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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Van Oord News

Van Oord’s New Dredger Named

Photo: Damen

A naming ceremony was held at Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk on November 16 for the second of Van Oord’s Damen Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD) 650, the Mangystau, due to be delivered in the first week of January. The ceremony was attended by members of the Van Oord and Damen families. Damen received the first order for a CSD650 from dredging and marine contractor Van Oord at the end of 2014; the Ural River. With delivery scheduled six weeks from ordering, the on-stock availability of the vessel was a critical factor to support Van Oord’s dredging projects in the Caspian Sea.

Van Oord to Acquire Activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore

Svanen landscape

Van Oord has reached agreement on the acquisition of the activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore. The acquisition consists of the assets of Ballast Nedam Offshore, the dedicated EPCI staff (Engineering, Procurement, Contracting and Installation), heavy lift installation vessel Svanen and the Westermeerwind project (144 MW). The activities will be integrated into Van Oord’s Offshore Wind Projects business unit. The acquisition will strengthen Van Oord’s leading position in the offshore wind market for north west Europe.

Van Oord Chooses Marlink VSAT Services

Marlink VSAT for Van Oord fleet. (Photo: Marlink)

Marlink has been selected to provide Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services for the fleet of the international dredging and offshore contractor Van Oord. The contract is expected to include 30 vessels being supported by Marlink’s customized VSAT services by the end of 2015. Marlink’s VSAT services have provided voice and data connectivity services for three Van Oord vessels as from June 2013. The company is headquartered in Rotterdam and is a contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects.

Van Oord's Dredger Named 'Artemis'

The vessel will be ready in the first half of 2013. The contract for the vessel’s design, construction and delivery was signed on 20 December 2010. The Artemis is a sister vessel to the Athena, which was delivered at the end of 2011. Since Van Oord took receipt of the Athena, it has deployed the large cutter suction dredger successfully on various projects. Construction of the two ships has been a major boost for the Dutch economy. Owner: Van Oord 
Shipyard: IHC Dredgers B.V. ‘Construction of the Artemis is in line with Van Oord’s strategy of operating in every single category of the dredging market,’ says Pieter van Oord, CEO.

Van Oord Orders Cutter Suction Dredger

Van Oord has ordered a new cutter suction dredger from Royal IHC. The vessel, to be named Biesbosch, is a modular IHC Beaver 65 DDSP built at the yard in Sliedrecht, and is scheduled for delivery April 1, 2016. Once delivered, Biesbosch, with a length of 64 meters and a width of more than 12 meters, will be deployed at the Zeetoegang IJmuiden project, part of the locks program of the Dutch Department of Public Works. The vessel is part of Van Oord’s strategy to invest in replacements for its fleet of cutter suction dredgers, the company said. Biesbosch will be Van Oord’s third new cutter suction dredger over a period of 12 months. This…

Offshore Wind Farm Contract for Van Oord

Windfarm Location: Image courtesy of Van Oord

Van Oord has been awarded the construction contract for the offshore windpark Luchterduinen, off the Dutch coast. The wind farm will be located 23 kilometres from the Dutch coast between Noordwijk and Zandvoort, and the contract is signed with the joint venture Eneco-Mitsubishi Corporation. The 43 wind turbines will have a combined capacity of 129 Megawatts and will generate green electricity for nearly 150,000 households. Construction will start in July 2014 and will be completed after the summer of 2015.

Van Oord Cable-layer Launched by Damen

Van Oord’s new DP2 cable-laying vessel Nexus was launched at Damen Shipyards Galati (Photo courtesy of Damen)

Van Oord’s new DP2 cable-laying vessel, Nexus, was officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati on June 30. The 123 m multipurpose vessel will be deployed installing electricity cables for offshore wind farms. The international contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects has made the investment in this vessel to pursue its strategy to offer Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts to offshore wind farm developers. With a beam of 28 m and a dynamic positioning system (DP2)…

New dredging contract for Van Oord in Indonesia

in Indonesia. The client is Indonesian port company PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero). million. Project execution will start in May 2014 and will last 10 months, followed by a two-year maintenance period. The project involves widening the existing channel to 150 metres and deepening it to -13 metres. million m3 silt will be removed and dumped at sea. Furthermore, one or two shipwrecks must be removed. a two-year period is part of the contract. dredger. Surabaya is the capital of Eastern Java and the second largest city in Indonesia. island at the mouth of the Kalimas River and is an important port. boost further economic development of the port. This contract is the second assignment for Van Oord in Surabaya.

