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 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.
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
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.
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
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
Last month Kongsberg Marine launched the Compact DP Series from Kongsberg Maritime. A solution for the smaller vessel and operator, it offers a complete DP class 1 solution for dynamically positioned vessels and is designed to meet the requirements of Offshore Service Vessels and workboats. The system consists of two main components, the cPos and cJoy, both of which use Kongsberg RCU technology, within the (cPos or cJoy) Compact Controller
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
KVH Industries passes the 3,000th mark with shipments of its TracPhone® terminal for the mini-VSAT Broadband network. Launched in 2007, KVH's maritime broadband service was the first to use spread spectrum technology that enabled small, easy-to-install onboard terminals to receive fast
The new SeaZip service catamarans are set to sail for North Sea offshore wind farm. In Harlingen (the Netherlands), two newly-constructed Damen ‘Twin Axe’ catamaran ships of the FCS 2610 type were officially named on March, 22
The story of Bordelon Marine is not far afield from many others in the Gulf of Mexico, that of a small, family owned business carving a niche for itself. But when Wes Bordelon joined his namesake company in 1999, he knew that change was essential for survival
US Firm, Tidewater, agrees with HitecVision to purchase Norway's Troms offshore, including 5 large PSV's. Tidewater say that the acquisition of Troms Offshore, headquartered in Tromsø, Norway, will expand their global footprint into the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and supplement
U.S. Flag Vessels by Type and Age (Number of vessels) The latest statistical roundup of the U.S. flag fleet (2012) shows some interesting trends. We know that the U.S. blue water, deep draft fleet continues to dwindle in size and numbers – albeit some exciting recent orders for tankers and
W&O Supply, a global supplier of marine and upstream oil and gas pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions, has been selected by PG Marine Group – Ing Per Gjerdrum AS as its exclusive sales agent in the U.S. and Canada.
Hyde Marine, Inc. will showcase a skid-mounted Hyde Guardian HG150 Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) suitable for small-to-medium Offshore Service Vessels (OSV) and ferries at booth R4136U in Hall 4 (second floor) in collaboration with Marcon West, during Neva, September 24-27
This summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) asserted that domestic shipyards annually support $36 billion in gross domestic product. The report, entitled “The Economic Importance of the U.S
Flexible fuels, Bold designs ... “It’s not your father’s OSV” Eastern Shipbuilding Group has arguably been one of the more progressive and aggressive U.S. builders of high-spec Offshore Service Vessels in recent years
A tumultuous three years for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, starting with the disastrous Macondo Oil Spill in April of 2010, has come full circle, arriving at a buoyant period for Gulf Cost boat builders, oil & gas developers and the maritime professionals who make it all happen
Offshore Service Vessel owner Tidewater Inc. with a group of institutional investors have executed a $500-million senior unsecured note purchase agreement. Proceeds from the issuance of the notes will be used to (i) refinance borrowings under the company’s existing $600 million revolving