Europort Runs Ahead of Tier III Schedule

Europort1Europort 2013 will showcase the innovative technology available that is designed to meet shipping’s critical challenge posed by environmental restrictions under ‘Tier III’ legislation.

Radical tightening of permissible nitrogen oxide and sulphur emissions from ships will change shipping profoundly after January 1, 2016, particularly within Emissions Control Areas.  Staged just over a year before the new regime comes into force, November’s Europort 2013 will offer the maritime and offshore sectors the chance to find out how technology innovators have risen to regulatory challenges, and consider their actions before new restrictions bite.

The International Maritime Organization’s Tier III restrictions require the approximate 74% reduction in NOx emissions when compared to Tier II-type engines. Permissible NOx emissions under Tier III are restricted to between 3.4g/kWh and 2.0g/kWh, depending on an engine’s rated speed.

Shipowners also need to address tightening sulphur dioxide emissions restrictions from 2015, particularly in ECAs. Under the currently agreed schedule, the amount of sulphur permitted in marine fuels will fall in ECAs from a current 1% to 0.1% in 2015, and globally in 2020 from 3.5% to 0.5%.

In short, it will simply no longer be permissible to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) as freely as before. To meet the regulatory demands, owners will either have to operate on lower sulphur fuel or distillates, burn gas, fit an exhaust gas scrubber, or change their operating profile. 

Understandably, both future fuel selection and the energy efficiency of ships already built and in service are key themes in both the ‘Advanced Technology’ and ‘Mare Forum’ conference programmes that are integral to Europort 2013.

Real progress on one of the industry’s future fuel options will be highlighted in the ‘Pioneering with LNG’ session at the Advanced Technology Conferences, where Dutch expertise in inland operations, shipbuilding and marine equipment design has come into its own. Mare Forum will address the wider strategic issues on future trends in fuels, as part of a wider debate on ‘eco ships’, using the stimulating, free-flowing and informal approach to discussions that is the hallmark of the Mare Forum formula.


As ever, new vessel designs are also a feature of this year’s Europort, and here too environmental imperatives are central to the innovations on show. Typical is the new PSV 3300 offshore vessel from Damen Shipyards, the starting point for its new portfolio of offshore vessels.


NASA Technology Improves Safety on Offshore Platforms

NASALOGOA new fiber-optic monitoring system developed through a Space Act Agreement between NASA and Astro Technology Inc. of Houston is helping to increase safety for workers and reduce the risk of leaks and spills on two oil platforms off the coast of West Africa. The technology also has potential future space exploration applications.


BSEE and Coast Guard Sign Memorandum of Agreement for Regulating Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit

BSEElogoOn Tuesday, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for regulating mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Through this agreement, both BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard will work together to identify and coordinate responsibilities for the inspection and oversight of MODUs.


New Rigs Extend Field Life of Oseberg and Gullfaks

statoillogoThe license partners of Gullfaks and Oseberg Area Unit have acquired two new category J jack-up rigs. The rigs will be owned by the licenses and will contribute to increased recovery and extended field life.



Image: Cat J rig illustration.Statoil-newrig

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. and operator KCA Deutag Drilling Norway AS have been awarded the contracts for construction and operation of two category J rigs. Operation start is expected in 2016-2017.


ABB Breakthrough for Enhanced Reliability Drillship

ABBDrillshipWatermarkABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has secured a landmark offshore marine industry contract covering electrical power and propulsion systems onboard a DP class 3 Drill Ship to be conferred with ‘Enhanced Reliability’ and DYNPOS AUTRO notation from Det Norske Veritas(DNV).


The contract covers installations onboard a ‘BT-UDS’ dynamic positioned ultra-deep water drill ship ordered by Sigma Drilling, the joint venture between Norway’s Skeie Technology and Houston-based Vantage Drilling, from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. The vessel, to be built at South Korea’s STX Jinhae yard, is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2015.


BP Plans $1B in New Investment, Adding Two Drilling Rigs and 200 Jobs in Alaska

Recent state tax reform also spurs Prudhoe Bay working interest owners to evaluate additional $3 billion of development projects


BPBP has announced it is planning to add $1 billion in new investment and two drilling rigs to its Alaska North Slope fields over the next five years due to changes in the state’s oil tax policy signed into law this month by Gov. Sean Parnell.


These plans call for an increase in drilling and well-work activity, the upgrading of existing facilities and the addition of up to 200 new jobs in the state, giving a boost to both the company’s operations and the state’s economy.


