Bekkenes Steps Down from Palfinger President Post
Styrk Bekkenes, President of Palfinger Marine, has stepped down from his position. “With the strengths that lie within the company, both in terms of personnel and products, Palfinger Marine is very well positioned to be the preferred supplier of cranes, lifesaving equipment and winches for vessels and installations worldwide. I feel that the time is right for me to step down and seek new challenges,” said Bekkenes. Coming from the role of CEO of Harding Safety, Styrk has been the President of Palfinger Marine since January of this year.
Harding Sold to Palfinger
The PALFINGER Group has signed today the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group. The seller is the Norwegian private equity fund Herkules. Harding is one of the leading suppliers of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle services for maritime installations and ships. Through this acquisition, PALFINGER will add new products and an international service network to its marine business. The final closing of this acquisition of Harding by PALFINGER is contingent on the approval of the authorities.
Harding Wins Heerema Sleipnir Contract
Harding has been awarded contracts for nine FF1200 freefall lifeboat systems complete with davits on Heerema Offshore Services BV’s Semi Submersible Crane Vessel Sleipnir. The vessel will be built by Sembcorp Marine at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore. Heerema’s Sleipnir is one of just a handful of large offshore projects currently running, along with the Johan Sverdrup Field Centre in Norway, where Harding is also a supplier. “Everyone is talking about Sverdrup, but this project is every bit as big, with just as many systems,” said Harding’s regional sales manager Oddgeir Mælen.
Harding Initiates Its Cruise Comeback
Harding has been awarded contracts to deliver lifeboats, tender vessels and davits to a major cruise line. Out of the cruise segment since 2013, SOLAS leader Harding used the timeout to rethink its relationship to cruise owners and shipyards, and redesign its core products to meet the latest demands of the industry. The first deliveries will go to an undisclosed cruise line. “To become the chosen supplier for this prestigious project, we had to show that we could come up with something new, both to the owner and to the shipyard,” said Harding CEO Styrk Bekkenes.
Harding to Supply Lifeboats for Johan Sverdrup
Statoil has awarded Harding a contract for delivery of the nine free-fall lifeboats needed for the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup North Sea development. The contract comprises nine FF1200- lifeboats, with nine corresponding LA 1200 SU davits, and constitutes a relatively large order on Harding's scale. The nine lifesaving systems will be delivered during 2017, and will then be installed on the living quarters platform for Johan Sverdrup. Both the lifeboats and the davit system have been developed by Harding in Norway.
Harding Inks Deals with Three Industry Giants
In the past few weeks, Harding, an international supplier of maritime safety equipment, has signed three framework agreements with Statoil, Petrobras and A.P. Møller Mærsk. "This shows that our global strategy of being a complete supplier of both equipment and services was the right strategy for the company," said Styrk Bekkenes, CEO of Harding. Statoil is Harding's biggest client on the Norwegian continental shelf, with over 120 lifeboat systems in operation. Statoil has entered a five-year framework agreement with Harding for the delivery of new lifeboat systems…
Styrk Bekkenes Named CEO of Harding
Since new owners took over Schat-Harding and Noreq in June, Styrk Bekkenes, chief executive of Noreq, has been appointed CEO of Harding – a new large joint company for the development and production of life-saving equipment. Harding will have more than 900 employees in 30 different locations worldwide. Its head office will be at Seimsfoss in Kvinnherad. The new owners, spearheaded by the investment fund Herkules, wish to further develop the best life-saving equipment from Schat-Harding and Noreq.
Nominees Announced For Three Nor-Shipping Awards
Nor-Shipping announced the nominees for the 2013 Nor-Shipping Awards which recognize achievements in three different areas – energy efficiency, innovative ship design and young entrepreneurship. HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will present the awards when they are announced at the Opening Conference on June 4. The Energy Efficiency Award (previously Clean Ship Award) pays tribute to the ship with the greatest contribution towards energy efficiency in relation to its function or operation.
Noreq Cranes for German Offshore Wind Farm
Noreq to deliver Wind Turbine Platform Cranes (WTPC) for use on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm. The contract is with DONG Energy, a company Noreq has worked with before on other offshore wind farm installations. Two private investors, KIRKBI – the parent company of the LEGO Group – and William Demant Invest, are also involved as owners. DONG Energy will build the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, (located approx. 55 km off the north-west coast of Germany) in the German sector of the North Sea.
Noreq Cranes for Offshore Wind Farms
Noreq’s Danish subsidiary, NoreqActa, has been awarded the contract for 108 pieces WTPC’s (Wind Turbine Platform Cranes) to be placed on the West of Duddon Sands (WODS) offshore wind farm. The West of Duddon Sands wind farm is a joint venture between Scottish Power Renewables and Danish company DONG Energy. The total capacity of the farm after start up will be 389 MW. West of Duddon Sands is located next to two other offshore wind farms by DONG Energy, Walney 1 and 2 where NoreqActa also delivered the WTPC’s. The farms are all located in the Irish Sea.
Big Rig Orders to Noreq
During recent weeks, Noreq has been awarded several major contracts with Asian yards. Both Korea and Singapore is growing to be very important markets for Noreq. Some weeks back it was made official that Noreq was awarded the contract for Lifeboat packages for Maersk drillships being built with Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea. This week, even more rig orders have been landed by Noreq. At Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, Noreq has been awarded the lifesaving package for 8 plus 6 optional Jack Up rigs they are building for Seadrill and Noble Drilling.
SHI Awards Noreq Largest Ever Contract
Noreq won the contract for Lifeboats, davits, Fast Rescue Boat and Rescue boat davit for the six drill ships Maersk Drilling are building with Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The contract is valid for all drill ships and is consisting of 6pcs 80-persons lifeboats together with belonging davit and one fast rescue boat with davit for each ship. Thus a total of 36 lifeboats and davits are ordered all together. This makes this contract the largest in Noreq history. “2012 and 2013 are looking to be very promising for our company…
Noreq AS Creates Subsidiary in Dubai
Noreq AS continues to expand. The increasing demand for our products has resulted in a new company etablishment, NOREQ FZE, a subsidiary with an office in Dubai - the most important business and financial center in the Arab world. Noreq has been represented in UAE for several years by Mr. Chacko John. He is now permanently employed in Noreq, and he looks forward to serve ship owners, yards, consultants and the offshore industry with deck equipment from Noreq. “It is a great pleasure to introduce our new office in a market with such great activity. Due to the increased activity in the offshore and shipping industry in the Middle East, we find it highly necessary to be represented locally as a Norwegian supplier of high quality, marine equipment.
Noreq AS acquires Acta AS
Maritime supplier, Noreq announced the acquisition of Acta in Denmark. Since 1955, Acta has been a supplier of offshore marine cranes, life raft- and MOB davits as well as deck machinery. Acta is the only crane manufacturer in the world having CE marking on offshore cranes for wind power installations off shore. Acta is located in Odense, Denmark and the name of the new company is NoreqActa. “With this acquisition, the Noreq group is not only strengthening our foothold in the lifeboat…
Noreq Orders Worth $3.5M
Noreq AS has seen several new contracts signed, worth a total of $3.5m, in the last few weeks. In addition to the size of these contracts Noreq is happy to announce that we have managed to enter new important markets. - We have won a contract of enormous importance with world's biggest shipyard, Hyundai, in Korea. This is really a milestone for Noreq, and shows that the development of our new davit system has been a right initiative. Hyundai has ordered four lifeboats and four sets with rig davits.