Acta Marine Assists in UXO Survey Projects

first_imgActa Marine has deployed two vessels on unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey projects for two future European subsea cable routes.“In preparation for offshore wind and power cable projects, operators want to have their proposed cable routes surveyed for potential unexploded ordinance,” said the company’s Commercial Manager Bert de Ruiter.Because of the shallow draft requirements of both projects, Acta Marine has deployed their vessel Offshore Phantom. However, due to a high vessel occupation rate, the company was not able to supply the second vessel from its fleet, and has thus teamed up with Marine Projects Rotterdam who provided the vessel MPR Sounder.UXO surveys are performed by towing gradiometer equipment over the seabed. The equipment is towed at a distance behind the vessel so that it is unaffected by electromagnetic effects of the vessel itself. The survey vessel also needs to be equipped with a Multi Beam Echosounder (MBE), and sonar and acoustics transducers to investigate the surface of the seabed and the positioning of the gradiometer wings.last_img read more

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SAL Heavy Lift Returns to German Flag

first_imgSAL Heavy Lift, Hamburg-based carrier specializing in heavy lift and project cargo transport, informed that six of its vessels will fly the German flag by the end of 2017.Having started with MV Svenja on September 22, MV Trina, MV Anne-Sofie, MV Regine, MV Maria and MV Wiebke will quickly follow, according to the company.“We are very proud to return to the German flag. The German flag stands for quality, safety and compliance, and these are core values in SAL, so the German flag and our corporate objectives go well in hand,” Sebastian Westphal, Corporate Director Ship Management at SAL, commented.As explained, the decision to re-flag follows “careful considerations” on the fleet management process in SAL.The re-flagging process will be handled in cooperation with the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Commercial Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunication (BG Verkehr) and classification society DNV GL.“In view of the many benefits of the German Flag, we decided to initiate the re-flagging process. We are happy with the good cooperation we have had with BG Verkehr and DNV GL on the matter, and I know our crew onboard is proud to hoist the German flag,” Westphal added.SAL Heavy Lift, part of Harren & Partner Group, currently owns a fleet of 21 heavy lift vessels.last_img read more

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Crouch on Ettalong Channel Issues: Community Demands Action

first_imgMore than 60 local residents attended a ‘Save Our Beach’ protest convened by Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Liberal Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch, and Liberal councilors Cr Jilly Pilon and Cr Gale Collins last week.Mr Crouch said that the protest sent a clear message to the Central Coast Council that the community demands action. The councilors repeated their call for the council to take responsibility for the situation at Ettalong Channel.Mr Crouch said that the council has avoided responsibility and delayed any progress on this issue for far too long.“I call on the Labor and independent alliance of councilors to stop obfuscating and avoiding this issue, and start to work together to achieve a positive outcome,” Mr Crouch said.“Since 2011, funding has been available through the Rescuing Our Waterways program, which consists of a co-fund arrangement between local Councils and the State.”Cr Pilon also added that the need for dredging to prevent silting in the Ettalong Channel was not a new problem: “Indeed, as far back as 2009, a management study was written by an independent engineering consultancy and provided to council with options to fix this ongoing problem.”“I have raised this issue with my council colleagues on multiple occasions already, and I will continue to advocate for our community at every possible opportunity,” concluded Cr Pilon.Adam Crouch MP – Member for Terrigallast_img read more

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Bureau Veritas wins contract to support North Sea drilling operations

first_imgBureau Veritas, a provider of testing, inspection, and certification services, has been awarded a six-figure contract to support drilling operations in the North Sea.BV said on Monday that the long-term frame agreement would see it provide inspection and verification services for nine rigs.The project will be coordinated out of Bureau Veritas’ Aberdeen base.Paul Shrieve, the regional CEO of North Sea Offshore Operations, said: “Bureau Veritas has always been committed to the North Sea region, viewing it as a viable business area where we intend to continue to grow, expand and support our clients.“Our faith is echoed in Oil & Gas UK’s recently published 2018 Business Outlook, which suggests at least 12 new developments worth around £5 billion are expected to be sanctioned this year – the healthiest forecast for new projects for three years.”The company added that the client, an undisclosed “global drilling contractor”, would receive the streamlined data tracking and reporting from its projects through Bureau Veritas’ Compliance System.The cloud-based system has been developed by Bureau Veritas to gather clients’ disparate maintenance, inspection, and verification data into one centralized hub, giving the client full detailed visibility at any time, in one view.“It is important that technology is used to bring practical solutions to challenges faced by the modern energy industry, not just for the sake of technology, and that is core to the development of this system.“Simplification, real-time answers to questions and risk reduction are all delivered through this, and we look forward to supporting more clients with it,” added Shrieve.last_img read more

