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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Floating LNG Regasification is Used in Smaller Markets

Source: EIA, based on World LNG Report, 2014 Edition and The LNG Industry annual reports, 2006-13

According to the latest research from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), floating LNG (FLNG) regasification is being used to meet rising natural gas demand in smaller markets. Floating regasification is a flexible, cost-effective way to receive and process shipments of LNG. It is increasingly being used to meet natural gas demand in smaller markets, or as a temporary solution until onshore regasification facilities are built. Of four countries planning to begin importing LNG in 2015…

PG Awarded Walk-to-Work Offshore Contract

IMRV Seven Viking: Image courtesy the owners

Walk-to-work-vessels are so designated by the manufacturers on account of being equipped with a gyro-stabilized, telescopic gangway, through which crew and functions are transferred to the well-head-platforms for well stimulation and Intervention work. Wagenborg chose PG for IMR/Cold-Start-Solutions for their new (W2W) IMRV's having secured a long-term-charter from Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V. (Shell). IMRV Edda Fauna and IMRV Seven Viking, are also equipped with PG pumping solutions…

Noreq Aids Greek Cruise Ship

On August 7, the cruise ship Thomson Spirit collided with another cruise ship, Ocean Majesty - on the Geirangerfjord in Norway. A lifeboat and the davit for a tender vessel were damaged which resulted in Ocean Majesty being refused permission to continue its cruise. No passengers or crew were injured. Noreq AS, a Norwegian manufacturer and equipment supplier, helped the Greek shipping company. A temporary solution was found in record time, and the ship was allowed to continue its voyage to Iceland. The solution was to installa new life-raft davit, ensuring the necessary safety until the shipping company is able to repair or replace the damaged lifeboat and davits.

Offshore Platform 'Siri' for Repair Despite Cost Increase

Dong Energy is implementing a permanent repair solution necessary to restore the integrity of the Danish North Sea platform Siri. The background for the repair work is that DONG Energy during a routine inspection in August 2009 discovered cracks in the nose of the subsea oil tank of the Siri platform. No pollution happened but the production was shut down for five months as a safety measure and re-started January 2010 after a temporary solution had been installed. Following the progress of the project, the repair cost estimate has been increased from the initial expected DKK 2 billion to DKK 3.5 billion of which DKK 0.6 billion was incurred in 2011.

Propulsion Software May Allow Ferry to Begin Service

Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division said that changes to software controlling the propeller system on the new Chetzemoka ferry may provide a temporary solution to vibration issues first discovered last month. Additional sea trials are scheduled for the middle of next week after representatives of the propulsion-control company write software exerting greater control over the engine “ramping,” which allows the bow propeller to slow the ship as it approaches the dock. The goal is to ramp up the propeller speed over a period of a few seconds longer, as opposed to a more sudden and quick thrust of power.

New ferry for Port Townsend/Keystone

The existing Island Home ferry

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division announced on Dec. 1 that it is awarding a contract to Todd Pacific Shipyards to build one 64-auto ferry. Todd Shipyards submitted a $65.5m bid last month to build one 64-auto ferry. With the contract award, the new ferry is on an 18-month construction timeline. "Our economy and the people who depend upon this ferry route will greatly benefit from this contract. This award is expected to generate nearly 200 jobs," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Emergency On-site Repairs Keeps Vessel Sailing

Photo courtesy of Hydrex

Hydrex offers fast on-site repairs in emergency situations. Its fast response team are ready to mobilize immediately to locations around the world for a wide range of operations. There are many events that can stop a ship from sailing. Ships with a leaking stern tube are often not allowed to enter ports. A vessel can be tied up after a collision or a malfunctioning rudder can prevent safe maneuvering. Going to drydock is obviously not an option in such cases. Arranging the vessel to be unloaded at sea is an organizational and financial disaster for the owner.

Adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel Significantly Accelerated in 2017

Graph: Titan LNG

Titan LNG says that the stage has been set for a push in the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel beyond the tipping point. The order book for LNG-powered ships grew substantially, the LNG bunkering infrastructure is maturing and the pricing of LNG has become structurally competitive versus MGO. In 2017 around 11% of all new build contracts were LNG powered ships, a trend that we expect to continue during 2018. Titan LNG is very pleased with these developments and we are proud to be at the forefront of this market.

Container Ship Industry ‘Lucky to Break Even' in 2015,

Image: Maersk Line

Global shipping consultancy Drewry predicts the container ship industry will be "lucky to break even this year" as shipping rates slump due to catastrophic overcapacity. A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015. Drewry’s new view of the market revises its earlier forecast that carriers would collectively generate profits of up to $8 billion in 2015. Drewry now says that its revised view is that carriers “will be lucky to break even this year…

Container Shipping Lucky to Break Even in 2015

File photo

A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015, according to the Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Earlier this year Drewry forecast that container shipping carriers would collectively generate profits of up to $8 billion in 2015, but our revised view is that it will be lucky to break even this year. This means that some lines will be back in the red by the end of 2015.

Aker Not to lay off Staff

Aker Solution

Norwegian broadcaster NRK today reported that Aker Solutions' fabrication yard in Egersund, Norway, will be letting 1,500 temporary workers go after the new year. While it is common practice at the yard to adjust the temporary workforce to existing activity levels, no decision has been made to do so. The yard currently employs about 2,200 workers, both temporary and permanent, for work on 14 projects. Activity levels are nearly record high as several projects are at an intensive stage of work.

