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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fleet Support Unit News

Ship Maintenance for Australian Navy Enhanced

The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has announced  the establishment of a new organisation, Fleet Support Unit – Australia, to provide better maintenance support to the Navy. The re-organisation was one of the key recommendations to come out of a review conducted by the Navy’s Continuous Improvement Program and incorporates elements of the Rizzo plan to reform Navy support ship repair and management practices. The review identified that the disparate Fleet Support Units were not empowered to achieve their primary aim of repair and maintenance. The new unit will be an amalgamation of the current Fleet Support Units currently located in different establishments around the country.

Revival of Training Capability

(l-r) Leading Seaman Electroincs Technician Thomas Dann, Able Seaman Electroincs Technician Matthew Minney and Leading Seaman Electroincs Technician Gregoire Soler with the Electro-Optical Tracking System. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

A 20-foot shipping container on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, helps the Australian Navy run one of the world’s few remaining shore-to-sea live firing training sites. Since 1959, West Head Gunnery Range which occupies an area of 16 hectares has provided the Royal Australian Navy with live gunnery training for close range and medium calibre shipborne weapon systems, navigation radar and miscellaneous communications and support equipment. One of the many systems used for safety during live firings and also training is the Electro-Optical Tracking System.

Wärtsilä Inks 25 Maintenance Deal with Maersk Drilling

(Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has entered a cooperation with drilling contractor Maersk Drilling to create a 25-year thruster maintenance strategy for Maersk’s three semisubmersible rigs and four drillships. The parties have already completed the strategy work on the D-rigs and commenced the strategy work related to V-Drillships. By reducing the thruster exchange time, the deep-sea rigs and drillships will spend less time in sheltered waters for thruster maintenance, Wärtsilä said. The joint…

Northern Offshore Sells Semi-Sub

Energy Enhancer Jack-up, Verolme Shipyard, Rotterdam.Image: Northern Offshore

Northern Offshore announces it has sold its semisubmersible Energy Driller to an unnamed party for conversion to alternative use. The unit had previously been cold stacked at a shipyard in Bahrain following completion of a term drilling contract in India. Northern Offshore previously sold the drillship Energy Searcher in late 2016. Chairman and (Interim) CEO Dr. Northern Offshore is a global offshore drilling company historically operating in the North Sea, West Africa, South Asia, Near East and Southeast Asia.

Fincantieri Lays Keel for Italy’s New Amphibious Unit

(Photo: Fincantieri)

A keel laying ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) was held Tuesday at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, marking the beginning of the slipway works of the unit. The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and it falls within the naval program of the maritime capability of Defense, approved by the Italian Government and Parliament and started in May 2015. The LHD will be classified by RINA Services pursuant international conventions about prevention of pollution regarding the more traditional aspects…

Hoegh LNG Signs FSRU Deal with Gas Natural Fenosa

Floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). Photo: Höegh LNG

Norway's Höegh LNG said on Wednesday that its floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Höegh Giant has started its time charter contract with Spanish LNG operator Gas Natural Fenosa. The  initial term of the contract is three years, and it includes the option for Gas Natural Fenosa to utilize the unit as an FSRU at a pre-defined day rate and for a pre-defined term. Until FSRU employment is established, the unit will trade in Gas Natural Fenosa's fleet, earning a LNG carrier spot-market-linked day rate.

Silver Ships Hires Lobree as Federal Contracts Manager

Shawn Lobree (Photo: Silver Ships)

Silver Ships, Inc. announced the hiring of Shawn Lobree, a recently retired U.S. Navy captain, as Federal Contracts Manager. Lobree has more than 25 years of military experience in maritime operations, human resources, information technology, shipbuilding and repair. His skillset will help give Silver Ships military customers a seamless contract and build process experience. In addition to his service in the Navy, Lobree’s career has included working as a maritime and defense consultant and assistant to a shipbuilding supervisor.

