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03 Ingenuity is in the genes of Van Oord Offshore Proprietary designs for well intervention work Strong support for Dutch offshore companies The engineers behind the RAT Seabed preparation for flowline installation and burial

Valemon jacket: a very challenging project

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4 | Statoil Valemon jacket It is the largest and heaviest jacket ever to be designed by HFG Engineering in Zwijndrecht, and built at the Heerema yard in Vlissingen, Holland, both part of the Heerema Fabrication Group. Some details of the design and fabrication of this gigantic jacket.

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8 | Ingenuity is in our genes “We keep every promise we make. That is our strength,” says Joep Athmer, director of Van Oord Offshore. People who know him know that these are not just empty words. That would be against his nature. Athmer is steadily advancing with the offshore division of Van Oord.

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Meet the Dutch! I am proud to present you the third edition of Offshore Holland! In this edition you can read all about the products, expertise and high profile technological developments of leading IRO member companies like Van Oord Offshore, Heerema Fabrication Group, Van Beest, Trelleborg, Fairstar, Damen, Tideway, Gusto MSC, IHC Merwede, HatenboerWater, Seatools, BigLift, Boskalis, Bakker Sliedrecht, Keppel Verolme and KCI.

Most of these Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry have once again chosen to demonstrate their capabilities to the world during the event of the year, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC’s attendance consistently exceeds 78,000, and more than 2,000 companies participate in the exhibition. OTC includes attendees from around the globe, with more than 110 countries represented. An event where the Dutch cannot and will not miss out! Every year IRO – The Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry, organizes one of the largest country pavilions of the OTC, the Dutch Pavilion with a size of 10,000sqf. Due to the long relation of IRO and the OTC organization the Dutch Pavilion has obtained a prominent location at the exhibition hall. Around 50 great Dutch companies show you their products and expertise



here and with that demonstrate the innovative, creative and resourceful character of The Netherlands. 40 Years of experience and knowledge in the oil, gas and maritime industry has given the Dutch suppliers a leading position in Europe and the rest of the world. Since the discovery in the sixties of the large gas field in Groningen and developments on the Schoonebeek oilfield in The Netherlands, the Dutch suppliers have developed many innovative techniques that have not stayed unnoticed for the rest of the world. The Dutch are now worldwide working on major remarkable and innovative projects. Many IRO members already have a solid base in Houston and are doing business successfully from here. Often first contacts were made during OTC. Houston also facilitates easy access to the Mexican oil and gas industry, where Dutch suppliers work on interesting offshore projects in the Mexican part of the Gulf of Mexico. In the Netherlands Oil & Gas Catalogue you can find more information on the activities, products and services of the Dutch suppliers. The catalogue

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IRO Exhibitions and Export programme 2012 Date



7-10 January

Trade mission to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE

22-24 February

Australasian Oil & Gas

Perth, Australia

14-15 March

Offshore wind mission to Germany

Hamburg, Germany

27-29 March

On & Offshore

Gorinchem, The Netherlands

30 April – 3 May

Offshore Technology Conference

Houston, USA

28-31 August

Offshore Northern Seas

Stavanger, Norway

17-20 September

Rio Oil & Gas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

24-28 September

Trade mission to Aberdeen

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

23-24 October

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

11-14 November


Abu Dhabi, UAE

27-30 November


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Fabrication of Valemon jacket

A very challenging project It is the largest and heaviest jacket ever to be designed by HFG Engineering and built at the Heerema yard in Vlissingen, both part of the Heerema Fabrication Group. One month after its completion in May 2012, the Statoil Valemon jacket, which weighs more than 9,400 tons and is 157 meters high, will be installed in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. VP Technology Cees Spaans from HFG Engineering in Zwijndrecht and Project Manager Aren Bezuijen from Heerema Vlissingen reveal some details of the design and fabrication of this gigantic jacket and the many challenges that had to be overcome.

The Valemon jacket just before the load-out at the Heerema yard in Vlissingen (photo: PAS Publicaties).



The Valemon Development Project of Statoil, the operator, and co-license holders Petoro, Enterprise Oil and Centrica, concerns a gas and condensate field located 160 kilometers to the west of the Norwegian city of Bergen in the North Sea. The field, which was discovered as early as 1985, contains 206 million BOE (Barrels of Oil Equivalent) and is one of the largest fields in the North Sea that has not yet been developed. In June 2011, Statoil and partners were issued the permit for its development by the Norwegian authorities. Statoil expects to be able to start producing gas and condensate in Q4 2014. In view of the water depth of 133 meters, the Valemon process platform required a 157-meter-high jacket with a footprint of 45 x 45 meters. As a result, it will weigh approximately 10,000 tons and will have to be anchored to the seabed by 60-meterlong piles. Designing such a giant has proven to be a real challenge. In particular because initially Statoil considered to reuse the topside of the existing Huldra platform for the Valemon process platform. The company later decided to have a new topside built in the Far East. “In 2010, Statoil first asked HFG Engineering to carry out a FEED study and then to make a detailed design,” says Aren Bezuijen. “After the EPC contract was awarded to the Heerema Fabrication Group on 20 October 2010, the fabrication project was able to start in April 2011 at our yard in Vlissingen. The load-out operation is planned for 9 May this year, and the sail-away for 25 May. Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) will then use Thialf, its crane vessel, to install the jacket and the wellhead module offshore.” From draft to detailed design

Cees Spaans continues: “In 2009, we gained considerable experience with Statoil when carrying out the FEED

study for the Gudrun jacket. However, the FEED study for the Valemon jacket posed us a much greater challenge. As with Gudrun, Aker was also requested to carry out such a study. With both FEED packages as input, Statoil then invited tenders from five contractors. Eventually, our version was selected and in September 2010, we were able to start making the detailed design in collaboration with SNC. A month later, the EPC contract was awarded to the Heerema Fabrication Group. A true challenge when designing the jacket was to keep control of the weight. We had to deal with a structure weighing more than 9,000 tons. This quickly starts to approach the limits of large crane vessels including the Thialf and Saipem 7000. Because these Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels (SCVVs) have different capacities and employ different working methods, the Valemon jacket would have been too heavy if it had to be suitable to be installed in sea by either one of the vessels. Fortunately, Statoil decided at an early stage which installation contractor they wanted to employ. This was HMC, and as a result we could tailor the design completely to the specifications of the Thialf. When doing the FEED study, we still had to take account of the fact that Statoil considered to reuse the topside of Huldra for Valemon. But after starting the detailed design, it quickly became clear that they had decided to build a new topside.” The special thing here was that a wellhead module also had to be designed and fabricated. These contracts were awarded to HFG Engineering and Heerema Fabrication Group as well. “The current trend is for operators to want to have a jacket including a wellhead module available long before the topside is delivered,” says Cees Spaans. “After the installation of the wellhead module, numerous wells can be drilled before the topside is installed. We actually designed the

Project Manager Aren Bezuijen (left) and VP Technology Cees Spaans (photo: PAS Publicaties).

wellhead module twice. First with two decks. However, when Statoil decided that it had to be a single-deck module, the design had to be modified. In spite of this change, we managed to achieve the planned fabrication starting date.” What is striking about the wellhead module is that after the drilling is completed, the majority of the module will be dismantled. What remains will be integrated in the new topside. Critical design

Statoil immediately recognized that the design for the Valemon jacket would be very critical. Cees Spaans: “Therefore the company started the verification rather early. This was done by DNV. As a result, their analyses could be compared to ours at a very early stage. The real work for us proved to be ensuring that the jacket did not contain a kilo too much steel.” The design and fabrication of the four hoisting points also proved to be challenging. “This was a very intensive design process, and concerned the largest hoisting points ever cast. We subcontracted the latter to a British company that specializes in this type of work.” We cooperated closely with TNO in Delft with respect to determining the impact criteria associated with a ship colliding with the jacket. TNO has a lot of expertise in this field. Another special aspect was to find a solution for the optimum attachment of the piles to the sleeves on the four corners of the jacket.



Every corner of the jacket has a cluster of four sleeves (photo: PAS Publicaties).

“Problems have sometimes occurred with the foundations of offshore wind turbines at the connections between the piles and sleeves. Research is being done into possible solutions, which will possibly result in new regulations. However, we did not have time to wait for the results of the research and found a compromise by strengthening the sleeves using reinforced concrete. During the FEED study, the diameter and number of the piles were also investigated. Eventually, it was decided to use 60-meter-long, 84-inch-diameter foundation piles, four at each corner.” Facts and figures

Regarding the number of man-hours spent on the design and fabrication, Aren Bezuijen says: “The engineering took 50,000 man-hours, as did the



management. Fabrication required 300,000 man-hours, while the engineering and the fabrication of the wellhead module required 15,000 and 25,000 man-hours respectively. It took HFG Engineering and Heerema Vlissingen 2.5 years to engineer and build the jacket and 1.1 years to build the wellhead module. We will use Mammoet equipment for the load-out on 9 May. The jacket will be transported on the H-627 barge, which is fitted with three main supports. The piles, the wellhead module and five caissons will be transported on barge H-122. The wellhead module is 18 meters long, 25 meters wide, weighs 220 tons and has twenty conductor guides and more than 2,000 bolts. The module will be installed on the top of the jacket using box sections.” Statoil and partners have together

invested 2.5 billion euros in the development of the Valemon field. With the fabrication of the Valemon jacket that weighs 9,400 tons, Heerema Vlissingen has established a new record. The previous record was held by a jacket weighing 6,100 tons that was built in 2006 for the BritSats (BritanniaSatellites) Project of ConocoPhillips. The yard in Vlissingen is currently fabricating the 4,000-ton jacket for the Dolwin Alpha HVDC platform, the topside of which is being built at the Heerema yard in Zwijndrecht. The fabrication of two 6,000-ton jackets, each 130 meters high are also in the pipeline. These are a wellhead jacket and a PUQ (Production, Utilities, Quarters) jacket for the Nexen Petroleum UK Golden Eagle project. These are planned for delivery in the second quarter of 2013.


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Joep Athmer, director of Van Oord Offshore:

‘Ingenuity is in our genes’

The 120 metre-long Shallow Water Pipe Lay Barge ‘Stingray’.



“We keep every promise we make. That is our strength.” The man speaking these words is Joep Athmer, director of Van Oord Offshore from Gorinchem. People who know him know that these are not just empty words. That would be against his nature. On the international scene, Athmer is steadily advancing with the offshore division of Van Oord. The North Sea is of course still very much his hunting ground, but his horizons have broadened to take in the whole world. Like the ‘Flying Dutchman’, he too is often found travelling the Seven Seas, particularly because he believes in personal contact with his customers, with whom he likes to establish a long-term relationship. “Things look promising for the coming years; there is potential for work all-round, but no one can precisely predict what the future will bring.” His motto is therefore never to wait and see but instead to make your own future. With that in mind, Van Oord is increasing its presence in areas where much work is expected over the coming years, for example on the North West Shelf of Australia, as well as in parts of Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Clearly, every step towards the future taken by Van Oord Offshore has been carefully considered and prepared by Joep Athmer and his team. His greatest challenge effectively differs little from the challenges facing most of his customers: how to maintain focus. How to make sure that all the processes that result in a successful project are completed flawlessly, including continuous optimisation of safety aspects. As Athmer explains: “We at Van Oord Offshore are clearly no more brilliant than our competitors. It is not my style to use such terms. At Van Oord, however, we did recently launch the new slogan ‘Marine Ingenuity’, a phrase that well reflects the source of our strength; as well as ingenuity, our essential core competences include focus on result, solutionbased thinking, customer intimacy, cooperation and professional integrity. In return, we simply demand fair payment. We do not operate in a claim culture, but instead always try to offer a flexible approach. It is very difficult to arrive at an organisation in which commercial targets that all call for perseverance, transparency and trust can be successfully united with operational targets such as high quality, safety and timely completion. Nonetheless, Van Oord Offshore is definitely on the right track. To date, we have succeeded remarkably well in establishing a solid relationship of trust with our international partners. They know that any promise made by Van Oord Offshore will always be kept.”

‘Focus on result, solution-based thinking, customer intimacy, cooperation and professional integrity. These are our core competences.’




‘We have succeeded remarkably well in establishing a solid relationship of trust with our international partners.’

In 2011, total turnover of the Van Oord family business amounted to 1,715 million euro (2010: 1,578 million euro). The net result for 2011 came out at 118 million euro (2010: 165 million euro). The offshore division is responsible for approximately 15 to 20% of total turnover. These activities are exclusively focused on providing services to the international oil and gas industry. The construction of offshore wind farms is the responsibility of a separate division for which its director, Johan van Wijland, reports directly to the Executive Board of Van Oord. In principle, succinctly, Van Oord Offshore supplies the following range of services: SPM (Single Point Mooring) installation ■ Subsea rock installation (SRI) ■ Seabed intervention works ■ Landfall construction ■ GBS (Gravity Based Structure) installation ■ Shallow Water Pipe Lay ■

Pipe Lay Barge Joep Athmer, director of Van Oord Offshore.



Every single one of these activities can be described using the terms ‘precise’ and ‘complex’. Athmer further explains: “Our activities in the field of Subsea Rock Installation demand absolute precision and are essential for the stabilisation and protection of offshore pipelines, cables and other offshore installations like GBSs (Gravity Based Structures) and foundations for wind farms. Using our large and modern fleet of fallpipe vessels and side stone dumping vessels, we are capable of providing a full pallet of services such as installing rocks to stabilise and protect pipelines, scour protection, seabed improvement and the ballasting of offshore constructions. Using our

latest fallpipe vessel Stornes, launched in September 2011, we can even complete these tasks with extreme accuracy in water depths of up to 2200 metres. For construction works related to the installation of oil and gas pipelines in shallow water near the coast, we can call upon a variety of dredging and installation equipment. As a result we are able to offer a wide range of services including the dredging and backfilling of trenches, shore landings, the drawing of pipelines, the pulling and laying of pipelines in shallow waters and the installation of SPM systems. Until recently there was one activity that we were unable to carry out involving the actual laying of pipelines in shallow water over a distance of typically between 5 and 15 kilometres off the coast. This effectively was the missing link in the one-stop shopping principle we aim to offer our customers. To fill that gap, in 2011 we decided to order the 120 metre-long Shallow Water Pipe Lay Barge ‘Stingray’, in China. With a crane lifting capacity of 500 tonnes, this new pipelay barge with three welding stations on board is due to operational in the third quarter of 2012.” Total package

Van Oord Offshore trusts that by purchasing the ‘Stingray’, the company will be more frequently appointed directly by the oil companies as main contractor for shallow water projects. Joep Athmer continues: “Our experience with contracts of this kind has massively expanded over the past three years, evidence of the fact that we are capable of successfully completing complex projects. For these projects, we can offer a complete package of services from engineering and procurement of materials and services through to installation and commissioning; so-called EPC or

EPIC contracts. In the past, we only offered dredging or rock installation services, as a consequence of which we operated as a subcontractor, at the bottom of the chain. Thanks to the purchase of the ‘Stingray’, in the future we will be able to show our clients just what we are capable of, as specialist main contractor for smaller projects in shallow water. We will be able to demonstrate our ability to contribute creative ideas on alternative designs. A number of

our clients have already decided to offer us an opportunity to demonstrate our qualities as EPC or EPIC contractor. One of the first Engineering, Procurement, Installation & Commissioning contracts for the installation of an SPM system in the Black Sea was undertaken on behalf of the Rumanian company Rompetrol, followed by a project involving the installation of three SPM systems and in total 15 kilometres of subsea pipelines in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates.

We also recently won a new order for the construction of a Single Point Mooring system in Fujairah, this time on behalf of the Fujairah Asia Power Company. This project involves the design, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the SPM and the three kilometre-long subsea pipeline. We already see that the trust in Van Oord Offshore in the field of total project implementation is growing steadily.”

Flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes.



At the same time we continue to undertake plenty of much-appreciated orders as subcontractors. Near the Russian island of Sakhalin, for example, Van Oord Offshore undertook all dredging and shore landing work in 2011, for the construction of two subsea pipelines, each 25 kilometres long, while in the summer of 2012, the company will be installing the GBS for the Arkutun Dagi project close to the extended island between the Sea of Ochotsk and the Japanese Sea. Van Oord Offshore will be responsible for the tow-out of the concrete platform, the scour protection work and the ballasting. Competence assessment

Marine Ingenuity

Van Oord Offshore has not signed a contract for the new Shallow Water Pipe Lay Barge yet, but the company is examining a number of very interesting opportunities. There is considerable interest in the new vessel. Joep Athmer and his team are examining each of the opportunities with great precision, in order to choose the ideal project as the first for the ‘Stingray’. “We will not be tackling the market mob-handed. Aggression is not a typical trait of our family business. We have very consciously made the decision to position ourselves as EPC contractors on the market,” suggests Athmer. “And I feel absolutely certain that the

international oil and gas market will respond positively, above all also because as Van Oord Offshore we can add a great deal of value. We are one of the few businesses able to provide all the critical components for a complete project in shallow water, in house. Such a player will be enthusiastically received by our customers. Within the offshore industry, reputation is of key importance, alongside the factors safety and the time frame within which the project is concluded. Our genes are infused with the will to get the job done right, to establish a solid relationship with our clients, and to live up to our slogan ‘Marine Ingenuity’ in every facet of our work.”

