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Offshore Ship Conversion Guidance From BV

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) publishes guidance on Ship Conversion into Surface Offshore Units & Redeployment of Surface Offshore Units. BV Guidance Note NI 593 sets out the requirements for structural assessment when operators are considering converting a ship into an offshore unit or making major modifications to offshore units in service. The guidance note specifies the structural assessment methodology covering the ship itself, its proposed operating area and fatigue. Dan Frorup, Head of Offshore Services at Bureau Veritas, said: “We have extensive experience with assessing the structures of offshore units, especially conversions. In the current hot offshore market we see a drive to yet more conversions.

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the concentrations necessary to extinguish fires in machinery spaces and other spaces of high fire risk. foreign-registered mobile offshore units requiring a Letter of Compliance (LOC). Any foreign…

Norway Recognizes ABS MODU Rules

The maritime authority of Norway, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD), has extended its authorization to class society ABS to include Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) in its scope as a Recognized Organization (RO). This entitles ABS to class Norwegian-flagged rigs without having to perform additional safety equivalencies or a GAP analysis to meet Norwegian law. The additional annex to the existing agreement between NMD and ABS was signed the week of Feb. 23 in Haugesund, Norway by ABS President and COO Christopher J.

Izar Fene Shipyard and Itsazi Develop Offshore Unit

Izar Fene Shipyard in collaboration with Itsazi Aquaculture has developed an OffShore unit for the breeding, fattening and transport of the bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynuus). This unit sails at 8 knots, and is able to transport living tunas from the Mediterranean to Japan. The proposed concept, combines a unique fish farming facility with a modern marine design to produce an offshore unit capable of purchasing young Tuna Fish in the selling centres, fattening of 1200 t of Tuna fish in nine months in hot water areas improving the efficiency of the growing process and travel to the fish markets delivering the fish at best prices.

DNV Supports Drydock Free Operation of Mobile Offshore Units

Moving MOUs to sheltered waters or drydock facilities for surveys is disruptive and expensive. Using the experience gained from several years of dealing with floating production units and surveying drilling units on location, DNV is now preparing a Recommended Practice (RP) to allow mobile offshore units to operate on location by optimizing survey routines without compromising on quality, safety and integrity. More practical design and construction of the units, established condition monitoring technologies, effective corrosion management programs, emerging technologies for less intrusive or alternative means of inspections, ingenious maintenance and continuous survey regimes are some of the elements that make this change possible.

Lloyd’s Register's New, Consolidated, Rules for Offshore Units

Courtesy Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register has launched its new Rules for Offshore Units in one single document following an in-depth consultation with industry. It signals a move by the world’s oldest classification and certification society, to modernise the way in which Rules and their guidance notes are presented to industry – and importantly how they are used by designers and operators of Offshore Units. straightforward to read, understand and apply,” said Richard Nott, VP of Operations for Lloyd’s Register’s Compliance Services business.

New Collision Guidance for the Offshore Industry

Mitigating the risk of collision at sea requires an understanding of the causes. The new industry guidance issued by Lloyd’s Register aims to help make offshore operations safer for marine and energy operators. Lloyd Register’s new Guidance Notes for Collision Analysis assist owners, operators and designers of offshore units with identifying potential collision scenarios, assessing the relative risks and conducting numerical analysis, establishing representative collision loads and measuring the impact of these loads on the structural integrity of offshore units. A collision may occur as a result of a vessel losing its positioning or navigational abilities due to structural, mechanical or electrical failure, human error and environmental conditions.

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.

