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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Semi-Submersibles

Hua Hai Long Joins COSCO Shipping Heavy Lift Ship Pool

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On February 1, COSCO Shipping Co., Ltd. signed a POOL agreement with Guangzhou Salvage Bureau of the Ministry of Transport (GSBMT) in Guangzhou Ocean Plaza. According to the agreement, M.V. Hua Hai Long, the 30,000 DWT semi-submersible vessel of GSBMT, will come into service under the management of COSCO Shipping Co. COSCO Shipping aims to become the lead integrator in the global semi-submersible vessel market therefore they have initiated the first POOL model among the Chinese shipping companies. The new joint semi-submersible vessel MV Hua Hai Long is a 30,000 dwt newbuilding with a length of 182.2m, a width of 43.6m and a depth of 11m. The Vessel has a large deck area, advanced ballast system, and can handle a wide range of cargoes. With the joining of the M.V. Hua Hai Long, COSCO Shipping’s semi-submersible POOL has reached five vessels, giving them the capability of transporting small, medium and large offshore and onshore cargoes. Mr. Han Guo Min, CEO of COSCO Shipping, pointed out, “The capability of COSCO Shipping’s semi-submersible fleet has been strengthened, and COSCO Shipping has become the only Chinese company in the list of global semi-submersible transportation suppliers to receive a Green-class approval rating from Shell in regards to a HSE Management System audit. As the semi-submersible market changes, further cooperation and Pool will be a general trend.”

SCR Detailed Design Contract for 2H Offshore

LLOG Exploration Delta House Model: Image credit 2H Offshore

2H Offshore Inc., an Acteon company, awarded a Steel Catenary Riser (SCR) detailed design project with LLOG Exploration Company. The scope of work includes the provision of detailed design of the production and export SCRs tied back to the Exmar OPTI-11000 semi-submersible for the Delta House field development. LLOG is currently developing the Marmalard and SOB2 fields in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico which will both be tied back to the Delta House Floating Production

Jurong Gets $404M Semi-Sub Option

Jurong Shipyard said that SeaDrill Limited (SeaDrill) has exercised the option to build the second unit of the 6th generation ultra deep water semi-submersible drilling rig at a contract value of $404 million. The contract price is based on a turnkey contract with all owner-furnished equipment (OFE) including the 7,500 feet of riser and BOP. In connection, SeaDrill awarded Jurong Shipyard an additional option to build a third unit of the semi-submersible based on the same design and at

New contracts for Dockwise

Dockwise Shipping was awarded contracts for the transportation of one of the largest semi submersible drilling rigs and various floating equipment. Dockwise Shipping will transport the new build sixth generation semi submersible drilling rig Noble Dave Beard in 2009 as well as various floating docks and other equipment in 2008. The total value of the contracts is approximately $18m.  

Singapore Shipyard to Get Accommodation Rig Contract

Norway's Prosafe (HQ in Cyprus) issues a 'Letter of Intent' for Jurong Shipyard to build a semi-submersible accommodation rig. The rig, which is of similar design as Safe Boreas presently in construction at JSPL, will be built to comply with Norwegian regulations. The rig will be ready for operations in the North Sea in 2015 (exact delivery date to be determined in the final yard contract).
 In addition, JSPL has, subject to board approval, granted two options for further new builds

Beacon Order Harsh Environment Offshore Rig

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Beacon Holdings Group say they have ordered a harsh environment semi-submersible GM4-D rig from Yantai CIMC Raffles in Singapore, with an option to build a second rig from the shipyard. The rig they have ordered has been given the name Beacon Atlantic, and planned delivery is the fourth quarter of 2016. Beacon Atlantic will be built using the GM4-D-design in co-operation with the shipyard and the designer Global Maritime

Aker Kvaerner Awarded Drilling Equipment Contract with Daewoo

Aker Kvaerner has been awarded a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd in South Korea for delivery of drilling facilities for an ultra deepwater semi submersible drilling rig ordered by an international drilling contractor. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately $86m. The award is based on an option included in a contract Aker Kvaerner signed with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in February 2006

World’s Largest Dry Transport Vessel Delivered

Heavy transport shipping company Dockwise Shipping B.V. took delivery of the M/V Blue Marlin after her conversion into the world's largest semi-submersible heavy transport vessel able to carry heavy cargoes up to 73,000 tons. After a conversion of 3 months at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea the heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin has re-joined the Dockwise fleet with an increased deadweight capacity of 76,061 tons

Groundbreaking $110m, DP3 “CSS” Vessel Ordered

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  Hallin Marine has commissioned a new, $110m, groundbreaking semi-submersible, subsea operations vessel to be named the CSS Derwent. “The CSS (compact semi submersible) delivers big ship capability in a low cost package,” said John Giddens, Hallin’s CEO. “It will support the oil operators’ desire to improve production and reduce costs.” The 84 m CSS is the culmination of a five-year project designed to deliver ‘large boat capability’ at a

Korean Shipyard Gets Orders for Two Liftboats

DSME gets new orders for two semi-submersible rigs for Norway's Songa Offshore & then charter by Statoil The orders were placed during the recent Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in Houston, U.S.A The value of this contract is approximately US$ 1.1 billion  and the rigs will be delivered in the middle of 2015. After delivery, these rigs will be chartered by Statoil, the Norwegian state oil company for eight years, and they will provide services to the Norwegian Coast

Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Design Passes ABS Review

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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has completed the design review of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documentation for the VolturnUS, a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.   “UMaine is pleased that its innovative design became the first floating wind turbine concrete semisubmersible hull to be reviewed by ABS, and found to meet the ABS requirements,” said Dr. Habib J. Dagher, P

