Coast Guard to Accept DNV Surveys on GoM Floater

Press Release
Thursday, February 28, 2013

DNV's contract for classification & CVA (Certified Verification Authority) for Delta House floater marks new era of choice in the Gulf of Mexico.

DNV has been awarded the classification contract for a new build floating production semi-submersible platform for the GoM. The Delta House floater will be operated by LLOG Exploration Company, a premier private exploration and production company in the Gulf of Mexico.

Following a detailed review of DNV rules and procedures, the U. S. Coast Guard has confirmed that they will accept plan review and inspection functions conducted by DNV for the Delta House floater as part of the unit’s certification under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations. This follows from a general acceptance given by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2007 and provides a new option for owners and operators of offshore floating units.

“Owners have expressed a strong desire for choice of classification society’s for floating offshore installations in American waters and we know there are many owners, designers, operators and yards who would prefer to work with DNV, and this contract is proof that they can do so, confident of legal and regulatory approval,” said Kenneth Vareide, DNV’s Director of Operations for Maritime in North America.

“With local capabilities and expertise DNV is a well established alternative and experienced partner for classing floaters and complex projects in the Gulf of Mexico. We now look forward to address the industry’s needs and desires for increased safety, reliability, cutting edge technology and, of course, reduced downtime. We are confident that both owners and regulatory agencies will benefit from this,” he said.

DNV has carried out extensive verification and independent analysis for many GoM floaters throughout the past 20 years, including many high profile failure and accident investigations. DNV has a wide portfolio of CVA and development projects for the oil and gas industry in the GoM. DNV was also the classification society and CVA for the first FPSO for the Cascade and Chinook field in the US GOM.

DNV will carry out approvals for classification and verification work, and surveys related to activities in the US. DNV is also the Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) for the structure, mooring and riser, which will all be executed from the Houston office.

The Design Basis Agreement for Delta House, as approved by the Coast Guard, is based largely on DNV’s offshore rules for a FOI (Floating Offshore Installation).

The hull design is based on EXMAR Offshore Company’s proprietary OPTI-11000® and will be fabricated in Korea, at Hyundai Heavy Industries. The topside production system is designed by New Orleans based Audubon Engineering Company, with fabrication and integration with the hull at the Kiewit Offshore Services Yard in Ingleside, Texas. The completed FOI (Floating Offshore Installation) will be installed in the deep water US Gulf on the Mississippi Canyon block 254. Fabrication of the hull starts early 2013 for planned production in 2015.

DNV is currently also classifying 8 new building projects, OSVs, diving support vessels and a US Flag ro-ro/container ship for the U.S. Jones Act trade, that are at various stages of construction in U.S yards in the Gulf and on the East Coast.
Globally, DNV’s market share of classification contracts awarded for new buildings in 2012 were as follows:

    •    FPSO/FSRU: 70%
    •    Drillships: 30%
    •    Semi-submersibles: 60%


 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter July 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Guzmán Re-elected Harbor Commission President, Long Beach Port

Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán was re-elected Monday evening to serve a second one-year term leading the board that oversees the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

Bahri Q2 Net Profit Soars

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 47.2 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday.

U.S. Backs S. China Sea Bilateral Talks

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry says backs bilateral talks; Philippines says dispute does not involve United States. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on

Offshore

Cambodia Urged ASEAN to Avoid Words That Escalate Tension

Cambodia advised a grouping of South East Asian nations to avoid using words that "would escalate tension between China and the Philippines" in a weekend statement,

Summer Cruise to North Sea Oil Rigs Amazes Tourists

Bored with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas? Then the gigantic oil platforms of the North Sea beckon. The first ever "rig-spotting" cruise just ended off the coast of Norway,

Staying Afloat Down Under?

In recent years, Australia has been a major growth area for offshore gas production and a key driver of offshore CAPEX, says Clarksons Research.   However, the

Classification Societies

Drones: Is the Maritime Industry Ready?

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in common parlance, are not a part of the historical maritime vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may conjure images from science fiction,

AkzoNobel Acheives ISO 19030 Compliance

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has outlined for the first time its full compliance with ISO 19030, the new standard for measuring hull and propeller performance.

Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL.

Offshore Energy

Summer Cruise to North Sea Oil Rigs Amazes Tourists

Bored with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas? Then the gigantic oil platforms of the North Sea beckon. The first ever "rig-spotting" cruise just ended off the coast of Norway,

Technip Bags Woodside's Subsea Contract

Technip has been awarded a large(1) subsea contract by Woodside to support the development of the Greater Enfield Project offshore Western Australia, at a water

Staying Afloat Down Under?

In recent years, Australia has been a major growth area for offshore gas production and a key driver of offshore CAPEX, says Clarksons Research.   However, the

Underwater Engineering

Technip Bags Woodside's Subsea Contract

Technip has been awarded a large(1) subsea contract by Woodside to support the development of the Greater Enfield Project offshore Western Australia, at a water

Pathogenic bacteria hitchhiking to North and Baltic Seas?

For the first time, AWI scientists have found evidence of living, potentially pathogenic vibrions on microplastic particles. With increasing water temperatures

Ithaca’s FPF-1 platform to be moved to Stella field

Ithaca Energy Inc. reports that the "FPF-1" floating production facility has completed the required inclination test as planned and departed the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0909 sec (11 req/sec)