subsea 7 Charters Out Three Newbuild PLSV's

Pipelayer Seven Waves: Photo courtesy of Subsea 7

Norway's Subsea 7 S.A. awarded 3 contracts from Petrobras with a combined value (at the time of contract signature) of approximately US$1.6 billion for the construction & operation of three new-build flexible pipe-lay support vessels (PLSVs). The work scope of each of these 5 year contracts is similar to that of the PLSVs which Subsea 7 currently operates offshore Brazil, comprising project management, engineering and installation of flowlines


Kongsberg to Equip 10 Newbuild Pipelayers

Kongsberg Maritime has been chosen to deliver substantial technology packages for ten new pipelaying vessels ordered by Brazilian multinational energy corporation, Petrobras. In contracts valued approx. NOK 118 Million, the scope of supply includes Kongsberg Maritime’s offshore vessel technology including Dynamic Positioning (DP), position reference systems, propulsion control and automation. Six 550-tonne laying tension capacity pipelayers will be built at IHC Merwede in The


Van Oord Cable-layer Launched by Damen

Van Oord’s new DP2 cable-laying vessel Nexus was launched at Damen Shipyards Galati (Photo courtesy of Damen)

Van Oord’s new DP2 cable-laying vessel, Nexus, was officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati on June 30. The 123 m multipurpose vessel will be deployed installing electricity cables for offshore wind farms. The international contractor for dredging


EMAS AMC Installs 50 Platforms for Chevron

EMAS AMC, the subsea services division of EMAS, a global offshore contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry has achieved the milestone of installing 50 platforms for Chevron in the Gulf of Thailand.


Vic-Press Receives Five New Type Approvals

Vic-Press (Image courtesy of Victaulic)

Approvals from ABS, BV, DNV, Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register add to previous GL approval Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV)


Cargotec to Supply Equipment for OSVs

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MacGregor, a part of Finnish cargo-handling equipment maker Cargotec, has won an order to supply equipment for vessels to be built for Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider, Cargotec said on Friday.


Saipem: A Fleet Grows in Brazil

Saipem FDS 2 with new J Lay tower at anchor. (Photo Saipem)

As some pre-salt plays begin production, a wide range of subsea infrastructure is being built, with O&G transportation pipeline grids being one of the vital downstream systems. Saipem has been recipient of the first major contracts to install deepwater pre-salt pipelines by national operator


Oceanteam Financial Transformation Aids 2013 Business

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Diversified offshore shipping company Oceanteam's CEO, Haico Halbesma, writes in the Annual Report 2013 that it was a year of consolidation and operational focus for Oceanteam Shipping ASA. Exerpts from his letter to shareholders follow: "In addition


Shipboard Pipe-joining Techniques Examined

Couplings are most effective in attenuating noise and vibration.

Didier Vassal, Vice President OEM and Maritime Services at Victaulic, compares the flanged and grooved pipe-joining methodologies and explains the advantages that grooved pipe joints provide over flanges.  Efficient piping systems are essential for the range of services needed on board a


Rigid Reel-Lay Pipe-in-Pipe Installed Offshore Malaysia

McDermott’s Lay Vessel North Ocean 105 (courtesy McDermott)

McDermott International, Inc. reports that its subsidiary has become the first to install rigid reel-lay pipe-in-pipe in Asia-Pacific for the Siakap North-Petai (SNP) development project offshore Malaysia. At more than 3,900 feet (1,190 meters)


Helix to Provide McDermott ROV Services

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Helix Energy says that its Robotics subsidiary, Canyon Offshore, Inc., has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc. to provide remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services and equipment for McDermott’s fleet of subsea construction and pipelay support vessels.


McDermott Signs Agreement for Gulfport Spoolbase

McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) said that one of its subsidiaries has signed a lease agreement with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi State Port Authority for the exclusive right to operate a spoolbase and marine operations base in the Port of Gulfport


COSCO Nantong Delivers Offshore Heavy Lift Vessel

COSCO (Nantong) Shipyard Co., says it has delivered the pipelay & heavy-lift vessel 'SapuraKencana 3500', to its Asian buyer. COSCO explains that the new vessel is designed to carry out multiple functions including oil piping processing, laying, installation and heavy lifting.


Monster Barge in Port Abidjan Serviced by GAC-OMA

The massive installation barge 'Hyundai 60' weighs in at 34,125t, is 187m long, equipped with a 1,800t crane, and was earlier engaged in pipe-laying & offshore installation works off the coast of Escravos. GAC Nigeria, with its local partner OMA Ivory Coast


Construction Of Jan de Nul Multi-Purpose Vessel Starts

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  Uljanik Brodogradiliste in Pula, Croatia, started the construction of the Multi-Purpose Vessel JDN8628 for Jan de Nul . This versatile vessel can be equipped with two cable turntables with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes. For Subsea Rock Installation the vessel can carry up to 10


WW II Liberty Ship Leak-free after 70 Years

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Seventy years later and still leak-free: World War II Liberty Ship tests longevity of grooved piping systems To address the sudden need for supplies overseas during World War II, the United States government launched the Emergency Shipbuilding Program in 1941 that resulted in the construction


Laying Water Pipeline, Cables in Hong Kong Port

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  Hong Kong Marine Department informs that from 2 July 2014 and for approximately 3 months,  marine works involving temporary laying of submarine tracking cables and concrete blocks, pulling of tracking cables, under-seabed water pipeline tunnel drilling works and diving operations will






 
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