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Naming of THSD Gateway

Saturday 26 September 2009 witnessed the naming and launch of the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (THSD) Gateway at the IHC Merwede Offshore & Marine yard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands on. The ceremony was conducted by Mrs M.J.A. Smits-Schiebroek, the spouse of ir. drs. H.N.J. Smits, the CEO of Rotterdam Port Authority N.V. The 12,000...

Dredging Contract

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the contract from Secretaría de Comunicaciones Y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transport) for the dredging of an access channel and turning basin at the LNG import terminal of Cuyutlán on the west coast of Mexico. The contract value is approximately Euro 40 million and the work is scheduled...

Best Renewable Energy Company

Subocean Group has won a top renewables accolade at a prestigious business awards ceremony. The Group, which is one of the UK’s largest market leaders in specialist high performance subsea cable installation and burial solutions, was named the best Renewable Energy company at the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Northern Star...

Huge Success for European Offshore Wind 2009

European Offshore Wind 2009 conference and exhibition – the world’s largest gathering of offshore wind energy professionals took place in Stockholm from 14 – 16 September. The event, organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), was hailed a huge success, doubling in size from its previous edition in 2007. Over 4,800 participants saw...

Mighty Servant 1 was Safely Escorted

Between the 13 and 14 September, the Dockwise semi-submersible, heavy-marine transport vessel, Mighty Servant 1, was safely escorted by EUNAVFOR warships through the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. The Mighty Servant 1 is currently transporting the Gjøa Hull from Korea to Norway. The EUNAVFOR Belgian warship Louise-Marie, participating in...

“Key Lessons can be Learnt”

Offshore wind must not limit the lessons it can learn from offshore oil and gas if it is to become a viable and mature industry, says Nial McCollam of the diversified energy services group, Senergy. His message of collaboration on operational as well as technical issues will be high on the agenda at this...

OE 2009: Record Number of Visitors

Record numbers of visitors have been pouring through the doors at SPE Offshore Europe as the upstream industry’s flagship international event continues to reflect the sector’s vibrancy and resilience. The second and third days of the show saw key issues discussed in the outstanding conference panel sessions by leading Exploration & Production...

Expro Secures Contract Extension with Shell

Oilfield service company Expro today announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding covering the extension of two major contracts with Shell in Europe. The contracts, which Expro values at approximately USD 100 million, provide wireline and well test services in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland and represent a strengthening of a...

Perpendicular at Open Sea

Wind turbine manufacturer Bard Engineering GmbH has developed a unique concept for the foundations of wind turbines. The mast is placed on a supporting cross piece that rests above the water surface on three main pilings. Enerpac’s Synchronous Lifting System is used to level this supporting cross piece accurately and in just a short...

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...