Any new activity automatically means attracting new people who can offer the required disciplines; in other words, expansion of the organisation. “Absolutely,” agrees Athmer. “That is something we are hard at work on right now. Laying pipelines is not an activity typically undertaken by a dredging company. It calls for specialist contributions. The labour market has responded very positively to our call. At present, eighty percent of the new positions for specialists with broad experience have already been filled. As a consequence, in the near future, we will have both the hardware and software we need to successfully undertake total projects. In the current climate, one absolute requirement from all our clients is Competence Assessment. Delivering good quality work is not enough. The man (or woman) on the job must also have a proven track record. He or she must be capable of successfully managing the project, as well as bringing the required interpersonal skills to the table, and making the right sounds and taking the right actions when unexpected problems arise requiring an urgent response.” In 2001, Van Oord Offshore worked on the shore landing of two 25 kilometrelong subsea pipelines near the Russian island of Sakhalin.



World Courier

When Teamwork Counts Collaborative, Just-in-Time Problem-Solving A Shanghai-based Tier 1 automotive supplier in grave need of 125 kilos of components from a Méxican plant turned to World Courier for an eleventh-hour solution. Within an hour of the call, a special courier visa was being arranged in México, stand-by couriers had been contacted, back-up routings designed and alternate flights booked in case of cancellations. After verifying that the parts were in stock, the driver departed México City for the lengthy 200-kilometer drive and pick-up. From México, the courier flew to Los Angeles where the parts were re-packed in transit to meet differing airline baggage allowances, then on to Hong Kong and Shanghai. The client’s service level expectation was 60 hours. World Courier delivered in just 36. Teamwork at its best.

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A real workhorse

Damen sells six platform supply vessels

Newly founded offshore support company World Wide Supply (WWS) has ordered six PSV 3300 CD’s with Damen Shipyards. The PSV 3300 CD, built according to Damen’s E3 principles, is a newly designed platform supply vessel for servicing oil and gas rigs worldwide and is specifically designed to perform safely and economically in adverse weather conditions. All four vessels will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. First delivery scheduled for early 2013, last delivery end of 2013.

The PSV 3300 CD was launched at Europort last November and is the result of a dedicated design and research process for a new type of offshore supplier: a real workhorse with good seakeeping qualities, less need for maintenance and reduced emission levels. The vessels are built according to the highest environmental and safety standards and with an eye for crew comfort. The 80 m long vessel has a large, 720 m² main deck, improved speed performance with the same engine



size compared to her predecessors and incorporates proven technology and components of Damen’s other PSV series. A unique eye-catching design, with a well-designed, sleek bow makes the PSV 3300 E3 a distinctive vessel. Damen benefited from design input from its Norwegian client WWS and from operational studies carried out on Damen PSV’s operating in the North Sea and in Brazilian waters. The result is a vessel with very little slamming, and improved comfort and safety for the crew, vessel and cargo.

World Wide Supply

WWS is owned by a group of Norwegian and international financial investors and industrial companies that see a need for specialized offshore services and fit-for-purpose vessels to match. WWS will enter into a management agreement with Remøy Management AS (Fosnavag, Norway) and will draw on the 40 years of experience and services of Remøy with respect to vessel management and crewing.

Solutions for tomorrow’s world Van Oord Offshore is an Offshore and EPC Contractor that offers high precision subsea rock installation, trenching & backfilling, landfall installation, shallow water pipe lay, pipe pulling and SPM & GBS installation works. With an extensive global track record in the offshore construction industry, Van Oord Offshore has proven its expertise to provide clients with a safe and solid solution for their offshore structures.

Offshore and EPC Contractors SPM and GBS installation

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Trenching and backfilling



GustoMSC developed proprietary designs

Well intervention solutions GustoMSC has developed proprietary designs for well intervention work to make the use fullsized MODUs for this work obsolete. Various vessel and semi-submersible answers are available to the market to match any combination of requirements. Designs are advanced and robust. They combine intelligent solutions with the company’s extensive offshore rig design experience into a flexible, efficient and safe working platform for worldwide operations. Herewith a look at two giants of their class.

The following well intervention classes can be identified: A) intervention by means of wire line or braided line operations, B) intervention by means of coiled tubing operations and a subsea lubricator, B+) intervention by means of coiledtubing operations and a deployed subsea package and riser system C) intervention operations where the tubing and tubing hanger are retrieved and changed out. On most wells, this type of operation requires an 18%” subsea package and 21” riser due to the size of the tubing hanger; and is usually the domain of deepwater drilling units. The well intervention designs were primarily developed to execute all types of work connected with subsea wells and their associated infrastructure in water depths down to 3,000 m (10,000 ft), initially targeting operations up to and including class B+ type of well intervention. Exceeding the B+ capability, the vessel will also be designed with tubing retrieval and running capability, focusing on slimbore wellhead developments. The capability to run and retrieve



completions and subsea pumping system with a component diameter of 13 5/8” is incorporated. In summary the following functions are envisaged: • Well intervention • Riserless completing running •T  hrough tubing rotary drilling (TTRD) • Extended well testing • Tophole drilling • Well capping • Plug & Abandon •D  eepwater installation


The WIV10,000 arrangement is suitable for all well intervention operations with a large versatile working deck to the aft to support the well intervention activities, riserless completion running and coil tubing operations. The full 60 ton cursor handling system together with a 400 ton heave-compensated subsea handling crane, makes the platform

fix to extend operations to activities such as subsea installation, and even TTRD, well capping and tophole drilling. To support these activities, the vessel is fitted with a special intervention derrick. The derrick is mounted on a substructure, based on proven drillship solutions, which ensures straightforward handling of large components of up to 100 ton in the moonpool, avoiding failure-prone mechanical components such as a movable work floor. Coiled tubing and wireline operations can be performed at the same level as the derrick work floor on the spacious aft working deck. Two 10,000 ft water depth rated working class ROVs are launched over the side close to the moonpool and separated from thruster locations. The WIV10,000 is equipped with a 10,000 psi working pressure slim riser system with a 11¾”diameter, vertically stored for swift and safe running. A 13 5/8” BOP and 65 ft stroke slipjoint completes the subsea package.

The WSS26-BR is an example of a compromise between a vessel and a semi-submersible.

The treatment facilities include 2/2 shakers and degassers, 2 centrifuges, cutting treatment tanks and a chemical additive system, with the associated treatment tanks. Three main fluid pumps are installed with a capacity rating of 4,000 l/min. The vessel will be classed as a full intervention vessel, including a full IMO DP-3 dynamic positioning system. Notations of all reputable classification societies can be obtained, including DNV’s CLEAN DESIGN or equivalent. WSS26-BR

The WSS26-BR is an example of a compromise between a vessel and a semi-submersible. Vessels are well known for their transit capability, while semi-submersibles offer

superior motion behaviour with a large net deck size. GustoMSC has developed the drilling semi-submersible OCEAN class, which has the standard set-up of two floaters and squared columns with a buoyant box deck. As drilling units are designed as stationary units and of flat panel construction, the transit speed capability is low (approx.8 knots). For the well intervention activity, a good transit capability is a must. The WSS26-BR has streamlined floaters and columns. The underwater lines are reminiscent of high speed catamarans resulting in a speed of 12.5 knots. The shaped columns are to ensure a reduction of wave loads in a seaway. The WIV10,000 and WSS26-BR will have a similar equipment list and can thus be seen as each other’s ‘aIter ego’. This article is published with permission of GustoMSC B.V. and has been written by Sjoerd Hendriks and Robbert Kant.




ROV Shackles Every year the Norwegian Association for ROV Subsea Technology (FFU) organizes a seminar that offers a variety of presentations to engineers active in the field of subsea Oil & Gas production.

At the 2012 FFU Seminar, held in Stavanger, Norway on January 26, 2012, a presentation was given at the Statoil IB Centre on the current industry status of ROV Shackle technology. This article is an excerpt of the presentation given by Anton van der Zalm, Senior Product and Marketing Manager at Van Beest B.V in the Netherlands. Van Beest is the manufacturer of Green Pin shackles and Excel hooks, and a major supplier of steel wire rope- and chain accessories for lifting to the oil & gas industry worldwide.

considered substandard and had a high level of ‘home brew’. Sometimes additional parts like grips or nuts were welded onto standard shackles (picture 2). This welding was not followed by a heat treatment process and consequently the mechanical properties of the shackle were unknown. This invalidated the original manufacturer’s material certificates and violated the basic rule that welding is not allowed on lifting equipment in the field. During inspections these products were usually rejected.

In the earlier days of subsea lifting, special shackles for use by ROV’s were not available. Companies used standard shackles for subsea lifting jobs, and the assembly and disassembly of shackle pins and nuts before or after the lifting operations was a difficult, time consuming task which was either done by a diver or an ROV. In order to simplify installations, companies started to modify standard shackles to facilitate the subsea work. Most of these modifications are now

Later on the manufacturers started to modify existing products under controlled production conditions. Nowadays the available products in the market can be split into the following categories:



Existing ROV Shackle models: <WLL 25t >WLL 25t, <WLL100t >WLL100t

mainly for release variety of types available mainly hydraulic


Basic use of the ROV shackle



Release shackle

different types available

Only for releasing

no complex systems

2nd security is designed with thread

Pin is self-locating or positioned

Shackle is not in balance

at shackle eye

When closed, it is difficult to open again by ROV

For both release and retrieve

Mechanically complicated

Retrieve shackle Release & Retrieve shackle

Expensive Safety is designed with thread

Basic working principle



Home brew

Custom made for the job

Manufacturer’s warranty is invalidated

Hydraulically manipulated

For bigger sizes shackles

Mechanically complicated

Complete systems

Expensive Oil pump and hoses needed Many parts

Mechanically manipulated Automatically manipulated

No complex systems

Limited in size range

Double security without thread

Small sizes only

Less tasks for the ROV

Not made in standard shackle dimensions

Can be reset by the ROV


Based on the purpose of the shackle a certain design can only release a load, only retrieve a load or the shackle can do both. ROV Release shackles - these are the simplest versions - make use of one of the following release mechanisms: • spring loaded pin (picture 4) • pull • a combination of turning & pull ROV Retrieve shackles - mechanically more complicated - designed to pick up loads subsea, use a retrieving mechanism: • mechanical ROV Release & Retrieve shackles - this category can do both are mechanically complicated. Sometimes hydraulics are used. Mechanisms: • mechanical (picture 3) • hydraulics


To make it easier for the ROV to grip the shackle pin, the pin can be equipped with a standardized handle of one of the following shapes: Fishtail, T-bar, D or Eye handle. Details on some of these handles can be found in the draft standard prEN ISO13628-8:2010 (Petroleum and natural gas industries - Design and operation of subsea production systems - Part 8: Remotely operated tools and interfaces on subsea production systems), which is under review at the moment. Sometimes flexible joints are installed between the handle and the shackle pin, these act as shock absorbers and can adjust to some misalignment from the ROV. Green Pin ROV Shackle

Based on discussions with end users and specifying engineers Van Beest has developed a Green Pin ROV release shackle (picture 1) that has some unique characteristics. The shackle can either be used with single security (a spring pin is the

securing device) or double security (two spring pins). These configurations are strictly for in-line loading only and may not be side loaded. If multiple sling legs are used, or if there is a risk for side loads, a specially designed locking clamp (picture 5) with a securing spring pin should be used. This locking clamp replaces the functionality of a standard nut. Van Beest guarantees full performance, including side loading, if this clamp system is used. A WLL 25t shackle, equipped with this clamp, was tested and reached an MBL of 191t for inline loading and 146t for side loading. The minimum requirements are 150t and 75t respectively. This is the only release shackle available in the market that guarantees an MBL for both inline and side loading and does not require the robot to make a rotating movement to release shackle pin and/or nut from the shackle body. The range of Green Pin ROV shackles will comprise WLL 17, 25, 55 and 85t.



Keppel Verolme stands for expert execution

First dry docking for Thialf since her delivery in 1985 Major offshore projects continue to keep the Keppel Verolme yard in Rotterdam busy, even as the offshore market picks up with various repair, maintenance and upgrade enquiries. Located in The Netherlands, Keppel Verolme is a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), a wholly-owned company of Keppel Corporation Limited. It reinforces Keppel O&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy to be near its markets and customers.

View from the ofďŹ ce, the Thialf is on its way to be dry docked.



Keppel Verolme started 2012 dry docking the largest crane vessel in the world - Heerema’s Thialf. Earlier this spring, Thialf had swapped places with Saipem’s semi-submersible drilling rig Scarabeo 6 in the yard’s mammoth dry dock. With 2 cranes, the Thialf has an individual lifting capacity of 7.100 tons, and is actually classed as a Deep Water Construction Vessel (DCV) since she is also frequently contracted for installation works in deep water areas.

repair and maintenance works were concurrently executed. When completed, Thialf is expected to be able to operate for another 20 years.


Work on the rig is centered on the upgrading of its drilling capabilities to a water depth of 1200 meters. This includes prefabricating and installing sponsons and deck extensions as well as installing traction winches, cable spooling winches and double riser tensioners.

The dry docking was Thialf’s first since her delivery in 1985. She underwent a thorough inspection and maintenance program in the first quarter of 2012. Work comprised the application of a new painting program on the vessel’s floaters, columns and bracings while

Scarabeo 6

Another major project in the yard is the extensive upgrade, repair, and maintenance of the semisubmersible drilling rig, Scarabeo 6, for repeat customer Saipem. The vessel which arrived in spring 2012 will be here for a period of approximately six months.

Thialf, a view in drydock. Painting program on the vessel’s floaters, columns and bracings.



Another challenging project carried out during the first half of 2012 is the installation of spud cans on the new built jack up barge JB 117.

In addition, a new storage area is going to be constructed for increased riser storage capacity and new blisters to accommodate the winches and drivers. The maintenance program includes accommodation refurbishments including HVAC upgrade and a painting program. Another challenging project carried out during the first half of 2012 is the installation of spud cans on the new built jack up barge JB 117. In late December 2011, the JB 117, arrived from the Far East for final completion works including spud can installation. The MSC SEA-3250 barge is the newest addition to Jack Up Bargeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fleet of installation vessels capable of lifting 1.000 tons. With a free deck space of approximately 2.500 m2, she is especially suitable for offshore windmill installation activities.

She left the yard early in the first quarter of 2012 on a North Sea contract with Bard for the installation of windmills on the BARD Offshore 1 wind farm. The JB 117 will execute the works for Bard together with the sister vessel JB 115, another unit that has frequently visited the Keppel Verolme yard for mobilization and maintenance works. COSL Rigmar

Keppel Verolme is currently preparing for the arrival of COSL Rigmar, a selfelevating jack up accommodation rig. While built as a drilling rig in 1979, she was converted to her current accommodation mode in 1991. In 2007 Keppel Verolme performed an extensive upgrade of the unit and in May this year, the rig will return to the yard for her periodic survey, various repairs and generic maintenance.

The COSL Rigmar (ex Port Rigmar). In 2007 Keppel Verolme performed an extensive upgrade of the unit.



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The engineers behind the In February 2012, Shell UK & NAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative Riser Access Tower (RAT) transported its first gas to production platform K15-FA-1 in the Southern North Sea. A beginning of a new era for the exploitation of small gas prospects. The so-called SWEEP project has been closely followed by market participants as the idea behind this project and way it was carried out can be called revolutionary. A good moment to speak with KCI, the engineering company behind the Riser Access Tower for the SWEEP project.

Artist impression of the innovative Riser Access Tower (RAT).



RAT KCI won the engineering of the generic RAT design on the basis of a competitive bid. After finishing the basic engineering, Shell & NAM asked KCI to complete the detailed design for the first opportunity which is K15-FA. And to take care of the procurement of the long lead items including primary steel. KCI also took care of the fabrication engineering support and assisted in the offshore (pre) commissioning. Edwin van Drunen, Manager Projects at KCI explains why he thinks KCI won this challenging job: “In 2007, KCI took on the complete development of the MO7 monotower for Cirrus (today known an Oranje Nassau Energy - ONE). Part of this project was the tie-in to NAM’s L9-FF-1 platform complex. The co-operation with NAM for the tie-in solutions went very smooth. They saw, I think, our expertise in designing and engineering solutions for marginal gas fields.’’

