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Global OSV Market Report 2013-2018 Released

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Offshore Support Vessel Market Report 2013-2018" report to their offering, with excerpts from the prospectus as follows: This market is dependent on offshore exploration and production activities, which is one of the key driving factors. Any fluctuation in the offshore industry or in the oil and gas market is completely reflected in the offshore support vessel market. Offshore support vessel manufacturers are focusing on R&D in order to develop new and improved vessels for offshore platforms, which offer more distinguished and revolutionary features such as Dynamic positioning (DP) with better efficiency and navigational ability. Expansion and mergers and acquisitions into new and emerging markets such as APAC, North-West Europe, and South America will continue to be the key for success for offshore support vessel manufacturers and managers to increase their overall sales and revenue. Tidewater (U.S.) is one of the key players in the offshore support vessel market. It holds significant share of the market, followed by Edison Chouest (U.S.) and Seacor Marine (U.S.). The market is mostly fragmented with a large number of small support vessel companies. For this report, the major players in the market are identified through secondary and primary research, based on which their market shares are evaluated


Bharati Shipyard to Build Offshore Vessel for Great Offshore

According to the Hindu, Bharati Shipyard will construct and supply an offshore support vessel to integrated offshore oilfield services provider Great Offshore for $64.8m. The vessel, which has a diesel electric propulsion system with 5 generators of a total power of 10,500 KW, is fully-equipped to support diving/sub sea operations. The above contract is in lieu of a contract dated March 24 for one multipurpose offshore support vessel valued at $17.4m ordered by Great Offshore.


News: VT Halter Marine Lays Keel for LSV

VT Halter Marine Inc. began the construction of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command's (TACOM) newest Logistic Support Vessel (LSV), marked by a keel laying ceremony at the yard. "Our employees have first-hand experience in designing and building Logistic Support Vessels, Large Tugs and LCU-2000 Class Landing Craft that are specifically tailored to operational requirements," said Butch King, CEO of VT Halter Marine. "The U.S


ABS Offers Guidance For New Generation OSVs

The ABS classed “Posh Champion” is an example of the growing sophistication in this vessel type featuring high horsepower and strong bollard pull rating, dynamic position system (DPS-2) with a rail mounted crane which can move fore and aft to service the workdeck. The class notation for this unit is A1, Towing Vessel, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1, Offshore Support Vessel AH, , AMS, ACCU, DPS-2, ES2020 . (Photo courtesy of POSH Semco Pte Ltd.)

Increased sophistication within the offshore support vessel (OSV) market has prompted classification society ABS to develop standalone guidance for these more specialized yet multi-functional vessels. Newly developed criteria and relevant existing Rule requirements have been consolidated into the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Support Vessels.    ABS classes approximately one-third of the worldwide OSV fleet and in the past had reviewed these specialized vessels by


Fairmount Fuji Assists Octomar Dive Team

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Fairmount Marine’s multipurpose support vessel Fairmount Fuji has supported Angolan maritime service provider Octomar Serviços Maritimos in underwater maintenance of the drilling rig Transocean Rather.   The Fairmount Fuji hosted and assisted a diving team of Octomar during the six weeks job offshore Angola. The Fairmount Fuji is a multipurpose support vessel with a spacious aft deck of 280 square meters and with towing capabilities


Wärtsilä to Provide Harvey Gulf Vessels Integrated Package

Offshore Enviro Vessels: Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, of Panama City, Florida to supply an integrated solution for a new multipurpose support vessel (MPSV) for Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans. This offshore vessel is the first in a series of three MPSVs being built for Harvey Gulf. The Wärtsilä contract includes an option for the supply of equipment to the remaining two vessels of the series.


Harvey Gulf Acquires Bee Mar's Assets

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Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO, Shane Guidry, announced that, on June 4, 2012, Harvey Gulf signed an agreement with Bee Mar, LLC to purchase all of Bee Mar’s vessels and assets.   The purchase will include 10 Offshore Supply Vessels, which will increase Harvey Gulf’s fleet to a total of 32 vessels – with 24 deepwater, new generation Offshore Support Vessels and 8 deepwater towing vessels.  Upon closing, Harvey Gulf will have operations in the U.S


ROV Support Vessel Sold by Otto Marine

An Otto Marine Vessel: Photo courtesy of Otto Marine

Otto Marine's shipyard has sold the multi-purpose offshore support vessel 'Otto Explorer 3' to RY Offshore Ltd. for about US$ 50-million. Upon completion of the sale, the buyer will charter the vessel to the Ottto Marine Group subsidiary, Go Marine Group Pty Ltd. The company has received a deposit of US$1 million from the buyer for the transaction with the balance to be paid upon delivery of the vessel, which is being built at the Otto Marine shipyard in Batam, Indonesia.


