Offshore Deepwater Rebound?
Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1. The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 (18,500 square miles) in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity. The licences were awarded in a competitive bid round. A total of 10 deepwater blocks were on offer, with four in the Perdido Area and six in the Saline Basin.
Siemens’ Turbine Transport Ship Commissioned
The heavy cargo roll on/roll off' coaster vessel recently delivered and commissioned by Concordia Group is not the typical RO/RO. Once a containership, the 141-meter-long and 20-meter-wide Rotra Vente was converted into a specifically designed ship to be used under charter by Siemens mainly in the North Sea area for the transportation of mast, nacelles (engine rooms) and rotor blades for wind turbines. The vessel’s specially developed bow and the extendable ramp are controlled by hydraulic systems for cargo to be more efficiently driven cargo to and from the cargo deck.
New Drillship Design Offers Cost Efficient Deep-water Capabilities
The Scylax is designed to make developments available in the mid to deep–water market at reduced building and operating costs by providing fit-for-purpose capabilities. The key is to focus on the essential functionality for deep-water drilling. Whereas ultra-deep water units feature ever increasing hook loads and capacities, these requirements can be reduced for a large amount of the wells in deep-water. Designing the Scylax based on these rationalized requirements allows for different choices to be made in the design, reducing building and operating costs.
First LNG-fueled Pure Car/Truck Carrier Named
United European Car Carriers (UECC), owned equally by NYK and Wallenius Lines, held a naming ceremony on November 21 at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, for Auto Eco, the world’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). Auto Eco had been delivered to UECC on September 29. The ceremony was attended by Geert Bourgeois, minister-president of the government of Flanders; Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade; Masafumi Ishii, Japan’s ambassador to Belgium; Takao Kusakari, NYK senior advisor; and Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK senior managing corporate officer; among others.
MacGregor Wins Davit systems Order for Two SOVs
MacGregor has won davit orders for two low-emission 81m service operation vessels (SOVs) designed to act as 'mother-ships' for wind turbine technicians. The contracts have been placed by Spanish shipyard GONDAN, responsible for the construction of the SOVs. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 third quarter order intake. The SOVs have been ordered by Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi. They will serve UK-headquartered DONG Energy's Race Bank and Project One offshore wind farms in the North Sea.
AMC’s CTV for a Booming Market
The International Energy Agency states that 2.5% of global electricity demand is today provided by wind power—and that figure is set to grow by 42% through to 2021. In Europe alone, according to the 2016 report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 754 new offshore turbines in 15 wind farms were grid-connected from 1 January to 31 December 2015, representing a connected capacity increase of 108% over 2014. By 2020, EWEA expects 192 GW of wind turbines to be installed, representing an investment of between €UR90 billion and €UR124 billion.
GNH to Expand Oerations in Northern UAE
Gulf Navigation Holding (GNH) announces the initiation of studies for large expansion of its operations in the northern region of the United Arab Emirates consisting of a set of comprehensive maritime activities, (the GNH Northern Project), including ship building, ship repair and offshore platforms, equipment and services, logistics, marine specialized operations and global mobile ship repair and services including a float and during voyage. The eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates is considered one of the most important trade route in the world and berthing areas and it is the world’s second leader in the supply and ship refueling/ bunkering, per studies at least over 200 work boats are employed for offshore support and supply in the eastern coast.
ExxonMobil Sees PNG LNG Producing at 16 pct Above Nameplate
ExxonMobil expects to deliver 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas from Papua New Guinea this year, around 14 percent above nameplate capacity of its PNG LNG plant, says a report in Reuter's quoting the company's PNG head. The PNG LNG plant, operated by its biggest owner ExxonMobil, can produce at more than 8 million tonnes a year or 16 percent above original design specifications, ExxonMobil's PNG managing director Andrew Barry said at a conference in Sydney. "The benefits…
Evac Acquires Uson Marine
Evac Group, the world’s leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries, has acquired Uson Marine. The acquisition is expected to increase Evac’s market share in dry and wet waste management systems, as well as strengthen the Group’s position with regard to small and medium-sized marine and offshore vessels. Thanks to the acquisition, customers of both Evac and Uson Marine will benefit from an improved service network and enlarged offering. After this acquisition Evac Group’s turnover will be over 110 MEUR.
First LNG-powered Hopper Dredger Launched
The launch ceremony of DEME’s 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) MINERVA took place on 3 December at Royal IHC's shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. "The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry,” says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon. “IHC had already started to investigate the integration of LNG into dredging vessels in 2012, enabling us to understand the challenges of this green solution.
