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Monday, June 18, 2018

Bourbon Offshore News

Bourbon, Tanjung Discussing OSV Part Ownership Deal

Malaysian Group Tanjung Offshore Berhard and Bourbon Far East Pte. Ltd. have entered exclusive discussions for the sale of 51% ownership of nine Bourbon Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) operating in Malaysia. In parallel, Tanjung has invited Bourbon to become a shareholder in their company. Both parties are actively reviewing the proposed transaction and a final decision will be made within the coming months. bourbon-online.com

SimCity

Sim-deck:  Able seamen training.

“You see that ship. That’s our ship,” says Karsten Saevik, as he directs our attention to the virtual image of one of his platform supply vessels on a computer screen in a darkened room. Saevik is one of four shipping bosses whose crew skills needs will be met at the new Faasnavaag Ocean Academy. We arrive five days from its opening, and with the drywall still drying, we look move closer to a giant white sphere indicating a bridge simulator in the wide-open reception. “Definitely, this is our human capital development center for marine skills,” said Saevik.

Naming Ceremony for Bourbon Front

This Tuesday, Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., an affiliate to Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, held the delivery and naming ceremony for global lead vessel PX105, a ship built for Bourbon Offshore Norway. The company leaders and the ship owner’s representatives attended this grand ceremony, where PX105 was named the BOURBON FRONT. As an offshore support vessel designed by Ulstein, PX105 features an overall length of 88.8M, breadth of 19M, depth of 8M, DWT of 4400T, and maximum speed of 15.5 knots.

Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10

Subsea vessel Island Performer (Photo: Ulstein)

When times are tough, it is still possible to nurture and grow good ideas, says Ulstein, an provider of ship design, shipbuilding and system solutions for ships. That’s the story behind the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull line design, which upon its introduction 10 years ago turned the image of the ship’s bow upside down. Now in its 10th year, the 100th X-BOW shipbuilding contract was signed, and the X-BOW’s derivative, the X-STERN – a similar solution for the ship’s stern – has been contracted on its first two vessels.

BOURBON Installs New Wind Structure in Atlantic

...off the coast of Portugal at Aguçadoura, BOURBON has installed a semi-submersible wind turbine with a WindFloat foundation.

Capitalizing on its experience and leadership in offshore oil and gas marine services, BOURBON continues to extend its range of services and strengthen its positions in the offshore wind industry. BOURBON has just installed an innovative offshore wind structure in the Atlantic. In perfect conditions off the coast of Portugal at Aguçadoura, BOURBON has installed a semi-submersible wind turbine with a WindFloat foundation, a project led by the Portuguese utility EDP and designed…

Oceaneering Exercise Charter Options on DP2 CSV

Bourbon Oceanteam 101: Photo Oceanteam Shipping

Oceanteam Shipping ASA says that Oceaneering International, Inc. has exercised both one year options on the CSV 'Bourbon Oceanteam 101' up to February 2017. The vessel will continue its field support services for work offshore Angola on blocks 18 and 31. Upon delivery in December 2007, this DP2 Construction Support Vessel has been operating as a field support vessel with BP Angola for the company's Greater Plutonium Field development (in Block 18). The first of the standard design North Ocean 100 series is jointly owned by Oceanteam Shipping and Bourbon Offshore Norway.

Fourth GPA-designed PSV Delivered

Guido Perla and Associates (GPA), announced the delivery of the M/V Hector, the fourth of ten GPA 670 Platform Support Vessels (PSV) designed by the company for Bourbon Offshore of Marseille, France, a division of Bourbon. The M/V HECTOR marks the last of four vessels originally ordered by Bourbon Offshore, who has expanded the GPA 670 building program to a total of 10 vessels, which will be built at Zhejiang Shipbuilding in Ningbo, China. The GPA 670 PSVs are 240-ft diesel-electric vessels, which are equipped with two stern-mounted Kawazaki KST-200 360 degree azimuthing Z-drive, fixed pitch, 1,200 rpm powered, full range variable speed motors. A further enhancement to the diesel-electric drives is the dynamic positioning system and the vessel management.

