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Conquest Installs 850t Crane on Allseas Solitaire

Allseas MV Solitaire (Photo: Conquest Offshore)

Conquest Offshore was contracted by Allseas to remove a 300-ton crane and transport and install a 850-ton Huisman crane on board of one of the largest pipe-lay vessels in the world, Allseas Solitaire.   The 397-meter vessel MV Solitaire is the largest ship ever to have passed IJmuiden’s massive sea lock after which the ship was berthed at Dutch Offshore Base in Amsterdam. The pipe-laying vessel is used for the construction of natural gas pipeline systems and oil pipelines. Before the vessel is scheduled to return to sea in summer 2016, the 300 ton SPC (special Purpose Crane) was replaced by a 850-ton Huisman SPC  by Conquest MB1.    We believe that Conquest MB 1 heavy lift barge is the right tool for all kinds of challenging jobs. Looking at the time schedule, dimensions and weight of the installed components it certainly was a challenge. Especially as we were also preparing for departure for the next job.   Conquest MB1 is now underway to Mexico for a salvage job in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).


Keppel Shipyard Nets Two Contracts Worth S$170 Million

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Keppel Shipyard Limited (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has secured new contracts totalling S$170 million for two fast-track projects.   The new jobs comprise completing a Pipe Laying Vessel for Saipem S.p.A (Saipem) and converting a Floating, Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel for Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada).   Mr Nelson Yeo, Managing Director (Marine) of Keppel O&M, said


Rolls-Royce for Offshore Vessel Upgrade

Rolls-Royce has received an order worth over $20m to supply diesel generator sets and thrusters to Houston-based offshore engineering and construction company J. Ray McDermott. The order, which includes six underwater mountable azimuth thrusters and four Bergen generator sets, is being supplied as part of a major upgrade to the customer’s specialist offshore vessel, Derrick Barge 50 (DB50). The heavy-lift derrick and pipe laying vessel is based in the Gulf of Mexico.


ABB Wins $12 Million Diesel Electric System Order

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ABB, a power and automation technology group, recently won a $12 million order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for a deepwater pipe laying vessel. The vessel, tentatively named Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 (“DLV2000”), will be constructed at Keppel Singmarine in Singapore and delivered in 2015 to Hydro Marine Services, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc. Developed by Keppel’s ship design arm, Marine Technology Development (MTD)


South Stream Transport Readies for Black Sea Offshore Pipeline Lay

Black Sea birds near pipeline route:Image courtesy of South Stream

Holland's South Stream Transport has signed an option agreement with the Bulgarian ports of Varna and  Burgas  for the storage and handling of pipe segments in Black Sea coastal 'marshalling yards prior to commencement of the huge project. The South Stream Offshore Pipeline will consist of four parallel pipelines through the Black Sea, each made up of over 75,000 pipe segments. The pipes will be stored in so-called marshalling yards at harbours on the shore in Bulgaria


China Shipbuilding Industry Midgets Reigned In

China shipyard: File photo CCL

China signaled that it will cut its vast shipyard army to get industrial growth back on a healthy track this year, as its earning ability falters amid cheap vessel prices, blind expansion and speculation in the shipbuilding sector, according to Xinhua. China will drastically curb the number of shipyards, docks, berths and maintenance facilities it opens, reports Xinhua, citing Li Dong, deputy director-general at the department of equipment industry at the Ministry of Industry and Information


Major Conversion Project for Solstad

The cable laying vessel “Normand Clipper” will undergo an extensive conversion equal to that of its sister vessel “Normand Cutter”. Here is the converted “Normand Cutter” immediately after its conversion was completed in May last year. (Photo: Harald M. Valderhaug) “This is an exciting period with increasing interest in vessels designed for extremely demanding marine operations. During the last six year we have signed contracts for two major conversions and one new build for this market


X-Stream: New Deepwater Pipeline Concept

Dr. Henrik O. Madsen, DNV’s CEO

DNV has developed a new pipeline concept, called X-Stream, that can significantly reduce the cost of a deep- and ultra-deepwater gas pipeline while still complying with the strictest safety and integrity regime. X-Stream is based on established and field-proven technologies which have been innovatively arranged. X-Stream can reduce both the pipeline wall thickness and time spent on welding and installation compared to deep-water gas pipelines currently in operation


Update on Acta Marine's 'Shoalbuster' Fleet Deployment

Shoalbusters: Photo courtesy of Acta Marine

Shallow water offshore support services operator Acta Marine gives an update on the worldwide deployment of its specialized vessels. In Asia the Coastal Victory is engaged upon offshore support activities with a shallow draft pipe lay vessel in Korea and Taiwan. This 50TBP Multi-purpose Anchor Handling vessel is well positioned to support new maritime infrastructure projects in this growing region. In the Middle East


28% of Offshore Vessels Currently Laid Up

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Using VesselsValue's Offshore mapping service VV, Senior Offshore Analyst Charlie Hockless has put togther a snapshot showing the percentage of the offshore fleet currently laid up. Across all offshore types, 28 percent of the fleet is currently laid up. PSVs top the table, with 36 percent currently laid up. Hockless explained the definition of laid up used in this context: “Estimating the number of vessels in lay-up is an imperfect science


Nexans’ New Cable-Layer under Construction

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Nexans said construction has started on its new cable-laying vessel for submarine HV cable systems installation. The vessel is being built by Croatia-based shipyard ULJANIK Group and is expected to be delivered and start operations by Q3 2020.  


