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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Vroon Says Talks with Banks ‘Constructive’

Pic: Vroon Group

Troubled family-owned Dutch shipping group Redderij Vroon has dismissed media reports claiming the company’s future to be uncertain, as it may be unable to service its debt. The Dutch company specializing in offshore and shipping business has reached agreement with its creditors, the Telegraaf reported. The Breda-based concern has debts totalling EUR 1.1bn, and some activities will be trimmed down. A press release from the company said that Vroon has a substantial presence in the offshore-support-vessel market, through its subsidiary Vroon Offshore Services.

Vroon Offshore Services Take Delivery of VOS Theia

 Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) have taken delivery of a new addition to their offshore fleet. The VOS Theia, a 1,400 dwt anchor handling tug support (AHTS) vessel built at the Fujian Shipyard in China, was delivered today, 18 April 2011, in China. The vessel will operate out of Singapore and will be managed by Vroon Offshore Services Pte Ltd. This vessel is an upgrade on our "H"-class vessels, in terms of dynamic positioning.    Source: Vroon Offshore Services

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…

China Shipyard Delivers AHTS to Vroon Offshore

Photo courtesy of Vroon Offshore

The VOS Athos is a 59-metre "A class" anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel and the first of three vessels being built at this yard for Vroon with the additional class ABS notation "Oil recovery Class 2". The "A-class" vessels are slightly more advanced than the "H-type" and "T-Type" AHTS vessels also operated by Vroon, having a bigger bow thruster (8 MT) and, in addition, a stern thruster (6 MT). Consequently, they have improved manoeuvring and station-keeping capabilities. VOS Athos also has a DP-1 notation.

Vroon Orders New SSV

'VOS Sugar': Image credit Vroon

The subsea support vessel (SSV), to be named 'VOS Sugar, is to be built in China at the Fujian Southeast Shipyard. The contract contains the option for a second vessel, and follows on from the two SSVs built at the Shipyard in 2012 for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS Shine and VOS Sweet). The new vessel, VOS Sugar, is a modern SSV with retractable thruster and super‑silent tunnel thruster, providing a high standard of comfort for both passengers and crew. She is scheduled for delivery in early 2015 and will be operated by Vroon Offshore Services B.V. in Den Helder, The Netherlands.

VOS Sweet Named at Oranjewerf Shiprepair Amsterdam

VOS Sweet at Oranjewerf

Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) new Subsea Support Vessel was named at Oranjewerf Shiprepair Amsterdam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, on February 8th, 2013. The vessel called at Oranjewerf early January after a voyage from China to The Netherlands to undergo a series of modifications at the shipyard. The new vessel is named after a Rolling Stones song. Among the various modifications Oranjewerf executed are the installation of a 24 tonnes crane and a fully equipped workplace in the aft.

3 Crew Dead After North Sea Accident

Three crewmembers died after an accident aboard a rescue vessel on the North Sea, the boat's owners said Sunday. The accident is under investigation by Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch. The men, two Britons and a Pole, were working aboard the Viking Islay when the accident occurred, Vroon Offshore Services Ltd. said in a statement. The Viking Islay, which was supporting operations at a rig in BP PLC's Amethyst Field in the North Sea, has now returned to port. Vroon Offshore Chief Executive Graham Philip said it was still unclear exactly what happened. Vroon Offshore, part of the Vroon Group BV, provides of emergency response services to the offshore oil and gas industry. (Source: AP)

Vroon Laying up 12 OSVs

Image: Vroon Offshore Services

The Netherlands-based Vroon Offshore Services has decided to pull 12 offshore-support vessels out of operation, saying the move is a “direct result of the ongoing slump in offshore oil and gas activities”. This consequently means it will also reduce the number of onboard positions. The company said that from the fourth quarter of 2015 onwards, five platform-supply vessels and seven emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) would enter long-term lay-up. In addition, a number of older ERRVs are being divested for recycling purposes, Vroon has said.

COSCO Readies Livestock Carrier for Vroon

Photo: Vroon

Vroon Offshore Services, a Dutch offshore shipping company, has announced that the launching took place last week at COSCO Guangdong Shipyard,China of Gudali Express. The vessel is the seventh and last newbuilding livestock carrier to be built for Vroon at this shipyard. The 68-meter subsea support vessel is the second of two such vessels built at Fujian, China. Six newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to the company by COSCO, all of which are trading successfully.

