What’s New with Floating Production?
Currently, 319 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field. FPSOs account for 65% of the existing systems, 75% of systems on order. Another 24 floating LNG processing systems are in service or on order. Liquefaction floaters account for 13%, regasification floaters 87%. No liquefaction units are yet in service – all 3 are on order. Also, 98 floating storage units are in service, on order or available.
Great Ships of 2013: Damen Modular Barge
If there is one thing that we hear time and again in the maritime world is that the manufacture of boats, ships and maritime structures in general is not as efficient as found in larger, mass market transportation modes because of the unique peculiarities of each different vessel. Damen has long been a proponent of standardized production, a concept which is extended to the “Nth” degree via the Damen Modular Barge concept.
Great Ships of 2013: Hydra Voyager
Hydra Voyager was delivered by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. to Almi Tankers in 2013. The vessel has a continuous upper deck without forecastle, a raked stern with bulbous bow, a transom stern with open water type stern frame, a semi-balanced rudder and a fixed pitch propeller directly driven by a slow speed diesel engine. Duct and rudder bulb were installed as energy saving devices…
Great Ships of 2013: Oceanex Connaigra
Oceanex Connaigra is Oceanex Inc.’s 210-m custom-designed container/roll on roll off (Con/Ro) ice class 1A ship that was built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. (FSG) shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. Following four years of study and research, the design stage was completed. First steel was cut in October 2012, and the keel was laid on February 11, 2013. Oceanex Connaigra is the largest Canadian flag Con-Ro ship with its carrying capacity of 19…
Great Ships of 2013: Hornbeck’s HOSMAX 300 Series
Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered M/V HOS Red Rock (Hull 202) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS Red Dawn (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and is currently servicing offshore drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Hornbeck’s third vessel the HOS Renaissance (Hull 203) was scheduled for delivery in November 2013. HOS Red Rock is the second of four…
More than 100 USCG Vessels Install KVH mini-VSAT
The ongoing maritime VSAT installations are part of KVH’s 10-year contract with the U.S. KVH Industries, Inc., said it has surpassed the 100-vessel mark in its 10-year contract to supply the next-generation satellite communications solution for the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of small cutters. To date, KVH’s TracPhone V7 systems have been deployed on 105 USCG vessels across eight different classes of cutters…
Great Ships of 2013: Bow Pioneer
The world’s largest chemical tanker, Bow Pioneer, was built for Odfjell SE by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, designed with two longitudinal corrugated bulkheads with lower stools and transverse corrugated bulkheads with lower stools to have 10 sets (P&S&C) of cargo tanks, and 11 tanks for WB consisting of four pairs of wing and double bottom tanks, one U-type tank and two water ballast heeling tanks.
PPG Appoints McDonald VP, Fiber Glass
PPG Industries today announced the appointment of Kevin E. McDonald, as vice president, fiber glass, effective March 1. McDonald is currently PPG general manager, reinforcements, and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). He will report to Viktor Sekmakas, PPG executive vice president, and continue to be based at the company’s Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa. McDonald will succeed Thomas P. Kerr, who will retire effective March 1.
Bellingham Marine Appoints New GM
Marina builder and dock manufacturer Bellingham Marine recently named Michael LaRocque General Manager of the company’s Northeast Division. LaRocque will be responsible for the day to day operations of the division including project administration, detailed scheduling of manufacture and construction activities, and budgeting. A veteran of the construction industry with a background in civil engineering…
Gumdrop Debuts Cases for Marine Industry
Case manufacturer, Gumdrop, announced the rollout of the Marine and Industry Series. Featuring a weatherproof enclosure, easy access to buttons and plugs and boat mounting options, the Marine is a revolutionary case designed exclusively for the marine lifestyle. “Marine lifestyle and industry professionals are using iPads with marine applications more and more every day, but finding the right protection for these tablets from harsh weather conditions is still a pending issue…
Retail Imports Forecast: Up 4.8% in January
2013 Estimated at 2.8 Percent Over 2012. Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 4.8 percent in January over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Estimates show 2013 up 2.8 percent over 2012. “Retailers are still assessing the holiday season, but they’re also looking ahead to see what will happen in the new year…
MOL America Announces Corporate Sales Changes
MOL (America) Inc. issued a release announcing several changes to its North American sales management, including the promotion of Richard Craig to the position of executive vice president, sales and operations. Additionally, Richard Jung, who currently assistant vice president of sales, central region, has been appointed to assume the duties of vice president of sales in replacing Dennis Sheehan, vice president of sales, who has decided to leave MOL (America) Inc. to pursue other opportunities.
Coast Guard Breaks Ice on Delaware River
The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working to break ice on the Delaware River. The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan and Cleat are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways. The ice-breaking tugs encountered significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick, approximately three miles south of Trenton, N.J. "The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation," said Lt.
NOIA Echoes Importance of Atlantic Seismic Exploration Hearing
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the hearing on seismic exploration on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf held today by the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. “The National Ocean Industries Association appreciates Chairman Lamborn’s leadership on this important hearing on the crucial role of seismic surveys in the development of oil and natural gas for our nation.
Viking Offshore Software Renewed
CT Systems unveils the all new Viking Offshore software. Viking Offshore is specifically designed for use on a wide range of offshore vessels, ranging from a Tug to a large Jackup rig.
AWS Presents Energy Welding Conference
American Welding Society will host a cponference featuring a panel of welding industry experts will address the latest developments in welding technology from the expanding energy markets February 5-6, 2014 in New Orleans. The demand for new and improved welding technology from the expanding energy markets are starting to pay off in the development of superior hybrid welding processes, new filler metals, and hosts of cladding procedures.
Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, naval architects and marine engineers. Today Maritime Reporter heads a group of four print and 10 websites serving the global maritime, offshore and subsea sector.
Brazil Offshore: Petrobras & Subsea Engineering
Brazil’s Petrobras has been one of the leading players in deepwater, subsea development projects since the turn of the century. These projects include pre-salt and post-salt plays, which require extensive and complex subsea engineering and construction efforts. It would be impossible for Petrobras to develop all of its projects alone, therefore much is done by specialized companies, mostly of foreign origin.
Drum Cussac Protects Floating LNG Platform Journey
The FSRU Toscana, the world’s first-ever floating Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) platform, has begun commercial operations off the coast of Italy, on schedule. However, before the 288-meter container ship, turned floating LNG storage platform, could begin operation as a regasification plant, it had to negotiate a perilous journey, being towed from Drydock World in Dubai to the Italian Coast, via the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, protected by Drum Cussac security specialists.
Fairmount Delivers ENSCO Rig in Malta
Fairmount Marine said it had delivered rig ENSCO 5004 in Malta at the end of a voyage that began offshore Rio de Janeiro. Rig ENSCO 5004 is a 1982 built 94.7 meters long and 70.4 meters wide semi-submersible drilling rig. The towage of rig ENSCO 5004 from Rio de Janeiro to Malta took about 5,782 nautical miles and during the voyage speeds well over seven knots were reached. Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation…