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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Austal Opens W.Australian Marine Facility

Austal opens Marine Support Base in Henderson, Western Australia. To meet the growing demand for its marine services and facilities, Austal has officially announced the opening of its Marine Support Base in Henderson, Western Australia. Located adjacent to Austal’s Henderson shipyard, the Henderson Marine Support Base provides comprehensive refit, repair and maintenance services to private, commercial and defence operators. The site boasts four 90 metre berths, six sheds ranging between 85 and 120 metres in length, workshop and fabrication facilities, 11,200 square metres of hardstand and capacity to lift vessels up 1800 tonnes. Regional…

Offshore Vessels Enhance Saudi's MMG Capability

Mohammad Al-Mojil Group (MMG) have announced the delivery of three state-of-the-art vessels for its fleet in the Marine Services Department, according to a Saudi Gazette news item. Of the three vessels, two have a length of 54 meters. The third one is a crew vessel which has operational capabilities and a capacity for up to 70 passengers. All the three vessels are now operational and provide marine support services to Saudi Aramco’s floating oil and gas platforms under the five-year contract MMG  signed with the oil company in December 2011. MMG President and CEO Ebrahim Zadeh said addition of these three vessels in the fleet…

Hvide CEO Hospitalized

Hvide Marine Inc. chairman and CEO Jean Fitzgerald has been hospitalized with a heart condition and was to undergo surgery Monday. Hvide, which provides marine support and transportation services, said Fitzgerald will be out of the office for at least four to six weeks. During his absence, president and COO Eugene Sweeney will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations and board member James Gaffney will serve as interim chairman.

MN 100: Tidewater Inc.

Tidewater is a leading provider of offshore service vessels to the global energy industry. Founded in 1955 by a group of investors led by the Laborde family, Tidewater lays claim to the creation of the workboat industry with its 1956 launch of the Ebb Tide, the world’s first offshore vessel tailor-made to support the offshore oil and gas industry. Today, as the oldest and most experienced provider of the marine support services, Tidewater owns the largest fleet of OSVs in the industry…

Hercules Closes Sale of Fleet

Houston-based Hercules Offshore Inc. reported it has closed the previously announced sale of its fleet of nine land drilling rigs and related assets to Petrex Sudamerica Sucursal de Venezuela S.A. and Saipem Perfuracoes e Construcoes Petroliferas Lda. for $107 million. Hercules operates a fleet of 33 jack-up rigs, 27 barge rigs, 65 liftboats, three semisubmersible rigs, one platform rig and fleet of marine support vessels.

Hercules Closes Sale of Fleet

Houston-based Hercules Offshore Inc. reported it has closed the previously announced sale of its fleet of nine land drilling rigs and related assets to Petrex Sudamerica Sucursal de Venezuela S.A. and Saipem Perfuracoes e Construcoes Petroliferas Lda. for $107 million. Hercules operates a fleet of 33 jack-up rigs, 27 barge rigs, 65 liftboats, three semisubmersible rigs, one platform rig and fleet of marine support vessels.

Acta Marine Gets Shallow-water Supply Work Contracts

Artist's Impression credit Acta Marine

Mittelplate is Germany’s largest oilfield and is located in the Wadden Sea tidelands, a unique and sensitive natural environment. Already for many years Acta Marine have been engaged with providing marine support for Mittelplate. The new charter contracts awarded by RWE-Dea involve a total of five Acta Marine vessels and extend over a period of multiple years. Two state-of-the-art supply vessels, customly designed for Mittelplate, will replace the three units currently in service. This will result in a 53% reduction of the local impact from air emissions and a 22% reduction of CO2 emissions.

Rolls-Royce Quarterly News

In the final quarter of 2007, Rolls-Royce continued to expand its global capability, with strong performance in the marine and offshore sectors. The offshore marine business increased the value of its largest contract from Nordcapital to $227m with a further four UT Design deep water anchor handling vessels, incorporating a range of Rolls-Royce marine equipment, worth a total of $105 million. This followed a June 2007 contract worth $121 million for six UT Designs and equipment. The energy business also recorded its largest ever contract, with a $176mTotalCare services agreement with BP for the maintenance of 28 RB211 gas turbines operating onshore and offshore in Azerbaijan. The agreement extends an existing contract until 2016.

