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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pipelay Vessel News

Royal IHC Launches Subsea 7’s Seven Rio

Launch of Subsea 7's 550t pipelaying vessel, Seven Rio, at the shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands

Royal IHC (IHC) has today successfully launched Subsea 7's 550t pipelaying vessel, Seven Rio, at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming ceremony was performed by Mrs Anelise Lara, Petrobras Executive Manager for the Libra Project. Subsea 7 selected IHC for the construction of this vessel because of its strong track record in vessel delivery and quality of service. The Seven Rio is the second of four vessels in total ordered specifically for operation in Brazilian waters.

IHC Merwede Constructs Three Pipelaying Vessels

IHC Merwede is building three 550t pipelaying vessels simultaneously at its Krimpen aan den IJssel yard in The Netherlands. The keel-laying ceremony for the first of two identical 550t pipelaying vessels for TL Offshore, a subsidiary of SapuraKencana, took place on Tuesday 15 January. This event was held one week ahead of the original schedule and was performed by Mr Darryl Peter Nelson, Project Director with TL Offshore. IHC Merwede began the steel-cutting work on the second TL Offshore pipelaying vessel directly after the ceremony.

IHC Merwede Lays Keel Ahead of Schedule

On Wednesday 22 August 2012 the keel-laying ceremony for the 550t pipelaying vessel for Subsea 7 took place at IHC Merwede’s yard in Krimpen aan den IJssel (The Netherlands). The keel laying was performed by Mr Rien Smallegange, Subsea 7’s Deputy Project Manager. IHC Merwede’s contract with Subsea 7 is for the design, engineering and construction of a new advanced pipelaying vessel, which will have an overall length of 146 meters, a beam of 30 meters and a Class-2 dynamic positioning system.

Innovative Sea of Solutions Pipelay Vessel to be Built

The Larsen & Toubro/SapuraCrest Petroleum joint venture has ordered a new-generation heavy-lift/pipelay vessel designed by Sea of Solutions, part of the Offshore Ship Designers Group. Sea of Solutions was responsible for both the concept design and basic design of the $138m vessel, which will enter service in 2009. The S2500 pipelay vessel will be built by ASL Marine, Singapore. The S2500 design is a customized version of the Sea of Solutions’ Seabarge 3000 design, featuring a more shipshape hull with bulbous bow, increasing transit speed and generating additional space for the mooring system without consequences for DP lay-out. The S2500 has a 10-point mooring system and can be upgraded to DP.

IHC Merwede Launches Sapura Pipelayer

Sapura Topázipo. Photo: IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede has successfully named and launched the pipelaying vessel Sapura Topázipo in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming of the fully integrated IHC Merwede vessel was carried out by Puan Sri Datin Seri Yazreen Yahya, spouse of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin, President and Group CEO of SapuraKencana. The 550t pipelaying vessel – ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill – is the second in a series of five fully integrated offshore vessels…

Keppel Wins $230m in Ship Contracts

Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), won four contracts worth $230 m to build six offshore support vessels (OSV) and a derrick pipelay vessel. Delivery dates for these vessels are expected between the second half of 2009 and the first half of 2010. This is the first time that Keppel Singmarine is building a derrick pipelay vessel, and for a new customer, Global Offshore International Ltd (Global Offshore). Mr Hoe Eng Hock, Executive Director of Keppel Singmarine, said, “Derrick pipelay vessels are highly specialised ships that have to be tailor-made to owners’ requirements.

UTEC Consolidates Middle East Position

Trevor Hughes

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has consolidated its presence in the Middle East and has completed another significant contract for a major international pipelay contractor. This is the second year in succession that UTEC has provided support to the contractor in the region. The UAE (Dubai) project involved UTEC supporting the state-of-the-art DP pipelay vessel in extremely shallow water providing enhanced USBL methodologies as well as the provision of survey support services on two additional DP vessels which provided diver support and remedial services to the pipelay vessel.

Allseas Bags Nord Stream 2 Project Contract

Photo: Nord Stream 2

Following an international tender process, Nord Stream 2 AG have awarded a contract for offshore pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea to Allseas. The company will undertake offshore pipelay works for both lines in 2018 and 2019. Allseas will use three pipelaying vessels – Pioneering Spirit, Solitaire and Audacia. The utilisation of the dynamically-positioned pipelay vessels, which are able to carry out precise maneuvering without anchors, should ensure additional environmental protection and safety in the congested Baltic Sea.

