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Monday, December 11, 2017

Van Oord Dredging 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.

Alewijnse Completes Electrical Repairs on Stornes

Alewijnse Marine Systems performed electrical repairs and modifications on the flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes within a challenging timeframe. The vessel has left Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen after just three weeks of repairs, modifications and the commissioning of its electrical systems by a team of 40 Alewijnse technicians. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen subcontracted the electrical repairs and modifications to long-standing partner Alewijnse Marine Systems, which has a permanent representation at the shipyard.

Dockwise Signs 3 Contracts

Dockwise Ltd. saidthat five contracts have been awarded to their subsidiary Dockwise Shipping for the transportation of three drilling rigs and two voyages with dredging equipment. Dockwise Shipping will transport miscellaneous dredging equipment for Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors and Jan de Nul as well as the jack-up drilling rigs Petrojack II, Aban VIII and Deep Driller IV in 2008.  The new build Jack-up drilling rigs Petrojack II and Aban VIII are currently being completed in Singapore, whereas the Deep Driller IV will be relocated. All contracts contribute to the Dockwise strategic objective to materially expand activities in both rig transport (core business) and transport of offshore production facilities. The total value of the contracts is close to $18 million.  

Dockwise Contracts for Transport of Drilling Rigs and Dredging Equipment

Dockwise Ltd. announced that five contracts have been awarded to their subsidiary Dockwise Shipping for the transportation of three drilling rigs and two voyages with dredging equipment. Dockwise Shipping will transport miscellaneous dredging equipment for Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors and Jan de Nul as well as the jack-up drilling rigs Petrojack II, Aban VIII and Deep Driller IV in 2008. The new build Jack-up drilling rigs Petrojack II and Aban VIII are currently being completed in , whereas the Deep Driller IV will be relocated. All contracts contribute to the Dockwise strategic objective to materially expand activities in both rig transport (core business) and transport of offshore production facilities. The total value of the contracts is close to USD 18 million.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Assists Wind Farm

Photo courtesy ClearLine Communications Ltd.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has been awarded a contract to handle all the ships agency calls for the main contractor to the Belwind Project, one of the largest new green energy projects in the world. Wilhelmsen Ships Service Belgium has signed an agency agreement with Van Oord Belgie to act as full agent in the port of Zeebrugge for their port calls during the Belwind Project. The Dutch contractor Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors have been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the first part of the Belwind offshore wind farm project.

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.

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 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, 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.

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.

Van Oord acquires 100% control of Dravo

Van Oord acquires Dravo

Van Oord has acquired all shares of its Spanish subsidiary Dravo S.A. Dravo S.A. has been owned, since 1987, by Van Oord (50%) and the Spanish company Dragados S.A. (50%), a subsidiary of ACS, the largest Spanish infrastructure contractor. The company will continue its activities under the name Dravo S.A. The company, with its office in Madrid, is engaged in dredging works in the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian markets. The company is presently executing maintenance dredging projects in the ports of Lisbon and Aveiro in Portugal and in the ports of Huelva and Barcelona in Spain.

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 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.

Damen's Customised Dredger for Van Oord

Damen Cutter Suction Dredger 650

Damen has signed a contract with leading dredging and marine contractor Van Oord for the supply of a CSD 650 custom suction dredger together with an FCS 1605 Fast Crew Supplier, initially for operations in the Caspian Sea. Designed and delivered by Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, the vessel will leave the yard at the end of January and travel overland to the Caspian Sea, from where it will begin operations in April. “Van Oord requires a cutter suction dredger at short notice because of the large number of going dredging projects.

Van Oord Consortium Preferred Bidder for Fehmarnbelt Project

Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link Map Courtesy Wikipedia

Femern A/S, a subsidiary of the Danish state-owned Sund & Bælt Holding A/S, has today announced its intention to award a substantial contract related to the construction of a tunnel connecting Denmark and Germany to the Fehmarn Belt Contractors consortium including Van Oord. Besides Van Oord, the consortium includes Hochtief AG, Ed Züblin AG and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. The total budget for the Fehmarnbelt link construction is DKR 45 billion (approximately EUR 6 billion) and the value of the contract to Van Oord is approximately EUR 300 million.

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)…

Van Oord Orders 2 Dredgers to Be Built in Spain

Rendering of trailing suction hopper dredger (Image: Van Oord)

Van Oord has ordered two trailing suction hopper dredgers to be built by Spanish Construcciones Navales del Norte S.L., LaNaval at its yard in Bilbao. Both vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2017. According to Van Oord, the order is in line with its innovative investment program and is part of the replacement program of older trailing suction hopper dredgers. The new vessels are a contribution to the further modernization of Van Oord’s fleet and mark the start of a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers.

Van Oord Develops Deep Dredging Solution

Van Oord has developed deep dredging solutions

Over the past few years, Van Oord has developed a new technique for dredging at great water depths. This Deep Excavation System (DES) is an innovative method to prepare a sea bottom profile for installing offshore pipelines. The system has been patented by Van Oord. Uneven sea beds are traditionally prepared for laying offshore pipelines by installing large volumes of rock. As an alternative to this Subsea Rock Installation (SRI) method, Van Oord has applied the Deep Excavation System in Australia and Norway.

Royal IHC Upgrades TSHD Pump for Van Oord

Photo: Royal IHC

Royal IHC informs it has completed the upgrade of the underwater pump and jet water system on trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) VOLVOX TERRANOVA for Van Oord. The renovation involved a complete engineering package, including a plan of repairs for the ship’s hull and modifications to accommodate a jet pump unit and the frequency drive of the new submerged dredge pump unit. The delivery of a 1,700kW jet pump unit and the modification of the complete suction tube was completed on schedule.

Alphatron Secures Van Oord Maintenance Deal

Photo: Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine has signed a three-year global maintenance agreement with Van Oord to maintain and support all navigation and communication equipment on its entire fleet of more than 80 vessels. Van Oord, a world company specializing in dredging, offshore oil and gas and offshore wind, operates internationally and requires that each and every vessel could be put to work effectively at any time.

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

Workboat 'Multi Cat' Delivered by Damen to Van Oord

Workboat 'Cronus': Photo credit Damen

The second Damen Multi Cat (MuC) 3213 has been delivered to dredging major Van Oord at Damen Shipyard’s HQ in Gorinchem (The Netherlands). In the presence of both the Van Oord and Damen families, the MuC 3213 was named Cronus by Ms Kora Huijser-Eland. Cronus and her sister vessel Oceanus (delivered Dec 2011) are the first of their type and the two biggest Multi Cats ever built worldwide. The workboat was built by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (The Netherlands) and delivered two months before the contractual delivery date.

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.

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