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20 May 2024

Decommissioned Navy Tanker Is Largest Ship to Be Recycled in Australia

File photo: Australian replenishment tanker HMAS Sirius (Photo: Matthew M. Bradley / U.S. Navy)

One of the largest vessels in Australian history, HMAS Sirius, has been recycled.After 15 years‚Äô service as a Royal Australian Navy fuel tanker ‚Äď and two years since her decommissioning at HMAS Stirling, Perth, in December 2021 ‚Äď the ship has now become scrap metal.Sirius is the largest vessel to be dismantled in Australia, with industry partner Birdon Group carrying out the process at the Australian Maritime Complex facility near Perth.Acting First Assistant Secretary Strategy‚Ķ

12 Mar 2024

DOF Bags Shell’s Decommissioning Contract for Knarr and Gaupe Fields

Skandi Hera AHTS vessel (Credit: DOF Group)

Norwegian offshore vessel operator DOF Group has secured a ‚Äėsubstantial‚Äô subsea engineering procurement removal and disposal (EPRD) contract from Norske Shell in the Atlantic region.The contract outlines 100 combined days of utilization of DOF‚Äôs vessels Skandi Hera and Maersk Installer.DOF will deliver an integrated solution of project management, engineering, design, analysis and survey.Described as ‚Äėsubstantial‚Äô by DOF, this means that the contract is valued between $23.8 million and $47.8 million (NOK 250 million to NOK 500 million).The scope includes recovery and recycling of umbilicals‚Ķ

30 Jan 2024

Skandi Emerald AHTS Set for Petrofac’s Northern Endeavour FPSO Job

Skandi Emerald AHTS vessel (Credit: DDW Offshore)

Akastor's subsidiary DDW Offshore has secured a contract extension with Petrofac for its AHTS vessel that will be put on the Northern Endeavour FPSO disconnection job offshore Australia.The contract extension follows the original one-year contract Petrofac signed with DDW Offshore for the AHTS vessel Skandi Atlantic back in September 2022.Petrofac has now awarded DDW Offshore a 9-month extension of the existing contract in Australia whereby Skandi Emerald will replace Skandi Atlantic in March 2024.The contract will last until year-end 2024, DDW Offshore informed.Skandi Emerald will continue to

11 Jul 2023

Petrobras Makes History, Sells First FPSO for Green Recycling in Brazil

FPSO P-32 - Credit: Petrobras

In a first, Brazilian oil company Petrobras last week reportedly sold the P-32 FPSO for sustainable recycling in Brazil, paving the way for the development of the local ship recycling industry.The sale of the floating unit P-32 reportedly took place on July 7, 2023. In a collaboration supervised by Petrobras, the steel company Gerdau S.A. and shipyard Ecovix have been entrusted with the responsible and environmentally sound recycling of the FPSO."This decision marks the first time a commercial vessel at the end of its lifecycle will be dismantled in Brazil.

01 Jun 2023

Helix Energy Solutions Wins Major Offshore Decommissioning Deal in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

U.S.-based offshore service firm Helix Energy Solutions has secured a 39-well decommissioning contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico shelf with an unnamed client. The project, awarded to Helix's Louisiana-based subsidiary Helix Alliance, is expected to start in mid-2023.The scope of work includes the plug and abandonment of 39 wells, 15 pipelines, and seven structures.

08 Feb 2023

Reach Subsea Nets North Sea Decom Gig

Oslo-listed subsea services provider Reach Subsea said Wednesday it had won a decommissioning contract in the North Sea. The contract is with an undisclosed client, and represents around 40 project days for execution in Q1 2023. Reach Subsea will use the Olympic Delta vessel for the project. Financial details were not disclosed.Olympic Delta is a subsea vessel equipped for light IMR and survey work for both the oil and gas and renewables sectors.Reach Subsea has an existing cooperation with Olympic Subsea for Olympic Delta, and the parties have agreed to extend the cooperation for the whole of 2023. Currently, the extended cooperation comprises an additional 150 days of firm work for the two ROVs currently mobilized on the vessel.

03 Feb 2023

Aqua Helix Gets Two-year Contract Offshore Brazil

(Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group and Compagnie Maritime Monégasque (CMM) announced a two-year offshore support contract for Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 Aqua Helix. The vessel will transport personnel to and from offshore platforms in support of an oil and gas decommissioning project. The 2022-built Aqua Helix arrived in Brazil on January 26 and is anticipated to commence work in the coming weeks.‚ÄúDuring the design phase of the FCS 7011, we considered the Brazilian market a strong fit for this vessel‚Ķ

01 Feb 2023

Wagenborg's Multi-Purpose Vessel to Support Decommissioning Works in the Southern North Sea

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Offshore vessel operator Wagenborg Offshore said Tuesday it had secured a long-term deal with an unnamed energy major for the deployment of a multi-purpose offshore vessel.According to Wagenborg, the vessel will support subsea activities and decommissioning works in the Southern North Sea.Wagenborg said that an existing young PX121 platform supply vessel would be converted into a multipurpose offshore vessel within 34 weeks at the shipyard Royal Niestern Sander in Delfzijl."During this period…

27 Sep 2022

Petrofac Hires AHTS to Assist with Northern Endeavour FPSO Disconnection

Skandi Atlantic - Credit: DDW Offshore

Akastor's subsidiary DDW Offshore has won a one-year contract with Petrofac for the AHTS vessel Skandi Atlantic. The AHTS will support the disconnection of the FPSO "Northern Endeavour" together with towing and well isolations work in the Laminaria Corallina oil fields in the West Timor Sea. The contract start date is September 27th, 2022.The Australian Government earlier this year awarded London-listed oilfield services giant Petrofac a contract for Phase 1 of the decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour FPSO, offshore W.

