On 11 May, Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) installed the 11th set of jacket foundation piles at the Beatrice offshore wind farm in Outer Moray Firth. The 580MW offshore wind farm will consist of 84 Siemens 7MW offshore wind turbines and two HVAC Offshore Transformer Modules (OTMs).The first two sets of piles installed were the ones that will later accommodate the foundations for the OTMs.Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) announced the start of the piling works on 27 March. After the arrival of SHL’s heavy lift vessel Stanislav Yudin at the site on 1 April, the Pile Installation Frame (PIF) was installed at the seabed and the first piles were then driven to final penetration.At a wind turbine/OTM location, each of the four piles for a jacket foundation is lifted, upended, lowered into the 700-tonne PIF and then hammered in.The jacket foundations are being produced by Smulders, Bladt and BiFab.According to BOWL’s Notice to Mariners, the piling works are scheduled to take place until the end of October.The project – developed by a joint venture partnership between SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and Red Rock Power Ltd. (25%) – is expected to become fully operational in 2019.The wind farm is being constructed with a tier 1 supply chain comprising SHL, Subsea 7, Nexans and Siemens.
Wasa Dredging reported today that construction of the new 1010m³ self-propelled barges “Boann” and “Sinann” is now fully complete.According to the company, the new Wasa SHB 1010 split-barges have been delivered and moved to Rauma where “Boann” has already started working on a project.The two barges, designed in-house by Wasa, were built at the Scheepswerf Pattje yard in Waterhuizen near Groningen.The vessels characteristic:Hopper volume: 1010m³;Length: 66.5m;Width: 11.36m;Depth: 4m;Class/Navigation: Bureau Veritas/20NM offshore, Transfer navigation unrestricted;Main propulsion engines: 2 x Scania 469kW;Bow thruster: Scottel Pump jet SPJ 57 RD driven by a Cummins QSB7 210 kW diesel engine.The two newbuilds, specially equipped with heavy-duty build hopper for loading big stones and blasted bed rock, will be manly used at dredging projects with long sailing distances to the dump areas.
Pacific Radiance, a provider of integrated offshore marine support services, has reported loss of $8.5 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2017.This result compares with quarterly loss of some $62.8 million in the corresponding period in 2016. Result for the first half of 2017 was negative $23.7 million over $69.7 million in 1H 2016. Narrowed loss was mayinly due to improved performances in subsea division and contribution from the shipyard.Pacific Radiance reported positive EBITDA of $4.3 million in the second-quarter 2017 and $1.6 million in first half of 2017.The Singapore-listed company generated revenue of $17.5 million versus $20 million same time last year. According to Pacific Radiance, drop in revenue was mainly due to lower vessel utilisation and charter rates in the offshore support services segment. First-half revenues were down some 18 percent at $31.4 million. Sequentially, revenue increased from $14 million.“Although there has been a pick-up in activity in the offshore market, operating conditions are expected to remain challenging over the next 12 months. Thus, the Group has takenadditional measures to rein in costs, which include further right-sizing of our fleet and reduction of overheads, even as we press on with our marketing efforts.”In line with its goal to build a sustainable business for the long term, Pacific Radiance has ‘warm stacked’ several of its vessels, and the cost savings from this move are expected to flow through from 3QFY17,” said Pang Yoke Min, the executive chairman of Pacific Radiance.Subsea World News Staff
German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and compatriot logistics services provider DB Schenker have launched a project aimed at cutting sulfur oxide emissions in ports.In order to reduce the impact of pollution, especially in Asian and Latin American ports, a “prestigious customer” switches all of its containers shipped by Hapag-Lloyd to low-sulfur fuel.Specifically, customers pay a voluntary surcharge on each of its containers shipped through these ports, having started in mid-2017. Such surcharge is used by Hapag-Lloyd to purchase the low-sulfur fuel.Customers receive a factual statement on the fuel change for all of their containers while DB Schenker supervises the transaction.As explained, the move goes beyond current regulation. While some regions in the world provide for 0.1% sulfur content not to be exceeded when at berth, many ports still do not have any such regulations and fuel is permitted to be burnt with sulfur contents of up to 3.5% to run vessel facilities during port stays for loading and discharge.“We are proud to enter with such prestigious companies in a ground-breaking health and environmental initiative,” Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Carbon Controller and head of DB Schenker’s climate protection program and project initiator, commented.“For us this a milestone in our environmental partnership – with the shipper and the carrier alike,” Schoen added.“We jointly can pave the way for better air quality and push sustainability on the oceans,” Thorsten Haeser, CCO of Hapag-Lloyd, pointed out.