Okeanus Expands Winch Fleet with 6,000-m System

DT Marine remote-operated 125-hp Slip-Ring winch ready for lease

Okeanus-Final-logo1Okeanus Science and Technology, LLC (Okeanus) has recently acquired a custom DT Marine 125-hp electric-hydraulic Slip-Ring Tow Winch, model DT-3125.  The custom-designed winch is spooled with over 6,000 m (20,000 ft) of 0.68” UNOLS coax cable.  The system is configured to support a wide variety of oceanographic, survey, and scientific equipment and is ideally suited for various deepwater tow sled operations.

The winch’s bare drum line pull is over 20,000 lbs at 0 to 150 ft/min.  The drive system consists of a 125-HP, 480 VAC, 3-phase, 650-HZ,OkeanusExpandsWinchFleet1 totally enclosed, fan-cooled electric motor driving a hydraulic pump that, in turn, drives a hydraulic motor connected in open loop configuration.  The hydraulic motor is coupled to the drum through a planetary gear reducer that is attached directly to the winch drum.  A multiple disc, fail-safe brake is incorporated into the final drive and located between the hydraulic motor and the gear reducer.  The hydraulic reservoir is supplied with a sight level gauge and drain plug contained in the base of the winch such that, except for having to be supplied with outside electric power, the unit is self-contained.  The DT-3125 is controlled by a self-centering, single lever, 4-way control valve, with metering spool that affords variable speed in both directions, and is located on a sloping panel on the drive component housing.  The winch is also equipped with a remote output that allows for the winch to be controlled from any point on the vessel.

The winch and a full suite of spares will be stationed at Okeanus’ main facility located in Houma, Louisiana and is available for lease.  Okeanus can also offer many subsea components and solutions to integrate into the DT-3125.


Senesco Marine Delivers Largest Commercial Floating Dry Dock in the Northeast

DrydockSenesco Marine of North Kingstown, RI ( launched the largest commercial floating dry dock in the Northeast United States on 7 May 2013. Senesco built the dry dock for Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Co. of Staten Island, NY ( The dry dock has a lifting capacity of 7,300 LT, is 420 feet long, and has a 100 foot wide open pontoon deck between its 30 foot tall wing walls.


Standardized Vessels - Standardized Maintenance, a Winning Strategy

In January 2012, BOURBON established Bourbon Docking, a new affiliate in Dubai. Bourbon Docking is in charge of planned vessel maintenance management for all of

Bourbon the Group’s affiliates.


 Photo: The AHTS Bourbon Liberty 224 in dry dock during her planned maintenance period in WAS Shipyard, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Looking back on the first year and a half, the results are already very promising. The fleet’s technical availability increased, an achievement based on standardized maintenance, which itself is made possible thanks to standardized vessels. A fleet of built-in-series vessels has common features, such as propulsion components.


Articulating Diamond Wire Saw Cuts Pipe and Cuts Costs

Mactech Offshore, a leading provider of subsea and offshore machining solutions, has recently received patent-pending status on its Articulating Diamond Wire Saw. The saw is designed for subsea and topside cutting of a variety of materials and projects in the offshore oil industry and utilizes an articulating cutting arm for minimal clearance during cuts.



Photo: Articulating Diamond Wire Saw Decommissioning Gulf Of Mexico Rig


Subsea Integrity Specialist Completes Successful Field Trial for Chevron

First Application of FlexGuard Technology


ChevronFlexguardFlexlife, a specialist provider of flexible pipe technologies and engineering services, has successfully used its new integrity monitoring technology at Chevron’s Captain field in the UK North Sea.


FlexGuard is an early detection system for possible riser integrity issues, designed to provide continuous real-time data on the condition of flexible risers. With more than 3000 risers in use globally, with this number forecast to rise to 5,000 by 2015, and 35% forecast to suffer some form of outer sheath damage, the cost savings and environmental benefits are immense.  


Littlejohn & Co. Announces Investment in Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc.

Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, announces  that it has made an equity investment in Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of ocean-going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets under the brand name TY Offshore, as well as superyachts under the brand name Trinity Yachts.


Centrally located on the Gulf Coast of the United States, Gulf Coast manufactures offshore supply vessels, tank barges, military patrol vessels, tugs and superyachts from two facilities located in Gulfport, MS and New Orleans, LA.


