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Well intervention units in a class of their own

May 20, 2010

Rapid technological and market developments in the offshore industry over the past five years have put pressure on class to develop rules and notations for a new generation of specialised well-intervention offshore vessels. DNV's Alexander Wardwell reports…

Decision support tool put to the test on Ormen Lange pipelay

Apr 20, 2010

The trend toward putting more and more production equipment on the seabed – and in increasingly deeper waters – strongly challenges the offshore construction industry to continuously improve their ability to perform such activities in a safe and cost-effective manner…

Thrust to the forefront

Apr 20, 2010

Compact Azipod units promise the means of producing more efficient thrust for drilling vessels, saving fuel cost and cutting emissions. OE hears from developer ABB Marine.Bunker prices for the IFO380 grade fuel used by the majority of ships were on the rise at time of writing…

Deepdish to order

Apr 08, 2010

Japan Drilling Company’s semisubmersible drilling rig Hakuryu-5 was recently upgraded with Exmar Offshore’s Deepdish pontoon sponson, an innovative combination of pontoon sponsons and integrated cross bracing designed to increase the capabilities and operating life of ageing rigs…

Marine access step-changer

Apr 08, 2010

Mounted onboard the GDF Suez E&P Nederland chartered multi-purpose supply vessel REM Mermaid, Offshore Solutions BV’s offshore access system has notched up over 1000 operational connections without any lost time incidents. The OAS, a heave compensated…

Accommodation rig demand looking up

Apr 08, 2010

Flotel specialist Prosafe expects a good long-term demand for its accommodation rigs, with growth in activity in the North Sea from spring 2011 and in deepwater regions. Meg Chesshyre reviews recent developments at the world’s leading owner and operator of semisubmersible accommodation rigs…

Powering up to meet market demand

Apr 08, 2010

With the offshore umbilicals market emerging from its recent slumbers and power cable demand from both the oil & gas and wind energy sectors picking up strongly, further expansion of Nexans’ Halden facility in Norway could well follow the current…

Safety culture a practical approach

Apr 08, 2010

Since Heerema Marine Contractors introduced its Incident & Injury Free initiative in 2008 for both its own personnel (offshore and onshore) and the subcontractors they work with, reactions from clients and contractors have been very positive and the results have been impressive…

DSV designed for harsh North Sea service

Apr 08, 2010

Zierikzee-based Noordhoek Offshore recently took delivery of its new diving support vessel, the DP2 Noordhoek Constructor, from the Niigata Yard in Japan. Specifically designed for diving operations in the harsh North Sea environment, the new…

Marine Renewables

Apr 07, 2010

Statoil on the wind energy learning curve...At an energy seminar in Bergen last month, Statoil said it would use its expertise in its commitment to offshore wind power. The Norwegian operator, which is gradually building up its wind energy portfolio…

People and Places in the news / April 2010 OE

Apr 05, 2010

firms . . .Remedial Offshore has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, allowing the company to continue to operate its facilities and offices in the ordinary course of business. Remedial will use the financing to increase working capital…

Raising the regulatory standard

Apr 05, 2010

A set of international standards for a wide selection of vital oil & gas industry materials, equipment and offshore structures is emerging from the International Standards Organization (ISO). OE reviews some of the latest developments in this area…

Products in review / April 2010 OE

Apr 05, 2010

Rotary steerable successBaker Hughes deployed its AutoTrak rotary steerable system to successfully drill four directional wells in the Gulf of Mexico’s South Timbalier area, including one well that reached total depth nearly five days ahead of schedule…

Aluminium 'firsts' for Valhall heli hangar

Apr 01, 2010

Dutch specialist Bayards Aluminium Constructions added another impressive achievement to its catalogue of offshore industry credits last year when the industry’s first aluminium heli hangar left the company’s Heijningen yard production hall…

Crazy in Caracas, cool in Colombia

Mar 12, 2010

There are few starker signs of the decline of the principles over which decades of Cold War were fought such as US/ Western style free enterprise, free economy and democratic institutions than the demagogic populism that has engulfed and infected many countries in South America…

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