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Monday, January 22, 2018

Work Vessel News

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.

Caspian Charters Vessels to Reservoir Exploration Tech

Caspian Services’ subsidiary Caspian Services Group Ltd., has signed a contract to provide three vessels to Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA (RXT), a marine geophysical company specializing in multi component seismic sea-floor acquisition. RXT recently signed a letter of intent with Agip KCO to conduct a four component 3D seismic survey over the extensive Kashagan field. Caspian Services will add two additional shallow draft survey/work vessels to its fleet to service this contract. These vessels will be drawn from the Rederij Waterweg BV fleet as part of the ongoing partnership between the two marine companies.

Marsol Awarded Middle Eastern Contracts

Photo: Marsol International

Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, has been awarded two contracts in Oman. The first contract involves a Single Point Mooring (SPM) change out, including the removal of the existing aging structures followed by installation of new buoys. The second contract involves providing and managing all marine and offshore activities related to tanker loadings via an SPM offshore marine terminal, including marine works, vessels, equipment and manpower.

SMIT Expands in Egypt

SMIT has bought a share of 50 percent in Ocean Marine Services in Egypt. Together with its partner for 25 years (the Shilbaya Group) seven work vessels will be deployed on term charters for the Egyptian petroleum industry. This participation is in line with SMIT’s growth strategy.

Frøy Server: Mono-Hull Innovation

Frøy Server

When it comes to innovation in new boats, few hold a better record than the Norwegians. As pioneers in the salmon farming industry they have several decades of innovation in maintaining the farms and in transporting fish from farm to market as well as developing work vessels to support the farms. Currently drawing attention in Norway’s fjords is the recently delivered Frøy Server. The 25 by 10.6-meter vessel has a molded depth of 4.1 meters. Built by Sletta Verft AS to a design by Møre Maritime, the vessel is a fish farm work and support vessel capable of a wide range of functions.

Strong Track-record Wins Repeat MacGregor Orders

A series of new MacGregor offshore winch orders, secured in October, will serve the strong demand for maintenance, hook-up and commissioning services for existing oil platforms within the shallow water region of the Malay basin, says Francis Wong, Director, Segment Sales and Marketing, Offshore. "As oil prices remain high and oil majors continue to invest in exploration and production activities in the region, this has continued to boost the demand for new businesses relating to these services," explains Mr Wong. "Consequently, maintenance work boats and barges are in high demand to serve the needs of the area's oil platforms, many of which are operated by Petronas and Shell.

Barge Master Installed on Walk-To-Work Vessel

Photo courtesy of Barge Master

On October 14 the Barge Master BM-T40 system motion-compensated knuckle boom crane pedestal was installed on the new Wagenborg Walk-to-Work vessel, designed and built by Royal Niestern Sander. The vessel and Barge Master system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. NAM will use the motion compensated crane for service and maintenance of gas production platforms in the Southern North Sea. Offshore platforms have become smaller and more flexible during the last forty years.

First Barge Master T40 Purchased for Use in the North Sea

Photo: Barge Master

Barge Master has received a Letter of Award from Niestern Sander bv for employment of the Barge Master motion compensated crane on their new Walk-to-Work vessel, to be built for Wagenborg. The vessel including the Barge Master system will be ready in the first half of 2015. NAM will use the motion compensated crane to service and maintain gas production platforms in the North Sea. Oil and gas platforms have become smaller and more flexible during the last forty years. They no…

Huntingford, Davenport Join Capilano Maritime

John Huntingford

Capilano Maritime Design Ltd., a naval architecture design firm based in North Vancouver, BC, Canada announced that John Huntingford has recently joined the firm as Senior Structural Designer. Huntingford gained experience in the maritime industry as an Outfit Designer for Kvaerner Masa Marine where he worked on design projects for the State of Maine and Alaska, as well as patrol vessels for Australia. He graduated from the Landing School of Boat Building and Yacht Design in Maine, USA and has most recently worked as a Designer and Technical Liaison for Vancouver Shipyards Ltd.

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…

Halul to Purchase Four Offshore Vessels

Halul Offshore Services (HOSC) will buy four new safety standby vessels at a cost of about $16m and signed a contract with a Singaporean shipbuilder Pacific Ocean Engineering (POE). The contract for the vessels, expected to be built in 16 months at the POE’s shipyard in China, was signed by HOSC chairman Sheikh Hamad bin Suhaim al-Thani and POE managing director Raymond Quah. The vessels, designed to provide safety cover to offshore installations for protection and rescue operations, are equipped with fire fighting pumps, life saving gadgets and environment monitoring systems for checking poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas and flammable gases. Each vessel will have a fast rescue craft capable of being fast deployed for rescue of survivors from the sea.

Agreement Creates Training Opportunities for Students

Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and John M. Murray, president and chief executive officer of , LLC, recently signed an agreement for cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and state maritime academies to take their training voyages on Hapag-Lloyd vessels.Maritime cadets must have sailing time on working vessels in order to qualify as licensed mariners. Currently, there is a worldwide shortage of licensed mariners, and maritime academies have geared up to train more students. Students will begin to serve on the foreign-flag vessels in October.The Hapag-Lloyd group is the world’s largest liner shipping company. Its vessels…

Robert Allan Celebrates 80 Years in Design

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

In May 2010, in conjunction with the presence of the International Tug & Salvage Conference in Vancouver, Robert Allan Ltd. will celebrate its 80th continuous year in business as an independent, privately held, consulting Naval Architecture firm. The firm will commemorate this significant milestone in its history with many of its local and international clients who will be attending the conference. Robert Allan Ltd. is currently Canada's most senior Naval Architectural firm, and with 65 employees is one of the largest in the country.

