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Friday, January 19, 2018

Maintenance Ship News

Stolt Offshore Signs Global Contract

SeaSupplier Ltd, the marine e-procurement subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen S.A, announced today it has signed a multi-year SeaManager ™, e-procurement contract with Stolt Offshore S.A., the world's largest operator of specialty sub sea construction and maintenance ships, pipe laying and heavy lift barges. Together with Stolt Offshore’s annual expenditure of $600 million on products and services and with SNTG, Seabulk International, RCCL, Teekay Shipping and NYK LINE, more than a $1billion of expenditure is anticipated to be transacted through the SeaSupplier Value Added Network™. SeaSupplier will provide Stolt Offshore S.A with its complete procurement solution, SeaManager™, as well as consulting services for database rationalization and business process re-engineering.

IHC Caland Wins $250 Million Contract to Build in Deepwater

Dutch shipbuilding and engineering group IHC Caland NV said on Wednesday it received two new contracts worth a total of $250-300 million. IHC said it had received a letter of intent from the U.S. exploration and production arm of TotalFinaElf to build a deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The project, worth $150-$200 million, is expected to be completed near mid-2003, the company said. IHC's unit Giessen-de Noord received a memorandum of understanding to build a maintenance ship for offshore oil fields from Scotland's Wellships Group. That contract was worth about $100 million, IHC said.

Navy Repair Contracts Awarded

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4419); Continental Maritime of San Diego, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4420); and General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4421), are being awarded firm-fixed price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to exercise option period two for the accomplishment of complex emergent and continuous maintenance and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on amphibious ships (LPD, LSD, LHA and LHD) homeported in San Diego, California. The exercising of these options ensures continued facilities and human resources capable of completing complex emergent and continuous maintenance…

Vigor Wins $19.6m Navy Ship Repair Contract

Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $19,629,518 firm-fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS Kidd (DDG 100) Chief of Naval Operations scheduled, selected restricted availability (SRA) in support of the DDG-51-class destroyer ship repair program. For U.S. Naval Surface Combatants – typical repair and maintenance work to be performed in SRA includes modernization ship alterations; blasting, painting and surface preparation for complete or touch-up preservation, freeboard, struts, rudders, running gear, ground tackle, and sea-chest; hull, mechanical and electrical; various interior tanks. Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed by September, 2018.

Volvo Penta Gives Kuwaiti Workboats A Boost

Volvo Penta recently equipped two Kuwaiti workboats, a pilot boat and a buoy layer, with twin 34-liter diesel engines. Both vessels, which have been laid-up since the invasion by Iraq in the beginning of the 1990s, are now in service in the Kuwait City harbor. The rebuilt boats, M/V Muwasalat and M/V Mursheed, are owned by the Kuwait Port Authority and are operated by Naseb Maritime Company. Direct from the start, the demands placed on the work and material were high. M/V Muwasalat is a 300-ton buoy layer equipped with a 25-ton bow crane.

Asbestos: Maritime’s Ticking Time Bomb

(Photo: Lucion Marine)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) should amend regulations banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships, says John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. Regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) state that if asbestos is found onboard a ship built after July 2002 then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos.

News: Volvo Penta Delivers for Kirby

Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine has a fleet of 215 tugboats and 911 tank barges, the largest operator of its type in the country with about one-third of the total tank barge tonnage in the US. Its total transport capacity corresponds to 16.6 million barrels. Kirby is in the midst of re-engining its fleet and the new engines being installed are from Volvo Penta. Volvo Penta has delivered slightly less than 100 engines to date in sizes from 5 to 34 litres cylinder volume to boats in Kirby's fleet. More than 40 of the engines delivered are for powering the tugboats. These engines operate under tough conditions, in which each boat pushes a line of connected barges, in temperatures that are often 40 degrees C in the air and 25 in the water.

USNS Brunswick Departs Malaysia

Photo: United States Navy

The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) concluded a port visit to Kuching, Malaysia, Jan. 17. The crew took advantage of the opportunity to experience Malaysia's rich culture following a port visit to Lumut, Malaysia. "It is important for our Sailors to interact with local communities throughout the region," said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. "The experiences they share with partner nations allows the U.S. The Royal Malaysian and U.S.