Fugro, a Dutch provider of offshore and onshore geotechnical and survey services, has won a long-term contract for the provision of rig positioning services to Norwegian oil major Statoil.Fugro said last week that the contract included positioning of all Statoil-operated rigs and associated vessels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The company added that its specialized satellite positioning systems, and all available navigation satellites including GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo, would be permanently installed on the Statoil-operated rigs and vessels.According to Fugro, the robustness and accuracy of these satellite systems, which is better than three centimeters, in conjunction with the company’s latest navigation software and technology developments, will ensure the best possible service for Statoil.Also, by remotely configuring the offshore systems from Fugro’s onshore bases, mobilization time will be reduced, and fast-track operations will be enabled, the company stated.
After days of media speculation about potential agreements between Harbour Energy and ENN to put in a joint bid for Santos takeover, the Australian LNG player said Harbour put in a revised proposal. Under the new binding, conditional proposal, Harbor is looking to acquire 100 percent of Santos shares by the way of a scheme of arrangement for a consideration equivalent to US$4.98 per share, totaling US$10.4 billion.The revised Harbour proposal involves no change in price and a number of significant changes to the transaction structure previously announced.Changes include a US dollar offer of cash for shareholders other than ENN and Hony, with no fixed Australian dollar component. In addition, changes include an offer to ENN and Hony to roll-over their existing Santos shares into a Harbour investment vehicle and subscribe for new shares, an option not available to other Santos shareholders.The revised Harbour proposal is subject to conditions, including completion of final confirmatory due diligence and entry into a scheme implementation deed between Santos and Harbour, which requires the transaction to be recommended by the independent directors of the Santos board and includes, among other things, FIRB and shareholder approval conditions.Santos noted in its statement that there is no certainty that the revised Harbour proposal will result in an offer for Santos that is capable of being considered by shareholders. Santos shareholders are advised to take no action in relation to the proposal at this time.
Finland-based technology group Wärtsilä received an EUR 170 million (USD 197.5 million) deal to provide hybrid exhaust gas cleaning equipment and retrofit services to a European container shipping company.Wärtsilä Services will deliver 50 MW, 60 MW and 70 MW Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber systems which will be retrofitted to the company’s container vessels. These are solutions which have the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop.When operating in open loop mode, it uses seawater and in closed loop mode seawater with an additional reagent to remove SOx from the exhaust, helping to reduce emissions in coastal and sea areas. Wärtsilä will also provide engineering and site advisory services for the vessels.The company said that utilising its new scrubber unit design, water cleaning system mode, and the engineering and advisory services would allow more operational efficiency and compliance with the new IMO Marpol regulation’s emission level.“Our exhaust gas cleaning system will not only help our customers’ vessels run on lower emissions but significantly improves the air quality and emission level in coastal and sea areas in general,” Markus Ljungkvist, General Manager of Project Sales at Wärtsilä Services, said.
SIMEC Atlantis Energy, a sustainable energy generation company, has informed that its tidal energy project MeyGen has exported a total of 414MWh of electricity last week.According to the company’s social media update, the electricity generation was achieved operating at an availability of over 99% through the spring tide.In May this year the project exported over 15GWhrs to the grid.The MeyGen project, one of the largest tidal stream projects in the world, formally entered the 25-year operations phase in April 2018.The project is split into several phases.
Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum has issued a tender for the provision of two crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to service the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum I in the German North Sea and nearby offshore wind farms.The wind farm operator is looking for a provider or providers of two CTVs, one with a capacity of at least twelve persons and a weather-related crossing of at least two meters, and the other with a capacity of at least 24 persons and a weather-related crossing of at least two and a half meters.The charter will start on 15 January, and end on 31 December 2020, with two 12-month options to renew.The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 6 November.The first Trianel Windpark Borkum phase comprises 40 5MW Adwen turbines which have been operational since 2015.Trianel Windpark Borkum II, currently under construction, will add 32 Senvion 6.2M152 turbines scheduled to be completed next year.
“I have been working with 1CSI for over 24 months now, supporting the company’s growth strategy, business development, and nurturing deeper relationships with clients. In addition, the company said it is gearing up for the launch of its new subsea inspection technology later this year. 1 Consulting Subsea Integrity launched in April 2017 by Matthew Kennedy and Aleksandra Tomaszek to offer solutions to subsea challenges. His appointment also reflects 1CSI’s strategy to grow its position across defence, renewables and O&G, delivering innovative subsea inspection technology. “1CSI is an innovative company with outstanding skills, experience and drive.” Chief operations officer, Aleksandra Tomaszek, said: “Over the last two years Richard has proven his talent and business mentoring skills. I believe that his expertise, experience and well-deserved reputation, sets 1CSI on course for a great and exciting future. On behalf of the Board, Richard, welcome to the team.” Business & Finance Posted: over 3 years ago Categories: Subsea integrity and inspection firm 1CSI has appointed new director, Richard Gibson to the company’s board. Richard Gibson said: Subsea Start-Up Company Sets Up Office at James Gregory Centre As a result of 38 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, Gibson brings experience and knowledge in business and product development. Posted: over 3 years ago “I am extremely pleased that Richard has accepted the board’s invitation to become a director of 1CSI.