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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Offshore Support News

Inmarsat Adapts Fleet Xpress for OSVs

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Inmarsat said it has launched a new set of Fleet Xpress plans designed specifically to meet the technical and commercial requirements of offshore support vessels (OSVs). According to Inmarsat , the new plan exploits high-speed connections and guaranteed performance to offer vessel operators levels of flexibility that are naturally suited to the demanding requirements of a high-end sector such as offshore support. As connectivity needs on board OSVs change frequently and swings in data usage are likely to be more pronounced than for conventional cargo ships…

Milaha Acquires its Largest Containership

Majd (Photo: Mike Page / Milaha)

Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate Milaha said it has acquired its largest container vessel to date, Majd, a 3,768 TEU vessel. Majd was built by STX Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in South Korea, and has a length overall of 246.87 meters and a deadweight of 44,985 metric tons. The new vessel will be one of the 17 container vessels that the group operates, and is part of the ongoing expansion of the group’s overall fleet. Milaha currently fully owns and operates a fleet of over 80 vessels…

VOS Stone Equipped with Ampelmann W2W Gangway

Ampelmann A400 (Photo: Ampelmann)

Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a Walk to Work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore-support fleet, will be mobilized with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system. The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilized for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm. The A400 gangway system…

Report: Growth Anticipated in the OSV Market

Photo: Bourbon

The global offshore support vessel market is expected to grow owing to the need to satisfy rising marine logistics demand. The lucrative and high-investment areas of offshore regions such as North Sea, U.S Gulf of Mexico and new discoveries in West Africa are the key driving factors for the high growth of offshore support vessel market. The offshore support vessels or OSVs are vessels used in the marine industry. The designs of the OSV are unique, and each type has its own properties and features, as per the type of operation. OSVs are efficient and vital components of the oil & gas industry.

Global OSV Market Report 2013-2018 Released

This market is dependent on offshore exploration and production activities, which is one of the key driving factors. Any fluctuation in the offshore industry or in the oil and gas market is completely reflected in the offshore support vessel market. Offshore support vessel manufacturers are focusing on R&D in order to develop new and improved vessels for offshore platforms, which offer more distinguished and revolutionary features such as Dynamic positioning (DP) with better efficiency and navigational ability. Expansion and mergers and acquisitions into new and emerging markets such as APAC, North-West Europe, and South America will continue to be the key for success for offshore support vessel manufacturers and managers to increase their overall sales and revenue.

'Seven Borealis' Nominated for Ship of the Year

'Seven Borealis'

Subsea 7’s flagship ‘Seven Borealis’, a customized SOC 5000 design designed by Ulstein has been nominated for the prestigious Ship of the Year Award organized by the Offshore Support Journal. Voting is open until close of business on 25 January via this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/13SVVOTE. The Seven Borealis measures 182.2 x 46.2 meters and has a moulded depth of 16.1 meters. This state-of-the-art pipelay/heavy lift vessel, delivered 2012, is designed by Ulstein Sea of Solutions…

Tech File: Propelling Hybrid Electric Solutions

ABS has granted Approval in Principle to Wärtsilä for a hybrid-powered, tug design. The new design will form the foundation for Wärtsilä’s new portfolio of tug designs, known as the Wärtsilä HYTug Series. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Growing interest in hybrid-electric power systems is expanding the search for new propulsion and energy-storage systems in the workboat sector, where compliance with emerging environmental regulations and a relentless pursuit of operational efficiency are driving change. To meet demands for cleaner more efficient power, owners are examining the potential for less conventional methods of energy generation and storage – such as fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, super-capacitors, flywheels, wind and solar – to propel their vessels.

DryShips Adds Fourth VLGC

File Photo: DryShips Inc

DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that it has taken delivery of its fourth high specification very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuilding. The VLGC will be employed under a fixed rate time charter with ten years firm duration to an oil major trading company. The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to $103.8 million. DryShips has now taken delivery of all of the 17 vessels it has  acquired since the beginning of 2017.

