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Monday, April 23, 2018

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Fendercare's New Offshore Pipe-Laying Solution

Piggyback Saddle: Image credit Fendercare Marine

Fendercare Marine launch a new range of piggyback saddles to assist pipeline installation in the offshore industry. Piggyback saddles - alongside clamps and spacers - can act as a shaped interface between a pipeline and a cylindrical buoyancy tank, to ensure the tank rides comfortably and safely on top of the pipeline during the laying operation. They can also act as separators during parallel lay installations and are most frequently used when smaller secondary umbilicals or pipelines need to run along the top of the main pipeline in piggyback formation.

GE Oil & Gas $120M Subsea Service Contract

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a world leader in deep-water and ultra-deep water oil production, has awarded GE Oil & Gas a four-year service agreement to deliver repairs, maintenance and retrofits on Petrobras’ fleet of subsea equipment installed in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. The scope of the agreement, valued at approximately $120M, includes service and repairs on over 300 exploration and 250 production tools, as well as retrofitting six subsea production trees each year with GE advanced technology. GE will conduct the service program from its Macaé Service Center, located in Rio de Janeiro state, which is currently undergoing a $30M investment refurbishment and expansion. The 91,000 sq.

SevenCs Release ChartServer 4.3

ECDIS detail: Image SevenCs

SevenCs explains that ChartServer is a WMS server that enables the user to view nautical chart data (e.g. S-63 encrypted ENCs). S-63; ARCS; DNC; VMap; ARINC; DTED. It also includes the newly improved chart loading and installation tool - Chart Handler. ChartServer can be used in combination with or as a backdrop to other geo-spatial data layers (e.g. weather). It is specifically designed for performance oriented applications, generated to display chart data using web technology.

W&O Europe Named a Tube-Mac Distributor

W&O Europe, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has entered into a new partnership with original equipment manufacturer Tube-Mac Piping Technologies. The distribution agreement names W&O Europe as the official distributor of Tube-Mac’s PYPLOK product in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg (also known as Benelux) and Turkey for the marine industries. “The agreement with Tube-Mac is…

ROV Deployable Strain Sensor Assembly

BMT Scientific Marine Services Inc., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has developed a sensor assembly and installation tool that permits strain sensors to be installed on an underwater pipeline using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Known as a Subsea Strain Sensor Assembly (SSSA), it is attached to a pipeline or riser in depths of up to 10,000 ft below sea level. Once secured onto the pipe, the sensor assembly measures static and dynamic tensile and bending strain and alerts offshore operators if the pipe is likely to be strained excessively or to suffer fatigue damage in future.

World's Highest Value Subsea Wellhead Contract Signed

GE Oil & Gas signs record contract of nearly US$1.1-billion with Brazilian energy company Petrobras. The contract, announced at the 2012 Rio Oil & Gas being held September 17-20 in Rio de Janeiro,  includes the delivery of approximately 380 subsea wellhead systems and installation tools needed in oil well exploration, and more than 75 percent of the parts will be made in Brazil. Petrobras plans to install the subsea wellhead systems in various oil and gas fields in Brazil, including sub-salt. The equipment will be produced at the GE plant in Jandira (São Paulo), where GE has invested US$30 million to expand production capacity. “The Jandira facility has been crucial in allowing GE Oil & Gas to provide world-class technology and has prioritized Brazilian-based production…

Using the Right Tool Can $ave

Situated in the far southwest corner of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, sits a top ship and boat building company, Horizon Shipbuilding. For more than 15 years, Horizon has been building an array of impressive vessels, ranging from 30-ft. boats for the U.S. Navy to 200-ft. supply vessels. The family run business covers 12 acres with every available space dedicated to building, repairing and maintaining boats. Horizon Shipbuilding is a full service company whose capabilities include design, construction, operation, maintenance and repair. One of the most common boats Horizon builds are the 140-ft.

Norddeutsche Reederei Upgrades Connectivity

Logo: Norddeutsche Reederei

Norddeutsche Reederei said it will begin installing Navarino’s Infinity Cube solution across its fleet of 50 vessels.The company has a fleet consisting mostly of modern container vessels which trade worldwide.Christian Mix, Norddeutsche Reederei’s IT Marine System Administrator, said, "We are in the process of further upgrading our connectivity capabilities based on our last year finished VSAT installation on all vessels in order to increase the bandwidth available for both business and crew purposes.

