OMB - Completes Review of MODU / OSV Training & Manning Requirements
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of RIN 1625-AC10: the draft Coast Guard requirements for training of personnel and manning on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and offshore supply vessels (OSVs) engaged in US outer continental shelf (OCS) activities. With regard to the training of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Activities, the Coast Guard is considering expanding, consistent with U.S. and international law, its maritime safety training requirements for all personnel working on offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and mobile offshore units (MOUs) engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, regardless of flag.
Offshore Supply Vessel Market to Grow 6% by 2021
The global offshore supply vessel market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6.03 percent during 2016 – 2021, according to Azoth Analytics research report. The growth in offshore supply vessels is expectect to be driven by rise in demand for oil and gas globally, increase in offshore drilling activities and growth in production and exploration activities. Moreover, companies operating in this market are focusing on investments in R&D for continuous innovation and strengthening their positions in the market by targeted acquisitions and product expansions.
India’s Shipping Companies Look to Offshore Investments
With the boom in the oil and gas exploration sector, fueled by the recent awarding of new blocks under NELP VI, Indian shipping companies are tanking up to sharpen their focus on the offshore segment. Only last month, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) came out with a tender for chartering of around 26 offshore supply vessels, with mobilization requirement up to the third week of November. Shipping companies such as Great Eastern Shipping, Varun Shipping and Mercator Lines have lined up significant investments in this sector in the current fiscal. In fact, the boom in the offshore sector is one of the reasons that prompted GE Shipping to de-merge its offshore division into a separate company, Great Offshore Ltd, to get higher valuations from this business.
Cargotec Receives $75.2m in Orders
Cargotec’s MacGREGOR business area providing marine cargo handling solutions has received significant offshore equipment orders. The equipment will be delivered during 2008–2010 and the value of the orders exceeds EUR 55 million. The orders include an order for anchor-handling and mooring winches delivered for Chinese shipyard Yangzhou Dayang. The shipyard is building 32 offshore supply vessels that will be delivered for French shipowner Bourbon. The other orders include several orders for a total of 23 knuckle boom offshore cranes. The cranes will be delivered for 11 offshore supply vessels which will be built in several shipyards in Europe, USA and India. MacGREGOR established in June a new division MacGREGOR Offshore.
Odyssea Marine Acquires Vessels from AMT Marine
Odyssea Marine, Inc. has purchased five offshore supply vessels from AMT Marine, Inc. based in Larose, La. The five vessels range in length from 150 ft. to 200 ft., are all DP1 classed and include the Darwin John, Andi N. Martin, A.A. Martin, Taylor R. Martin and the Mary Martin, a Bollinger built OSV delivered in August 2006. The vessels operate in the Gulf of Mexico supplying cargo to major and independent oil companies, marine construction firms, as well as support drilling operations. With the recent purchase of the Lytal Enterprises, Inc. vessel fleet consisting of six offshore supply vessels in February of this year, the Odyssea OSV Division is one of the youngest fleets in the Gulf of Mexico.
ABB Wins Orders Worth $30m
ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won orders worth $30m for electric propulsion, power generation and power distribution systems that maximize the fuel efficiency of offshore supply vessels to be built in China. ABB will provide an integrated electric propulsion solution for each of the vessels. The equipment, including generators, switchgear, transformers, drives and motors, will be delivered to the Fujian Mawei Shipyard on the southeast coast in 2010 and 2011. Offshore supply vessels deliver supplies, ranging from drill pipe to drinking water, to drilling rigs and platforms at sea. Electric propulsion systems equipped with variable speed drives consume significantly less compared with their conventional diesel-mechanical counterparts…
Atlantic Towing, Deep Panuke Project
Atlantic Towing is the successful bidder for EnCana Corporation’s offshore supply vessel services contract for the Deep Panuke Project. This award includes building a new state-of-the-art offshore supply vessel at the Halifax Shipyard. The building and commissioning of the new vessel will employ over 200 shipyard workers at the peak and provide 426,000 person hours of employment. The new contract will raise total employment levels at the shipyard to over 600 at peak. The building of the new ship will generate an estimated payroll of $20m and will result in about $14m in purchases of goods and services from approximately 50 Nova Scotia suppliers. Atlantic Towing will operate the new vessel on long term contract with EnCana.