Keppel Singmarine Wins $46M in Contracts

Keppel Singmarine received orders for four offshore support vessels (OSVs) and two tugboats for about $46 million. The vessels will be progressively delivered to their owners up to first half of 2007. Currently, Keppel Singmarine has 22 vessels under construction, having delivered nine since the beginning of 2005. Its strong orderbook has placed the Company as one of the world’s leading builders of offshore support vessels. Keppel Singmarine will build two Anchor Handling and Tug/ Supply (AHTS) vessels each for Saudi Arabia companies, HADI Establishment (HADI) and Zamil Operations and Maintenance Co. A repeat customer since 2001, HADI has ordered from Keppel Singmarine a total of nine vessels including the latest two vessels. Zamil Operations and Maintenance Co. Ltd.

Thirty Years on, Mabel Alice is Still Going Strong

Offshore Marine Support’s marine survey vessel, the Mabel Alice, has a long and distinguished track record spanning more than 30 years which, as skipper, Andy Iannetta explains, has been made possible thanks to the durability and performance of its original Cat 3408 engines, supplied by Finning Power Systems (Finning). "Mabel Alice was built as an RNLI vessel and served as the replacement for the ill-fated Solomon Browne, which tragically lost all of its crew during the Penlee lifeboat disaster in Cornwall in December 1981.

CTruk Starts Work on Enhanced SWATH Workbaot

CWind Astute

CTruk has utilized the performance statistics and operational feedback gained during its composite SWATH workboat CWind Astute’s first year at sea to fine tune the design for the next build. The Brightlingsea yard has recently started work on a 20m SWATH OWSV for Dungeness-based Technical Marine Support and CWind under the latter’s boat share scheme. The use of waterjets is the main difference on the new SWATH (small waterplane area twin hull) workboat. Rolls-Royce Kamewa FF41…

Thai Offshore Supplier Gets Chevron Contract

The 3 year firm contract with plus 2 x 1 year extension options is to provide coil tubing marine support services to Chevron`s production activities in the Gulf of Thailand. Uniwise Offshore will purchase a Platform Supply Vessel currently under construction in a Chinese Shipyard, to fulfil the service requirements. The vessel will commence operation in October 2012. The new contract is a continuation of a long standing relationship with Chevron in the region. CEO Diederik de Boer said, “This new vessel represents our sixth Offshore Service Vessel servicing Chevron in the Gulf of Thailand. We have been able to leverage off our strong operating track record in Crew/Utility Vessels to further increase our exposure to Chevron’s OSV operations.

ABS Nautical Systems Expands in Dubai

ABS Nautical Systems announced that they have been selected as the fleet management software provider of Dubai company Stanford Marine, LLC a provider of offshore marine support services. ABS Nautical Systems’ work with Stanford Marine marks continued expansion in Dubai, with several companies now using the NS5 software suite in the Emirates. Stanford Marine is changing from a paper and Microsoft Excel system to ABS Nautical Systems’ software suite NS5, a fully integrated system to allow for a more streamlined approach to fleet management. Stanford Marine will implement the Maintenance & Repair and Vessel Drawings modules on a total of 25 vessels, all of which are classed with ABS.

Triple Delivery for FBM Babcock Marine

Three 88 ft. patrol vessels being built by Southampton based FBM Babcock Marine Ltd have arrived in the Port of Southampton on the back of a heavy lift mother ship. The vessels are part of a six vessel fleet designed by FBM Babcock Marine and built in their shipyards in Scotland and the Philippines for SMIT International (Scotland) Ltd. The vessels will be used by SMIT International (Scotland) for training military aircrew in marine survival techniques, helicopter winching drills and general marine support tasks, as part of a Public Private Partnership Programme awarded by the UK MOD. The boats are undergoing final preparation prior to handover to their owners in the next week.

ABS Nautical Systems Signs New Contact in Malaysia

Saujana Marine Sdn Bhd has signed an agreement for the use of ABS Nautical Systems’ NS5 Enterprise software on two of their 300 pax accommodation barges.   Based in Malaysia, Saujana Marine SDN BHD is an integrated marine support service company for the Oil & Gas industry.  The company will implement the Maintenance Manager and Drawings Management modules through the ABS Newbuild Program, which offers free software to ABS-classed vessels built after 1 January 2009. The Maintenance Manager software provides Saujana Marine SDN BHD the ability to track vessel maintenance trends including repair history, work orders, service requisitions, while Drawings Management allows access to an electronic library of vessel-specific drawings, images and documents.  

