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Major Contract for HB Rentals

Offshore accommodation provider HB Rentals has won a deal worth more than USD 3.25 million to supply a dozen custom-build, high-specification units for global energy production and supply specialist E.ON Ruhrgas. E.ON has bought the complex of HB Rentals’ standard-setting Safe Area A60-rated cabins outright, for installation on the Babbage platform as it develops the...

Successful Opening Day OE 2009

Major issues including climate and energy, breakthrough technologies and the operating model being used by the upstream industry were in the spotlight during the opening day of SPE Offshore Europe 2009, with thousands of delegates coming through the doors to participate in the international oil and gas sector’s leading event. The first day of...

2010 Mandatory USA Efficiency Class For AC Motors

As from 19 December 2010, It will no longer be possible to export numerous types of alternating current (AC) motors to the USA. Aproco BV, the Baldor – Reliance motor distributor in the Netherlands, has a digital White Book available, that provides answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the ‘Energy Independence and...

VetcoGray SVXT S-Series Subsea Tree Launched

Offshore Industry witnessed the launch of the new GE Oil & Gas VetcoGray S-Series SVXT subsea tree at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen. The new VetcoGray S-Series SVXT subsea tree merges horizontal and vertical tree technology, reducing weight by 20%, decreasing height, and also delivering essential functionality in a pre-engineered, pre-configured ‘modular’ way. Low-cost installation of the...

First Minister to Chair Scottish Energy Advisory Board

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond announced today that the new Scottish Energy Advisory Board that he is to chair will play a vital role in shaping the future of Scotland’s energy sector. Speaking at the Offshore Europe Conference in Aberdeen, the First Minister said that optimism is returning to the oil and gas industry...

Oleg Strashnov Launched

On Saturday 22 August 2009 the heavy lift vessel Oleg Strashnov for Seaway Heavy Lifting was launched at the IHC Merwede Offshore & Marine facility in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands. With its 5,000t crane capacity the vessel is the largest monohull heavy lift vessel in the world and is the largest vessel ever...

Preparations for Offshore Energy 2009

On Thursday the 8 October the second edition of the trade fair and seminar Offshore Energy will take place in Den Helder, the Netherlands. The Old Navy Yard Willemsoord in Den Helder was chosen again as the location for the exhibition. The organization is expecting more than one hundred exhibitors this year and has...

Jumbo Jubilee Sets Heavy Lift Record

On Saturday 22 August 2009, a new tandem heavy lift record was set by Jumbo Jubilee. During the crane tests of Jumbo’s latest J-class vessel at the Huisman yard in Schiedam, a ballasted pontoon was lifted out of the water in tandem by the two 900t mast cranes. A load of 1,980 t, 10%...

Subsea Contract for Technip

Technip has been awarded a lump sum contract by Marathon Oil Company for the Ozona field development in the Gulf of Mexico. The project consists of the tie-in of a well in Garden Banks 515 (1,000m water depth) to the Shell Auger platform. The contract covers project management and surveys, engineering, procurement/fabrication and installation...

Cranes for Severe Arctic Conditions

Cargotec has secured an order for six of its MacGregor knuckle-jib crane units from STX Europe. The cranes are specifically designed to operate in severe climatic conditions and extreme air temperatures and will be installed on three icebreaker tugs, designed by Aker Arctic Technology Inc. The units are scheduled for delivery throughout the period...

Multiple Industry Firsts

FMC Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Petrobras to supply a subsea separation system for the Marlim field, located in the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. The contract is valued at approximately USD 90 million in revenue to FMC Technologies. FMC’s scope of supply consists of a subsea separation and pumping system. The...

New Training and Marine Simulation Centre in Aberdeen

Kongsberg Maritime has opened a new training and marine simulation centre in Westhill, Aberdeen. The specialist centre is the largest of its type in the UK, and provides training across maritime sectors including oil and gas, subsea, marine and offshore construction. The new centre will provide specialist training ranging from familiarization to advanced courses...

New Range of Wind Turbine Installation Cranes

Huisman has expanded its heavy lifting product range with a customized range of Wind Turbine Installation Cranes. Building on the successful operation of the existing Huisman heavy lifting equipment for the installation of wind turbines and the increasing demand for customized equipment by the fast growing market for renewables, the company has now designed a...

