Water Jets Bring Safety for Offshore Wind

By Eric Haun at March 07, 2014 11:32
Filed Under: Offshore, Workboats
Rolls-Royce said today in a press announcement that it will supply water jets for three wind farm support vessels, (one 24-meter and two 26-meter aluminum catamarans) to be built by South Boats IOW for the offshore wind transfer vessel operator Seacat Services.Rolls-Royce labeled the contract as “one of the biggest orders made for wind farm workboats,” and all three newbuilds will feature two Rolls-Royce 56A3 stainless steel water jets as well as Rolls-Royce’s new compact control system tailored to suit owners’ requirements and reduce build/installation times.The new wind farm workboats will include MTU 12V 2000 engines which will power the catamarans to speeds of up to 30 knots. Once in operation, the catamarans will be used for people and cargo transfers to the growing number of offshore wind farms around the coast of Europe.When factoring the water jets’ properties into the vessels’ overall design, the propulsion system contributes a safety elemen... [More]

Damen delivered special Shoalbuster Smit Lamnalco

By Peter Pospiech at February 27, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Shipyards, Workboats
The recently delivered ‘SL Mbissi’ will be the next Damen-built vessel in fleet of Smit Lamnalco. Nevertheless, the 25 metre shallow water workship is special in more ways than one: It’s the first-ever Damen Shoalbuster for Smit Lamnalco. Although Smit Lamnalco, leading provider of integrated marine services, already deploys a lot of Damen-built vessels – six of which having been delivered in the past 15 months alone – it had yet to order a Damen Shoalbuster SD. The series’ name is a poetic licence to ‘shallow draught’ (SD). Standard turned bespokeThe ‘SL Mbissi’ was built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (the Netherlands) which also designs all Damen Multi Cat and Shoalbuster ‘jack of all trades’ workships series. The SBu 2508 SD is also special in that it is a standard design turned tailor-made vessel. “We sought a draught not exceeding 1.80 metres, to cope with a bar in the vessel’s operational area&... [More]

Natural Gas on the rise for Japan’s Workboats

NYK to Build Japan's First Natural Gas-Fueled TugNYK will build a tugboat featuring a dual fuel engine that can be powered by either Natural Gas, which will be stored as LNG, or heavy fuel oil. Other than LNG carriers, this tugboat will be the first building in Japan of a Natural Gas-fueled vessel. NYK has enhanced its initiatives to mitigate environmental loads through the practical realization of environment-responsive technologies such as solar-powered systems and air-lubrication systems. In 2011, NYK established a team in the company’s Fuel Group to research next-generation fuel alternatives to heavy oil, and looked into building a Natural Gas-fueled vessel with the cooperation of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and others, based on the results of a survey conducted by the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency. Natural Gas received attention as a possible alternative to heavy oil because NG does not emit any SOX and produces far less CO2 and NOX compared to heavy ... [More]

New windfarm vessel concept from Norway

By Peter Pospiech at October 24, 2013 07:30
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Shipyards, Workboats
This new design has been developed by the experienced Fjellstrand shipyard, Norway, which is noted for building advanced fast passenger ferry designs. These windfarm vessel designs were developed as the yard seeks to diversify into new markets and it received orders for six of the Windserver vessels from World Marine Offshore before the first vessel had been built. The hull design is a trimaran with the centre hull designed to operate as a SWASH (Small Waterline Area Single Hull) with the narrow side hulls providing stability The first two units of a revolutionary new type of windfarm vessel have been delivered by a Norwegian shipyard. The new design combines technology from SWATH and trimaran concepts with the addition of some fast ferry technology to create a vessel that is claimed to be both fast and seaworthy and to have good low speed stability. The Windserver design was one of the concepts that were shortlisted in a competition held by the Carbon Trust to find improved concepts t... [More]

Rolls-Royce powers world's first tug driven by natural gas engines

By Peter Pospiech at October 15, 2013 03:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards, Workboats
Rolls-Royce has congratulated Sanmar Shipyard for the completion of the world's first gas powered tug, in a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, this weekend. Sanmar has completed the first of two tugs for Norwegian customer Buksér og Berging, which each feature two Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L6PG engines fueled purely by natural gas (stored as LNG), with a combined output of 3,410kW (1,705 kW each) at 1,000 rev/min.The lean-burn engines operates on the Otto cycle with mixture compression and an external ignition source.A rich gas/air mix in a precombustion chamber is ignited and forms a strong ignition source for the very lean mixture in the cylinder for knock-free combustion. The engines are direct coupled to Rolls-Royce azimuthing Z-drives mounted aft in ASD configuration with controllable pitch propellers. Also, the new hull and propulsion system will achieve up to 20% higher thrust efficiency compared to standard designs. The LNG system is designed by AGA Cryo and comprises an ... [More]

A first-of-type HSC Catamaran Fast Crew Boat offering exceptional comfort and operational flexibility

