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Harbor Technologies Receives Development Grant

Harbor Technologies, Inc., a provider of innovative and cost-effective composite solutions to the marine infrastructure market, announces that it has received a $418,500 development grant from the Maine Technology Institute to purchase and further develop a machine to produce composite marine pilings in a continuous manner. Harbor Technologies will utilize technology known as pultrusion to manufacture its pilings, and will enhance this mechanical process using its own engineering and design methodology so that it can speed up the production of its marine pilings. Harbor Technologies also will develop a mechanism to join multiple pilings together for applications that require piling lengths over 40 feet. This joint mechanism will enable builders to avoid the high cost and risk of shipping large pilings by assembling them at the job site. It also will enable Harbor Technologies to offer a wider product line and stock inventory of standard-sized pilings. Composite materials eliminate many of the problems associated with traditional marine materials. This is the fourth investment that Harbor Technologies has received from the Maine Technology Institute to develop its line of advanced composite material products.


Conductor Installation Services Completes Pile-Driving Ops

Driving Piles/Image: CIS

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company, announced that it has completed a pile-driving operation in conjunction with construction of a major gas production and processing development in Australasia.  Working in the jungle, CIS performed a series of pile-driving operations in order to form the foundations of three new bridges, a jetty and two wharves.  The CIS hammer services crew of four commenced the first phase of the pile-driving operation


Gulf Marine Wins Matterhorn TLP Contract

Technip-Coflexip Group announced that Atlantia Offshore Limited has awarded Gulf Marine Fabricators (GMF) a fabrication contract for the Matterhorn dry-tree TLP topsides facility and foundation piles. GMF based in Aransas Pass is an entity of the Technip-Coflexip Group. The work scope includes procurement, fabrication and outfitting of a 6000-ton topsides facility with a height of 62 ft. and an area of approximately 63,484 square ft


Project Profile, Muuga Port

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In very challenging weather conditions Danish contractor Per Aarsleff is installing its largest profile and one of its longest combination steel pile retaining walls for the extension to the container terminal in the Port of Muuga on the Gulf of Finland south coast, 17km east of the Estonian capital Tallinn. The site team, with its fleet of specialist marine plant, has been coping with freezing temperatures, strong winds and rough seas at the exposed site to accurately drive over 420 tubular


IHC Handling Systems Delivers Innovative Tool

IHC Handling Systems pile guiding tool

IHC Handling Systems, part of IHC Merwede, has delivered a pile guiding tool for the installation of 80 wind turbine foundations at sea. This innovative tool was designed and constructed by IHC Handling Systems, and then installed on board Seajacks’ new jack-up vessel, ZARATAN, in autumn 2012.   The company was awarded the contract on the strength of its vast expertise and experience in the offshore market. Complete package


Houlder, MPI Install 650T Pile Gripper Arms

Photo: Houlder

The pile Gripper Arms, installed this week, stabilize 6m diameter 650t steel piles as they are driven into the seabed by the MPI Discovery installation jack up vessel. Installed on the vessel’s stern below deck level, they provide resistance to wave, tide and current forces in water depths of up to 40m. Their position and the additional control this provides significantly reduces installation times providing a valuable enhancement to the Discovery’s capability, Houlder said.


Errant Barge Stops Highway Traffic

The U.S. Coast Guard stated that an errant barge struck the Route 50 highway bridge over the Severn River near Annapolis, Maryland and became wedged between two support pilings. The Coast Guard is coordinating removal of the barge. The police have halted traffic on the bridge until it has been determined that the bridge suffered no structural damage. Source: HK Law


Exec to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging

The former president of a California marine products company has agreed to plead guilty for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids and allocate customers with respect to marine products purchased by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and other public and private entities, the Department of Justice announced. Under the plea agreement, which is subject to court approval, Andrew Barmakian has agreed to serve a sentence and pay a criminal fine to be determined by the court


Trelleborg AB to Pay $11m in Criminal Fines

Two subsidiaries of the Swedish company Trelleborg AB, one based in Virginia and the other in France, have agreed to plead guilty and pay a total of $11m in criminal fines for their participation in separate conspiracies affecting the sales of marine products sold in the United States and elsewhere, the Department of Justice announced April 21. A two-count felony charge was filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va., against Virginia Harbor Services Inc


Coast Guard Photo: Haiti

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Hundreds of Haitians pile into a ferry headed away from Port-au-Prince, Jan. 20, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell)


