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Cross-Over RENEWABLES – AN UNDENIABLE FORCE IN NORTH SEA MARINE CONTRACTING, CONSTRUCTION AND FABRICATION MARKETS. JUST LOOK AT THE LONG LIST OF COMPANIES represented at the EWEA Offshore in Frankfurt, billed as the world’s largest offshore wind energy conference and exhibition. You’ll see the wind supply chain is increasingly dominated by cross-over between industries within the offshore sector – notably oil & gas. In many ways the oil & gas and wind sectors are closely interlinked, through engineering, transport, construction and installation. And at the top of the chain, plenty of operators in the North Sea, UKCS and NCS produce oil & gas as well as renewable power – Dong Energy, GDF Suez and RWE to name a few. Norway’s Statoil is also moving beyond its ‘oil’ origins – Sheringham Shoal is Statoil’s first full scale commercial offshore wind investment. Statoil’s stepwise development into a renewable energy business also includes Hywind, the world’s first full-scale floating wind turbine. Worth mentioning – in October Dong Energy, a global leader in offshore wind, announced it had doubled earnings from wind power in 2013, driven by the completion of London Array and Anholt. But also in October Dong Energy’s oil & gas business reached the milestone 100,000 barrels of oil equivalents production per day, on track to its target 150,000 boe per day by 2020. Oil & gas and wind also have a lot to gain from each other. In this issue of OSI we see the burgeoning wind sector borrowing from mature oil & gas – read about Global Tech I’s completed suction-pile MOAB on pg 12. But we also see oil & gas profiting from wind – one of Swire Blue Ocean’s first contracts for its new build O-class wind installation vessels was a pipeline compressor platform removal for Statoil. Read the full report starting on pg 24. VINCENT VINKOERT | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER VINCENT@YNFPUBLISHERS.COM

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12 Self-Installing Wind Substation – Global Tech I 30 MHF Group Constructions – Structure of Success 45 4 Editor’s Picks – Offshore Living Quarters 49 Total E&P CLOV – Daewoo Delivers Angola FPSO 50 Fischcon – High Flow Firefighting on Floating Asset RENEWABLE ENERGY

16 Riffgat Wind Farm – Facing Setbacks & Finding Solutions 53 EWEA Offshore 2013 – Largest Offshore Wind Exhibition




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Tensioners for Van Oord Cable Layers

24 Diverless Decommissioning – Technology on H7 Removal

32 Meerwind – Constructive Cooperation in German Bight 38 Driver Trett – Foreseeing Offshore Installation Delays HEAVY LIFT TRANSPORT & INSTALLATION

41 Innovative Input – Spreader for Borkum Riffgrund 1 Lift 42 Van Mechelen – Solutions for Lifting Challenges


54 Brazil Suppliers – Unlocking Opportunities 59 Vroon Offshore – Kicks Off 22 New Builds


1 Editor’s Note 5 News in Brief 61 Outfitters Page

62 Yellow & Finch Pages 64 Word on the Sea

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17 On the Cover The Topaz Installer, pictured before her upgrade last year, working in the German Bight for TenneT. The offshore grid operator’s offshore projects include grid connections for Global Tech I (pg 12), Riffgat (pg 16) and Meerwind (pg 32). The cable layer was built by Shipyard De Hoop in 1999. (Photo courtesy of TenneT) OSI  2013 | Vo l u me 6 | I s s u e 6 | 3

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i n d u s t r y CHARLES VAN DEN OOSTERKAMP Chief Executive Officer

DENNIS VINKOERT Publisher & Executive Editor

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Wintershall’s Self-Installing Platform Relocated In August the sixth installation of KCI’s self-installing and floating Multi Purpose Platform (MPP) took place. Wintershall Noordzee relocated its MPP from P6-S to Q1-D in the Dutch North Sea. The MPP topside structure consists out of two large floaters supported by four piles with suctions anchors. “Exploiting small gas fields is relatively expensive. With the re-use of the MPP it is not needed to build a new platform from scratch and field Q1-D can be developed at very low costs,” stated Peter Valkenier, Engineering and

Construction Manager at Wintershall. As well as the removal from P6-S and the installation at Q1-D, KCI prepared the topside piping modifications required for the new location and carried out the structural strength analysis for the Q1-D platform. At the new site, the piles of the platform were lowered onto the seabed and installed using SPT Offshore’s SAPS-001 suction pump system (pictured). About 15 years ago KCI introduced its innovative MPP concept to the North Sea. Wintershall Noordzee, has now relocated all 3 MPP’s which was exactly the intention of this flexible type of platform.


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North Sea FPSO Walk-to-Work

BigLift Transports Subsea 7 Winch

Maersk Oil UK signed a North Sea contract with Offshore Solutions BV (OSBV), the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland NV, to provide marine access support to the FPSO unit Global Producer III. Located about 300 km northeast of Aberdeen, OSBV’s Offshore Access System is supporting the shutdown operations for a minimum of 110 days, with options to extend. The walk-to-work system is deployed on the REM Installer, a new-build offshore subsea construction vessel chartered by Canyon Offshore, the marine contracting business unit of Helix Energy Solutions.

Subsea 7 recently contracted BigLift Shipping’s Happy Dynamic to ship a subsea winch and its associated equipment from Rio de Janeiro to the Sonils logistics base in Angola. Happy Dynamic completed its earlier shipment in Angra Dos

Barge Master’s New Crane Motion Compensation Reis and shifted across the bay to Rio de Janeiro. In the loading and discharging operations, BigLift and the local Subsea 7 teams worked closely together. Berthing the vessel and the barges and performing the cargo operations took place in quick succession and although port operations had expected to take at least 2 days, Happy Dynamic and her cargo were in port for only about 30 percent of this time.



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NEWS IN BRIEF Leemberg’s NORSOK Pipe Welding & Inspection Leemberg Pijpleidingen en Apparatenbouw BV has certified the company and its welders according to the NORSOK M-601 welding and inspection of piping by ASME & EN (edition 2008). This NORSOK certification was achieved for the materials: titanium, (super) duplex, 254 SMO and 1.4404. The materials are received and processed in a specially designed working area. M-601 Welding and inspection of piping (Edition 5, April 2008). This NORSOK standard covers additional and optional technical requirements to ASME B31.3 for welding and weld inspection of piping systems, selected and specified in accordance with NORSOK L-001, and applies to all piping fabrication including prefabrication, module assembly, package or skid mounted units, site and field installation. The intention of this NORSOK standard is to provide additional requirements regarding welding and inspection of piping systems designed to ASME B31.3 for hydrocarbon production and process systems and supporting utility systems.

IHC Merwede Delivers New AHC system For a new build heavy lift/pipelay vessel in China, IHC Hytop will supply its integrated active heave compensator and winch system as a reliable solution for the deepwater subsea installation of heavy modules in dynamic sea states. Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries is building the Yantai 5000 for the Yantai Salvage Bureau by in China. The package consists of an active heave cylinder set; the main HPU; a 400t traction winch; a storage winch for 3,500m of wire rope; the complete drive and control system with motion reference unit; and local control cabins.

Liebherr’s Unique Offshore & Harbour Solution

Fixed on a floating installation barge, Liebherr’s new combined offshore and mobile harbour crane – the TCC 14000-400 D Litronic – meets all necessary functions and safety requirements in order to be rated as an offshore crane according to the norm EN 13852-2. As an offshore crane it lifts heavy loads up to a maximum of 400 t at an outreach of 21 m; at an outreach of 70 m the crane can still hoist 91 t. The crane also operates onshore as a mobile harbour crane with high lifting capacities. This unique crane is the ideal product for customers with demand for both heavy lift cargo handling in ports and floating solutions for offshore construction and installation.

Dutch Offshore Wind Conference NWEA, TKI Wind Sea and We @ Sea are planning the annual Dutch Offshore Wind Conference, Windkracht 14, for 22-23 January 2014 at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The conference will feature interesting presentations on developments and trends in the offshore wind industry in the Netherlands, as well as presentations of research projects and FLOW TKI Offshore Wind.


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NEWS IN BRIEF Trimline Interiors Fit for Comfort

Borkum Riffgrund Foundation Test

On board Technip’s flexible lay vessel Sunrise 2000, Trimline Interiors recently fit out the vessel whilst in dry dock in Rio de Janeiro. The ship accommodates 92 crew members in 51 cabins, and Technip was keen to provide a comfortable environment. Trimline Interiors fitted new light fittings, curtains and black-out blinds in the cabins, reupholstered sofas and armchairs, and provided new carver chairs for the cabins. They also fitted new internet workstations, chairs and an air-conditioning unit in the recreation areas. Gary Oliver, Managing Director of Trimline Interiors: “We have a well-established relationship with Technip, having carried out work for them in the past on the Orelia diving support vessel. We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to put our skills to the test again on Sunrise 2000 and complete another great project.”

Dong Energy recently asked Bladt Industries to test installation of the fabricated mock-up foundation for the Borkum Riffgrund project. Weighing approximately 290 t, the TP was lifted on top of the 10.5 meter high and 67 t heavy monopile and everything went according to plan. The next step will be the fabrication and delivery of the 77 monopiles and 77 TPs for the Borkum Riffgrund project, on which the Bladt team is working in full speed.

