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Keppel Shipyard Nets Two Contracts Worth S$170 Million


Keppel Shipyard Limited (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has secured new contracts totalling S$170 million for two fast-track projects.   The new jobs comprise completing a Pipe Laying Vessel for Saipem S.p.A (Saipem) and converting a Floating, Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel for Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada).   Mr Nelson Yeo, Managing Director (Marine) of Keppel O&M, said, "This is a reflection of our customers' confidence in Keppel's ability to deliver value-added services competitively and with high standards of quality and safety.   "As an integrated solutions provider, many of our client partnerships are shared by several companies within the Keppel O&M group. Such is the case with returning customers Saipem and Bumi Armada who are also collaborating with Keppel Shipyard's sister companies on some of their other projects."   The first contract was awarded by Saipem for the completion of a newbuild pipe laying vessel, Castorone. The major work scope includes detailed engineering, constructing marine systems and outfittings, installing and integrating marine and pipe laying equipment as well as commissioning the marine systems and sea trials.   Sister company, Keppel Singmarine, will jointly execute this project with Keppel Shipyard.  

Rolls-Royce for Offshore Vessel Upgrade

Rolls-Royce has received an order worth over $20m to supply diesel generator sets and thrusters to Houston-based offshore engineering and construction company J. Ray McDermott. The order, which includes six underwater mountable azimuth thrusters and four Bergen generator sets, is being supplied as part of a major upgrade to the customer’s specialist offshore vessel, Derrick Barge 50 (DB50). The heavy-lift derrick and pipe laying vessel is based in the Gulf of Mexico.

ABB Wins $12 Million Diesel Electric System Order

Photo: ABB

ABB, a power and automation technology group, recently won a $12 million order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for a deepwater pipe laying vessel. The vessel, tentatively named Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 (“DLV2000”), will be constructed at Keppel Singmarine in Singapore and delivered in 2015 to Hydro Marine Services, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc. Developed by Keppel’s ship design arm, Marine Technology Development (MTD)

Update on Acta Marine's 'Shoalbuster' Fleet Deployment

Shoalbusters: Photo courtesy of Acta Marine

Shallow water offshore support services operator Acta Marine gives an update on the worldwide deployment of its specialized vessels. In Asia the Coastal Victory is engaged upon offshore support activities with a shallow draft pipe lay vessel in Korea and Taiwan. This 50TBP Multi-purpose Anchor Handling vessel is well positioned to support new maritime infrastructure projects in this growing region. In the Middle East

South Stream Transport Readies for Black Sea Offshore Pipeline Lay

Black Sea birds near pipeline route:Image courtesy of South Stream

Holland's South Stream Transport has signed an option agreement with the Bulgarian ports of Varna and  Burgas  for the storage and handling of pipe segments in Black Sea coastal 'marshalling yards prior to commencement of the huge project. The South Stream Offshore Pipeline will consist of four parallel pipelines through the Black Sea, each made up of over 75,000 pipe segments. The pipes will be stored in so-called marshalling yards at harbours on the shore in Bulgaria

China Shipbuilding Industry Midgets Reigned In

China shipyard: File photo CCL

China signaled that it will cut its vast shipyard army to get industrial growth back on a healthy track this year, as its earning ability falters amid cheap vessel prices, blind expansion and speculation in the shipbuilding sector, according to Xinhua. China will drastically curb the number of shipyards, docks, berths and maintenance facilities it opens, reports Xinhua, citing Li Dong, deputy director-general at the department of equipment industry at the Ministry of Industry and Information

Major Conversion Project for Solstad

The cable laying vessel “Normand Clipper” will undergo an extensive conversion equal to that of its sister vessel “Normand Cutter”. Here is the converted “Normand Cutter” immediately after its conversion was completed in May last year. (Photo: Harald M. Valderhaug) “This is an exciting period with increasing interest in vessels designed for extremely demanding marine operations. During the last six year we have signed contracts for two major conversions and one new build for this market

IHC Engineering’s Largest Project to Date

On May 31, IHC Engineering Business (EB) will reach a major milestone when their largest project to date, a 2,000t capacity J-Lay system for the Saipem FDS2 (Field Development Ship), leaves its manufacturing location on Teesside. The lay system will then be en route to the Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea where EB’s engineers will work closely with Saipem and SHI to install and commission the system on the new build vessel.

X-Stream: New Deepwater Pipeline Concept

Dr. Henrik O. Madsen, DNV’s CEO

DNV has developed a new pipeline concept, called X-Stream, that can significantly reduce the cost of a deep- and ultra-deepwater gas pipeline while still complying with the strictest safety and integrity regime. X-Stream is based on established and field-proven technologies which have been innovatively arranged. X-Stream can reduce both the pipeline wall thickness and time spent on welding and installation compared to deep-water gas pipelines currently in operation

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. Classed by ABS, it is capable of working in shallow water of up to 200 meters with a ten-point mooring system. The vessel is also equipped with a DP3 dynamic positioning system

MOSS: Portable Survey System


Developed and manufactured for marine surveyors and naval architects by Netherlands-based TARKA-SYSTEMS, the MOSS is a portable measurement solution for monitoring and surveying.   According to the developer, the MOSS System features a pragmatic design

LNG Shipping Under Pressure from Tumbling European Re-exports

LNG re-exports by European countries. Source Drewry Maritime Research

  LNG shipping freight rates continue to be under pressure from weak Asian demand and a growing fleet. Shipowners are now pinning hopes on a revival in European demand. However, European LNG demand growth will not be sufficient to raise freight rates

Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.   The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work

Idling Fleet Continues to Surge

Stats by Drewy

 Owners are rapidly laying up containerships as the market slows. The size of the idle fleet will get bigger while rates and profits slide, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited.   The number of idle container vessels has gained momentum in November and hasjumped 52 percent from

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

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

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