3D EM Survey Offshore Greenland

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has been awarded a contract worth about USD 4 million by the Cairn Energy group through its subsidiary Capricorn and its joint venture partner Nunaoil, to perform a 3D electromagnetic (EM) survey in the Disko West area offshore Greenland. The survey is due to start around 25 August and will...

Mighty Servant 3 Rejoins Dockwise Fleet

The fully renewed and reinstated Mighty Servant 3 has rejoined the fleet of Dockwise. The vessel has been under repair at the Grand Bahama Shipyard since January, 2008. The entire vessel has been rebuilt beginning with the steel hull. New machinery, electrical systems and equipment have been installed to the latest standards and designs,...

Early Jacket Delivery

Heerema Vlissingen, one of the fabrication facilities of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) has successfully completed the EPC contract for the construction of a jacket and piles for the fourth platform on Nexen’s Buzzard oilfield in the UK North Sea. On 6 August 2009 the 3,500t jacket which measures 42 x 42 x 124m together...

Major Offshore Float-over

Dockwise has successfully performed the USD 33 million complete transport and float-over installation of 19,000t MDPP offshore production platform for CPOC located at the JDA Block B-17, C-19 and B-17-01. Dockwise is the main contractor for CPOC, the operator. Preparation for the project included custom-design and fabrication of Leg Mating Units (LMUs) and Deck Support...

Record Net Profit for Fairstar

Fairstar (FAIR) released its financial results after the close of trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange on 5 August 2009.  The company has continued to increase revenue and profitability while reducing debt. The company’s second semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Fjell left Malta in early May and joined her sister-ship Fjord in the market to...

Naming Ceremony Hos Iron Horse

On Friday, 31 July 2009 the naming and delivery of the Hos Iron Horse took place at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. IHC Merwede Offshore & Marine built the vessel in Hardinxveld-Giessendam for Hornbeck Offshore Services. Mrs. Joan Hornbeck performed the naming ceremony. IHC Merwede Offshore & Marine won the order to design and...

Ampelmann Installed on Jumbo Javelin

One of Jumbo Offshore’s heavy lift & installation vessels, the DP2-ship Jumbo Javelin, is preparing to deliver installation services for offshore wind farms. It will be able to ship and install Transition Pieces (TP’s) for wind turbines.The vessel will be able to carry nine TP’s at a time, each with a weight of approximately 285...

Hong Kong Office for Belzona

Belzona, a leading company in the design and manufacture of industrial protective coatings and polymer repair composites, has opened a new corporate office in central Hong Kong. Belzona currently operates through a global distribution network of over 140 distributors in 120 countries. Part of Belzona’s corporate mission is to encourage strong and steady growth...

First Offshore Wind Turbine in German Waters

On 15 July 2009 Jack-Up Barge B.V. celebrated a major milestone in the company’s history as its newbuild  monohull Jack-Up platform JB-114 completed the installation of the first ever German offshore wind turbine on her maiden voyage. After mobilization in Eemshaven, the Netherlands, the JB-114 was towed to the offshore location, about 45 km...

Successful Subsea Installation

On June 20, Technip, supported by Jumbo Offshore, completed the installation of four subsea structures, including two module support frames, in the White Rose oilfield, offshore Newfoundland for the North Amethyst project. The foundations were lowered to the Grand Banks seabed at approximately 120m depth and will support subsea manifolds and flowlines that are...

New Challenge for Maro Service

Since 1996 Maro Service Nederland B.V. has been offering allround mechanics specialized in bolt tensioning, torque tightening, on-site machining and valve overhauling for the onshore industry. During the past thirteen years Maro Service has built up an impressive track record and it has successfully completed many projects in, for instance, the refineries of Shell,...

Education Progamme ‘International Contracting’

TiasNimbas has launched an education programme called ‘International Contracting’. This programme focuses on organizations operating in the offshore and construction industry. These organizations work in an environment where contracts play an essential role defining mutual rights and duties between parties involved as well as benefits to be gained from...