Edwin van Drunen, Manager Projects at KCI.

‘They saw our expertise in designing and engineering solutions for marginal gas fields.’

The SWEEP assignment

The idea behind SWEEP is to develop a cluster of marginal fields with a generic solution. A one size fits all approach. Cost need to be restricted as otherwise it would be impossible to develop these smaller gas prospects in an economically viable way. A Riser Access Tower connects subsea wells with an existing production platform The assignment KCI received from Shell UK and NAM for the SWEEP project, was to limit Brownfield modifications as much as possible.



The RAT platform.

A further challenge was that the RAT needed to be transported and installed from a barge in order to avoid an expensive installation vessel. Generic design

Installation of the RAT platform in September 2011.

In 2009, KCI started with the investigation of seven specific SWEEP locations for the generic design. Mwata Belgrave, KCI project leader for SWEEP, managed the project from the beginning. “We looked both from a structural and process perspective when starting the investigations. The range of soil conditions, water depths and environmental conditions influences the structural design. We also used a range in gas compositions to design a process system which is able to treat the gas of all SWEEP locations.” Multiple innovations in one design

While Shell and NAM set the boundaries for the generic design, it was up to KCI to come up with creative and cost



effective solutions. Edwin van Drunen feels that ‘through the open atmosphere and combined forces of the integrated KCI and Shell/NAM project team the RAT design was brought to a higher level’. It all resulted in a highly innovative detailed design of the first RAT for the SWEEP project. In fact, there are multiple innovations incorporated in the design: first of all, the RAT is a lightweight structure but at the same time strong enough to carry all equipment in both horizontal as vertical position. Secondly, the installation method was an exciting novelty. Never before a completely precommissioned platform was transported horizontally on a barge and upended to vertical position. The structure was transported on a barge and upended to vertical position by a special frame. In this way it could be lowered to the sea bottom where pumps were used to create an underpressure to suck the structure into the

‘Looking back on the project, the chemistry between all parties involved led to the successful installation of the first RAT.’

sea floor. A third point and special feature is the fact that the RAT is a completely free standing structure. There are no forces at all that interfere or put pressure on the existing production platform with which the RAT is connected through a bridge. Next to all these structural innovations, smart storing solutions have been incorporated in the fully optimised design. In the outer caissons of the monotower, hydrate inhibitor (KHI or glycol) is stored. In the topside, methanol and corrosion inhibitor (CI) is stored. These smart chemical storing solutions, make the RAT a very compact design. Knowledge & tools

The design of the first RAT was a truly multidisciplinary project. KCI’s structural department & hydrodynamics department teamed up to get the best of insights in the forces and accelerations that would affect the

structure. Forces and accelerations during the transport in horizontal position would differ from the in-place conditions after the structure was vertically installed. Software tool like SACS and AQWA were used. Also KCI’s departments E&I, process and piping took seat in the multidisciplinary project team. Chemistry

Looking back on the project, both Edwin van Drunen en Mwata Belgrave feel that the chemistry between all parties involved led to the successful installation of the first RAT. KCI was also closely involved with the fabrication & installation engineering. The RAT was built at Mercon’s yard in Gorinchem and installed by ALE. Both companies worked together for the installation and came up with the idea of the upending frame which was a last part of the puzzle to finish this project successfully.

Mwata Belgrave, KCI project leader for SWEEP.



Eight months

Mercon builds platform in record time Not in the normal twelve to fourteen months but in a record time of just eight months, Mercon Steel Structures based in Gorinchem has recently completed fabrication of a gas production wellhead protection platform for GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland. Following handover, this G16a-B platform was installed in the G16 block in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The platform has been producing gas since the end of 2011.

The G16a-B topsides module shortly before load-out at the Mercon yard in Gorinchem (photograph: PAS Publicaties).



Managing Director Willem Griffioen of Mercon is justifiably proud of this remarkable performance. His opinion is shared by Ruud Zoon, Managing Director of client for the project, GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland. “It is quite remarkable that Mercon was able to complete this project in just eight months.” In respect of the platform, Willem Griffioen commented: “The 1,250-tonne topsides was fabricated at our yard in Gorinchem. The 950tonne four-legged jacket work was subcontracted by Mercon to NAMI in Ridderkerk. The load-out of the topsides took place on 26 May 2011. Shortly afterwards, the topsides, the jacket and piles weighing 580 tonnes were transported out to sea on the Viking Barge 7.” The installation in the G16 block was undertaken 80 kilometres north of the Wadden Island of Terschelling by the crane vessel Stanislav Yudin operated by Seaway Heavy Lifting. A maximum of six gas production wells can be connected to this one platform. According to GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland, two production wells will initially go into operation. Following pre-treatment on the new G16a-B platform, the produced gas will then be transported via a

14 kilometre-long, 14 inch-diameter pipeline to the G17d-AP production platform also operated by GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland. Here, the gas will undergo further treatment before transport to land in Uithuizen, Groningen, via the NGT pipeline system.

Sail-away of the G16a-B platform on the Viking Barge 7 (photograph: PAS Publicaties).

Riser Access Tower

In parallel to the fabrication of the G16a-B topsides, hard work was also undertaken at the Gorinchem yard on the fabrication of the first Riser Access Tower, known by its acronym RAT. Mercon has signed a framework agreement with Shell UK and NAM for the design, fabrication and offshore installation of up to nine of these RATs. This type of platform was specially designed for the development of smaller gas fields, in combination with subsea trees and existing production platforms. Another remarkable aspect of this project is that together with heavy transport specialist ALE, based in Breda, Mercon has also come up with a special concept for the offshore installation of the RATs. According to this new method, no crane vessel is needed, and no pile driving is required. For the installation work,

use is made of a transport barge on which the RAT is transported horizontally, an innovative tilting mechanism and a system for stabilising and safely lowering the platform to the seabed where it is subsequently fixed in place using suction anchors. The first RAT has now been successfully installed in the K15 block alongside the K15-FA-1 gas production platform operated by NAM, in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Mercon and ALE have now also adapted the installation method for Eco Metmast Installation. One new order awarded to Mercon involves the fabrication of an eightstory living quarters. The module will include single-bed cabins, kitchen and galleys, recreational areas, a medical centre, a large control room and a helideck. Handover is planned for April 2013.

‘This type of platform was specially designed for the development of smaller gas fields, in combination with subsea trees and existing production platforms.’



Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia Fairstar Heavy Transport, Rotterdam, has been awarded two contracts by the JKC Joint Venture (JKC) consisting of JGC and Chiyoda of Japan and KBR of the United States, to provide marine transportation services for the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia. The two contracts engage the Fairstar 50,000 DWT, open stern, semi-submersible vessels FORTE and FINESSE for approximately twelve months per ship commencing in the Second Quarter of 2014.

The total value of the two contracts is USD 56 million for the initial period. JKC has the option to extend the contracts a further six months at the same voyage rates agreed to in the initial period. The options are not included in the original contract value. FORTE and FINESSE will execute a series of voyages from various fabrication yards in Asia Pacific, transporting the modules required to construct the two LNG trains now approved for development at the Ichthys LNG Project site in Darwin. Philip Adkins, Chief Executive Officer of Fairstar, commented from Yokohama, Japan, shortly after signing the contracts: “Fairstar will work closely with JKC to manage the safe and reliable delivery of the LNG modules for the Ichthys LNG Project

and will be closely engaged with the JKC Project Team in Japan, preparing for the first voyage in 2014. FORTE and FINESSE are two of the most modern, open stern, semi-submersible ships in the world today. They have fully independent and redundant propulsion systems as well as a powerful ballast system capable of safely maintaining equilibrium at quayside throughout the extreme tidal cycle that will be a feature of discharge operations in Darwin.” “Fairstar has gained considerable experience in Australian quarantine and environmental practices through our involvement in the Gorgon LNG Project. Safety and Environmental stewardship play a dominant role in all Australian energy infrastructure

projects. Fairstar has invested heavily in the quality and experience of our team. We are committed to providing our clients with an integrated package of modern, purpose built vessels, experienced Dutch crews and dedicated project professionals. All of these resources will make a significant contribution to the Ichthys LNG Project and we are delighted to be awarded two multiple voyage contracts for the FORTE and FINESSE.”

Nam’s largest onshore gas find since 1995 Early this year NAM announced that it has discovered a gas field while drilling from a new location in Ee, Friesland. The reservoir contains an estimated 4 billion m3 of natural gas, making it NAM’s largest onshore gas find since 1995. The well, with a depth of some 3,900 metres, was drilled between August and October 2011. Production of natural gas is scheduled to start in the summer of 2012.

Drilling was performed with the state-of-the-art Synergy drilling rig from a new location near Tibsterwei in Ee in Dongeradeel Municipality (Friesland). With a depth of 3,932 metres this is the first well to be drilled in the Metslawier-zuid gas field which is located between two gas fields that are already being produced by NAM (Metslawier en Oostrum). Gas production in the new field is scheduled to start in the summer of 2012, and preparations are currently under way. The field is estimated to contain 4 billion m3 of natural gas, enough to supply 2.5 million



Dutch households with natural gas for one year. NAM expects to produce gas from the new field for the next 15 years. The Metslawier-zuid gas field is one of hundreds of small gas fields in the Netherlands. Around 40 per cent of all the gas produced in the country comes from relatively small onshore and offshore gas fields such as this one. The remaining gas production comes from the large Groningen gas field (Slochteren). The government introduced its small field policy in 1974 to save the Groningen gas field and stimulate the exploration and production of other fields. Without these small fields the Groningen field

would have been almost depleted by now, but instead it is set to yield gas for at least another 50 years. The gas field in Ee will also help ensure there is sufficient gas to meet the Netherlands’ needs in the future.

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Dana Medway Project

Seabed preparation for flowline installation and burial Boskalis achieved a record revenue of Euro 2.8 billion in 2011 (2010: Euro 2.7 billion). Net profit declined to Euro 254 million (2010: Euro 311 million), though it should be noted that the 2010 result included exceptional pre-tax gains of Euro 33.6 million. Due to the increased uncertainties in the international markets there is continued hesitance amongst clients with regard to investment decisions, and this is putting pressure on both margins and equipment utilization levels. Peter Berdowski, CEO Boskalis: “We look back on a turbulent year, with continued pressure on margins and volume. To keep the vessels utilized requires more effort and tendering for new projects has become more competitive. Market conditions are expected to remain challenging in 2012. The medium term presents a mixed picture for the markets in which we operate. On the one hand we see - especially in Europe - continued reservations about investing on the part of governments. On the other hand we are positive with regard to the market developments in South America, West Africa and Australasia.”

Berdowski feels particularly positive about the offshore market, where he expects a great deal of work as from 2013. Reason for Offshore Holland to drive to Boskalis Offshore in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, for an interview. We talked with proposal engineer Boudewijn Baan and gazed back at the challenging Dana Medway Project in the summer of 2011. This project in the Southern North Sea was carried out with great success. Baan: “The subsea tieback routes of the Medway Field Development had to cross a mobile seabed with large sand waves and numerous megaripples. To allow the pipelines to be laid, without excessive free spanning, two lay corridors had to be pre-swept using a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD).”



The modern state of the art TSHD Oranje was selected to execute the works.



Medway Development


Dana Petroleum Netherlands B.V. is the operator of the P11b De Ruyter field and the oil-producing platform located in the Dutch section of the North Sea. Several small oil and gas prospects lie within P11b and adjacent blocks. Dana Petroleum planned initially to develop two confirmed small oil and gas fields as part of the Dutch gas development strategy, with other fields being developed over time to increase gas production. The two initial wells Van Nes and Van Ghent, combined referred to as the Medway Development, were to be developed as subsea tie-back to the existing De Ruyter platform. Subsea 7 was awarded the Subsea EPIC contract for the development, consisting of trenching, installing, backfilling and commissioning of the tie-backs. Each route features a piggybacked system comprising a rigid 8-in (276 mm OD) flowline and a 134 mm OD EHC control umbilical. The total length of the products was around 12.5 km. The products were to be installed by Subsea 7 using the pipelay vessel Falcon.

Boudewijn Baan explains: “Mobile seabed features are frequently an issue for subsea construction projects in shallow seas such as those found in the southern North Sea. These seabed features are found in the form of sand banks, sand waves, megaripples and ripples and all migrate with time, each with a different order of magnitude. Typically sand waves have wavelengths of between 100 m and 800 m with their crests aligned almost perpendicular to the direction of the main tidal flow and can migrate up to 10 m per year. Megaripples are smaller features exhibiting wavelengths up to 25 m and heights up to 1 m. Typical migration rates for megaripples are on the order of days. Sand waves and megaripples give rise to large variations in water depths over relatively short areas of seabed. This can be especially problematic for pipelay activities where large free spans can be created, which can lead to stability issues and premature utilisation of the pipeline fatigue life. Similarly, seabed migration can create a unique set of problems for subsea construction.

Subsea 7 subcontracted Boskalis Offshore to execute the following seabed preparatory works:

Peak shaving to reduce the steepness of slopes in order to aid pipeline trenching;

Examples include; instability of foundations of subsea structures through erosion and scour; exposure and free span development of previously buried pipelines causing hazards to fishing activities; burial and exposure of hazardous foreign objects such as unexploded ordnance (UXO); excessive cable burial leading to heat gain; maintenance problems and difficulty tracking pipelines and cables when buried by more than 2.5 m.”

Complete route survey work at specified stages to confirm the seabed profile.

Conceptual Design of Pre-Sweeping “Once the route layout was finalized it was necessary to establish the

Pre-sweeping of a 30 meter wide corridor to modify existing seabed features with the aim of reducing freespans;



maximum allowable free span length by performing an on-bottom roughness (OBR) analysis to quantify the amount of seabed conditioning required,” Baan continued. “The analysis concluded that the critical freespan length was 16 m. Longer free spans would mean the flowlines were susceptible to vortex-induced vibration (VIV), induced by cross-flow current, reducing the fatigue life during the untrenched condition. With the as-found seabed topography the maximum expected free span length exceeded the allowable length by some 30 m.” A decision process was put into place with regard to the extent to which pre-sweeping should be performed. This led to the following three options: 1. Removal of all seabed features and protection of the products With a blanket of rock material; 2. Localised pre-sweeping to allow the products to be laid followed by the installation of a rock blanket; 3. Localised pre-sweeping to allow the products to be laid and jet-trenched.

Given the cohesionless nature of the seabed and the requirement to bury the products below seabed for upheaval buckling (UHB) mitigation and protection from fishing vessel activities, jet trenching was considered to be the most economical method. This introduced a second design consideration as the pipeline passes beneath the trencher during burial. This means that the maximum allowable free span

Lowering of the draghead for survey operations.

height is dictated by the clearance between seabed and the base of the trencher body. The free span height and free span length conditions, coupled with the maximum slope which typical jet-trenching ROVs can traverse, gave the three main design constraints for Option 3, which together defined a minimum idealised seabed profile, allowing the flowlines to be laid and trenched. Basic cost models were created for each of the three options. Technical feasibility meetings were held and Option 3 was chosen as it represented the best technical and schedule feasibility with the most economical solution with the lowest environmental impact. The width of the corridor was determined by the lay tolerance of the pipelay vessel, the width of the selected jet trenching ROV and the width of the side slopes of the corridor required for slope stability. To achieve the minimum design profile it was apparent that extensive seabed conditioning was required and the best option was to employ a TSHD capable of dredging to the water depths encountered at site. Mass-flow excavation was considered but quickly discounted due to the extent of the dredging works and the installation schedule. Various options were considered for the disposal of the dredged material including using it for UHB protection of other pipelines in the region. However, to minimise the environmental impact of the works, it was decided that the material would not be removed from the area but disposed of along two nominated dump lines parallel to the flowline routes.

Field lay-out Dana Medway project.



