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As part of the expansion of Maersk Drilling’s drilling fleet, three ultra harsh environment jack-up drilling rigs are currently under construction. For this work, the Danish contractor opted for a design from the Dutch firm GustoMSC, based in Schiedam.

8 | Spectacular projects Huisman Equipment The world’s largest offshore mast crane on board the Seven Borealis, and the ultra-deepwater drillship, Noble Globetrotter I are recent projects that underline Huisman Equipment’s name as the world’s foremost specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions.

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Plat Boskalis Offshore started operating with their new Fallpipe Vessel Rockpiper in May 2012. The 159 meter long Rockpiper with her loading capacity of 24.000 tonnes and possibility to install rock in waters exceeding 1500 meters, is currently on her third project.

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ONS! I am delighted to present to you the fourth edition of Offshore Holland. It is also my pleasure to welcome all visitors to Norway and in particular to the beautiful city of Stavanger – the home of Offshore Northern Seas (ONS). ONS is today considered one of the world’s leading energy and offshore meeting places. With over 50 000 visitors from around the world at the last event in 2010, ONS gathers not only industry leaders, but also heads of government and ministers.

This year Maxime Verhagen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands, will speak at the ONS Summit. Peter Voser, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Group will also be present for the first time. In addition, over 30 innovative companies will participate at the ‘Holland Pavilion’. Many others will also participate independently making the Netherlands, I am proud to say, one of the largest foreign exhibitors. Towards new records 2011 was a very good year for oil and gas in Norway. Of the 54 exploration wells which were completed, oil and gas reserves were found in 22 - an impressive strike rate by any account. Although the majority of these were smaller reservoirs, their proximity to larger fields allows them to be tied back to existing infrastructure. However, some very impressive discoveries were also made, the Skrugard and Havis fields in the Barents Sea and the Johan Svedrup field in the North Sea to name just three. Significant investments were allocated to improve oil recovery from a number of mature fields too, and decommissioning of offshore facilities represents a significant new industry for onshore companies. Altogether, investments of approximately €19 billion were made on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in 2011 and estimations recently presented by Statistics



Norway indicate that close to €22 billion will be invested in 2012. In the coming year’s investment will in all likelihood increase further. Good news for Dutch companies This is good news for Dutch companies who have long experience and a great reputation in this region, our own backyard! This experience and reputation is epitomized by Royal Dutch Shell which celebrates 100 years of continuous presence in Norway in 2012. But there are also many others. It is also very good news for all of the Dutch companies who supply valuable and innovative infrastructure to the oil and gas companies. Our own history, both our domestic energy history but also our maritime history, has given us very valuable experience and knowledge on how to meet the production and operating targets within the strict environmental and safety standards set by oil and gas companies. In the third edition of Offshore Holland you can read numerous articles about Dutch suppliers who have signed contracts with operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. New Energy Frontiers There is broad agreement that new oil and gas discoveries are required to meet current global energy demand. New discoveries are needed both in mature, but more importantly in frontier areas. In late June 2012, the

Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy announced the 22nd Licensing Round. Of the 86 blocks announced, 72 are located in the Barents Sea which clearly indicates that this is Norway’s new energy frontier. The major oil and gas companies are running to drill exploration wells on the back of several commercial discoveries, this despite the technical, environmental and climatic demands which the area presents. This attention would not be possible without the massive advances in technology which have taken place over the last decade, many of these advances coming from Dutch companies who recognised the commercial opportunities early on. In conclusion, ONS is not just an opportunity to meet representatives of the Norwegian energy sector. This is also a global event and provides opportunities to meet with representatives from many nations. I will be present at the exhibition together with representatives from the Embassy’s commercial section. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible - we are, after all, here to assist you! I wish you all a most enjoyable and constructive stay in Stavanger during ONS and for those of you not in Stavanger, I hope you enjoy this edition of Offshore Holland. Richard van Rijssen Ambassador to Norway

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Fourth edition of Offshore Holland! As Managing Director of IRO - the Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry, I am proud to present you the fourth edition of Offshore Holland!

Also in this edition you will be informed about the expertise and service of Dutch companies that are related to the offshore industry. High profile technological developments are presented to you and demonstrate the innovative, creative and resourceful character of The Netherlands.

the Dutch will also play an important role in future Arctic activities. IRO member companies such as Wagenborg, Wärtsilä, Van Oord, Allseas, Huisman, Boskalis and Heerema Marine Contractors have demonstrated their ability to develop new ideas and are interesting partners in Arctic oil and gas projects.

Every year IRO organizes Dutch group participations at successful international oil and gas events and exhibitions throughout the world, often in cooperation with Dutch embassies and sister associations abroad. In August 2012 IRO members will demonstrate their products and expertise at Offshore Northern Seas in Stavanger, Norway. In September 2012 a Dutch pavilion will be organized at Rio Oil & Gas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil Another important country for oil and gas activities for Dutch companies is Brazil. As one of its largest investors, The Netherlands maintains good relations with the country. For the European market the port of Rotterdam is the main transit port for Brazilian products including oil and oil and gas products. The Brazilian oil and gas industry plays an important role in the development of shipbuilding and therefore demands modern technology. Brazil now has 47 yards and there are 11 new sites under construction. Oil company Petrobras will invest 224.7 billion U.S. dollars in the next 5 years. Besides the 33 deepwater offshore drilling platforms already existing, 50 production platforms, 50 drilling rigs, 500 offshore supply vessels and 130 oil tankers are to be developed in the coming years. The construction of these ships and platforms offers many opportunities for the Dutch suppliers in the oil and gas industry. Dockwise, GustoMsc, IHC Merwede, Jumbo Offshore,

Norway The Norwegian oil and gas industry is an important market for the Dutch suppliers. Norway is the 6th oil and the 3rd largest gas producer in the world. It is estimated that the Norwegian section alone contains 54% of the North Sea’s oil reserves and 45% of its gas reserves. Next to this, Norway is particularly important for the development of Arctic oil and gas fields. For many years the Dutch have established a solid relationship and a good reputation within the Norwegian oil and gas industry. Because of their experience and innovative technology, 4


Van Oord and Van Aalst Marine & Offshore are just a few examples of companies that are exploring the country or are already successfully involved in Brazilian operations. Both Offshore Northern Seas and Rio Oil & Gas are outstanding opportunities to meet the Dutch suppliers displaying their products and services. In the Netherlands Oil & Gas Catalogue you can find more information on the activities, products and services of the Dutch suppliers. The catalogue is distributed at (international) exhibitions, trade missions and seminars and can also be found online at For up-to-date information on where and when to meet the Dutch suppliers at export promotional events, have a look at I wish you all a pleasant reading of Offshore Holland!

Yours sincerely, Sander Vergroesen Managing Director IRO - The Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry

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2012 28-31 August

Offshore Northern Seas

Stavanger, Norway

17-20 September

Rio Oil & Gas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

24-28 September

Trade mission Aberdeen

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

1-3 October

Trade mission Qatar

Doha, Qatar

23-24 October

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

11-14 November


Abu Dhabi, UAE

27-30 November


Singapore, Singapore

2-7 December

Trade mission Vietnam

Hochiminh City, Vietnam

6-9 December

Basra Oil & Gas

Basra, Iraq

2013 20-22 February

Australian Oil & Gas

Perth, Australia

19-21 March


Beijing, China

26-28 March

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Gorinchem, The Netherlands

6-9 May


Houston, USA

5-7 June

Oil & Gas Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3-6 September

Offshore Europe

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

8-10 October

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Spectacular projects Huisman Equipment

Size Matters The world’s largest offshore mast crane on board the Seven Borealis, and the ultra-deepwater drillship, Noble Globetrotter I. These are recent projects that underline Huisman Equipment’s name as the world’s foremost specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions. Taking on the challenges of operating at ever increasing water depths at ever more complex projects, their offshore solutions show that size matters. With a twist.

Last year, Huisman Equipment successfully installed the world’s largest offshore mast crane on board the deepwater pipelay and heavy lift construction vessel, Seven Borealis, built for Subsea 7. Staging an impressive show of strength, the offshore mast crane successfully performed a 5,500t load test following its installation. Yet, the crane’s footprint is just a mere 16.8 by 16.8 m. This small footprint is actually one of the trademark features of Huisman’s mast cranes, not forgetting their superior load curve, large effective outreach, simple vessel integration and low construction weight. The mast cranes’ small footprint leaves a vessel with valuable deck space to be put to other good use. In case of the Seven Borealis, this space is occupied by a Huisman-built 937t top tension J-lay system and a Huisman-built 600t tension S-lay system.




Also with regard to the Noble Globetrotter I, size is a differentiating aspect. The Noble Globetrotter I ultra-deep water drillship, built for Noble Drilling to Huisman’s HuisDrill 12000 design, was delivered in the first quarter of 2012 and is nominated for this year’s ONS Innovation Award. The innovative HuisDrill 12000 design represents a true step-change in the construction of ultra-deepwater drillships. The design offers an equal payload of 20,000t compared to conventional drillship designs, but at half the displacement. The HuisDrill’s successful combination of a high payload within limited main particulars is the result of a joint effort in drilling equipment and vessel design. A significant contributor to this achievement is the Huisman Dual

Multi-Purpose Tower (DMPT). The mast-like box girder design of the DMPT drilling tower differs substantially from conventional drilling derricks and features – again – a small footprint, no V-door limitations, low centre of gravity, and small wind area.

The Noble Globetrotter I ultradeepwater drillship combines a high payload with little water displacement, thanks to the integrated HuisDrill 12000 design.

No Limits

The DMPT boasts two well centres: one at the forward, drilling side, of the tower and one at the aft, construction side, of the tower. The construction side is dedicated to BOP (Blow-Out Preventer) and X-mas tree handling, running of risers, and stand

building. Traditionally, the BOP is skidded below the drill floor in order to be connected to the riser and consequently be lowered to the seabed. Because of the BOP’s size, this handling method requires a high substructure to provide free passage of the BOP and drives

the centre of gravity upwards. The DMPT however has no V-door limitations and features a hoistable construction floor. With the floor lifted the BOP can now be lowered from the construction side. The BOP is then skidded from the aft to the



Huisman’s highly automated Dual Multi-Purpose Tower allows for concurrent drilling and construction.

forward well centre by means of a skid cart that moves along the moon pool under the substructure. This handling method eliminates the need for a high substructure. Therefore the drill floor is just 5 m above main deck in the HuisDrill design. Compact

This unique solution to BOP handling has been a major contributor to the compact drillship design. On traditional drill ship designs the engine rooms and exhausts are located aft.