First Order for Damen Offshore Carrier Design

Transferring oil and gas related cargoes from a ship to a landbased terminal is already a major operation in its own right, but when it comes to a ship-to-ship (STS) transfer it’s a far more complicated operation. Universal Africa Lines (UAL) undertook just such an operation on 27 October in Namibian waters some six miles off Walvis Bay. When 53 riser pipers weighing approximately 22 t each and measuring 24 m long and 1.3 m wide and high, were transferred from one vessel to another. The cargo was moved from the drill ship ENSCO DS-7 to the newly built UAL Houston and is being transported to Lobito, Angola for refurbishment.

Difficult Cargo Transfer

Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania will build Van Oord’s new cable-laying vessel, the first contract for the newly designed Damen Offshore Carrier 7500. Van Oord’s multipurpose, DP2 vessel will be equipped with a cable carousel of more than 5,000 t and a crane for laying heavy and long export cables. The Damen Offshore Carrier is a new multipurpose vessel design with a flush working deck, heavy lift or RoRo transport as well as offshore installation capabilities.

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Self-Installing Wind Platform WORDS BY JOHN GAULDIE

By November Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH expects to complete commissioning of its offshore substation platform with an interim grid connection to TenneT’s BorWin alpha. Global Tech I’s substation is not only the first use of the self-installing Mobile Offshore Application Barge (MOAB) concept for a German wind farm, but also the first suction pile installation. Overcoming the challenges of being the first, the completed substation demonstrates a viable alternative to conventional platform design.

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A consortium of Alstom Grid and Keppel Verolme completed construction and installation of the MOAB substation in May. Although a new concept for the offshore wind industry, Keppel Verolme had already completed MOAB fabrication, including a platform for Perenco UK at the Trent field complex in the UK southern gas basin. Arjen Schampers, Technical Managing Director of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH: “We adapted a method from the oil and gas industry to install our transformer station and this is the first time this technique has been used in the North Sea. Even when offshore wind power is pioneering work, this example clearly shows there is still much technological experience we are able to call upon in this new industry.” Florian Zschoge, Project Manager at Alstom, stated: “The self-installing platform is an interesting alternative to the traditional topsides-jacketconstructions and could further establish itself in offshore wind.” 1 2 | O S I  2 0 1 3 | Vo l um e 6 | Issue 6

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Tschudi Offshore & Towage’s AHTS vessels Boulder and Bluster positioning the floating MOAB 100 km north of Borkum, supported by the DP2 jack-up accommodation barge GMS Endeavour. Photo courtesy of Global Tech I / Henthorn

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In their main dock in Rotterdam, Keppel Verolme built the steel structure of the Global Tech I platform, designed by the German engineering specialist Overdick (who also designed the Perenco UK MOAB). Alstom Grid installed the electrical equipment directly at the Dutch shipyard. Areva is the supplier of the high voltage transformer system. The topsides consists of seven distinct decks. The cable deck is on the lowest level and includes diesel generators that serve to supply the entire wind farm with auxiliary power for its own use in cases of interruption of the grid connection. DBR supplied the containerised emergency generator package. The central control room of the transformer station with protection and control systems and communications technology is housed on the main


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FABRICATION & ENGINEERING The Global Tech I MOAB under construction at the Keppel Verolme yard in Rotterdam, showing the suction caissons.

This is the first time this technique has been used in the North Sea.

deck. Due to their extensive sizes, some of the high-voltage equipment, such as the four transformers, switchgear and reactivepower compensation chokes, are spread across both the two levels of main and intermediate decks. They are located inside the closed steel body of the platform in order to protect them from the aggressive, salt-laden atmosphere. The working deck is the uppermost level and is constantly exposed to the weather. An offshore crane is installed here, a containerised spare parts store and a helicopter landing pad.

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Farm Progress

Accommodation Module

The Global Tech I platform also serves as the wind farm’s logistical base. Around 32 technicians working in shifts around the clock will maintain reliable power generation. For Keppel Verolme, Holland Shipyards built the accommodation module under high QA/ QC demands and a strict deadline. As well as cabins, the technicians also have communal areas and a fitness room. Accommodating the service teams on the platform allows economic operation of the offshore wind farm, which lies at a distance of 180 km from Bremerhaven.

Minimal Logistical Demand

The Global Tech I installation was the first use of substation suction piles in the German Bight. Two AHTS vessels, Tschudi Offshore & Towage’s Boulder and Bluster towed the floating MOAB from Keppel Verolme’s Rotterdam yard to the offshore site 100 km north of Borkum. In total four tugboats were needed for positioning. The installation was supported by the DP2 jackup accommodation barge GMS Endeavour. The MOAB’s legs were lowered 40m to the seabed, anchored by the suction caisson’s mounted on the four feet. Experienced in suction pile foundation www. o f f s h o r e - i n d u s t r

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projects, SPT Offshore completed the installation with its suction pump spread. Each of the steel cylinders, 9.5 m high with a diameter of 11 m, was pressed into the seabed under the weight of the 9,000t platform. In the next step, vacuum pumps drew out the seawater in the cylinders from above, thereby producing a negative pressure that pulled in the seabed from beneath the suction caissons. The platform was then raised 20m above sea level. The installation method requires minimal offshore installation resources and is environmentally-friendly, avoiding undersea noise constraints from pile driving. The platform can be safely removed at the end of its lifetime by reversing the installation procedure.

The cable installation vessel CS Sovereign, operated by Global Marine Systems Energy (GMSE), laid the Global Tech I cables. Conbit Engineering’s lifting crew supported the cable pulling company, Prysmian Group by installing lift booms in two corners of the offshore substation. The export cable will later be connected to the delayed BorWin beta HVDC platform. Installation of Global Tech I’s 5MW wind turbine towers and nacelles commenced this autumn with Hochtief Solutions wind installation vessel Thor. In December Hochtief Solutions’ new heavy-lift jack-up vessel Vidar from the Crist shipyard in Poland is expected in the construction field to install the rotor stars. According to the Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH spokesperson, completion and commissioning of the wind farm is presently expected by summer 2014. i.

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RIFFGAT GERMAN ENERGY CONCERN EWE AND PROJECT DEVELOPER ENOVA HAVE TEAMED UP TO create the country’s latest offshore wind farm. Cooperation between all parties involved ensured the fast and smooth completion of the installation. However, a WWII legacy has led to delays in the final stages of grid connection. WORDS BY TOM SCOTT


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Strong Foundations G&G International constructed the 30 foundation structures required to anchor the towers securely. The monopiles are each 70m long and weigh in at 650 t and each transition piece (TP) measures 30 m and weighs 250 t. Each sustainably designed structure was designed to provide a minimum of 23 years of service in the testing and corrosive conditions of the North Sea. Costing EUR 55 million, this was the largest order that the Belgiumbased engineering company has ever received. On this contract being a breakthrough into the renewable energy market, CEO Patrick van Melis commented, “All levels of G&G were involved in the process … and we developed an increasingly keen understanding of design and production techniques.”

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Turn the Noise Down Seaway Heavy Lifting used its DP3 crane vessel, Oleg Strashnov, to install the monopiles and TPs. IHC Offshore Systems provided the IHC Hydrohammer piling and noise reduction equipment. Their Noise Mitigation System (NMS) reduces noise caused by offshore pile-driving activities; this in turn reduces the negative effects of excess noise on sea life. The NMS consists of a double-wall steel screen capable of resisting harsh offshore conditions such as current and wave impact. Furthermore, an advanced multi-level bubble injector system was installed, providing an additional noise barrier. The IHC Hydrohammer piling system incorporated a special guiding system to keep the monopile and NMS concentric. ITW Densit supplied the grouting expertise – they used Ducorit S5 modified with steel fibres to afford the increased ductility required in the design process. Photo courtesy of Matthias Ibeler

Dutch Cooperation for Jacket & Topside The design, fabrication and transport of the jacket and topside of Riffgat’s substation involved a number of parties. Dutch consortium Strukton/ Hollandia was awarded the construction of the 33/155V high voltage substation to connect the 30 wind turbines to the German national grid. KCI, the Dutch engineering company, designed both structures; this being the third substation designed for the Strukton/Hollandia partnership. Just before sail away in February 2013, KCI engineers carried out a final inspection of the topside at Hollandia’s yard before it was loaded out to a barge. Bonn & Mees’ seagoing sheerleg, the Matador 3, lifted the completed jacket and the Oleg Strashnov was brought in again to transport and install both components.


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Scandinavian Specialists Blue Water Shipping, the Danish logistics specialist, handled the wind turbine freight from the Port of Esbjerg to the wind farm location. Once on site, the Norwegian installation company Fred Olsen continued the installation process; loading their jack-up installation vessel, Bold Tern, just four times to place all 30 wind turbines. The Bold Tern carried up to eight turbines per voyage, reducing the number of transit operations and sailing time. After a significant learning curve each turbine was installed in under 12 hours on average, with a record of just under 10 hours.

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Cable Stories Nexans designed, supplied and installed the 24 km of array cables: they used an ROV guided water capjet trenching system. Tideway Offshore Solutions carried out the rock placement close to the monopiles and for pipe stabilisation purposes using a CAT 385 crane installed on board their sidestone placement vessel, Pompei. Despite the fact that marine construction was completed in just 14 months, Riffgat is not yet supplying German households with electricity. TenneT, the electricity operator responsible for the final connection to the German national grid encountered an unforeseen problem – the discovery of 30 t of unexploded World War 2 munitions in the path of the designated cable route.