TSHD Oranje

The modern state of the art TSHD Oranje was selected to execute the works. The Oranje is a mid-sized TSHD of 156 m in length and featuring two standard 4.5 m dragheads. Each draghead is powered by a 3,000 kW dredge pump and has jetting nozzles capable of delivering 13 bar. The hopper has a capacity of 15,961 m³ and a carrying capacity of approximately 27,000 Te. As with the vast majority of dredging vessels, the Oranje is not DP rated but has a DT (Dynamic Tracking) system for navigation. Therefore the dredging corridor is manually navigated by the bridge crew. Simulator

Survey Preparation

A major part of the work scope was surveying. This comprised three components: ■

As part of the project preparation the project scope was replicated on the hopper simulator at Boskalis’ head office training facilities in Papendrecht to ensure that the seabed tolerances for the project could be met. The project team and key crew members together with the project teams from Dana Petroleum and Subsea 7 participated in several test trials. The results of these trials provided detailed insight what could be expected as best result and led to operational recommendations for the execution of the work. These trials also highlighted potential risks that were further discussed during the project hazard identification risk assessment. Boudewijn Baan: “For the simulation two representative 1 km sections were produced for each flowline. These sections were input into our hopper simulator at our training centre where experienced draghead operators dredged the profiles. These trials resulted in a number of operational


recommendations and proved that the sand waves and megaripples could be smoothed to the required accuracy.”


Pre-Survey – This was carried out to confirm the expected migration rate and to ensure no objects had been dropped along the pre-swept corridor; Intermediate Surveys – To check dredging progress and refine the dredging procedure as required; Post-Survey – For verification of compliance with the contract.

To complete these operations efficiently a number of survey improvements were made to the TSHD vessel. Boskalis Offshore designed and installed a comprehensive survey spread comprising MBES, SSS, GAPS USBL and OBSROV. Due to the size of corridor required for the Medway pipelines only one draghead would be used for dredging. This allowed the spare dredge pipe to be fitted with a GAPS USBL transponder and SSS fish. An OBSROV was also fitted at this side of the vessel. This was the first time that Boskalis had installed an ROV on a TSHD and support was provided from sister company SMIT Subsea Europe. The MBES was housed in the service frame of the dredge pipe in a fabricated housing.

dredging progress, identifying and investigating targets found during intermediate progress surveys, and finally, performing the as-built survey. In addition to the SSS and ROV, a mesh was also fitted over the draghead to ensure smaller items, which would not be detected by SSS, did not enter the hopper. Operation

After the as-found survey was completed and processed, dredging began in sea states with a significant wave height of around 2-2.5 m. To maintain dredging accuracy the datum was set 1 m above the design profile to allow the dredging works could start. Bulk dredging was performed to remove the crests of the sand waves. This was achieved using a ‘saw-dredge’ motion where the TSHD dredged in a forward direction, lifted the draghead and reversed before starting the next run. This process was repeated until the corridor width had been dredged and the seabed had been lowered to the required level. The megaripples were dredged in a ‘lazy-s’ pattern where the TSHD trailed the draghead between the lateral extents of the pre-swept corridor. This is required because if the trailer dredges along straight lines, the draghead has a tendency to fall back into its previous track and a deep trench is created. Disposal

Installing the survey equipment allowed the TSHD to work completely independently, performing the as-found survey, checking its

In accordance with the license to develop the field, the dredged material was deposited along two designated dump lines, offset one nautical mile

‘Boskalis looks back on a turbulent year, with continued pressure on margins and volume.’

(1852 km) from each flowline route centre. The material was deposited in a controlled fashion through the bottom doors, with the trailer sailing at around 2 m/s and the material deposited over a length of approximately 600 m in order to avoid localized bathymetric reductions. In total, 28 hopper loads (260,000 m³) of soil were dredged. Limitations

As the flowlines tied back to an existing platform, over 10% of the dredging scope was within the vicinity of existing seabed infrastructure and within the 500 m zone of the platform. The Van Nes line also crossed three telecoms cables. During the design phase it was agreed that dredge-off and drift-off situations had to be observed to minimise the risk of damage to existing infrastructure. This meant that the current would take the vessel away from the hazard and the vessel would be dredging away from it also. Whilst this limited working windows, effective planning allowed the vessel to work continuously without downtime. The thorough preparation and selection of the most suitable equipment in combination with best practice and performing in-field tests resulted in an extremely high level of accuracy. Ultimately a precision of approximately 25cm was achieved in the critical areas, with tolerances 50%

tighter than those commonly accepted within the industry. The total duration of the offshore phase was 25 days including 3 days of mobilisation. This phase of the project was completed on time and within budget despite the highest significant wave heights recorded at the nearby metrological station Europlatform since 1983. The total production time (dredging/dumping) was 11.6 days with 3.2 days of survey operations. Baan: “By making use of the lessons learned and several developments arising out of the experience obtained on this project we believe we can make this high accuracy available to clients on future projects requiring pre-installation seabed interventions.” Post Lay Jet Trenching

Post lay jet-trenching was performed approximately 2.5 months after completion of pre-sweeping. While the jet trencher did experience local high values of pitch and roll, associated with the as-dredged seabed profile, the flowlines were successfully trenched in two passes approximately four weeks after completion of pipelay activities. In some localized cases, free span remedial trenching was required prior to first pass trenching. The free spans were reduced in height by trenching away from the feature, removing or lowering the support. One 500 m section of megarippled seabed on the Van Ghent flowline

route was not pre-swept. Along this section the jet-trencher, as one might expect, recorded the highest values of pitch and roll. In addition, the longest and highest free spans were noted along this section following pipelay. Seabed Regeneration

In December 2011, a multibeam survey was performed along of one of the flowline routes before application of rock installation for UHB mitigation. This afforded the opportunity to observe the regeneration of the dredged seabed features after five months. Figure 9 shows a sand wave and a series of megaripples, whilst the footprint of the dredged corridor is still clearly visible the regeneration of megaripples is evident. It is interesting to note that the megaripples appear to be reforming parallel with the dredged corridor. Van den Berg (2007) illustrates that sand waves recover rapidly with the majority of the dredged feature recovering within 1 year and almost fully recovered within 4 years. Future Developments

Boskalis is currently developing a new technique for reaching higher levels of accuracy, together with software development to allow ‘autodredging’ of non-linear profiles and undulating topography. In addition, Boskalis continues developing new techniques to achieve greater levels of accuracy specifically for projects where precision dredging is required.



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Hatenboer-Water wins four orders Early 2012 Hatenboer-Water from Schiedam, Holland, has secured contracts from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the supply of Demitec watermakers for four new drillships.

In Okpo Bay in Korea, Guy Heijnen, Manager, Sales & Water Quality at Hatenboer-Water, signed contracts for the projects H3612, 13, 14 and 15. These relate to drillships for Vantage Energy, Atwood Oceanics and two for Aker Solutions. The drillships are the newest generation of ultra deep drilling ships, which can drill to a water depth of 12,000 ft (3 km).

with a purity of only 10 ppm TDS. To obtain such a standard, the installation is in a two-stage configuration, with two RO installations

in-line. The first unit desalinates to 500 ppm TDS and the second delivers product water with a salt content no higher than 10 ppm TDS.

The ships are currently under construction, and the delivery of the watermakers is planned for this year. High quality product water The watermakers work on the principle of reverse osmosis (RO) and have a capacity of 50 m3 per day. Drilling at great depths demands an extremely high quality of product water. The installations can supply water

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Two innovative ROVs for Jan de Nul Seatools in Numansdorp is a specialist in the field of underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). It is currently building two fallpipe ROVs (for rock dumping) with a dynamic positioning system. The new ROVs will enable highly accurate preprogramming of the routes along which rocks are to be dumped, which they will then follow meticulously. This method is highly efficient, thus saving costs.

The Jan De Nul Group has instructed Seatools to deliver two of this type of fallpipe ROVs. The latest order, which is placed in January 2012, concerns a rock dumper for the new side-dump vessel â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Willem De Vlaminghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The ROV can operate at a maximum water depth of 200 metres and has an installed power of 75 kW. Jan De Nul had already ordered a larger ROV, which can operate at a maximum water depth of 2 kilometres and has a total installed power of 600 kW, in July 2011. Seatools will be delivering the ROVs in the second and third quarters of 2012.

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BigLift Shipping

Super flyjib installed on Happy Buccaneer BigLift Shipping is one of the world’s leading heavy lift shipping companies, specialized in worldwide ocean transportation of heavy lift and project cargoes, with a history going back to 1973. BigLift strives for innovation, excellence and operational reliability, adhering to high standards of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality and operating to strict time schedules.

A great variety of heavy and over-sized cargoes of long-standing clients in the oil & gas, mining and power generating industries, is carried worldwide by its modern fleet of thirteen specialized heavy lift vessels. All vessels are equipped with their own gear with capacities ranging upto 1400 mt and some with ro-ro capability for loads up to 2500 mt. Furthermore, five multi-purpose heavy lift carriers with lifting capacity of 2 x 400 mt and deadweight of 17,250 mt were recently added to the fleet. Two more vessels, with lifting capacities up to 1800 mt in tandem, will join the fleet in 2012 and 2013. A team of dedicated, highly skilled professionals, with years of experience and the mindset to think creatively, enables the company to offer innovative and safe solutions for clients’ technically and logistically complex requirements.



Careful planning, engineering, coordination and supervision to ensure safe transportation are all in a day’s work. BigLift is well-known for heir reliability, providing fast and above all safe transportation. Another strong point of BigLift’s fleet is that the Happy D-type vessels can sail with open hatches, enabling them to transport much higher cargoes. Other vessels must place such cargoes on the weather deck which may cause stability issues. BigLift sees the offshore industry as an important market for the transportation of heavy constructions all over the world. And expects that the demand for transportation of heavy cargoes will grow considerably again. Worldwide, the oil and gas industries engage in major investments which gives new chances. Other markets such as electricity and port development are also sources for work.

At the end of 2011 a 17 meter super flyjib was installed onto one of the Happy Buccaneerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cranes.




One of the most successful vessels in the BigLift fleet is the Happy Buccaneer which is fitted with two 700t in 2006. At the end of 2011 a 17 meter super flyjib was installed onto one of the Happy Buccaneer’s cranes, thereby increasing lifting height and outreach by 50% to respectively 59 m above deck and 55 m radius. With the super flyjib mounted on the Happy Buccaneer, the crane boasts a maximum load of 350t at 35 meter outreach and a 250t load at a 50 m outreach. The flyjib complies to the requirements of Lloyd’s Register as specified in the Lloyd’s ‘Code of Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment’. The first job for the flyjib took place in Fremantle, Australia. It involved the installation of two 310 mt shuttle truss sections and two 200 mt transfer stations. The positioning of these sections required extra-ordinary height and outreach to place them directly on their defined positions. Dilemma

Originally the Huisman-designed flyjib was to use regular steel wire rope stay cables. During the design process it became apparent that the total weight of the steel wire rope stay cables could be a problem. Not only during the installation process of the flyjib on board of the Happy Buccaneer, but also for a job it was designed for – a very specific lifting job for a major company from Australia. The total weight of all steel wire cables would be more than 5,000 kg, which would have to be man-handled during transport, installation and decommissioning of the flyjib.



Needless to say that this weight would require extra equipment (cranes), time and costs. Huisman invited Dutch company FibreMax to come up with a lightweight alternative to the steel wire stay cables. This manufacturer of precision tension members from synthetic fibres delivered a complete set of lightweight aramid fibre stays. Show of strength

Neither Huisman nor Lloyd’s had any experience with lightweight aramid stays in this kind of application. So, FibreMax had to prove that they were able to produce these cables prior to the actual delivery of the stay cables. Lloyd’s Register witnessed the complete production process from start to finish, and part of the certification process was a break-load test on a sample cable. Lloyd’s ‘Code of Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment’ stipulates that steel wire rope has to have a safety factor of 3 in such applications. Since no specific rules exist for aramid it was decided that an extra safety margin should be added for the breaking strength of the aramid stay cables. Instead of 7,200 kN for the steel wire rope version, the aramid stay cable had to have a breaking strength of at least 9,000 kN. The test was successfully performed on a 13,500 kN test bench in the Netherlands. At an astonishing load of 9,553 kN the cable was still in one piece. According to FibreMax this result proved that due to the unique endless winding technology, it is possible to load up the aramid cables to 90% of the breaking strength without any problem.

The flyjib complies to the requirements of Lloyd’s Register as specified in the Lloyd’s ‘Code of Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment’.


BAKKER SLIEDRECHT, A DEDICATED MARINE SYSTEM INTEGRATOR WORLDWIDE ON THE MOVE Bakker Sliedrecht has become an international and leading field player in the world of electrical engineering for marine applications. We are continuously looking for optimum and innovative solutions, with the aid of state-of-the-art and conventional electrical and mechanical techniques by advising, designing and building of: • drive and control systems • automation systems • switchboards and MCC’s • control desks • e-motors and generators • cabling / installation • project management We are specialized in: • diesel-electric propulsion / thruster systems, including DP systems • submersible motors and techniques • harmonics and FMEA analyses Bakker Sliedrecht is carrying out world-wide projects turn-key and / or package based, in offshore, dredging, research vessels, fishing, merchant shipping, navy, inland shipping. Bakker Repair is taking care of maintenance, repair and winding of motors, generators, transformers, in high as well as low voltage.

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Another strong point of BigLift’s fleet is that the Happy D-type vessels can sail with open hatches, enabling them to transport much higher cargoes.

Amsterdam welcomes back international offshore community

Offshore Energy 2012 addresses key challenges in future energy supply

Global energy demand will double by 2050 and could even triple from what it was in 2000. By 2050, renewable energy sources and nuclear energy may account for some 40% of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy supply. This means that the remaining 60% will still have to come from fossil fuels. In order to meet growing energy demand, the world will need to invest heavily in energy production, drawing both from renewable and traditional fossil sources. Natural gas, produced increasingly from offshore provinces, will play a key role. Offshore Energy in The Netherlands, a country home to a wide range of renowned and internationally operating offshore companies, addresses the challenges associated with securing the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future energy supply.



Offshore Energy is the fastest growing business-to-business offshore event in Europe and offers a two day exhibition and conference program. It is the perfect place in The Netherlands for connecting with one of the most concentrated groups of decision makers and industry players from over 30 different nationalities. It is also the access point to potential customers, acquisition opportunities and strategic partners. The number of exhibitors is expected to grow by almost 33% compared to the 2011 edition. Increase

Some 400 exhibitors are expected to showcase their products and services to the world’s leading experts and decision makers in the upstream oil, gas and energy industry. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet these offshore energy companies in a

12,000 m² exhibition hall (an increase in floor space of 4,000 m², compared to last year). Key reasons for exhibiting at Offshore Energy are the spacious set-up, the professional atmosphere and variety, a high decision making level and the drive of the visitors. Where business gets done

Many leader firms are present at Offshore Energy to meet new prospects, to introduce new products, services and technologies. But also to interact face-to-face with the industry’s leading players and network with high-profile conference delegates, to explore best practices and new project developments, to strengthen relationships with existing clients, to raise brand awareness or to showcase career opportunities to a targeted audience.

Program Offshore Energy 2012 23 October 2012 09.30 - 10.30 hrs Official opening Offshore Energy 2012 (exhibitors and invitees only) 10.00 - 18.00 hrs Exhibition opening hours 10.30 - 17.00 hrs Conference program

24 October 2012 09.30 - 16.30 hrs Exhibition opening hours 10.00 - 15.30 hrs Conference program

23 & 24 October 2012 | Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 22, The Netherlands Exhibition: Hall 8, Entrance F Conference: Park Foyer and F-rooms Free exhibition entrance Conference delegates pay a fee



Diversification across industry sectors, as well as stages of development, makes this a one-of-a-kind event where business gets done. Companies well known to the industry such as Van Oord, Fugro, Imtech Marine and Heerema have secured their space at the exhibition.

Looking beyond Northwest Europe, OE12 also offers an outlook for frontier E&P, including Australia, Brazil and parts of Asia. Will today’s frontiers become tomorrow’s heartlands? Fact is that strong business cases for both oil and gas allow oil companies to invest heavily in increasingly complex projects.

Conference highlights

Allseas’ founder and president Edward Heerema will open the Offshore Energy principal Networking Event on the first day of the event. Mr. Heerema will present his views on the position of The Netherlands as a country that makes an innovative partner within the international oil and gas industry. Mr. Heerema founded his company Allseas in 1985. Today, Allseas Group S.A. is a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction. The company employs over 2,000 people worldwide and operates a versatile fleet of six specialized pipelay and support vessels, designed and developed in-house.



Conveniently running parallel to the exhibition, Offshore Energy offers a conference covering key topics and solutions for the offshore community. In separately bookable sessions the organization brings together a wellrounded international speaker faculty. Developments on the North Sea will be part of the program. The role of the maturing North Sea is far from over and OE12 presents an outlook for new E&P opportunities in Northwest Europe. Invited expert speakers will discuss new North Sea discoveries as well as the latest technologies to extend the operational life of oil and gas fields.

