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ABS and CCS Discuss Energy Development in China

The growing importance of deepwater exploration and production developments offshore China led classification societies ABS and CCS (China Classification Society) to conduct a joint “Deepsea Developments in the China Offshore Industry” meeting on June 17. The meeting, which was held in Beijing, brought together leading offshore industry professionals to discuss a wide range of energy development issues. More than 100 representatives from the Chinese government, shipbuilders, designers, research institutes, energy corporations and universities attended. Topics included a discussion of the global energy market outlook from research firm Infield Systems, the challenges and latest solutions proposed for deepwater development from offshore solutions technology leader Horton Wison and a look at risk-based operations and new approaches toward minimizing risk with deepwater exploration from global engineering, procurement and construction firm Worley Parsons. ABS discussed the regulatory changes resulting from the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico and the broader impact on regulatory schemes worldwide while CCS highlighted the impact of deepsea development on the technology standards for the region’s offshore industry. “This industry meeting illustrates the cooperative spirit between ABS and CCS,” says ABS CEO and President Christopher J. Wiernicki


2H Offshore Joins TCP Design Guideline Initiative

Image: 2H Offshore

2H Offshore has joined an oil and gas industry initiative to develop a new design guideline for thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP) to advance the understanding and use of composite materials in the offshore industry, the company announced.   The DNV GL-led Joint Industry Project (JIP) began in October and will take a year to complete. 2H teams in London and Houston are actively involved in the JIP which will build on existing knowledge and guidelines to achieve an industry accepted


Wavespec Promotes Senior Engineers

Wavespec hopes to expand its capability to deliver a range of products for the offshore industry – particularly dynamic positioning (DP) vessels – through a managerial restructure and expansion of its global office network. The company  has recently promoted two of its senior engineers: Andy Bright has become Manager, Marine Projects, and Ted Brooking has been appointed as Manager, Offshore and DP. Wavespec, a member of the Braemar Shipping Services Plc group of companies


Offshore Energy Conference: Exceeds Expectations

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Record number of 7632 attendants gathered in Amsterdam.   Offshore industry professionals from around the world gathered in Amsterdam on 23 - 24 October for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2012. The fifth edition of Offshore Energy attracted a record number of 7632 attendees, up 49% from last year, according to the organizers Offshore Energy 2012 continued on its path of steady growth. The exhibition sold out and welcomed over 400 exhibitors, up 33% from 2011


New Maritime Bank Plans to Bridge Funding Gap

The new bank principals: Photo credit M&M Bank

A team of Norway-based shipping, offshore and finance professionals intend to establish Maritime & Merchant Bank (“M&M’’) a niche financial institution dedicated to meeting the funding needs of owners active in the shipping and offshore industries, worldwide. The newly formed project company, Maritime & Merchant AS (M&M AS), will file a banking license application on behalf of M&M during the autumn of 2013


HHI to Deploy 3DEXPERIENCE Design Platform

Hyundai Heavy Industries Selects Marine & Offshore Industry Solution Experiences for Design and Engineering of Offshore Structures Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, a company in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that the offshore and engineering division of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has chosen to deploy Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its marine and offshore industry solution


USCG – NOSAC Membership

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), which advises the service on matters affecting the offshore industry. Applications must be received by November 30. 74 Fed. Reg. 35882 (July 21, 2009). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)


CEO's to Discuss Challenges to Dutch Offshore Industry

Goof Hamers (CEO, IHC Merwede), Jan-Pieter Klaver (CEO, Heerema Marine Contractors) & others to discuss the challenges that the industry faces in realizing its full potential. The Dutch offshore industry is an international front-runner and the sector adds considerable value to the Dutch economy and has strong potential in generating economic growth. A panel of CEOs will discuss how Dutch offshore industry can maintain front-runner position during the Offshore Energy Industry Panel


Port of Rotterdam Attracts Offshore Wind

Photo by The port of Rotterdam

 Up to now, the port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, has played a negligible role in the construction of offshore wind farms in Europe. But that is about to change. On Maasvlakte 2, Sif Group and Verbrugge International are building a dedicated offshore terminal and a production site for monopiles under the name Offshore Terminal Rotterdam.    A unique combination that will play an important role in the construction of offshore wind farms in the North Sea and


ABS, Industry Experts Tackle MODU Safety Issues

At its annual Special Committee Meeting, ABS shared recent enhancements to ABS jacking gear requirements, which address jackup system reliability. Photo: ABS

