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DNV Greater China Offshore Committee

Zhou Shouwei, Vice General Manager of CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation) and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering accepted DNV’s invitation to be the chairman of the DNV Greater China Offshore Committee. The DNV Offshore Committee is the first of its kind to be organized by a classification society in China. “The objective of establishing this committee is to create a forum where senior executives from the Chinese offshore industry can meet to exchange information on new technology, innovation, experiences and practices related to offshore engineering,” said DNV Vice President and Regional Manager Joerg Beiler. The DNV Greater China Offshore Committee consists of senior executives and experts from the Chinese oil majors, offshore engineering companies, shipyards, design houses and those of the world’s leading oil majors that have operations in China. About 50 members attended the first committee meeting in Zhuhai in December and discussed topics that included the offshore market and technology development, deepwater technology development, changes needed for offshore construction and operation, offshore project risk management. The mayor of Zhuhai Municipal Government, Zhong Shijian, also attended this DNV Greater China Offshore Committee meeting


Petrobras Standardizes on Intergraph 3D Technology

The world’s eighth largest oil company and a longtime Intergraph customer, Petrobras will completely adopt SmartPlant® 3D modeling and visualization, engineering and schematics, information and materials management, and project controls solutions to enable Petrobras to develop, operate and maintain its fixed offshore drilling platforms, semi-submersibles and FPSOs. Petrobras has already used Intergraph solutions for 10 FPSOs, four semisubmersible floating production platforms


China Shipbuilding Industry Midgets Reigned In

China shipyard: File photo CCL

China signaled that it will cut its vast shipyard army to get industrial growth back on a healthy track this year, as its earning ability falters amid cheap vessel prices, blind expansion and speculation in the shipbuilding sector, according to Xinhua. China will drastically curb the number of shipyards, docks, berths and maintenance facilities it opens, reports Xinhua, citing Li Dong, deputy director-general at the department of equipment industry at the Ministry of Industry and Information


Reeve's Joins Robert Allan Ltd

Robert Allan Ltd. announced that Henry Reeve, P.E. (BASc, UBC Mech 95, Masters, NA and Offshore Engineering, Berkley ’97) has joined Robert Allan Ltd. as a Senior Naval Architect. Reeve’s areas of expertise include hydrodynamics and motions, mooring, resistance predictions, stability (ship and offshore), model testing, CFD analysis, regulatory and classification issues, and vessel survey.  He has worked on the naval architecture aspects of CNG and LNG Terminals and Ships


DPS Offshore is now Forum Subsea Rentals

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FET) recently announced the rebrand of its DPS Offshore product line to be known as Forum Subsea Rentals. With an extensive inventory of the most advanced subsea rental products, Forum Subsea Rentals is recognized as one of the global leaders within the industry. Supported by a dedicated team of experienced technicians and offshore engineers, Forum Subsea Rentals services both existing and new clients from key locations in Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, Houston


China Marine Services: New Research & Markets Report

This new offering  'Marine Services in China' from Research and Markets covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. The Marine Services industry in China comprises establishments that provide a wide range of specialized marine and offshore services, including marine management, marine evaluation, marine and polar expeditions, marine weather forecasting, marine pollution control and other marine services


Rolls-Royce for Offshore Vessel Upgrade

Rolls-Royce has received an order worth over $20m to supply diesel generator sets and thrusters to Houston-based offshore engineering and construction company J. Ray McDermott. The order, which includes six underwater mountable azimuth thrusters and four Bergen generator sets, is being supplied as part of a major upgrade to the customer’s specialist offshore vessel, Derrick Barge 50 (DB50). The heavy-lift derrick and pipe laying vessel is based in the Gulf of Mexico.


McDermott in JV with China Shipbuilding

McDermott International Inc said that a subsidiary of group company J Ray McDermott has set up a joint venture with a unit of state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. The joint venture - Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co Ltd - plans to establish a facility in Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province. The new company plans to focus on the construction of floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessels, US-listed McDermott said in a statement


Noble Denton Spanish Contract

Noble Denton, a global offshore engineering and marine consulting firm, announced the award of a $21.3m contract from ACS Cobra Castor UTE in Spain. The scope of work includes the provision of project management and procurement support services for Castor’s underground gas-storage development initiative. John Wishart, Noble Denton’s group managing director, said, “This initiative will see the redevelopment of the abandoned Amposta reservoir to provide back-up gas


New Business to Focus on Offshore Wind

A new business, O-Power (OP), will develop new technology in offshore engineering and hopes to make a significant contribution to the rapidly growing offshore wind market. OP offers concept development and analysis, right through to the supply and installation of product. It will use the human, physical and business resources of NE England to provide attractive and competitive engineering solutions - always aimed at improving technology.