In addressing the challenges of meeting future energy demand, Offshore Energy also looks at alternatives for fossil fuels. Although the lion’s share of electric energy is generated from hydrocarbon resources, investments in renewable power generation, including offshore wind, wave and tidal energy are increasing. The OE12 conference will discuss developments in some of the world’s biggest offshore wind producing countries including the UK, China and Germany and will give an update on the latest state of play in wave and tidal energy.

Offshore Energy 2012 Committee of Recommendation Mr. Joep Athmer Director, Van Oord Offshore Mrs. Mieke Bakker-Mantjes General Director, Holland Shipbuilding Association Mr. Kommer Damen Chairman of the Board, Damen Shipyards Group Mr. André Goedée Chief Executive Officer, Dockwise Mr. Michael Kahn Managing Director, Jumbo Offshore Mr. Bart van de Leemput Managing Director, NAM / Vice President Non-Operated Ventures Europe, Shell Mr. Harold Linssen Managing Director, Keppel Verolme Mr. Sjef van Dooremalen Chairman, Holland Shipbuilding Association Mr. Bram van Mannekes Secretary-General, Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association Mr. Arend van Nieuwland Director, Tullow Overseas Holdings Mr. Jaap den Ouden Founder and Member of the Supervisory Board, Mercon Mr. Gerard Schut General Manager, Chevron Exploration and Production Netherlands Mr. Sander Vergroesen Managing Director, Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry IRO Chief Commercial Officer, Heerema Fabrication Group Mr. Tino Vinkesteijn Mr. Ruud Zoon Managing Director, GDF SUEZ E&P Netherlands

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Three pipelaying vessels

IHC Merwede secures orders worth € 450 million

IHC Offshore & Marine, part of IHC Merwede, and SapuraCrest have signed two contracts for the design, engineering and construction of two new 550t pipelaying vessels. A third contract has been signed with OSX Construção Naval S.A. Brazil for the design and engineering of a 300t pipelaying vessel, as well as a large equipment package supplied by IHC Engineering Business, among others. The orders have a total value of € 450 million.

All three ships will install flexible pipelines in Brazilian waters, pursuant to Petrobras’ contracts for the charter and operation of pipelaying support vessels, which were awarded to SapuraCrest. SapuraCrest is a leading Malaysian rig and offshore support vessel operator. The company is listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.



Fully integrated

IHC Merwede will build the two identical 550t pipelaying vessels at the Krimpen aan den IJssel yard. These vessels are the first fully integrated offshore vessels completely designed, engineered and built by IHC Merwede with a pipelay spread

supplied by IHC Engineering Business. In addition, IHC Drives & Automation will deliver the integrated automation system, the full electrical installation and the complete electrical machinery package. Other IHC Merwede businesses, such as IHC Piping, are also delivering equipment. The third vessel - with a top tension capacity of 300t - will

Main features of the vessels 550t pipelaying vessels 300t pipelaying vessel Length overall: 146m / 133.81m Width: 29.94m / 24m DP Class: 2 / 2

also be designed and engineered by IHC Merwede. The vessel will be in accordance with the demands of Petrobras - built in Brazil, at the OSX yard in Açu, Rio de Janeiro. The pipelay spread will also be supplied by IHC Engineering Business. The delivery dates for the vessels to be built in The Netherlands have been set for May and August 2014 respectively. Major role

“IHC Merwede is delighted with the orders that have been confirmed by SapuraCrest and OSX,” says IHC

Merwede’s President Govert Hamers. ”Together with the pipelaying vessel we are building for Subsea 7, IHC Merwede plays a major role as technology provider on four of the six pipelaying vessels ordered by Petrobras. “We are extremely proud of our record on reliability and cost effectiveness for the delivery, management and execution of projects. These contracts reinforce our position as a supplier of reliable, efficient and flexible vessels, and advanced equipment that can meet the shortest possible lead times for the demands of oil and gas projects.”

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Stone fill of 100,000 tonnes

Dutch Tideway in prestige project with Gazprom

At the end of August, 2011, Tideway, the Dutch offshore expert for the oil and gas industry, started with implementing an erosion protection system at the Prirazlomnoya rig in the north of Russia. In total, a stone fill of 100,000 tonnes over a period of more than forty days was involved. The commissioning authority was the Russian energy giant Gazprom Neftshelf. The activities were carried out to the south-west of Nova Zembla, in the Barents Sea. Tideway worked in extreme circumstances at this location. The stones were loaded in Murmansk. The overall contract value of the project amounts to 50 million Euro.



The offshore industry consists of, among other things, laying infrastructure at sea for the export of oil and gas and protecting oil and gas pipelines at sea. Tideway boasts a worldwide reputation as an innovator in the field of stabilisation and protection of pipelines and high-voltage cables. Laying and protecting deep sea pipelines is crucial to the exploitation of new energy sources. Against the background of the increasing shortage of energy in the world, the importance of this discipline has increased considerably over the past years. Arctic

The Prirazlomnoya Project was executed in the Arctic area below Nova Zembla. The project entailed the stone fill of approximately 100,000 tonnes of quarry stone to protect a new offshore rig against erosion. The rig has been built by J.S.C. Sevmash for the account of Gazprom Neftshelf and was towed from Severodvinsk to the Prirazlomnoya oil field near Varandey in the Kara Sea, south-west of Nova Zembla. There, it will be permanently installed on the

sea bed and provided with the necessary protection by Tideway.

The production capacity amounts to 18,000 tonnes of crude oil a day.

The Prirazlomnoya oil rig in the Barents Sea has to be able to withstand extremely low temperatures and the considerable formation of ice. The location is only free from ice 110 days per year, the average annual temperature amounts to -4 degrees Celsius whereby the temperature may drop to -50 degrees Celsius in the winter.


One can only work in the area four months a year. The severe climate and the restrictions imposed by the considerable formation of ice, imposed the highest requirements on the technology to be used. The Prirazlomnoya rig has been built especially for the exploitation of the oil field and is the first oil production project in the Russian Arctic Sea region. The oil field was discovered in 1989 and is situated 60 km off the coast on the continental terrace in the Pechora Sea. The Prirazlomnoya ice-resistant fixed oil rig is crucial to the exploitation of the oil field.

The bulk of the work was done using the Tideway fall pipe vessel Seahorse. The fall pipe vessel Seahorse was especially withdrawn for this project from the Barents Sea. Here it was carrying out protection activities on the Nordstream gas pipeline project, also for Gazprom. The DP2 fall pipe vessel Seahorse can take 17,000 tonnes of quarry stone on board and place it with great precision up to depths of 1,000 m thanks to special equipment. The sorted quarry stone is stored in the hold of the Seahorse. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fall pipeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that is suspended underneath the vessel, ensures that the quarry stone ends up on the exact spot above pipelines or directly on the sea bed. The bottom end of the pipe is equipped with a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). This ROV is operated from the deck and controls the laying of the quarry stone in three dimensions and allows for precision work.



GustoMSC: upgraded answer to tomorrow’s needs

Introducing the Constructor Today’s offshore oil and gas recovery efforts are heading towards deeper waters. With the increasing numbers of such initiatives as subsea completions, pipeline connections and even subsea processing, the SURF market will need to respond with vessels capable of meeting the requirements of these increasingly complex and technically demanding developments. Both challenges and rewards for success are significant. Specifically for this market segment, GustoMSC introduces the Constructor Class of Vessel as its upgraded answer to tomorrow’s needs. An overview.



Class Oil and gas will remain the backbone of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy supplies for a long time to come. And with an ever-growing demand for energy, oil and gas companies are resetting the boundaries and casting their eyes ever wider, and deeper. This movement to ever deeper water by offshore interests means new potential for the subsea construction market. The Deepwater CAPEX index forecasts annual growth rates for the sector of over 20%. All aspects of the deepwater market are contributing to this figure, with a share of about 40% for pipelines, subsea production and processing, and other SURF activities. With such a substantial potential, the playing field for contractors is changing. After thorough market research - above and below water - for offshore installation vessels in deeper, more remote and harsher conditions GustoMSC has recognized the potential for a new league of offshore construction vessels. And it plans to play a key part.

depths by modifying the curve. Earlier this year the 5,000 ton HLV Oleg Strashnov started operations as an installation vessel. On the conversion side GustoMSC has been responsible for the basic design of the Caesar and Audacia. A major engineering study has been performed to upgrade the Balder and Saipem 7000 to field development vessel with the full J-Iay tower integration, and bring the design of the DP systems up to DP-3 level.

Track record

Harsher conditions are one driver for improved power generation. The need for short mobilization times is driving the design of the hull for higher speeds. All future SURF vessels will need to optimally combine these features if they are to be acceptably cost-effective. Besides the operational requirements, safeguarding and improving health, safety, and the working environment are also essential elements of developmental work. In the offshore sector, comfort is not something to be taken lightly.

As reference GustoMSC has an enviable track record in the design and engineering of various installation and construction vessels over recent time. Notable new builds include Deep Blue, a successful SURF vessel capable of reel and J-lay, and the Hai Yang Shi You 201, a DP pipelay derrick vessel. The latter will be capable of laying rigid pipes in water to 2,000 m water depth. The GustoMSC proprietary S-Iay stinger design, which consists of three sections, can be adapted to a wide range of water


SURF vessels have to be able to work in deep water for prolonged periods, have short mobilization times, and also have the potential for future upgrades to operate in specific areas or conditions. The increasing water depth is for instance driving the requirements for crane capacities. The remoteness of operating areas requires vessels to be more selfsupporting, have a larger payload and be increasingly efficient.



Balder installing independence hub.

Offshore vessels often have a large complement of specialists with complicated, intensive tasks to perform. They need a sound reliable platform on which to do their work. Fatigue is always a concern. Noise and vibration, and a lack of amusement over a prolonged period are all elements contributing to fatigue while the increasingly demanding projects require the crew to be superbly tit and show plenty of stamina. And last but not least, in the hard competition for qualified personnel, owners need to be able to offer an attractive working environment for their crews. So in vessel design the company has taken the working and living environment on board very seriously. GustoMSC is using its experience to tackle the factors impinging comfort from the earliest design stages, and is undertaking further design studies to determine such sources of fatigue as vibration, and reduce them. Clean design is becoming more and more an important consideration for operations in the delicate maritime environment. GustoMSC has taken this further than just a Class Notation. Great emphasis has been put in optimizing fuel consumption and needless to say the Constructor Class has been designed according to the latest knowledge with respect to environmental protection and NOx / SOx / WHRU technology has been taken into account. GustoMSC maintains close relationships with many of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading offshore construction companies and ship owners. Open and constructive dialogue on the objectives and requirements for advanced designs formed the basis for which GustoMSC developed the Constructor Class of Offshore Installation Vessels to meet tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs.



Closer look

The Constructor Class of vessels is built up around a concept for a range of platforms, starting at 155 m length and 30 m wide, onto which different mission systems can be fitted and integrated. Currently the series consists of a basic construction vessel, a flex-Iay construction vessel, an S-Iay vessel and a heavy lift derrick lay vessel. ASURF-XL vessel is currently in the design process. As a class, Constructor vessels share a number of common design features, but are all customized to their specific mission. Variations are available in terms of mission equipment, DP classes, accommodation capacity and other options. In close cooperation with the owner, vessel design can further be tailored to specific requirements. This is possible thanks to the flexibility of the design, which allows for both customization at the design stage and for future modifications to the vessels to keep up to date with ever changing market requirements. All vessels share a hull shape designed to provide good seakeeping capabilities and offer a low resistance in transit, to all allow fast mobilization and low fuel consumption. Care has been taken

to reduce wind and current coefficients so as to reduce the required power when in dynamic positioning. The general arrangements are laid out such that the vessels can be fitted out as DP-3 vessels, up to the highest DNV DYNPOS-AUTRO standard. Optionally the vessels can be fitted out according to the new DNV DYNPOS ER standard. 0ptionally the vessels can be fitted with active or passive anti-roll systems, with the possibility to combine the active anti-heel systems with ultra rapid ballasting systems for heavy lift operations. An integrated ROV hangar including a cursor launched ROV system on both sides is available for all designs. Special consideration has been given to the design of the foreship of the class. The landmark bow shape results in generous space for accommodation and utilities. A better separation between accommodation and machinery spaces reduce noise and vibration levels. While also allowing for inclusion of the latest exhaust treatment technologies for the reduction of emissions. This is all complemented by compliance with the latest rules and regulations such as the Special Purpose Ship code and NMD requirements for operations in the Norwegian sector.

Construction vessel

The most basic version is a large offshore construction vessel, aimed at a wide range of subsea construction tasks. This vessel features a large working deck aft and a high craneage capacity of up to 600 ton for the main crane. With deepwater installation as its principal mission, heave compensation and subsea installation capabilities are standard provisions on the main crane and lifting equipment. Total payload capacity for this design is 10,300 ton, which can be allocated to various combinations of mission equipment (in addition to the main crane) and payload such as subsea equipment, flexible pipe reels, etc. Top quality accommodation is provided for 130 POB. Flex-Iay vessel

The flex-Iay version shares its main characteristics with the basic construction vessel, but is specifically equipped as a flex-Iay vessel. Flexibility is the key word here, not only for the lay method but also for its operational capabilities. The main equipment for this vessel is a 550 ton tension rated flex-Iay tower, located over a midships moonpool with baffle plates, resulting in optimum operability for the lay system. With two carousels, one of 2,200 ton and one of 1.500 ton product carrying capacity, below decks it combines flexibility in product to be carried with an unobstructed main deck aft.

This is complemented by a 450 ton heave compensated, subsea installation crane and an auxiliary crane close to the stern for general duties and handling during spooling. S-Iay vessel

The S-Iay configuration is targeted at complete field developments and combines the deepwater installation capabilities of the basic version with an S-Iay system suitable for 6” to 42” pipe in ultra deep water. The S-Iay system features a minimum of 9 workstations, 3 tensioners and a dual A&R winch system. Further flexibility is provided by the A-deck configuration with pipe storage in holds, leaving a totally unobstructed working deck area providing ample space for the equipment to be installed subsea, offshore construction and a range of other tasks. The stinger, including stinger handling frame, is removable; this adds to the versatility of the vessel as a deepwater construction vessel. Large crane vessel

The largest version is the heavy construction vessel, a powerful workhorse which can serve a wide range of purposes in the construction market. This vessel combines the field development role of the S-Iay configuration with a versatile 3,000 ton main crane, and again with heave compensated subsea installation capabilities. The offset crane position provides unmatched outreach when

working over the side and, with stinger and stinger handling frame removed, over the stern as well. This flexibility is again complemented by the A-deck configuration, again providing a truly unobstructed working deck. Besides the deepwater field development, the optional 8 point mooring system gives the vessel the ability to work in shallow water and in very close vicinity to platforms. SURF-XL vessel

The SURF-XL vessel will complement the Constructor Class in the upper segment of the deepwater installation market. The vessel will combine reel and J-Iay capabilities, combined with a 1,000 ton heave compensated subsea installation crane and a deepwater lowering system. Combined with a large accommodation block and sharing its common characteristics with the rest of the Constructor Class, this vessel will offer unparalleled capabilities for the offshore oil & gas construction and SURF markets. The Constructor Class of vessel is GustoMSC’s translation of the needs of today and tomorrow into the most effective hardware. Based on a parent hull configuration, the class provides attractive and efficient designs abIe to serve the full range of applications in the SURF and offshore construction markets. This article is published by GustoMSC BV. Editors: Alain Faber and Mattijs Wassink.

CSO Deep Blue working near a platform.



Thrustmaster conquers the world Thrustmaster of Texas, started 2012 with an order book worth more than 200 million US dollars, an excellent start for a new year for the American designer and builder of advanced marine propulsion equipment for vessels of all types. However, as Hans Hoek and Walter Leenes of Dutch-based Thrustmaster Europe B.V. explained, there is even more news to tell.

Sales Manager Europe Hans Hoek is responsible for sales activities for Thrustmaster in the Scandinavian countries and Poland. Walter Leenes, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer & ICE Class Vessels, has the Netherlands, Germany, France, England and Belgium as his operating territory, while newcomer Johan de Graaf is responsible for the Baltic States, Ukraine and Russia. “Having a sales office in Europe is essential,” explained Hans Hoek, “because Europe is the home base for many operators and offshore companies. Although they are increasingly having their ships fabricated in China and South Korea, the decisions on which businesses are allowed to supply equipment is still always taken at the head offices in Europe. Our task is to ensure that we appear on the makers’ lists of these operators and offshore companies, and that we are then able to convince them to opt for Thrustmaster systems.” In response to the request to list a few recent successes, Walter Leenes replied: “Boskalis-Smit is currently having two cable layers built at a yard in China. We are supplying all the thrusters for those vessels – each ship requires a bow thruster in a tunnel, two retractable thrusters and two thrusters for the main propulsion. For Dredging contractors Van Oord, for which company three split barges are currently under construction in the Far East, we also supplied the propulsion systems.”