Rotterdam to Construct Tide Pools Along Calandkanaal

Photo: Ries van Wendel de Joode, Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will be constructing 16 tide pools along the north side of Calandkanaal. These pools will be realised by embedding raw concrete basins in the banks of the waterway. The design of these tide pools, manufactured by ECOncrete, ensures that water is retained for a longer time in the pools during low tide. This turns the temporary pools into miniature ecosystems, which often occur naturally in rocky coastal zones but are largely absent in modern ports.

RINA Certifies Aggreko Marine Generators

International classification society RINA has certified the power generators which Aggreko provides for temporary marine use. The certification provides ship owners with the assurance that the generators meet all applicable SOLAS rules for temporary use on board a ship. Pino Spadafora, Area Manager, RINA Services, said, “This certification delivers peace of mind for ship owners and ship operators that SOLAS rules are fully checked and complied with by the equipment providers.

CWind Secures Another Contract in Germany

CWind has secured its third temporary power supply project in German waters. CWind is providing an integrated solution that includes the project management, rental of generators, the servicing, maintenance and refueling as well as the specialist workboat required at Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind Farm, which is in the final stages of construction. In December 2014, CWind responded to an urgent customer need and mobilized a team on site in less than two weeks. Peter Jorgensen, Managing Director at CWind commented on the integrated services being provided, “Being able to continue operations on site is crucial at any stage in the construction of an offshore wind farm.

Wärtsilä Negotiates Staff Reduction

production volume of the Turku Factory during the fall. Negotiations have been in progress with personnel since the beginning of August on various solutions to adjust to the decrease in manufacturing volume. Alternatives include temporary employee relocation to other units, internal training and reorganized working hours. A local agreement has been reached with salaried employees to reorganize working hours to adjust to the production volume. However, so far sufficiently effective action has not been identified for meeting the situation in all respects despite the positive approach taken by both management and personnel. In further negotiations to adjust capacity and load one alternative on the table will be temporary personnel layoffs.

DNV Relaunches Standard for Offshore Service Modules

Jack Downie

DNV has completely rewritten the standard for Offshore Service Modules certification, commonly referred to as DNV 2.7-2, which was first published in 1995. On June 11, 2013, DNV will roll this out to an industry seminar taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC). This event will look at the issues surrounding the management and use of temporary equipment on offshore installations and how the new Standard for Certification may provide some clear guidance.

STATS Completes North Sea Platform Platform

North Everest Pipe Layout

Pipeline engineering experts, STATS Group, has completed an isolation project on behalf of AMEC to allow maintenance and replacement works on the North Everest platform in the central North Sea. The workscope covered three maintenance valves and one ESD valve on a 20-inch gas import line onboard the BG-operated platform. After a detailed site survey and piggability study, STATS decided the best solution was to use a tethered Tecno Plug pushed by stem bar to location from a temporary launcher.

China's Thermal Coal Futures Rally on Tight Import Policy

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Connecting Boatbuilders to the New Gold Standard

(Image: Victaulic)

Victaulic’s forward-thinking vertical integration remains, at the same time, solidly connected to a rich and varied past. It is still common to hear waterfront stakeholders refer to alternative pipe connection systems as temporary or simply as ‘a new development.’ While none of that could be further from the truth, the education of the marine community as to the merits of these products as an alternative to traditional flanges continues. These products – like Victaulic’s market offerings – are indeed mainstream parts of the marine sector…

DNV Updates Standard for Offshore Service Modules

DNV said it has completely rewritten the standard for Offshore Service Modules certification, commonly referred to as DNV 2.7-2, which was first published in 1995. The new document is now available and an event to explain the guidance will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC) on June 11, 2013. According to DNV, there are currently various industry sources of guidance and standards, some of which contain conflicting advice, making it difficult for users to gain assurance that their equipment is compliant and that as Duty Holders, they are effectively managing the hazards that may be introduced to the offshore installation. DNV believe that the new DNV 2.7-2 offers a solution to this issue.

WSF Begins Temporary Slip Removal

Work will begin soon to remove the temporary slip at the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal. The project was put out to bid on August 22, 2005 and the contract to remove the temporary slip and construct a tie-up slip was awarded to General Construction Company of Poulsbo. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin on November 28, 2005, and is expected to be complete by the end of February 2006. The slip was always meant to be temporary, as it was built with bare steel that will corrode rapidly in the marine environment. Permit conditions require that WSF remove the slip and that in-water work be completed by March 21, 2006.

Temporary Georgia Coast Security Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing temporary security zones and a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) on the Savannah River and in St. Simons Sound and the Atlantic Ocean along portions of the Georgia coast. These actions are being taken in conjunction with the upcoming G-8 Summit to be held at Sea Island, Georgia. The temporary rules will be in effect June 5-11, 2004. Savannah River - 69 Fed. Reg. 29653 (May 25, 2004). St. Simons Sound and the Atlantic Ocean - 69 Fed. Reg. 29656 (HK Law).

Konecranes Starts Statutory Negotiations In Finland

As stated in the stock exchange release published on July 24, 2013, Konecranes starts new measures to reduce the company’s annual cost base by €30 million by the end of 2014. Konecranes will start statutory negotiations in Finland regarding possible temporary and permanent layoffs. It is estimated that the possible permanent personnel reductions in Finland will affect, at most, 90 employees. The reductions in personnel will be made through permanent reductions and early retirements, and by reducing the use of hired personnel and temporary employees. The statutory negotiations will affect all personnel at Konecranes Plc, Konecranes Finland Oy and Konecranes Service Oy in Finland.

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