Ichthys Explorer Moored off Western Australia

The world’s largest semi-submersible platform, the Ichthys Explorer, has been safely moored in the Ichthys Field, 220 kilometers off the north coast of Western Australia, where it will be located for 40 years, as part of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project.   Bardex Corporation supplied four moveable Chain Jacks and 28 underwater Barlatches to support the handling of 28 mooring lines. The mooring operation was completed ahead of schedule with the assistance of Bardex lifecycle

BigRoll to Continue as Part of Roll Group

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BigRoll will continue  services as part of Roll Group. With the merger of the BigRoll organization, Roll Group will expand its fleet with of two module carriers in combination with the five existing multifunctional heavy lift, semi-submersible Ro-Ro vessels. The combination of BigRoll and RollDock allows for greater flexibility and enables Roll Group to provide improved Ro-Ro solutions to clients. Roll Group can benefit from the many years of engineering and project execution experience

Semi-submersible Crane Vessel Hermod Retired

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 Heerema Marine Contractors said its semi-submersible crane vessel Hermod will retire at the end of this year after nearly 40 years of operational performance.   Designed and constructed in the 1970s, Hermod and sister vessel Balder were the first semi-submersible crane vessels of their kind in the offshore construction industry. The semi-submersible concept was developed with the aim to extend the operability in the harsh North Sea environment and furthermore to deliver superior

Statoil Extends Bideford Dolphin Contract

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 Dolphin Drilling AS, a subsidiary of Fred. Olsen Energy ASA, has extended contract with Statoil for Bideford Dolphin. "We have entered into a one well contract extension, including one optional well, with Statoil for use of the semi-submersible drilling rig Bideford Dolphin for operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, with commencement latest 31 July 2017," said a statement from the company.  

FPSO Newbuild Shipped to Rotterdam

Jan Willem Verweij and Gert Zwart welcoming the XIN GUANG HUA to the Caland Canal in Rotterdam. (Photo: Royal IHC)

 The team of Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam BV has welcomed the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Xin Guang Hua owned by Cosco Shipping to the port of Rotterdam, where she will unload the Western Isle FPSO.   The vessel has been built by Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China and is currently the second-largest vessel in the market with a deadweight of 98,000 metric tons.   The development of this new flagship of the heavy transport division of Cosco Shipping is

LR Signs Two MoUs at Singapore Maritime Week

LR CEO Alastair Marsh with MPA Chief Executive Andrew Tan following signing of R&D and innovation MoU (Photo:  Lloyds Register)

LR CEO, Alastair Marsh, signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) during Singapore Maritime Week. The first promotes research and development (R&D) and innovation, building upon strong existing collaborations (e.g. enhanced understanding of cargo liquefaction to increase vessel stability and safety, extreme wave impact to optimize time and cost of semi-submersible rig design) and extending into big data and intelligent systems for real time condition monitoring

ABB Opens Two-stage Turbocharging to a Wider Market

Forthcoming marine application of Power2 800-M (Photo: ABB Turbocharging)

ABB Turbocharging will launch in mid-2017 a new frame size for its two-stage turbocharging solution, Power2 800-M, extending the benefits of high pressure ratios, increased turbocharging efficiency and fuel savings to a wider scope of medium-speed engine configurations, the manufacturer said.   The new frame size, Power2 845-M, applicable to an increased range of ship propulsion solutions, will open up the efficiency and operational benefits to a greater spectrum of vessel types

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

DNV GL Performs Offshore Drone Survey

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Classification society DNV GL said its surveyors have carried the group’s first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea.   The 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) Safe Scandinavia is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway. Using camera-equipped drones, DNV GL’s drone pilots checked the TSV’s fairleads and their connection with the vessel’s two columns as

Odfjell Drilling Signs Contract with Aker BP

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 Odfjell Drilling signed a contract with Aker BP ASA for Deepsea Stavanger (6th generation semi-submersible) for a period of approximately 9 months with commencement in February 2018 and completion around October 2018.   The contract is for exploration and development drilling at various locations in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.    The contract will follow from the estimated completion of the Wintershall Maria contract and continue until the Deepsea Stavanger

Buchan Alpha Arrives in Shetland for Decommissioning

Photo: Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited

 The Buchan Alpha oil production vessel has arrived safely in Lerwick, Shetland for disposal.     A semi-submersible moored floating production vessel, weighing 12,000 tonnes, Buchan Alpha was built in 1973 as a drilling rig and converted for production purposes in Stornoway between 1978-80.     The vessel commenced production in 1981 from the Buchan field, located in blocks 21/1A and 20/5A, and has subsequently also produced the nearby Hannay field

Transocean to Buy Songa Offshore

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About 77 pct of Songa shareholders have so far accepted deal.   Transocean, one of the world's biggest drilling rig operators, has agreed a deal to buy Norwegian competitor Songa Offshore for 9.1 billion Norwegian crowns ($1.1 bln), the two companies said on Tuesday.   The deal, which would be mostly paid for in shares and convertible bonds, would strengthen Transocean's position in offshore drilling as Songa is Norwegian oil major Statoil's largest drilling service provider.

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.   Gijsbert de Jong, Bureau Veritas Marine Marketing and Sales Director, said: “With this new publication Bureau Veritas provides the industry with a clear framework for the classification of offshore service vessels and tugs based on

Dockwise Bags Marine Transport Contracts Worth $50 Mln

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Dockwise has recently been awarded a number of marine transport contracts with a combined contract value of approximately $50 million.   Dockwise was awarded a contract by Husky Oil Operations Ltd. for the transportation of the West White Rose Topside from Texas, U.S. to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The contract includes the engineering, preparation and execution of the loading

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