Multipurpose Subsea Support Vessel

SENER, Spain, is developing a multipurpose subsea support vessel especially designed for subsea ROV (remoted-operated vehicle) light construction duties, for worldwide service. The ship will have a length overall of more than 112m, a length between perpendiculars longer than 100m and a breadth of 22m. The depth to main deck will be 9m while the draft will have more than 7m. In total, it will be able to accommodate 110 persons on board. The vessel will incorporate the following capacities: two FP (Fixed Pitch) Azimuthal main propellers of Diesel electric propulsion, two FP tunnel thrusters and one FP retractable Azimuthal... (read more)
2015-05-05 10:05:00

Deepwater Repair Vessel Launch

A launching ceremony for the first of Ulstein's SX130 for Neptune Offshore took place at Sinopacific shipyard, Zhejiang Shipbuilding in Ningbo China, on Sunday 9th of May. The SX130 for Neptune Offshore will conduct inspection, maintenance and repair operations in deep water and is designed with moonpool, integrated ROV hangar, is equipped with two LARS systems for work class ROV and a 150 tonnes crane with active heave compensation. The vessel will bear Clean Design class notation, Comfort Class V3 and DP2. The vessel will also be fitted with a new solution where exhaust will pass through the catalytic reactors... (read more)
2010-06-01 02:07:31

Additional Seismic Vessel Capacity

Wavefield Inseis ASA has signed an agreement with Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Geophysical Corporation (SOPGC) for a one and a half year Bare-Boat Charter of the fully equipped 2D/source vessel Discoverer 2 with two single year extension options.   The new charter will commence in June 2008 and Wavefield Inseis has already secured several months 2D backlog for the vessel. The new contracts are additions to the previously announced vessel backlog figures. The company has previous experience chartering the M/V Discoverer 2, and with the strong seismic market and a good operational track record, it expects the vessel to make a... (read more)
2008-04-17 02:42:13

GeoShips Charters New Vessel

Aberdeen-based SeaHold GeoShips Limited (GeoShips) has chartered its first new multi-purpose offshore vessel to support the growing offshore renewable energy market and the subsea sector. To enable GeoShips to offer a full suite of services from the Stril Explorer, and future vessels, the company has entered into agreements with both ROV services provider Hallin Marine UK, and survey and positioning contractor NCS Survey.     The contract is worth in the region of GBP15-GBP20 million and will result in the creation of an unspecified number of new job opportunities within all three companies.   The Stril Explorer has been chartered... (read more)
2011-04-29 12:00:00

Autonomous Vessel as Enforcer

Patrolling Marine Protection Areas
There are currently 13,764 Marine Protection Areas (MPAs) jointly covering over 2% of the oceans. One such MPA is Malaysia’s newly formed Tun Mustapha Park comprising 1 million hectares of marine park and shark sanctuary in northern Borneo. Governance, management, effective real-time situational awareness and enforcement are essential for the preservation of the resources in these water spaces and especially the hundreds of fish species that they support. The development and deployment of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) offers a potentially long-term and cost-effective solution. Arguably the key challenge is the scourge of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing (IUU), which has... (read more)
2016-07-26 11:55:17

Survey Vessel 'FeliX' Operational

iXblue has christened its new survey vessel 'FeliX', a 25m catamaran developed for hydrographic, biological and oceanographic surveys. Her composite construction houses innovative techniques, responding to scientific and economical requirements. FeliX is described as agile in her movements, while at the same time being respectful towards the environment. The hull will not corrode as she is made of composites. She is also very maintenance friendly. The fuel consumption also is reduced. The shape and materials used make the vessel to have a low acoustic noise emission, contributing to good imagery. This makes the vessel versatile. She is adapted for high seas and... (read more)
2016-06-22 02:25:58

Survey Vessel Acadia

By an Old Hydrographer
On July 5th 2003 the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Canadian Hydrographic Service and former officers, staff and crew of the CSS Acadia, gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to celebrate her 90th birthday. The Acadia was the pride of the Canadian Hydrographic Service fleet for many decades. Now, as the museum’s largest artefact, she draws considerable attention, respect and admiration from those who appreciate fine vessels. The Canadian Survey Ship (CSS) Acadia was designed and built for hydrographic surveys by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. She arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 8th 1913... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Survey/Support Vessel Delivery

Alnmaritec has delivered Dalby Esk, the second of the new Wave Master class of wind farm support vessels, to Dalby Offshore Renewables. The new vessel has a multi-purpose capability for survey and dive support as well as wind farm service roles. She already has her first contract, working on the Outer Gabbard wind farm as a crew transfer and logistics vessel, with her prime roles being refuelling and transferring equipment around the field.   The Dalby Esk measures 20m x 7.2m and she is fitted with twin MTU engines and fixed-pitch propellers giving her a top speed of 28.5 knots.... (read more)
2011-11-15 12:34:10

Noordhoek Orders Support Vessel

Noordhoek Offshore has ordered a new-build diving offshore construction support vessel for their North Western European operations. The delivery of this new vessel is scheduled for the second half of 2009, following its delivery it will join the Noordhoek fleet.   This ordered vessel is specifically designed for efficient diving operations in the harsh North Sea environment. The new vessel will have an 76 metres overall length, 18 metre beam, 100 tonne main crane and accommodation for 70 people. The vessel will have Class 2 Dynamic Positioning and be compliant with the most demanding maritime and environmental regulations worldwide. The 12-man, single bell, saturation diving system will utilise the... (read more)
2007-11-13 01:47:04

Crane Vessel Building Delay

Heerema Marine Contractors expects the Basic Design of its new build crane vessel to be completed in early 2009. Given the global economic developments and its effects on the international oil and gas industry, the decision to construct a new build vessel can not be made until market conditions improve.     The current oil price and economic situation are not favorable for making major investment and financing decisions.     (read more)
2009-01-12 11:48:48
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