15 Sep 2022

BV Sees Surge in Decommissioning Support Orders. Beats Its Full Year Target

Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore, the marine and offshore technical advisory branch of Bureau Veritas, saw a surge in the decommissioning support field orders in the first six months of 2022.The company said that new decommissioning support deals in the UK, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand have led to BV Solutions M&O exceeding its full-year target by end-June ‚Äď a target set before the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.The projects awarded have been focused on risk and marine assurance‚Ķ

25 Aug 2022

New Decommissioning Hub in Aberdeen to Create Up to 50 New Jobs

Lee Hanlon and Bob Sanguinetti -  Credit: Port of Aberdeen

CessCon Decom,  a Scotland-based firm specializing in decommissioning of oil and gas structures, plans to launch a decommissioning hub at the Port of Aberdeen‚Äôs £400 million South Harbour expansion in Q3 2022, creating up to 50 new jobs.The new hub will be located within Crathes Quay at South Harbour and deliver dismantling, recycling, and reuse services with a key focus on subsea infrastructure. The jobs boost is expected over the next 12 months, and CessCon said it would be‚Ķ

09 Sep 2022

Gallery: Allseas' Pioneering Spirit Vessel Removes 11,000t Gyda Offshore Jacket

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Offshore installation and decommissioning contractor Allseas said Tuesday it had successfully removed and transported to shore Repsol Norge‚Äôs 30,000-tonne Gyda platform "in a matter of days."According to the company, Allseas' Pioneering Spirit, the world's largest offshore construction ship, delivered Gyda platform‚Äôs 11,000-tonne jacket to Aker Solutions‚Äô disposal yard in Stord, Norway, less than 48 hours after removing it from the southern Norwegian Sea. "The latest job for the vessel‚Äôs new jacket lift technology is one of the heaviest ever but well within the system‚Äôs 20‚Ķ

05 Jul 2022

Gulf of Mexico: Helix Energy Solutions Buys Alliance Group of Companies

One Alliance's liftboats - Credit: Alliance Offshore

U.S. based offshore well services company Helix Energy Solutions Group has finalized the previously announced acquisition of the Alliance group of companies, bolstering its decommissioning footprint in the Gulf of Mexico.Alliance is a Louisiana-based privately held company that provides services supporting the upstream and midstream ‎industries in the Gulf of Mexico shelf, including offshore oil field decommissioning and ‎reclamation, project management, engineered solutions, intervention…

04 Jul 2022

Sevan Hummingbird FPSO Set to Leave Chestnut Field in North Sea

Teekay's Sevan Hummingbird FPSO is set to leave Spirit Energy's Chestnut oil field in the North Sea after 13 years of oil production at the site.According to notice to mariners issued by Teekay on Thursday, the FPSO is currently being disconnected from its moorings.The 2007-built vessel, which was also known as Hummingbird Spirit, or just Hummingbird, has the capacity to produce around 25,000 barrels of oil per day, and a storage capacity of 270,000. It is operated by Altera on behalf of Teekay. The cylindrical FPSO, with hull diameter of 60 meters, has been producing oil from the Chestnut field since 2008. Spirit Energy, the operator of the offshore oil field, in August 2021 said it would file a decommissioning program for the Chestnut field.

10 Jun 2022

PHOTO: Pioneering Spirit Brings Decommissioned Valhall Facilities to Stord for Recycling

Credit: Allseas

Allseas giant Pioneering Spirit offshore construction ship is back in Stord, Norway, to deliver several decommissioned platform facilities removed from the Aker BP's Valhall field complex, located in the North Sea offshore Norway. The facilities will be recycled.The Pioneering Spirit, dubbed the world’s largest vessel, arrived in Stord on June 9, with the entire production and compression (PCP) platform topsides, upper section of the original drilling platform (DP) jacket, and…

17 May 2022

Helix Energy Solutions to Buy Alliance Companies to Boost Presence in Gulf of Mexico Decommissioning Space

One Alliance's liftboats - Credit; Alliance Offshore

U.S.-based offshore oil and gas services firm  Helix Energy Solutions Group is set to buy equity interests of Louisiana-baed Alliance group of companies for $120 million cash at closing, plus the potential for post-closing earnout consideration.Alliance is a Louisiana-based privately held company that provides services supporting the upstream and midstream ‚Äéindustries in the Gulf of Mexico shelf, including offshore oil field decommissioning and ‚Äéreclamation, project management‚Ķ