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ROV Bomb Removal Heinrich Hirdes EOD, the German associate company of Boskalis, was invited by TenneT to find the best solution for the removal of the unexploded ordnance (UXO). They, in turn, enlisted the services of HVS Dredging Support and their multicat, Zwerver III, one of the biggest and best equipped multicats in the business. With sufficient deck space for a work-class ROV and her DP1 capabilities, the Zwerver III was well suited to locate the UXO. She had her work cut out for her, however, with the winter season bringing poor visibility, rough weather, strong currents and algal growth on the ROV. Riffgat is expected to be fully operational by February 2014; until then the turbines are powered by diesel generators to keep them free from rust.


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With wind projects looming on the horizon, offshore installation subcontractors are investing in fleet and system capacity for infield and export cable lay projects. While a number of large manufacturers in Norway and the UK produce large-scale cable (and flexible pipe) lay systems, the specific challenges of the wind energy market often demand innovative and custom-designed solutions. “Where, in the maritime world, it was a case of ‘big is best’, now the market needs a balance between speed, flexibility, capacity and extreme precision in


Reasonable Use of Force THE COMPARABLY YOUNG OFFSHORE WIND MARKET IS CRYING OUT FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR RELATIVELY NEW CHALLENGES SUCH AS CABLE LAY systems on board new builds – and in particular for vessels (temporarily) refitted for cable lay projects. For OSI, Draftec’s Martijn Boone outlines the Dutch system integrator’s solutions including a recent Van Oord project. WORDS BY JOHN GAULDIE

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completing projects,” stated Draftec’s Mr Boone. Based in the Netherlands, Draftec is a young company and completes system integration projects in the high spec segment. It has a strong foundation in mechanical and electrical engineering and the inhouse knowledge to develop complete machines. The company develops machine design from prototype to completed model with help of a design/simulation package. Mr Boone: “The systems that Draftec creates for the market are innovative and complete packages including hydraulics, automation control and process monitoring.”

Van Oord Cooperation

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complete dynamic, hydraulic and electric driven cable lay system for the stone placement vessel HAM 602. In cable lay modus, the vessel carries three reels – overboarding via a port side chute. Draftec integrated the vessel’s reel winder, tensioner, hydraulic power packs (4 x 37 kW), operator cabin and complete process automation / PLC system, linking the machines via Ethernet bus for control from the operator’s cabin and the bridge. The hydraulic driven tensioner can load and unload cable at a constant speed from 0 to 1,500m/h using a particularly low force. The tensioner monitors the speed, independently of the pull force and clamp force on the cable. An important demand is that the cable is fairly easy to damage with even just a small amount of force, for example the loading on the ship as well as the cable lay at sea. The technical challenge was to combine the constant tensioning with the power required for occasions that require higher pull force, up to 10 Te.

Anticipating Movement

In addition to manual handling (paying in, paying out), the Draftec tensioner fully automatically anticipates the movements of the ship (roll and pitch) and the significant wave heights (Hs). The system synchronises the tensioner’s speed and pull force with the vessel’s DP system. As well as all the outboarding movements of the cable, the complete system ensures that the supply of the cable onboard synchronises with the constant pull force and constant speed. “The big challenge is in dynamically regulating the weight of the large loaded reel to optimally follow the performance of the tensioner and the movement of the ship.” The combination of an electric drive reel machine (or carousel) makes the mix of hydraulic and electrical system integration complete. This results in fast reactions to ship’s movements, easy and faster cable lay, less downtime and higher protection of the cables.

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Van Oord Takes Stake in Gemini

Van Oord’s HAM 601 fitted with carousel cable lay equipment.

As well as EPC contractor for the planned 600 MW Gemini offshore wind park, Van Oord intends to acquire an equity stake of 10 percent in the Dutch project. The project is expected to reach a financial close in 2014. As majority shareholder Northland Power Inc., the Canadian producer of sustainable energy, is taking a leading role during the phases of further development, construction and operations. Construction will start early 2015, 60 km to the north of the Netherlands. The EPC contract, with a total value of approximately EUR 1.3 billion, involves supplying and installing the foundations, the entire electrical infrastructure, including the off and onshore high-voltage stations, the cables and installing the Siemens wind turbines. Van Oord will deploy its new build transport and installation vessel Aeolus for the construction of this wind park.

its customers in the offshore market. In particular, the company delivers fully integrated cable tensioners in the range up to 15t pull force and speed up to 2,000 m/h. “No matter how complete the systems are, they are often seen as deck equipment and run and function from their own power source,” Mr Boone commented. “However, they have to be linked with the ship control system.” Draftec systems, including all peripheral equipment, can be controlled as centrally as possible. The process operator on the bridge has oversight of the whole process from the bridge control panel and can react to the instructions from the officer on deck. This full system integration is possible thanks to the short lines of communication between Draftec’s mechanical, hydraulic and electrical specialists as well as the software programmers. Mr Boone: “This is unique for companies of our size [around 15 employees]. It also means greater speed

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Sunset on H7 Statoil’s contractor AF Gruppen has removed the abandoned H7 compressor platform in the German North Sea on behalf of Norpipe operator Gassco, with subsea operations completed on schedule in October without serious incident. WORDS BY JOHN GAULDIE

The diverless removal in up to 40m water depths was the first use of a new Work Class ROV design, as well as one of the first contracts for Swire Blue Ocean’s new self-elevating O-class vessels.

Removal Contracts

Decom Offshore chartered Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel Pacific Orca to dismantle and transport the the abandoned H7 compressor platform in the German North Sea.

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The nearly 40-year-old compressor platform operated from 1977 until 1999 to increase gas pressure in the pipeline from the sprawling, evergreen Ekofisk cluster to the Norsea Gas Terminal at Emden near the German border with the Netherlands. The platform topsides weighed 5,720 t and the jacket 2,580 t. In 1999 there was no longer any need for the compressor, and it was taken out of operation. The platform, however, was operative and manned by ConocoPhillips on behalf of Gassco until 2007. It was then disconnected from the Norpipe pipeline, shut down, cleaned and abandoned. Gassco assigned Statoil, as the technical service provider, to decommission and dispose of the platform. Statoil awarded the EPRD (Engineering, Procurement, Removal and Disposal) contract for the assignment to AF Decom Offshore, part of AF Gruppen, who subcontracted DeepOcean for the subsea operations. “Removal of an installation like H7 calls for good and detailed preparations,” noted Gassco project manager Alf Kristian Haugaland. “Official processes have also been extensive on both Norwegian and German sides.” The DeepOcean-chartered IMR vessel Volstad Surveyor


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The H7 platform removal operation involved dismantling small deck elements, which were loaded in containers on board DOF Group’s PSV Skandi Sotra.

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In August the AF Group announced a reorganisation of its business areas to focus its offshore activities. According to the AF Group, it is already the largest player in the North Sea when it comes to the removal, demolition and recycling of offshore installations. The company also engages in new building, modification and maintenance work related to HVAC, cranes, modules and rig services. AF also has long experience with maintenance and modification work on onshore facilities for the oil and gas industry.

Pål Egil Rønn, CEO of the AF Group: “Our longterm focus on offshore activities has resulted in growth to a size where we wanted to combine all of our activities into a business area. By combining and making our offshore activities more visible, the AF Group hopes to emerge as a more obvious offshore company in relation to our customers, employees and business partners.”


performed the subsea pre-survey and inspection operation in early 2012, including CPT (Cone Penetration Test) operations, seabed sampling, seabed mapping, visual inspection, FMD (Flooded Member Detection) and miscellaneous preparatory work.

Jack-Up Operations

AF Decom Offshore chartered Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel Pacific Orca to dismantle and transport the topsides to shore, and sister vessel Pacific Osprey for the jacket. Each vessel has six legs and two cranes, a 1,200t swl main crane and a 35t swl auxiliary crane. Each vessel’s main deck area is 2 6 | O S I  2 0 1 3 | Vo l um e 6 | Issue 6

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4,300 m2 with cargo load capacity of 15 t/m2. The H7 decommissioning contract demonstrates the wind farm installation vessels’ versatility. At the end of February, Pacific Orca arrived at the field – one of her first assignments following delivery from Samsung Heavy Industries – and was jacked up to platform deck height. The platform was dismantled in large and small parts, with small deck elements put into containers and loaded on board PSVs positioned alongside the Pacific Orca. During the jacket removal operations through to the summer, DeepOcean delivered the equipment and supervised execution of all subsea work with a crew of approximately 30 persons. DeepOcean delivered two WROVs, a subsea tracked vehicle excavator, diamond wire cutting equipment, operators, engineers and supervisors and all required subsea tooling and equipment onboard the Pacific Osprey.

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operation with a purpose-made subsea drilling machine attached to the jacket structure with a magnet base. The machine can drill through three layers of steel and two layers of grout (approx. wall thickness 250 mm) in 20 minutes. Engineers completed extensive dry and wet testing of different drill bits, hydraulic motors, pressure / flow configurations and methods for spoil transfer to achieve optimal drilling speed. The testing phase lasted for more than 2 weeks in DeepOcean’s offshore base on Killingøy, Haugesund. Preparatory work also involved cutting and lifting the two platform risers onboard the removal vessel, recovery of concrete covers and removal of reach rods to accommodate for diamond wire cutters and eliminate risk for falling objects during lifting.

Subsea Cutting

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the diamond wire cutting machines. CUT’s operators cut the jacket into four pieces with a total 61 cuts ranging from 16 to 53 inches. The hydraulic diamond wire cutting machines were directly powered by Blue Logic High Flow hot-stabs from the two Constructor WROVs. DeepOcean’s project manager Hansen: “This was possible due to the fact that the Constructor ROVs are capable of supplying a flow of approx. 110 l/min through its auxiliary system for external tooling, compared to a typical maximum of 60 l/min for the majority of other WROVs in the subsea industry.”