Rolls-Royce Develops Marine Suport Services

Rolls-Royce announced the acquisition of U.S. naval architecture and engineering firm Seaworthy Systems Inc. to improve further its marine support services. Seaworthy Systems Inc., based in Connecticut, with offices in New Jersey, Virginia and California, has provided expertise to the US Navy and Coastguard for more than 30 years. Its work will now be part of a TotalCareâ service Rolls-Royce is developing for naval customers – offering long-term guaranteed power availability and complete propulsion plant support for ships. Seaworthy Systems Inc, which employs 58 people, has also worked with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), Military Sealift Command (MSC), and commercial shipowners.

Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh

Svitzer will provide marine support services for the Excelerate Energy FSRU at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited awarded Svitzer the 15-year contract following a competitive tender process. The contract also includes a five-year option. Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal, located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, will enable Petrobangla, the state owned energy company, to increase natural gas supply in the country by up to 20 percent, sufficient to support up to 3,000 MW of power generation capacity. The construction of the terminal will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is anticipated to be in service by mid- 2018.

Smit Lamnalco Welcomes New Vessels in Gabon

Welcoming ceremony

A welcoming ceremony was held for two newbuild vessels SL Gabon and SL Libreville at Port‐Gentil, Gabon on April 17. Among those attending the ceremony were the Minister Delegate of Transport Mr. Emmanuel Jean Didier Biye, the Governor of the Ogooué Maritime Province Mr. Martin Boguikouma, the Prefect of the Bendjè Department Mr. Joseph Mouele, Total Gabon Chief Executive Officer Mr. Benoît Chagué and Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer Mr. Daan Koornneef. SL Gabon and SL Libreville have been contracted for a five year period by Total Gabon.

Horizon Offshore Secures First Contract in West Africa

Horizon Offshore, Inc. in association with its Nigerian affiliate, Horizon Offshore (Nigeria) Ltd., has been awarded a portion of Chevron Nigeria Ltd.'s Escravos Offshore Pipeline and Structural Installation 2-year Program (with an option for an additional year). Works will begin in late December 2002 or early January 2003. Horizon's pipelay barge, the Brazos Horizon, mobilized from the Gulf of Mexico and has arrived in Nigerian waters. A Marine Support Base in Port Harcourt to support this contract, with its Nigerian main offices located in Lagos. Horizon is actively bidding other work throughout the West Africa region. In addition to its Nigerian organization, it maintains offices and representation in Luanda, Angola.

Cory Towage Awarded Lithuanian Deal

Cory Towage has been granted a contract to provide a variety of marine services in the Baltic at the newly built import/export oil terminal at Butinge in Lithuania. The agreement, which began in March, was awarded by Lithuania's state-owned oil company, Mazeikiu Nafta, and is centered around a single point mooring (SPM) facility for the export of Russian crude oil. Cory's function in this venture entails provision of tanker berthing and general marine support, including the provision of two vessels - a berthing tug and a workboat, and berthing/loading masters, operation of oil spill recovery equipment and maintenance services above and below the water for the SPM. T Located about five miles offshore, the SPM can accommodate tankers of up to 80,000-dwt.

NY Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet

More than 600 attendees are expected at the 52nd annual New York Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet for the energy and energy related industries at the NY Hilton Hotel Trianon Ballroom, New York on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Domestic and internationally domiciled attendees include petroleum and petrochemical supply and distribution personnel, merc and cash traders/brokers, U.S. and foreign flag ship owners/operators/brokers and agents, petroleum inspection/testing companies, tug/barge owners and operators, offshore supply vessel owners/operators, marine support service companies, exploration and production personnel, maritime attorneys, marine insurance representatives, shipyard representatives, industry suppliers, maritime financiers and more.

Hallin Marine Undertakes IRM Project

Hallin Marine has commenced a large-scale inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) project off the Malaysian peninsula. The contract centers on the oil rig Cendor MOPU which is undergoing an American Bureau of Shipping UWILD underwater survey for a second year in succession. Hallin is providing saturation diving, cleaning, inspection and reporting services. "Demand for marine-support services in Malaysia is steadily increasing," said Rik Zwinkels, Managing Director, Hallin East Division.

Sperry Marine Support Center Reopens in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina damage and is now operating at 100 percent capacity. logs and other products. spare parts is held at this center. around the world for shipboard maintenance and repair. from Hurricane Katrina. locations. period to ensure that customers experienced no interruption of service.

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