Van Oord, Falck Ink Safety Training Deal

From left to right: Tjerk Suurenbroek, Commercial Director Falck Safety Services; and John Knoesten, Director Personnel & Organization Van Oord (Photo courtesy of Falck Safety Services)

Van Oord has signed a two year contract with Falck Safety Services for the provision of safety training.   Van Oord, a contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects, including oil, gas and wind, said it has invested in a trainee program for its employees for many years.   The new contract will see Falck provide Van Oord with the majority of necessary safety training. Alongside safety training for the offshore, maritime and wind industries, Falck also offers occupational health and safety training (Falck BHV) in the Netherlands.

Offshore Cable Layer Delivered to Van Oord

Offshore Contractor Van Oord has taken delivery of the Damen Offshore Carrier 8500 Cable Layer Nexus, which, when all cable laying equipment is installed, is intended to install electricity cables for the Gemini Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo: Damen)

Damen delivered a new DOC 8500 cable laying vessel, Nexus, to international offshore contractor Van Oord on December 22. The 126-metre vessel is intended for the installation of electricity cables for offshore wind farms. Van Oord is currently making preparations for the Gemini offshore wind farm which will be constructed 55 kilometers to the north of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and the cable-laying vessel will be deployed initially at that site. Despite encountering some challenges during the build process…

Wärtsilä Sign Van Oord Parts & Service Agreement

Dredging work: Image courtesy of Van Oord

Wärtsilä and Van Oord, the Netherlands-based contractor for dredging and offshore projects, have entered into an exclusive partnership for all field service and parts supply. The agreement covers preventive and corrective engine maintenance by Wärtsilä on Van Oord's fleet of dredging and other vessels. The contract has a total value of EUR 30 - 40 million over three years. The framework agreement will enable both parties to plan the required service work well in advance, thereby ensuring minimal vessel downtime and the effective use of human resources.

New TSHD Launched for Van Oord

Van Oord’s first of two new midsize trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD), Vox Amalia, has been launched at the LaNaval shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. Its twin, Vox Alexia, is slated to be completed early next year. “These two vessels are designed for capital dredging, coastal works and dredging of trenches for pipe and cable routes for offshore installations such as wind farms,” explained Gerard Alkema, Project Manager Plant Design & Construction at Van Oord. The dredgers have a hopper volume of approximately 18,000 cubic meters and are equipped with two suction pipes with submerged e-driven dredge pumps, two shore discharge dredge pumps and six bottom doors. Each vessel is 158 meters by 36 meters and can accommodate 38 persons.

Van Oord Wins Dubai Project

Image: Van Oord

Van Oord has been awarded the contract for Dubai Harbour marine works, a prestigious mega project in Dubai. The project, which Van Oord carries out for Projects Link Contracting Co LLC, is the next step in achieving ‘Dubai Tourism Vision 2020’, Dubai’s strategy to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020. A strategy to which Van Oord has contributed since 2001 by building amongst others Palm Jumeirah, The World  and many other artificial islands. Dubai Harbour is set to span 185 hectares, and will include berths for 1,400 boats and a cruise terminal.

Strengthening Of Van Oord's Position In The UK

Van Oord has reached an agreement in principle on the acquisition of UK specialist marine civil contractor J.T. Mackley & Co Ltd. This acquisition will strengthen Van Oord's leading position on the UK flood defence and coastal construction market. J.T. Mackley & Co. Ltd will continue its business under its own name and will continue to be run by the existing management and staff. The company provides all round engineering, construction, maintenance and project delivery services in the United Kingdom and serves clients such as water, coastal, marine, commercial and industrial companies. Van Oord and J.T. Mackley & Co. Ltd have been working together for more than a decade.

Van Oord Contracts Damen for DP2 Cable Laying Vessel

Damen Cable Layer (Photo: Damen)

Van Oord has ordered a new cable laying vessel. The ship will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and will be completed at the end of 2014. The vessel is intended for the installation of electricity cables for offshore wind farms. Van Oord is making preparations for the Gemini offshore wind farm which will be constructed 60 kilometers to the north of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands. The cable-laying vessel will be deployed at that site, among many others.