22 Apr 2022

One of the Heaviest Offshore Jacket Lifts Ever: Allseas' Pioneering Spirit Removes Ninian Northern Jacket

The Pioneering Spirit removing the Ninian Northern jacket - Credit: Allseas

Offshore installation and decommissioning contractor Allseas has removed the Ninian Northern jacket in the North Sea in a single lift, showcasing its new jacket lifting system installed aboard its giant Pioneering Spirit vessel.In what was the first deployment of the new jacket lifting technology, Pioneering Spirit removed CNR International’s Ninian Northern jacket from the northern North Sea and transported it intact to shore for recycling.Weighing in at 8100 tonnes, the first commercial lift with Pioneering Spirit’s Jacket lift system (JLS) is one of the heaviest offshore jackets lifts ever…

20 Jan 2022

Canadian Coast Guard Decommissions Its Oldest Serving Vessel

The Canadian Coast Guard is decommissioning its oldest serving vessel after 59 years of service.The offshore oceanographic and hydrographic survey vessel CCGS Hudson, taken out of service after a starboard propulsion motor failure in November 2021, will be decommissioned due to the scale of the problem and the time and cost to repair it, combined with the costs associated with an upcoming period of regulatory compliance work."It has been determined that the ship is beyond economical repair and further investment would not allow it to return to reliable service," the Coast Guard said on Wednesday.Built at Saint John Shipbuilding, the 90.4-meter-long CCGS Hudson entered service in 1963 as the first Canadian ship constructed specifically for hydrographic and oceanographic survey work.

31 Jan 2022

Next-Gen: Jan De Nul's Jack-up 'Voltaire' Launched in China

Credit: Jan De Nul

Offshore installation firm Jan De Nul Group said Monday that its next-gen offshore jack-up installation vessel for offshore renewables and decommissioning had been launched at the COSCO Shipping Shipyard in Nantong, China. According to the vessel owner, the Voltaire will be the second and largest jack-up vessel in Jan De Nul’s fleet, and able to support the renewable energy industry to build next-generation offshore wind farms. The Voltaire, built to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines…

14 Jan 2022

BP Files Petrojarl Foinaven FPSO Removal Plan

British oil major BP has filed a decommissioning plan for the removal of the Petrojarl Foinaven FPSO and the recovery of associated mooring systems, the risers and dynamic umbilicals from the Foinaven Field, located 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of Shetland in water depths of up to 600 meters.The FPSO and related equipment will be transferred onshore for re-use, recycling or disposal as appropriate. BP last year said that the Petrojarl Foinaven FPSO had to be taken off-station as it had reached end of its 25-year service life, operating in a harsh environment, and now the company has filed the removal plans with the UK authorities.The FPSO is owned by Petrojarl 4 DA (part of the Teekay Corporation group) and is currently chartered by BP under a bareboat charter party.

18 Jun 2021

US Coast Guard Decommissions Two Patrol Boats

USCGC Aquidneck (Photo: Jason Zalasky / U.S. Coast Guard)

After more than 30 years of active service, U.S. Coast Guard Island-class patrol boats USCGC Aquidneck (WPB 1309) and USCGC Adak (WPB 1333) were decommissioned in a ceremony aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Tuesday.Vice Adm. Steven Poulin, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, was in attendance to honor the years of service Aquidneck, Adak, and their crews, provided to the Coast Guard.‚ÄúThank you to every single crew member who has ever served aboard Aquidneck and Adak, from the plank owners to the final crew and all the crews in between,‚ÄĚ Poulin said.

29 Mar 2022

DOF Subsea Clinches Multiple Contracts in Oil & Gas, Renewables Sectors

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea said Tuesday it had won several new contracts in both the oil and gas and renewables sectors in the North Sea.The projects, to be delivered in 2022, total more than 185 vessel days excluding any optional work. Skandi Acergy, Skandi Constructor, Skandi Hera and selected third-party vessels will be utilised in the offshore execution phases. The projects, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2022, will cover a total of 185 vessel days, excluding optional work. In the offshore execution phases, DOF Subsea will use the Skandi Acergy, Skandi Constructor, Skandi Hera vessels, as well as selected third-party boats.DOF Subsea…

01 Mar 2022

Offshore Energy: Are Decommissioning Costs set to Spiral?

Supply chain innovation: Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit is currently having its 20,000-tonne capacity jacket lifting system installed. Load tests took place in late January. The first commercial project is due in April. The jacket lift system means that no barges are needed. Pioneering Spirit will be able to lift large jackets from the seabed in one piece, tilt them on deck and transport them to shore for dismantling. The illustrations show how the system will work. Image courtesy Allseas

As offshore market activity recovers and continues to increase through the next decade, as we expect it to, oilfield service (OFS) capacity is expected to tighten.As offshore market activity recovers and continues to increase through the next decade, as NorthStone Advisors expect it to, oilfield service (OFS) capacity is expected to tighten. In NorthStone Advisors’ view, this will create a period of increased scarcity and cost inflation, presenting significant cost and schedule risk to decommissioning programs.Many eyes are on the UK…