Telford Offshore: A New Offshore Services Provider

(File photo: Sea Trucks)

There’s a new name in the global oil and gas industry: Telford Offshore, which officially launched today after acquiring four vessels from Sea Trucks Group following its liquidation. The newly formed contracting company acquired four DP3 multipurpose offshore construction vessels which can support multiple activities, focusing on high capacity accommodation combined with lifting, fabrication and installation services. The Dubai headquartered company said it will focus on areas where the vessels and company project personnel have demonstrated their capabilities…

Litton Granted Engineering Support Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Litton Industries a five-year contract, valued at as much as $311 million, to its Ingalls Shipbuilding unit to provide engineering and technical services support. The contract, valued at about $57.6 million in fiscal year 2001, will benefit the Navy's fleet of Ticonderoga Class Aegis guided missile cruisers and Spruance Class multimission destroyers. Arlington, Va.-based Litton and its Ingalls Shipbuilding unit have been providing support and services for the two fleets since the early 1980s and have built many of the ships in the Aegis class.

Exmar Barge-Based FSRU on Way to Singapore

Pic: Exmar

Exmar said its FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) barge delivered end of 2017 has left the Wison Offshore Marine shipyard on Wednesday left the Wison Offshore Marine shipyard in China and set course towards Singapore. There the unit will undergo site specific modifications before departing to its project destination to commence its long-term employment mid-2018 in line with its time charter commitments. This is an important step in the successful implementation of the barge-based regasification strategy of Exmar, said the company.

Dumping "Dumb" Ships

BOURBON Corporation, like nearly every other player in the offshore oil and gas sector, is scrambling for its very existance as the dynamics in finding and producing energy from subsea plays have changed dramatically with the 4 year long global energy slump. While offshore activities remain depressed, companies like Bourbon are accelerating its transformation to meet the needs of the new reality in the market. "As the market cycle has bottomed out, BOURBON must focus more than ever on operational excellence, fleet utilization rates, cost reduction program and free cash flow preservation. However, we need to go even further, because market overcapacity is driving prices down sustainably and we believe that tomorrow will look very different from yesterday.

Schulte's PRONAV Acquisition Greenlighted

The Hamburg-based Schulte Group said it has received clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office for the acquisition of the LNG specialist PRONAV. With this strategic move, the family-owned ship owner and manager continues to increase its capabilities and capacity in the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Through the acquisition of PRONAV, the Schulte Group has increased the number of vessels under full management in its third-party management fleet by six additional LNG carriers (LNGC). At present, the Schulte Group provides full management for three LNGC and crew management for 21 LNGC. Five LNGCs with a capacity of 173…

Navios Updates Fleet Status

Photo: Navios

Navios Maritime Holdings controls a fleet of 72 vessels totaling 7.3 million dwt, of which 39 are owned and 33 are chartered-in under long-term charters. The fleet consists of 21 Capesize, 31 Panamax, 18 Ultra Handymax and two Handysize vessels, with an average age of 7.7 years, basis fully delivered fleet. Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are expanding our fleet capacity and creating market exposure at an opportune time. He added: "We did this using modest capex, as we chartered in the kamsarmaxes, three with favorable purchase options.

Fincantieri, Finmeccanica Win Italian Navy LHD Contract

Photo Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and reference player in the naval shipbuilding industry, and Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading manufacturer in the high technology sector, have been awarded the contract for the construction and equipment of one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD) for the Italian Navy. The total value of the contract is over 1.1 billion euros, with Fincantieri’s share amounting to approx. 853 million euros and Finmeccanica's to about 273 million euros. The delivery of the unit is scheduled in 2022.

Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet

Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Naval Base San Diego, for a six-month deployment. Bonhomme Richard is part of Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shannon K. The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) April 23, while enroute to the Persian Gulf in support of the global war on terrorism. BHRESG is a rapid response strike group available for humanitarian or non-combatant evacuation operations. While operating in the 7th Fleet AOR, the BHRESG will conduct drills and exercises to prepare for operations in the Persian Gulf.

