Keppel FELS Delivers ‘Discovery Triumph’ Rig Ahead of Schedule

first_img[mappress] June 2, 2013 Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered its first KFELS Super A Class jackup rig to the Luxembourg-headquartered Discovery Offshore S.A. Discovery Offshore, a drilling contractor focused on ultra high-specification jackups is managed by NASDAQ-listed Hercules Offshore, Inc.Named Discovery Triumph at a ceremony yesterday, the first KFELS Super A Class jack-up has been delivered 46 days ahead of schedule and with a perfect safety record.The ultra high-specification jack-up rig has been designed for the harsh environmental conditions of the UK sector of the North Sea. According to Keppel, the rig’s enhanced leg design incorporates “Keppel’s proven and reliable high capacity rack and pinion jacking system which ensures that the rig is able to jack up and stand firm in a secure and safe manner even in challenging environments”.Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore), Keppel Offshore & Marine and Managing Director, Keppel FELS said, “In developing the KFELS Super A Class, we have brought together the winning features of our proven jackup rig designs to provide operators with a robust and cost-effective drilling rig for harsh environments and cold climate areas. We are pleased that Discovery Offshore has selected this design for their first two harsh environment rigs.“Although it is a new design, our expertise and strong engineering, construction and project management experience has enabled us to deliver it ahead of schedule while achieving an excellent safety record. We look forward to delivering the second KFELS Super A Class to Discovery Offshore just as efficiently.”Developed by Keppel FELS’ R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS Super A Class is an enhancement of the successful and proven KFELS A Class design. Discovery Triumph has been customised to meet the requirements of Discovery Offshore and is capable of operating in water depths of 400 feet and drilling depths of 35,000 feet. John T. Rynd, CEO of Hercules Offshore added, “With the strong demand for rigs capable of working in the North Sea, we believe the KFELS Super A Class is a value proposition rig with leading performance compared to ultra high specification jack-ups of its class. It provides higher variable load, better drilling capabilities, better cantilever load performance and a larger deck space. Keppel-designed rigs have a strong track record of being industry benchmarks and we are confident that Discovery Triumph will be just as successful and exceed the expectations and requirements of all our customers.“As this North Sea-compliant rig is able to operate efficiently in virtually all parts of the world outside Norway and the Arctic, we also see many opportunities for it to be deployed in other parts of the world to generate maximum utilisation. With another KFELS Super A Class rig about to join Discovery Triumph later this year, we are well positioned to become a strong player in harsh environment drilling.”Keppel FELS is currently building another KFELS Super A Class jackup rig for Discovery Offshore as well as another three for Ensco.For greater operational safety, the KFELS Super A Class is equipped with the state-of-the-art pinion overload detection, rack phase difference detection, and brake failure and overload protection devices. In addition to having strong drilling capabilities and cantilever load performance, the KFELS Super A Class has a two million pound hook load drilling system and includes a spacious deck and amenities to accommodate 150 men.last_img read more

Prospector Offshore Completes Sale of Jack-Up Rig to Seadrill

first_imgProspector Offshore Drilling S.A. has completed the previously announced sale of an under-construction jack-up rig.Reference is made to the Company’s announcement on 15 November 2013, regarding the agreement with Seadrill Jack-up Holding Ltd., a subsidiary of Seadrill Limited, for the sale and purchase of 100% of the shares and certain intercompany obligations of Prospector Rig 3 Owning Company S.à r.l., the subsidiary that is party to a rig construction contract with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., Ltd. (“DSIC-Offshore”) the builder of the jack-up drilling rig with Hull No. JU2000E-11 (the “Rig 3 Transaction”).The Rig 3 Transaction has now been completed in accordance with the provisions of the respective sale and purchase agreement. The Company’s aggregate net proceeds from the Rig 3 Transactionare approximately USD 52 million and the Company will recognize an aggregate net gain of approximately USD 28 million based on the first instalment of USD 19.9 million for the shipyard contract with DSIC-Offshore, project management costs, broker commissions, taxes and professional fees.Seadrill will pay a total purchase price of US$235 million for the rig.The Prospector 3 is scheduled to be delivered from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., Ltd. (DSIC Offshore) in China during the first quarter of 2014. The new unit is based on the F&G JU2000E design, with water depth capacity of 400ft and drilling depth of 35,000ft.The lack of premium jack-up newbuild activity over the last decade is beginning to be felt and demand is currently exceeding available supply. The tightness in the market is leading many customers to contract these units for significantly longer terms than previously experienced for this asset class.[mappress]November 28, 2013last_img read more