Philly Shipyard Delivers APT Tanker
Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY), today delivered the American Endurance, the first of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. This delivery is the 25th vessel built by PSI (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.). The next generation 50,000 dwt product tanker is based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that also incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features…
Fugro's Shares Sink after Boskalis Trims Holding
Shares in Dutch deep-sea prospector Fugro fell 4.5 percent on Monday after larger rival Boskalis announced that it had trimmed its holding in the company. A statement from dredging and marine engineering company Boskalis said that its holding in Fugro now stands at 24.9 percent. Boskalis had built a stake of as much as 28.6 percent at the end of 2015 in what was widely seen as a first step towards buying Fugro. Boskalis also took Fugro to court in an attempt to strip away some of the company's poison pill defenses but lost its case in May.
Boskalis Scales Back Holding in Fugro
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announces that it has reduced its holding in Fugro N.V., an integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services. Boskalis’ holding in Fugro now stands at 24.9 percent.
Harris Pye Chalks Up LSDO Conversions
The Harris Pye Engineering Group has been awarded a contract by a Chinese LNG company to convert six of its vessels to low sulphur diesel oil (LSDO), with an option for conversions on further vessels to follow. The group has undertaken work, predominantly on main and auxiliary boiler plants, on more than 75 vessels around the world, including some 30 LNGC main boiler plants on behalf of over 15 clients, offering the conversion as a turnkey package. “We are particularly active…
Samsung Heavy Cancels $776.8 mln LNG FPSO Order
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has terminated a contract worth a 907.6 billion won ($776.8 million) for the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating production and storage (FPSO) unit the shipbuilder signed with an unnamed European buyer back in January 2009. The South Korean shipbuilder said in a regulatory filing that the order, which came from an unspecified European firm, was cancelled as the firm did not issue a work order by a deadline agreed upon.
DNV GL Assists John Laing in Horath Onshore Wind Farm
DNV GL, the world largest resource of independent energy experts, has assisted John Laing, a leading international originator, investor and manager of infrastructure projects, in its investment in the onshore wind farm Horath Wind Farm in Germany. DNV GL conducted technical due diligence on the new asset with a focus on verifying its estimated energy yield. The work follows on from a long collaboration between the two companies, including DNV GL’s due diligence support work for John Laing’s recent acquisition of the 89.1 MW Klettwitz Wind Farm, one of Germany’s largest onshore wind farms.
Aker/DNV GL Ink Frame Agreement
Aker BP has awarded a new frame agreement to DNV GL, covering a wide range of safety, verification, inspection and classification services across its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The five-year contract, which includes options for extension, will see DNV GL experts integrated into Aker BP’s organization to provide decision-making support and stand-alone assessments. “This contract represents an important step forward in DNV GL’s long relationship with BP Norway and Det norske oljeselskap…
ROBA-DS Shaft Couplings Certified by DNV GL for Offshore
The compact and high performance ROBA-DS disk pack couplings by mayr power transmission have been certified by DNV GL. They ensure maximum possible operational and functional safety for users on the high seas. Whether in the drives of ship propellers, mobile platforms such as drilling platforms for oil and gas extraction, or also in tidal power plants – the areas of application for disk pack couplings in the maritime industry are diverse. For example, if the main drive of a ship propeller is an electric motor…
DNV GL Awards Component Certificate to Ingeteam
DNV GL has awarded a component certificate to Spanish technology company Ingeteam for its new wind frequency converter INGECON WIND DFM 3000 family. The INGECON WIND Full Converter MV Series 3000-10000. The converter family is built for easy maintenance, optimized to be compatible with all generator technologies and suitable for on and offshore applications. Ingeteam’s newest wind frequency converter is the first electrical component certified according to DNV GL’s new Certification Scheme for type and component certification of wind turbines, the DNVGL-SE-0441.
Partners to Build LNG Dual-fuel Bunker Ship for Singapore
Harley Marine International Holdings Pte. Ltd. said it has signed an MoU with Pavilion Gas Pte. Ltd, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fueled bunker tanker for Singapore. The new 7,500 DWT LNG dual-fueled vessel will be co-funded up to S$2 million (US$1.46 million) by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) through its LNG Bunkering Pilot Program (LBPP) Grant. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will soon be enforcing a global Sulphur content cap of 0.5 percent on bunker fuels. LNG, as a marine fuel is a cleaner alternative for the industry. LNG is essentially natural gas, or about 88-97 percent methane cooled down to -262°F.
Two New SEA\LNG Partners
SEA\LNG, which works to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has welcomed two new partners, each representing key aspects of the LNG maritime value chain: ABS and Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Gas Technology Development. The recent decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPS) to enforce the global 0.5 percent cap on the sulphur content of marine fuel by 2020 has significantly increased interest in LNG as a cost effective, safe and more environmentally friendly fuel. Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman, said, “We are pleased to welcome Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Gas Technology Development and ABS to SEA\LNG.
