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Monday, December 5, 2016

USCG – Guidance re Liftboats

The US Coast Guard posted guidance on the inspection, repair, and maintenance of liftboats. As the guidance points out, for many purposes, liftboats are treated by the Coast Guard like conventional hulled offshore supply vessels (OSVs). In certain aspects, though, liftboats are unique. The guidance provides liftboat-specific information relating to automation, steel wastage, tail shaft inspection intervals, drydock inspections, lifesaving systems, fire fighting equipment, systems/equipment for general operation, crane inspection, and manning. CG-543 Policy Ltr 07-02 Source: HK Law

Bisso Salvages Liftboat

Bisso Marine recently completed the salvage of a 105 Class Liftboat from 258 ft. of water from the Main Pass Area. The liftboat, which was believed to have sunk in much shallower water in the mid 1980's, was discovered to be on top of a 20-in. pipeline after Hurricane Ivan. Bisso Marine took extreme care to remove the liftboat to minimize the potential damage to the pipeline. As a precautionary measure the liftboat was lifted several feet above the pipeline then moved several hundred feet northward before being lifted to the surface. Due to the depth of the water and because the liftboat needed to be lifted out of the water on location to be placed onto a materials barge for transport…

Bollinger To Build Two Liftboats For Cardinal Services

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La., has signed a contract to build two 245-ft. (74.6 m) class liftboats for Cardinal Services, a subsidiary of Superior Energy Services, Inc., Harvey, La. Construction will begin at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Inc., Amelia, La. this month with deliveries scheduled for February 2002 and June 2002. The liftboats, which will be able to operate in water depths of up to 180-ft., will expand Superior's fleet from 49 to 51. Superior owns and operates the largest and most diverse liftboat fleet in the world. The 245-ft. (74.6 m) class liftboats will be 141 ft. (42.9 m), with molded hulls of 67 ft. (20.4 m) and hull depths of 13 ft. (3.9 m). Their 6,550 sq. ft. deck capacities will be over 1 million lbs.

Bollinger To Build Two Liftboats For Cardinal Services

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La., has signed a contract to build two 245-ft. (74.6 m) class liftboats for Cardinal Services, a subsidiary of Superior Energy Services, Inc., Harvey, La. Construction will begin at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Inc., Amelia, La. this month with deliveries scheduled for February 2002 and June 2002. The liftboats, which will be able to operate in water depths of up to 180-ft., will expand Superior's fleet from 49 to 51. Superior owns and operates the largest and most diverse liftboat fleet in the world. The 245-ft. (74.6 m) class liftboats will be 141 ft. (42.9 m), with molded hulls of 67 ft. (20.4 m) and hull depths of 13 ft. (3.9 m). Their 6,550 sq. ft. deck capacities will be more than 1 million lbs.

Liftboat Charter by China for Ezion

Ezion Liftboat: Photo courtesy of Teras Offshore

Ezion Holdings has secured a four-year period charter contract to provide a liftboat to be used by a state-linked power generation enterprise in China due to start working in the Yellow Sea in the third quarter of 2013 upon its completion. A liftboat is a self-propelled, self-elevating vessel, which has a large open deck capable of carrying equipment and supplies in support of various offshore mineral exploration and production or offshore construction activities. It…

Keppel Secures $85 mln Liftboat Order

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract from Crystal Heights Holdings Limited, a company specializing in the offshore oil and gas market, to build a high specification liftboat worth $85 million. The liftboat is designed by Keppel O&M's liftboat design specialist, Bennett Offshore in collaboration with Keppel FELS. Scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2017, the liftboat will have provisions enabling it to operate in China, the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico. Liftboats are dedicated vessels used to support offshore platforms in construction, accommodation and well intervention as well as maintenance and installation.

N-KOM delivers First Newbuild Liftboat

Photo: N-KOM

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) reports that it has delivered its first liftboat unit, Al Safliya, to Qatari rig operator Gulf Drilling International (GDI). Al Safliya is the first liftboat to be wholly constructed in Qatar at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard The self-propelled and elevating unit has been customized for operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in water depths of up to 65m. “GDI is pleased with the quality delivered by N-KOM for the liftboat Al Safliya," said Mubarak Al Hajri, the MD & CEO of GDI.

GDI Awards N-KOM US$110-M Contracts

GDI N-KOM contract principals: Photo courtesy of N-KOM

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) Limited, a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), the largest oilfield service company in Qatar, has awarded two contracts worth US110 million to Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture shipyard between Nakilat and Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M). The first contract is for the construction of a self-propelled and self-elevating liftboat, which is customised for field transit operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in water depths of up to 65 meters.

