Offshore Transportation News

02 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Boskalis Stops Crew Changes, Cuts Spending

Boskalis heavy transportation vessel carrying an FPSO - Image Credit; Boskalis

Dutch offshore transportation and dredging giant Boskalis has halted crew changes and will slash spending this year due to the COVID-19 virus crisis, it said on Thursday.The company said that, while its workers work from home where possible, this is not an option for staff working on international projects and vessels."Therefore, as a consequence of global travel restrictions and to ensure the business continuity and health of our colleagues, the customary crew and project staff rotations have been suspended as of 16 March…

19 Mar 2020

Jumbo Sends Employees to Work from Home to Cut COVID-19 Risk

A Jumbo vessel - Credit: Jumbo

Jumbo, a Dutch heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation company, has said it will close it office locations and send office employees to work from home until further notice, to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.The marine company said it was acting in response to the Dutch Government guidance to slow down and prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It also said that its vessels would continue with their schedule."Our teams (sales, operations, purchasing etc.) can be reached as per usual, although there might be slight delays in response time in specific matters.

16 Oct 2019

Marlink, Intelsat Renew Connectivity Pact

L-R: Samer Halawi, Intelsat’s Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and Erik Ceuppens, Chief Executive Officer, Marlink Group. (Photo: Marlink)

Marlink and Intelsat have announced that the companies have agreed to a multi-year renewal and expansion of their partnership to provide broadband services to maritime vessels around the world. The multi-year agreement will deliver additional throughput to vessels via multiple layers of space-based coverage, ensuring that ship owners and operators have the flexibility and access to reliable, high-quality, always-on connectivity.Initiated in 2014, the partnership between Marlink and Intelsat enabled Marlink to enhance its extensive portfolio of maritime VSAT services.

19 Aug 2019

Jumbo's Fairplayer to Test Biofuel Oil

Fairplayer (Photo: Jumbo)

Heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has partnered with marine biofuel company GoodFuels in a joint venture initiative to test marine biofuel oil on board a DP2 heavy lift crane vessel during an offshore decommissioning project.The initial project project will see sustainable ‘drop-in’ Bio-Fuel Oil delivered to Jumbo’s offshore vessel Fairplayer ahead of her departure to the North Sea, and will be supplied by GoodFuels’ logistics partner VARO Energy.Wout Janssens…

08 Apr 2019

OSV Market: Which Way is Up?

OSV "THUNDER" owned by Jackson Offshore serving floater "DEEPWATER CONQUERER"
Source: Jackson Offshore

Any analysis of markets for offshore service vessels (OSV) usually begins with analogies to rough weather, best of times/worst of times or similar. OSV expert Seabrokers, with a home base in Stavanger, Norway, in the February edition of its Seabreeze market report follows this convention with a description of the “feast or famine” conditions in the North Sea. Recent day rate action highlights the localized nature of markets for anchor handlers (AHT), platform supply vessels (PSVs) and similar equipment…

19 Mar 2019

Jumbo Lifts, Ships Two Ship Unloaders

Photo by Jumbo

The heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation & installation contractor Jumbo Maritime has recently completed two shipments of two giant ship unloaders from Gdynia Port, Poland to Djen Djen Port in Algeria for Fagioli.The ship unloaders are intended for unloading bulk cargo from vessels on the quayside.The first lift and shipment was made last December 2018. The MV Fairmaster and her crew lifted the 1400t, 60 metres high ship unloader. The team then sailed through Egersund and Rotterdam before arriving in Algeria for discharging in Djen Djen.The second shipment was made in February 2019.

19 Jul 2018

Subsea 7 Wins ‘Sizeable’ Offshore Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. announced today it has been awarded a “sizeable” offshore transportation and installation contract.The subsea engineering, construction and services company said offshore execution for the contract is planned for 2020 and that the deal is worth between $50 million and $150 million, but revealed no further details due to contractual obligations.

05 Jan 2017

Solstad Wins Contract with CUEL Thailand

Photo: Solstad Offshore ASA

Norway’s Solstad Offshore ASA has been been awarded a contract with CUEL Limited, Thailand for the derrick lay barge DLB Norce Endeavour in the Gulf of Thailand. According to the contract the 2011-built unit will be used for the provision of transportation and installation for Phase 4 of JDA Block B-17-01. The DLB Norce Endeavour will install 3 new wellhead platforms, 3 subsea pipelines and host tie-ins for CUEL Limited with the offshore work to start in Q3-2017 and comple in Q1-2018 with a combined forecast utilization of the DLB Norce Endeavour of around 60 days.