Having forward engine rooms and funnels on top of the forward accommodation would otherwise lead to exhaust gases passing directly over the raised drill floor. In the HuisDrill design, the drill floor is located much lower, allowing for the engine rooms to be located forward. As a consequence, this has enabled placing the vessel’s payload below deck in a dedicated aft holds, created by the fact that the engine rooms have been relocated.


Lowering the drill tower as its substructure is only 5 m in height, relocating the engine rooms and placing the payload below deck means lowering the vessel’s centre of gravity, which has enabled the design of a drillship showing excellent stability at reduced main particulars. The overall length of the HuisDrill 12000 is 189 m, where competitive designs measure around 230 m. The width is about 30% lower compared to the other present-day designs.

The world’s largest offshore crane, built by Huisman, has a lifting capacity of 5,000T.

Scaling down the main particulars represents a significant decrease in the amount of resources needed to build the vessel.

The fact the wind area is minimised by 50% also helps lowering the power demand when the drillship is in dynamic positioning mode.

Because of the change in dimensions, the HuisDrill 12000 drillship needs less installed power compared to other ultra-deepwater drill ships, for the equivalent 20,000t payload. This lowers fuel consumption and exhaust gas emissions. When compared to conventional drill ships of a similar payload, fuel consumption is approximately 50% lower in transit.

Sizable Family

The 5,000t offshore mast crane on board the Seven Borealis will be joined by several ‘Huisman family members’ in the near future. A 3,000t offshore mast crane will be installed on Ezra’s Lewek Constellation, which will also feature a Huisman multi-lay pipelay system. Heerema’s deepwater construction vessel, Aegir, will be equipped with a

4,000t offshore mast crane. Huisman will also provide the vessel’s J-lay and reel-lay capability. The Noble Globetrotter I drillship will be joined by her ‘sister’, the Noble Globetrotter II, in the second quarter of 2013. Based on the DMPT, Huisman is also working on a similar integrated design of a semisubmersible that is expected to offer similar advantages as the HuisDrill 12000 design. The Huisman semisubmersible design will add yet another chapter to what is already a sizeable family of products and solutions for the international offshore industry.



New ultra harsh environment jack-ups on the horizon

Maersk Drilling again opts for Dutch design As part of the expansion of Maersk Drilling’s drilling fleet, three ultra harsh environment jack-up drilling rigs are currently under construction at Keppel FELS in Singapore. For this work, the Danish drilling contractor once again opted for a design from the Dutch firm GustoMSC, based in Schiedam. The rigs are an enhanced version of the GustoMSC CJ70-X150-MD type rig, intended specifically for deployment in Norwegian waters.

The order for the fabrication of the first two of this set of three was awarded last year by Maersk Drilling to Keppel FELS, and was recently followed by the third order. Two of the three rigs will be handed over by the yard in the period 2013/2014 and the third at the start of 2015. Maersk Drilling has also taken out an option for the fabrication of a fourth rig of this type, at the same yard. Immediately following completion, the three jack-up rigs will be set to work in Norwegian waters (where Maersk Drilling is market leader for the deployment of jack-up rigs) on behalf of Total, DNO and Statoil, respectively.



The same drilling contractor already has six rigs of this kind active in Norwegian waters, four of which are of various CJ-types, designed by GustoMSC. The rigs in question are the Maersk Innovator (CJ70), Maersk Inspirer (CJ70), Maersk Gallant (CJ62) and Maersk Reacher (CJ50). The CJ70 type was specially designed to carry out drilling work in the deep waters of the North Sea, even in ultra harsh weather conditions. The three CJ-type drilling rigs currently under construction in Singapore will have a hull that measures almost 89 metres long and 102.5 metres wide, and each will be fitted with three 207 metre-long legs.

Thanks to this design, drilling can be undertaken to a maximum depth of 12,000 metres, in water depths of up to 150 metres. The XY-cantilever has a reach of 33.5 by 23.7 metres. On board the rig there are four mudpumps, and crew accommodation for 150, in single cabins. The remaining CJ-type rigs of the twelve strong jack-up drilling fleet are the Maersk Resilient (CJ50), Maersk Resolute (CJ50) and Maersk Resolve (CJ50), which together with the earliernamed Maersk Reacher were added to the fleet in 2008 and 2009. The fabrication of the three new CJ70-type jack-ups will cost the

Danish drilling contractor from Copenhagen an investment of almost 2 billion dollars. 50 years experience

GustoMSC has more than fifty years’ experience in designing jack-up drilling rigs for various clients, including of course Maersk Drilling. The very first jack-up, the Maersk Explorer, was built in 1976 in what was then still Gusto Shipyard in Schiedam, followed in 1980 by the jack-up Maersk Endeavour, fabricated at the Rotterdam Dockyard Company. This pair is currently no longer part of Maersk’s jack-up fleet.

In 1977, GustoMSC started designing the CJ series, of which a large number have now been fabricated, or are still under construction, and have been successfully deployed around the world. Alongside the previously developed CJ46, CJ50, CJ62 and CJ70 types, GustoMSC has now also designed the CJ80 type. This too is an ultra harsh environment jack-up intended for deployment in water depths of up to 175 metres. This new type allows drilling contractors to further push the boundaries of their working environment. It is interesting to note that the design of the four semi-submersible drilling rigs

operated by Maersk Drilling for drilling in ultra deep water also came from GustoMSC. The rigs in question are the Maersk Explorer (DSS20), Maersk Developer (DSS21), Maersk Discoverer (DSS21) and Maersk Deliverer (DSS21). These four rigs were also all fabricated at Keppel FELS in Singapore. The ultra harsh environment jack-up Maersk Innovator is one of the GustoMSC CJ70-type drilling rigs from the Maersk fleet currently carrying out drilling work in Norwegian waters (photograph: Maersk Drilling).



Upgrading projects rigs designated for Norwegian Continental Shelf

Reducing costs of offshore energy There has been increasing demand for rigs with higher specifications and in the last couple of years, the Keppel Verolme shipyard has undertaken work on various accommodation support rigs that were upgraded to meet these requirements. Most of these units were designated for the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and were required to comply with the high NORSOK standards. One of the rigs recently dry-docked was the Ekofisk accommodation jack-up rig COSL Rigmar which belongs to COSL Drilling Europe AS, a subsidiary to China Oilfield Services Limited.

Keppel Verolme successfully redelivered the rig on 20 June 2012, five days ahead of schedule and without lost-time incident. The life extension work comprised hull and tank steel repairs, cleaning of the legs and tooth rack repairs at a height of 85 metres. It also included the replacement of the anode as well as the installation of a new HVAC system, new transformers and switchboards, overhaul of generators and various other scopes. Even with the addition of a 60 % increase in the critical hull steel repair scope, Keppel Verolme managed to complete the job well within the scheduled timeframe of 42 days. The key success factors were the early and thorough preparation of the scope of work in close collaboration with COSL as well as the team-spirit and open communication lines between COSL and Keppel Verolme throughout the project. COSL Rigmar has previously been at Keppel Verolme for repairs in 2001 and 2007 under different owners. Having worked on the rig before and with its experience and expertise, Keppel Verolme was entrusted by the new owner, COSL Drilling Europe, for the execution of this challenging project. The first contact with COSL was established in March 2011, more than a year before the actual docking was planned. COSL was very clear on their requirements: the docking would start early May 2012 and would not exceed 42 days. The base scope of work was used to prepare an execution plan and with regular planning meetings, the final execution methodology was established within COSL’s requirements. Keppel Verolme’s project team was involved months before arrival, which resulted in a master execution schedule in which all work, including the subcontractors’ and client’s scope was carefully planned.



Seafox 5 alongside at Keppel FELS in Singapore.

After docking, the inspection works continued and early involvement of DNV enabled the additional 60% steel work to be executed without affecting the schedule. With the successful redelivery, COSL awarded an early delivery and safety bonus to the Keppel project team for their efforts. Sander Zwanenburg, Business Manager Keppel Verolme said: “We thank COSL for their trust in Keppel Verolme and we are pleased to be able to deliver to their satisfaction. We very much look forward to working together with COSL in the near future on new challenging projects.”

Achilles supplier

Besides being a certified supplier in the Achilles Joint Qualification System since 2010, Keppel Verolme added to its competencies for work in the North Sea in March 2012. After being audited by Statoil, the yard has successfully qualified to be able to undertake works from Statoil and others governed by the NORSOK standard S-006 for the next three years. Offshore Wind market

Keppel’s share in the offshore wind energy business segment is growing. At its Singapore yard, Keppel FELS is

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Ekofisk accommodation jack-up rig COSL Rigmar.

Plat Keppel Corporation Limited through its wholly-owned subsidiary KV Ventus B.V. acquired in January of this year 49.9 % stake in Owec Tower (AS) in Norway. The company is a leader in the design and engineering of offshore wind turbine foundations. Owec developed a proprietary 4-legged jacket foundation design known as Owec Quattropod. This jacket foundation is already in use as a wind turbine generator foundation at various offshore wind farms such as Beatrice (Scotland), Alpha Ventus (Germany), Ormonde (England), Thornton Bank (Belgium) and the Alstom 6MW onshore foundation (France). In November 2011, BPP Cables completed an equity partnership with KV Enterprises BV, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd. This partnership will enable BPP Cables to work with a leading designer and fabricator of offshore drilling rigs and wind farm installation platforms to deliver customised, integrated cable design, supply and installation solutions. Further integration

building the wind farm installation vessel Seafox 5 with completion scheduled for the autumn of 2012. The Keppel & Seafox Group’s MPSEP SEAFOX 5 meanwhile has already secured the first job for the vessel. lt will be deployed for foundation installation work at the DanTysk Offshore Wind Farm in the German Sector of the



North Sea in the fourth quarter in 2012. In Europe, Keppel Verolme completed the construction of the high voltage offshore substation platform for the German wind farm Global Tech 1. According to the current estimates, the wind farm will provide electricity for around 445.000 households by the end of 2013.

With the above capabilities at hand, Keppel is ready to contribute to the industry-wide call to reduce the costs of offshore energy. By integrating the various elements of the production and installation process of turbine generator foundations, Keppel is moving towards a vertical integration of the product line. Structural design, supply chain for tubulars, cord material and secondary steel, construction and installation can now be overlooked in one process, rather than the current sub-optimizations which leave large interface gaps behind.