Superior Energy Christens Liftboat

Superior Energy Services’ Marine Services Division christened its new 175-ft class liftboat, the Superior Future, on Friday, June 27 at Marine Industrial Fabrication at 4912 Marina Rd., New Iberia, La. Connie Babin, Superior’s Marine Services Division traffic coordinator, performed the christening. Guests from the industry, media and local government had the opportunity to tour the vessel, and lunch was served onboard. The Superior Future has modern features, technology and design unique to its class…

Coast Guard Responds to Liftboat Incident

The liftboat Juan tilts to its starboard side about 70 miles south of Gibson, La. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation, and all personnel aboard the boat were safely evacuated. U.S. The Coast Guard is monitoring a liftboat that is listing to one side today about 70 miles south of Gibson, La. A liftboat is a self-elevating, self-propelled boat used for various tasks such as crane operations, pipe laying and construction. The Coast Guard was notified that the liftboat Juan, owned and operated by Montco Offshore Inc. in Galliano, La., was listing to its starboard (right) side during jack-up procedures. All six crewmember were safely evacuated from the boat. Initially, the boat was listing at 10 degrees, and the boat is currently listing 45 degrees.

Swissco Acquires Its First Liftboat

SGX Mainboard-listed Swissco Holdings Limited, an integrated, international marine services provider, announced it has acquired its first liftboat for approximately $56 million. The self-propelled liftboat, which will be owned and managed by the group, is expected to be completed within two years and deployed in Southeast Asia. The contract, signed with a Southeast Asian shipyard, includes owner-supplied equipment. The liftboat will be able to operate in water depths of up to 70m and has accommodation for 120 offshore personnel.

Suda’s Jacob Liftboats to Aid Gulf Clean-up

The Jacob, a $17.8m boat designed by Metairie-based A.K. Suda Inc. for CS Liftboats, recently launched in the Gulf of Mexico on July 14. According to the New Orleans Business Center, the move helps alleviate a five- to six-boat demand for post-Katrina cleanup. Liftboats are considered the transport trucks of the offshore oil industry. Industry analysts predicted a backlog of months for liftboats after Hurricane Katrina. Insurers paid out more than $8b in claims for storm damage in the Gulf of Mexico, and demand is rampant for liftboats to handle cleanup and repairs.Most liftboats use only a portion of possible leg length because a crane is attached to the legs. Suda’s team placed the 200-ton crane on the liftboat’s deck. Engineers shaved roughly 15 ft.

Second Liftboat Delivered to Danos & Curole

Danos & Curole, Inc., of Larose, La., has recently taken delivery of the second of two state-of-the-art liftboats. The 200 class Luke David was delivered by Conrad Shipyards, and christened by Luke David, the grandson of CEO Al Danos. The vessel is fully electric, with open deck space totaling 7,000 sq. ft. The liftboat is outfitted with a 100-ton primary crane and a Z-drive propulsion system. Deck load capacity on Luke David is rated at 1.1 million lbs., making it the most versatile liftboat in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the company.

Triyards Bags Liftboat Orders

TRIYARDS Holdings Limited an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil, gas (O&G) and marine industry, started the year on a promising note, armed with US$75.4 million in new liftboat orders. The latest liftboat contracts not only add to its orderbook, but also extend TRIYARDS’ earnings visibility into its financial year ending 31 August 2016 (FY16). The Group’ current newbuild pipeline has quickly grown to eight liftboats, having won five new orders in the last six months. To-date, TRIYARDS has built and delivered seven liftboats on time and within budget since 2007, cementing its position as Asia's leading fabricator and engineering solution provider in this segment.

TRIYARDS' Liftboat Orderbook Filling up

Triyards Holdings

TRIYARDS Holdings Limited, an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, has added another liftboat contract to its orderbook. The order for the new unit comes soon after TRIYARDS' two other liftboat contracts worth US$112 million in July. TRIYARDS Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chan Eng Yew, said: “Our recent new orders attests to the industry's confidence in us and our ability to meet our clients' stringent requirements on safety, quality, timeliness of delivery and cost efficiency.

Hercules Offshore Completes the Acquisition

& Curole Marine Contractors, LLC for $44 million. U.S. Gulf of Mexico. contracts. Hurricane Katrina and its condition is being evaluated. 170 feet, are currently operating in Nigeria. established its own operations in Nigeria. notice to Danos & Curole. insurance proceeds Danos & Curole recovers. Curole is responsible for under its insurance policies covering the vessel. without payment of any additional consideration.