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Zinke: No decrease for offshore lease sale royalty rates

first_imgU.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has said that the Department of the Interior will not lower royalty rates for future offshore oil and gas lease sales.The DOI said on Tuesday that the Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) made its initial recommendations on February 28, including the one to set a royalty rate of 12.5 percent on all Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease sales at all water depths through 2024.According to the DOI, an improving economy, federal tax reforms, higher energy prices, and greater regulatory certainty led to positive market conditions, prompted Secretary Zinke’s to keep the royalty rate in 200 meters of water and deeper at 18.75 percent.Secretary Zinke said: “Right now, we can maintain higher royalties from our offshore waters without compromising the record production and record exports our nation is experiencing. The Administration is grateful for the Committee’s hard work on these significant energy issues.”In addition to the recommendation for lower royalty rates, the RPC also recommended that the Department updates its studies on international onshore and offshore data that guide its decision-making, as well as a study of comparable offshore producing nations of Guyana and Mexico, their royalty rates, total revenue, lease block sizes, and recent sales in particular.Vincent DeVito, Royalty Policy Committee chair, added: “Today’s decision reflects the oil and gas industry’s improving market conditions for the safe and responsible development of our abundant energy resources. The Committee will continue to study ways to improve our programs, including recommendations to improve market conditions for other forms of energy like coal and offshore wind.”Last summer, the Department announced the current fiscal terms used for future offshore lease sales. Namely, the terms include a 12.5 percent royalty rate for leases in less than 200 meters of water depth, and a royalty rate of 18.75 percent for all other leases issued, beginning with the August 2017 lease sale.When the market or other conditions dictate, the Department has the statutory authority to adjust royalty rates for upcoming sales in accordance with federal law.It is worth noting that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act grants the Secretary the authority to conduct lease sales on the OCS that “assure receipt of fair market value for the lands leased and the rights conveyed by the Federal Government.”Lessees pay bonuses, rentals, and royalties reflecting the value of the rights to explore and potentially develop and produce OCS oil and gas resources. These revenues are distributed to the Federal Treasury, state governments, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Historic Preservation Fund.DOI added that it, through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, sets minimum bid levels, rental rates, and royalty rates by individual lease sale based on its assessment of market and resource conditions as the sale approaches.last_img read more

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FlyShip Says It Will Soon Roll Out First Crafts. Eyes Offshore Wind Crew Transfer

first_imgFS-100; Image source: FlyShipFlyShip, a Germany-based company which made news in 2016 with its novel (air)craft, has announced that it is about to receive its first order and will subsequently start producing first crafts of the FS-100 class. Upon informing of the upcoming order, FlyShip said it was looking at offshore wind crew transfer operations as one of the areas where its technology could be used.According to the technology developer, it reached this milestone following a successful proof of concept and building and testing a large number of prototypes over a period of 35 years.The crafts fly just above sea level, utilising the ground effect, whilst being classified as a ship, FlyShip stated, adding that the FS-100 – the latest fully engineered model –operates best within an 800km distance and can transport up to 100 passengers at speeds of up to 250km/h.Twin Turboprop engines and housed propellers provide reliable and super-efficient power with a fuel burn rate of 2 liters per seat per hour, waterjets provide propulsion whilst in a marina. FlyShips can take off and land in waves up to 2,5 meters and, once airborne, our vessels can fly up to 50 meters altitude.”According to the company’s CEO, Daniel Thomas Schindler, for offshore wind crew transfers, a FlyShip FS-100 would be upgraded with an additional gull-wing door, handrails and rubber skirting at the bow section to enable turbine access.“Our engineers are awaiting specific clients’ requests in order to upgrade and customize the FS-100 to a very high degree, such as cargo rails in the cabin, retractable gangways, operating the FlyShips on LPG/LNG and much more,” Schindler said.Schindler further added that FlyShips would have the advantage over crew transfer vessels and helicopters in terms of time efficiency and personnel health and safety. Travel time, sea sickness and crew fatigue are reduced to the very moment of transferring the crew to a turbine, he said, adding that using a FlyShip craft would make repair and maintenance planning easier and carrying out the works more cost efficient on a commercial scale.The company left its first client unnamed, saying that the order is about to be made by a renowned ferry operator from Germany that plans to set up a year-round fast passenger ferry service using FlyShips in the North Sea, specifically in Deutsche Bucht and between German islands, as well as the Baltic Sea.last_img read more

