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Paenal shipyard takes shape

Oct 06, 2014

SBM Offshore’s Paula Farquharson-Blengino provides an inside look at the company’s Angola shipyard, a joint venture between partners Sonangol and DSME. Paenal is the first yard in West Africa with the capacity to facilitate mega FPSO vessels…

Changing realities

Oct 02, 2014

Oil and gas companies are turning to new high-tech gadgets for workplace solutions. Audrey Leon spoke with Houston-based FuelFX to see how this new reality can be implemented. FuelFX’s Oliver Diaz demonstrates the Oculus Rift system…

Ilhabela sails away from Brasa

Sep 16, 2014

The Cidade de Ilhabela floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) sailed from the Brasa shipyard on 15 September, marking the first FPSO to be integrated at Brasa’s quay number two. The departure of the FPSO is a milestone for 2-year-old Estaleiro Brasa (shipyard)…

Heavy hitters in heavy lifting

Aug 04, 2014

The Dutch have long dominated the heavy lifting market, especially offshore, and the country’s domination looks set to continue. Earlier this year, Allseas announced plans to build a new vessel that will top by 50% the capacity of its already enormous Pieter Schelte…

From simulation to WRR

Aug 01, 2014

ENI’s Goliat FPSO. Image from ENI Norge.  Offshore lifting combines heavy offshore assets with detailed analysis and product care. Elaine Maslin found out more at the North Sea Offshore Crane and Lifting Conference…

Meeting lifting standards

Aug 01, 2014

The Heidrun FSU crane in Protea’s yard, Poland. Photo from Protea. Protea has designed its largest crane to date for Statoil’s Heidrun FSU, a project that will aid the life extension of the Heidrun field…

Precision parts

Aug 01, 2014

TrustLube installed an automatic greasing system on EMAS’ newbuild ice-classed ultra-deepwater pipelaying and construction vessel Lewek Constellation in June. The newbuild is shown here in July sailing along the Queensland…

Achieving new capacities

Aug 01, 2014

Huisman’s 900-tonne RL-KBC with long outreach. Photos from Huisman. Subsea 7’s Seven Arctic is due for delivery in 2016. Its 900-tonne capacity crane was developed in close cooperation with Huisman…

Heave compensation improves offshore lifting operations

Jul 30, 2014

In addition to allowing cranes to work safely and effectively in harsh conditions, heave compensation reduces the effect of resonance on the subsea load. Photo from Huisman. Accurately…

Van Oord launches cable-laying vessel

Jul 10, 2014

Van Oord’s new DP2 cable-laying vessel Nexus was successfully launched at Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania on 30 June 2014. The 123m multipurpose vessel will be deployed installing electrical cables for offshore wind farms. With a beam of almost 28m and a dynamic positioning system…

Kongsberg Maritime to supply simulator

Jul 09, 2014

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) announced it has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. The contract was signed on 21 May…

Offshore construction gets heavy treatment

Mar 20, 2014

Subsea 7’s new heavy construction vessel, under construction in South Korea, is set to make a splash when it joins the company’s fleet in 2016. The company gave Elaine Maslin a look at the new vessel. As operators build larger and more complex subsea equipment in deeper…

Deepwater well decommissioning

Nov 01, 2013

Houston-based Helix ESG recently completed a deepwater well decommissioning project in 7919ft. Darin Hilton explains the steps and options involved in plugging and abandonment. Over the past several years, there has been a growing demand…

Sparrows sends crane simulator to Abu Dhabi

Oct 23, 2013

Aberdeen-based Sparrows Group employs more than 1750 people and has established offshore crane service and engineering centers around the world. Trainee and existing crane operators working for Sparrows in the Middle East will be able…

Contract awarded for Huisman wind-farm crane

Aug 27, 2013

Huisman has secured a contract for the delivery of a 1,500mt @ 32m “leg-encircling crane” for Seajacks new offshore wind farm installation vessel, Scylla. The contract for the 1,500mt crane was awarded to Huisman by the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries…

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