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DPFV Rockpiper in operation

Many innovative features create new ‘production monster’ Boskalis Offshore started operating with their brand new Fallpipe Vessel Rockpiper in May of this year. The 159 meter long Rockpiper with her loading capacity of 24.000 ton and possibility to install rock in waters exceeding 1500 meters, is currently on her third project.

As the oil and gas industry is constantly evolving, so is the rock installation market related to this industry. More and larger projects, increase of applications for rock installation and thus the demand for rock installation, requirements for rock installation in deeper waters, increasing level of installation accuracy and the demand from the industry for a more economical installation method.

pipelines, installation of scour protection, ballasting of gravity base structures, platforms and various other offshore activities. With the construction of the Rockpiper all of these activities have been taken into account, resulting in a versatile offshore vessel capable of being converted for various offshore activities. This includes for example ballasting of gravity base structures, platforms and deepsea excavation.



A fallpipe vessel is a seagoing self propelled vessel with a fallpipe, that is designed to be lowered underneath the vessel. At the lower end of the fallpipe a ROV is installed. By using a dynamically positioning system. A fallpipe vessel can be utilized for a wide range of offshore activities, like rock installation for the covering of

Boskalis Offshore has been installing rock with fallpipe vessels all over the world for the last three decades and has accumulated a lot of knowledge in that field.



Incorporating the decades of experience and the increasing demands from the oil and gas industry for a more

Loaded Rockpiper on her way to her first job.



Illustration of the combined survey and rock installation ROV on board the Rockpiper.

economical installation method, were the basis of the design of the newly purpose built Rockpiper. As ‘bigger is not always better’, Boskalis Offshore evaluated all of their past executed projects and quantities of installed rock on North Sea projects. The loading capacity of the Rockpiper has been based on this research and has therefore the most optimal size for North Sea operations. With her loading capacity of 24.000 tonnes and high speed, she has a competitive advantage in the rock installation market. Higher loading capacity results in less reloading trips, which therefore lead to a more competitive price for the rock installation. In addition to the demands from the



industry, Boskalis Offshore also evaluated all of their past executed projects on the North sea and based on that research concluded that the Rockpiper is exactly the right size for North sea operations. Of equal importance to Boskalis Offshore during the design phase of the new Rockpiper, was the environmental aspect. The Rockpiper therefore fully complies with the ‘Green Passport’ under Bureau Veritas. This ‘Green Passport’ is an inventory of materials present in the ship’s structure and equipment which are potentially hazardous to health or the environment. The list of materials has been prepared by the ship yard in the design and construction phase, which are collected from their suppliers through the complete supply chain,

from raw material to end product. Before scrapping the ship at the end of her life-span, Boskalis Offshore will select a certified recycling facility and hand over the list. The recycling facility is then able to prepare a recycling plan. Rock installation

Another environmental friendly and innovative feature on board of the Rockpiper are the loading excavators. The Rockpiper has 2 Liebherr 9250 Litronic excavators, which are fully electric. The excavators draw their power from the onboard generators, which significantly reduces the noise and exhaust emissions. One of the excavator operators on board even commented: “I can finally hear myself think while I’m working!”

The Rockpiper has a load-carrying capacity of 24.000 tonnes.

The conveyor belts transporting the excavated rock to the central shaker and eventually into the fallpipe, have been designed and improved based on the other fallpipe vessels owned by Boskalis Offshore. New in-house designed techniques have been implemented for the central shaker, resulting in reachable production rate of rock installation in excess of 2.000 ton per hour, earning her the name ‘Production Monster’ by her crew. Fallpipe System

The latest design technologies has been incorperated for the fallpipe system. The 8 meter long fallpipe sections are manufactured from Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP), making the fallpipe durable, wear resistant and possible for the Rockpiper to install rock accurately in water depths exceeding 1500 meters. As the market evolves, so does the design of Boskalis Offshore’s fallpipe vessels. For the Rockpiper a purpose

built ‘side-shute’ has been designed, enabling the Rockpiper to install rock very close to offshore structures. Other future improvements are also currently being planned. Fallpipe ROV

During the design phase, Boskalis Offshore was looking for a more economical solution for the surveying of the installed rock, where rock installation and survey could be done in a single pass. Common practice is to execute a second pass for the survey after the initial rock installation, or have a second separate ROV is used for the survey. Although this is a perfectly workable solution, it is a timely and expensive solution. For the Rockpiper Boskalis Offshore has found an innovative solution by incorporating a separate survey ROV within the fallpipe ROV. The crew on board of the Rockpiper have already adopted the name ‘baby-ROV’ due to its diminished size.

The fallpipe ROV is fitted with two lateral thrusters, with a stainless steel frame in which the survey ROV is carried underwater. Once it arrives at its operating depth, the survey ROV flies away from the FPROV to perform its own task almost automatically. The link between the two ROVs comprises of a pair of tethers which are always under tension. This limits the survey ROV’s movement and simplifies the ROV operator’s job. Another novel feature are the deflector plates attached to the underside of the fallpipe ROV. The defector plates enable rock to be installed on either side of the fallpipe ROV or rock can be spread over a larger area, which is practical when installing a ‘rock blanket’. Like the ROV, the deflector plates are controlled from the bridge of the Rockpiper. Boskalis Offshore has planned various future improvements for the Rockpiper to adjust to the evolving oil and gas industry and in particularly the renewable market.



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Battery Powered Temporary Refuge Unit HVAC forms an essential part of the essential safety services on board a rig and a part of the area classification requirements associated with electrical equipment. Your HVAC systems should prevent any potentially explosive or toxic gas-air mixtures entering non-hazardous areas such as living quarters. As a result of decades of experience Heinen & Hopman Engineering, Spakenburg, has designed the Battery Powered Temporary Refuge Unit.

To ensure In response to a gas alarm the Temporary Refuge Unit insures that all HVAC exhaust systems will be switched off and the fire and gastight dampers closed. This will totally seal off the accommodation. The specially developed Temporary Refuge unit is not only sufficient for maintaining pressurisation in the TR area and keeping the accommodation at the ≥ 50 Pa. overpressure mark. It also serves as a battery powered HVAC unit.

will be located near the top (minor concentration of potentially harmful

gases). It will be self-supporting via battery power and explosion proof.

The Battery Powered Temporary Refuge Unit fully complies with the requirements of HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and ISO. The unit can be installed above the accommodation or the fresh air intake

Innovative new application for firewalls For decades, the norm for architectural fire-resistant doors and walls has been thick, heavy-welded A60 wall solutions. After intensive research and testing, InterDam from Ridderkerk is about to change that with the introduction of its new G21 FirePanel. This comprehensive system makes use of the standard materials for fire-resistant solutions, but in a different, more optimized ‘sandwiched’ composition with a stainless-steel 316 external skin. The G21 FirePanel is much more cost-effective due to this, as well as to the modular nature of the system, which enables users to effectively adapt and tailor it to their specific needs.

The G21 FirePanel effectively introduces the ‘do-ityourself’ concept to the firewall market. Professional welders are only necessary for the substructure construction. For the panels, which have a certified free span of over 13 feet, all you need is a drill and a pop riveter. Installation can take place with amazing speed. A three-man crew can install 2,000 square feet of external wall in one day!

The InterDam range of G21 products has been extensively tested and certified by Lloyds, DNV and other international leading institutes, and the panels come with a 20-year guarantee. And this guarantee of quality and safety is available at a price point that is lower than the bolted solutions that have been used in the market for so long – something that will be very welcome to industries that feel increasing pressure to work as cost-effectively as possible. Berend Groeneveld, InterDam MD: “Over the last decade, we have seen very few changes in the applications of bolted A60 fire-resistant wall systems. It’s not easy for the industry to make the change from an old, well-established concept to a new and different comprehensive system. You learn and accept a certain way of doing things, especially when the benefits of alternative methods are not clear. That’s where we can make the difference now with the G21 system. It truly is a firewall system for the 21st century.”



Rope Access and inspection form a unique combination

Smarter working offers financial advantages

Rope Access is the term that describes working at height using industrial rope techniques. It is a professional, safe and flexible working method for carrying out a whole range of activities at difficult-to-reach locations either at height or in enclosed spaces. The techniques employed originate from the sport of mountaineering, and over the years have been specifically further developed for applications in offshore rope access activities. One leading Dutch player in the field of industrial climbing in combination with NDT inspection work is WRS Rope Access based in Ridderkerk, one of the three operating companies of the WRS Group, a leading worldwide supplier of custom-made products and comprehensive inspection services, founded in 1994. Within the world of rope access, WRS Rope Access occupies a unique position based on the company’s principle of operating with professionals who have the knowledge, skills and quality needed for carrying out inspections in their genes, and who thanks to thorough training are physically capable of climbing safely and correctly.



“Over and above the extensive inspection services that the WRS Group has been providing for more than twenty years, we launched the company WRS Rope Access in 2009,” explained Managing Director Jan Seton at the start of his tale. “We concentrate on NDT Inspections, Maintenance, Rigging & Lifting, Safety & Advice, Advertising and Wind Energy. The major difference between ourselves and other European rope access companies that offer the same services is that all of our staff are fully certified inspectors with a healthy track record, who subsequently learned to climb. Excellence in climbing skills is not necessarily a priority at our company. For us, the key is the quality of the inspection. That is after all our core business. Our international clients take WRS Marine seriously as an inspection company for marine ultrasonic thickness measurements, steel calculations, all kinds of visual inspections, NDT inspections, anti-fouling systems, and cathodic protection. In that sense, we stand out from the rest. The fact that in addition we have a team of twenty professional inspectors who are skilled climbers means that we can offer a unique combination of services.” WRS Rope Access exclusively makes use of IRATA (Industrial Access Trade Association)–certified employees and materials. The company also operates according to the international guidelines from IRATA and European & national regulations. Every single project undertaken is headed up by a Level 3 supervisor. Advantages

Boris Oosterveen is Rope Access Coordinator at WRS. “When the phenomenon of rope access reached the Continent from England, I had been an inspector at the WRS Group for a number of years. Rope access offers a number of major advantages

as compared to conventional, often expensive systems such as scaffolding, cranes, cherry pickers, suspension systems or high ladders. Using rope techniques, difficult-to-access locations can often be reached far more quickly, and there is less nuisance for the environment. As a consequence, projects can be carried out in a flexible and targeted manner. In addition, it is one of the safest methods of working at height, and for oil companies and contractors, often the deciding factor, it is far cheaper because of the resultant time gains. I have personally already

carried out work up to a height of 160 metres. To reach that height, a huge amount of scaffolding is required. In such situations, the use of rope access is economically far more attractive.” Nonetheless, rope access is still relatively unknown in the Netherlands, while in other countries it has been a tried and tested method for working at height or in difficult-to-reach places, for more than 20 years. Hanging on ropes looks fairly spectacular, but the link is easily made to scary and dangerous. “That is a false prejudice,” suggested Oosterveen.