A Case for LNG-fueled Mobile Offshore Units

Image: GustoMSC

GustoMSC, a Dutch design and engineering company focused on offshore energy, says the offshore industry has much to gain from examining the feasibility of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel mobile offshore units such as construction vessels, drillships, jack-ups and semi-submersibles. GustoMSC has been monitoring the development of LNG as a marine fuel for several years, culminating in a recently finished R&D project into LNG for its design portfolio. The firm’s associated report…

BW Group May Sell Shares in Offshore Unit

Helmut Sohmen, chairman of BW Group Ltd. may sell shares in its offshore unit as producers order oil platforms to drill fields in deeper water, according to a Bloomburg report. An initial public offering of shares in BW Offshore is possible within the next two years, Sohmen, 66, said, according to the report. The unit operates a fleet of eight tankers converted into platforms used to pump oil from undersea fields. BW Group acquired the offshore business in 2003 when World-Wide Shipping, started in Hong Kong by Sohmen's father-in-law in 1955, acquired Oslo-based Bergesen d.y. ASA. BW Offshore's FPSOs, operate in seas off Mauritania, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in West Africa, New Zealand, and Mexico.

DNV Enhances Class Rules for Offshore Units

Erik Henriksen, Director for Mobile Offshore Units at DNV.

DNV has restructured its offshore classification rules for Mobile Offshore Units in order to improve transparency and enhance safety. “Our aim is to help the rig owner in the building process – to clearly show that the unit is constructed in compliance with reliability and safety standards. At the same time, yards can achieve improved efficiency and have the ability to document the safety level of alternative solutions,” said Erik Henriksen, Director for Mobile Offshore Units at DNV.

IADC Recognizes GL Noble Denton Expert

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has recognized Mike Hoyle, one of GL Noble Denton's leading technical authorities for offshore oil and gas structures, for his contribution to new ISO Standards for the site-specific assessment of mobile offshore units. The IDAC Committee presented its Exemplary Service Award to Mr Hoyle in recognition of his role as leader of a dedicated International Standards Organization work group. The group developed the ISO 19905-1 and ISO 19905-2 standards for assessing the safe operation of mobile offshore units. Mr Hoyle led a large team of international mobile offshore structure specialists, representing rig-owners, class societies, oil companies, marine surveyors, consultants and regulators.

Offshore Wind Rules Set New Standard

Lloyd’s Register releases new Rules, Class Notation and Guidance Notes for ‘Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Vessels and Liftboats’ to reflect industry best practice and new novel designs. The new Rules form part of the wider Mobile Offshore Unit Rule set 2013 launched by Lloyd’s Register in June, and is for vessels engaged in installation and/or maintenance activities relating to offshore wind turbines. It covers a number of unit types as well as liftboats, whose primary function is to provide support services to offshore wind turbine installations or other types of offshore installation. Vessels which comply with the requirements of the new Rules will be eligible for a new classification notation (MainWIND).

Zentech Inks Deal for Two Z-210 with CSSC

Zentech’s MOU’s with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the construction of two (2) Z-210 mobile offshores units Photo Zentech

Zentech Incorporated of Houston, Texas, USA signed contracts with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited for the construction of (2) Z-210 Mobile Offshore Units. These contracts were finalized based on the Letter of Intent received by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard on September 23,2015. The Z-210 is a self-propelled, self-elevating, DP-2 capable, ABS Class, high temperature (55 deg Celsius) rated 4-legged mobile offshore unit capable of operating in water depths of up to 280 feet.

Enhanced Fire Protection Guide from ABS

Enhanced Fire Protection Guide from ABS

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore and marine industries, has released the ABS Guide for Enhanced Fire Protection Arrangements, as guidance for improved safety on offshore vessels and installations as well as oceangoing vessels. "Protection against fires on board vessels and offshore installations is critically important," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. According to ABS Director of Marine Technology Christina Wang, one of the…

Damen Starts Joint Venture

Damen announced that the Damen Shipyards Group has purchased 49 percent of the shares of Albwardy Marine Engineering (AME), Dubai, United Arab Emirates AME is a company active in ship repair, shipbuilding, repair of offshore units and diving activities. AME has facilities in Dubai, Fujairah (UAE) and Salalah (Oman). AME employs approximately 780 people, of whom the vast majority is active in repair. Participating in AME enables Damen to construct vessels (high speed naval craft, ferries, tugs, workboats and dredgers) in Dubai for the local market, as well as serving Damen customers through repairs and services.