Ecoshield Rudder and Gear Protection for a Wide Range of Vessels

first_imgOver the last two months the rudders of several types of vessels were given an Ecoshield protective coating at yards in China, the US, Poland and the UK.Among them were three container vessels, an oil tanker, a tug boat and a vehicle carrier.Most of these ships belong to different owners, but they all experienced the same problems. Cavitation corrosion damage had appeared on the rudders of their ships. Often a rudder is not given the proper protection against cavitation and the resulting erosion and corrosion damage. In those cases the financial consequences can be extensive for the owner.Tests in a flow channel, carried out in Grenoble, have confirmed that Ecoshield performs extremely well under severe cavitation. The coating will prevent corrosion damage from reoccurring on an existing ship or can protect the rudder(s) of a newbuild vessel against cavitation and corrosion damage from the very start for the life of the vessel. It is the only known coating that can provide this type of full protection.[mappress]Press Release, December 20, 2013last_img read more

Star Bulk Charters Two Newcastlemax Dry Bulk Vessels

first_imgStar Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited to bareboat charter, two fuel efficient Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.These vessels, each with a cargo carrying capacity of 208,000 deadweight tons, are currently under order at SWS, at a monthly hire rate for each CSSC vessel ranging between $371,000 to $410,800 plus LIBOR. The Bareboat Charters have a 10-year term and are expected to commence when the vessels are delivered to Star Bulk, which isscheduled for November 2015 and February 2016, respectively.Under the terms of the Bareboat Charters, Star Bulk is required to pay CSSC $11.3 million and $11.8 million, representing the 20% of the construction price of $56.5 million for Hull 1372 and $59.0 million for Hull 1371 respectively. The upfront hires for each CSSC Vessel will be paid in two equal installments for each CSSC vessel, the first of which shall be due shortly and the second installment shall be due upon the completion of the steel-cutting stage of the construction of each CSSC Vessel.Under the terms of the Bareboat Charters, Star Bulk has options to purchase the CSSC Vessels at any time, which are exercisable monthly, against a predetermined, amortizing balance payment whilst it has a respective obligation at the expiration of the bareboat term. Upon the earlier of the exercise of the purchase options or the expiration of the Bareboat Charters, Star Bulk will own the CSSC Vessels.This structure effectively allows the Company to acquire the CSSC Vessels, upon the completion of the Bareboat Charters, with the equivalent of 80% debt financing as a percentage of the Construction Prices in the preceding paragraph.Star Bulk Carriers, February 26, 2014last_img read more

Climb on Top of Siemens’ Offshore Wind Turbine!

first_imgSiemens has created an interactive tool on its website, which allows users to get a 360° view of an offshore wind farm along with an additional insight into technological solutions and offshore wind jobs.Once placed on top of an offshore wind turbine, users can start exploring by clicking on certain spots within the 3D surroundings to get more information about the company, blades, in addition to various types of wind turbines and work positions in the industry.Users can learn more about offshore wind via text or a video, and some of the info boxes which take the story to another level by entering a certain field of offshore wind development.Offshore WIND Staff, April 4, 2014last_img