Strong Offshore Market Demand Prompts Swissco OSV Orders

Image courtesy of Swissco

Singapore's Swissco Holdings say they have placed orders with China shipyards for two anchor handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS”) and a fast utility/crew boat with a one plus one option. The newbuild vessels, excluding owner supplied equipment, are worth an aggregate of S$42 million. “We believe that the heightened demand for offshore support vessels will remain sustainable on the back of healthy level of activities in the robust oil and gas industry and we will continue


Harvey Gulf Launches New Website

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New Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, has announced  the launching of its completely remodeled corporate website: www.HARVEYGULF.com. The website has been updated to reflect the growth and presence of Harvey Gulf as one of the leaders in the U.S. oil and gas industry as well as being the leader in LNG powered offshore support vessels. Visitors to the website will be able to access detailed specification sheets for the fleet


Damen's Customised Dredger for Van Oord

Damen Cutter Suction Dredger 650

  Damen has signed a contract with leading dredging and marine contractor Van Oord for the supply of a CSD 650 custom suction dredger together with an FCS 1605 Fast Crew Supplier, initially for operations in the Caspian Sea. Designed and delivered by Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk


Imtech Marine, Radio Holland Equip Floatel

POSH Xanadu (Photo courtesy: Imtech Marine)

Last month, POSH Xanadu, the largest purpose-built floatel to date was delivered at PaxOcean in Zhoushan. POSH Xanadu is a ship-shaped column stabilized semi-submersible accommodation platform, housing 750 passengers and crew in 390 spacious cabins


Chemical Tanker Turned OSV

In its former life, Uksnoy Shipping’s seismic support vessel Rig Adromeda was a Turkish-built chemical tanker,  converted to an Offshore Service Vessel with a twist: an innovative permanent-magnet propulsion system from Inpower. (Photo courtesy Uksnoy Shipping)

With innovation in its Norwegian DNA, Uksnoy Shipping took a chemical tanker and made it into an Offshore Service Vessel with an innovative propulsion system. The conversion of a Turkish-made chemical tanker and its retrofitting with a promising new energy-saving propulsion system in 2013


Channel Closure for Dead Ship Tow

There will be a dead ship tow of the Dive Support Vessel UNCLE JOHN from the Mobile Sea Buoy to BAE Shipyard starting at approximately 0600 today. The 253 feet long, 173 feet wide rig will be towed by the tugs FINN FALGOUT and WILKEN FALGOUT with assist tugs provided by Crescent Towing.


Mermaid Wins Subsea Contract in Gulf of Thailand

  Mermaid has secured a 2-year contract for its dive support vessel, ‘Mermaid Commander’, to provide subsea construction support in the Gulf of Thailand for a repeat international fabrication and installation contractor whose end customer is a major international upstream oil and


Bollinger Shipyards Announces New Leadership

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Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards announced that Ben Bordelon will assume the duties of chairman, president and chief executive officer of the company.   Ben Bordelon, along with the Chouest family from Galliano, La., has acquired all assets and stock of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.


MarineCo Orders New Damen Workboat

MarineCo UK  has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for a Multi Cat 2712 vessel to be delivered in April 2015.   The Multi Cat 2712 is the second contract for this new type in the Damen Multi Cat Series, It measures 27 meters in length and 12 meters in width


ZPMC Orders MacGregor Subsea Cranes

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a large order from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC). The contract is for four offshore cranes, including a 400-metric-ton SWL active heave-compensated crane capable of deploying 3,000-meter of wire rope.  


Shipdock Yards Adopt Damen Names

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (Photo: Damen)

Amsterdam and Harlingen integrate into Damen’s worldwide network    On January 1, 2015, Shipdock Amsterdam and Shipdock Harlingen changed names to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSA) and Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSH) respectively


CargoFlexX Bags US Order for 6 Bulk Handling Systems

Netherlands-based cargo handling innovator CargoFlexX BV has secured a contract to deliver six dry bulk handling systems to the Gulf of Mexico.    The dry bulk handling systems will be installed on-board the new SOLAS OSVs under construction for SEACOR Marine LLC’s new building


Mustang Marine Launches Recruitment Drive

Stewart Graves, managing director, and Rita Beard, safety officer, observing work being carried out by Benjamin Cardew, Paul Hethrington and Richard Davey on the 20m BMT Nigel Gee design wind farm support vessel (Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine)

Mustang Marine, which is under a new ownership and management structure after being bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, has completed a broad range of orders in what was a successful second half of 2014, the company reports


Bibby Subsea Inks Contract with Bordelon Marine

 Andrew Duncan, President and Managing Director of Bibby Subsea (image: courtesy Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea has signed a three year contract with Bordelon Marine to charter a new vessel. The Brandon Bordelon is an ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) and will commence a three year charter in August 2015 primarily operating in the Gulf of


Meercat Delivers First Workboat Under New Ownership

Falls of Lora is now in operation with Dawnfresh Farming

Meercat Workboats have delivered its first vessel under the umbrella of new owners Burgess Marine with the hand-over of a 14m. workboat to Scottish fish farming specialists Dawnfresh Farming. Meercat completed the steel build, named the Falls of Lora, at its facilities in Portchester, Hampshire


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


MacGregor Wins Fujian Southeast Shipyard Contract

MacGregor deck machinery orders

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a contract from Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China to supply deck equipment packages for two 78m anchor-handling/offshore support vessels under construction for Singapore-based Adhart Shipping Pte Ltd






 
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