Illinois River Lock Closure May Spur CME Grain Contract Tweaks

An upcoming river lock repair project in south Chicago has attracted the attention of exchange operator CME Group because the lock's closure could disrupt deliveries against its Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures contracts. The U.S


McDermott Awarded Megalodon Platform Installation

Photo: McDermott

McDermott International, Inc. announced today that one of its subsidiaries was awarded a contract to provide transportation and installation services to Walter Oil & Gas Corporation for the Megalodon platform destined for South Timbalier Block 311 in the Gulf of Mexico


Westermeerwind Wind Farm Construction Begins

Mammoet announced today that Westermeerwind BV has reached financial close on July 25 for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in Ijsselmeer, meaning work can now start on building the 48 wind turbines. The Westermeerwind wind farm consists of 48 wind turbines with a


Wagenbourg New Crane for Oil, Gas, Energy Sector

New Large Mobile Crane for Wagenbourg fleet

  Wagenborg Nedlift has expanded her crane fleet with a brand new 700 tonnes mobile crane. With this crane the fleet is significantly strengthened. Equipped with the most innovative features in the technical area as well as safety, this crane is highly suitable for lifting operations in the


New Corpus Christi Oil Loading Dock Sees First Tankship

Tankship: Photo courtesy David Hawgood

NuStar Energy says it has completed construction of a private marine loading dock at its North Beach Terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has its first ship at the dock to be loaded with crude oil. Originally scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of this year


Crowley Maritime Tugs Deliver Massive Semi-Submersible

The tow: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. inform that its ocean class tugs have successfully delivered oversized, overweight equipment – comprised of topsides, tendons, piles and more – that are now part of a massive semi-submersible floating production facility located in the U.S


Jack-Up Barge Acquires Platform for Increased Versatility

Jack-Up Barge Commercial Director Maarten Hardon (left) with Managing Director Ronald Schukking.

Jack-Up Barge, the offshore self-elevating platform supplier, has announced the acquisition of the Odin self-elevating platform from Hochtief. The acquisition expands the Jack-Up Barge fleet, increasing capacity and versatility. This is a new approach from Jack-Up Barge who has previously


The History of Offshore Energy

Gracing the cover of the June 1, 1957 edition was a  “Huge Oil Drilling Barge” the Margaret which was one of the largest ever built at 300 ft. long, 200 ft. wide and 93 ft. high, capable of an operating depth of 65 ft. Margaret was built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company for the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company, New Orleans.

Offshore exploration is a history of man v. nature, with ever bigger technology and investment   Prospecting for oil is a dynamic art. The greatest single element in all prospecting, past, present and future, is the man willing to take a chance


BAM to build petroleum jetty in Sierra Leone

BAM International to complete project for PetroJetty

BAM International and its South African joint-venture partner Stefanutti Stocks have been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal of Freetown in Sierra Leone


Jurong Port - Jetty construction off Stolthaven Terminal

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The working period for jetty construction work at Jurong Island, off Stolthaven Terminal, has been extended. The work is now continuing until 30 September 2014. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No


BAM Clough And SAL To Move LNG & LPG Product Loading Platforms

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  SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, through its wholly owned Singapore subsidiary, SAL Heavy Lift Singapore Pte Ltd, has signed a major new contract with Australia's BAM Clough Joint Venture for shipping and deployment of LNG and LPG product loading platforms for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project


France to host airshow-style nuclear exhibition

Frances Oldest Nuclear Reactor

  France hopes to boost its nuclear industry with a biennial exhibition modeled on the Paris Air Show, although it does not expect reactor orders to pile up as fast as airplane contracts. To be held in the same Le Bourget venue as the airshow


Germany Could Stop RWE Unit Sale

Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman

Germany's Economy Ministry is investigating whether to block the sale of RWE's oil and gas unit DEA to a group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman, a spokeswoman said. The German government has never previously made use of a clause in its foreign trade law


Norway to Retain Statoil Stake

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Photo: http://www.regjeringen.no)

Norway's right wing government will retain its current holding in oil and gas firm Statoil , backing off a pre-election proposal to cut the stake to about 50 percent from the current two thirds of the shares.   The government led by the Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg has pledged


Turkey Ferry Auction Attracts Multiple Bids

Private equity firm KKR & Co LP has attracted binding bids from Danish shipping company DFDS A/S and an alliance of PE players Esas Holding AS and Actera Partners LP for its Turkish ferry unit, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.






 
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