Royal IHC Launches Sister Pipelay Vessels

Photo: Royal IHC

Netherlands-based Royal IHC today named and launched new pipelaying sister vessels, Sapura Jade and Sapura Ônix, in ceremonies at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. Sapura Jade’s naming was performed by Belle de Bruin, managing director of the Indofin Group, following the naming of Sapura Ônix by Dahlia Abdul Aziz, spouse of Alex Monsen, JV board member and VP of newbuild/senior vice president of Seadrill. The Sapura Jade was ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill.

IHC Merwede Secures Orders for Pipelaying Vessels

(Photo: IHC Offshore & Marine)

IHC Offshore & Marine, part of IHC Merwede, and SapuraCrest have signed two contracts for the design, engineering and construction of two new 550t pipelaying vessels. A third contract has been signed with OSX Construção Naval S.A. Brazil for the design and engineering of a 300t pipelaying vessel, as well as a large equipment package, supplied by IHC Engineering Business, among others. The orders have a total value of €450million. All three ships will install flexible pipelines in Brazilian waters…

IHC Merwede to Build Six Pipelaying Vessels for €1 Billion

IHC Merwede’s Offshore division secured orders worth over €1 billion for the design, engineering and construction of a total of six pipelaying vessels. The agreements for these six ships have been signed with Subsea 7 and Seabras Sapura, the partnership between SapuraKencana and Seadrill. IHC Merwede will supply three fully integrated pipelaying vessels to Seabras Sapura. These will include the complete pipelaying spreads, which comprise of a twin-tensioner tilting lay tower, two below-deck baskets and support equipment for the loading, spooling and routing of products. The integrated automation system, full electrical installation and electrical machinery package will also be designed and delivered by IHC Merwede.

IHC Merwede Launch Sapura Diamante

Sapura Diamante (Photo: IHC Merwede)

IHC Merwede named and launched the pipelaying vessel Sapura Diamante in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming of the innovative offshore vessel was carried out by Christina Lucia Duarte Pinho, the Executive Manager of Petrobras E&P Service. The 550t pipelaying vessel – ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill – is the first in a series of five fully integrated offshore vessels, which will be completely designed, engineered and built by IHC Merwede.

Royal IHC Launches Seven Cruzeiro, Names Seven Sun

Seven Cruzeiro (Photo: IHC)

Royal IHC has named and launched the 550t top tension capacity pipelay vessel, Seven Cruzeiro, at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel. This is the final pipelaying vessel in a series of three ordered by Subsea 7, and the naming ceremony was performed by Sally Rosa, wife of Ricardo Rosa, Chief Financial Officer, Subsea 7. In addition, the Seven Sun, launched on December 19, 2014 in Kinderdijk and the second vessel of this series, was officially named  by Lilian Camozzato, wife of Guilherme Camozzato, Director of Operations, Subsea 7 Brazil.

ISS Supports GoM Pipe Laying Project

Inchcape Shipping Services has successfully supported Saipem with a major pipe laying project in the Gulf of Mexico. Providing marine agency and logistics support for Saipem’s newest pipelay vessel Castorone during its first project in the Gulf, ISS assembled a 15 person team that provided port agency and husbandry, crew logistics services, freight forwarding, warehousing and personnel logistics throughout the 9 month project. The Castorone, which is a DP3, ice classed, pipelay vessel, was employed on the 219 kilometer long Walker Ridge oil export pipeline, which connects Chevron's Jack and St Malo fields in 2,140 meters of water, north to a Shell-operated platform in Green Canyon block 10.

Keppel’s Logs $8.1B in Contracts in ‘12

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd's (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries have won three new contracts - worth a combined value of $343mn - to bring the group's total order wins for 2012 to $8.1B. Mr Tong Chong Heong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said, "With the strong confidence and support of new and repeat customers, Keppel O&M continues to be the provider of choice for a broad range of offshore and marine projects. "2013 will be a busy year for us as we continue to focus on the quality execution of all our projects - we are committed to ensure that they are delivered safely, promptly and to high customer satisfaction. Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) secured two of the three new contracts, with the third new contract won by Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard).

