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Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway. Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017. “Our objective with the Hywind pilot park is to demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial, utility-scale floating wind farms. This will further increase the global market potential for offshore wind energy, contributing to realizing our ambition of profitable growth in renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions,” said Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions. The pilot park will cover around 4 square kilometers, at a water depth of 95-120 meters. The average wind speed in this area of the North Sea is around 10 meters per second. Rummelhoff described Scotland as “a region with a huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas.” He added, “Through industry and supportive policies, the U.K


ABS Opens Office in Beijing

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ABS, a global provider of classification services to the marine and offshore industries, announces the opening of a new office in Beijing. This move shows ABS' determination in expanding best-in-class service for the Chinese market. This new office will allow further collaboration with government, industry, academic institutions and research organizations and is part of ABS' continued commitment to serving the growing marine and offshore industries in China.  


NOSAC Meeting Scheduled for February 3

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will conduct a teleconference meeting on February 3. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the formation of a subcommittee on application of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to various types of offshore support vessels working in foreign locations. 70 Fed. Reg. 3051 Source: HK Law


Ampelmann on Jumbo Javelin

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One of Jumbo Offshore’s heavy lift & installation vessels, the DP2-ship Jumbo Javelin, is preparing to deliver installation services for offshore wind farms. It will be able to ship and install Transition Pieces (TP’s) for wind turbines. The vessel will be able to carry nine TP’s at a time, each with a weight of approx. 285 tonnes. All the TP’s can be stowed vertically in the hold of the vessel and transported to the offshore location site


ABS Nautical Systems Expands in the Middle East

ABS Nautical Systems has signed a contract with Arina Offshore (Fze) for use of its NS5 Enterprise software, marking the fourth new customer win in this region. The Dubai based company which specializes in vessel chartering and brokerage will utilize the Maintenance Manager module on one of its offshore vessels through the ABS Transfer of Class Agreement (TOCA) Initiative*. The TOCA Initiative offers free software to any vessel that transfers class into ABS.


CH Offshore Charter Out Two AHTS

Singapore's CH Offshore Ltd has chartered out two AHTS vessels on long term bareboat charters to an unamed company. The charter concerns the “Amethyst”, a 2007-built 12,240 brake horsepower anchor-handling tug supply vessel and the “Turquoise”, a 2007-built 12,240 brake horsepower anchor-handling tug supply vessel, for a period of three years each, with an option to purchase at the expiration of the charter. CH offshore


Six Tee Marine and Offshore Select Intergraph

Six Tee Engineering Groups has adopted Intergraph SmartMarine 3D software. The Singapore and China-based company specializes in the basic and detail design and project management of marine and offshore structures. Six Tee selected SmartMarine 3D to increase productivity and quality for its work in the basic and detail design and project management of marine and offshore structures. Six Tee projects include floating production


FMC Opts For Rina LNG TQ

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FMC Technologies entrusted Rina Group’s company, RINA Services, with the Technology Qualification of its new technology loading arms designed for installation on the FSRU Toscana and also the Chiksan Articulated Tandem Offshore Loader (ATOL) marine loading arms.   Both feature innovative technologies to transfer LNG in a marine environment, and both are now qualified to enter service.   Dino Cervetto, Technical Services Sector Manager, Rina  Services, said


Kongsberg Complete J-lay DP3 Vessel Automation Retrofit

Saipem 7000 Crane Vessel: Photo credit Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has completed the installation and commissioning of an integrated bridge and automation solution during a large-scale retrofit of the Saipem 7000, an advanced Semi-submersible crane and pipelaying (J-lay) DP3 vessel. The Saipem 7000 retrofit was a ‘Full Picture’ project for Kongsberg Maritime, which featured replacement of several key systems including Automation, Thruster control, Dynamic Positioning, Ballast control and Integrated Bridge System


Vallianz Bags US$300m Contract to Supply Two Platforms

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 Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings has won a contract worth up to US$300 million (S$405.51 million) to supply two self-elevating platforms to a large national oil company in the Middle East.   The contract from one of the world’s largest national oil companies involves the supply of two self-elevating platforms which will be used to perform well servicing for offshore platforms and well structures.  