10 Dec 2015

Scaldis’ Crane Vessel Rambiz Meets MERUS Tech

Image: Pronomar

The heavy lift vessel Rambiz, property of Scaldis Salvage, stands out due to her large deckspace, shallow draft, renewed large accommodation facilities and two cranes. Together with other qualities, this arrangement gives the vessel the capability to operate in areas where no other comparable vessel can go. Rambiz’ ability to work in both very shallow and deep waters provides valuable flexibility. The Belgium Scaldis Salvage and Marine Contractors - an offshore marine contractor…

01 Jun 2015

Ferguson Group Singapore Expands Tank Fleet

Ferguson Group Singapore’s Simon de Koning inspects the yard  (Photo: Ferguson Group Singapore)

Ferguson Group Singapore, a global specialists in the provision of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 containers, mud skips, reefers, workspace and accommodation solutions, has announced the expansion of their chemical tank fleet at OGA 2015. The tanks will be available throughout Malaysia and the surrounding region, for the safe offshore transportation of chemicals that operators and services companies commonly use as part of their offshore activity. Ferguson Group Singapore currently has a fleet of 4…

25 May 2015

Wärtsilä's' Propulsion for Use with US Compliant ELA

The first vessels to be fitted with Wärtsilä's VGP-2013 compliant propulsion package are four BigRoll MC Class module carriers currently under construction at the COSCO shipyard in Dalian, China. Image courtesy of RollDock

Wärtsilä has developed propulsion systems that are capable of operating with Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) and comply with the US Vessel General Permit 2013 (VGP-2013). Wärtsilä is among the first marine propulsion solutions suppliers to achieve this compliance for complete propulsion packages. For vessels operating in US waters, VGP-2013 mandates the use of EALs in all oil-to-sea interfaces unless technically unfeasible. VGP-2013 was issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is applicable to all vessels sailing in US coastal waters.

29 Jan 2015

Kirby Reports Record Earnings

Kirby CEO Joe Pyne (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Kirby Corporation announced record net earnings of $68.1 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 (ended December 31). The results bested 2013’s fourth quarter figures of $64.3 million, $1.13 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2014 Q4 increased 18% to $668.3 million compared with $568.4 million for Q4 2013. Kirby also reported record net earnings for the 2014 year of $282 million, $4.93 per share, compared with $253.1 million, $4.44 per share, for 2013 which included a $0.20 per share benefit due to the reduction of the United earnout liability.

30 Jan 2015

Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Photo courtesy of Reftrade

Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet. The system has been designed by Carrier to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the power usage of each unit. The six figure investment will see Reftrade UK take a market-lead as the only supplier of refrigerated containers to offer the environmentally friendly technology, the company said.

03 Nov 2014

Repower Gives New Life to '80s Supply Vessel

Gulf Ranger

As the drilling industry increasingly returns to shallow water operation, Laborde Products is poised to help offshore transportation companies command the best use of their fleets. Laborde's Mitsubishi engine lineup offers a choice for upgrading older-model small utility boats. Repowering Gulf Ranger, a 150' mini-supply vessel owned by Cape Coastal Marine, brought this 1985 build into compliance with Tier 3 regulations. Her new twin Mitsubishi S6R2-Y3MPTAW engines, rated 803 hp at 1400 rpm, also ensure dependability, improved performance and greater fuel efficiency.

19 Feb 2014

Refrigerated Containers Set Safety Standard

Reftrade UK supply, deliver and advise on the rental and sale of DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079 storage reefers and refrigeration containers.

Gone are the days where a refrigerated unit was a 20ft container with a fridge pack attached. In today’s offshore environment it is it about quality and reliability and the safety of the people working with our kit from dock to deck, explains Greg Spence, managing director of Reftrade UK. The oil and gas industry is synonymous with the highest standards in health and safety, it is paramount to any operator and service company working in the sector. As a result the technology developed for use on and offshore…

29 Jan 2014

Kirby Christens ATB in New Orleans

Inland and coastal giant christens ATB duo Jason E. Duttinger and Winna Wilson in an October New Orleans ceremony. The crew of the Jason E. Duttinger took a break from hauling coal between Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and Florida on Oct. 30 as Kirby Corp. of Houston christened the articulated tug-and-barge unit in New Orleans at the dock of the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Both units were named in honor of two special individuals. Jason Duttinger was a senior transportation specialist at North Carolina-based Duke Energy when he died of cancer in 2011.