China Shipbuilder Rongsheng in 2013 Revenue Freefall

Cheng Quang: Chairman China Rongsheng

During the year ended 31, December 2013 China Rongsheng, the largest non-state-owned shipbuilder in the PRC, reports that revenue of the Company was RmB1,343.6 million, a decrease of 83.1% from RmB7,956.3 million for the year ended 31 december 2012. Excerpts from the report follow:


SEMBCORP MARINE’S SEMBAWANG SHIPYARD TO REVITALISE 'VOYAGER OF THE SEAS'

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage


Golden Energy Offshore orders 2 PSVs

PX 121H design PSVs

 Golden Energy Offshore has entered into a shipbuilding contract with NANTONG RAINBOW OFFSHORE & ENGINEERING EQUIPMENTS CO.,LTD (ROC) in China for the construction of two PX121H Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) from ULSTEIN, with the option to build two more vessels of the same design


Houlder Attracting Houston’s Offshore Engineering Talent

Garry Kennie

U.K.-based engineering group Houlder has launched a new venture to support clients headquartered in the United States following an increasing number of successful global projects for oil majors, operators and service providers. Houlder Americas Inc


Golden Energy Offshore Selects Ulstein PSVs

The vessels for Golden Energy Offshore are modern, high-spec, medium-sized PSVs based on the proven PX121 design. They have excellent station keeping capabilities, very low fuel consumption and enhanced environment profile. (Ship illustration courtesy of Ulstein)

Golden Energy Offshore has entered into a shipbuilding contract with Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments Co., Ltd. (ROC) in China for the construction of two Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) of the PX121H design from Ulstein, with the option to build two more vessels of the same


Petrobras Setbacks Threaten 2014 Production Goals

Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA suffered another setback in its effort to boost oil output last month when Italian contractor Saipem SpA dropped a 2.3 km steel pipe into the Atlantic Ocean. On March 16, the rigging used to wrangle the pipe into position on a floating oil


Singapore, UK Researchers Team up for Maritime R&D

L to R - H.E. Antony Phillipson, British High Commission; Prof. Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton; The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science of the United Kingdom; Prof. Raj. Thampuran, Managing Director, A*STAR; Prof. Alfred Huan, Executive Director of Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR; Prof. Ajit Shenoi, Director, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute; Dr Lou Jing, Institute of High Performanc

Building on the fruitful past decade of U.K.-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) officially launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore


Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Eyes Mega Container Ships

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Reuters - Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd, a top Chinese shipbuilder, plans to build more mega container ships for shipowners eager to cut operating costs. Yangzijiang is China's third-largest listed shipbuilder by market capitalisation and has boasted profit margins that dwarf those of


China Shipyard, Yangzijiang, Report Profit Dip in Q4 2013

Reuters –  Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holding Ltd said its fourth-quarter net profit dropped 8 percent on the year, as income from shipbuilding decreased. Privately-controlled Yangzijiang is China's third-largest listed shipbuilder by market capitalisation


Sembmarine SLP Invests for Future

Offshore engineering, construction and support services specialist Sembmarine SLP said it is investing for the future with the establishment of additional facilities in Lowestoft and Aberdeen. In Lowestoft the company's Offshore Services Group has just moved into new premises at Newcombe House


Keppel and NUS Set Up Corporate Lab

Keppel Corporation (Keppel) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the founding of the Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory, in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office, Singapore. The laboratory


Odfjell Records Steady Q3 Earnings

EBITDA of $37 million is reflecting stable earnings both from chemical tankers and tank terminals in the third quarter. For the chemical tankers business, activity over the summer and through the third quarter held steady and was in line with the second quarter on both contract nominations and


Technics Targets Vigahs Acquisition

The board of directors of Technics Oil & Gas Limited announced that its subsidiary V Offshore Engineering Pte. Ltd. (VOE) has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Goh Choon Huat, Koa Wee Boon, Senavannaido Duruvasai and Koa Susie in relation to a proposed


Kongsberg: New Drilling Rig and Ship Simulator

Photo: Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime has introduced two new Diesel Electric models for its Engine Room Simulator, K-Sim Engine (previously Neptune). The DE88 Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig model, containing eight Wärtsilä 16V26 engines and eight thrusters, is already available


EIVA System Leads the Way for A2SEA Jack-ups

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This October, the Danish offshore engineering specialist EIVA came one Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) closer to fulfilling the delivery of a complete jack-up positioning system solution for A2SEA. The system will be installed on a vessel designed to operate under demanding conditions and is part of


 
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