OSD Designs Research Vessel for TORI

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 Offshore Ship Designers (OSD-IMT) has signed a new contract to design an IMT2001 Scientific Research Vessel for the Taiwanese Ocean Research Institute (TORI).    The vessel will be used to support long-term oceanographic observation programs


Paragon Offshore to File for Bankruptcy

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Paragon Offshore Plc said it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on or before Feb. 14, becoming the first U.S. energy-related company to seek court protection from creditors this year amid a plunge in oil prices.   The Houston-based driller, which has rigs around the world


Premier Oil and Rockhopper Abandon Ocean Rig Contract

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 Two of the major British players in Falkland Islands offshore oil development, Premier Oil and Rockhopper Exploration, cancelled a joint venture contract with Ocean Rig UDW.   In June 2014, the companies entered into a contract with Ocean Rig for the provision of the Eirik Raude for


N.E. Fishermen Warned of Extreme Cold, Wind Chills

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The Coast Guard is urging the Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishing fleet to take caution heading into the weekend when life threatening temperatures and wind chills are forecasted. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for 4 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday for our area


Wood Group Extends North Sea Chevron Contract

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Wood Group has secured an extension to continue to support Chevron Upstream Europe across four offshore assets in the North Sea. Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) will deliver operations and maintenance services to the Alba Northern platform, Alba floating storage unit, Captain floating production


Wärtsilä's' BWMS for New Crane Ship Design

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A new crane ship designed by Netherlands based Royal IHC, a global leader in offshore, dredging and mining vessels, will feature the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). The first vessel of this design is currently under construction at a shipyard in China


ABS' Tikka Elected Foreign Member of NAE

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ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the election of ABS Europe and Africa Division President Dr. Kirsi Tikka as a Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  


New Multipurpose Tractor Tugs from OSD

OSD’s new series of tractor tugs are suited to perform variety of operations (Image: OSD)

Netherlands-based OSD (Offshore Ship Designers) has designed a new series of tractor tugs which can be used for a range of functions, including escort operations, harbor towage, ship handling, offshore mooring and berthing.   The basic model tug has a LOA of 33 meters and a beam of 13


OTC Names 2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on Tuesday, 3 May, in Houston.   As part of the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, the conference will recognize Robert (Don) Vardeman of Anadarko Petroleum


Tampa Bay Pilots Suspend Operations

Gale force winds and high sea conditions offshore making it unsafe for pilots to board have led the Tampa Bay Pilots to suspend all inbound and outbound vessel traffic as of about 5:20 a.m. local time today.   Current wind conditions are approximately 13-17 knots NNW in the Middle Bay


MTS Assists Damen in Maersk Connector Sea Trials

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Leading marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) has supported shipbuilder Damen during sea trials of its latest offshore cabling vessel, Maersk Connector. During the two-week testing period, MTS Vigilant, a Damen Shoalbuster


SBM Offshore: US Authorities Reopen Corruption Probe

SBM Offshore, the world's top oil production ship leasing company, said on Wednesday that U.S. authorities had re-opened an inquiry into bribery allegations involving the Dutch company.   SBM Offshore reached a record $240 million settlement in November 2014 with Dutch and U.S


Neptune Awarded Kitan Contract

Neptune’s diving division comprises bases in Perth, Darwin and Dampier servicing both on and offshore clients across Neptune’s global operat Photo Neptune

Neptune has been awarded an air diving services contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd (“Technip”) for the Kitan disconnection project. The project is offshore in February and includes the provision of air diving services to assist with the disconnection and abandonment of risers


OSV Delivered to MC2 in Dubai

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Marine Core & Charter LLC (MC2) headquartered in Dubai has taken delivery of the new build PETRA-1, the first of two, 45-meter Fast Offshore Support Vessels in a special delivery ceremony held at Dubai Maritime City on February 10, 2016. 


Eni, Exxon, Statoil Win Irish Offshore O&G Licences

The Irish government said on Thursday it had awarded oil and gas licences to companies including oil majors Eni, Exxon and Statoil , allowing them to explore for hydrocarbons off the coast of Ireland.   The energy ministry has awarded 14 new licences as a first phase of a tender for






 
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