Aberdeen Up and Running
Since being taken-over in July by A&P Group, the drydock facility in Aberdeen has enjoyed a busy Summer period with a number of vessels undergoing repairs. The shipyard, which has been renamed River Dee Ship Repairers, has extensive workshops and craneage and is an ideal drydocking location for vessels trading in and around the UK East Coast and the North Sea. Vessels drydocked most recently include P&O North Sea Ferries 6,350 grt passenger/car ferry St. Sunniva, which arrived on 5th July for a two-day emergency docking and the 2,042 grt offshore supply vessel Smit Lloyd Fortune from Stirling Shipmanagement, which also arrived for a short emergency docking.
ONGC Hunts for New Offshore Ships
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has initiated negotiations with shipping companies to keep oil from its Bombay High oil fields flowing after the Directorate General of Shipping recalled its 27 offshore supply vessels for safety reasons. The top management of ONGC, led by its Chairman R S Sharma, flew to Mumbai to meet top Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) officials to procure offshore supply vessels (OSVs) urgently for deploying into the fields situated 160 km off the Mumbai coast in the high seas. SCI takes care of operations and management of 22 vessels of ONGC (16 OSVs and 6 specialised vessels). But the maintenance is outsourced to third parties. ONGC is unlikely to get more than 15 vessels from the open market at this point of time, industry sources said.
USCG Issues Interim OSV Cargo Rule
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels and required the Coast Guard to issue regulations to mitigate the risk created as a result, noting the need to ensure safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances and individuals other than crew on OSVs of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured under the Convention Measurement System.
Aker Yards to build AHTS for NorSkan Offshore
Aker Yards has been awarded a contract worth approximately $47.5 million by NorSkan Offshore Ltda., Brazil, to build an Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel. Delivery is scheduled for April 2007. NorSkan Offshore is an offshore supply vessel company owned by Solstad Offshore ASA and DOF ASA in Norway on a 50/50 basis, and is focusing on the strong Brazilian offshore vessel market.
A&P Tyne & Stirling Shipmanagement Renew Agreement
A&P Tyne has announced its new ship repair agreement with offshore supply vessel specialist Stirling Shipmanagement, Glasgow, part of the Seacor Group. The agreement is an extension of the original Heads of Agreement between A&P and Stirling Shipmanagement for the dry dock and repair of Stirling vessels operating within the UK sector, for a further year. A&P Tyne successfully carried out dry dockings/repairs to a total of nine (9) Stirling vessels during last year (2001) including the offshore supply vessels Stirling Fyne, Stirling Tay, Stirling Aquarius, Stirling Forth, Stirling Clyde, Stirling Sirius, Stirling Altair and Stirling Spey.
Uniwise Buys NAUTIS Simulator for OSV Training
For training of Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) activities within their fleet, Uniwise Offshore Thailand purchased a NAUTIS Offshore Supply Vessel Simulator and Instructor Station. The simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Uniwise Offshore training center in Songkhla. Uniwise Offshore owns and operates the largest crew boat fleet in the Gulf of Thailand, supporting the Kingdom’s offshore oil and gas activities. The Songkhla training center plays a key part in the company strategy to develop, train and retain competent Thai crew. The Songkhla base houses the main technical center of excellence, with an engine maintenance facility essential for high crew boat up-time, a large warehouse for critical spares and mentioned training center, through which all crews must pass.
OSV Runs Aground in US Gulf
An offshore supply vessel has run aground off the west Cameron Jetties in Louisiana, Wednesday morning. There were no injuries to the four passengers and three crew aboard the vessel, and no pollution was reported. The 120-foot offshore supply vessel Miss Lynda was carrying construction cargo and had 4,300 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of oil products aboard at the time of the incident. The four passengers were transited off of the ship by the utility ship Sally D, while the three crew members remained on the Miss Lynda. U.S.