Seakeeper Sets Standard for Stabilizing Naval Vessels

Crews aboard naval vessels benefit from having a stable operating platform to help carry out their specialized missions with optimal safety and efficiency. An increasingSeakeeper number of US Navy craft now use Seakeeper actively controlled gyro stabilization systems to mitigate ship roll. Compact, efficient and completely internal, they create significant roll reduction whether a vessel is underway, or at low or zero speed.


JDN Hoists Make Light Work of Loads Whatever the Working Conditions

Injuries within workplace environments can occur when personnel are lifting or moving inappropriately heavy oads. The use of mechanical lifting equipment helps, but can also be time consuming, particularly where rope or chain wheel manual operations are associated with raising loads to above head height. Air powered lifting has been proved to be safe, effective, economical and time saving, particularly where there is an existing compressed-air power source available.

jdn85-B-72dpiImage: The JDN Mini Manipulator provides both safe and efficient single handed operation of lift, lower, traverse and load positioning operations.

The J D Neuhaus company have a world renowned reputation for the supply of high performance air operated handling equipment, to operate in the toughest environments for individual loads up to 100 tons. However, they are also able to supply air hoists designed for operating in light to medium engineering and general workshop applications. These products ensure workshop health and safety compliance for load capacities up to 2 tons, with hoists that have been manufactured to the same high standards as their heavier duty equipment.

Two ranges of these general lower duty hoists are available, including the JDN Mini series with models available for payload ratings of 125, 250, 500 and 980kg. These are aluminum bodied units which provide optional lift heights of 3, 5 and 8 meters with a 6 bar air supply. These hoists are also equipped with a single top suspension hook, which can be used with an optional trolley mounting providing overhead rail suspension to accommodate manual powered traverse movements of suspended loads. A manipulator unit is also available in this versatile Mini range, which provides both safe and efficient single handed operation of lift, lower, traverse and load positioning operations.

Where more rugged, steel-bodied hoists are required, the JDN Profi TI series incorporates four models in a lower-load range rated at 250, 500 and 1000kg plus a 2 ton lift capacity unit. These models also provide single suspension hook mounting with three optional trolley mounts available to provide manual, reel chain on motorized traverse movements. These products are supplied as standard with 3 meter lift heights, operating from optional 4 or 6 bar air supplies.

Where single hook suspension mounting is utilized for any of the JDN hoists, then both oblique or horizontal pulling facilities can be                                                         utilized.


General Dynamics NASSCO to Construct Four Product Tankers for American Petroleum Tankers

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announces that it has entered into a contract with an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone on behalf of its investors, for the design and construction of four 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The contract includes options to build four additional ships.



General Dynamics NASSCO to Construct Four Product Tankers for American Petroleum Tankers

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announces that it has entered into a contract with an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone on behalf of its investors, for the design and construction of four 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The contract includes options to build four additional ships.



GE Power Conversion to Power, Propel and Position Hornbeck Offshore’s Two Latest Multipurpose Supply Vessels at Eastern Shipbuilding Group

GE-logoGE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) announces it has been awarded a contract by the Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla., to supply integrated diesel-electric power, propulsion and vessel control systems for two multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs) with installed horsepower of 12,070 BHP (9,000 kW). Eastern will build the MPSVs for Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La.


Unique Hydrographic Systems Wins Oil Spill Recovery Contract from Cairn India

UniqueMaritiemGroupUnique Hydrographic Systems has been contracted by Cairn India for an Oil Spill Recovery project. The first of its kind project for Unique Hydrographic Systems will run over a period of 3 years until April 2016.

Based in Navi Mumbai, Unique Hydrographic Systems provide a complete range of specialized engineering solutions and services for the Marine, Diving, and Survey industries within the region.

Cairn India is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in India. Cairn India and its JV partners account for more than 20 percent of India’s domestic crude oil production. The company has been operating in India for more than 15 years and has played an active role in developing the oil and gas resources.


VIKING Spotlights In-Demand Products and New Servicing Efficiencies

Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will take advantage of Nor-Shipping 2013 to help shipowners make safety equipment and servicing a smooth and problem-free experience.


Optimizing in-port efficiency

VikinglogoHaving revolutionized the safety equipment servicing world with far-reaching, customizable agreements that have reduced unpredictable, fluctuating costs, VIKING is now focusing its attention on further fine-tuning its workflows and providing even faster response times fromservicing under the company’s highly popular Shipowner Agreements.