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Damen Yacht Support Vessel Game Changer Sold

Game Changer. Photo: Damen

Dutch shipyard Damen has confirmed the successful sale of its 70-meter support vessel, Game Changer. The yacht will now return to Gorinchem in the Netherlands for further customisation. Game Changer  is Damen's fourth Yacht Support vessel sold in the 70-metre segment, proving the ongoing demand for large yachting solutions for worldwide adventures, helicopter and dive operations. Damen has a total of 12 Damen Yacht Support vessels delivered or in build. The next available Yacht Support vessel is a 55-metre YS 5009 Adventure, which will be delivered before the summer this year.

Aqueos Wins GoM Contract

(Photo: Aqueos Corporation)

Subsea services provider Aqueos Corporation said it has been awarded a major contract for a large pipeline installation project located in the Gulf of Mexico. Aqueos said the contract, which commenced in December 2017 and will be completed in the first half of 2018, will support shallow-water pipeline installations in water depths up to 100 feet. The work scope will utilize the Aqueos diving support vessel (DSV) SPLASH, with surface dive teams utilizing its jet propulsion and built in NITROX diving system. The project will be supported by Aqueos’ project management team based in Broussard, La.

Dive Support Vessel Delivered to Stapem Offshore

Photo: Incat Crowther

The first of two new 18-meter catamaran dive support vessels built for Paris-based Stapem Offshore has been delivered by South African shipbuilder Legacy Marine Group. The Marshal Island-flagged vessel, Stapem Beluga, will operate in the coastal waters of Angola in support of oil and gas exploration and production. The vessel, designed by Incat Crowther, has been customized to suit Stapem’s specific operational requirements. The aft exterior deck utilizes available space by combining deck lockers and racks for diving equipment storage with a covered dive prepping area.

British Frigate Escorts Russian Ships through English Channel

Pictured is HMS Westminster (Foreground) 30NM off the British coast escorting the Russian Steregushchiy class ship Soobrazitelny (531). (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain’s defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period. Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster was sent to monitor four Russian vessels over the weekend as they passed close to British waters, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, and will stay with the warships as they head north. The MoD added that two Russian frigates…

Eidesvik Scores Work for Two Vessels

Photo: Eidesvik Offshore ASA

Norwegian shipping company Eidesvik Offshore ASA  has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Seabed Geosolution for the use of  two vessels. Contract commencement are ultimo January to primo February and the duration is expected to last for the remaining part of 2018. The LoI is for the use of the multi-purpose support vessel Subsea Viking and for the use of the seismic vessel Vantage. Recently, Eidesvik Invest AS, together with some of the largest shareholders in Eidesvik Offshore, have undertaken to subscribe new equity in a private placement of NOK 120 million at a price of NOK 5 per share.

Damen Delivers Patrol Vessel to Nigeria

Guardian 4 (Photo: Damen)

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea. This takes the total delivered vessels/Guardians since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian 4 has joined its three sister ships in providing security services to the oil majors active in Nigeria’s territorial waters, together with additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.

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.

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.

MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop

The 2018 MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton, U.K. on April 17. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique one day event that focuses on viable solutions. Knowledge gained about the deadly risks of people falling in the water from recent incidents with sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Workshop organizer, John Haynes, said, “Topics focus on visible issues today, plus hidden areas of concern the professional maritime sector may need to face tomorrow.

VT Halter Marine Lays Keel for LSV

At a keel-laying ceremony on March 13, VT Halter Marine Inc., began the construction of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command’s (TACOM) newest Logistic Support Vessel. “We value the confidence and trust that the U.S. company and our employees,” said Butch King, CEO of VT Halter Marine. “Our employees have first-hand experience in designing and building Logistic Support Vessels, Large Tugs and LCU-2000 Class Landing Craft that are specifically tailored to operational requirements. The U.S. Army is a long-term marine customer and about 50 vessels in their fleet have been built at our shipyards. The 313-ft. beam of 60-feet and a molded depth of 19-feet. Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) contract award December 20, 2002. should take place sometime during the fourth quarter, 2004.

Vroon Offshore Win Long-term BP ERRV Contract

Vroon 60m ERRV: Artist's impression courtesy of Vroon Offshore

Vroon Offshore Services contracted by BP for emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) services on the UK continental shelf. Netherlands' Vroon say that these services will be undertaken by A- and B-Class field-support vessels and a platform-supply vessel. In due course one of the field-support vessels will be replaced by a newbuilding vessel currently under construction for Vroon in China (see artist’s impression). Mark Hardie, BP’s UK Logistics Infrastructure Manager, said…

Hyundai Bags NZ Defence Order

3D Image of Logistics Support Vessel HHI to Build Under New Zealand Defence Force’s MSC Project. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, has won an order to build a 23,000 ton class logistics support vessel for New Zealand Defence Force’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project. HHI was selected as a preferred bidder in December 2015. HHI will deliver the logistics support vessel to New Zealand by the end of 2019. Under the MSC project, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) plans to replace its replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour to maintain replenishment capability for the New Zealand Defence Force.

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

ABB $15m Order to Power Chinese Vessels

ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won orders worth $15m from Shanghai Salvage Company and Guangzhou Salvage Bureau for the supply of electric power and propulsion systems for a new diving support vessel and semi-submersible heavy lift vessel. The newly contracted semi-submersible heavy lift vessel is the sixth of its type to be awarded to ABB over the last two years. ABB – in cooperation with local partner Kongsberg – will also deliver the vessel’s automation system. China Merchants Heavy Industry Group is the main contractor for construction of the vessel, which is targetted for delivery in 2011. Shanghai Salvage’s diving support vessel newbuild looks to fill in the gap for deepwater (300 metres deep and greater) diving salvage capability in China…

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…

Otto Marine Sell ROV Support Ship

ROV Support v/l Otto Marine 3: Photo courtesy of Otto Marnie

The company's subsidiary Otto Shipyard has sold  ROV  Support Vessel 'Otto Explorer 3' for US$50-million. The Board of Directors of Otto Marine Limited announce that the earlier proposed sale of the Multi-purpose Field Support and ROV Support Vessel, “Otto Explorer 3”, to RY Offshore Limited by the Company’s shipyard, through one of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries has been comleted. Otto Marine state that the transaction  is expected to have a positive impact on the consolidated…

ASL to Build Three Rotor Tugs, Seismic Vessel

Rendering courtesy of Rotor Tug

Singapore's ASL Marine Holdings says its subsidiary ASL Shipyard has won contracts worth approximately S$91-million for the construction of 3 Infield Support Vessels (of ART 100-42 class Rotor Tugs design) and a Seismic Support Vessel (SSV). The vessels are from customers in Australia and Norway respectively. The four vessels are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. ASL adds that revenue from these new shipbuilding contracts will be recognised over the respective…

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.

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.

Fairmount Fuji Assisted Stena Icemax

Fairmount Marine’s multipurpose support vessel Fairmount Fuji has assisted drill ship Stena Icemax while making a stop-over at Cape Town. On request of the owner of Stena Icemax the Fairmount Fuji carried out several cargo runs from the port of Cape Town to the anchorage. Stena Icemax was under way from the Far East to French Guiana and required to make a stop-over at Cape Town for crew change and replenishment. Stena Icemax is a 228 meters long new build drill ship designed for deep water operations in harsh environments.

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.

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

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