Two More Ulstein PSVs for Vroon Offshore

Photo: Ulstein

Ulstein has entered into an agreement with COSCO (Guang Dong) Shipyard Co. Ltd, China, on deliveries of ship design, power and control equipment and onsite follow-up services of two platform supply vessels of the PX121 design. The vessels are ordered by Vroon Offshore Services of the Netherlands. “These two vessels are part of the Vroon commitment to our business partners and will support us in meeting their service requirements in the best possible way. All at Vroon are excited to welcome these new vessels to our fleet in 2015…

Vroon Opts for MERUS Technology on a 4th Ship

Image: Pronomar

Vroon Offshore Service B.V. is a diversified international shipping company and is primarily active in and around the North Sea, with a fleet of 90 offshore-vessels. After installing Pronomar - MERUS rings on Vroon sister vessels VOS Sympathy, VOS Sweet and VOS Shine, Pronomar has also equipped VOS Pace with its Pronomar – MERUS rings. The VOS Pace is the first of six PX121-type Platform Supply Vessels, designed by ULSTEIN. The vessel has been constructed at Cosco Guandong Shipyard (China) and is intended for operation in European waters.

Vroon’s VOS Famous Launched

VOSFamous

Vroon’s newbuilding ERRV, VOS Famous, was launched in China yesterday. This 50-m ERRV (emergency response and rescue vessel) is under construction at Nanjing East Star Shipyard. VOS Famous is the fourth in a ten-vessel newbuilding programme, with six 50-m ERRVs being built at Nanjing and four 60-m vessels under construction at Fujian Southeast Shipyard, also in China. All these vessels have a revolutionary, wave-piercing bow shape that has been specially designed for Vroon. The first vessel, VOS Fabulous, is already operating out of Aberdeen for Vroon Offshore Services.

Dacon Rescue Scoop for 2 Vroon-operated Ships

Dacon Rescue Scoop (Photo: Ocean Safety)

Ocean Safety is to supply a set of Dacon maritime rescue equipment to two vessels operated by Vroon Offshore Services in a six-figure contract. Ocean Safety, which is the U.K.’s exclusive distributor of the Dacon range, will be showing the Dacon man overboard recovery products selected by Vroon at Seawork in June. The two vessels, which are both based in Aberdeen, will each take delivery of a 5m x 10m Dacon RSA Scoop with a catch net, a Dacon RB300 rescue basket and four Dacon Scrambling Nets which are 3.5m in depth.

PSV VOS Passion Named in China

Lady sponsor Mireille Vroon is married to Vroon's Group Managing Director, Coco Vroon. (Photo: Ulstein)

Platform supply vessel VOS Passion was named in a ceremony on July 18 at Cosco Shipyard in Guangdong, China. VOS Passion, the fourth of six PX121-type PSVs being built at the shipyard for Vroon, is in the final stages of construction and will be ready for delivery in August. The PX121 design features Ulstein’s patented X-BOW design to provide smoother vessel movements in harsh conditions. The PSVs comply with ABS class requirements for dynamic-positioning system Class II (DPS-2) and reduced noise and vibration to satisfy a Comfort-Class notation.

Vroon Offshore Embarks on 10-Vessel New-Build Program

Image courtesy of Vroon Offshore Services

North Sea Emergency Recovery & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operator Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) to invest $100-million in new ships. The new "comfort class" boats - six 50m ERRVs and four 60 ERRV field support vessels - will be built in Nanjing and Fujian in China under Vroon's supervision and support a new wave-piercing bow-shape designed in Singapore by the group. The first of the ERRVs is due to be delivered in April 2013 with the first of the 60m boats due to arrive in Q1 2014.