IHC Handling Systems Delivers Innovative Tool

IHC Handling Systems pile guiding tool

IHC Handling Systems, part of IHC Merwede, has delivered a pile guiding tool for the installation of 80 wind turbine foundations at sea. This innovative tool was designed and constructed by IHC Handling Systems, and then installed on board Seajacks’ new jack-up vessel, ZARATAN, in autumn 2012. The company was awarded the contract on the strength of its vast expertise and experience in the offshore market. The pile guiding tool is part of an extensive package of advanced handling and lifting equipment that was supplied by IHC Handling Systems.

CAPE Holland Deploys New Vibro Lifting Tool

Photo: CAPE Holland

Earlier this week, during its first commercial application, the newly developed Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) of CAPE Holland has successfully installed four piles in up to 90 meters water depth. This installation is part of the pre-piling project for the Culzean Wellhead Platform jacket which will be installed next year. The VLT was used as a stabbing tool to install all four piles in one sequence to stable depth through a template without any tool change. Negating the need for a…

CAPE Holland Deploys Lifting Tool for Pile Installation

Earlier this month the CV-320 upending Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT-U) with was used for installation of 13 piles at the Kanaaldok B3 in Antwerpen.   These piles will be used to build a jetty to serve as a temporary mooring place. The piles, 35 meters long and 2.9 meters in diameter, were picked up, lifted upright and  stabbed and driven as deep as possible, only using the CV-320 VLT-U. All 13 were in position in record time of just 4 days. After all piles were installed they were driven to final penetration with a 500 kJ Impact Hammer. The harbor location gave the perfect opportunity for invited contractors and their clients to witness the upending and stabbing capabilities of the Vibro Lifting tool in the comfort of a warm vessel.

Teekay launches digital dashboard 'The Helm'

Helm Portal - transparency and real-time access to ship-related data. Photo courtesy Teekay

Teekay Tankers Ltd. has launched a vessel dashboard portal called The Helm that is designed to give pool partners a transparent, real-time direct link to commercial, technical and market data pertaining to their vessels.For Teekay Tankers CEO, Kevin Mackay, The Helm is a way Teekay Tankers can harness digital technology and big data tools to stay at the forefront of tanker market trends: “Our commercial team has been building out its service offering to customers and partners over the last couple of years.

LOKRING Updates Installation Procedures Document

LOKRING Technology LLC, producers of advanced fluid and gas transfer connectors, issued a new version of its Installation Procedures Document LP-105. This comprehensive installation guide complements the LOKRING Distributor Installation Training Course and is an essential tool for those using LOKRING products. LOKRING’s advanced fluid and gas transfer connectors are produced under quality systems certified to ISO 9001:2008. The patented LOKRING connector was derived from aerospace technology and is a leak-free fitting that is easy to install and requires no heat for installation. The guide covers carbon steel (MAS and LTCS), stainless steel (SS40 and SS-3300) and CuNi (CN200 and CN700) pipe (NPS) fittings.

New Web Tool Aids Cable and Pipe Routing

Photo: Roxtec

Should vital safety components such as cable and pipe transits be a design-based or a field-based decision? Cable and pipe seals provider Roxtec suggests that designers and engineers take control of this issue by proposing the free web-based tool, Roxtec Transit Designer. The design tool aims to simplify the entire process that surrounds cable and pipe routing and provides full documentation. The latest improvements in Roxtec Transit Designer include a product selector to help designers and engineers find the right sealing solution for each application.

CAPE Holland Deploys Mew Vibro Lifting Tool

During its first commercial application, the newly developed Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) of CAPE Holland has successfully installed four piles in up to 90m water depth. This installation is part of the pre-piling project for the Culzean Wellhead Platform jacket which will be installed next year. The VLT was used as a stabbing tool to install all four piles in one sequence to stable depth through a template without any tool change. Negating the need for a tool change meant it was possible to install all four piles in just one 12 hour shift to the predicted penetration depths, which resulted in a significant time saving. CAPE Holland’s CEO Laurens de Neef said…

Offshore Germany EPCI Contract for Ulstein

Upend Device: Image credit Ulstein

The contract is for the engineering, procurement, construction & installation (EPCI) of a complete pile upend, plus a lifting tool for the wind farm installation project. ArGe Baltic 2 foundations, a joint venture between Hochtief and GeoSea, has awarded Dutch Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions BV, the contract for work on the Baltic 2 wind farm installation project. The upend frame provides increased safety during pile upending operations by ensuring a balanced support and full control of the pile throughout the entire upending cycle.