DeepOcean performed preparatory work for the jacket removal with a purpose-made subsea drilling machine. DeepOcean’s new Constructor WROV systems are purpose-built for performing construction and decommissioning work.

WROV Way to Go

Kystdesign in Haugesund designed and delivered its new Constructor WROV systems to DeepOcean – the first two units of the design delivered. They

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are powerful 150 hp working ROVs with 3,000 m depth rating purpose-built for performing construction and decommissioning work. The WROVs also installed lifting slings around the mud line nodes for the two bottom sections, attached tugger lines and monitored the lifts subsea. The weight of the jacket sections ranged from 600 to 800 t. Despite the challenges of operating the WROVs in waters with periods of quite poor visibility, Mr Hansen stated, “the successful completion of this project proves that ROV-based operations is the preferred way of performing subsea decommissioning work in terms of both efficiency and safety.” Following removal of the jackets, the remaining work involved clearing of the seabed and some gravel deposition on the site.

On to B11

the contract to remove and recycle B11, and plans call for this work to be completed by 2015.

The final dismantling – the H7 jacket foundation sections loaded on board the Pacific Osprey before transportation for recycling at AF Decom Offshore’s environmental base in Vats, Norway.


Share your Story – Senior Editor John Gauldie

Life Begins at 40? Not for Gassco’s H7 platform of course, but the number of North Sea facilities passing the 40-year mark is set to rise as mature field life extension projects push offshore assets long past their original useby dates. A recent presentation given by Stephane Lacote, Asset Manager at GDF Suez E&P’s Dutch affiliate, highlighted the importance of robust platform design and standardisation in field life extensions – particularly for the North Sea’s small, mature fields. The operator’s L10-A complex – including the first platform installed on the Dutch continental shelf, the L10-AD from 1972 – is still going strong. Nevertheless, nothing lasts forever – and many decommissioning studies are underway. Are you active in either decommissioning or life extension technology and engineering? We’ll be covering both in future editions of OSI. Share your story with our readers. Email me at

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MANY OF THE MOST COMPLEX OFFSHORE ASSETS FEATURE THE MHF GROUP’S DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS. The Dutch contracting and service company is known for engineering, workshop construction, testing and certification, on-location installation, repair work and project management.

Established in 1997, the MHF Group developed two business components, MHF Contracting BV, the human resources and personnel recruitment side of the business and MHF Services BV, which focuses on all activities taking place in the on and offshore fields. The company has developed a strong reputation for its design and construction skills in the offshore oil and gas, offshore wind and petrochemical industries; it also works in the waste-processing industries and for large-scale harbour installations.

North Sea Focus

Mainly focusing on the North Sea area, MHF Group employs 50 full time personnel and between 50 to 100 subcontractors, depending on the size of the contracted projects. “We build tailor made structures, piping, repairs and modifications in the field of on and offshore structures,” says Nico Broere, Commercial Manager at MHF Group. “Our expertise allows us to respond immediately to requirements and meet deadlines for offshore projects in a fast and safe manner. Safety and efficiency is key to our company’s success.” Offering full installation and repair services, MHF Contracting BV is IS0 9001: 2008 certified to contract and execute on and offshore projects of piping, steel structures, modifications and/or repairs in the shipping,

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offshore and general industry, while MHF Services BV is ISO 9001:2008 certified in the labour consulting of personnel. The company delivers high quality, and above all, safe solutions to its customers.

Meeting Expectations

By making the dramatic reduction of traditional lead-and-lag times associated with industrial construction its mission, MHF Group efficiently delivers a wide range to its customers, from design and engineering to testing and certification; due to its state-ofthe-art facilities, expertise and resources, MHF Group offers these services while maintaining the highest standards of product quality and operational safety. Listening to the needs of its customer and offering a pro-active approach to challenges, MHF Group meets expectations every time.

Challenging Projects

A major project for the firm was its participation in commissioning and rest points for the Seven Borealis, the flagship vessel of Subsea 7, a global leader in seabed-to-surface construction, engineering and services to the offshore industry. The Seven Borealis was built to be a pipelay and heavy-lift vessel that can meet the demands of today’s deepwater projects, while enhancing productivity and efficiency. This project was carried out at the Huisman

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yard alongside Huisman, world market leaders in turnkey services for deepwater pipelay systems. Another recent project for the company is the fabrication and installation of all drill related piping for the drillships Noble Globetrotter I and II. Working at the Huisman yard once again, MHF Group was part of the innovative design and construction of the compact box type drilling tower, which allows for a significantly smaller sized vessel while retaining the same capabilities of the new generation large drill ships with a maximum water depth of 12,000 and 43,000 ft pipe storage capacity. MHF Group installed the high-pressure lines, made from 4130 material and presenting an impressive working pressure of up to 1,035 bar.

Internal Strength

Strategically located close to Botlek Europoort, the ports of Vlissingen and Antwerp, MHF has been based at the industrial Deltahaven, Stellendam, since November 2001 and opened a second production hall and office building in June 2004. As a contractor of projects, MHF Contracting BV’S permanent staff consists of a range of planners for personnel, ironworkers, welders, pipe fitters, fitters (co pumps and revision), burners, key heaters, cleaners and

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administration. Employed certified welders at MHF Group include six gr (argon), six gr (CO2) and six gr (electric); their ironworkers work in construction and repairs, building small to large building sections and their pipe fitters work in construction and maintenance for the building and maintenance of petrochemical pipeline pipes, rebuilding the lines and building lines on the oil rigs. NI CO B RO E RE , – CO M M E RC I A L M A NAGE R – AT M HF GRO UP

products to our customers by keeping efficiency and safety as our top priorities.” Ongoing projects include the deck renewal of Hereema Marine Contractors’ Balder, a deepwater construction platform, and the modification of Allseas’ pipelay vessel Audacia’s bow door section, which was cut out of the vessel and transported to MHF Group’s workshop. Once there the company removed structures and existing reinforcement before fabricating and installing new reinforcement boxes and hinge points. The company has also installed the complete accommodation section on board Audacia in four parts and installed the complete firing line on Allseas’ Audacia.

Global Outlook

Safety and efficiency is key to our company’s success. Positive Prospects

With a full order book for 2013, MHF Group is focusing on offering the best quality solutions to its wide range of customers, as Mr Broere highlights: “Our current main client base is Saipem UK, Heerema, Allseas, Blue Water and Subsea 7. There are plenty of opportunities for us to continue growing as a company and keep offering high quality

It is obvious that MHF Group can execute various jobs worldwide with their flying squad of offshore skilled labour force. Looking ahead, MHF Group has a positive outlook for the future and is keen to continue growing as a company by offering increased efficiency at its extensive construction facilities in Stellendam, thus ensuring on-time, reliable, high quality solutions to multinational companies working on global projects. i.

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Constructive Cooperation

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AS ONE OF THE FIRST WIND FARMS CONSTRUCTED IN THE GERMAN BIGHT, MEERWIND SÜD OST DEVELOPERS, WINDMW HAVE DEPENDED ON SOME OF the most experienced marine contractors in the European offshore industry, including Seajacks for installation of the monopiles, transition pieces and turbines, Boskalis for scour installation and Seaway Heavy Lifting who installed the jacket.

Efficient monopile and TP installation by Seajacks’ Zaratan and Leviathan


WindMW informed OSI that at the time of going to press the inner array cable, jacket and a total of 28 turbines have all been installed. Despite having experienced significantly worse weather than anticipated, installation is on track to meet the completion target in early 2014.

Conbit engineers designed a combination of cradles and self-propelled modular transporters to move the monopiles over the main deck and to lift the monopiles from their grillages.

Pile Guide Tool

Zaratan transported and installed three of the 675t monopiles every cycle. Once on site, the pile was upended into a vertical position and lowered The first phase of the installation process of any to the seabed, while being continuously directed offshore wind farm is the preparation of the sea by a ‘Pile Guide Tool’. A joint bed to prevent erosion at the turbine locations. Boskalis carried development by a number of IHC out this stone-placement work on sister companies (IHC Handling behalf of Seajacks using a fallpipe Systems, IHC Winches and IHC vessel to drop a filter layer of small Vremac Cylinders), this tool is the rocks at each site. Approximately first of its kind. It allows the pile to The two Seajacks be positioned as accurately as 2,700 t of filter layer rock, sourced from Norwegian mines, with an installation vessels possible – within a 2m diameter average diameter of 60 mm per circle to be precise. The new pile continued to run rock was deposited per location; guiding tool has replaced the commonly used ‘upending bucket’ a total of 216,000 t across the like clockwork. and ‘guiding and positioning tool’. whole wind farm. Valuable time and deck space is saved by combining the two operations – tilting Piling Phase and positioning – into one piece of equipment. The Meerwind offshore wind farm will consist of A 400t pile driver supplied by IHC Hydrohammer 80 monopiles and transition pieces (TPs) – drove the monopile up to 26 m into the seabed. In constructed in Germany by Ambau. Seajacks’ new order to protect marine life during the pile driving build jack-up Zaratan performed the first phase of process, noise mitigation measures must be installation – loading the monopile foundations implemented. This is achieved by surrounding the from the Cuxhaven quayside with the aid of her monopile with a “bubble curtain” preventing GustoMSC 800t leg-encircling crane. sound waves from propagating through the water. Conbit supplied the seafastening and deck transport equipment for the monopiles. They used a saddle construction using slings to tie down the New Crane for Leviathan monopile with a tensioning system providing the Following the installation of the 80 monopiles, the unique possibility of monitoring the load during same Boskalis fallpipe vessel was used to apply the 10 hour journey to the wind farm site. The further erosion protection around the

