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Monday, October 15, 2018

Topaz Energy And Marine News

Topaz Responder Saves Refugee Migrants

The Topaz Responder at work with MOAS. Photo courtesy of Robert Young Pelton  MOAS

Topaz Energy and Marine has emerged as an unlikely player in the effort to save refugee migrants risking their lives on the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece’s islands in order to reach Europe. While Topaz’s new emergency response and rescue vessel, the Topaz Responder, was primarily designed to provide safety support for offshore oil and gas producers, it is presently operating as a search and rescue vessel in the Aegean Sea. Contracted by not-for-profit organization Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)…

Topaz, BP Ink 14 Offshore Ship Contract

The PSV Caspian Server Courtesy TOPAZ

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited ("BP"). Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five year period plus two one-year options at current market terms, primarily in support of BP’s ACG and Shah Deniz II fields offshore Azerbaijan. The agreement extends currently running contracts for the 14 vessels until 2023 including all options.

Topaz to Supply 14 Vessels for BP in Azerbaijan

Photo: Topaz Energy and Marine

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine informs it has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five-year period plus two one-year options at current market terms, primarily in support of BP’s ACG and Shah Deniz II fields offshore Azerbaijan. The agreement extends currently running contracts for the 14 vessels until 2023 including all options. These contracts bring Topaz’s global revenue backlog to nearly $1.4 billion.

Topaz Energy and Marine Net $ 20.8m Profit

Photo Topaz Energy and Marine

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, today announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2015. * Net Profit for the period was US$ 20.8m before exceptional items, impairment charge of US$71 million on vessels and a one-off charge of US$8.3 million associated with debt re-financing. * The key Caspian region continued to perform strongly with robust core fleet vessel utilization of 96% (94% in 2014). Topaz signed long-term contracts with BP in the Caspian, further strengthening contract backlog and long-term earnings visibility.

Topaz Energy and Marine Secures $550m Facility

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company, announced a new $550 million facility. The facility is arranged over three tranches. The first is a conventional and Islamic senior secured, term loan of $350 million over seven years which will be used principally to repay existing senior debt. The second is a senior secured, conventional and Islamic Revolving Credit Facility of $100 million over five years and the third tranche is a senior unsecured conventional and Islamic term loan of $100 million, both of which will be used to fund growth capex. The new facility significantly lowers Topaz’s finance costs. The facility will also extend the maturity of Topaz’s debt profile over the next seven years from its previous profile of four years.

Alewijnse Success at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

Photo: Alewijnse

Electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems is celebrating the first anniversary of delivering electrical services and maintenance to vessels at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Twelve months after it began work there, the results are well above expectations with 19 contracts fulfilled for 10 vessels, representing a strong start, the company reports. The delivery of electrical services and maintenance to vessels at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque started in April 2014 with the MPI Resolution maintenance project, a turbine installation vessel.

Fourth Vessel Joins Topaz Energy ERRV Fleet

Topaz Responder

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has bolstered its Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel (ERRV) fleet with the addition of a new vessel, Topaz Responder. The newly-built, state-of-the-art Topaz Responder will primarily provide safety support to offshore installations but is versatile enough to also provide general offshore support services. Constructed to the highest standards, the vessel was built in the ship building yard by Topaz Energy and Marine’s sister company, Topaz Engineering, in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.

Topaz Selects ABS Fleet Management Software

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has selected ABS as its fleet management software provider. Topaz will install the ABS Nautical Systems Fleet Management Software suite on 58 of its core vessels to more efficiently plan for maintenance work, minimize downtime and reduce costs associated with drydocking. René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer of Topaz Energy and Marine, said, "We took a substantial amount of time to select the correct fleet management system. It was imperative to select a company that not only has a proven solution in the maritime industry but offers user-friendly products and a fully integrated solution that aligns with our company objectives.