UK: Chancellor of the Exchequer Tours London Container Terminal

first_imgThe Port of Tilbury, London’s major port, recently welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, to open the new Tilbury Training Academy where students are learning the vital skills they need to be part of the workforce of the future.The Chancellor was also taken on a tour of operations at the port and to see the outcome of the multimillion pound investment at London Container Terminal, one of the UK’s largest container terminals, which together with the rest of the port handled one million standard size containers (TEUs) in 2013.Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “Creating jobs and getting people into employment are central to building a stronger, more competitive economy. Government action is creating long-term training and career opportunities for hard-working people, and it is at places like the Tilbury Training Academy that young people will develop the skills they need to enter the workforce.”[mappress]Press Release, April 10, 2014last_img read more

List of Small Scale LNG Carriers Released

first_imgTraditionally, the transportation of LNG has been done in LNG carriers that move the product in the most economical way from the producers to their final destination. LNG is then re-distributed via pipelines to the final users. But the same that other energy sources have been changing the way they are transported over the years, there are changes in the LNG distribution and transportation that make it feasible and even economical to move it in smaller parcels with the use of Small LNG carriers, able to get closer to the final customer.But there is also an expanding fleet of small LNG carriers in the market today designed with sizes between 1,000  to 30,000 cbms and able to transport LNG, and other petrochemicals. The size of what is considered a small LNG carrier comes given by the technology used: the smaller ships normally use IMO type C tanks, which are best suitable and economical for ships of those sizes. This makes more logical the use of Ship Owners with previous experience in the ethylene transportation segment, since they are more familiar with the technology and the requirements of smaller ships.To address these developments and changes in the market, Small-LNG.com has worked on identifying and analyzing the players in this market, looking at the Ship Owners building ships for the transportation of LNG in small scale.“Small-LNG.com maintains a list of Small LNG carriers, covering all the ships available in the world or in firm order.  We are looking carefully at the players and the changes in this subsegment of the market, because we see a huge growth potential in the near future for the transportation of LNG in small scale,” said Eduardo Perez, principal consultant at Small-LNG.com.[mappress]Press Release, May 28, 2014; Image: Anthony Vederlast_img read more

L-3 MSI to Wire Up First Biogas Ferry

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide advanced automation, navigation, communications and electrical propulsion facilities for Samsø Færgen, a new 100-metre, double-ended passenger/car ferry built by Remontowa Shipbuilding at its Gdansk shipyard on behalf of Danish proprietor, Samsø Municipality. Due to enter service in September 2014 on domestic routes between the renewable energy island of Samsø and Hou on the Danish mainland, the eight-deck DNV-class vessel will carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.” Initially LNG-fuelled, Samsø Færgen is expected to become the world’s first ferry to operate on locally supplied biogas.”“We are particularly proud to be actively associated with the ongoing development of this remarkable maritime innovation, which marks a huge stride in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and pollution from ships,” said Reinhard Swoboda, senior vice president of drives and special systems at L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division. “The supply of our latest PWM technology underscores L-3’s continuing contribution to providing cost-effective, efficient and eco-friendly propulsion technology.”The NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system to be supplied by L-3 MSI’s Lyngsø Marine division, comprises S- and X-band radars linked to a series of five Multipilot multifunction consoles and associated conning units for control of all main radar, ECDIS, automatic steering and voyage planning functions.Subsidiary sensors consist of AIS, VDR, DGPS, Doppler logs, echosounders, gyros, rudder steering and indicators, wind/weather navaids and BNWAS.The vessel’s control system is completed by L-3’s MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system, with approximately 4,000 data inputs remote controlled from several onboard computer workstations, as well as emergency shutdown and DNV-approved LNG cargo control systems.L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division is providing the ferry’s complete electrical propulsion system.The vessel will be equipped with four 850 kW azimuth thrusters, each driven by an asynchronous motor and a speed-controlled, low-voltage PWM converter featuring the latest active front-end (AFE) technology.The vessel’s power generation configuration will include the installation of two 690 V, 60 Hz propulsion switchboards, four gensets, including 1,275 kVA synchronous generators, and dual-fuel diesel/LNG engines.[mappress]Press Release; July 8th, 2014; Image: Remontowa read more