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Meerwind at a Glance Total wind farm area Distance from coast Water depth Average wind speed (at height of 90 m) Height of wind turbines (blade tip) Diameter of rotor Length of Internal Cable Weight of all Monopiles, TPs and Towers Topside weight Jacket weight

42 km² approx. 50 km 23 – 26 m 9.5 m/s 149 m 120 m 107 km 85,200 t 3,500 t 950 t

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monitoring services during monopile up-ending. foundations. This time larger rocks of up to 500 kg Cable installation was also completed on schedule were used, providing erosion protection for the with the VSMC/Boskalis joint venture achieving monopiles arising from local wave and current impressive results: 3 load outs, 88 inter array conditions. cables and 176 pull-ins. They Seajacks’ jack-up Leviathan chartered the Solstad transported and installed – J E NS A S S HE UE R – Offshore-owned Normand Meerwind’s 80 TPs. To CEO O F W I NDM W Flower and with safety and prepare for the task, quality as a top priority, Leviathan’s main crane was VSMC finished the project replaced by a new 400t Kenz with no recordable incidents. model. The new crane is capable of lifting 400 t @ 18.5 m and was Lift Management We are on track to begin After all 80 monopiles were complemented by the installation of two new delivering clean power to installed in April 2013, Palfinger auxiliary cranes to Zaratan was mobilized once the public grid next year. more to install the wind increase the efficiency of handling small loads on and turbine generators (WTGs). around deck. To prepare for the installation of the Zaratan collected the Siemens 3.6MW WTGs from TPs and grouting, the monopile was first cleaned Esbjerg, Denmark and transported five complete of all marine growth. sets per cycle. The Seajacks team took pride in Parker Maritime, a business unit of Parker Hannifin’s their record of producing safe, fast and efficient Energy Products Division, provided the Seajacks loading of turbine components, meaning available team with navigation services, survey support weather windows could be maximised for during monopile and TP installation and crane installation.

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Jacket Design & Installation

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Dutch engineering company KCI designed Meerwind’s 920t substation jacket; they also took care of the construction and installation support. KCI’s project engineer Tom Gordijn was involved from the very beginning of this challenging project. On behalf of WindMW, Tom was offshore during the installation which was carried out by Seaway Heavy Lifting’s Oleg Strashnov. His premiere role onboard was to monitor offshore conditions and compare these to the original design parameters. Despite severe weather conditions, the installation of the jacket was carried out within the set parameters and went smoothly – being lifted and placed on the seabed in just one day. “Our client, WindMW was very pleased with the successful installation and expressed their compliments towards KCI for delivering good work. We have also received compliments from SHL for the design of an ‘easy-toinstall’ jacket.”

Such a major project requires a comprehensive strategy of lifting services throughout. Some of these include the production of lift plans, onsite management for lifting operations, project guidance and advice at the pre-engineering, engineering and execution stages, project method statements and procedures, risk assessment for all types of lifting and project operations, onshore and offshore site audits and report. The Seajacks Installation Services team provided the whole package. The cooperation between the two Seajacks installation vessels continued to run like clockwork after Leviathan completed installation of all 80 TPs – she then joined Zaratan and assisted with the installation of the remaining WTGs. Once in position alongside the transition piece, Zaratan and Leviathan began installation of towers, nacelles and blades at each location. The installation of the last turbine at this demanding location will signify a tremendous achievement by the installation team and vessel crews. The experience gained at Meerwind will provide Seajacks with vital experience for technically challenging future projects. With an expected completion date of February 2014, this eighty turbine project is well on track. i.


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Offshore Installation Delays TO FORESEE OR NOT TO FORESEE

MICHAEL TURGOOSE, DIRECTOR OF DRIVER TRETT UK, EXPLORES THE COMPLEXITY OF DELAYS IN THE OFFSHORE ENVIRONMENT. This article touches on the various challenges encountered in the analysis of a contractor’s contractual entitlement to extensions of time and additional costs incurred during the offshore installation of monopile foundations. More importantly, this article highlights issues concerning where liability lies in relation to delay events and additional costs, and may provide some food for thought when drawing up conditions of contract for future installation works.

Obscure Liability

Despite numerous pages of conditions, lengthy schedules and extensive employer’s requirements incorporating innumerable appendices, annexes, technical requirements, and responsibility matrices, the answers to certain offshore installation practical issues may not always be immediately apparent. As an example, consider a contract where the employer provides and makes available installation vessels free of charge in accordance with the scope of supply and as defined in the employer’s requirements, to enable the contractor to execute the works. In the event that the vessels are not in sound operational condition, safe and fit for use as set down in the contract or the employer

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was otherwise in breach of its obligations, then the contractor was entitled to give notice and apply for an extension of time to any key date and/or of the time for completion and also payment of additional costs, subject to other criteria on timing of submissions and form being met. This is mirrored under the extension of time clause which provides that the contractor may claim for an extension of time if the works are or will be delayed by a breach or default by the employer in providing the installation vessels. There’s nothing unusual in any of that you may say. Moreover, the contract also requires that the employer shall be responsible for ensuring that the employer’s personnel and the employer’s other contractors on the site cooperate with the contractor’s efforts. A further contractual provision obliges the contractor to afford appropriate opportunities to the employer’s personnel, other contractors employed by the employer, and the personnel of any legally constituted public authority to carry out work. However, it also provides that any such opportunity shall constitute a variation if, and to the extent that it, or the cost incurred by it, were ‘unforeseeable’.

Michael Turgoose, Director Offshore Wind Sector Driver Trett

Arguable Facts

Driver Trett mainland Europe Management Team

The contractor argued that it was not foreseeable that it would be delayed as a result of various matters notified to the employer; and if the employer did not accept that there had been a variation then any changes to the employer’s requirements or the works (scope and/or method of working) would amount to a breach of the contract or default thereunder by the employer and/or delay, impediment or prevention caused by or attributable to the employer, the employer’s personnel, or the employer’s other contractors on the site. Whilst recognising that responsibility for adverse weather and all mechanical breakdowns to the installation vessels including amongst others, hydraulic leaks, crane breakdowns, and leg jacking problems and the demonstrated critical delay to the schedule of installation rests with the employer, the liability for other claimed delays was not so clear cut and more precisely, could not be readily considered as ‘unforeseeable’. The term ‘unforeseeable’ was simply

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defined as meaning not reasonably foreseeable by an experienced contractor by the base date. Clearly this is not particularly helpful.


authorities. Also consider: crew changes by the vessel operator; jacking down for bunkering of fuel or water; rest periods by the vessel engineer; loading of stores and spare parts in port; waiting on ferry traffic or the harbour pilot. Or even: waiting for the arrival of the marine mammal observer to board the installation vessel. All of the foregoing matters could be considered as ordinary everyday activities associated with the running of a vessel on a 24/7 basis. Waiting on port traffic in a working port

environment is a stoppage which is neither unexpected nor ‘unforeseeable’. Should such activities be viewed as examples of delay, impediment or prevention attributable to the employer, the employer’s personnel, or the employer’s other contractors on the site? Should such operations be considered as a variation or as giving rise to an extension of time and additional costs? As in all such matters the answers should lie in the express contract wording. Clarity in the drafting of the conditions of contract should prevail to ensure all parties recognise where the liability for delaying events and the financial consequences fall. i.

Now consider the following delaying events: compliance with the directions of such personnel as the marine warranty surveyor, the vessel master and the lifting supervisor on the employer’s vessels or the harbour

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Speedy Spreader Delivery

FOR THE RECENT INSTALLATION OF DONG ENERGY’S BORKUM Riffgrund 1 substation, Scaldis Salvage and Marine Contractors faced a particular lifting challenge. Innovative Input reacted quickly with the design and fabrication of a sub-spreader beam. This autumn Scaldis’ heavy lift vessel Rambiz installed the topsides on the eightlegged Borkum Riffgrund 1 jacket in almost 30m water depths. Key to the lift was the delivery of the 3,000t sub-spreader beam with a length of 11m/25m.

Quick Reaction

Innovative Input’s Jan Groenendijk: “Nowadays orders and deliveries are screaming out for a new approach. Quick, good and

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– last but not least – at an acceptable price level is the real challenge for companies operating in niche markets. In 7 weeks the design, approval, selection of production plants, blasting, painting and transport from the Netherlands to Denmark had to be arranged. An additional struggle was that all these actions took place during the summer holiday months.”

Design & Manufacture

The sub-spreader is designed for offshore use below the main-spreader. The spreader itself consists of three main parts, two spreader heads and one connection bar. Auxiliary transport and rigging supports were included in the design. For easy rigging the spreader

heads are equipped with multiple fixation points and rods to fix the heads during the rigging procedure. The connection bar between the heads has an initial length of 11 m but can be extended to a length of 25 m. Collecting the right materials with the appropriate certification within this short time was no mean feat. Logistics required extra attention, not to mention the tolerances between the different parts of the spreader heads. Finally the blasting, painting and assembly came down to working overnight shifts. On the day of transport the paint was hardly dry.

Mission Accomplished

Nevertheless, despite the short delivery time and complexity of the beam, the joint effort of the major parties involved – Scaldis, Innovative Input, PTS, Van de Grijp and Lloyd’s Register – resulted in a successful and just-in-time delivery. “Mission accomplished!” Mr Groenendijk states, highlighting that Scaldis was able to complete the transport & installation for Dong Energy’s project according to plan. “All parties involved; thanks for a job well done!” i.