Offshore contracts

Although Thrustmaster, established in Houston in 1984, is still a relatively young company, it has already built up an excellent reputation in the offshore industry. For example, a large contract was recently signed with the offshore contractor McDermott for the upgrade of the Derrick Barge DB 30 with dynamic positioning capabilities (DP-2). Thrustmaster will provide McDermott with a turnkey DP solution for its heavy-lift and pipelay vessel, which will include eight 2,000 hp retractable hydraulic thrusters combined with a comprehensive unit of Kongsberg DP-2 electronic control systems. At the same time, drilling contractors are increasingly calling upon the special products from Houston. As Hans Hoek described: “For the two compact drilling ships Noble Bully I and Noble Bully II operated by Noble Drilling, we again supplied the main propulsion system, and for each of the new drilling ships currently under construction in South Korea for Diamond Offshore, we will be supplying a further six thrusters.” Walter Leenes added: “The catamaran crane vessel Titan is in fact equipped with eight of our thrusters. On top of that, the offshore support vessels of the Sea Trucks Group all operate with our systems.” Portable systems

Thrustmaster has also achieved considerable success with its portable systems. Walter Leenes again: “Any vessel can be equipped with our

patented portable system. For example, within three weeks, without docking, we can convert an empty barge into a self-propelled vessel with DP, including supplying a central control room.” One remarkable test involved a US Navy transport ship and a transport vessel operated by Dockwise. “During the test, a large quantity of rolling stock, including tanks, was transferred from one ship to the other, all based on the use of DP; in other words without anchors. To make this possible, five of our units were mounted on the sides of the Dockwise vessel – three on the port side and three on the starboard side. The test was a huge success.” Innovations

“One recent innovation was the marketing of the world’s largest diesel-hydraulic thruster,” continued Hans Hoek. “This thruster, with a power output of 2.2 MW, has further expanded our range. One of the strong points of Thrustmaster is that our company can supply thrusters ranging from 35 to 10,000 hp (8 MW), something unmatched by any other manufacturer. We are also unique in that we design and fabricate everything in house. Houston is soon to be equipped with a water basin in which we can test our own thrusters. Again, no other manufacturer has an equivalent facility. We have also invested in advance 3D measuring equipment, and have recently purchased one of the largest machining lathes anywhere in the United States.”

Two of Thrustmaster’s solid azimuthing thrusters.

Thrustmaster’s manufacturing

The transport vessel from Dockwise is

Walter Leenes (left) and Hans Hoek in

plant in Houston.

equipped with five portable systems

front of the Thrustmaster Europe B.V.

from Thrustmaster.

offices (photograph: PAS Publicaties).



Seals still in excellent condition after 10 years in extreme working environment

Double-action seals for Double-action seals on a crane hook have proven the ultimate solution for the Thialf, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest crane vessel operated by Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). Using the seals from Trelleborg, the Thialf is easily capable of carrying out lifting work for the installation of production equipment for oil and gas fields, at huge depths. The Thialf has been in service at Heerema Marine Contractors for almost 20 years, installing platforms and other marine structures in offshore locations from the North Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, and from Nigeria to Southeast Asia.

The Thialf has been in service at HMC for almost 20 years.




In the oil and gas sector, fields are increasingly being tapped into in waters that are too deep for platforms with permanent foundations. In these cases, the HMC vessel is deployed for the direct installation of equipment on the seabed, ranging from subsea production facilities through to mooring systems for floating platforms. In the framework of these projects, lifting operations sometimes have to be carried out in water depths in excess of 2,000 metres. Deepwater installation

During subsurface operations, the hook elements – the most crucial components of any crane – come into contact with seawater. At a height of more than six metres, each hook element with its four points rotates around a solid roller bearing, coated in consistent grease. The seals from Trelleborg are required to protect the bearing against seawater, the corrosion it causes, and the wearing action of metal parts on metal. At the same time, the seals make sure that the shaft of the hook is able to rotate smoothly. Any interruption to normal operation can have financial consequences for HMC. Better solution

As explained by Jurgen de Jong, Senior Technical Superintendent for cranes at HMC, “The seals that were used in the past were unsuitable for the job and during underwater applications, the hook elements came into contact with seawater.” One of De Jong’s tasks is the planning of repairs, inspection and certification of the crane blocks. “In 1999, HMC and Trelleborg joined forces to identify a better solution,” said Ralph van de Grijp, Sales Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Netherlands. “Based on the specifications provided by HMC, we developed a proposal to use a double-action seal. This seal prevents the leakage of fluids in both directions: the seawater cannot penetrate into the bearing, while the lubricant is prevented from leaking into the outside environment.”


The solution finally selected by the partners was the Turcon Roto Glyd Ring from Trelleborg, a system already widely used in other sectors. The diameter of 1.8 metres nonetheless made this an unusual application. Over the next ten years, the Thialf undertook a series of lifting operations during which the bearings in the hook elements operated satisfactorily, without any major problems. When the ship returned to its home base in Rotterdam for maintenance, in 2010, the functioning of the seals could be evaluated. Trelleborg Sealing Solutions were approached with the request to inspect and replace the seals, a job that took three days for each seal. The results were astounding. Extraordinary

“Never before had my colleagues seen seals in such good condition after ten years in an extreme working environment,” commented Van de Grijp. “There was only evidence of minimal wear,” added De Jong. “The bearing and the inside of the block were in excellent condition, tangible proof that the seals had done their job.” Nonetheless, HMC still decided to install new seals. “Normally speaking, during the maintenance of a block, all seals are automatically replaced, preventing the need to dismantle the entire system again, should one of the seals start to leak after all,” explained De Jong. The burning question left in the minds of Van der Grijp and his colleagues at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, however, was: how much longer would the original seals have been able to continue functioning correctly? Turcon Roto Glyd Ring

The Turcon Roto Glyd Ring PTFE seal is activated by an elastomer O-ring. As the liquid pressure from seawater or oil increases, so does the force with which the O-ring pushes the PTFE seal against the opposing surface. This principle maintains the seal in its intended position. 2012


Although Genemuiden-based Breman Machinery is not particularly active on the promotional trail, particularly among offshore contractors, engineering companies and machine and appliance builders, the company enjoys an excellent reputation. According to Henk Breman, responsible for sales and projects, the company is able to stand out thanks to the enormous professionalism and craftsmanship of its 100 employees, who together fully command every discipline required in metal processing.

Breman Machinery sells With his brothers Harry and Hans, Henk represents the fifth generation Breman in charge of the company in Genemuiden, and the Purmerend Sheet Rolling Mill taken over in 1983. According to Henk, demand from the offshore industry is constantly growing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clients usually come to us for parts that are difficult to subcontract elsewhere. Parts that demand considerable care and attention to produce, and that require complex processing, such as rolling, milling, boring, turning or welding. We are also seeing increased demand for the delivery of modules and construction components complete with inbuilt hydraulics and electrical elements. Fortunately, we can call upon a team of highly experienced and expert employees, and a whole range of good production equipment. We have practically every conceivable metalprocessing machine in house. In our construction hall we operate cranes with a lifting capacity of 240 tonnes, and a number of the halls are 25 metres high. As a result, we are also able to fabricate very heavy and large items. At Genemuiden we even have a load-out dock, which allows us to transport very large units of up to 700 tonnes and up to 12 metres wide, by barge. Following the takeover of the Purmerend Sheet Rolling Mill, both companies have combined their huge experience in heavy rolling, bending and welding work. To make this possible, we operate a rolling mill with a bending capacity of 3,000 tonnes, one of the heaviest angle The tunnel thruster built for a recently completed crane vessel.



craftsmanship One of the many winches fabricated in Genemuiden.

bending machines in Europe. We carry out much rolling and bending work for the production of a wide range of heavy winches and pedestals which we today supply as a complete package to our customers in the offshore industry. We can bend a 100 mm plate to the desired form without difficulty.” Offshore projects

The manufacture of a giant salvage grab attracted much attention.

When asked for examples of projects fabricated by him for the offshore sector, Henk Breman replied: “We are currently hard at work on the production of pipe handling equipment for a crane vessel and a pipe storage system for a drilling ship. Both vessels are still currently under construction. In the past, we supplied complete tunnel thrusters for a recently-completed crane vessel and the pipe handling system for a semi-submersible crane vessel. For a number of offshore contractors we regularly build spreader bars for the hoisting of jackets and topsides. Using the heaviest of our spreader bars, jackets and topsides weighing up to 25,000 tonnes can be lifted.” For another regular customer, both jacking systems and skidding systems are regularly fabricated in Genemuiden, for semi-submersible rigs and semi-submersible vessels. “We recently completed a further four systems, each with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes, and produced the pedestal for the crane on a brand-new crane vessel. Finally, we are right now working on the housings for several gas compressors.”



20th World Petroleum Congress, Doha - Qatar

Strong support for Dutch offshore companies at oil and gas industry olympics By Femke Hoogeveen

Bringing together 5,244 conference delegates, 611 conference speakers including the CEOs of all major IOCs and NOCs, as well as a host of energy ministers and the directors of IEA and OPEC, it is no surprise that the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) is known as the Olympian Event of the oil and gas industry. Offshore Holland was one of the 674 media participating in the 20th WPC held from 4 to 8 December 2011 in Doha, Qatar. During the event, Offshore Holland explored the international presence and reputation of the Dutch offshore industry.

Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada with a copy of Offshore Holland.



‘Great conference. The WPC is one of the premier events in the industry. Excellent networking opportunities, a chance to keep abreast of latest activities and technologies.’

Paul Baillargeon, Repsol

For the first time since its inception almost eighty years ago the triennial WPC was hosted in the Middle East. Coincidentally the first WPC in 1933 took place at the same time as the first exploration operations and the dawn break of the oil industry in the Middle East, said Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, during the opening ceremony. Mr. Bob Dudley, BP Group Executive told the Congress that he thought it appropriate that the WPC took place in Qatar. “As in the next two decades the region’s contribution to oil and gas production will go up, not down and its demand for energy is expected to rise at double the rate seen in the world as a whole.” Largest LNG exporter

Dutch contributions

In the Middle East region as well as in the global energy landscape, the importance of host country Qatar is undisputed. Qatar holds the world’s third largest natural gas reserves, following Russia and Iran, and is the world’s largest LNG exporter. The country accounts for more than a quarter of global liquefaction capacity and although Qatar is the second smallest crude oil producer in OPEC, it is also a significant net exporter of oil.

A host of Dutch companies have played a part in Qatar’s success story or still do, first and foremost is Royal Dutch Shell. Qatar’s flagship project Pearl GTL is a cooperation between Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum. Over thirty Dutch vendors and service providers have contributed both to the onshore and offshore parts of the mega-project. Among them are well-known names such as Damen Shipyards Group, Fugro, Mammoet, Mourik, Pon Power, Royal Haskoning, TNO and Tebodin, most of whom had large crews working on site. Mr. Roel Cornelisse, Vice President Commissioning Start up and Production Pearl GTL for Royal Dutch Shell: “What I see as the most important Dutch service is the transfer of knowledge. I am in touch with my colleagues in Amsterdam and Rijswijk on a daily basis.” But the knowledge transfer works externally as well. Cornelisse: “We have set new standards in working with contractors and have unparalleled safety records of

Qatar has rapidly risen to prominence in the global energy sector and is often quoted as an example of successful government policy to create jobs and opportunities. ExxonMobil CEO Mr. Rex Tillerson told his audience at the Congress that “here, in Qatar, we are reminded of what the energy industry can achieve when visionary leaders of government establish sound energy policies and enable international partners to work, invest, and innovate together.”

500 million man-hours injury free. Our work method is being transported around the world and the tens of thousands people working temporarily on Pearl will bring home expertise as well as a sense of pride of having contributed to such a ground-breaking project.” Damen Shipyards Group is one of the companies that has actually set up shop in Qatar, as partner in Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ). Established in 2010 and located in the Port of Ras Laffan in the North Eastern corner of Qatar the shipyard is a joint venture between Damen Shipyards Qatar Holding BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Damen Shipyards Group and Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat – Arabic for carrier), the company responsible for shipping Qatari LNG. Dutchman Jan-Wim Dekker, Managing Director of NDSQ and also present at the WPC, can see the benefits of operating in Qatar: “What I find impressive about Qatar is its vision. 2012


‘What I find impressive about Qatar is its vision.’ Jan-Wim Dekker, Managing Director of NDSQ

Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Verhagen: Proud of Dutch expertise in oil and gas industry

Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Maxim Verhagen was speaker at one of the WPC’s Ministerial Sessions. Mixing his speech with the purpose-made film, ‘Dutch Masters: Energising The Future’, Mr. Maxim Verhagen promoted the Dutch



interests, paying particular attention to the offshore industry. “Dutch companies servicing the oil and gas industry are a familiar sight all around the world,” the film narrator said. “With up to a hundred years of experience, these companies are a renowned party in the global field of offshore installation... offering new techniques to drill at exceptional depths of over 3,000 meters... designing and building ships, platforms, terminals, tools and applications... and developing technologies to treat, transport and store natural gas.” The Dutch government is proud of its offshore industry and Mr. Verhagen sees a key role for Dutch engineers to take on tomorrow’s energy challenges. “The Dutch policy focuses on innovation, cooperation and investment to enable companies

to develop new technologies that will produce more clean energy at less cost. It’s the only way to secure energy supplies, reduce carbon emissions and keep energy prices in check.” Offshore Holland asked Mr. Verhagen how he promotes the interests of the Dutch offshore industry abroad. “It is very easy to promote their interests,” he responded, “as we are lucky with so much expertise among Dutch companies in the oil and gas industry.” Mr. Verhagen mentions Brazil as an example of economic diplomacy. When Dutch politicians visit Brazil, they do not only meet with their counterparts but also with national oil giant Petrobras. Also at governmental level Dutch economic diplomacy supports the industry. “Our embassies and trade missions offer assistance to entrepreneurs in every way they can.”

World Petroleum Congress and Exhibition

Qatar is developing and investing in all sectors, from education to industry. At NDSQ we are contributing to the growth of Qatar’s maritime industry, helping the country diversify its economy and reduce its dependency on hydrocarbons. Although not always easy, our job is very exciting.” Dutch presence

Nakilat was among the exhibiting companies at the World Petroleum Exhibition, traditionally held alongside the Congress. Covering 35,000 sq.m. and attracting 21,894 visitors, the exhibition featured 400 of the most important international oil and gas companies alongside key suppliers, service companies and manufacturers. Quite fittingly the NDSQ exhibition booth was located just between Qatar’s national pavilion with RasGas, Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas and the Dutch national pavilion. Facilitated by the Association of Dutch suppliers in the oil and gas industry IRO, the Dutch national pavilion featured displays of seven companies. These were Dutch Energy Solutions, a collaboration of oil and gas suppliers, R&D companies, associations and governmental bodies, Frames,

Held every three years, the World Petroleum Congress and Exhibition is the largest and most reputable oil and gas industry gathering in the world. The Congress Program covers all aspects of the industry, from technological advances in upstream and downstream operations, to the role of natural gas, renewable and alternative energy, the management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact. The event is attended by a global oil and gas audience and outside stakeholders such as governments, other industry sectors, NGOs and international institutions. The 21st WPC in 2014 will be hosted by Russia. At a vote in Beijing in October 2010 Moscow was favored over Houston (USA) and Bogota (Colombia). After the United States and the United Kingdom, Russia is the third country to host the prestigious congress for the second time, its first being the 8th WPC in Moscow in 1971.

Gasunie, IRO itself, KEMA, Offshore Solutions BV and Royal Dutch Shell. Measuring 600 sq.m. and located at a central position of the exhibition hall the pavilion was impossible to overlook, especially owing to the size and characteristics of the Royal Dutch Shell part. Featuring an interactive model of the Pearl GTL plant, Shell demonstrated both the role of Shell in Qatar as well as the strategic importance of Qatar and state-owned Qatar Petroleum for Shell.

Changing IOC-NOC relations Several Congress speakers emphasized the importance of international partnerships, both among oil and gas industry parties as well as between governments, international organizations and academia. “In the past, the relationship between Shell and national oil companies typically was straightforward,” said Mr. Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. “We gained access to resources in return for technology, capital, or access to big consumer markets.



due largely to increased mobility. But as the industry succeeds in more efficient energy solutions, the increase in energy demand will not lead to the same increase in required production. Q: What investments are needed to meet rising demands?