Damen upgrades Van Oord’s Stornes

Stornes at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam_LR

Van Oord’s flexible fallpipe vessel, Stornes, has recently been in Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Rotterdam for a scope of work which allows the vessel to operate at greater water depths in future. Stornes is a 175 m long, 26.24 m wide, DP2 vessel used for subsea rock installation to protect piping. Since her delivery to Van Oord in 2011, Stornes has mostly been installing rocks to water depths up to 800 metres. However, a contract awarded to the company in 2013 required the vessel to operate at 1,300 metres. After some minor modifications in 2014, the first phase of the contract was executed.

LNG: New Milestone for MAN Rollo

Photo: MAN Rollo

MAN Rollo will provide the crane vessel Werkendam with three LNG generator sets. International marine and offshore contractor Van Oord is currently building the ship at Neptune Shipyards in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. It is the first LNG powered vessel for both the yard and Van Oord. Engine supplier MAN Rollo is a pioneer when it comes to sustainable propulsion. Karel Schuurman, Sales Manager Marine Engines at MAN Rollo says, "We want to make a difference in the market for environmentally friendly applications.

Van Oord Strengthens Position in Caspian Sea

Courtesy Van Oord

Van Oord executes several contracts in the Caspian Sea region with a total value of more than 500 million US $. During the visit of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Kazakhstan on Wednesday 2 December 2015 Van Oord announced the award of several contracts in the Caspian Sea. The first project comprises the dredging of a 68-kilometre-long access channel to a new cargo offloading facility to be operated by TenizService. Four cutter suction dredgers are removing a total of some 17 million cubic metres of soil in shallow water.

Van Oord Consortium Awarded Singapore Port Expansion

  Van Oord has in consortium been awarded work associated with the expansion of the Singapore Tuas Mega Port development. Jurong Town Corporation awarded the reclamation project of Tuas Finger One to the consortium, comprising of Hyundai, Samsung, Penta Ocean, Van Oord and Boskalis. The total contract value is SGD 960 million and the combined Van Oord/Boskalis share is approximately EUR 100 million. It is expected that the majority of the 24.5 million cubic meters of sand required for this project will be supplied by long distance bulk carriers. In addition to the land reclamation work, the consortium will undertake dredging and construct 3.4 kilometers of quay wall. Work is set to start within the next couple of weeks and will last until late 2018. www.vanoord.com

Van Oord Orders Subsea Rock Installation Vessel

Van Oord orders new SRI vessel for its Offshore division

Van Oord has ordered a new subsea rock installation vessel. Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group Shanghai will build the vessel at its Ningbo yard in China. The vessel will be delivered in 2016. Subsea rock installation is a proven technique for the protection and stabilisation of offshore structures and pipelines, and is one of Van Oord’s main activities for its clients in the oil and gas industry. The vessel, which has a DP-3 (dynamic positioning) system, will be suitable for installation of a wide range of rock sizes through a fall pipe or a tremie pipe at the side of the vessel.

Drying Cabinets Handy On Board Nexus

Nexus (Photo courtesy of Damen)

In 2014, Pronomar equipped Van Oord’s offshore cable laying vessel Nexus with three drying cabinets, each responsible for the drying of eight sets of workwear. Nexus, a 126-meter Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500 cable laying vessel was delivered to Van Oord in December and is currently being finalized at Damen Shiprepair at Vlissingen, where Van Oord is building and installing the additional cable laying equipment. According to Pronomar, the building crew has already made good use of its dryers…

Sietas Shipyard Starts Production of Wind Power Vessel

Steel sections at the Sietas shipbuilding hall (Photo: Sietas).

In the shipbuilding hall of the Sietas shipyard in Hamburg, a start has now been made on the construction of a German premiere. Production has started on the first sections and blocks of the offshore wind power jack-up vessel for the prestigious Dutch marine engineering company Van Oord. In the presence of Peter de Ridder, COO of Van Oord, engineers from the specialist in complex offshore projects and the Sietas team, receiver Berthold Brinkmann and Rüdiger Fuchs, agent for the receiver, gave the go-ahead for the German premiere.

German Shipyard Sietas Sale Deal in the Balance

Cash-strapped  JJ Sietas Group is building a Van Oord liftboat but as a second order is uncomfirmed the yard's future is in doubt. In June 2012 the creditors’ committee voted in favour of an offer by the VeKa Group of the Netherlands to take over the Sietas shipyard. Despite six months of intensive negotiations, it has not proved possible to complete the deal. The reason being that the Sietas shipyard currently has only one order for a new construction, a jack-up vessel for offshore wind farms for the Dutch marine engineering company Van Oord. The prospect of a second new construction order of an identical type and the resulting continuing employment of the shipyard was stipulated by VeKa as a condition for the takeover.

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