Using rope techniques is one of the safest methods of working at height.

“Something that appears scary is not by definition dangerous. Proportionally, there are less accidents worldwide using rope access than with scaffolding, ladders and cranes. Statistics suggest that rope access is far safer. As climbing inspectors, we always operate with a fully redundant system. We only work with high-tech climbing equipment and create a safe workplace at height. The risk of something happening is effectively zero. Partly as a result, the offshore industry on the North Sea is increasingly recognising the advantages of the combination of rope access and inspection.” Right decision

Oosterveen’s words proved wellfounded when Sales Manager Leo van der Marel showed us the list of references. The list provides clear evidence that WRS Marine certainly



took the right decision in 2009 in sending its inspectors for climbing training, not only to enable them to work at height using rope access, but also as a practical means of introducing greater awareness of the risks, and how to deal with them. Van der Marel explained, “We are constantly on the lookout for the perfect balance between safety, quality and price. It is not only about what we earn; our aim is to achieve savings for the customer. That is our added value. As a consequence, all our projects are preceded by intensive preparation. According to a risk inventory and evaluation, the possible risks are charted out and a determination is made of how to keep those risks to a minimum. All these findings are then processed in an extensive safety procedure. The aim is always to satisfy the customer. Inspection is about checking whether there is

something wrong, and rope access is always a cheaper option for that particular activity. Our findings and recommendations are subsequently presented to the client in the form of a report, always useful because if an offshore unit has to be brought into dock, it saves a great deal of money if the owner knows in advance what work has to be carried out. If it then turns out that building a scaffolding to replace a large steel plate is the cheaper option, we include that fact too, in our recommendation. In that respect, WRS Marine is extremely flexible. You could describe us as trouble shooters who work wherever our customers need us. It is for example not uncommon for our people to travel on board with the rest of the crew for some time, to carry out their inspection work. Our field of work is not limited to harbours or the dry docks of a construction yard.

If a customer for example calls upon us to carry out an emergency painting job because one of our people is already on site for inspection work, we are more than happy to oblige. On the other hand, we are not painters by trade. In such situations, I sometimes make the comparison with divers. They carry out a whole range of different tasks underwater, while we work above ground. The only advantage for divers is that their work is often undertaken out of sight of others.” The loyal customer base of WRS includes Allseas, Atlantic Marine Services, Bluewater, Boskalis, Damen Group, Heerema, Huisman, IHC Merwede, Jack-up Barge, Keppel Verolme, Nordica Offshore, Prosafe, Saipem, Shell, Shipdock Amsterdam, Smit and Van Oord.

WRS is constantly looking for the perfect balance between safety, quality and price.

WRS GROUP The WRS Group comprises three companies: WRS Marine Inspections and Services (WRS Marine), QC Marine NDT Services (QC Marine) and WRS Rope Access. The Group is a leading worldwide supplier of custom-made products and comprehensive inspection services. In today’s world of increasing global trade, there is a growing demand for an inspection company that offers much more than ultrasonic thickness measuring. WRS Marine has the expertise to provide solutions and advice for any type of corrosion problem. The activities of WRS Group are: • Marine surveying/consultancy • Ultrasonic measurements • Steel repair calculations • Impressed current systems/services • Sacrificial anodes • Anti-fouling systems/services • Magnetic particle examination • Liquid penetrant examination • Ultrasonic examination • Eddy current examination • QA and QC service • Project supervision



Ampelmann, innovation in Offshore Access

Innovative E-type can lift Ampelmann has introduced a new way of offshore access since the company started in 2008. The core technology is the A-type: a 6-cylinder motion system, similar to those used on flight simulators and a transfer deck with a gangway. The 2m stroke cylinders compensate the ship motions to make the transfer deck stand still compared to the offshore structure. Work crew can then make the walk across from vessel to structure in a safe and easy way, even in high wave conditions.

The 15 Ampelmann systems have been deployed across the globe on a series of applications: from installation, hook-up and commissioning to long-term maintenance programs and de-commissioning. The systems are used in both the offshore oil & gas and the offshore wind industries (70-30). And can be shipped around rather easily on container liners and fitting to the work vessel can be done in about 8 hours. The gangway can land on any balcony or walkway on a structure without preparation: the rubber tip presses against to structure to keep it securely connected during transfers. Gangway innovations

Through interaction with several



clients, the Ampelmann has introduced several upgrades. The gangway length was increased from maximum 20 to 25m with the option to increase the inclination to maximum of 45 degrees. The gangway can now be used on a larger variety of deck elevations, making access possible in the Central and Northern North Sea, where the lowest platform decks are typically at 25m from the still water level.

it level. This operation means that the work crew can transfer to the structure without the need to carry tools. The current lifting capacity is 100kg. Interest from the offshore wind industry is high to increase this to 1000kg to match the capabilities of the internal crane of the turbine. The development of this higher capacity is ongoing at the moment. Ship-to-Ship

The steep inclination of the gangway is used for cargo transfer operations. After transferring crew to a NUI, a basket is fitted on the tip of the gangway. This basket is filled with tools and spares and lifted to the deck where the maintenance crew needs to do their job. The basket automatically tilts with gangway inclination to keep

The logical next step for an access system offshore is to transfer people not only to fixed but also to floating structures. In 2010 the first transfer to an installation barge was carried out. The barge motions are measured and transferred to the Ampelmann via a wireless connection. The gangway, standing still compared to the fixed


world, then follows the barge motion with its tip to assist the landing operation. As soon as the tip is lodged in the landing station on the barge, the gangway is set in ‘free-floating’ mode, passively following the barge motions without need for the wireless data. The operation was repeated in 2011 to a moored barge in the North Sea and to a barge under tow on the North West Shelf of Australia. This vesselto-vessel-while-sailing transfer was very successful and proved the versatility of the Ampelmann control system. During the summer of 2012 several projects used Ampelmann S2S for workover activities on FPSO’s in

the Central North Sea. The workability limit for the projects reached a significant wave height of 3.5m. Bigger

The A-type has filled a gap in the market turning PSV’s and DSV’s into versatile offshore work stations. The weather limit on the vessel’s operability, Ampelmann operability and related operations such as using cranes are all in the same order of magnitude of seas up to Hs = 3.5m and wind ranging to 6-7 Bft. But a next range of operations is just within reach when the Ampelmann could be extended to larger size and being deployed on vessels that are in the

100m+ range. Ampelmann therefore decided to develop a new, larger system under the name E-type. The cylinder stroke has been extended from 2m to 3m and the load carrying capacity was upgraded to 100t. The system can carry the standard A-type gangways, but also extended units up to 50m. Furthermore, the system can be used for heavy cargo transfer without normal wave-related limitations such as module installation or offshore wind turbine component replacement. The unit is primarily targeted at the Northern North Sea and Australia’s NWS for year round operation at Hs = 4m and direct access to decks at 30m+ elevation. On the other hand, the crane and lifting capabilities have aroused interest from other sectors and will see a significant development of innovations in that field over the next few months. The advantage is that the E-type has been prepared for a lifting capacity extension to 2000t, enabling monopile and TP feeder operations. With the E-type Ampelmann takes a step further in the ‘high-end’ part of the market of offshore access, still making it ‘as easy as crossing the street’.



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Eekels is working on big order from Damen Shipyards Eekels Elektrotechniek (Eekels) from Hoogezand has been asked by Damen Shipyards to supply the electrical equipment for eight platform supply vessels, including the drive systems for propulsion. From October 2011 to May 2012, Eekels was commissioned by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem to supply the electrical equipment for eight platform supply vessels in the 3300 CD series, including the drive systems for propulsion. All eight vessels will be built for the Norwegian shipping company World Wide Supply (WWS).

At the beginning of 2011, Damen joined forces with Eekels to carry out the projects. Damen started from the idea that the ship’s design must meet its E3 principles, meaning that the design must be environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable. The vessels can carry 10% more load than vessels with similar propulsion systems and speeds. In addition, various other measures have been taken to lower the

environmental impact of the new vessels. They will be fitted out with systems for heat recovery, ballast water treatment and exhaust gas cleaning. The vessels must comply with the guidelines for clean design and environmental protection. Taking into account the E3 principles, it was decided to opt for diesel-electric propulsion. The active front end (AFE) frequency

converters for propulsion can supply energy to the grid, if necessary. Large transformers are therefore not needed, which saves a lot of weight. Eekels will supply the generators and switchgear for the propulsion system and the controllers for the main propulsion system and the bow thrusters, including electric motors. In effect, the design philosophy and the tuning of generators, engines and controllers as a whole are carried out by one entity, so that the right choices can be made quickly and effectively on the basis of the calculated total harmonic distortion. Eekels will also supply all the ship automation systems, including an advanced power management system. The electrical equipment for the first four vessels and the seventh and eighth will be fitted at Galati by Eekels Romania, a fully-owned subsidiary of Eekels Elektrotechniek. The hulls of the fifth and sixth vessel will be built in the Ukraine and finished at Harlingen, the Netherlands. All the vessels must be delivered by the end of 2013.

First woman MD within ship repair industry Damen Shiprepair Götaverken aims to be the best within the Nordic countries, according to its new strategy. As part of this focus, Ms Monica Svenner has been appointed as the new MD. Ms Svenner has wide industrial experience as MD for several international companies, such as Stena Recycling and Atlas Copco. She is the first woman to take an MD post within the ship repair industry and as a Gothenburger she has a burning ambition for her new company.

Ms Svenner sees great development potential in Damen Shiprepair Götaverken and she accepted the assignment with excitement and enthusiasm. Her main driving forces are improving businesses, developing and managing organizations and helping people to move forward.

In her own words: “Profitability is A to Z, but developing a company also requires modern leadership, development of the employee’s competence and an efficient organization to provide all the services that the market requires. This will give increased efficiency and, in the long term, a stronger trademark.”

Ms Monica Svenner is the new MD.