Three questions to IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven Former Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Mrs. Maria van der Hoeven took over as Executive Director of the

A: To meet growing energy demand, global investment in energy supply infrastructure of USD 38 trillion is required over the period 2011 to 2035. Almost two-thirds of the total investment is in countries outside of the OECD. The industry itself is investing significantly, in upstream, as in midstream and downstream. Upstream investments will take place in increasingly difficult or deepwater areas, for example in Russia, the Arctic and Brazil.

International Energy Agency in September 2011. Mrs. Van der Hoeven was one of the key note speakers at the WPC. Offshore Holland was granted an exclusive

Q: Which opportunities do you see for the Dutch offshore industry?

one-on-one interview with Mrs. Van der Hoeven.

Q: What are your expectations regarding developments in energy supply and demand in 2012 and beyond? A: Economic development in 2012 will be lower than forecasted but we have not seen a double dip recession in 2011 and we will see growth in 2012. Most growth in energy demand will come from emerging markets,

But the world is changing and NOCs increasingly have strong technical capabilities. They have strong cash flows and less need for outside capital.” In this changing world, there is a clear need for innovation, cooperation and investment to offer energy solutions for all – the main Congress theme. The 20th WPC took place towards the end of an eventful year for the energy industry at large. H.E. Abdalla S. El-Badri, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said that 2011 has seen “the oil market in a constant state of flux: the ups and downs of the global economic recovery, Japan’s multiple disasters and unrest in parts of North Africa and the Middle East.” According



A: The Dutch offshore industry can play a major role in developing those difficult areas and already does so. When I was Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands I visited Yamal and witnessed with my own eyes what Gazprom is doing and what Dutch companies are doing there. I meet Dutch offshore companies wherever I travel and I would like to say this: They are ubiquitous, they have an excellent reputation and are known for their great value for money.

to Mr. El-Badri there has been no shortage of oil and spare capacity has been, and remains at comfortable levels. Planned investments both in OPEC and non-OPEC countries will see capacity increase in the coming years. Exploration imperative

Also in the long run, there is reason to believe that production capacity will remain stable at the least. “Exploring for oil and gas has always been difficult, expensive and full of risk,” said BP’s Mr. Dudley, “but we persevere because the people of the world need our product. So refusing to explore is not an option. That would condemn humanity to a future of shortages, poverty and conflict.”

Oil and gas companies must explore. “I call it the exploration imperative,” argues Mr. Dudley, “and it will probably be the greatest challenge our business faces in the coming decades.” Dutch offshore companies, both those that were present in Qatar and the many that weren’t, are taking on this challenge every day.

Sources used in this article: EIA Qatar Country Analysis Briefs, World Petroleum Council. Photos courtesy of Annemieke den Otter, Marlijn Stoutjesdijk, Femke Hoogeveen, 20th World Petroleum Congress.

Offshore Technology Conference 2012

Dutch Pavilion during OTC 2012

Dutch pavillion



OTC Stand 2327 Amarcon: for efficient, well informed and safe seafaring Amarcon provides state of the art solutions to optimize routing and decision support for all types of sea-going vessels. Amarcon is the creator of OCTOPUS, a suite of hardware and software products that form a unique solution for the improvement of safety and efficiency for ships operating at sea. This leading to significant cost reductions for the industry.

Amarcon Korenstraat 37 7722 RS Dalfsen The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)529 43 68 76 +31 (0)529 43 68 42

Amarcon is the current market leader in measuring ship and offshore hydrodynamics to predict ship performance in waves. Amarcon has acquired key expertise in ship motion and performance analysis, and in creating software and providing system integration for that pur-

pose. Amarcon offers consultancy services and a suite of products for engineering, monitoring, routing and decision support; OCTOPUS-Office, OCTOPUS-Onboard, OCTOPUS-Online and OCTOPUS-TMS Amarcon implements the best solution for your requirements, off-the-shelf, or tailor designed. OCTOPUS , includes: • Fuel & performance monitoring and advice • Dynamic Positioning capability forecast • Ship motion monitoring • Weather windows for efficient ship operations • Motion forecast & heavy weather decision support • Hydrodynamic analysis software • Online information about vessel status & location

OTC Stand 2531

Bakker Sliedrecht Electro Industrie B.V. P.O. Box 25 3360 AA Sliedrecht The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)184 436 666 +31 (0)184 436 677

Electrical system integrator Bakker Sliedrecht has become an international and leading field player in the world of electrical engineering for marine applications. We are continuously looking for optimum and innovative solutions, with the aid of state-of-the-art and conventional electrical and mechanical techniques by advising, designing and building of: - drive and control systems - automation systems - switchboards and MCC’s - control desks - e-motors and generators - cabling / installation - project management We are specialized in: - diesel-electric propulsion/thruster systems, including DP systems

- submersible motors and techniques - harmonics and FMEA analyses Bakker Sliedrecht is carrying out worldwide projects turn-key and/or package based, in offshore, dredging, research vessels, fishing, merchant shipping, navy, inland shipping. Bakker Repair is taking care of maintenance, repair and winding of motors, generators, transformers, in high as well as low voltage. Quality, safety and environment conditions constantly have our attention. Our quality systems of management and services fully comply with ISO 901 en VCA standards. No ocean too deep, no country too far!


OTC Stand 2427 BigLift is the world market leader in the field of heavy transport shipping. We have long standing clients in the oil & gas, mining and power generating industries, moving their equipment for multi-billion projects worldwide. A team of dedicated, highly skilled professionals, with years of experience and the mindset to think creatively, enables us to offer clients innovative and safe solutions for their technically and logistically complex requirements.

BigLift Shipping B.V. Radarweg 36 1042 AA Amsterdam The Netherlands phone fax mail site


+31 (0)20 44 88 000 +31 (0)20 44 88 333 2012

We strive for innovation and excellence, adhering to high standards of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality.

execution and completion of a project, for instance for development of an offshore oilfield, in close cooperation with clients from all over the world. All temporary or permanent modifications to the fleet as well as plans for newbuildings or conversions are developed by BigLift staff in-house. BigLift’s fleet currently comprises 13 specially designed heavy lift vessels. Two further specialised heavy lift vessels, with lifting capacities up to 1800 mt in tandem are under construction. BigLift: Key in Heavy Lift

BigLift project managers and engineers work from conceptual design and planning until the


OTC Stand 2625 Boskalis Offshore, part of international dredging and marine contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster, provides offshore contracting and engineering activities to upstream oil & gas clients.

Boskalis Offshore B.V. P.O. Box 43 3350 AA Papendrecht The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)78 696 9011 +31 (0)78 696 9571

Boskalis Offshore focuses on the following activities: - Pipeline intervention (free span correction, seabed levelling, pipeline/cable crossing, stabilisation, protection, thermal insulation) - Platform & wellhead intervention (foundation, protection, ballasting) - Landfalls & shore approaches (pipe installation, shallow water earthworks, civil works, land-water transition) - Decommissioning (platform de-ballasting, pipeline (de-)burial, drill cuttings management) - Cables (laying, pipeline/cable crossing, protection, shore approach, landfall)

The principal services of Boskalis Offshore comprise: pre-sweeping, (deepwater) dredging, pre-trenching, post-trenching, subsea rock installation and sand placement. Boskalis Offshore sets new records with regard to for instance optimisation in the design of rock protection, dynamic scour protection and deepwater dredging. Boskalis Offshore is backed by the dense global network of the Royal Boskalis Westminster group. Including its share in partnerships, Boskalis has around 14,000 employees and operates in 65 countries across six continents. Boskalis has a versatile fleet of over 1,100 units, including fallpipe vessels, trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers, backhoe dredgers and grab dredgers. Boskalis Offshore is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified and a member of IMCA.


OTC Stand 2531 Breman Machinery makes components for

They have the people, machines and facilities

builders of machinery, engineering bureaus

under their own roof.

and industrial end users, such as; offshore companies, the military, aerospace companies and other industrial firms.

Breman Machinery Sasdijk 20 8281 BM Genemuiden The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)38 385 5373 +31 (0)38 385 6528

• all machining and non-machining processing of (heavy) materials

From simple structures to complex mechanical

• welding and structures


• assembly and fitting

Work-pieces of high precision, often with

• corrosion protection

extreme dimensions and weights. Work-pieces that weigh tens or even hundreds

Breman Machinery uses their unique machine

of tonnes and are made to a precision of a

capacity for their own projects and to supply

hundredth of a millimeter. Samples of work-

specific components to third parties. What they


aim for is custom-designed solutions.

What’s unique about Breman Machinery is that

ISO9001, ISO3834 and VCA-certified.

they are able to produce these components and

Extreme precision!

structures entirely in house.


OTC Stand 2427

Fairstar Heavy Transport N.V. Weena 316-318, Tower A 3012 NJ Rotterdam The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)10 403 5333 +31 (0)10 403 5344

Fairstar Heavy Transport N.V. is the leading

Fairstar believes that safety is a core human

provider of marine heavy transport solutions

value and fundamentally relates to everything

specializing in high-value cargoes for the

we do in the performance of our responsibilities

offshore and onshore energy and construction

to our employees, clients and other Fairstar

industries. Fairstar owns and operates two

Stakeholders. The nature of our business exposes

of the most modern semi-submersible heavy

our employees, assets, clients and their cargoes

transport ships in the global fleet, FJORD

to extremely high levels of risk.

and FJELL. The 50,000DWT, open-stern semi-submersible

The appropriate management of these risks as

vessels FORTE and FINESSE are currently under

well as any environment we operate in demands

construction with Guangzhou Shipbuilding

a consistent and ongoing commitment to

International in China and will be owned and

maintaining the integrity of our ships and the

operated by Fairstar when they are delivered

systems we have developed to ensure we never

in respectively May and October 2012. Fairstar

compromise our commitment to the proactive

is based in Rotterdam and quoted on the Oslo

management of any risk involving safety,

Stock Exchange (ticker: FAIR).

security and environmental awareness. 2012


OTC Stand 2327

Huisman P.O. Box 150 3100 AD Schiedam The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)10 245 2222 +31 (0)10 245 2220

Huisman is a globally operating company with extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of heavy construction equipment for leading offshore companies. Our equipment, varying from stand-alone to highly engineered and integrated systems is designed and manufactured under own management.

• Borealis: Deepwater S-lay • Aegir: Deepwater J-lay, Reel-lay and Flex-lay Drilling: • Land and Offshore Containerised Drilling Unit • Well Intervention Systems • Drillships • Semi-submersible Drilling Rigs Winches: Heave Compensation Systems, Vessel Designs, New Concepts

Cranes: Delivery of customised cranes, range > 100mt: • Pedestal Cranes • Knuckleboom Cranes • Mast Cranes • Floating Cranes • Land Cranes • Wind Turbine Installation Cranes/ Shuttle Pipelay: Turnkey delivery of pipelay systems: • Seven Seas: Flex, Reel & J-lay • CSO Deep Blue: Flex, Reel & J-lay • Seven Oceans: Reel-lay • Pertinacia: Flex-lay • Balder: Deepwater J-lay • Saipem 7000: Deepwater J-lay • Sapura 3000: Deepwater S-lay

We are internationally known for our technical and creative solutions, timely delivery of high quality equipment with full capacity from day one and a high reliability guarantee during operations. Our production is divided between our production facilities in The Netherlands, China and the Czech Republic with a new production location in Brazil currently under construction. Additional sales, engineering and service offices are located in Brazil, Singapore and the USA.

OTC Stand 2625 Jumbo Offshore’s core business is transportation

enabling Jumbo to install large and heavy struc-

and installation of subsea structures, mooring

tures in water depths exceeding 3,000m (1,000t

systems and wind farm equipment. Jumbo’s

@ 1,000m, 600t @ 1,700m, 200t @ 3,000m).

fleet of 12 vessels contains two offshore Heavy

Jumbo Offshore V.O.F. Van Vollenhovenstraat 3 3016 BE Rotterdam The Netherlands phone mail site

+31 (0)10 413 46 30

KCI B.V. De Brauwweg 24-30 3125 AE Schiedam The Netherlands phone fax mail site


+31 (0)10 427 03 99 +31 (0)10 426 63 94 2012

Lift Vessels: Jumbo Javelin and Fairplayer.


Both vessels have DP2 systems, 17 knots transit

Working safely is always at the forefront of

speed, a flush working deck (3,100m2) and a

Jumbo’s methods and mentality. We approach

large, adjustable cargo hold (up to 20,000m3).

QHSE with the same dedication as our other

For transportation services their two 900t

activities. Our permanent ‘Stay Well’ Program

Huisman mast cranes can lift 1,800t in tandem

aims at awareness and prevention. Both ship

inshore operation. For offshore purposes they

crews and office staff are trained at regular in-

can handle up to 1,100t.

tervals, incl. crew training sessions on Jumbo’s in-house designed 3D Dual Crane Simulator.

Deepwater Deployment System In addition the Fairplayer is equipped with Jumbo’s

We keep true to our motto:

patented Deepwater Deployment System (DDS),

Reliable Strength.

KCI is a multidisciplinary engineering firm providing full design, engineering and consultancy services to both Oil & Gas and Offshore Renewables Industry. Creative thinking is our strength. We develop innovative concepts for our clients and turn today’s ideas into tomorrow’s winning designs. This unique ability originates from in depth expertise within the complete life cycle. And from having the best engineers on board. We design and engineer: • Complete platforms and infrastructure for the Oil & Gas and Renewables Industry • Deck lay outs, cable & pipe laying solutions for Marine Environment

Our services include: procurement & expediting, execution management and HSE. We guide our customers through a complete project. From acquisition and field development through to fabrication & installation management and think how to decommission the structure in the future. We take care of Concept, Basic and Detailed engineering and continuously feed our whole organization with feedback from every stage of the project. In this way we keep improving our high level engineering knowledge and smart tools. Our goal is to implement cost effective solutions for our clients and to optimize operational capability. Strategic alliances are in place to offer in depth expertise in subsurface engineering.

Our disciplines encompass: process, piping, pipelines & subsea, structural, mechanical, hydrodynamics, electrical & instrumentation.

KCI, the missing link between idea and realization of innovative concepts.



Kuehne + Nagel provides tailor-made logistics solutions to meet the requirements of the Oil & Gas industry. Our dedicated Oil & Gas staff (more than 600) within the worldwide network ensure that your shipments are in safe hands wherever in the world. Kuehne + Nagel’s Oil & Gas capabilities encompass all transportation services to move your freight throughout the entire supply chain.

Kuehne + Nagel N.V. Lloydstraat 35 3024 EA Rotterdam The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)25 246 75 90 +31 (0)10 478 99 95

• Seafreight – containers & general cargo • Airfreight – regular consolidations, secured allocations on major carriers • Road & Rail – focus on network services, lessthan-truckload (LTL) & full-truckload (FTL) • Projects – heavy and oversized cargo, special charter operations • Warehousing – hub management, dedicated facilities

We deliver a full range of services tailored to your individual business requirements, across all geographical regions and trade lanes. Specifically designed to support unique industry requirements, Kuehne + Nagel Oil & Gas provides: • Key-account management with a dedicated customer service department • Oil & Gas supply chain management • Rig & maritime support • Supply-base logistics and base-to-base support • Specialised rig-move task force • FCPA compliance programs Putting the Energy into your Supply Chain!


Mercon is an experienced EPC-contractor in

required to build an offshore platform. Next

the offshore industry and carries out multi-

to the structural steel work, we take care that

disciplinary projects such as topsides, jackets,

all electrical and instrumentation, piping and

monopods, drilling modules and turrets.

automation is installed and working in the

We are renowned for our superior fabrication

right manner.

capabilities and the ability to carry out multi-

Mercon Steel Structures B.V. P.O. box 254 4200 AG Gorinchem The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)183 66 88 22 +31 (0)183 63 35 19

disciplinary projects. Services and activities

Next to this, Mercon works as turn key supplier

include engineering, procurement, construction,

in the tank terminal industry and carries out

manufacturing, conservation, preservation ,

infrastructural projects.

assembly/erection, installation, commissioning and start up.

our customers forms the basis of a respectful Interface management is our passion. It means

collaboration. The objective is a product that is

that we take charge of all disciplines that are

built to last.