Teamwork Smoothes Complex FPSO Repair
Work to repair five separate areas on board FPSO FPF-003, operated by Petrofac South East Asia Pte Ltd using SPS has been completed on-station in the Mubdala, Jasmine oil field. The repair work on this ABS classed vessel, built in 1976 and converted in 2005, was completed 15 days ahead of schedule with no disruption to day to day operations. In total 96m² of steel was reinstated. Working with client EM&I and steelworkers Altamar, IE’s field team engineers were able to work their way through the five areas: engine room bilge…
Maersk, DONG in Talks over $10 Bln Oil Merger
Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk and DONG Energy are in talks to merge their oil and gas operations in a deal that would create a business worth more than $10 billion including debt, sources familiar with the matter said. Maersk is working with Bank of America on the potential deal, while JP Morgan is assisting Dong Energy, said the people, who cautioned there is no certainty the parties would come to terms. Maersk said in September it planned to merge or spin-off its energy assets as part of a major restructuring and instead focus on its core transport and logistics businesses.
Rigmarine Opens Aberdeen Facility
Lifting and marine product specialist Rigmarine has opened its fourth global facility in the rural village of Insch, 30 miles to the northwest of Aberdeen, Scotland. The site, strategically positioned to serve the offshore oil and gas, renewables, construction, break bulk, shipping and marine industries, joins other Rigmarine locations in Baku, Azerbaijan; Aktau, Kazakhstan; and Sharjah, UAE. As part of the Gaylin Group, this is the 10th international hub alongside others in Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia.
SVEZA OK'd to Supply Plywood for LNG Carriers
SVEZA Ust-Izhora plywood mill recently obtained the GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) Approval confirming compliance with specification of containment system for liquefied natural gas carriers. SVEZA Group is a leader in birch plywood production, and it reportedly has become the first Russian domestic producer certified to deliver to LNG-carriers manufacturers. The company's target is to gain at least a 30% share of the market with the estimated annual volume of 60,000 cubic meters of plywood. SVEZA Group has become the fourth company in the world certified by GTT.
Hurricane Exercise option over Drilling Rig
Hurricane Energy, the UK-based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, announces that, further to the rig contract amendments entered into with Transocean, the Company exercised its option over the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig on 25 November 2016 in order to drill the Halifax prospect. The Halifax well will be drilled after completion of the Lincoln well. A further announcement will be made once the Halifax well has been spudded.
International Standards for Carriage of Offshore Technicians
On Friday, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took one important step forward in its work to develop international standards for the carriage of offshore technicians, for example in connection with activities within the field of offshore wind energy. More specifically, the Committee adopted interim recommendations on safe carriage of offshore technicians. In addition, the Committee agreed on a definition of these technicians – so-called industrial personnel – which inter alia covers wind turbine technicians.
Boskalis Bags Brazil's Terminal Expansion Deal
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Açu Petróleo S.A. (joint venture company of Prumo Logística S.A. and Oiltanking Gmbh) for the expansion of the Porto do Açu Oil Transhipment Terminal in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. The contract has a total value of approximately EUR 120 million. The expansion comprises the deepening, widening and extension of the access channel and turning basin. In total, approximately 32 million cubic meters of sand, silt and clay will be dredged. The activities will commence immediately and are expected to be completed late 2017.
ExxonMobil Inks Deal to Collaborate on Caledonia LNG Project
ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the “Caledonia LNG ” project. The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 22 November to investigate opportunities to supply LNG for marine and land-based applications.
Collaborators to Develop LNG Deliveries in North UK and North Sea
Aiming to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the U.K. and North Sea, including bunkering, partners ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the Caledonia LNG project. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 22 to investigate opportunities to supply LNG for marine and land-based applications.
Nakilat Transfers LNG Umm Slal to in-house Management
Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Max LNG carrier Umm Slal from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) effective November 23, 2016, as part of the planned transition announced last month. With a cargo carrying capacity of 265,978 cu. m., Umm Slal is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas. The vessel built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries was delivered in November 2008 and has been in service ever since. Umm Slal is the third Q-Max vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd.
Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq
Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services.
Statoil Buys into Brazil’s Santos Basin
Statoil completes acquisition and takes over operatorship of Brazilian offshore licence BM-S-8 Statoil and Petrobras have completed their previously announced transaction, whereby Statoil has acquired Petrobras’ 66 percent operated interest of the BM-S-8 offshore license in Brazil’s Santos basin. BM-S-8 contains a substantial part of the Carcará pre-salt oil discovery. On the completion of the transaction, Statoil has paid Petrobras $1.25 billion, half of the total consideration. The remainder will be paid at the passage of certain future milestones, mainly relating to the future unitization of Carcará.