Kalmar Signs Contract with PSA Corporation

Image: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract for the maintenance and repair of mobile equipment from PSA Corporation Ltd for the next 3-year term. The contract supports the overall maintenance effort of a fleet of up to 700 prime movers and trailer sets at Pasir Panjang Terminal. The contract has been booked into Cargotec's 2017 fourth quarter order intake. Peter McLean, Senior Vice-President of Kalmar Asia-Pacific, said: "We have been working with PSA on the maintenance of their equipment for more than 11 years.

Rotterdam Port Signs Pact for Maintenance of Roads, Greenery

From left to right: Leendert Ripping, Director of Aannemingsmaatschappij Van Gelder; Ronald Paul, Director of Infrastructure & Maritime Affairs (COO), and Olaf Janssen, CEO at BTL. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed agreements with two contractors relating to what is known as the port’s dry infrastructure. One contract covers maintenance of the roads in the port and the other maintenance of the green spaces. Following a tendering procedure, Van Gelder emerged as the best choice for the road infrastructure. The green spaces will be maintained by BTL. Both contracts run for two years and an express wish has been made for them to be extended by eight years. The combined sum of the contracts comes to over 14 million euros for the first two years.

CEMEX UK Orders Dredger from Damen

Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (Image: Damen)

CEMEX UK Marine Limited has placed an order for the first Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD). The vessel, which will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania, is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed up to depths of 55 meters, including in the challenging conditions experienced in the North Sea. Damen said the MAD is the result of extensive market research and customer consultation. A new, future-facing vessel of this type is aligned with an aggregate industry faced with an aging fleet of vessels and an increased focus on marine activity.

Adani Adds Two New Dredgers to Its Fleet

(Photo: Royal IHC)

India’s largest private multi-port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) inaugurated two new 8,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) on January 8. Both dredgers were built by Royal IHC in The Netherlands and recently arrived at Adani’s Hazira Port in Gujarat, India, after their maiden voyage through the Suez Canal. The vessels are the 11th and 12th dredgers supplied by Royal IHC to APSEZ and are among the largest in the Indian fleet of TSHDs. “[The new dredgers] will substantially increase our capacity for dredging.

Offshore Work Maintenance Ship Sold, Chartered Back by Otto Marine

'Oranda 1': Photo courtesy of Otto Marine

Singapore-based Otto Marine sells Work Maintenance Vessel 'Oranda 1' for US$38.0-million, simultaneously bareboat-chartered back for GofM work. The sales transaction sets to improve the Group’s cash flow and balance sheet. Oranda 1, of LOA 75 m  is an ABS-classed 4,200bhp Work Maintenance Vessel that has completed 4 projects in South East Asia since May 2010. Contemporaneous with the sales transaction, the Group’s subsidiary, Karp Marine Limited, has bareboat chartered back the vessel for a period of 5 years.

Caterpillar, SpecTec Optimize Ship Maintenance

Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence has announced a new project with maintenance management specialist SpecTec focused on optimizing ship maintenance. This joint accomplishment aims to reduce ship maintenance costs by enabling unnecessary maintenance to be deferred for shipboard equipment that is operating properly and identifying potential issues for action before a failure negatively impacts operations. By means of the integrated solution, onboard sensor data that is automatically gathered and analyzed by the Cat Asset Intelligence onboard predictive analytics platform…

Wärtsilä Bags Wagenborg's Maintenance Contract

Multipurpose Dry Cargo Carrier Adriaticborg is one of the Wagenborg's 15 vessels under Wärtsilä maintenance

Wärtsilä and Wagenborg Shipping B.V. have signed in June 2014 a six-year Maintenance Agreement for fifteen of Wagenborg's dry cargo carriers. Under the agreement Wärtsilä will provide all maintenance planning and services for the installed engines and propulsion systems with fixed price. This will increase financial predictability of Wagenborg's operations and ensure maximised lifetime, performance and reduced operational costs for Wagenborg's vessels in a safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.

USS Michigan Completed Early

USS Michigan (SSGN 727) undocked in late October, five days early, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). Michigan was at PSNS & IMF for a planned five-month major maintenance period. While Michigan’s maintenance availability was scheduled in advance, the full extent of the necessary work isn’t always known until the ship is drydocked. The Trident maintenance plan objectives include all the maintenance to be performed to allow the ship to operate safely and unrestricted during prescribed operating cycles, operating intervals, and for its prescribed service life. Execution of the maintenance plan ensures that the ship operates safely and unrestricted while at sea and, maximizing their operational availability.