SpeedCast Delivers Custom Solution to Allseas

Pieter Schelte (Image: Allseas)

Satellite telecommunications service provider SpeedCast International Limited has been awarded a satellite service contract by Allseas Group S.A., an offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company. The contract covers Allseas’ flagship vessel, the Pieter Schelte, one the world’s largest ships, which took to the seas for the first time for sea trials in September. The satellite service provides broadband connectivity for mission-critical communications between the vessel and the land-based operations.

Keppel Clinches Contracts

An artist’s impression of the pipelaying vessel that Keppel Singmarine is building for Global Offshore

Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), has secured two contracts worth $153.4m. The first contract was awarded by a repeat customer, Global Offshore International Ltd (Global Offshore), for a derrick pipelay vessel. This is a multi-purpose construction vessel suitable for worldwide operations. With accommodation up to 264 persons onboard, the derrick pipelay vessel will be equipped with two units of propulsion thrusters…

Royal IHC Launches Pipelay Vessel Sapura Rubi

Photo courtesy of Royal IHC

Royal IHC has named and launched the pipelaying vessel, Sapura Rubi, in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming of the fully integrated vessel was performed by  Glaucia Maciel, Human Resource Manager of Sapura Navegação Marítima S.A. The Sapura Rubi is the fifth 550t pipelaying vessel that IHC is supplying to Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill. All five vessels are being completely designed, engineered and built by IHC.

IT Network for World's Largest Offshore Construction Vessel

SAM Electronics of Hamburg, an L-3 company, has been awarded a major contract for supply and installation of a comprehensive IT network and associated equipment aboard Pieter Schelte, the €1.3 billion dynamically-positioned platform installation-decommissioning and pipelay vessel being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea on behalf of Swiss-based Allseas Group SA. Expected to begin worldwide service in 2014, and with a length of 382m and width of 117m, Pieter Schelte will be the world’s largest vessel of its type. It will have a topside lift capacity of 48,000 tons, a jack lift capability of 25,000 tons and a pipelay tension proficiency of 2,000 tons, effectively doubling the capability of the world’s current largest pipelay vessel, Allseas’ Solitaire.

Horizon Offshore Purchases DP2 Vessel

Cut 988 Horizon Offshore announced that its subsidiary, Horizon Vessels, Inc., has agreed to acquire the Sea Wrangler, a diving support and deepwater reel pipelay vessel. The company expects to complete the purchase later this month and to finance a portion of the purchase price. Horizon intends to rename the vessel the Texas Horizon and place it into service as soon as possible following routine maintenance due to the vessel's current laid up status. The company intends to utilize the vessel to support its Gulf of Mexico operations in both the U.S. and Mexican market areas.

Helix to Sell Three Pipelay Vessels

Pipelayer Caesar: Photo credit COSCO Shipyard

Helix Energy Solutions Group to sell pipelay vessels, 'Caesar, Express', 'Intrepid' & related equipment in separate transactions for a total $252,750,000. On October 15, 2012, Helix entered into an agreement to sell the Caesar, Express and related equipment to Coastal Trade Limited for a total of $238,250,000. The sale of these assets is expected to close in two stages as each vessel completes its existing contractual backlog. The Express closing is expected to occur in February 2013 and the Caesar closing is expected to occur in July 2013.

Keppel Corp Wins Contracts

Singapore conglomerate Keppel Corp its unit Keppel Offshore & Marine's subsidiary, Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd, has won four contracts from four companies to build six offshore support vessels and a pipelay vessel. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2009 and first half of 2010. Source: AFX

ASL Marine Secures New Contracts

ASL Marine has secured new shipbuilding contracts. The contracts are for the construction of six Anchor Handling Towing/ Supply Vessels, which are used to tow and anchor oil rig platforms as well as other support services. Five of the units are expected to be completed in 2009, and the remaining unit in early 2010. Just three weeks ago, ASL Marine announced it had secured contracts for one unit of Heavy Lift cum Pipelay Vessel and six units of Rotor Tugs. Source: CNA

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