Vroon Group Implements Seanique

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Vroon Group, an international shipping company, has announced on-target progress in the implementation of Seanique, SOFTimpact’s Maritime Software Solution based on Microsoft Dynamics AX, catering for the Vroon Group’s operations in crewing and payroll across the entire fleet. The move contributes to Vroon’s aim for one “future-proof” global system to be used by all Group companies, manning and recruitment agencies, vessels and related stakeholder. Seanique was selected as the ideal product because of its comprehensive functionality and perfect fit to Vroon’s pre-existing ERP platform…

VOS Start Equipped with Barge Master Gangway

Photo: Vroon

Vroon has  announced that walk-to-work vessel VOS Start is to be equipped with the brand-new Barge Master Gangway. This unique combination will enable safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo. The Barge Master Gangway incorporates an access tower with elevator, providing stepless access. The adjustable pedestal provides full flexibility in landing heights. With the participation of Bosch Rexroth in the Barge Master team, the highest quality and safety standards are guaranteed. This unrivalled, next-generation walk-to-work vessel will be available to the offshore industry in Q2 2017.

Vroon Name Subsea Support Vessel

'VOS Shine': Photo credit Vroon

VOS Shine was christened by Mrs Gwen Klaphake, wife of Mr Rolf de Vries, Managing Director, Blue Stream Offshore B.V.. the first charterer of the vessel. The new vessel is a DP-2 Subsea Support Vessel, built at Fujian Southeast Shipyard, Fuzhou in China.

Merus Technology for VOS Paradise

Image: Pronomar

Vroon Offshore Service B.V., an international shipping company with a fleet of approximately 90 offshore vessels, has again trusted in Merus technology, commissioning Pronomar to install four Merus rings on platform supply vessel VOS Paradise this week after sister ship VOS Pace was equipped with this technology at the end of 2015. Other sister ships VOS Sympathy, VOS Sweet and VOS Shine have also been equipped with Merus technology. On the VOS Paradise the Merus technology now protects the domestic water system including the calorifier and the warm water lines against the growth of deposits…

VOS Partner Delivered to Vroon

Photo: Vroon

Netherlands based shipping company Vroon has taken delivery of a newly built platform supply vessel (PSV), VOS Partner. The vessel was handed over to Vroon on January 14 during a ceremony at Cosco Guangdong Shipyard in China. The Dutch flagged VOS Partner is the third of six PX121-type PSVs being built at the shipyard for Vroon featuring the Ulstein-patented X-BOW design. Coincidentally, VOS Partner is the 100th vessel of Ulstein design. The new ships for Vroon comply with ABS class requirements for dynamic-positioning system Class II (DPS-2) and reduced noise and vibration to satisfy HAB(WB).

Pronomar Tackles Lime Scale Issue on VOS Sweet

Image: Pronomar

Vroon Offshore Services chose Pronomar to equip the Netherlands-flagged VOS Sweet with multiple MERUS rings. Pronomar said it had already outfitted Vroon’s VOS Sympathy, so when the VOS Sweet experienced problems with lime scale (in the piping, the boiler and the pumps), Vroon contacted Pronomar again for its MERUS technology. According to Pronomar, when vessels such as the VOS Sweet experience problems with lime scale, it is a good idea to apply the MERUS technology. The MERUS technology consists of a ring that is placed around the water pipe and emits small oscillations to the water.

Ulstein Reaches 100th Offshore Ship Design

The Ulstein Verft yard on the west coast of Norway has built 38 of the firm's designs.

Ulstein’s latest design contract for Vroon Offshore Services pushes the total number of offshore ship designs sold from the firm past the 100 mark. This milestone has been achieved in just 14 years, with 74 of the contracts signed for the company’s trailblazing X–BOW design, launched in 2005. The company said the numbers behind the “headline hundred” are a testimony to the firm’s versatility and collaborative approach: in total 25 different ship owners have ordered Ulstein designs, with 16 different shipyards building the vessels.

Offshore Ship Designers Series

Three recent deliveries highlight the series of offshore support vessels designed by the Offshore Ship Designers group. The VOS Pathfinder completes a series of five basic IMT955 Standby vessels built at Astilleros Zamakona, Spain, for Vroon Offshore Services. The 180 ft loa VOS Pathfinder was contracted in October to HRL Centrica for a five-year period working in the Morecambe Bay gas field. Also recently delivered are the VOS Pioneer and VOS Prospector, the first two of ten IMT 955-L Field Support Vessels building at Astilleros Zamakona, Spain for Vroon Offshore.

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