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UK: Digital Growth Could Shape the Port of the Future

first_imgA number of developments in the digital and augmentation/automation areas could transform competitiveness and customer propositions at UK ports, according to a survey released by the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG).UKMPG’s members, the UK’s biggest port owners and operators, believe that these developments could shape the port of the future.These build on continued evolution of the physical assets of ports, their hinterlands and their connectivity with main economic and urban areas. And these changes must occur within an environment of sustainability and responsibility, UKMPG added.The survey informed the response of the UKMPG to the Government’s Maritime 2050 Call for Evidence which closed this week.Taken together, and with the right enabling pre-trade and pro-investment policy frameworks from Government, these developments would build further the powerhouse ports needed for Brexit Britain, boosting the UK’s ability to trade with the world.“At the heart of our input to Government is a determination that ports will play as crucial a role in the 4th industrial revolution as they have in its predecessors, enabling the UK to trade with the world. We look forward to working with Government and others to develop the right policy and regulatory frameworks for the long term to make this potential a reality, boosting even further the considerable value that major ports contribute to the UK,” Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group, said.last_img read more

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Thun Tankers Names Newbuild Pair in China

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thun Tankers Erik Thun Group & Thun Tankers BV have named two new product/chemical tankers in China.The naming ceremony for Thun Lidkoping and Thun London was held at the shipyard AVIC Dingheng on March 23.“It is a historic day for our company with the naming of both Thun Lidkoping and Thun London on the same day,” Alice Brax, the godmother of the tankers, said.The 18,650 dwt ships are the first two in a series of five newbuilds of the L-class. They are built to the design focused on energy efficiency, sustainability and new regulations.With a length of 149.8 meters and a width of 22.8 meters, the vessels have a capacity of 21,000 cbm.Expected to start operating during the spring and summer of 2019, the tanker pair will enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network upon delivery.Thun Tankers is part of Gothia Tanker Alliance, a European tanker network for coastal tanker owners, currently operating 23 intermediate tankers ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 dwt and 17 coastal tankers in the size range from 6,000 to 8,000 dwt.The company will take delivery of three small and six intermediate newbuilds during 2019-2021.last_img read more

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BW’s LNG newbuild wrapping up sea trials

first_imgBW LNG, a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group, said its third ME-GI newbuild, the BW Pavilion Aranda is completing its sea trials. The vessel, BW’s third featuring ME-GI propulsion and reliquefaction system, is one of seven LNG carriers on order at the South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) yard.Upon delivery in early September, BW Pavilion Aranda will commence on a long term charter to Pavilion.To remind, in October last year Singapore’s Pavilion Energy signed a long-term charter for two M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) LNG newbuildThe 173,400-cbm vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2020, and will be used to enable Pavilion Energy’s global portfolio and LNG trading expansions.In 2014, Pavilion Energy and BW formed a joint venture, BW Pavilion LNG to acquire, manage and charter maritime LNG assets, including LNG carriers.The joint venture’s fleet includes two Singapore-flagged LNG newbuilds, the BW Pavilion Vanda and the BW Pavilion Leeara, both of which are on long-term charter to Pavilion Energy.last_img read more

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NEMOS WEC Prototype Trials Underway

first_imgNEMOS has started testing its 2019 Wave Energy Converter (WEC) prototype in Ostend, Belgium. Following a series of handling and installation tests, the machine was finally deployed at its mooring system 500 meters off the coast of Ostend in October.The process went smoothly when the self-floating system was towed by a tugboat and coupled to its anchor lines. “It was exciting to see the floater starting to operate by the energy of the waves.” said Oliver Epsom, lead offshore engineer at NEMOS. “It was a proud moment for the entire team.”While some of the NEMOS staff members coordinated the works at sea, further colleagues observed the machine via online-monitoring in the control center at Duisburg. “It was a relief to see all systems operating and witness the first electrical power generation,” added Dr. Alexander Martha, operations manager at NEMOS. “We all were familiar with the WEC system from CAD models, tank tests and assembly works, however it was a great impression to actually see this machine working in North Sea.”During the operation, the WEC functioned as planned and important data was gathered. Due to adverse weather forecasts, the WEC was recovered to shore at the beginning of November.NEMOS is currently analyzing the data from the test to compare the machine’s performance against predictions. Once the gathered information is completely post-processed the test program will continue.The intention is to perform longer duration tests in more challenging sea conditions to prove long-time operation and extreme event survivability.last_img read more

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