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Lifting Challenges WORDS BY JOHN GAULDIE

OFFSHORE INSTALLATION AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS ROUTINELY FACE EXTREMELY COMPLEX LIFTING CHALLENGES, WHICH OF COURSE REQUIRES SPECIALISED LIFTING EQUIPMENT DESIGN, MANUFACTURE and delivery at the highest level, states Kees Jan van der Velde, Managing Director of the Netherlands-based Van Mechelen Lifting Gear. “The majority of our products are custom-made, dedicated and purpose-built for the lifting and rigging challenges of our demanding international customers,” Mr Van der Velde says. The company has more than a century of experience in designing and manufacturing safe, specialised lifting equipment for the international lifting and rigging industry – including wire

rope sheaves, crane blocks, wire rope blocks, directional lead blocks, swivels, turnbuckles, sockets, hooks and much more lifting gear.

Custom & Certified

Mr Van der Velde says the company’s mission is to design, fabricate and supply safe, client-specific lifting and rigging equipment – a mission they can demonstrate with a long track record in four important markets: offshore, dredging, industrial and wire rope distributors. “The specific demands and requirements of these unique markets have been determined and implemented in our procedures in such a way that every customer is encountered in just the right way.” Mr Van der Velde also highlights the quality management processes within Van Mechelen Lifting Gear: “Certification, traceability, documentation – these are everyday terms in our sector. Without a well-documented final certificate, our exacting clients won’t use the products delivered. For the team at Van Mechelen, it’s our daily business to ensure that traceability and assure the client that they made the right choice with us.”

Inhouse Capability

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“During the manufacturing of client-specific products, the client has an intensive involvement in the process. For testing during the build process, proofloading, factory acceptance and other important stages in the production process, Van Mechelen expressly invites the client to witness the results.”

Sound Reputation

Van Mechelen Lifting Gear was established in 1869. During the First World War, mainly due to the Dutch trade isolation, the company started manufacturing rigging and lifting equipment for ships, such as wire rope blocks, crane blocks, hooks, turnbuckles and wire rope sheaves. Today, the company is located at a newly developed industrial site in Halsteren, a suburban village www. o f f s h o r e - i n d u s t r

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Recently Van Mechelen Lifting Gear designed and manufactured a series of sheaves for wire ropes of different diameters. With offshore operations at ever greater depths, there is a growing demand for only single or double fall lifting. Usually this requires wire ropes with bigger diameter, but at the same time operators want the possibility to vary wire diameters depending on depths and the required lifting capacity. Because the radius at the bottom of the groove of a sheave and the diameter of the wire rope have a fixed ratio, wire ropes may not be used in any (wider) groove. In exchanging wire ropes, it’s not always possible or it’s complicated to replace a sheave. In such case, Van Mechelen Lifting Gear’s solution is a sheave that can handle several diameters of wire rope. The sheaves consist out of a fixed hub and web, but a rim that may contain exchangeable LiningInserts. These Lining-Inserts are locked fully closed and secured as well as radially, axially and tangentially.

close to Bergen op Zoom in the south of the Netherlands. Mr Van der Velde: “The quick support and response that Van Mechelen provides is unique in its kind. We operate in a small and established world and we have built up a sound reputation with many customers. We are confident that we can meet your specific requirements, now and in the future, whenever lifting and rigging equipment is concerned.” i.

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Let me stay!

Your employees deserve a comfortable accommodation. TLQ supply ensures quality and quick arrangements. The TLQ’s are equipped comfortably with beds, closets, tables and chairs, phone and PA system, TV and internet connection. Due to the wide variety of lay-out combinations and the possibility to stack the TLQ units we can ensure a suitable solution for everyone. Our TLQ’s consist of standard pre-assembled units which are tested and commissioned at our own yard. Our TLQ units are especially designed for placement with existing deck cranes (additional cranes are not required). We can therefore ensure a short delivery time and fast installation. Visit our website or call 0031 38 429 07 83


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Offshore Living Quarters LIVING WHERE YOU WORK – LIVING QUARTERS ARE THERE TO PROVIDE OFFSHORE PERSONNEL A SAFE and flexible home environment. OSI’s Anoeshka Maaskant examines recent living quarters projects that measure up to all safety requirements and fabrication standards – not to mention the crew comfort demanded particularly in the North Sea NCS and UKCS.

Accommodating Extended Life on Draugen HERTEL OFFSHORE & AIBEL

Hertel Offshore successfully delivered an additional living quarters for Norske Shell’s Draugen platform in the Norwegian Sea. The additional living quarters accommodates 44 people, has a total weight of approximately 500 t and is designed according to the stringent NORSOK and Shell requirements and standards. In early October Heerema Marine Contractor’s Thialf lifted the living quarters on the platform. Hertel Offshore is pleased to have

worked with Norske Shell and Aibel on this project. Kjetil Sævareid, Aibel’s project director for the Draugen framework agreement, commented: “When Draugen was put into production in 1993, the goal was to produce oil for 20 years. However, the plan now is that upgrades will extend the service life of the platform considerably. Expanding the cabin capacity is particularly important in light of the planned modification projects ahead.” i.

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More Efficient & Safer Modules



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“There is one major part of platforms that you will normally miss when there are conversations about the future energy,” states Stefan Hoogvliet, “the Living Quarters – almost the most important part of the platform.” In addition to the recent DolWin alpha HVDC platform, Hoogvliet delivered the living quarters for the BorWin alpha platform in 2009. “As everything becomes more efficient, so are the living

quarter modules. Over the years they became lighter, better equipped for the personnel, and not to forget, safer. Plug and play is the keyword, turnkey living quarters are becoming the standard – permanent and temporary – you are able to keep the quality standard higher as there is more control during the construction.” i. Lelystraat 49, 3364 AH SLiedrecht, The Netherlands

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Dynamic Platform for Exceptional Transport

Refurbishing to Higher Specs



SAL Heavy Lift’s DP vessel Svenja loaded Statoil’s nine-floor, 35m high, 1,425t Valemon Living Quarters in Rotterdam before the journey to Korea with open hatch and an overhang of 20 m. Mercon built the steel structure for Hertel, part of the production platform under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje. Managing the project in partnership with Remove BV was xXtras – a new but highly experienced platform predominantly serving the project

and heavy lift market. “Engineering and executing such a project in less than 3 weeks is really a formidable job,” stated Nina Roewas from xXtras. The vessel’s standard equipment had to be adapted to this unique job: Amongst others, the traverse had to be rigged and fastened at a certain angle. To this purpose, various grommets with different lengths needed to be ordered and certified. i.

“The market is increasingly demanding complete turnkey solutions that can be executed offshore without interrupting production,” says Johan Vermoen, Project Manager at OAC-Group, pictured onboard Jack-Up Barge’s JB-115. Together with partners Kranendonk BV and Heinen & Hopman Engineering BV, the OACGroup specialises in both accommodation refurbishments and new build projects and has seen an upturn in the market for accommodation extensions over

the last 3 years. “An interesting part of the market is converting accommodation on board of construction platforms built for renewables projects to make these platforms fully certified for construction assistance in the oil & gas sector, such as the current conversion of the JB-115. We have an in-depth knowledge of offshore standards for everything from passive fire protection coating systems to in-cabin entertainment systems.” i.

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Daewoo Delivers Angola FPSO Pictured under tow on its way to Angola, the completed FPSO CLOV was expected to arrive on site 140 km from Luanda in October with first production to begin next year. On behalf of Sonangol, Total is operating the huge project in Block 17 with a 40 percent stake, alongside Statoil, ExxonMobil and BP. This will be the fourth project undertaken on this particularly prolific block.

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Eng. Co. Ltd. (DSME) was EPCI contractor for the Bureau Veritas-class FPSO. It is 305 m long, 61 m wide and has a production capacity of 160,000 barrels of crude oil per day and a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels of oil. FPSO CLOV will work in water depths ranging from 1,100 to 1,400 m, bringing on stream four fields: Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta. The project involves 34 subsea wells tied back to the CLOV FPSO. Through a unique processing and storage system, the unit will produce two types of oil from the Oligocene and Miocene sedimentary beds: one with a 32 to 35° API gravity from the Oligocene reservoirs (CravoLirio) and the other, more viscous, with a 20 to 30° API gravity from the Miocene reservoirs (Orquidea-Violeta).

Topsides Engineering

In collaboration with DSME, KBR executed the detailed engineering of topsides for the project. The design of the facilities ensures that the impact on the environment is kept to a minimum, with heat being recovered from the turbines and tank gases. There will be no routine flaring in normal operating conditions. An “allelectric” concept, the facility is powered by four GE LM

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2500+ G4 SAC aeroderivative gas turbines. The facility’s living quarters accommodate up to 240 people. Halton Marine’s factories in France and in Finland supplied HVAC products and solutions for the project. Liebherr supplied the cranes.

Long Distance Towing The recently delivered specialised anchor handling tugs Teresea Falcon and

Teresea Hawk provided long distance towage and positioning services for FPSO CLOV. The two ‘Raptor Class’ 200T BP AHTS vessels were built at Universal Shipbuilding’s Keihin yard in Japan. Terasea, headquartered in Singapore, provides FPSO, FSO, FLNG, Rig, Salvage and general towage. i.