Bharati Shipyard to Build Offshore Vessel for Great Offshore

According to the Hindu, Bharati Shipyard will construct and supply an offshore support vessel to integrated offshore oilfield services provider Great Offshore for $64.8m. The vessel, which has a diesel electric propulsion system with 5 generators of a total power of 10,500 KW, is fully-equipped to support diving/sub sea operations. The above contract is in lieu of a contract dated March 24 for one multipurpose offshore support vessel valued at $17.4m ordered by Great Offshore. Source: The Hindu

OSD Opens China Design Office

The Offshore Ship Designers group has opened a design office in . Initially staffed with six naval architects it will provide design resources to OSD’s European partners and also provide Asian shipyards with innovative tug and offshore support vessel designs. OSD has recently undergone a change in partners with the acquisition by ’s Ulstein Group of one of the founding partners, Dutch heavy offshore vessel designer . OSD now consists of the combined resources of WorldWise Marine, the specialist tug design and consultancy, and IMT Marine Consultants, which has a strong portfolio of offshore support vessels of all types. Offshore Ship Designers Group (OSD) is a global one-stop resource delivering naval architecture and marine engineering skills to the shipping and offshore energy industries.

Ezra Holdings Wins $262.7m Charter Contract

Ezra Holdings was awarded a 4-year contract from an oil major to charter its Floating Production, Storage and Offloading, or FPSO facility. The charter contract comes with an extension option of up to 3 years which, when exercised. Ezra is an integrated offshore support and marine services provider listed on the Singapore Exchange. Ezra's oil tanker M.T. Kitty Knutsen will be converted into the FPSO at a yard in Dubai. It will then operate in Southeast Asian waters from financial years 2008 to 2011. Ezra is looking at several options to finance its FPSO business. Ezra says the FPSO contract could also possibly involve the hire of Ezra's offshore support vessels. In addition to the FPSO contract, Ezra also announced its first entry into the Indian offshore support services market.

OSV Ship of the Year 'North Sea Giant'

'North Sea Giant' Photo credit North Sea Shipping

The North Sea Giant is considered to be the largest offshore vessel of this type ever built, with an overall length of 156m, beam of 30m and installed power of more than 22MW. The vessel was given the prize for her innovative features, which include advanced dynamic positioning (DP) capability for DP operations based on a high redundancy level and high propulsion power. North Sea Giant has a capacity for 120 people and its structure is highlighted by its heliport on the bow and a bridge placed up on the sixth deck of the vessel. The vessel boasts a working deck area of close to 3000 sqm .

Eastern Shipbuilding to Launch Another HOS OSV

Launch of similar OSV: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. invites interested parties to the launch of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 'HOS Brass Ring' at 3:00 pm C.T. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Eastern's Allanton Shipyard. 13300 Allanton Road Panama City, FL 32404. The shipbuilders explain that the 'HOS Brass Ring' is a 302’ Diesel Electric Z-Drive Offshore Support Vessel being built for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC of Covington, Louisiana. Please RSVP to Virginia by phone 850‐763‐1900 or by e-mail virginia@easternshipbuilding.com

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.

Submarine Collides off Washington Coast

USS Louisiana (SSBN 743). Photo: Official Website of the United States Navy

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana and a Navy offshore support vessel collided while conducting routine operations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the coast of Washington state on Thursday (August 18, 2016), informs  the United States Navy. The collision occurred at 6:00 p.m. There were no injuries to personnel. Assessments of the damage to both the submarine and the U.S. Navy Offshore Support Vessel are being conducted. The incident is currently under investigation. Both ships returned safely to port under their own power. The U.S.

Topaz Expands Caspian Presence

Caspian Provider, a 6,300 BHP platform supply vessel operating in Topaz’s Caspian fleet

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel owner with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced that it has secured new multi-year charters in the Russian Filanovsky project for nine of its offshore support vessels amounting to approximately $20 million. The vessels have been deployed to offshore contractor Saipem and will support the development of the Filanovsky oil and gas field in the Northern Caspian Sea. The vessels will provide anchor-handling and tug services as well as transport of supplies and personnel.