Third offshore grid connection

HFG contributes to growth of offshore wind industry

Early June this year Heerema Fabrication Group secured a contract for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of an HVDC offshore platform for Siemens in Germany on behalf of grid operator TenneT: Europe’s first cross-border grid operator for electricity. With approximately 20,000 kilometres of (extra) high voltage lines and 35 million end users in the Netherlands and Germany, the company ranks among the top five grid operators in Europe.

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The contract consists of an offshore platform which will be equipped with Siemens’ High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology allowing a low-loss transmission of wind power generated in the German North Sea. The topsides will be built at HFG’s Zwijndrecht yard and the jacket (weighing 3,500 tons) and bridge at the HFG Vlissingen yard in the Netherlands. Fabrication will start in November 2012 and is scheduled for completion mid 2014. Installation by HFG’s sister company Heerema Marine Contractors is planned in the 3rd quarter of 2014. The grid connection is scheduled to be operational by spring 2015. The HelWin2 platform will be located close to Heligoland, 85 kilometres northwest of the HVDC cable’s landing point in Büsum, Germany in 24 meters water depth on the German Bight.

Artist impression of the HelWin2 platform.


Tino Vinkesteijn, Chief Commercial Officer Heerema Fabrication Group, says: “This award demonstrates the offshore wind industry’s confidence in our expertise and capabilities to successfully complete EPCI projects in the harsh North Sea environment. The German offshore wind industry is in need for reliable solutions to ensure timely progress of this renewable power source to meet the increase of renewables output set by the German government. Heerema Fabrication Group is able to deliver the expertise and experience to support this new energy policy.” Bert van Dijk, Vice President Business Development & Sales Heerema Fabrication Group, adds: “Our knowhow and experience of more than 60 years in the fabrication and installation of platforms at sea are fundamental to these contract awards, which will contribute to the growth of the offshore wind industry in Europe.”

Track record

The HelWin2 offshore HVDC platform will be the third offshore grid connection in the eastern North Sea built by Heerema Fabrication Group. Besides this trio the track record of HFG shows the fabrication of the Sheringham Shoal AC substation in 2010 and the EPC project of the Greater Gabbard substation in 2009. The first offshore HVDC converter station, BorWin1 (400 MW), built by HFG in Vlissingen. The platform is the first HVDC station of the world installed on an offshore platform. It is used for the conversion of the power generated in offshore wind park BARD 1 into DC with a voltage of 150 kV for the HVDC-transmission to Diele, Germany. BorWin Alpha was dragged with the Thialf to the place of assembly and installed there at the end of May and the beginning of June 2009.

The overall height of BorWin Alpha is 84 meters, from which 62 meters come from the jacket. The weight of the entire platform is 4800 tons. Of this 1500 tons come from the 60 metres high jacket. DolWin

The second one, DolWin1 (800 MW), currently under construction at HFG’s Zwijndrecht yard, will be delivered in August 2012. DolWin Alpha is the largest and second HVDC platform build by the Heerema Fabrication Group for ABB. It will deploy the world’s largest offshore HVDC (high-voltage direct current) system with a rating of over 800 megawatts (MW), keeping electrical losses to less than 1% per converter station. The completed link will be capable of supplying 800,000 homes with clean wind-generated electricity.



Jacking of the 3.500t upper module.

The design of the jacket started in March 2011. Subsequently in August 2011 materials were ordered, after which the fabrication started in November 2011. In total 130.00 man hours have been worked on the fabrication of the jacket. The design of the HVDC topsides started in November 2010 and the fabrication in April 2011. The topsides consists of a 5 deck level structure, which is modular fabricated. The reason for fabricating the topsides in 2 modules in parallel was the very tight time schedule of the fabrication process and the fact that the HVDC technology of ABB was still in a conceptual phase in those days. The decision of the modular fabrication process meant that HFG had to assemble the modules early April 2012. First the upper deck module was moved and positioned in front of the lower deck module, followed by the

Site move of the 5,800T lower deck module for the mating operation.



jacking operation for the mating procedure. Once the upper deck module was at the required height, the lower deck section was moved out of the hall and positioned under the upper deck. It took HFG only three hours to complete the mating operation.

After completion of the fabrication, the jacket (Vlissingen) and the topsides (Zwijndrecht) will be moved to the quayside for loading on seagoing barges. It is expected that these loading operations will take place mid August 2012. Once the structures are positioned on the cribbing and

seafastened, it will take approximately two days to sail to the final offshore destination in Germany. The distance from the coast to the platform will be 75 kilometres. The connection is expected to be completed by spring 2013.

DolWin Alpha topsides under construction at the HFG yard in Zwijndrecht.



Dutch ingenuity for drilling at sea

Revolutionary floating drilling technology causes sensation

The order to fabricate two complete setback drums to be used as storage for tubulars represented one of the largest offshore assignments Breman Machinery has ever undertaken.



Smaller, faster, cleaner, safer and cheaper. All these adjectives describe the new, dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Globetrotter II, a floating revolution with which energy company Shell is soon to drill for oil and gas at sea. A huge dose of Dutch ingenuity was deployed in the fabrication of this awe-inspiring 620 foot-long and 105 foot-wide drill ship. Main contractor Huisman Equipment from Schiedam and subcontractor Breman Machinery from Genemuiden are market leaders in their respective fields; both innovative companies constantly look forward in order to remain successful. In this specific case, they demonstrated their willingness to pull together in all openness, to fabricate the drilling tower developed by Huisman: the Dual Multi-Purpose Tower (DMPT), capable of concurrent drilling and pipe assembly operations.

The DMPT is a compact, box-type drilling tower, replacing the conventional derrick. The drilling tower is equipped with two revolving carousels (setback drums), each with two pipe rackers, to allow the racking of 35,000 ft of tubulars to support both the forward drilling side and the aft construction side of the tower, where tubulars can be prepared. The DMPT design leaves the drill floor open, providing better visibility for the driller and better movement for the crews. Similar to her sister vessel, the Noble Globetrotter I that was delivered in the first quarter of 2012, the Noble Globetrotter II will be capable of drilling to a vertical depth of 40,000 ft and will feature DP-3 station-keeping ability. By fully integrating the designs of the equipment and vessel, its displacement is only 54,000 mt, with operational capabilities equal to units with a displacement of 100,000 mt. The vessel is capable of for both Marine Drilling Riser (MDR) and Pressure Riser Drilling (PRD) activities in unrestricted waters.

responsible for the design and construction of the drilling mast with active heave compensated draw works inside, all pipe racking and pipe handling gear, riser handling cranes and the riser tensioning system, in addition, both Globetrotter vessels were built to the Dutch company’s unconventional, integrated HuisDrill 12000 design allowing a highly optimised integration of drilling equipment and vessel and at the same time resulting in a more compact drilling vessel and lower building and operational costs.


“We are very excited about the delivery of this second

Not only is Huisman Equipment


This Globetrotter drillship is the second unit to be constructed for a subsidiary of Noble Drilling Corp utilising a two-phase process wherein the hull has been built by STX at their state-of-the-art facility in Dalian, China, after which the unit will be delivered to Huisman in Schiedam later this year, for the installation and commissioning of the topside equipment. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2013.

Globetrotter-class rig,” said David W. Williams, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble to Offshore Holland. “The delivered cost of Noble Globetrotter II, excluding capitalised interest, is estimated at $550 million. The unit is contracted to work for Shell under 10-year terms. The contract day rates during the first five years will be $410,000 per day plus a 15 percent performance bonus potential. During the second five years, the day rates will be based on a market index, repriced every six months, and the units will also be eligible for a 15 percent performance bonus.” Efficient

The DMPT design allows for a significantly smaller vessel, as compared to other deepwater drill ships of similar capacity. The drilling capabilities, however, match the new generation large drill ships with a maximum water depth capability of 12,000 ft, 2400 kips static hook load capacity at both the fore and aft side of the mast and 43,000 ft pipe storage capacity. In addition, the design offers improved operational efficiency as a result of the new equipment layout.



The engine room is placed forward, underneath the accommodation, freeing the entire aft ship for drilling equipment or tubular storage. All risers and most of the drilling tubulars are stored below deck, aft of the drilling mast. The holds are covered by hatches. This leaves a large free deck area, which can be used for non-permanent equipment. The drill floor is located only 5 m above the main deck. This limited height reduces sideways motions at the drill floor, and considerably lowers the centre of gravity of the drilling equipment. This is made possible by lowering the BOP through a large hatch aft of the drill mast before skidding it to the well centre, forward of the mast. The top section of the mast can be removed to allow passage through the Panama and Suez Canals, and below the Bosporus Bridge. Custom build

Specialists in the field of thick sheet material, thick steel, deforming, bending and welding, Breman Machinery have for years been producing work pieces for Huisman. The orders undertaken in the company’s premises based in Genemuiden range from simple constructions through to complex equipment and unique work pieces with high tolerances and extreme dimensions. More and more international offshore companies are discovering the capabilities of this steel construction company, which has its own sheet-rolling mill. The true strength of Breman Machinery lies in short delivery times combined with the highest quality. Henk Breman, who together with his brothers Harry and Hans makes up the company’s management explained: “Over the past period, interest from the offshore industry in our services has grown and grown.



One of the setback drums leaving the fabrication hall in Genemuiden.

They often come to us for parts that are difficult to outsource. We are not producers of series work, but of unique products. We fabricate parts that require huge care and attention in production and have to undergo complex finishing. We can call upon a team of experienced and expert workers and have access in house to practically every conceivable metalworking machine. Whereas in the past we mainly delivered parts and components, more and more clients today are calling upon us to carry out complex turnkey projects, for example supplying large, heavy mechanical components and construction parts, complete with the necessary hydraulic and electronic systems. We are currently working on orders for clients who have had their actual ships fabricated in the Far East, but who prefer to entrust the fabrication of essential components to us.” In recent years, the firm in Genemuiden has also been called upon to rework systems built elsewhere, which turned out to be insufficient for the needs of their clients.

In many such cases, the initially cheap option in fact proved more expensive, as the entire systems had to be reworked at Breman Machinery. In the words of Henk Breman, “For us, quality is essential. No concessions are permitted whatsoever, for example in the form of purchasing cheaper materials. All our material comes from West Germany, and there is no better guarantee for our customers, than that.” Added value

And so it was that in December 2011, Dirk Leenheer and Jeroen Burgerhout of Huisman Equipment came to Henk Breman with the request to fabricate two complete setback drums to be used as storage for tubulars, on board the Noble Globetrotter II. The two drums will be installed on the port and starboard sides respectively of the DMPT. The order was actually awarded in January 2012. As Henk Breman explained: “Each unit measures 45 metres long, weighs 100 tonnes, and has a diameter of 8 metres. The order represents one of the largest offshore assignments we have ever undertaken.