Swire Oilfield Services Expands in North America

Swire Oilfield Services (Swire), has reinforced its commitment to growth with a significant investment in its North American operations, as part of the company’s global  $150 million investment this year. The company entered the Gulf of Mexico in 2007 with the establishment of an operations headquarters in Houma, Louisiana. Since then it has expanded with nine new facilities across the Gulf coast and North America, including Port Fourchon, Morgan City and Lafayette in Louisiana; Galveston, Three Rivers, Carrizo Springs and Midland/Odessa in Texas; Kenai, Alaska; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and a new corporate office in The Woodlands, Texas.

‘Natural Gas Operating Fleet’ Concept Receives AiP

Sanjay Verma, Wärtsilä; Jim Smith, Lloyd's Register; and Zhao Zhijian, CHI with the Natural Gas Operating Fleet concept's AiP Certification (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä and COSCO shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have announced the joint development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, and this design has now obtained Lloyd's Register's (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of a memorandum of understanding cooperation signed in June 2016 between the three companies. According to the developers, the aim of the concept is to offer global operators a more efficient and…

Northrop Grumman Unit Wins U.S. Navy Logistics

electronic systems on U.S. Navy ships and submarines. unit by Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa. provides one three-year option. performance-based logistics programs. (AN/WSN-7/7A/ B). managing the wholesale spares inventory. Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Crane, Ind. systems. "This is the first U.S. business unit director for military integrated logistics support. navigation system, which is standard equipment on nearly every U.S. attack submarines. systems installed on Navy SSN and SSBN submarines.

First of Three New ATBs Delivered for Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers

Vane Brothers Company continues to expand its fleet with new vessel construction. This February, the marine transportation company took delivery of the first of three new ATB tugs from the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. The first boat is the Assateague, named for a barrier island located in Maryland and Virginia. The other two boats will be the Chincoteague, named for a barrier island on the coast of Virginia, and Wachapreague, named for a Virginian coastal town. Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Marine…

Petrobas Contracts For 23 New OSV's

Petrobras has signed contracts with Brazilian shipbuilders as part of its 3rd 'Fleet Renewal Plan for Offshore Support Vessels (OSV's). The units, type PSV 4500 and OSRV 750, fulfill 60% local content requirements and will be built in Brazil. Petrobas say tha prices presented were competitive, given expected metrics and budgets. This was the 4th Round of the Fleet Renewal Plan. In July this year, Petrobras will go to the market for another 24 offshore support vessels (5th Round), thus fulfilling the 2014 contracting target of 146 vessels to be built in Brazil, as planned in the 3rd Renewal Plan Fleet for Offshore Support Vessels. Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda., Galáxia Marítima Ltda., Geonavegação S.A., Astromarítima Navegação S.A. and Oceanpact Serviços Marítimos Ltda.

Fincantieri to Supply Four OPVs to the Bangladesh Coast Guard

Image: Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.

Fincantieri has been awarded the contract with the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) for the supply of four Italian Navy “Minerva” class corvettes to be upgraded and converted into Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and to provide the related logistics support services. These units, which will be decommissioned by the Italian Navy and replaced by the new vessels covered by the fleet renewal program, have been remised by the Italian Navy through a reselling contract executed by the Central Unit for Naval Armament and Fincantieri.

Swire Oilfield Services Opens New Headquarters

Swire Oilfield Services' chief executive officer, Tor Helgeland; chairman, Barnaby Swire; director & general manager UK, Roy Burrell; and chief operating officer, Richard Sell.

Swire Oilfield Services, a global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, has officially opened its new £4 million global headquarters in Aberdeen. The new headquarters are part of an overall investment in the business of £50 million this year to support the company’s international business development strategy. Swire Oilfield Services currently employs 750 people globally and expects to further increase its workforce by approximately 30% over the next 12 months.

Evergreen Charters Twelve 11,000 TEU Newbuilds

The charter parties were signed by EMC Chairman Mr. Anchor Chang and President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha Mr. Yukito Higaki. (Photo: Evergreen)

Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha to charter twelve 11,000 TEU class containerships. The charter parties were signed by EMC Chairman Anchor Chang and President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha Yukito Higaki. The plans to charter these vessels were approved early last month at the board meetings of Greencompass Marine S.A. and Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. respectively. The two subsidiaries of EMC will each charter six vessels. All twelve ships…

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