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Vertical Lift Pumps FISCHCON HAS DEVELOPED POWERFUL VERTICAL, HYDRAULIC DRIVEN LIFT pumps for firefighting purposes on offshore floating platforms. OSI looks at the latest move in the fire safety advances.

Floating production and storage vessels for the offshore oil and gas industries face serious challenges in terms of fire safety. Fischcon has supplied firefighting pumps for major projects; on board FPSOs off the coasts of Vietnam, Brazil and Nigeria and the world’s first offshore FRSU just off the Italian coast. They recently delivered the firefighting system for Shell’s Prelude facility in Australia, where two Fischcon diesel-hydraulic pumps will each pump 40,000 l/min. However, for new builds there was a need for a vertical lift pump that could be placed outside a ship’s hull and still deliver the large pressure and flow rates demanded by the industry.

Peer Review

This market driven demand for a new type of pump suited Fischcon, where research and development is an important aspect of operational management. The Netherlandsbased company had previous experience with smaller scale applications of a similar pump – in fuel storage systems on Loch Long, Scotland and on the Isle of Man. It was now a matter of developing this application for a larger capacity. The company carried out extensive market research to take a good look at industry peers and the various existing concepts but especially at the ‘lessons to learn’, based on the remarks by customers about existing pumps.

High Pressure Pump

Fischcon introduced their vertical lift pump at Oil&Gas Asia 2013. The result was a vertical, hydraulic driven lift pump for firefighting purposes on FPSOs, FLNGs, FPUs and FSRUs. The pump has a capacity range of 500-4,500m³/h

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There was a need for a vertical lift pump that could still deliver the large pressure and flow rates.

with a pressure of up to 16 barg. Installed at the bottom of a caisson, which is fixed outside the hull of the floating or fixed production platform, the pump lifts the water up via the caisson to the deck level or the level of the booster pump. The fire fighting system is connected to the main fire ring pipeline. Depending on the required flow-pressure capacities, the fire water pump system can be installed without a booster pump (the so called ‘single pump setup’). The pumps are reliable, compact and can be installed quickly. The lift pump can be lifted easily via the caisson for maintenance and inspection purposes. A lift frame (for disassembly) can be supplied, in the event a crane is not available. The design of the pump unit also ensures a low flow resistance and a fast start-up time.

Hydraulics Specialist

For more than 30 years, Fischcon has been a worldwide supplier of power production units, fire pumps and maritime (portable) firefighting units and generator sets. The innovative company is breaking ground in the field of water hydraulics – using sea water in hydraulic systems instead of oil. The resulting system is cheaper, cleaner and safer than traditional oil-based ones. Their name became further renowned upon the delivery of their largest power pack to date, a 4,800 l/min hydraulic power pack unit built for IHC Hydrohammer. The technological developments in offshore fire safety are constantly progressing. By introducing such original products as the vertical lift pump Fischcon remains a key player. i.

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For the first time, the European Wind Energy Association will hold its offshore conference and exhibition in the financial capital of Europe – Frankfurt, Germany. This biennial event is an international platform for the offshore wind energy industry to showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services.

Meet the Supply Chain

Facts & Figures Venue Dates Exhibitors expected Countries represented Visitors expected

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The supply chain for the offshore wind industry is evolving rapidly. EWEA Offshore’s success is due to the wide-spread attendance from the whole of the offshore sector. The market promise underpinned by ambitious national programmes has sparked an enormous volume of industrial interest. This translates to more than 400 exhibitors from the industry coming to meet customers old and new.

Finance is the Key Financing offshore wind is not just a big issue, it’s becoming more and more of a challenge. Symbolically located in the hometown of the European Central bank, this year’s conference will discuss, among other hot topics, finance. “For financiers in this space, getting together…is key to addressing current risks and innovating financial structures which can help identify financeable market routes in these turbulent times,” commented Dima Rifai, Financing Conference Chair and CEO, Paradigm Change Capital Partners.

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The EWEA Offshore conference aims to present the best content and provide learning opportunities and practical solutions. “It’s crucial that we as an industry pick up the challenge and join forces to meet our common goal. To reduce the cost of offshore wind energy,” stated Henrik Poulsen, Conference Chairman and CEO, Dong Energy.


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With an overflowing shipbuilding order book Brazil’s maritime market is experiencing a new boom.

WITH A SHIPBUILDING ORDER BOOK FEATURING CLOSE TO 400 ORDERS FOR SHIPBUILDING AND OFFSHORE constructions, Brazil’s maritime market is experiencing a new boom – a massive potential for foreign marine equipment suppliers. Earlier this year OSI’s Dennis Vinkoert took a plane to Rio de Janeiro for an industry roundup, visiting leading suppliers in the Brazilian maritime and offshore industry. WORDS BY DENNIS VINKOERT

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Petrobras turned 60 years old in October. The company aims to double current oil production by 2020 to reach 4.2 million barrels per day (bpd). In 2013 alone, Petrobras has taken delivery of nine platforms with a total production capacity of 1 million bpd. The company has contracted 28 offshore drilling rigs for ultra deepwater. This equipment is being built in Brazil for the first time, and deliveries will commence in 2015. Forty-nine transport ships have been commissioned to carry the oil to shore, five already delivered. Brazil is quickly becoming a major player in the oil business. The potential of Brazil’s deepwater assets is huge, w w w. o ffs h o re -i n d u s tr y. e u

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and the pace of offshore development is growing. Current and future discoveries depend on a broad scope of technologies and capabilities as well as experienced service companies with reliable and proven technology to achieve economical and operational success. But the country’s rigid rules and scant workforce are a serious problem for foreign investors.

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oil & gas business in Brazil, foreign companies have to establish their fabrication and construction plants in this country. Local content policy strictly follows this guideline by requiring a minimum percentage of domestic content for a variety of equipment and materials to promote domestic Brazilian industry and strengthen the country’s productive capacity. Specialising in local content certification is the ABS Group because the group is a pioneer in ANP accreditation and has been actively investing in its team and specific infrastructure to increase its support of a wide range of certification projects

Robson Campos, Managing Director for Wärtsilä Brazil: “Niterói is the hub for offshore services in Brazil.”

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Fast Growing Players Home-Grown Semi-Sub Petrobras’ P-55 Floating Production Unit (FPU), the largest and the first of this kind entirely built in Brazil, is on its way to the Roncador Field, Campos Basin, where it will be installed in a water depth of 1,790 m. The column stabilised semi-submersible has a capacity of 180,000 bopd and 6,000,000 cu m of gas. Bureau Veritas classed the unit and provided a wide range of verification and support services which made the major project possible. The P-55 was designed by Petrobras R&D Department (CENPES) and GustoMSC (deck box and topsides). It was built over several sites simultaneously, including lower hull fabrication and assembly at Estaleiro Atlântico Sul (EAS) and main production modules fabrication, integration and commissioning by QUIP at Estaleiro Rio Grande (pictured).

along the entire oil and gas productive chain. Today ABS Group holds the vast majority of contracts for the Local Content certification of the major large oil & gas projects including the drillships and the FPSOs ordered by Petrobras. Current ABS’ activities in Brazilian offshore projects include three on-site FPSOs, ten FPSOs which are under construction or converted, and four exploration units (drillships and jack-ups). www. o f f s h o r e - i n d u s t r

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A key supplier to Brazil’s offshore industry is the marine division of Rolls-Royce Brasil. The company recently inaugurated a new facility with an area of 13,000 m2 in Niterói to support customers in the region. The state-of-the-art facility is situated on waterfront location. According to Rolls-Royce Brazil Marine Division’s country manager Paulo Rolim, the facility is designed to execute several service jobs simultaneously but also to service all Rolls-Royce commercial marine products. Underlining Rolls-Royce Marine’s success in Brazil, the company recently secured an order worth more than USD 162 million to supply integrated power and propulsion systems for seven offshore drilling vessels to be built at the Atlântico Sul shipyard for Petrobras. Also a fast growing and major player in the Brazilian marine power and propulsion market is Wärtsilä. The Finnish multinational recently opened a new workshop in Niterói, with 4,600 m2 of built area. The unit is the largest of its kind in the state of Rio de Janeiro and features a laboratory for automation and electronic fuel injection, and also an area dedicated to marine thrusters. The new facility replaces the company’s current unit in São Cristóvão, in Rio de Janeiro, bringing logistical advantages for the company.

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“The location is strategic for both receiving components and delivering equipment, as Niterói is a hub for offshore services in Brazil,” says Robson Campos, Managing Director for Wärtsilä Brazil. The portfolio will also be expanded, including repairs to large motors and maintenance of propulsion systems for ships. Wärtsilä’s expertise in Electrical & Automation (E&A) services led to the creation of a dedicated team in Brazil. Previously limited to supporting product development for Ship Power division, the E&A activities are now a part of Wärtsilä Services. Automation projects consist on designing logic control systems for vessels such as FPSOs, regulating the flow of oil. The systems are able to regulate, for example, the process of oil extraction and separation, the level of tanks, storage or export of gas to the electrical system and emergency shutdown.

awarded by Shell Brasil, Total E&P do Brasil and Petrobras – worth a total of USD 25 million for operations offshore Brazil. Another Scandinavian success story in Brazil is Maersk Supply Service. It was the first Maersk company to enter Brazil in 1977. Today, Maersk Supply Service’s cadet training programme is the second largest in the industry. In 2012, Maersk Training started operating in Brazil to provide training to the maritime and oil industries. Maersk Training offers training in safety, security, crane operations, drilling, navigation and people and language skills. The new training centre in Rio de Janeiro houses a drilling and a bridge simulator, and is capable of providing certified well control training, accredited DP training, anchor handling, ship handling and a range of other courses. By 2016, the company plans to train 4,000 Brazilians annually for the maritime and offshore industries.

