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New Rules for Offshore Service Vessels

The technical evolution of offshore support vessels (OSV) has prompted Germanischer Lloyd (GL) to publish new rules for ships intended for offshore support and supply, offshore towing, well stimulation, and other specialized offshore services. On 1 January 2010, new Rules for Hull Structures of Offshore Service Vessels will come into force. These rules apply to ships intended for offshore support and supply, offshore towing, well stimulation, and other specialized offshore services. For these ships the class notation Offshore Service Vessel will be assigned, complemented by optional further notations, such as HNLS for ships carrying hazardous and noxious liquid substances, AH for anchor handling tug/supply ships, WSV for well stimulation vessels, and WTIS for wind turbine installation/construction support ships. Design and operation of offshore vessels differ significantly from those of general cargo ships. Comprehensive international regulations are needed to specifically account for practical demands of OSVs. The new rules reflect today's offshore support vessels. Compared to their predecessors, these ships are larger, more specialized, and technically more sophisticated to meet demands of complex deepwater field developments. The latest review of the OSV rules are intended to support design and build safer and more robust offshore service vessels while minimizing operational risks.


St. Johns Ship Building Delivers Sea Strength

St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. delivered the offshore service vessel (OSV) Sea Strength to A. R. Singh Contractors of Point Fortin, Trinidad.  The 157-ft vessel is currently undergoing owner inspections and is available for work in the Caribbean offshore market. It operates a fleet of approximately 20 vessels including tugs, barges, crewboats and supply boats. Sea Strength Particulars: L.O.A.    157 ft. Beam (Molded)    38 ft.


Bourbon Orders 56 PSVs

In line with its strategy in modern offshore, Bourbon is expanding its fleet with next-generation, innovative and high-productivity vessels to assist its oil and gas clients in the development of their deepwater and continental offshore operations. On February 28 in the context of its Horizon 2010 plan, Bourbon announced investments of $1.8b, 85 percent of which will be devoted to the Offshore Division. Since January 1, Bourbon has placed the first series of orders


Rolls-Royce Designs Selected for 53 OSV's

UT-Designs and packages of equipment from Rolls-Royce have been chosen for 53 offshore service vessels (OSVs) during the past year. The transaction represents 70 percent of orders placed during the year and is the largest in this sector of the company since the mid-1970s. Twelve of these vessels were ordered just before the end of 2000 and will be worth $57.9 million to Rolls-Royce - bringing the total value of these contracts to the company to $246.3 million.


ECO Fleet to be Outfitted with Autoload

Autoship Systems Corporation announced that Edison Chouset Offshore LLC (ECO) of Galliano, LA, USA has chosen to have their offshore fleet of vessels outfitted with the Autoload onboard stability program. “The delivery of the Autoload software will be a staged roll-out for the ECO fleet. The initial install is set for 68 of the latest-delivered and soon-to-be delivered vessels. Staging after this group will be the remainder of the ECO deepwater fleet, inclusive of PSVs


Saudi Shipbuilding Yard Development MOU Signed

Sembcorp Marine has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Saudi Aramco and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), with the objective of preparing a detailed feasibility assessment for the development of a world-class maritime yard in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The intended maritime yard will provide engineering, manufacturing & repair services related to rigs, platforms, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels


Rolls-Royce Secures Two OSV Design Contracts

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Rolls-Royce, a global power systems company, today announced that it has won a £15 million order to provide design, integrated power and propulsion systems and equipment for two offshore service vessels for ship owner Island Offshore. The contract includes options of four additional vessels.   Per Kristian Furø, Rolls-Royce General Sales Manager – Offshore said: “We have worked very closely with Island Offshore over the last decade to develop a wide range of


Latest DofD Navy Contracts

General Dynamics Electric Boat, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Maersk Line, and Offshore Vessels Inc. have all been awarded contracts by the US Department of Defense in its latest listing of Navy contracts, as follows: General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $25,668,778 firm-fixed-priced contract for the USS Providence (SSN 719) fiscal year 2013 dry-docking continuous maintenance availability


Tidewater Elects Industry Notable, Robert L. Potter, to Board

Photo courtesy of Tidewater

OSV fleet owners Tidewater have elected the recently retired President of FMC Technologies, Robert L. Potter to join its Board of Directors for a term beginning December 1, 2013 and expiring in July 2014. Robert L. Potter will retire from his position as President of FMC Technologies, Inc. on November 30, 2013, a position he has held since August 2012, following 40 years of service with the company.  Mr


New Generation Shipbuilding OSV Delivered

OSV Mr Ernie: Photo courtesy of Cummins Hotips

The latest Cummins-powered Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) delivery from Houma, Louisiana-based New Generation Shipbuilding is representative of the 'New Generation' in supply vessel design. According to Cummins Hotips, the distinctive bow and fo'csle profile on the 171 by 36-foot Mr. Ernie is reminiscent of some of the progressive International designs. This can be attributed to additional super structure design work by the Lafayette, La


The Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority

In a recent study, two groups were shown the same painting; one group was told it was painted in 1905, the other was told 2005. Not surprisingly, the first group reported liking the painting more than the second, proving the human brain almost automatically equates longevity with quality. 