OSV Industry Quality Partnership

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Brian Salerno and Otto Candies, III, Vice Chairman of the Offshore Marine Services Association, sign a memorandum of understanding April 30, 2009, establishing the Offshore Support Vessel Industry Quality Partnership. This partnership promotes safety and security within the offshore industry and facilitates an open dialog between the Coast Guard and maritime stakeholders. (Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Lutz)

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Offshore Marine Service Association signed a formal memorandum of understanding April 30, for the establishment of an Offshore Support Vessel Industry Quality Partnership. The quality partnership was formed to promote safety and security within the offshore industry and to help protect the environment. The Offshore Marine Service Association and the Coast Guard achieve these goals by meeting regularly to discuss current issues relating to offshore marine operations…

Knights Offshore Support Takes Delivery of First CTruk OWSV

Photo: CTruk

New business venture Knights Offshore Support (KOS) has taken delivery of its first CTruk 20T MPC offshore wind support vessel, Coastal Knight, which will soon join offshore wind industry service provider CWind’s growing charter fleet. Owner Paul Knight considers CTruk’s multi-role composite cats to be “the vessels of the future” and hopes that the 18.5m Coastal Knight, will be the first of a fleet of KOS workboats to ultimately support offshore wind farm construction and operations around the Scottish coast.

ROV Support Vessel Sold by Otto Marine

An Otto Marine Vessel: Photo courtesy of Otto Marine

Otto Marine's shipyard has sold the multi-purpose offshore support vessel 'Otto Explorer 3' to RY Offshore Ltd. for about US$ 50-million. Upon completion of the sale, the buyer will charter the vessel to the Ottto Marine Group subsidiary, Go Marine Group Pty Ltd. The company has received a deposit of US$1 million from the buyer for the transaction with the balance to be paid upon delivery of the vessel, which is being built at the Otto Marine shipyard in Batam, Indonesia. Otto Marine Limited is an offshore marine group…

OSV Sector Wary of Overcrowding

THE offshore support vessel (OSV) segment - touted as the bright spot where other traditional shipping markets are suffering - may entice tanker and bulk-carrier operators to jump ship, according to a recent Singapore Business Times article. However, OSV operators and owners are wary of such a crossover, and warn that if the sector gets more crowded, it may derail a recovery in charter rates that is expected to come about in two to three years' time. There are about 3,000 OSVs that support oil and gas offshore exploration - a sliver of the 70,000 merchant ships - but it is a sector that gained attention at a time when oil companies are expected to spend about US$600 billion in exploration and production activities.

China Shipyard Tackles First PSV Order

JES International subisidiaries JES Universal Co. and Jiangsu Eastern Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. to build a UT 755 LN Platform Support Vessel. The contract is the Group’s first, in over thirty years of its history, for the construction of an offshore support vessel and is representative of the Group’s expansion from building commercial shipping vessels to constructing more complicated and sophisticated offshore support vessels. Secured from a new customer based in Norway, delivery of the vessel is expected to be at the end of FY2014. “As the shipping industry remains in the doldrums, it is part of the Group’s strategy to maximise, enhance…

ZPMC Orders MacGregor Subsea Cranes

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a large order from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC). The contract is for four offshore cranes, including a 400-metric-ton SWL active heave-compensated crane capable of deploying 3,000-meter of wire rope.   All four cranes will be fitted to a new 145-meter dive support vessel (DSV) under construction at the yard for U.K.-based operator Sealion Shipping. Delivery of the cranes to the Chinese shipyard is scheduled during third quarter of 2016.   Sealion is an offshore support company that manages and operates offshore support vessels for Toisa. The DP3 vessel is equipped for worldwide operations in the oil and gas sector and on ultra-deepwater projects. Delivery is planned for early 2017.

Rederij Groen Takes Delivery of 7-Stars OSV

Photo: Damen

Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam delivered the offshore support vessel (OSV) 7-Stars to offshore support service provider Rederij Groen in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. The 7-Stars will join Rederij Groen’s fleet of almost 30 vessels, which includes sister vessels of the same series 7-Oceans and 7-Seas. The three vessels, designed in close cooperation with both Rederij Groen and its customer, mark a milestone in OSV construction, the builder said. The two companies have a relationship…

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