The transport to Schiedam was carried out by Wagenborg, specialist in the area of horizontal, vertical, and special transports.

As laid down in the agreement, and precisely on time, both massive units were delivered to Huisman, ready for use, in May and June of this year, respectively. The systems were delivered fully assembled, finished and preserved by our own people, and fitted here in Genemuiden with an electrical installation by specialists from Bakker Sliedrecht. Transport to Schiedam was carried out according to our instructions, by Wagenborg.” Huisman was responsible for the complete engineering process, and Breman for fabrication and transport. Henk Breman added: “Our added value in this project lay in correctly translating the design drawings from Huisman into workshop drawings for our people on the shop floor. We put into practice the ideas the engineers entrusted to us in the form of lines on paper. We then converted those ideas

into a product. Our task is to arrive at the perfect balance between creativity and rationality, a result we consistently achieve on the basis of product knowledge, craftsmanship and with the right machines.” Challenge

What was the ultimate challenge? “The major challenge lay in the planning,” explained project manager Jeffrey Buit from Breman. “We first broke down the entire mechanical product into components, and then drew up a planning timetable. We put our plans alongside those from Huisman, and following consultation with their production manager Leo de Vos, a timeline was eventually worked out, with the shortest possible lead time for fulfilling the project. With a team of 25 specialists, we then worked day and night for five full months, on each of the two setback drums.

Another challenge lay in the use of S690 steel, the thickness of which on the drums ranges from 12 to 20 mm. S690 is a high tensile material that requires extreme accuracy in welding. We wrote our own high level quality plan detailing the precision work that was key to the entire project. The degree of difficulty lay in keeping the pipes as straight as possible, during welding, to prevent twisting and distortion as a result of the large overall size in relation to the thinness of the material.” In completing this project, Breman worked closely together with the people from Huisman. In Buit’s own words: “They had already acquired considerable experience during the construction of the Noble Globetrotter I. This flexible attitude on the part of both parties resulted in more interaction, more creativity and at the end of the day the best possible quality result.”



Much work for Dutch contractors

Australian LNG projects booming business With the implementation of a whole series of ambitious LNG projects, Australia is well on the way to becoming one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of liquid natural gas. The gas will be produced from numerous fields off the coast of Western Australia. Much will then be liquefied on shore for transportation to customers in Japan, South Korea and elsewhere. Among the most important projects are those of operator Chevron Australia in Gorgon and Wheatstone and INPEX and Total at Ichtys. Royal Dutch Shell also intends to deploy a floating LNG facility in the Prelude field. It is remarkable how many Dutch contractors have an important role to play in the establishment of these projects.

One excellent example of the deployment of Dutch knowledge and experience is the Gorgon LNG project for operator Chevron Australia and its partners ExxonMobil, Shell and three Japanese energy supply companies. The project involves putting into production a number of gas fields in the Greater Gorgon Area, 130 kilometres off the coast of Northwestern Australia, and the fabrication of an LNG plant on Barrow Island, 85 kilometres off the coast. The authorities already gave the go-ahead for the launch of this project in August 2009. The gas fields are in a sea area with water depths of 200 metres. The gas reserves are so large that these fields will guarantee a gas supply for at least sixty years. One of the Dutch companies involved in this project was the dredger Boskalis.



Boskalis won the order to build a dock off Barrow Island for the transhipment of liquid gas into LNG tankers. Boskalis began work at the start of 2012, and the project was recently concluded. The contract fee for the dock construction was 500 million euro. Offshore contractor Allseas in turn was awarded the order to lay pipelines for the project. The pipeline network comprises 660 kilometres in total, of which 130 kilometres have to be embedded in the seabed. The work started in 2011 and will continue into 2013. For this project, Allseas is deploying its pipelay vessels Lorelay, Solitaire and Calamity Jane, equipped with a trench digging device. A third Dutch company responsible for a large chunk of the work is Fairstar Heavy Transport from Rotterdam. This operator will be transporting modules with all

their appendages to the island of Barrow, from various yards in the Far East, on board its three heavyload vessels Fjord, Fjell and Forte. The Fjord started its first transport operation at the end of May this year. With a cargo of four large modules, the Fjord sailed from the island of Batam in Indonesia to Barrow Island. Fjell and Forte are soon to follow suit. All three heavy-load vessels will be involved in the project for more than a year, earning them in excess of 110 million dollars. Jumbo Shipping from Amsterdam has also been contracted for this project. Its heavylifter Jumbo Jubilee will make four trips this year transporting large caissons from Port Klang in Malaysia to Barrow Island. Wheatstone project

The second large-scale Australian

Using the heavylifter Fjell, modules for the Gorgon LNG project are to be transported to Barrow Island.

LNG project for Chevron Australia involves bringing on line the Wheatstone, Brunello and Julimar gas fields on the North West Shelf. To make this possible, a production platform is currently being fabricated at the Daewoo yard in South Korea. The platform will be mounted on a large steel support structure to be installed on the seabed. This so-called Steel Gravity Structure (SGS) will weigh 27,000 tonnes and will be installed offshore by Heerema Marine Contractors. HMC is also responsible for applying a gravel layer onto which the SGS will be lowered, and for submerging and ballasting the SGS with 100,000 tonnes of iron ore. Following installation, rocks will have to be dumped around the SGS to prevent seabed erosion. For the transport of the SGS, HMC has signed

a contract with Mega Line from South Korea. During the first quarter of 2014, Mega Line will be deploying its heavylifter Mega Passion. The Wheatstone field is 145 kilometres off the coast, and local water depth is measured at 72 metres. Allseas has been asked to install a total of 220 kilometres of pipeline and to bring the pipeline ashore near Onslow. An LNG plant with a capacity of almost 9 million tonnes of LNG per year together with a port is due to be built at Onslow. Half of the gas to be produced has already been contracted by customers in Japan, including the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). TEPCO will be switching for its power supply from nuclear power to gas-fired power stations. Partners of Chevron Australia are Apache, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum and Shell.

Ichtys LNG project

Another ambitious Australian project is the Ichtys LNG project, to be undertaken by INPEX and its partner Total, off the coast of Western Australia. This project involves putting the Ichtys gas field into production, 200 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, and the construction of an LNG plant in Darwin. This plant will have a capacity of 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per year. As part of this project, Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) will be deploying its brand-new deepwater construction vessel Aegir, for transport and installation work. The water depth on location is 275 metres. For this project, Boskalis will be excavating an 18 kilometre-long trench off the coast at Darwin, in which the gas pipeline to the LNG



Heerema Marine Contractors will be deploying its brand-new deepwater construction vessel Aegir in the Ichtys LNG project.

plant will be laid. Following laying, the pipeline will also have to be sealed in by rockdumping vessels. Boskalis is also responsible for bringing the pipeline on shore. The contract fee for this work is 200 million euro. According to plan, the project will start in mid-2013 and will continue into 2015. Dutch dredgers Van Oord are also involved in the Ichtys project; they will be deepening and lengthening the navigation channel to the port of Darwin, as well as creating mooring locations for large LNG tankers at the LNG plant still to be built at Blaydin Point. In total, some 15 million m3 of sand will have to be dredged. The project will require the deployment of a large self-propelled cutter suction dredger, three large trailing suction hopper dredgers and two large backhoe dredgers. Van Oord will start work in August of this year, and expects to be finished by April 2014. The dredging order is worth 567 million euro. Another Dutch contractor involved in the Ichtys LNG project is Fairstar Heavy Transport. As with the Gorgon LNG project, the heavy-load specialist will be transporting modules and appendages for the LNG plant in Darwin.



The pipelayer Solitaire from Allseas will be deployed in the Gorgon LNG Project.

The heavylifters Forte and Finesse will swing into action as part of a one-year charter, starting in the second quarter of 2014. This transport order is worth 56 million dollars. Prelude LNG project

For the production and liquefaction of gas from the Prelude field, operator Royal Dutch Shell is having a vessel fabricated in South Korea, with a staggering total length of 488 metres. This vessel will be equipped with both a gas production installation and a facility for liquefying and storing the produced gas on board. The vessel will even include a

transhipment system for pumping the LNG into shuttle tankers. The floating LNG plant will be moored in the sea, 200 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. Shell itself has described this as a revolutionary project and expects to be able to produce approx. 3.6 million tonnes of LNG a year from the Prelude field, starting in 2016. This project will involve investments totalling 12 billion dollars. As partner to operator Woodside Energy, Shell is also involved in the Browse LNG project off the coast of Western Australia, as part of which three gas fields will be put into production, offshore.

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Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2012

Dutch offshore industry increasingly involved in frontier exploration and production

At a recent roundtable meeting hosted by a Dutch energy research institute one of the experts addressed the issue of ‘challenging hydrocarbons’. To meet future energy demand, the oil and gas industry will increasingly produce hydrocarbons from frontier areas. This has ramifications for the entire upstream value chain. At Offshore Energy in The Netherlands both exhibition visitors and conference delegates can expect to learn about the latest advances in frontier exploration and production.



The expert speaker, who works for one of the oil majors, characterizes the challenging hydrocarbons by five D’s: Difficult, Dirty, Distant, Dry and Deep. Difficult to exploit, e.g. because of their geology or HT/HP conditions. Dirty, like sour gas and tight oil. Distant like remote areas such as the Arctic or offshore Australia. Dry, meaning gas without condensate and finally Deep, both in terms of deepwater and deep geology, i.e. longer distance to the actual field below the seabed. Of the expected 400 companies from around the world at Offshore Energy a large number is or will be involved in producing these challenging hydrocarbons. Among these are many globally operating Dutch companies. Take Fugro, the seismic services provider, which logs increased activity in the Arctic and Australia for the year 2012. Or Heerema Marine Contractors which has ordered the new deepwater construction vessel Aegir, currently being built in Korea. Aegir will be capable of executing complex infrastructure and pipeline projects in ultra deep water and will also have sufficient lifting capacity to install fixed platforms in relatively shallow water. Construction and pipe-laying vessels are fitted out for ever greater water depths and increasingly also for ice conditions. Expected energy demand, especially for natural gas, allow operators as well as offshore contractors and service providers to invest heavily, even in this time of crisis. Talent shortage

The technological advances and billions worth of investments easily leads to the conclusion that nothing stands in the way of unlimited growth of the offshore industry. But as with other technology driven industries, the offshore industry faces a huge problem. Companies small and large experience a pressing shortage of skilled professionals. Projects have been seen to be postponed or even cancelled, simply because of the lack of the right people. Exhibitors at Offshore Energy, primarily a B2B show, are therefore offered the possibility to take part in the ‘job route’, with which exhibitors can highlight their vacancies. Because that one future employee may just be among the expected 6,500 exhibition participants. Next to the exhibition the fifth edition of Offshore Energy also offers an extensive technical program. Ticketed events cover a range of topics under three general themes: developments in North Sea oil and gas exploitation, frontier exploration and production and renewable offshore energy such as wind, wave and tidal.