Offshore Crewman Medevaced after Severing Foot
A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 27-year-old man from an offshore supply vessel five miles off Louisiana, Thursday. The captain of the offshore supply vessel Miss Aubrey Ann contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at approximately 4 p.m., reporting that a crewmember severed his foot after getting it caught in a line. An Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter medevaced the man to the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, in stable condition.
Latest DofD Navy Contracts
The latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts include: to Defense Support Services LLC for 'COLDS' cargo training, and to Hornbeck Offshore Services for the time charter of an offshore supply vessel for submarine rescue diving support services. Defense Support Services LLC, Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $24,903,892 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for instructional support services to conduct basic and advanced courses on the Navy's Cargo Offload and Discharge System (COLDS).
Dales Marine Fills Its Scotland Docks
Ship repair and specialist fabrication firm Dales Marine reports a first time achievement as all of its seven docks around Scotland are full for the first time today. Dales Marine’s docks are filled with vessels ranging from offshore supply vessels to ferries, and are all owned by different firms. The work being carried out at Dales Marine’s six bases in Aberdeen, Leith (which has two docks), Grangemouth, Montrose, Greenock and Troon is a mixture of planned repair and maintenance, along with weather-related unplanned repairs.
PSA Marine to Provide LNG FSRU Services in Bangladesh
Summit Power International (SPI), Singapore, announced that its subsidiary, Summit LNG Terminal has awarded a 15-year contract to PSA Marine Bangladesh, a subsidiary of PSA Marine. Under the contract, PSA Marine Bangladesh will provide berthing, mooring, pilot and personnel transfer services to LNG ships calling at Summit LNG FSRU terminal, with its three escort tugboats, one fast crew boat and one offshore supply vessel. The award of this contract marks a significant milestone for PSA Marine and commencement of a long-term partnership with SPI.
Leica Supplies Offshore Fleet
Leica has delivered eight MX 480 of its professional chart navigators for the fleet of offshore supply vessels operated by Hornbeck Offshore, Mandeville, La. The equipment was sold and installed by Leica dealer Frank L. Beier Radio Company of New Orleans. Each of the systems includes dual Leica MX 412B DGPS navigation receivers linked to a ruggedized PC-based chart plotter. Complete with built-in differential beacon receivers, the two independent DGPS receivers are designed to provide integrity monitoring with automatic switchover in the case of a failure or error.
Leica Supplies for Offshore Fleet
Leica has delivered eight MX 480 of its professional chart navigators for the fleet of offshore supply vessels operated by Hornbeck Offshore, Mandeville, La. The equipment was sold and installed by Leica dealer Frank L. Beier Radio Company of New Orleans. Each of the systems includes dual Leica MX 412B DGPS navigation receivers linked to a ruggedized PC-based chart plotter. Complete with built-in differential beacon receivers, the two independent DGPS receivers are designed to provide integrity monitoring with automatic switchover in the case of a failure or error in either receiver.
Meetings of National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee
The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) and its Liftboat subcommittee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Houston on November 6-7, 2002. Items on the agenda include review of IMO and ISO activities, liftboat issues, offshore security, and implementation of STCW for offshore supply vessels. Source: HK Law
Hornbeck Announces 4Q Results
Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., said earnings this year should be between $2.19 per share and $2.68 cents per share. The company said it expects a first-quarter profit of between 42 cents per share and 55 cents per share. Analysts estimate 60 cents per share. Hornbeck Offshore expects operating expense to rise 25 percent, due to increases in labor costs, insurance and shipyard repair and maintenance costs, while current rates for its offshore supply vessels and tugs and tank barges will remain constant. Source: Houston Chronicle
COSCO Selects Rolls-Royce Package
Rolls-Royce won an order to provide an integrated design and equipment package for two offshore supply vessels to be built at COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd in China for Singapore based Chellsea Group. The two Rolls-Royce UT 771 WP platform supply vessels features the striking wave piercing bow designed to pierce through waves in rough seas, making it possible to keep a more constant speed, reduce fuel consumption and increase on board safety.