Eastern Launches another Hornbeck Offshore Vessel

Photo: Eastern Shipbuillding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launching of the HOS BLACK ROCK (Hull 207) on Friday March 28, 2014 for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS BLACK ROCK is Eastern’s third vessel in Hornbeck Offshore’s HOSMAX 310 class series


Offshore Service Vessels Design Innovation

PSV World Sapphire from Damen (Photo courtesy Damen)

It could be argued that no other sector of the maritime market has experienced a design innovation revolution quite like the Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) market. Driven by demands to supply people, gear and goods to offshore installations that are increasingly further from shore in deeper waters


If You Have DPS Questions ... OSVDPA Has Answers

Aaron C. Smith

Over the past two years, the only constant in the dynamic positioning industry has been uncertainty. A new certification scheme, a long-awaited revision of the industry standard and threats of regulation continue to cause oscillating senses of hope and fear


Kongsberg Reports on European Simulator User Conference

160 delegates from all over Europe joined UC2013.

The Kongsberg Maritime Simulator User Conference (UC 2013), which took place in Svendborg, Denmark September 24-26, brought together many of the leading organizations in maritime and offshore training. UC 2013 is an annual event, designed as a platform for the discussion and development of


Eastern Delivers another Vessel to Hornbeck Offshore

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announce that on Thursday October 10, 2013, the M/V HOS Red Rock (Hull 202) was delivered to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS Red Rock was launched on April 19, 2013. Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS Red Dawn (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21


Davie Shipyard Float-out the First for Two Decades

Cecon Pride Photo courtesy of Cecon ASA

The traditional smashing of a champagne bottle on the first ship built at Canada’s oldest and biggest shipyard marked the christening ceremony and float-out of the 'Cecon Pride' in front of some 1,000 guests at the Davie Shipyard, also signalling the resurgence of shipbuilding in Quebec


Wärtsilä's Ballast Water System Earns USCG AMS Acceptance

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been granted Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) by the United States Coastguard (USCG). This allows all U.S. and foreign flag ships fitted with the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV BWMS to operate in U.S


Fast Ferry Gets a New Power Package

Seastreak’s Wall Street  Repower Synopsis  Installed power:	Reduced from 5696 kW 		to 3680 kW (35%)   Fuel consumption:	Reduced 30%  	(est. $500,000/year)  Weight:	Reduced 15 tonnes  CO2 emissions:	Per-passenger  value halved

While many owners discuss ideas to suitably maintain maritime service while slashing operating costs, Seasteak LLC, owners a 43m fast ferry Wall Street, put words into action with a dramatic propulsion switch that saw the company maintain sailing schedule and speed while reducing fuel consumption


Island Offshore Orders Rolls-Royce-Designed PSV

Photo courtesy Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has a won a contract to design and equip a new offshore support vessel (OSV) for Island Offshore, to be built by shipbuilding group Vard. The platform support vessel (PSV) is a Rolls-Royce design of type UT 776 CD, the second of this type ordered by Island Offshore this year.


ASL to Build Six Offshore Service Vessels

Offshore Service Vessel: Image courtesy of ASL

Singapore-based ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. say that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd (“ASLS”), has secured new shipbuilding contracts worth approximately S$97-million for the construction of six vessels. The vessels comprise:


Otto Marine Name Multi-Purpose OSV at Indonesia Shipyard

Norshore Atlantic: Image credit the owners

Singapore-based Otto Marine inform it has named the 'Norshore Atlantic' –  which it considers to be the first vessel of its kind to be constructed in Asia –  at its Batam Shipyard in Indonesia. The new offshore service vessel has been built to the MT6022XL Norwegian design


NAVTOR Signs E-Navigation Agreement with DOF

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E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has signed a landmark fleet agreement with DOF Management, the owner and operator of 78 advanced offshore service vessels. The deal will see NAVTOR’s innovative and user-friendly ENC service rolling out across DOF’s high-end CSVs


New DPO Certification Authority Announced

OSVDPA seeks to start training and certifying DPOs by the end of this year. A new organization, the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc. (OSVDPA), held its first board meeting Thursday, March 12, charting the course toward a new dynamic positioning operator (DPO)


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


 
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