30 Sep 2013

Conquest MB1 Heading for London Gateway

Photo by Hans van der Linden

Accompanied by tugs En Avant 20 and Sea Charly Conquest MB1 is outbound Flushing, the Netherlands, heading for London gateway, U.K. Conquest MB1 is under contract of charterer DEME Environmental Contractors (DEC) for a project at the London Gateway. The 136m x 36m x 8m barge has a free deck space of 3,700 m² for 9,000 t of cargo, a permissible deck strength of min. 20 ton/m² and an accurate and fully automated anti-heeling system. The 1,400 ton crane enables custom reeving, with lifting speeds up towards 1.5 m/sec and a swing speed of 1 deg/sec.

29 Aug 2013

Genesis Energy Completes Hornbeck Offshore Deal

Genesis Energy has completed the previously announced acquisition of all the assets of the downstream transportation business of Hornbeck Offshore Transportation, LLC. The purchase price was approximately $230 million plus customary adjustments. The acquired business is primarily comprised of nine barges and nine tug boats which transport crude oil and refined petroleum products, principally serving refineries and storage terminals along the Gulf Coast, Eastern Seaboard, Great Lakes and Caribbean. Hornbeck and Genesis say they have also entered into transition service agreements to facilitate a smooth transition of operations and uninterrupted services for both employees and customers.

23 Jul 2013

Genesis Energy Acquires Hornbeck Tugs & Barges

Genesis Energy, L.P. has agreed to acquire for approximately US$230-million all the assets of the downstream transportation business of Hornbeck Offshore Transportation, LLC (“Hornbeck”). The business is primarily comprised of nine barges and nine tug boats which transport crude oil and refined petroleum products, principally serving refineries and storage terminals along the Gulf Coast, Eastern Seaboard, Great Lakes and Caribbean. At the closing of the transaction, Hornbeck and Genesis expect to enter into transition service agreements to facilitate a smooth transition of operations and uninterrupted services for both employees and customers.

14 Feb 2013

OSX: Full Speed Ahead on Mammoth Shipyard Project

Danilo Souza Baptista, OSX’s Director of Naval Construction

Danilo Souza Baptista, OSX’s Director of Naval Construction, sat with MR Contributing Editor Claudio Paschoa at EBX Group’s new HQ in downtown Rio de Janeiro, in a meeting room overlooking Guanabara Bay with Sugar Loaf Mountain as a backdrop, to discuss its ambitious yet realistic vision to create one of the largest, most efficient shipyards in the Americas, as well as its Integrated Service Solution to the meet offshore O&G needs. OSX is a relatively new company, founded by the EBX Group in 2009.

03 Jun 2013

Reftrade UK Invests in Rental Fleet

Photo: Reftrade UK

Reftrade UK, a specialist in the sale and lease of refrigerated containers and temperature controlled units to the offshore energy sector, said it has made a £100,000 investment in its rental fleet to aid further business growth. The company said its investment will see Reftrade UK take a market-lead as the only rental supplier of 10ft and 20ft explosion proof containers. Greg Spence, Reftrade UK managing director said, “Following extensive market research, Reftrade UK developed…

28 Feb 2012

OSX Will Construct PLSV for New Client

OSX was hired by Sapura Navegação Marítima S/A for the construction of one PLSV (Pipe-Laying Support Vessel), for a total amount of approximately US$ 263 million, to be built and delivered by OSX at the Açu Shipbuilding Unit, in the north of the State of Rio de Janeiro. A PLSV is used for laying and installing flexible pipelines on the seabed. Sapura is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seabras Sapura Participações S/A, which is currently wholly owned by SapuraCrest Petroleum Berhad, a company based in Malaysia, where it holds a leading position in engineering and offshore transportation & installation services for the oil and gas industry.

12 Mar 2012

Marlink Renews Contract with Telenor

Marlink renews and increases satellite contract with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting; More flexibility provides growing value for Marlink customers. Marlink, a maritime VSAT service provider recently acquired by Astrium, announced an agreement with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) , a satellite provider of broadcast and data services throughout Europe and the Middle East, to renew and increase Marlink’s capacity  for the next three years. Utilising TSBc’s IS 10-02 high powered satellite capacity , located at  the prime orbital location , 1°West, Marlink is able to meet the future requirements of its many maritime customers  in the busy oceanic areas of the Nordic, European and Middle Eastern regions.

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