Damen Introduces Anti-Fouling Foil

Thorn-D

Port of Amsterdam starts with sustainable film on patrol vessel. Damen Shipyards (Gorinchem, Netherlands) and the Port of Amsterdam are launching a pilot project  to test Thorn-D, a relatively new antifouling film that is applied to ships’ hulls below the water line. The film has an expected lifetime of five years. That is much longer than conventional antifouling coatings, which need to be replaced every six months on average. Dr Rik Breur, the founder of supplier Micanti, developed the film and tested it extensively on trial surfaces and work vessels.

New Name, Logo and Segment for Fish Expo

Fish Expo Seattle, the world's largest commercial fishing event, has undergone a few changes. First, the name has been changed to incorporate another facet of the commercial marine industry. The trade event will now be known as Fish Expo and Workboat Northwest. In changing its name, the convention has updated its logo to encompass a more complete and dynamic view of the commercial marine market. "While Fish Expo has traditionally been a commercial fishing show, and will always serve the commercial fishing community, we want to recognize another important segment of the marine industry," said Tom Archambault, sales manager.

Cement Barge Collides With Casino Boat

Fears of casino boats potentially colliding with real working vessels on busy waterways was a core tenant of the drive to keep the vessels permanently moored at dock. Those fears became reality on Monday, but thankfully without disastrous results. A casino boat en route to its Indiana port and a barge carrying cement collided on the Mississippi River, causing extensive damage to the gambling boat, the Coast Guard said, but only slightly injuring one onboard the gambling boat. The northbound "Miss Belterra," owned by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., limped to the shoreline near Caruthersville, Mo., where it was grounded safely. The 313-foot (95-…

Houston Ship Channel Reopens Vessel Traffic

The Houston Ship Channel reopened to vessel traffic after being closed for three to four hours after a collision between a towboat and a work vessel in which one person was killed, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The collision occurred near the Barbour's Cut location on the ship channel, a busy waterway lined with oil refineries and petrochemical plants that links Houston to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the fatality, five people were thrown into the water, some of who were taken to a local hospital for checks, Petty Officer said. Authorities had not yet disclosed the identity of the dead man because his next of kin had not been notified, the officer said. Approximately 14 ships were delayed because of the collision. - (Reuters)

Motion Compensation Crane Delivered

Photo: Barge Master

Barge Master has delivered its first Barge Master T40 (BM-T40) motion compensated knuckle boom crane, the company announced. The BM-T40, installed on Wagenborg’s ‘Walk to Work’ vessel the Kroonborg, compensates for sea induced vessel motions in roll, pitch and heave directions at the base of the crane, up to three meters significant wave height. The BM-T40 is designed for offshore support vessels that are used to transfer small loads and personnel to (unmanned) offshore oil and gas platforms or wind turbines.

Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables. Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a key player in supporting the delivery of energy supply for the U.K. - Shepherd brings with her a wealth of offshore renewables knowledge, including the delivery of new developments and supporting infrastructure. In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the renewables sector.

Marsol Signs Two-Year OOCEP Contract

Photo: Marsol International

Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, has signed a two years contract with Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production LLC (OOCEP) for the provision and management of the marine and offshore activities related to the tanker loading, via the single point mooring (SPM) offshore marine terminal including maintenance works, vessels, equipment and manpower. The Musandam gas plant, located on the west coast of the Musandam Peninsula…

OOCEP Ships First Crude Oil from MGP Terminal

Marsol performing the tanker operations (Photo: Marsol International)

Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production LLC (OOCEP) shipped its first crude oil cargo from the Musandam gas plant (MGP) with the support of UAE-based Marsol International. OOCEP, a subsidiary of Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C exported 300,000 barrels of crude oil as part of the operation, which were fully processed at the MGP on May 4 in Oman. Marsol, a global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, said its involvement included the provision and management of all marine and offshore activities related to the tanker loading…

MISR: Back in Business in Galveston

Malin International Ship Repair & Drydock (MISR) in Galveston reported that in the early hours of September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike made a direct hit on in as a strong Category 2 storm with a Category 4 storm surge. On September 14, MISR personnel returned to to begin recovery operations. Due to a very good storm preparation plan, more than a little luck, and an extremely dedicated team, MISR was nearly fully operational by Wednesday, 17 September, reports Craig Marston, Vice President and General Manager, MISR. Initially, Malin assisted City personnel in reestablishing water service to the island and in clearing boats and debris from roadways. MISR has since transitioned to itsnormal marine business and are currently working vessels in and in .

Teamwork Smoothes Complex FPSO Repair

Image: Intelligent Engineering

Work to repair five separate areas on board FPSO FPF-003, operated by Petrofac South East Asia Pte Ltd using SPS has been completed on-station in the Mubdala, Jasmine oil field. The repair work on this ABS classed vessel, built in 1976 and converted in 2005, was completed 15 days ahead of schedule with no disruption to day to day operations. In total 96m² of steel was reinstated. Working with client EM&I and steelworkers Altamar, IE’s field team engineers were able to work their way through the five areas: engine room bilge…

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