Vard Secures Topaz 15 vessel Contract

VARD 9 21 Overall length 123 m  Breadth approx. 16.5 m  Module Carrier Vessel Courtesy Vard Holdings

Vard Holdings Limited secured a contract for the design and construction of 15 Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine. The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design, are specially developed by Vard Design to navigate the shallow river systems as they transport modules through the Russian waterways to oilfields in Kazakhstan. Measuring 123 by 16.5 meters, the vessels are designed to carry high deck loads of up to 1800 tons. The vessels will be operated by Topaz through a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping for the end-client Tengizchevroil.

Vard Back in the Black

OSCV for Farstad under construction at Vard VungTau Photo Vard Holdings

Presenting its financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2016 today Vard Holdings Limited announced a net profit of NOK 43 million for the period, as compared to a loss of NOK 226 million a year back. Over the past quarter, VARD had focused on efforts to grow in new markets while streamlining its cost structure, to weather the effects of the ongoing oil and gas down cycle. With its core market for high-specification offshore vessels showing continued signs of weakness…

PALFINGER Awarded 15-vessel Winch Contract

Image: PALFINGER MARINE

PALFINGER MARINE Winches and Offshore Equipment has signed a contract for the supply of complete winch packages to 15 Module Carrier Vessels being built for Topaz Energy and Marine. The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design, are developed by Vard Design to navigate the shallow river systems as they transport modules through the Russian waterways to oilfields in Kazakhstan. Measuring 123 by 16.5 meters, the vessels are designed to carry high deck loads of up to 1,800 tons. he vessels will be operated by Topaz through a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping for the end-client Tengizchevroil.

Norsafe Secures Contract with VARD Group

Image: Norsafe

Norsafe informs it has signed a new contract with VARD Group, and will supply lifeboats complete with davit systems to a series of 15 new vessels. Topaz Energy and Marine has appointed shipbuilder VARD Group to construct 15 Module Carrying Vessels (MCVs), each measuring 123 meters long by 16.5 meters wide. The MCVs will be built at three of VARD’s sites in Vietnam and Romania. Norsafe will deliver two JYN 57 conventional lifeboats with LHD-60 davit systems to each vessel. The unique design of Norsafe’s LHD-60 davits offers stability…

Topaz Signs with Orange for a Maritime Connect Solution

Topaz Commander (Photo: Topaz)

Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine has signed an agreement with Orange Business Services for a Maritime Connect solution that connects its fleet at sea and supports the corporate network. Topaz is an offshore support vessel company for the global energy industry. The Orange integrated communications platform increases the efficiency of the fleet, lowers cost and improves the onboard experience for crew. Under a three-year agreement Orange is initially connecting 39 vessels from the Topaz fleet…

Vard Reports High Order Intake from Non-offshore Markets

5 Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo Vard (for illustration only)

New order intake of NOK 6.2 billion from contract wins for 19 vessels. Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialised vessels, today announced its financial results for the second quarter (“2Q 2016”) and first half (“1H 2016”) ended 30 June 2016. VARD is committed to fostering new networks and growing its customer base beyond its traditional core markets, and has seen encouraging results thus far.

Norsafe, VARD Ink lifeboats Supply Deal

Norsafe LHD 60   JYN 57 Photo Norsafe

Norsafe has signed a new contract with VARD Group, and will supply lifeboats complete with davit systems to a series of fifteen new vessels. Topaz Energy and Marine has appointed shipbuilder VARD Group to construct fifteen Module Carrying Vessels (MCVs), each measuring 123m long by 16.5m wide. The MCVs will be built at three of VARD’s sites in Vietnam and Romania. Norsafe will deliver two JYN 57 conventional lifeboats with LHD-60 davit systems to each vessel. The unique design of Norsafe’s LHD-60 davits offers stability…

Dubai's Topaz Buys Two Ships

Courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

Dubai's Topaz Energy and Marine, a unit of Muscat-listed Renaissance Services, has bought two ships from Norwegian boat yard Vard Brattvaag for about $115 million, the Omani parent firm said on Sunday. The two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2017, a statement to Muscat's bourse said. The chief executive of the Dubai-based oil services firm told Reuters in June it was in negotiations to acquire two subsea vessels as Topaz aimed to expand the division in the Atlantic basin over the next two years.