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.

No ocean too deep, no country too far!

Confirmed speakers include MT Højgaard from Denmark, James Fisher and Sons from the UK and Dutch Seaway Heavy Lifting. Classification societies Bureau Veritas and Det Norske Veritas as well as academic institutions such as Delft University of Technology also contribute to the program. Supply chain seminar

In addition Offshore Energy offers a number of free to attend side events organized in cooperation with industry organizations. For the second time Offshore Energy hosts a Decommissioning Seminar organized in cooperation with the Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry IRO and Aberdeen based



Decom North Sea. Another returning event is a meeting of the Drilling and Wells Cluster. Initiated by the Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association the Cluster meeting brings together drilling professionals from both operators and contractors. New this year is the Dutch Oil and Gas Industry Supply Chain Seminar by FPAL, part of Achilles Group. The first day of Offshore Energy traditionally rounds off with an informal networking event. Edward Heerema, founder and president of Allseas, has confirmed to deliver the opening speech. More information can be found on the recently launched new website

Conference sessions Meeting the challenges of developing and maintaining an offshore grid Perspectives on new North Sea oil and gas discoveries Changing market demands and the offshore vessel of the future Developments in wave & tidal energy Field development in increasingly complex areas Future offshore wind turbine foundation needs

Program Offshore Energy 2012 23 & 24 October 2012 Amsterdam RAI

23 October 2012 Official opening Offshore Energy 2012 09.30 - 10.30 hrs Exhibition opening hours 10.00 - 18.00 hrs Conference hours 10.30 - 17.15 hrs 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. AndrĂŠ GoedĂŠe Chief Executive Officer, Dockwise Mr. Michael Kahn Managing Director, Jumbo Offshore Mr. Bart van de Leemput Managing Director, NAM Mr. Harold Linssen Managing Director, Keppel Verolme Mr. Sjef van Dooremalen Chairman, Holland Shipbuilding Association Mr. Jo Peters 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. Koen Schuiling Mayor of the City of Den Helder Mr. Gerard Schut General Manager, Vice-President of European Operations Vermilion Energy Inc. Mr. Sander Vergroesen Managing Director, Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry IRO Mr. Tino Vinkesteijn Chief Commercial Officer, Heerema Fabrication Group Mr. Ruud Zoon, Managing Director, GDF SUEZ E&P Netherlands

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

Admission to the exhibition and side events is free of charge. Conference sessions are ticketed events.



Drilling rig T46 moved from Germany to Albania

A real Wagenborg piece of work Wherever the customer wants, Wagenborg goes. This once again appeared in the past few months, when a complete onshore drilling rig named T46 was moved from Schneeren, Germany to Shpiragu, Albania.



One of the core activities of Wagenborg Foxdrill is rig moving - the assembly,

‘Our expertise and

disassembly and transport of drilling rigs, both onshore and offshore.

experience made the difference at this project’.

“It all started in February 2012, when we heard that the next drilling location for T46 would be Shpiragu, Albania,” project manager Harry Lansink says. “Honestly, I had to check the map first to get an idea on the exact location. But soon enough, we were in close talks with our customer to discuss full package of assembly, disassembly and logistic services for this project. We have done this many times before at all kind of locations in Europe, however Albania was a new working area for both our and the customers’ crew. Normally, Wagenborg Foxdrill, specialised in assembly and disassembly of drilling rigs and Wagenborg Nedlift, specialised in heavy transport and lifting, take care of such projects together, working as one project team for the client. For the Shpiragu project, more expertise was required in the field of seagoing transport, agencies and customs clearance.

As Wagenborg is a full package logistic service provider, this expertise was available within the company. The project team therefore was extended with colleagues from Wagenborg Shipping and Wagenborg Projects & Logistics,” Harry explains. More and more

End of March, the Wagenborg crew started with the disassembly works in Schneeren. Transport of the rig parts took place to the harbour of Papenburg in northern Germany, where an intermediate storage was arranged on behalf of customs formalities. Upon customs approval,

transshipment into Wagenborg’s MV Metsäborg could commence by mid-April. A detailed stowing plan had been drawn up for loading the vessel. However during the project execution, more and more cargo destined for Albania was added to the cargo list and it seemed that the ship would not have enough capacity for all cargo. This surely would result in a delay and the time frame was tight. Wagenborg Shipping’s project managers accepted the challenge and managed to load the ship up to the last cm3. On April 19th, MV Metsäborg left Papenburg port for Durres, Albania.



Loading of the MV Metsäborg in Papenburg.


After a 2 weeks smooth sailing trip, MV Metsäborg arrived in the port of Durres. At the job site in Shpiragu, about 100 km from Durres port, preparation on the civil works were still ongoing. A special road across the hills had to be constructed to transport the rig parts from the main road to the site.

which was equivalent to 6 days of transport for this cargo only. A rather big delay in the logistics planning schedule which could endanger our rig assembly deadline. Fortunately, all other transports went according to schedule and assembly works by our Wagenborg Foxdrill colleagues

already started at job site. Working all over the world at the most remote areas, Wagenborg Foxdrill’s crew has to manage with local content and be inventive at all times to be able to meet customers’ requirements. Their expertise and experience made the difference at the Shpiragu project too.”

Harry continues: “For the inland transport in Albania, a local transport company was hired. No much choice, as only one transport company had a more or less suitable equipment fleet for the special cargo. Not the state-ofthe-art equipment we use to have in Northern European oil and gas industry, however rather useful for the T46 movement. For some extraordinary pieces of the rig, like the 4 generators, 1 SCR and 1 MCS, only one trailer was suitable for the transport job. This meant 6 trips consecutively for this cargo, The MV Metsäborg berthed in the harbour of Durres, Albania.



Lifting works in Durres, Albania.

After arrival in the port of Durres Wagenborg started the transportion procedure.

Assembly works

For the lifting works during assembly of the T46, some hydraulic cranes from Greece were brought in, as no sufficient cranes were locally available. When the Greek cranes were upheld at the Albanian border due to lack of customs documents, a new delay threatened the project. Luckily, a 70 tons mobile was available to execute the first small lifting works at site and after a few days and daily negotiations with the customs, the Greek cranes were allowed to enter the country. Now all pieces were on site and the right cranes were operational, the assembly works of T46 were finished soon. Early July, the T46 was handed over by Wagenborg to the satisfied drilling operator well before the deadline. “A real Wagenborg piece of work!” Harry concludes.

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Stand: OE Holland Pavilion

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

+31 (0)184 436 666 +31 (0)184 436 677 mail site fax

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!


Stands: ONS J996, OE 205

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

+31 (0)20 44 88 000 +31 (0)20 44 88 333 mail site fax

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.   We strive for innovation and excellence, adhering to high standards of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality.   BigLift project managers and engineers work from conceptual design and planning until the

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

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Stands: ONS J996, OE 126 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

+31 (0)78 696 9011 +31 (0)78 696 9571 mail site fax

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.


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Stand: OE Den Helder Pavilion The trainer in safety

DHTC is an international provider of a wide

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variety of safety courses for the offshore oil &

total of 8 modern equipped classrooms.

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services of companies, (government)

DHTC B.V. P. O. Box 137 1780 AC Den Helder The Netherlands

organizations and Dutch regional and

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municipal fire brigades.

DHTC is only an hour’s drive from Amsterdam and Heerenveen (no traffic jams).

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Stands: ONS J996, OE 125, Rio O&G

Frames Energieweg 28 2382 NK Zoeterwoude The Netherlands phone

+31 (0)71 58 118 00 mail site

Leading in Oil & Gas Technology and Services

30 years’ experience

Frames is specialized in the design, fabrication,

Frames has built up a long reference list in

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plete treatment, separation, flow control and

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liquid treatment • Separation technologies

Our engineers are highly skilled in retrofitting,

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revising and testing all Frames and third party

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Stand: OE 303 Fugro collects and interprets data related to the

from platform & pipelay support to installation

earth’s surface and the soils and rocks beneath

of subsea field developments.

and provides advice, for purposes related to

Fugro Survey B.V. Veurse Achterweg 12 2264 SG Leidschendam The Netherlands

oil and gas, renewables and the construction

industry. Fugro operates around the world

Services • Construction Support Services

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Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) is a leading

The fabrication locations in Holland (Vlissingen

contracting group which specializes in the

and Zwijndrecht) and the United Kingdom

engineering and fabrication of large and

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clients an integrated engineering and fabrication approach. 2012

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Stands: ONS J996, OE 128 ONS Dutch Pavilion, Booth 996

Offshore Energy Booth 128

HSM Offshore, more than a yard

It goes without saying that HSM Offshore

Since the early seventies, HSM Offshore,

conforms to all applicable safety standards.

member of the Andus Group, has completed

On top of that, our environmental involvement

numerous platforms for the Oil&Gas and

is demonstrated by our certification according

offshore wind industry. HSM Offshore has a

to NEN-EN-ISO 14001. The production facilities

large expertise in multi-disciplined projects.

in Schiedam are ideally situated in the sheltered

Serving the industryThis includes not only construction, but also Over 30 years Oil & Gas experience

HSM Offshore BV

HSM Offshore • platforms • jackets T +31 (0)10 - 427 92 00 P.O. Box 212 • compression modules F +31 (0)10 - 427 93 01 • living quarters E 3100 AE Schiedam • process modules I The Netherlands P.O. Box 212

3100 AE Schiedam NL

phone MagAd HSM Offs 183x125.indd 1

+31 0)10 4279 200 fax +31 (0)10 4279 301 mail site

harbour of Rotterdam. The unrestricted access

project management, design, engineering of

to the North Sea, the excellent industrial

all disciplines, procurement, logistics and

infrastructure and harbour facilities offer

installation/assembly at construction sites.

unparalleled advantages.