 ABS, the leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, collaborated with industry experts during its annual Special Committee Meeting held recently to discuss the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), with the goal of assuring that Rule requirements align with industry needs.   “Our leadership position in the offshore sector is based on the ability to provide exceptional guidance and services


ABS Issues Software Quality Assessment in Asia Pacific

ABS has issued the first Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM) Product Design Assessment (PDA) Certificate in the Asia-Pacific region for Industrial Control Systems software to Singapore-based Excel Marco, a solutions provider for process automation and safety systems for the marine and


ABS Wins Royal Canadian Navy Service Contract

Photo: ABS

Canadian Department of National Defense selects ABS for classification and certification services for its entire non-combatant fleet.    ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries


Seacroft Hires Pearce as Engineering & DP Manager

Richard Pearce (Photo: Seacroft Marine Consultants)

Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants said it has appointed Richard Pearce as Marine Engineering and Dynamic Positioning (DP) Manager, as the firm looks to develop more specialized offshore marine projects.   Pearce brings to the role 16 years’ experience in engineering and


Standard Club Establishes New Offshore Advisory Committee

Logo: The Standard Club

 The Standard Club is driving developments in offshore P&I with the launch of the Standard Club Offshore Advisory Committee (SCOAC). SCOAC aims to analyse offshore trends, assist the club in further understanding and disseminating industry best-practice and develop new strategies to


ABS Approves Innovative Drillship Design

Photo:  Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc

 ABS is working with industry to improve efficiencies in offshore development.   “ABS is working on multiple fronts to help the offshore industry find efficiencies and streamline operations,” says ABS Executive Vice President for Global Offshore Ken Richardson. 


ABS, DSME Pact on Novel FLNG Concept

LNG·LPG carriers. Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 ABS signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) to support safety and apply class guidance to a conceptual Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit.     “We are pleased to sign this agreement and work with DSME to support new innovations


Vestdavit Brings New Davit Lifting Force to Market

The new PAP-16000 single point davit from Vestdavit (Photo: Vestdavit)

Vestdavit has completed its largest ever single-point A-frame davit for over the side boat handling, rising to the continuing challenge set by customers to be able to launch and retrieve ever larger workboats from their ships.   The first PAP-16000 davit


Flores Named VP at NETSCo

Jan Flores (Photo: NETSCo)

Engineering, design and maritime consulting services provider NETSCo, Inc. has recently promoted Jan Flores to vice president, and welcomed new additions Trish McIntyre as engineering manager and Matt Davidson as junior naval architect/marine engineer.  


New Asset Integrity Management System Launched

(Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has launched Veristar AIM 3D asset integrity management system, based on technology partner Dassault Systems’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.   The new solution combines a digital twin of any marine or offshore assets with smart data in a collaborative environment


The New Offshore Reality

(Photo: Oyvind Hagen, Statoil)

As a mix of traditional heavyweights and start-ups fight to keep Norway’s offshore industry afloat, collectively they assess   Swedbank’s chief economist, Harald Andreassen, isn’t “too hopeful” about the long-term prospects for the oil price, but then again


Angelle Named BSEE Director

Scott Angelle (Photo: BSEE)

 Former Louisiana state official Scott A. Angelle will head-up the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Angelle, who most recently served as Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, will assume his new position May 23.


Jawar Al Khaleej Takes Delivery of Two Vessels

Damen FCS 5009 (Photo: Damen)

Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK), a provider of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Arabian Gulf, has taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and an ASD 3213 tug for operations at the Al Basra (ABOT) and Khor Al Amaya (KAAOT ) oil terminals


ABS’ Wiernicki Delivers Stevens Commencement Speech

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: Stevens Institute of Technology)

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernicki delivered the commencement speech at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 2017 undergraduate graduation ceremony, where he was also awarded an honorary doctor of engineering degree.  


ABS Hosts Industry Leaders in Athens

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual Hellenic National Committee meeting in Athens, Greece in June.    “As the recognized classification leader in Greece


VOSSRing Certified for Marine and Gas Applications

Photo: VOSSRing

In combination with the VOSSRing preassembly studs, VOSSRing also meets the demands placed on assembly reliability and leak prevention, as confirmed by a series of certifications such as the recent permit for gas applications. The cutting ring had already been granted certificates for the marine






 
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