By Peter Pospiech at September 12, 2013 05:16
Filed Under: Company News, Offshore, Shipyards, Workboats
Incat Crowther, Australia, has announced a first of type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat (FCB), compliant with IMO HSC code and complete with a crew transfer system consisting of dynamic positioning equipment class (DP2) coupled with a stabilized access platform. Construction of the vessel has commenced at the shipbuilder Incat Tasmania, with delivery scheduled for September 2014. The new crew transfer vessels will be delivered to Caspian Marine Services Ltd (CMS) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The vessel will operate as a fast crew transfer vessel for 150 offshore workers to multiple offshore installations. The hull design has been optimized for high speed transits with specific features to limit the sea sickness of transiting offshore workers. The on-board noise, vibration and indoor climate is in accordance with DNV comfort class notation. The vessel is designed to operate in sea conditions of 40 knot wind and seas of 3m significant wave height.  The high speed of the 70m FCB allows operat... [More]

BP and Topaz Marine AHTS Vessels Choose L27/38 Power

By Peter Pospiech at July 18, 2013 04:53
Filed Under: Company News, MAN Diesel&Turbo, Offshore, Shipyards, Workboats
80-ton bollard pull vessels ready for anchor handling tug supply services MAN Diesel & Turbo’s medium-speed propulsion   packages   have   gained another foothold in Middle Eastern offshore operations. After successfully completed sea trials, Abu Dhabi-based Adyard has earlier delivered the ‘Topaz Dignity’ – which is now followed by the ‘Topaz Triumph’ AHTS. Topaz Energy and Marine, a subsidiary  of  Oman-based  Renaissance  Services  SAOG  and  a  regional leader in providing offshore support  vessels  and  engineering services, has passed yet another milestone in its 35-year history by building two Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels. The  two  67-metre,  ’80-ton  bollard pull’ vessels are ready for anchor handling tug supply services and the transportation of dry and liquid cargo to and from pipe-laying barges, drilling platforms and production... [More]

New PSV ‘World Diamond’ delivered to "World Wide Supply"

Damen Shipyards Galati has delivered the ‘World Diamond’, the first of six Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for Norwegian offshore owner World Wide Supply, built to an entirely new Damen design. The World Diamond was christened by godmother Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margarita of Romania on June 28th, in a yard ceremony attended by 150 guests. “Delivery of this first PSV 3300 E3 represents a new era in Damen’s continuing offshore supply vessel story,” said Arnout Damen. “This has been a truly collaborative project, with Damen drawing on expertise from within the group and the client and also from partners among leading research institutes and subcontractors to deliver a first in class vessel designed, built and equipped to European standards for a world class customer.” Steinar Kulen, representing owner WWS, said: “The cooperation on World Diamond’s design has ensured the delivery of a mid-size PSV capable of worldwide operation... [More]

A new Multi-Purpose Catamaran Work Boat for Offshore Wind Services B.V.

By Peter Pospiech at May 30, 2013 04:34
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Offshore, Workboats
Offshore Wenduine has been finalized at shipyard Den Breejen in Hardinxfeld- Giessendam and completed her first deployment for Ampelmann a few days ago.Offshore Wenduine (OW3) has been converted into a multi-purpose Catamaran Work Boat and been finalized end of April by shipyard Den Breejen under the supervision of Workships Contractors B.V. Her first job was to assist in the testing of the Amplemann L-type access system. Also, the manoeuvrability of the ship in the area of the landing point was successfully assessed.OW3 is MCA CAT 2(1) classed and has been inspected by Eelsing for Prinses Amalia Windfarm without issues. Her relatively large deck space, around 50 square meters, gives room for bulky equipment, e.g. 2x10 feet containers aft, and the RG Seasight fender is one of the best performing ones on the market. Other features which make her ideal for diving and survey works include: tracks allowing easy fitting of project specific equipment; survey desk with two seats; 19inch rack... [More]

New Aker Arctic Oblique Icebreaker

By Peter Pospiech at May 17, 2013 04:57
Filed Under: Azimuth pod, Company News, Shipyards, Workboats
The ARC 100 HD increases ice management and pollution control capability As a result of the increased tanker traffic in the Gulf of Finland and an innovation campaign Aker Arctic has developed a revolutionary new type of vessel, an asymmetric ice-breaker. This oblique icebreaker takes further the already well known "double acting" stern working icebreaking method by being able to break an ice channel of 50 m width by proceeding with the side ahead. In addition to icebreaking, the vessel is excellent also during the ice season in oil spill combat operations, in escort and emergency towing, fire fighting and ecological monitoring. Thus the vessel by its performance replaces several traditional vessels in a compact, cost-efficient high performance unit.The vessel is a compact size icebreaking vessel provided with diesel-electric propulsion with three azimuthing thruster propellers. The propulsion solution and the special hull form allow the vessel to operate efficiently ahead, astern and ... [More]

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