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The highly enthusiastic and motivated staff enables HSM Offshore to hold a unique track

Offshore Activities: platforms - living quarters

record of high quality projects timely delivered. 09-07-12 15:06

- process modules - compression modules -

Accurate and efficient co-ordination of all

jackets - templates / subsea manifolds / stingers

subcontractors for the various disciplines is

- offshore high voltage stations (OHVS)

mandatory in this process.

for offshore wind farms.


Stands: ONS J996, OE Career Pavilion

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

+31 (0)10 245 2222 +31 (0)10 245 2220 mail site fax

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.

Stand: OE 339

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

+31 (0)10 427 03 99 +31 (0)10 426 63 94 mail site fax



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

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


Stand: ONS U25 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

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

• 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!

Stands: ONS H863, OE 223 Mercon is an experienced EPC-contractor in

required to build an offshore platform.

the offshore industry and carries out multi-

Next to the structural steel work, we take care

disciplinary projects such as topsides, jackets,

that all electrical and instrumentation, piping

monopods, drilling modules and turrets.

and automation is installed and working in

We are renowned for our superior fabrication

the right manner.

capabilities and the ability to carry out mul-

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

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

tidisciplinary 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.

Clear, open and direct communication with 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.


Stand: OE 227 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

+31 (0)180 48 28 28 +31 (0)180 46 22 40 mail site fax

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

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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

+31 (0)186 68 00 00 +31 (0)186 68 00 01 mail site fax

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. 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,

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.

Stand: OE 481

Tideway B.V. P.O. Box 7074 4800 GB Breda The Netherlands

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


+31 (0)76 520 4140 fax +31 (0)76 520 4150 mail site

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.

Stand: OE Holland Pavilion

TrustLube B.V. Neon 7 4751 XA Oud Gastel The Netherlands phone

+31 (0) 88 8787700 mail site 56


The offshore industry produces a lot of emissions

Reduction of lubricant emissions

that may harm the environment. Lubricants are

TrustLube attaches great value to the environment. Our

one category of these pollutants.

skill is to choose the exact dosage required to ensure

TrustLube’s technical developments make it possible

sound performance of the installtion. TrustLube enables

to reduce their consumption, or to use bio-degradable

installations to reduce the consumption of lubricants

types of lubricant.

up to 70% because of our innovative greasing system.

Automatic Lubrication Systems

Proved in most extreme conditions

TrustLube designs, manufactures and installs

The system works under a wide range of conditions,

automatic lubrication systems and monitoring

between -24 °C in the Arctic Circle and +53 °C as can

systems for the dredging, offshore and maritime

occur in the Middle East. Ambient temperature, line

industries. Due to TrustLube’s smart greasing system

length and viscosity do not affect the lubricant dosage.

the uptime of machines will be increased.

The special stainless steel 316L version provides excel-

Therefore the costs of spare parts and maintenance

lent protection against chemical influences and is

work will be reduced and downtime will no longer

100% seawater resistant. TrustLube® systems continu-

be an issue.

ally prove themselves in the most extreme conditions.

Stands: ONS B290/10, OE 206

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

+31 (0)10 475 00 11

mail site

Ulstein Sea of Solutions is world market leader in the design of complex offshore construction vessels and has a vast experience in drillship designs. As independent ship designers we develop innovative projects for the offshore drilling, construction and renewable market, fully customizing them to meet client specific operational requirements. Since 2001 we 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 support clients around the world. Clients benefit from the combination of proven designs and forward looking state-of-the-art engineering solutions. Our designs and services include a.o.: • Drillships (ultra deepwater, Arctic, Caspian Sea) • Flexlay vessels • Offshore Construction Vessels • Derrick lay vessels • Pipelay barges • Crane vessels • Foundation installation vessels • Stone dumping vessels • Semi-submersible transport vessels


Stands: ONS J996/23, OE 207 Van Beest is a leading manufacturer and

like for example: grade 8 and 10 hooks, lifting

supplier for a complete program of high

points, swivels etc.

quality fittings for lifting chain and steel wire

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

+31 (0)184 41 30 00 fax +31 (0)184 41 49 59 mail site

rope. Registered trade marks: Green Pin® for

Both product lines are used in many different

shackles and EXCEL® for chain accessories.

lifting applications in various sectors like oil &

For over 90 years the production of high

gas, industry, mining, shipping and fishing. In

tensile shackles has been our core business.

oil and gas production, safety is all-important.

Van Beest manufactures these high quality

For this reason Green Pin® Standard and Polar

Green Pin shackles in its own production

shackles have DNV 2.7-1 Type Approval.

facility in the Netherlands.

Our products comply with a wide range of

A genuine ‘Made in Holland’ product.

internationally recognized standards and can be


supplied with various certificates upon request. Since 2007 the EXCEL® chain accessories

Van Beest currently has branches in The

factory in France is part of the Van Beest

Netherlands, Germany, France and USA,

International group. In this factory we produce

and stock holding distributors in more than

an extensive program of chain accessories,

80 countries worldwide.

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.

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

+31 (0)50 368 2800 +31 (0)50 368 2849 mail site fax

Services Wagenborg Nedlift offers: • Lifting services & crane rental • Heavy haulage services • Turnkey heavy transport and lifting projects • Factory to foundation projects Equipment Wagenborg Nedlift operates following equipment:

• Mobile hydraulic cranes and crawler cranes up to 750 tons capacity • Mobile tower cranes • Flatbed trailers, semi low loaders, euro low loaders, 3-bed-4 combinations • Truck-mounted cranes up to 70 t capacity • Modular trailers and SPMTs (Self Propelled Modular Transporters) • Gantry systems and skidding and jacking equipment QSE 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. Our FPAL registration number: 28683.





Stand: OE 345 Managers for Offshore Accommodation and Multi-Support Vessels 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.

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

+31 (0)23 554 13 00 +31 (0)23 554 13 10 mail site fax

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.


New building offices and warehouses.

Directly situated on the North Sea!

IJmuiden, the Netherlands HET



Only 300 m2 office space left! IJMUIDEN

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Engineering & construction

Topsides • Jackets • Substations • Foundations • Turrets • Drilling modules

Mercon Steel Structures B.V. Krinkelwinkel 6-8

T +31 (0)183 668 822


4202 LN Gorinchem

F +31 (0)183 633 519


APE Holland intoduces the Super Quad Kong

Innovative way of vibrating Halfway June APE Holland started on the North Sea near the German island of Borkum with a special offshore project, vibrating 30 steel piles (monopiles) on which 30 windmills will be installed. The piles will be driven with the Super Quad Kong (SQK), an innovative and modular vibratory driver/extractor consisting of four APE vibros, which are connected to four hypermodern powerpacks, providing a total eccentric moment of 920 kg-m.

By using the SQK vibratory hammer it is able to drive these monopiles environmentally friendly in a single run in the correct position at the bottom of the sea. Environmental rules

APE Holland is pleased that the contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting choose the option of using a vibratory hammer. “By choosing this innovative way of vibrating, APE Holland can comply to the strict environmental rules which apply in Germany,” explains Martijn Kleine, Sales Manager at APE Holland. “The damage to the environment by noise and vibrations remains within acceptable limits.” By using the traditional piling techniques with the conventional hydraulic hammers the noise is at a level that it causes major damage to marine life. “There are various solutions to reduce the noise, but it does imply that the piles have to be vibrated first,” said Martijn Kleine. From the wish to have such piles driven without the use of impact hammers, APE Holland developed modular vibration techniques. “The noise of our hammer is much lower than a traditional hammer and the vibration process is faster than piling.”




The Super Quad Kong is specially developed for this offshore wind farm Riffgat in the North Sea, where Seaway Heavy Lifting is using their newest state of the art crane vessel ‘Oleg Strashnov’. “After driving the first monopiles it was clear that our modular built vibratory hammer supplies sufficient power to show impressive results. For the first piles, we only used 50% of the total power of these hammers. With our SQK vibro we are able to drive these monopoles to a penetration of 31 meters in one run. The reason that the last 10m of the piles on the Riffgat field still had to be driven with an impact hammer has a reason. The owner of the field required a so called ‘blowcount’, which indicates the bearing capacity of the pile. This can only be done with an impact hammer until now.” After the vibratory hammer was taken off the pile, a Noise Mitigation System (NMS) was put around the pile, after which the IHC S-1800 hydrohammer was put on the pile. Kleine: “Where the pile was moving in only a few seconds after the SKQ was switched on, driving the first 10 meters with the hydrohammer started labored.

For the first 25cm 100 blows of 1200 kJ were required to get the pile moving again. After that, the blowcount went back to 25 blows on the 25 cm.” Heavyweights

The monopiles which are used for the Riffgat wind farm project are weighing between the 480 en 720 ton each. The length of the piles are between 53 and 70 meters with a diameter of 4,7 m on the top of the pile and a diameter of 5,7 up to 6,5 m at the pile tip. APE Holland got this contract awarded thanks to a reference project in China. For the construction of two artificial islands in the fixed link between Hong Kong and Macau, the APE OctaKong was used. This enormous vibrator was built up out of 8 linked vibrators which vibrated 130 steel monopiles with a length of 40 m about 25m into the seabed. The piles with a diameter of 22 m had a weight between 500 and 650 tons each. The insertion of each pile take less than 10 minutes.

In the changing world of offshore, one thing stays the same.

Seafox 5, the selfpropelled ambition.

Turning concepts into reality! Successful engineering and fabrication of large and complex structures for the offshore oil and gas industry demands not only fabrication and facility operating expertise, but also a fabrication-driven engineering focus to ensure on-time delivery within budget. The giant 160 meters high jacket for Statoil was engineered at HFG’s in-house engineering company and fabricated at the fabrication location of HFG in Vlissingen. Heerema Fabrication Group was awarded the EPC contract of the 9,600 tons jacket destined for the Valemon platform offshore Norway. HFG managed to deliver the safest and largest ever liftable jacket of its kind with a footprint of 45 x 45 meters in less than 2 years. The picture shows the jacket on its way to the final offshore destination. At Heerema Fabrication Group we are turning concepts into commercial reality: from conceptual design to final fabrication and delivery.

Heerema Fabrication Group Noordweg 8 3336 LH Zwijndrecht The Netherlands Tel: +31 [0]78 - 625 04 25 E-mail: Check our track record at


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