Bourbon Offshore Buys Chinese Ships

Bourbon Offshore Norway AS is paying $52 million to China`s Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for four platform supply ships. The Ulstein P105 vessels will be delivered between September 2007 and September 2008, BON said Wednesday. Bourbon has already taken delivery of two type Ulstein P105 vessels from Ulstein Verft. Bourbon Topaz was delivered in February 2005 and Bourbon Peridot towards the end of October 2005. Source: M&C News

First Repair Order for Damen Shiprepair Brest

On April 11, 2012, Director André Hollander and Sales Manager Theo Kloosterman announced the first shiprepair order of Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) by sounding the bell in the traditional way. It is the first vessel is booked under the new management and comes in the second week after the acquisition of the former Sobrena Yard in Brest by the Damen Shipyards Group. The order was granted by the French offshore and subsea service provider Bourbon Offshore Surf, specialized in Subsea Umbilicals Risers Flowlines (SURF) services and concerns the docking of the Alcyon…

Bourbon Christens Bourbon Orca

Bourbon Orca (Ulstein AX104) is an AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel) and the latest of the modern offshore oil and gas marine service vessels christened recently in Aalesund, Norway. Bourbon Orca, soon to work under contract with Norsk Hydro, is the result of a collaboration between Bourbon Offshore, Ulstein Design and ODIM, which specializes in marine automated systems. In contrast to most existing vessels, on which the bridge projects above the level of the sea, the Bourbon Orca offers the benefits of a revolutionary design with an inverted bow (the trademark Ulstein X-BOW). "Thinking outside the box is a credo at Ulstein Design, a credo that we work to translate into action.

Oceanteam CSV Charter Extended to 2018 by Fugro

CSV Southern Ocean: Photo credit Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirm the extension of the bareboat charter of their 'CSV Southern Ocean' by Fugro TS Marine Australia until the end of 2018. CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA. The owners say that the extension of the bareboat charter will further strenghten their contract backlog and secure future earnings. The original charter was set to expire at the end of 2015. The commercial terms between the parties remain confidential.

Bourbon Sagitta Crew Kidnapped

On October 31, at about 12:00 a.m., a number of armed men in 3 fly boats, boarded the Bourbon Sagitta, an Anchor Handling Tug Support vessel assisting loading operations of crude oil from a field off the Bakasi Peninsula (180 kms from Douala). 10 of the 15 crew members (2 Cameroonians, 1 Tunisian, 1 Senegalese and 6 French seamen) were kidnapped. No one was injured. The ship and the staff still on board are now safe. An Emergency Unit was immediately put together by Bourbon who is working closely with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs…

AHTS Capsizes

Bourbon Offshore Norway, a subsidiary of BOURBON, has been informed by Shetland Coastguards that the Anchor Handling Tug Supply Bourbon Dolphin has capsized. Bourbon Dolphin was on operation 75 nautical miles North, West Shetland Islands with 15 people on board. According to Neville Davis, Rescue Coordination Center Manager, Shetland coastguards: “So far, 10 persons have been recovered. We will continue working with the assets available to try and locate the missing crew”. The company emergency response team in Norway, supported by BOURBON emergency management team in Marseilles is, according to plans, assessing the different available information.

Bourbon AHTS Capsizes off Shetland Islands

The Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) Bourbon Dolphin, operated by Bourbon Offshore Norway, capsized 75 nautical miles off of Shetland Islands with 15 people on board. The Shetland Coast Guard rescued ten members of the crew after an operation involving a coastguard rescue helicopter and three vessels. Three Norwegian crewmembers were confirmed dead while rescue efforts continued for the other crewmembers. According to Shipping Times, there is speculation as to what could have happened to the vessel. It was reported that the vessel was handling an anchor for the rig Transocean Rather at the time and the anchor may have slipped, making the vessel unstable. Bourbon Offshore is continuing rescue missions and will conduct a press conference from the Norway office.

Southern Ocean Bags New Contract

Southern Ocean. Photo: Oceanteam

The construction support vessel Southern Ocean, owned by a joint venture between Bourbon Offshore Norway and Oceanteam, has secured a new contract in the APAC region. "CSV Southern Ocean secures a new contract and will start operations by mid of February 2018 for a firm period of 30 days and options to extend with 60 days. The Construction Support Vessel has been assigned to multiple smaller projects within the APAC region," said a statement. The contract is the result of the…

GPA Orders for Offshore Vessels Increase

Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), said that orders for offshore vessels designed by the Seattle-based Naval Architecture firm have increased by 400% within the past two years. Currently, twenty-one GPA-designed Platform Support Vessels are already serving the offshore industry. These vessels include ten 73-meter GPA 670 PSVs owned by Bourbon Offshore and built at Zheijang Shipyard in China, ten 64-meter GPA 640 PSVs owned by Rigdon Marine and built at Bender Shipyards, and one GPA 654 PSV, also owned by Rigdon Marine and built at Bollinger Shipyard. A major international oil company operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has recently chartered Rigdon’s first GPA 654 PSV that was launched in April of 2007.