The MME-Group is famous for its know how and experience in the field of materials and corrosion. We are active in the marine and offshore industry with the following divisions:

Materiaal Metingen Europe B.V. MME Group Rietdekkerstraat 16 2980 GE Ridderkerk The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)180 48 28 28 +31 (0)180 46 22 40

Clear, open and direct communication with

Marine / NDT Services Department • Corrosion Surveys • NDT inspection • Thickness Measurement • Steel Surveys an Close-up Inspections • Rope Access, allowing access toe remote areas Zinc and Aluminium anodes MME is one of the leading producers of high quality sacrificial anodes at a competitive price. MME has the experience and know how for the design and engineering of cathodic protection systems.

protection has been further developed into a fully digital MME-ICCP system, allowing automatic storage and analysis of all relevant data. Marine Growth Prevention Department The MME Marine Growth Prevention System has been designed to prevent marine growth in both open- and closed cooling water systems. MME has introduced new Power supply Units, capable of communicating with the Vessel Management System. Harbinger Access Equipment Department Under MME’s trade name Harbinger, the company has expanded into a major supplier of marine and offshore aluminium gangways and accommodation ladders, both for new buildings as for replacements.

Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) This more advanced technique of cathodic

P7 2012


OTC Stand 2517 Seatools B.V. was founded in August 1999 by a team of specialists with many years of experience in underwater technology.

Seatools B.V. Jan van der Heydenstraat 11 3281 NE Numansdorp The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)186 68 00 00 +31 (0)186 68 00 01

fax site

The success of Seatools is due to the “all in one company” concept. Seatools’ staffing is such that it can provide a complete solution to complex problems in-house, including the mechanical,

Founded in 1977, the Sea Trucks Group is an international group of companies offering offshore installation services to the Oil & Gas industry worldwide, employing more than 2,500 employees. The Group has been providing marine services to the major oil and construction companies in West Africa since the late 1970’s and is now offering clients around the world a broad range of offshore installation services.

Sea Trucks Group P.O. Box 176 3000 AD Rotterdam The Netherlands phone

Seatools provides complete solutions for almost any underwater challenge. Seatools’ success is proven by its extensive track record, supplying high-quality tailor-made underwater equipment to clients worldwide in the offshore industry, dredging and civil construction. Seatools’ aim is to create customer value by supplying solutions that increase the efficiency and performance of client’s operations.

+31 (0)10 754 01 00 +31 (0)10 754 01 99

The Sea Trucks Group has offices in Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands, Australia and China and owns and operates a large and versatile fleet of offshore installation vessels, AHTS vessels and barges, as well as supply base and

hydraulic, electrical/electronic and software design and implementation. With all the required skills in-house to design and build complete systems, Seatools’ compact organization guarantees a rapid response and a solution that matches the clients requirements. Seatools is accustomed to working for demanding clients and to applications where delivery on-time and first-time right are of crucial importance. Once the design is completed, manufacture of components is outsourced. Assembly, testing and commissioning are always carried out by Seatools’ own staff. After delivery, dedicated training programmes and rapid-response service are provided to ensure optimal performance of our products.

fabrication facilities in Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates. With its indigenous operating company, West African Ventures (WAV), the group offers significant local content when executing sub-sea construction projects in Nigeria. WAV established its office in Lagos in 2001 and have since built its reputation of a reliable partner for pipelay, fabrication and installation engineering services as well as marine transportation. Recently the group opened an office in the Central Post building in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The role of this new office will primarily be to support the group’s global activities on engineering and project management.


OTC Stand 2517

Siri Marine B.V. Stationsweg 1 9901 CP Appingedam The Netherlands phone fax mail site


+31 (0)59 662 0997 +31 (0)59 665 0810 2012

Siri Marine is an international maritime company based in Appingedam, the Netherlands. Siri Marine provides practical Monitoring Solutions for the maritime market. Siri Marine is the developer of hard- and software of Motion Monitoring components, which form a unique combination for improved safety and efficiency in the maritime industry. In addition Siri Marine developed new hard- and software (datalogger) in- house. The Siri Black Box (datalogger) enables the receive of up to 8 data signals (including Siri Motion Sensors and any other sensor signals). Siri Marine provides a comprehensive service and offers its service through the following elements; • motion sensors/ display of hull integrity and dynamic motions, including heave • surface navigation/ positioning (Hemi-

• • • • • • •

sphere DGPS/ Orca Pilot/ professional charting) tidal gauges and tank/ hold water level monitoring (Ohmex TideM8) hydrographical survey (Ceeducer Pro) environmental sensors, including Wave Rider Buoy (Datawell) current meters (Valeport/ Nortec) CCTV (Mobotix Dual/ Night) wireless applications and independent power supply weather forecasting and workability reports.

Always “Fit for purpose”. Additional client specific tools can be provided on request. Only one operator on site is needed to install, operate, assist and report. This makes Siri Marine A “one- stop- shop” for a wide range of Monitoring Solutions.

SPT Offshore Postbus 525 3440 AM Woerden The Netherlands phone mail site

+31 (0)348 43 52 60

SPT Offshore, a subsidiary within the Volker

Special offshore heavy lift (jack-up) vessels

Wessels group (17,000 employees; 2011

are therefore not required for the foundation

turnover EUR 4.7 billion), is an offshore

nor for the turbine installation. The SIWT

contractor specialized in suction pile

is a braced monopod structure founded on

foundations used for the offshore oil/gas

suction piles which makes it friendly for the

industry and offshore wind farms. SPT

sea mammals. Furthermore, the SIWT offers

Offshore has developed its Self Installing

scheduling flexibility, low installation cost,

Wind Turbine (SIWT) concept, which allows

no noise, easy decommissioning and re-use

installation of the suction pile foundation

for e.g. a met mast.

and wind turbine in ONE piece within 24 hours per structure and turbine. For the

Furthermore, SPT has developed the SEA

tow and installation of SIWT, we require a

suction embedded anchor for up to 2,000 mT

simple flat top barge equipped with lifting

UHC. The SEA anchor is installed from

system and optional DP for positioning

a standard anchor handler without crane

plus tugs.

or A-frame


OTC Stand 1301 Thrustmaster manufactures heavy duty

industry at reasonable cost. What sets us apart

marine propulsion equipment such as:

in the marine propulsion industry is our

Deck-mounted propulsion units, Thru-hull

dedication to quality and the commitment to

azimuthing thrusters, Retractable thrusters,

treating our customers as our business partners.

Tunnel thrusters, Z-drives and Portable dynamic positioning systems (PDPS).

At Thrustmaster, we constantly strive for the continuous improvement in the quality and

Thrustmaster Europe B.V. Broeikweg 31a 2871 RM Schoonhoven The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)182 38 10 44 +31 (0)182 38 83 32

All products are developed in-house by a

value of our products. While many of the

complete engineering department for mechanical,

traditional thruster designs available on the

hydraulic, electrical and electronic design.

market are more than 30 years old, we have

Besides the Dutch office, Thrustmaster maintains

taken every advantage of new technology

its own sales & service office in Houston,

for product improvement.

Dubai and Singapore. The assurance of quality is reflected in our Since the founding of the company 28 years

dedication to the ISO-9001:2000 standards

ago, Thrustmaster has consistently provided

and classification society type approvals

quality products and service to the marine

of our thrusters.


OTC Stand 2517

Tideway B.V. P.O. Box 7074 4800 GB Breda The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)76 520 4140 +31 (0)76 520 4150

Tideway Offshore Contractors is a Dutch offshore

from Brazil to Australia; and from India to the

specialist for the oil and gas industry, employing

Middle East and Russia. Technology is used

over 300 staff to support six offshore construction

much more frequently due to the increasing

vessels. Tideway’s DP II fall pipe vessels Rolling-

international demand for energy. This requires

stone, Seahorse and Flintstone have a sophisti-

special knowledge and Tideway profits from

cated fall pipe system, which places rocks up to

its parent company’s expertise, the renowned

2,000 m at precisely the right location. Tideway

Belgian Dredging, Environmental and Marine

also uses trailing suction hopper and backhoe

Engineering company ‘DEME’.

dredgers to construct pipeline trenches where pipelines reach the coast, and constructs landfalls

Tideway does not only provide services around

of oil and gas pipelines. To help clients explore

the many oil and gas pipelines built offshore

and exploit energy sources, Tideway is always

worldwide, but is also involved in high-voltage

searching for innovative solutions according to

cables at sea. Tideway projects are executed

the motto: ‘Energizing the Future’.

more and more at extreme places; further

Tideway works on groundbreaking projects all

offshore, closer to the North or South Pole

over the world: from the North Sea to Mexico;

or in very deep water. 2012


OTC Stand 5141 Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions focuses on building value for Its customers through

Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions B.V. Transistorstraat 91-22 1322 CL Almere The Netherlands phone mail site

+31 (0)36 527 53 00

Innovative customisation of mission equipment for the Offshore Industry. We process the client’s requirements to tailor new or existing technology. We always follow our standard engineering procedures towards equipment development that enables more efficient, flexible and better execution of offshore operations, with a greater and earlier ROI. Ulstein Idea will provide the concept, the basic design and the manufactured, installed and commissioned hardware. Each piece of equipment we deliver is unique and in perfect alignment with the prerequisite purpose. The key drivers of our engineering process are

to build mechanisms that are more effective through being robust, productive, smart and easy to control In their operation. The totality of the equipment packages we are offering is enhanced by our intense collaboration with our sister company Ulstein Sea of Solutions, vastly known In the industry for their vessel designs. Combining their proficiency with ours, we can determine the best integration and installation scenarios for the equipment on deck and under, and optimise the deck layout Another add-on value is the opportunity to present our customers with multiple possibilities, and after careful consideration turning into reality the most suitable one.

OTC Stand 5141

Ulstein Sea of Solutions Churchillsingel 432-446 3137XB Vlaardingen The Netherlands phone mail site

+31 (0)10 475 00 11

Ulstein Sea of Solutions specializes in the design and development of a broad range of ships for the offshore drilling, construction and renewable market, fully customizing them to meet client specific operational requirements. We are world market leader in complex construction vessels and gained a solid reputation for our refreshing and innovative offshore ship designs and turning these projects into reality for our clients. Our approach to the market is unique as we are able to support clients in every step of a project, from concept design to turn-key project delivery. At the same time clients have full freedom of choice in selecting their own preferred shipyard and (mission) equipment suppliers. Future market trends and end user needs are key drivers for developing and providing our

designs to the offshore oil and gas industries and the offshore wind industry. Clients benefit from the combination of proven designs and forward looking state-of-the-art engineering solutions. Besides innovative newbuild designs, we are also actively involved in upgrade and conversion projects. Our designs and services include a.o.: • Drillships (ultra deepwater, Arctic, Caspian Sea) • Derrick lay vessels • Pipelay barges • Crane vessels • Foundation installation vessels • Stone dumping vessels • Semi-submersible transport vessels • DP conversions

OTC Stand 2531 | 4679 Van Beest is a leading manufacturer and

accessories, like for example: grade 80 and

supplier for a complete program of high

100 hooks, lifting points, swivels etc.

quality fittings for lifting chain and steel

Both product lines are used in many different

wire rope. Registered trade marks: Green Pin

lifting applications in various sectors like oil

for shackles and EXCEL® for chain accesso-

& gas, industry, mining, shipping and fishing.

ries. For over 80 years the production of high

In oil and gas production, safety is all-important.

tensile shackles has been our core business.

For this reason Green Pin® Standard and Polar

Van Beest manufactures these high quality

shackles have DNV 2.7-1 Type Approval. Our

Green Pin® shackles in its own production

products comply with a wide range of inter-

facility in the Netherlands.

nationally recognized standards and can be


Van Beest B.V. P.O. Box 57 3360 AB Sliedrecht The Netherlands phone fax mail site


supplied with various certificates upon request. A genuine ‘Made in Holland’ product

+31 (0)18 441 3300 +31 (0)18 441 4959 2012

Since 2007 the EXCEL® chain accessories

Van Beest currently has branches in

factory in France is part of the Van Beest

The Netherlands, Germany, France and USA,

International group. In this factory we

and stock holding distributors in more than

produce an extensive program of chain

75 countries worldwide.

OTC Stand 2625 Van Oord Offshore is an Offshore and EPC

Van Oord’s offshore capabilities include:

Contractor with more than 100 years of

- shore approaches, including pipe pulls

contracting experience that offers high

- civil construction of shore approaches

precision subsea rock installation, trenching

- construction of sleepers and embankments

water pipe lay, pipe pulling and SPM & GBS

- deep-sea dredging, seabed intervention

installation works. With an extensive global

Van Oord Offshore B.V. P.O. Box 458 4200 AL Gorinchem The Netherlands phone fax mail site

phone fax mail site

+31 (0)50 368 2800 +31 (0)50 368 2849

and pre-sweeping

track record in the offshore construction

- trench dredging and backfilling

industry, Van Oord Offshore has proven its

- hydraulic & geotechnical engineering

expertise to provide clients with a safe and

- installation of Gravity Base Structures

solid solution for their offshore structures.

- installation of CALM Buoys - installation of anchor systems

+31 (0)183 64 22 00 +31 (0)183 64 27 08

Wagenborg Nedlift B.V. Gideonweg 5 9723 BM Groningen The Netherlands

and landfalls

& backfilling, landfall installation, shallow

- shallow water pipe lay


Wagenborg Nedlift is a specialist in the area of horizontal, vertical, and special transports. Together with expert engineering and project management, Wagenborg Nedlift offers a complete service for hoisting, heavy transport, and assembly. With more than 400 employees it operates throughout Europe and beyond for clients from the oil and gas industry, the petrochemical industry, the energy sector, and construction and infrastructure. Services Wagenborg Nedlift offers following services: Lifting services & crane rental • Heavy haulage • Turnkey heavy transport and lifting projects • Factory to foundation projects Equipment Wagenborg Nedlift operates following equipment:

- Mobile hydraulic cranes up to 500 tons capacity - Mobile tower cranes - Crawler cranes up to 750 tons capacity - Flatbed trailers, semi low loaders, euro low loaders, 3-bed-4 combinations - Truck-mounted cranes up to 70 t capacity - Modular trailers with 100 tons beam trailer and SPMTs (Self Propelled Modular Transporters) - Gantry systems up to 700 tons capacity and skidding and jacking equipment Our employees have long made safe working part of their normal routine. Safety and quality are top priorities in our operational policy and defined aspects of our management system. We are certified in line with the ISO 9001, VCA** and VVT accreditation systems.

WORKFOX BV Managers for Offshore Accommodation and Multi-Support Vessels

Workfox B.V. P.O. Box 783 2130 AT Hoofddorp The Netherlands phone fax mail site

+31 (0)23 554 13 00 +31 (0)23 554 13 10

Workfox BV is a leading service provider in the accommodation, construction and maintenance support segment of the oil & gas industry world-wide and has been the exclusive manager for the operation of the Seafox-fleet of jack-up units since 1991. In addition to providing accommodation, catering and housekeeping services for hook-up and maintenance activities, the Seafox units are able to offer support in a wide variety of offshore installation, inspection and repair operations. The advent of the windfarm installation market has led Seafox Group to design and build a

jack-up specifically for this market, incorporating the relevant lessons of 20 years of jack-up operational experience. The innovative design of this self-propelled Seafox 5 meets all the requirements for installation and support services in the deeper water depths of the Southern and Central North Sea for clients in the offshore wind and oil & gas industry. Furthermore, on behalf of Owners, Workfox offers temporary accommodation units for offshore locations and onboard ships. These TLQ’s comply with all relevant governmental and class specifications and combine comfort with practical efficiency. They have been designed for offshore oil and gas production sites and are capable of withstanding severe offshore environmental conditions. 2012


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SPT Offshore offers several Self Installing Platform (SIP) concepts, such as: - a barge installed platform (up to 50m water depth and up to 15,000 mT decks) - a self installed wind turbine (SIWT) concept (up to 50m water up to 7MW wind turbines) where monopiles are technically and commercially no longer viable. - a self installed platform (up to 100m water depth, 5,000 mT decks) Furthermore, we offer several deepwater foundation and anchor concepts: - a suction embedded anchor (SEA, up to 2,000 mT UHC), installed from a standard anchor handler with A-frame - a suction pile cluster (SPC), for deepwater foundations, which offers vertical control within 0.5 degree SPT Offshore, a VolkerWessels Stevin company (17,000 employees and EUR 4.7 billion turnover over 2011), is an independent offshore contractor specialised in suction pile foundations and anchors for offshore platforms and wind farms.

The SIWT is very competitive to traditional jacket foundations. Wind Turbine and Foundation are transported and installed in one piece, noise free and without restrictions on scheduling and piling.


SPT Offshore Korenmolenlaan 2 3447 GG WOERDEN Postbus 525 3440 AM WOERDEN

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