TDW Offshore Completes Pipeline Pressure Isolation

Photo courtesy TDW Offshore Services AS

TDW Offshore Services AS (TDW) has completed a key pipeline pressure isolation and joint testing operation offshore western Borneo in Malaysia for Sarawak Shell Berhad. TDW worked on platform F23P-A, which is part of the facilities operated by Sarawak Shell Berhad located 80 to 200 km from Miri and Bintulu. The operation was carried out on a gas export line that forms a portion of the line that runs from the F23P-A to the E11R-A platform. The network extends to one of the major trunklines connected to an LNG plant onshore in Bintulu.

NMEA Updates Installation Standards

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has published Edition 2014, Version 4.00 of the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard, which contains information on new technologies, updated sections and additional appendices. NMEA 0400 is a tool and reference guide for installing any piece of marine electronics equipment. Edition 2014, Version 4.00 includes two new sections—Black Box Installation and Cameras & Security Installation. Every section listed below was reviewed and updated by industry experts consisting of NMEA member manufacturers and NMEA accredited installers. Three new appendices were also added: NMEA 0183 Sentence Information, NMEA 2000 PGN Descriptions, and VHF/DSC Wiring Information.

Mech-Tool Delivers Fire System to DSIC Offshore

Photo: Mech-Tool Engineering

Darlington based product manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and heat protection systems Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd (MTE) said it has delivered a fully certified ABS fire rated wall system for a Chinese turnkey EPC contractor in offshore construction. The company’s stainless steel A60 fire rated wall system will offer the ultimate protection to personnel on the deep-water semi-submersible rig, BT4000, should they need to use the evacuation lifeboats during an emergency.

Pipes, Pumps, Values: Employees' Invention Improves Valve Process

As Avondale Operations valve supervisor Bubba Thornton mounted and checked the 68 valves on Polar Endeavour, he set out to improve the process of installing and testing that many valves on such a huge ship. That's why Thornton joined 20 other Avondale employees to come up with a way to test the valves prior to installation aboard ship. There is a total of 68 valves, ranging in size from 8 to 36 in. in diameter, in the Polar tanker's cargo system. Of those valves, 31 control the flow of crude oil in and out of each tank during filling or discharging from land-based terminals. The other 37 valves control the movement of ballast water, potable water, ship's fuel and most of the other fluids in the ship's systems.

Up to Nine Hurtigruten Ships Will Switch to Hybrid Power

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

Norwegian cruise ferry operator Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce to upgrade up to nine vessels to hybrid power.The main engines on up to nine cruise ships will switch from diesel to gas power, and the upgrade will also include installation of a hybrid battery system.The deal comprises the supply of equipment to six existing passenger cruise vessels, with an option for a further three. The ships will completely change their power system with the installation of new Rolls-Royce liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines as part of a new hybrid system.

Dredger Bonny River Launched in China

 Photo Successful launching of BONNY RIVER in China Photo Royal IHC

DEME's latest trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), Bonny River, was launched at Royal IHC's partner yard COSCO Guangdong Shipyard in China and is due to be commissioned and put into operation in the coming weeks.The TSHD has a capacity of 15,000 m3 and a maximum dredging depth of 102 meters.According to Royal IHC, Bonny River combines various functions, such as the ability to dredge hard soil with its heavy duty suction tube combined with the ability to reach great depths with its XXL tube.Environmentally friendly aspects such as minimizing turbulence with its closed process water circuit…

Seagull Maritime Launches Training Analytics Tool

Photo courtesy of Seagull

Seagull Maritime has launched a Training Analytics tool using automated prompts to help managers to benchmark training activity levels and prioritize follow up. Developed in collaboration with several Seagull Maritime customers, the Seagull Training Analytics tool provides a simplified process for monitoring crew training activities and targeting areas for improvement. Using the tool, owners can extract combinations of the training and competence data held about their crews in the Seagull Training Administrator (STA) and Competence Manager software…

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