China Shipyard Delivers PSV to Bourbon Offshore

'Bourbon Calm': Image credit Ulstein

Ulstein-designed PX105 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) delivered. The PSV Bourbon Calm has been delivered to Bourbon from China's Zhejiang Shipyard, the third in a series of four such vessels built to Ulstein's PX105 design for Bourbon Offshore. Bourbon Calm has a length of 88.8 metres, a width of 19 metres, deadweight 4,290 tons and a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. The ship is equipped to carry a permanent crew of 25. The new vessel's cargo system has been designed to ensure safe and efficient loading and discharging offshore…

Bourbon in Red Ink

Photo: Bourbon

French offshore vessel provider Bourbon Offshore recorded a bigger loss of EUR 576.3 million for 2017 in 2017 when compared to EUR 279.6 million for 2016 dragged down by lower revenues and vessel impairments amid a third year of cyclical downturn. "Bourbon s teams carried off a solid operating performance in 2017 thanks to their focus on security, cost control initiatives and the fleet's technical reliability. Performance in terms of free cash flow generation is equally sound in the crisis environment that has faced all oil & gas industry players for the past three years…

Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10

subsea vessel  Island Performer (Photo: Ulstein)

While new designs often grab headlines, mature designs that have enjoyed success are perhaps better indicators of true progress in marine technology. When the Ultstein X-Bow made its debut 10 years ago, some scoffed at the unusual design characteristics. They laugh no more, as the Ultstein X-Bow hull line design turns 10. Now in its tenth year, the 100th X-BOW shipbuilding contract was signed, and the X-BOW’s derivative, the X-STERN – a similar solution for the ship’s stern – has been contracted on its first two vessels.

Rolls-Royce Engines, Equipment for Bourbon

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is to deliver deck machinery and engines to an arctic Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) to be built by Vard for Bourbon Offshore Norway. The contract has a value in excess of £17 million for Rolls-Royce. The deck machinery delivery from Rolls-Royce will consist of anchor handling winches, secondary winches, auxiliary winches, anchor handling cranes and a wide range of safer deck operation equipment. The engine delivery consists of two main engines and three main generator engines. AHTS vessels are built to handle anchors for oil rigs and perform rig moves.

Bourbon Contract, 13 Vessels for Petrobras

Bourbon Offshore Maritima, formerly Delba Maritima Navegação, the Bourbon subsidiary in Brazil, signed contracts with Petrobras for 13 new vessels. The contracts cover: - One Bourbon Liberty 200, an 80-tonne traction AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel), for three years from May 2010; - Seven Bourbon Liberty 100, a PSV (Platform Supply Vessel), for four years. These vessels will be put into service between June and October 2010; - Five 59-ft passenger transport crew boats, for eight years. These vessels will join other vessels of the same type that have already been working for Petrobras in Brazil for two years and have given full satisfaction.

Oil Recovered from Sunken Ship Thorco Cloud

Thorco Cloud - preparing a Moskito for deployment Photo Miko Marine

More than 440 tons of heavy fuel oil was extracted from the tanks of the sunken general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 meters apart and 70 meters down in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait following a collision in December 2015. The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and in trapped compartments was seen as a major pollution hazard. Both the bow and stern sections contained fuel tanks that required emptying, so the Thorco Cloud’s owner…

Fuel Talk: Greener Ships 'Abandoned'

Push Back: Leaders citing limited returns for “green-fuels” investments include (from left): Håvard Ulstein, MD, Island Offshore; Karsten Sævik, CEO, Remøy Shipping; and Ståle Kyrkjedelen, Norway’s Operations Manager, Bourbon Offshore. (Photo: William Stoichevski)

In the immortal words of one Kermit the Frog, “it’s not easy being green.” Nor inexpensive. Offshore ship owners managing the demand “fallout” of the past year and navigating myriad environmental strictures say their leap of faith toward greener fuels has taken its toll. The idealism of a decade ago has eroded, they say, in the face of lost offshore business, especially long-term contracts. Oil company clients that once insisted on high-spec, “green” vessels haven’t renewed contracts for those ships.

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