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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


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

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

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

Oceanteam Focuses on Mexico Strategy

OSV: Image courtesy of Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA releases its Q2 2014 financial report, with extracts as follows: The company says it saw, with its early focus on Mexico, a long term strategy confirmed: its newly founded DOT Shipping partnership with Grupo Diavaz and the subsequent approval of the Mexican Energy Reform legislation is envisaged to create significant opportunities for the company. These important events triggered plans prepared by the company and have so far resulted in the order

Technip Awarded Subsea Contract in the Gulf of Mexico

Technip H.O.

  Technip was awarded by Deep Gulf Energy II LLC a lump sum contract for the development of the Kodiak field, located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 727 and 771, in the Gulf of Mexico, at water depths ranging from 1,472 meters to 1,710 meters. The project consists of a subsea tie-back to the Devils Tower Truss Spar located in Mississippi Canyon Block 773. To withstand Kodiak field’s high temperature and pressure as well as extremely corrosive production fluids

Hydropath Marine: Scaling-Be-Gone

Green technology provides chemical-free solution to combat lime scale, bacteria, algae and biofouling in ships’ various water systems

Shipowners seeking to combat the harmful effects of lime scale, bacteria, algae and biofouling inside their vessels’ various water systems needn’t look any further than Hydropath Marine, a chemical-free technology for onboard water treatment.

Fugro to Install Cables for Rampion Wind Farm

The Fugro Symphony cable-lay vessel (Photo: Fugro)

Geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services firm Fugro informs it has secured a contract for the installation and burial of array cables at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm being built in the English Channel, 13 kilometers off the Sussex coast, by E

Ceona Ship Goes to Court Appointed Administrator

Photo: Ceona

 UK offshore vessel owner  Subsea contractor Ceona has gone into administration, with the loss of 102 jobs.   Ceona and Ceona Services (UK) Ltd have been hit by the depressed subsea market caused by the low price of Brent crude oil.  

Ulstein Debuts DP Construction Vessel


With the ULSTEIN S182 design, ULSTEIN introduces a new dynamically positioned multipurpose construction vessel suitable for shallow water operations. Main design driver was to develop a very CAPEX friendly DP vessel with good capabilities to support various offshore operations

Gibdock Opens Prefabrication Facility

Gibdocks prefabrication facility

  Gibdock has officially opened its new ‘Pad 1’, a specialised area for land-based fabrication projects, to a busy workload. The 2,940m2 purpose-built pad offers an area of prime 12 tonnes per m2 load-bearing workspace to support the growing range of large and complex projects

BW Offshore FPSO Inspected Off Nigeria

Goldblatt Tide (Photo: Tidewater Subsea)

Tidewater Subsea & T1 Marine complete BW Offshore FPSO inspection offshore Nigeria     Tidewater Subsea, in affiliation with its local Nigerian joint venture company, T1 Marine, has completed mooring and hull inspections program for BW Offshore's Sendje Berge FPSO.  

Norway’s DSD Shipping in Second US Indictment

Pic: DSD Shipping AS

 Norwegian firm Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab AS (DSD Shipping), and four of its employees, are now under three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Lafayette, LA, all relating to alleged environmental crimes and their cover ups.  

Ezra Wins UK North Sea Contracts


 Offshore service provider Ezra Holdings has announced that subsea division, EMAS AMC, has won global contracts values at over $115m including options, reports Business Times.   These contracts include one for rigid pipe lay for the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea;

Van Oord Develops Deep Excavation System

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Stretching across oceans and continents, approximately 32,000 km of new pipelines are constructed each year forming an industry worth $28 billion. The installation of pipelines on the seabed require engineers to develop innovative technologies and methods to inspect

Fire-stricken Icebreaker Overhauled

The icebreaker vessel Almirante Irizar docked for repair (Photo: SENER)

SENER concludes the Almirante Irizar icebreaker engineering works for re-outfit and overhaul   SENER reports it has completed the engineering works relating to the re-outfit and overhaul of the Almirante Irizar icebreaker following a fire accident in an Antarctic season.  

Delta Marine Workboat is a Windfarm Winner

Photo: Delta Marine

Delta Marine’s versatile Whalsa Lass working off the coast of Grimsby for one of the “Big 6” energy companies    Delta Marine said its vessel Whalsa Lass has demonstrated its versatility during recently completed works on the large windfarm off the coast of

New Inflatable Tube and Pipe Weld Purging System

Image: HFT

When welding tubes and pipes such as stainless, duplex, chrome etc., it is important to purge the internal bore with an inert gas to prevent oxidization, discoloration and to ensure a good internal weld profile.   Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) announced it has introduced PurgElite

Subsea 7 Bags $150 million Offshore UK Contract Maersk

Image: Subsea 7 SA

 Offshore contractor Subsea 7 has been awarded a $150 million subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract by Maersk Oil for the development of the Culzean field in the UK North Sea.   The ultra-high pressure, high temperature field

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend on Thursday safely transferred the 55-year-old

Technip Awards EPIC Offshore Malaysia Contract from Petronas

Image: Technip SA

 French oilfield services provider Technip SA  said it has been awarded an engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning contract by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd or PCSB for D18 Project.    The project covers the procurement and installation of two 8” water

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