Bureau Veritas Issues New Rules for OSVs, Tugs

BV classed tug, Dux - now operating in Hammerfest, Norway. Image courtesy of Gondan Shipbuilders  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Classification society Bureau Veritas has issued new rules for the Classification of Offshore Service Vessels and Tugs, including new class notations for pipelay vessels, accommodation units, offshore construction vessels and offshore support vessels.  


Japan’s KCS Orders New Cable Lay Vessel

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A keel laying ceremony held on September 7, 2017 at Colombo Dockyard PLC in Sri Lanka signaled the start of construction on a new cable lay vessel for Japanese owner Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd (KCS).   Vard Design secured the ship design contract with builder Colombo Dockyard for


Vulkan Italia, SB Broneske Start New Cooperation

Vulkan Italia has signed a cooperation with the German company SB Broneske. Vulkan Italia is going to work as a representative for SB Broneske in the Italian market, where the two companies will join their experience on the elastic support for exhaust pipe system.


New TSHD Launched for Van Oord

Van Oord’s first of two new midsize trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD), Vox Amalia, has been launched at the LaNaval shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. Its twin, Vox Alexia, is slated to be completed early next year.   “These two vessels are designed for capital dredging


New Pipe Seal Simplifies Shipyard Safety

St. Johns Ship Building ensures watertight pipe penetrations in decks and bulkheads by using the Roxtec SPM seal. When building the tug Delaware, it also used the seal as vibration hanger in the compartments. (Photo: Roxtec)

St. Johns Ship Building Inc. in Palatka, Fla. ensures watertight pipe penetrations in decks and bulkheads by using the Roxtec SPM seal. When building the tug Delaware, the shipyard also used the seal as vibration hanger in the compartments.  


NKT Names New Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

The new NKT cable-laying vessel was named NKT Victoria at a ceremony at the power cable plant in Karlskrona, Sweden. The act was carried out by the regional Governor of Blekinge and marks the starting point of a new era of NKT turnkey high-voltage offshore cable system capabilities.  


The Shipowners' Club Bounce Back to Black

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 The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported resilient results for the year ending 31 December 2016.   The Club has reported a combined ratio of 98.6%, an increase in gross tonnage of 0.8m to 25


Port of Kiel Opens Waste-water Reception Facility

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A modern ship waste-water reception facility went into operation at Kiel’s Ostseekai on June 14. During an inauguration ceremony the new plant’s valves were symbolically opened by Kiel’s Lord Mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Construction chief Doris Grondke


Containerships’ LNG Vessel’s Building is in Progress

Containerships’ first LNG fuelled vessel under construction on slipway at the shipyard. Photo: Containerships PLC

 Building of Containerships’ new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vessels is progressing at Wenchong Shipyard, Guangzhou. The construction of three upcoming vessels is in action in the Chinese shipyard.   For the first vessel, two double bottom blocks are already under erection on


IRClass: New Rules for LNG Fueled Coastal/Inland Vessels

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has released new rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled coastal and inland vessels. The new rules, which come in addition to its already established rules for ocean going ships, aim to underscore the increasing importance of using cleaner fuels


Norfolk Naval Shipyard Adds New Pipe Bending Machine

Capturing complex bends on pipes is an art form members of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Pipe Group have harnessed for many years.    Now entering a more modern era with a new dual-head pipe bending machine, NNSY is able to create more precise bends in a fraction of the time


Grooving the Way: Back to the Future

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Anything but new, the Victaulic method of pipe-joining has been around for a long time. Armed with myriad type approvals from most IACS groups, Victaulic’s output will no doubt (and soon) form a part of your marine equipment for a long time to come.  


Grooving the Way: Back to the Future

(Photo: Victaulic)

Anything but new, the Victaulic method of pipe-joining has been around for a long time. Armed with myriad type approvals from most IACS groups, Victaulic’s output will no doubt (and soon) form a part of your marine equipment for a long time to come.  


Grand Bahama Shipyard Reports Commercial Success

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) said it has completed work on 30 commercial vessels within first half of 2017, predominantly comprised of companies returning to the yard with repeat business including tankers, bulk carriers, containerships, tugs






 
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