GE Aeroderivative Marine Gas Turbines Log more than 320,000 Service Hours

GE announced that its fleet of 25 aeroderivative marine gas turbines has accumulated more than 320,000 hours operating aboard 16 cruise ships. GE remains the only gas turbine manufacturer to have its engines in service on cruise ships, the company reported today at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention. "We are setting a new reliability standard in the cruise industry for propulsion and onboard power," said Karl Matson, general manager of GE Transportation's marine business, Evendale, Ohio. The GE gas turbines now in service are configured in two different types of arrangements: 16 LM2500+ gas turbines are the basis for a COmbined Gas turbine and steam turbine integrated Electric drive System (COGES) used aboard four Celebrity Cruises and four Royal Caribbean International cruise ships…

NAVSEA Reviews Required Preventative Maintenance on Ships

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced, July 1, efforts to ensure surface ships are properly maintained are continuing through a pilot initiative onboard two Norfolk-based ships. The NAVSEA-led initiative reassigns ships' force maintenance actions to shore-based technical teams. The review of open maintenance actions aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) is designed to identify which of these repairs can be completed at the depot level. "The demands placed on our ships and Sailors are increasing each year," said Rear Adm. James P. McManamon, NAVSEA deputy commander for surface warfare. "It's incumbent upon the ship repair and maintenance community to figure out how best to support them.

NASSCO Books $30M Deal

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuous maintenance, repair, and alterations of the five FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates homeported in San Diego. The contract, including the initial year and four one-year options, has an approximate value of $30 million. Advance planning activities will start immediately to support the first repair and maintenance availability for the USS Curts (FFG-38) in September 2003. If all the options are exercised, 11 ship maintenance availabilities including four drydockings will be performed over the next five years.

Statutory Alert: Revised IMO Guidelines for Maintenance

Revised IMO guidelines for maintenance, testing and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances will become effective on May 31, 2013 and are contained in the circular MSC.1/Circ. 1432. These guidelines should be followed in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/14, which requires that all fire protection systems and appliances are kept in good order and that a maintenance plan is developed. The guidelines state that certain maintenance procedures and inspections may be performed by competent crew members who have completed an advanced fire-fighting training course, while others should be performed by people specially trained in the maintenance of such systems.

Xantic to Deliver AMOS Maintenance to Chemikalien Seetransport Vessels

Xantic has announced the signing of a contract agreement with Chemikalien Seetransport, a Ship Owner and Management Company specialised in the transportation of chemicals, products and gas. Xantic will deliver AMOS Maintenance to ten vessels. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Chemikalien Seetransport (CST) offers services in the management and operation of sophisticated specialized carriers. In early 2003, CST acquired two vessels with AMOS Maintenance already installed onboard. Following the survey and transfer of the licences for these ships, negotiations were started to implement AMOS Maintenance on other CST carriers. These have now been successfully concluded, and a contract agreement made to install AMOS Maintenance on eight further vessels.

Xantic and HSE Global Sign Software Cooperation Agreement

Xantic has announced the signing of a Software Cooperation Agreement with HSE Global. This mutually beneficial strategic alliance will provide the shipping industry with an invaluable tool for the efficient control of chemicals and hazardous materials onboard vessels. Maintenance systems for ships have been in existence for several decades, and in electronic format for the past 20 years or so. Chemicals are often used in relation to the maintenance and operation of ships. A typical cargo vessel will use 100 to 150 chemicals, while a passenger ship may carry over a thousand such products. All too often, however, these chemicals are not actively integrated into the vessel’s operational and maintenance planning processes.

The U.S. Navy - Reducing Shipboard Planned Maintenance

The cost of maintaining Navy ships is measured in billions of dollars and millions of man-hours. Requiring sailors to perform excessive, unnecessary, and often counter-productive maintenance does more than waste money. It also wastes that most precious of commodities — sailors' time. This problem is being addressed by the U.S. Navy through the Surface Ship Maintenance Effectiveness Review (SURFMER) program. Since October 1996, SURFMER has reduced sailor performed planned maintenance workload on surface ships and aircraft carriers by more than 35 percent. and more than 2.3 million man-hours annually. At the same time, it has improved sailors' quality of life — a top Navy leadership priority.

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