As Operators Look for the Bottom, Gulf Gloom Persists
Gulf of Mexico vessel operators want to see sustained, higher oil prices. After a rough two years, supply boat owners and operators in the Gulf of Mexico hope crude oil prices will improve in 2017. That would encourage activity among the offshore drillers that they service and would put unemployed boats back in the water. Vessel owners aren’t necessarily banking on a good year ahead, however. “Utilization of OSVs and PSVs in the Gulf is below 50 percent now, down from about 70 percent a year ago and 90 percent two years ago…
Fire under Control at Saipem Rig off Norway -Statoil
A fire in an engine room on Saipem's Scarabeo 5 drilling rig is now under control, Norwegian oil major Statoil said in a statement on Tuesday. "There are no longer visible flames or smoke... and the situation is under control. We are now working on a final clarification and towards normalization," said the Norwegian oil major. All 106 crew, of which 33 were evacuated, were accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries. The rig was working for Statoil on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea when the fire broke out. (Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, editing by Terje Solsvik)
Saipem Rig Caught Fire off Norway, No Injuries Reported -Statoil
A fire broke out in an engine room on Saipem's Scarabeo 5 drilling rig in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday, Norwegian oil company Statoil said in a statement. All 106 crew were accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries, Statoil said. "We have reports that no flames are visible, but there is smoke," a Statoil spokeswoman said, adding that efforts to extinguish the fire were still ongoing. "33 crew have been moved onshore or to nearby installations," she said. The rig was working for Statoil on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea when the fire broke out. "No drilling operations were underway at the time of the incident. There are no other installations on the Njord field at the present time," Statoil said in its statement.
Subsea Industries Opens UK Office
Subsea Industries has strengthened its presence in the U.K.’s maritime and renewable energy sectors with opening up of a dedicated marine and offshore coatings office in the U.K. and the appointment of coatings specialist Mark Woods as its U.K.-based technical representative. The new office forms part of Subsea Industries’ wider growth strategy to meet increased demand for the company’s award-winning non-toxic hard coatings. As accounting manager, Woods will head up Chelmsford-based Subsea Industries U.K., with responsibility for sales growth across the company’s complete portfolio of marine coatings. However, the company is actively recruiting sales representatives for other locations.
Ethane Carrier GasChem Beluga Delivered
On November 11 the first vessel of the new ECO STAR 36k type, GasChem Beluga, was delivered to the owners Ocean Yield ASA in China. The design for this new type of vessel was developed under the lead of German ship owner Hartmann Reederei together with its long-term partners HB Hunte Engineering for the ship design and AC Inox delivering gas plant and equipment. The hull design is unique and highly efficient: The vessel’s superstructures are located at the bow, the engine at the stern, resulting in an excellent distribution of weight and a significant reduction of ballast water.
Van Wijngaarden Orders Second Damen Shoalbuster
The contract has been signed between Van Wijngaarden Marine Services and Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for the build and delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 3512, to be named the LINGESTROOM. This will bring the total number of Shoalbusters in the Van Wijngaarden fleet to five including the NOORDSTROOM, also a Shoalbuster 3512, which was delivered in April 2016. Van Wijngaarden Marine Services operates a modern, 15-strong fleet that delivers a wide range of support and supply services on a global basis to the maritime construction and offshore energy industries as well as port services and towage.
DNV GL Certificates Support Envision
DNV GL has issued full type certificates for Envision’s 2.3 MW turbine EN115-2.3. and 3.0 MW turbine EN120-3.0. This is an important milestone for the smart energy solution provider to compete in international wind energy markets. These certificates confirm that both turbines comply with all the requirements of the global IEC 61400-22 standard ensuring safety and reliability of wind turbines and wind farms. Due to large investments in the wind industry, financing banks, insurance companies and authorities require reliability and safety assessments of wind energy projects.
Safe Sea Transfer of Technicians on Agenda
Technicians working in the growing offshore alternative energy sector often need to be transferred to their place of work by sea. This needs to be done safely and efficiently, and this week International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will continue discussions on mandatory measures to cover this potentially hazardous activity. The Committee will consider interim measures ahead of the adoption of a proposed new Code. Other important items on the agenda include the adoption of amendments to SOLAS, including those related to subdivision and damage stability.
SCI Acquires a Secondhand PSV
The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of a secondhand Multipurpose Support Vessel (MPSV) M.V. “SCI Sabarmati” today i.e. 18th November, 2016 at Singapore. This vessel is 2013 built, at Colombo Dockyard Ltd., and had lately carried out necessary modification to serve as MPSV. The vessel is SPS compliant and can be dynamically positioned (DP-2), having a gross tonnage of 3,306 Metric Tonnes and deadweight of 3,352.31 Metric tonnes. The vessel is dual classed with LR and IRS and has been built to comply with latest international regulations. With this strategic acquisition as part of Capex 2016-17, SCI’s Offshore fleet has increased to 10 vessels and SCI’s fleet strength has increased to 69 vessels of 5.85 million DWT