Two Topaz OSCV Order for Vard

VARD 3 for Topaz Energy and Marine

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, has secured new contracts for the design and construction of two Offshore Subsea Construction Vessels (“OSCV”) for a new customer, Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). Specially developed for crane operations and light subsea construction with intervention duties, the vessels will be of VARD 3 08 design, measuring a total length of 98.1 meters with a beam of 20 meters.

Two VARD Module Carrier for Topaz Energy and Marine

Module Carrier Vessel for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo VARD

Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters, are sister ships of a series of 15 identical Module Carrier Vessels previously contracted by Topaz for delivery from VARD’s shipyards in Tulcea and Braila in Romania, and Vung Tau in Vietnam. They will be operated by Topaz through a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping. One of the additional vessels will be built at Vard Braila and one at Vard Vung Tau.

Topaz Secures Kazakhstan Contracts

Photo TOPAZ

Topaz Energy and Marine said it has secured contracts in connection with the development of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan during 2016. The two contract wins announced in the second and third quarter together represent revenue of more than $500 million. The two contracts bring Topaz’s backlog to approximately $1.6 billion. Under the terms of the main contract awarded by Tengizchevroil (TCO) to a consortium comprising Topaz and Blue Water Shipping A/S, Topaz will commission the construction of 15 Module Carrying Vessels (MCVs).

Topaz Secures Tengiz Oilfield Contracts

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has been appointed the technical managers of three vessels by a consortium comprising Blue Water Shipping A/S and Kazmortransflot (KMTF), in connection with the TCO developed Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan. Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will act as the technical managers for three newly designed Module Carrying Vessels (MCVs). The vessels will commence work in Q2 2018 for a minimum contract period of a little over two years. The vessels will be transporting oil and gas modules to the Tengiz oil field from transshipment bases in Kazakhstan. The Tengiz oilfield is operated by Tengizchevroil LLP; a Kazakh partnership that explores, develops, produces and markets crude oil, LPG, dry gas and sulfur.

Vard Extends SCHOTTEL Propulsion Order

VARD 9 28 - 3 Module Carrier Vessels for KMTF. (For illustration only, courtesy VARD)

Having already secured the contract in early summer to fit 15 Vard design 9 21 module carriers, propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL has now also received a follow-up order to fit three further Vard design 9 28 vessels with 12 main and auxiliary units. The Norwegian Vard Group is building the first-mentioned 15 vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine, UAE, and the later three for KMTF, the National Maritime Republic of Kazakhstan. A total of 36 special variant SRP 340 Rudderpropellers (formerly SRP 1012) were ordered as the main propulsion units for all 18 carriers.

Vard Order Intake Zooms

Courtesy Vard Holding Ltd

With 13 new contracts secured in Q4 2017, VARD Holdings Limited's order intake of NOK 3.79 billion in the quarter increased the full year order intake ended December 31, 2017 to NOK 8.28 billion. The new contracts include a luxury polar expedition cruise vessel for a return customer, PONANT. The vessel is the first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board. The vessel is specially designed to take passengers to polar destinations.

Diversification Strengthens Vard’s Order Book

Following the recent closure of the Vard NiterĂłi shipyard, VARD is now concentrating all its Brazilian shipbuilding activities on Vard Promar (Photo: Vard)

Designer and builder of specialized vessels Vard Holdings Limited announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 (3Q 2016) and nine months ended September 30, 2016 (9M 2016). VARD said its diversification strategy is continuing to yield promising results, generating strong order flows in 3Q 2016. A total of seven new contracts were garnered by the group during the quarter, in addition to the confirmation of an order for four ice-class expedition…

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