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Norway’s Farstad Shipping is a well-known supply shipping company in the world within its defined segment of the larger and more advanced offshore supply vessels. Recently the company reached an agreement with Petroserv S.A. in Brazil to buy Petroserv’s 50 percent share in BOS Navegação S.A. (BOS). With that Farstad Shipping will have 100 percent ownership of BOS. The net purchase price for the 50 percent share is USD 56.5 million. BOS was established in June 1999 as a joint venture between Farstad Shipping and Petroserv. Today the company owns three AHTS vessels on contracts with Petrobras. In addition BOS operates ten Farstad vessels in Brazil. The agreement is a strengthening of Farstad’s position in Brazil. Recently Farstad also won three new contracts – www. o f f s h o r e - i n d u s t r

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Rolls-Royce Brazil Marine Division’s country manager Paulo Rolim showing Dennis Vinkoert the company’s new premises.

After huge oil finds in recent years, Brazil’s need for offshore vessels continues to expand and could double between now and the end of the decade. Petrobras wants to extract billions of barrels of oil while also developing its shipbuilding and service industries to create jobs. Meanwhile, Brazil is trying to use locally built vessels and equipment, but foreign companies are benefiting from the nation’s oil bonanza, too. i. i. i. i. i. i. OS I 2013 | Vo l u me 6 | I s s u e 6 | 5 9

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VOS Kicks Off 22 New Builds OVER THE NEXT 3 YEARS, VROON OFFSHORE SERVICES (VOS) WILL TAKE DELIVERY OF 22 NEW BUILDS FROM THREE different Chinese yards. This latest fleet expansion programme features a range of offshore vessels, including two high spec DP2 subsea support vessels.

Between 2007 and 2012, VOS took delivery of over 50 new vessels (with older vessels being removed from the fleet). Now the offshore services supplier operates a fleet of more than 100 vessels including PSVs, anchor handlers, emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) and subsea support vessels (SSVs). They cater to the oil and gas,

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renewables, seismic and offshore construction and maintenance industries, with the geographical focus primarily being the North Sea, Mediterranean and Southeast Asian markets.

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embarking on a new strategic fleet expansion programme, with 22 new builds – all being built in Chinese yards. The vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2013 and 2015. The 22 new builds consist of: – Six 50m ERRVs, being built at Nanjing East Star – Four 60m field-support vessels, under construction at Fujian Southeast Shipyard – Four Ulstein PX121-type PSVs with 850m2 deck space and 4,200 dwt, being built in COSCO Guangdong – Six KCM-design PSVs with 710m2 deck space and 3,980 dwt, which will be built at Fujian Southeast Shipyard – Two high-specification 68m DP2 SSVs, being built at the Fujian Southeast Shipyard.

Destination – North Sea & Worldwide

Construction is well underway as the keel laying ceremony for the VOS Fascination took place this September at Nanjing East Star Shipbuilding. VOS Fascination is a 50m ERRV and the last vessel in the series of six ERRVs under construction in Nanjing. She is one of ten new vessels to have a revolutionary, wavepiercing bow that has been designed exclusively for Vroon. VOS Fascination will be delivered to Vroon Offshore Services in 2014. These 22 vessels, designed and built with North Sea operations in mind, represent an important step in further enhancing the services Vroon provides to offshore clients worldwide. i.

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OSI OUTFITTERS PAGE New Range of Zone 2 Power Units Cummins Europe designed the SafePack, a new range of Zone 2 compliant power units, for use in hazardous areas where concentrations of flammable gases or vapours may be present. The SafePack is typically applied to drive compressors, pumps, alternators and transmissions. The first unit introduced is the SafePack 660C, incorporating the Cummins QSK19 diesel engine, rated 660 bhp @ 2,100 rpm at 40°C ambient temperature. The explosion-proof SafePack 660C includes JB Safe Diesel’s in-house developed exhaust gas cooler, spark arrestor and DNV-certified 3GHI Protection system. “The 3GHI Protection system eliminates the need for an exhaust flame arrestor on the exhaust gas cooler,” explains Jone Salte, Managing Director JB Safe Diesel. “This results in optimal engine performance, increased system uptime and reduced maintenance costs.”  i.

Subsea Mooring Connectors for World’s Largest Spar For Hyundai and Technip, the subsea mooring specialist First Subsea will supply the mooring line connectors for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen platform. The platform will be the world’s largest spar platform and the first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf. It will be moored with 17 Series III Ballgrab subsea mooring connectors at 1,300 m water depth approximately 300 km west of Bodø in northern Norway. First Subsea is the only manufacturer of offshore mooring connectors to achieve ABS type approval for the design and manufacture of large-scale forgings over 500mm in diameter. i.

Watercooled Power Resistors Remat’s new generation water-cooled power resistors built in stainless steel cabinets are used for electrical braking for jack-up platforms, cranes, winches, for ballast resistors and load banks. The resistors are built up by compact modules with a very high power density. Due to their high protection degree and robust execution, the resistors are very well suited for the rough offshore environment and require low maintenance. Compared with the air-cooled versions, they are substantially more compact and weigh less. In the power range from 25 kW up to 1 MW and more, Remat’s ready-to-install water-cooled resistors meet the requirements of the marine classification societies. i.

Touchdown & Positioning Lighting System The new touchdown and positioning lighting system for helidecks (Circle-H) introduced by Orga, considerably improves the safety of helicopter pilots, according to a report published recently by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), the CAP 1077. In recent years Orga has been developing the Circle-H in collaboration with the CAA and has tested the system extensively at various test sites. The results of the tests led to the UK CAA making the new touchdown and positioning system – consisting of an LED-lit Circle-H – mandatory in British territorial waters as from 2018. Jan Piet Stock, General Business Manager at Orga: “After a long period of research, development and testing we are now making the first helidecks on platforms safer with the new Circle-H lighting system.” i.

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Dieseko’s Vibro Drill Drives Largest Monopiles To expand the PVE GIANT vibro hammer working conditions, drilling techniques have been added. On top a drilling rig is installed and assembled as one huge vibro drill machine. During operation no changing of equipment is needed. This equipment is developed in close cooperation with DDC. This combined technology in one tool reduces the time required for handling and driving by many hours. Now adjustable bits in the drill allow lowering into the largest coned monopiles. The vibro drill principle is patented. Dieseko Group is present at EWEA Frankfurt at stand 30F76. i.

PTR Holland Expands to UK The Tyneside, UK-based Marine Safety Supplies Limited is now under the ownership of PTR Holland Group, which supplies marine safety equipment around the globe and is the world’s largest manufacturer of marine-use rope ladders. It has divisions in the Netherlands and Singapore and major warehousing facilities in destinations including China, Brazil and the United States. Joris J.Stuip, Managing Director of PTR Holland Group: “We do the same kind of work that Marine Safety Supplies do, but on a much bigger scale, so we will be able to use our international network to help develop the site. We both work in the same sector, and have done business together in the past, so this is a very good fit for our existing operation.” i.

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zeeland’s offshore formation In the last issue of OSI, we revealed plans for installation vessels from Seaway Heavy Lifting, developing a 1,000MW wind farm off the Dutch MPI and GeoSea among others. Zeeland steel and coast in Zeeland, next to the Belgium offshore wind aluminium construction company VDS Offshore zone. Naturally, we’re excited about the prospect of a Construction Terminal has also developed expertise major wind project in our backyard – we’re based in in wind, as well as extensive experience in oil & gas the port town of Vlissingen. for companies including Heerema, Subsea 7 and One of the few open seaports in northwest Boskalis. Europe, Vlissingen and sister port Besides wind, Zeeland is also Terneuzen are already well known a key port for North Sea E&P in the offshore industry for yards activities. In fact, Dutch E&P like Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen investor EBN is investigating the and Heerema Fabrication Group Dinantian Carbonate play in the – the latter is part of the local comparatively under-explored Zeeland Seaport’s consortium developing the ‘ZOWP’ southern North Sea – the hinterland connections and so-called Zeeland Formation wind farm I mentioned. Another consortium member is Zeeland crossing over into the UK sector. proximity to North Sea Seaports – in October I joined the Zeeland Seaports’ wind projects have made it port authority’s CCO Dick Gilhuis headquarters are in Terneuzen a major logistics hub. at the opening of Supermaritime’s on the Western Scheldt opposite new breakbullk terminal in Vlissingen. Terneuzen is also Vlissingen. Zeeland Seaports is also home to ZOWP home to towage and salvage specialist Multraship, consortium member Verbrugge – a logistics service which operates a modern fleet with tugs, selfprovider for offshore projects. The other members propelled floating sheerlegs and diving support of the consortium are local energy utility Delta, vessels. At EWEA Offshore in Frankfurt, you can find Zeeuwind, ZMf and assisted by the consultancy firm out more at the Zeeland Seaports stand 30D24 – and Renewable Factory. OSI’s Vincent Vinkoert will be there, too. Zeeland Seaport’s hinterland connections and proximity to North Sea wind projects have made it a major logistics hub for foundations and associated fabrication and construction works. In Vlissingen BOW Terminal has worked on some of Europe’s Charles van den Oosterkamp, CEO largest offshore wind projects, cooperating with 6 4 | O S I  2 0 1 3 | Vo l um e 6 | Issue 6

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