PTC & Sener Integrated Shipbuilding Solutions

PTC (Nasdaq:PMTC), The Product Development Company, and Sener announced plans to strengthen their alliance to deliver an integration between Sener’s FORAN system and PTC’s Windchill PLM software.  The integration will enable Sener’s shipbuilding customers to leverage Windchill’s enterprise PLM capabilities while managing FORAN CAD data within the same PLM platform ideally suited for complex, distributed, and large-scale product development. FORAN is Sener’s integrated CAD/CAM/CAE technology solution for the complete design of commercial and naval ships and offshore units, including forms definition, naval architecture calculations, hull structure, machinery, outfitting, electrical and accommodation design and manufacturing. (www.sener.es) (www.ptc.com)

Bureau Veritas Approves FPSO Composite Repair System

Photo: Bureau Veritas

Classification society Bureau Veritas has approved in principle the repair of offshore structures using the bonded composite product Coldshield, developed by Paris-based start-up Cold Pad. Coldshield is a composite structural reinforcement specifically developed for the harsh environments of offshore units. Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice-President and Head of Offshore, Bureau Veritas, said, "Coldshield offers a long awaited solution for the repair of corroded offshore structure without the need for welding or downtime.

Kazakhstan Recognizes ABS

ABS and The Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC) have concluded an agreement granting ABS Recognized Organization (RO) status, able to act on behalf of the country’s maritime Administration. This designation allows ABS to perform statutory certification surveys and functions on board Republic of Kazakhstan flagged vessels and offshore units, and for companies which operate these ships and units. In this capacity, ABS determines the compliance of such vessels with applicable international convention requirements and national regulations for the issuance of relevant statutory certificates on behalf of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Seaplace Acquires New Licenses of FORAN V70

The Spanish engineering company Seaplace has recently acquired new licenses of the CAD/CAM FORAN System, to be used in its marine projects. The scope of the new agreement includes the packages of Forms, Naval Architecture and Advanced Design and Drawing of the version V70 of FORAN. These licenses are added to the ones Seaplace already had. “FORAN System efficiency allows us to be very competitive in concept and basic design projects and in particular in the projects of specific vessels for offshore operations” said José María Berbiela after the signature of the new agreement. Seaplace is currently using the Naval Architecture modules of FORAN V70 for the design of an Offshore Crane Vessel with a lifting capacity of 2,500 ST and length overall of 172,5 m.

Seaplace acquires FORAN V70 Licenses

screenshot of CAD/CAM system

The Spanish engineering company Seaplace has recently acquired new licenses of the CAD/CAM FORAN System, to be used in its marine projects. The scope of the new agreement includes the packages of Forms, Naval Architecture and Advanced Design and Drawing of the version V70 of FORAN. These licenses are added to the ones Seaplace already had. “FORAN System efficiency allows us to be very competitive in concept and basic design projects and in particular in the projects of specific vessels for offshore operations” said José María Berbiela after the signature of the new agreement.

Partnership Offers Offshore Weather Monitoring

Image courtesy of Deep Sea Mooring

StormGeo and Deep Sea Mooring have signed an agreement to provide notifications of weather-related movements of floating offshore units and vessels undertaking complex marine operations. The service, which aims to help customers save money and time while enhancing planning and safety standards, will see StormGeo publish and support the notifications while Deep Sea Mooring will be responsible for the hydrodynamic models and all calculations of motion resulting from the expected weather.

Tuna Farming Goes Offshore

Izar Fene Shipyard, in collaboration with Itsazi Aquaculturehas, has developed an Offshore unit for the breeding, fattening and transport of the bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynuus). Sailing at eight knots, the unit is able to transport (e.g.) living tunas from the Mediterranean to Japan. The proposed Tuna Offshore Unit combines a unique fish farming facility with a modern marine design to produce an offshore unit capable of purchasing young Tuna Fish in the selling centers, fattening of 1,200 tons of tuna fish in nine months in hot water areas improving the efficiency of the growing process. Upon completion, the fish are then presented to the fish markets at best prices. Other aquatic species such as salmon, bass, cod, se bream, hake, etc, could also be produced. The 603 x 184 ft.

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