Local Support Boosts Wind Energy Bid

first_imgLocal communities are set to benefit from offshore wind development in Massachusetts’ waters, writes South Coast Today news site.This is the first time the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) will include community benefit agreements (CBA) in an offshore wind energy lease auction.The 5 percent credit will be given to developers who have a legal contract with the community stating that they will support offshore wind development in return for community benefits.According to BOEM Project Manager Maureen Bornholdt, CBA came as a result of the request made by Massachusetts municipalities.“Obviously all states are interested in developing infrastructure for offshore wind, but Massachusetts is the only one who asked that community benefit be counted,” she added.Last month BOEMannounced that more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be available for commercial wind energy leasing.Developers interested in developing this 5 GW must apply until 18th August 2014.Offshore WIND staff, July 24, 2014; Image: boemlast_img read more

MIT Developing Ship-Repairing Bacteria

first_imgAdhesion between the silica tip of an atomic force microscope and adhesive fibers Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to repair ships or help heal wounds and surgical incisions. To create their new waterproof adhesives, the MIT researchers engineered bacteria to produce a hybrid material that incorporates naturally sticky mussel proteins as well as a bacterial protein found in biofilms — slimy layers formed by bacteria growing on a surface. When combined, these proteins form even stronger underwater adhesives than those secreted by mussels.This project, described in the September 21 issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology, represents a new type of approach that can be exploited to synthesize biological materials with multiple components, using bacteria as tiny factories.“The ultimate goal for us is to set up a platform where we can start building materials that combine multiple different functional domains together and to see if that gives us better materials performance,” said Timothy Lu, an associate professor of biological engineering and electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) and the senior author of the paper.The paper’s lead author is Chao Zhong, a former MIT postdoc who is now at ShanghaiTech University. Other authors are graduate student Thomas Gurry, graduate student Allen Cheng, senior Jordan Downey, postdoc Zhengtao Deng, and Collin Stultz, a professor in EECS.The sticky substance that helps mussels attach to underwater surfaces is made of several proteins known as mussel foot proteins.“A lot of underwater organisms need to be able to stick to things, so they make all sorts of different types of adhesives that you might be able to borrow from,” Lu said.Scientists have previously engineered E. coli bacteria to produce individual mussel foot proteins, but these materials do not capture the complexity of the natural adhesives. In the new study, the MIT team wanted to engineer bacteria to produce two different foot proteins, combined with bacterial proteins called curli fibers — fibrous proteins that can clump together and assemble themselves into much larger and more complex meshes.Lu’s team engineered bacteria so they would produce proteins consisting of curli fibers bonded to either mussel foot protein 3 or mussel foot protein 5. After purifying these proteins from the bacteria, the researchers let them incubate and form dense, fibrous meshes. The resulting material has a regular yet flexible structure that binds strongly to both dry and wet surfaces.“The result is a powerful wet adhesive with independently functioning adsorptive and cohesive moieties,” said Herbert Waite, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who was not part of the research team.The researchers tested the adhesives using atomic force microscopy, a technique that probes the surface of a sample with a tiny tip. They found that the adhesives bound strongly to tips made of three different materials — silica, gold, and polystyrene. Adhesives assembled from equal amounts of mussel foot protein 3 and mussel foot protein 5 formed stronger adhesives than those with a different ratio, or only one of the two proteins on their own.These adhesives were also stronger than naturally occurring mussel adhesives, and they are the strongest biologically inspired, protein-based underwater adhesives reported to date, the researchers say.Using this technique, the researchers can produce only small amounts of the adhesive, so they are now trying to improve the process and generate larger quantities. They also plan to experiment with adding some of the other mussel foot proteins.“We’re trying to figure out if by adding other mussel foot proteins, we can increase the adhesive strength even more and improve the material’s robustness,” Lu says.The team also plans to try to create “living glues” consisting of films of bacteria that could sense damage to a surface and then repair it by secreting an adhesive. The research was funded by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.[mappress]Press Release; September 22, 2014: Image: Yan LiangYanlast_img read more