Conrad Shipyard Delivers First of Six Liftboats

Morgan City, Louisiana Conrad Industries, Inc. announced that Offshore Marine Contractors, Inc. Conrad Shipyards. the namesake, christened the 175’ Class liftboat, “Lacie Bourg”. service and look forward to getting the next five vessels. aluminum products for both the commercial and government markets. shipyards located in southern Louisiana and Texas.

Bollinger Delivers First of Two Large Liftboats

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has delivered the SUPERIOR STORM, the first of two nearly identical Bollinger designed 245-foot class liftboats being built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Inc., Amelia, La. for Superior Energy Services, Inc., Harvey, La. With leg lengths of more than 230-feet, SUPERIOR STORM can operate in water depths to 180-feet, and is equipped with a 250-ton capacity crane. The SUPERIOR STORM is 141-feet in length, with a molded hull beam of 67-feet and hull depth of 13-ft. It has 6,550 sq. ft. of useable deck space and a cargo lifting capacity of 1 million pounds. The boat’s secondary crane has a capacity of 30 tons. Air-conditioned accommodations have been provided for 42 people.

Levingston Contracts for World’s Largets Liftboat

PaxOcean Engineering Zhoushan Co., Ltd. of Singapore, Singapore and The Levingston Corporation, Boerne, Texas, USA announced they have signed a Letter of Intent to build a Levingston designed 415WC (World Class) with an option for one additional similar vessel for an undisclosed contract value. The announcement was made at the new Elevating Boats LLC’s (EBI) facility at Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The Levingston 415WC Jack-up MOU (Mobile Offshore Unit) will be the world’s largest liftboat with 415 feet of legs, an open deck area of 18,300 square feet (1,700 square meters), a net deck load capacity of 1,654 tons (1,500 metric tonnes) with accommodations for 100 personnel including navigation crew. This vessel follows in the footsteps of the Levingston 320E, the world’s current largest liftboat.

Hughes Provides Broadband to Hercules Offshore Fleet

Hercules Offshore has invested in a satellite communications system from Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Hughes and Environmental Safety Systems International Corporation (ESSI) are equipping the entire Hercules Offshore fleet of Class 120 to Class 230 liftboats in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with Hughes satellite-based broadband maritime services. These liftboats, commonly referred to as the workhorse of the offshore industry, are reliable, versatile, and self-contained. They provide a cost-effective and efficient alternative to traditional pipelay/derrick vessels. With their large, open deck areas, they are self-propelling and self-elevating. The fleet provides a work platform for a wide range of services from coiled tubing and wireline operations to well intervention.

N-KOM Lays Keel for Qatar’s First Liftboat

N-KOM & Gulf Drilling International senior management and project teams at keel laying ceremony of liftboat Al Safliya (H101) held at the N-KOM Shipyard in Qatar

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has achieved another milestone with the keel laying of its first liftboat newbuild project, awarded in July 2014 by long-time client Gulf Drilling International (GDI). The project marks the shipyard’s first foray into the offshore jack-up newbuild market and is also the first such project to be undertaken in Qatar. Once completed in 2015, the liftboat will support GDI’s growing offshore fleet of jack-up rigs. Senior management from N-KOM…

ABS to Class First Self-elevating Unit Built in Qatar

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, was selected by Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to class its LB310S liftboat, the first ever self-elevating unit built by the shipyard and the first built in Qatar. The project also will be the first offshore newbuild project undertaken by the ASME and API accredited shipyard. Customized for the Middle East and North Africa region, the LB310S will be a four-legged liftboat capable of field transit and elevated operations in water depths to 65 meters. The liftboat will be built to comply with ABS classification requirements for self-elevating units, including the DPS-0 notation.

Liftboat to be Christened

Connie Babin, ’s Marine Services Division traffic coordinator, will perform the christening. The Superior Future has modern features, technology and design unique to its class including a 100-ton, 100-ft boom crane more commonly seen on larger vessels and a larger working deck and deckload. In addition, the vessel’s accommodations were designed and built with maximum comfort and efficiency for customer representatives. Two 265-ft liftboats will join ’s fleet in late 2008 to early 2009. The liftboats are complementary to ’s well intervention services and are specially outfitted to deliver production-related bundled services in support of customers’ construction, maintenance and production enhancement projects.


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