Deltamarin receives contract for production design of the first LNG-powered icebreaker

Deltamarin Ltd. received a contract from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. for the machinery and technical spaces outfitting production design of the first LNG-powered icebreaker vessel.

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Deltamarin Ltd. received a contract from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. for the machinery and technical spaces outfitting production design of the first LNG-powered icebreaker vessel. The vessel, to be built for the Finnish Transport Agency, aims to reduce emissions and fuel costs by using both diesel and LNG as fuel, and is planned for operations in the Baltic Sea.

The dimensions of the vessel will be 361 ft (110 m) in length and 79 ft (24 m) in breadth with a maximum draft of 26 ft (8 m), and the ability to move continuously through about 5 ft (1.6 m) of thick level ice. Accommodating 24 people, with reserve for additional crew in case of oil spill response operations, the icebreaker is equipped for demanding conditions at open sea in both winter and summer months.

Work will be carried out using the AVEVA Marine Outfitting software over an estimated period of a year.

Second design contract comes in for Wartsila's arctic platform supply vessel

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The new Wartsila Ship Design multi-purpose platform supply vessel features a compact design yet with a high deadweight giving maximum cargo capacity. (Photo courtesy Wartsila)

Wartsila Corp. received a second design contract for the company's new series of arctic platform supply vessels. This new order is for a multi-purpose platform supply vessel being built by Tersan shipyard in Turkey on behalf of Tidewater Inc. Norwegian Troms Offshore Supply Group, a subsidiary of Tidewater, will operate the vessel. There is an option for additional three similar vessels.

The vessel is designed to fit three eight-cylinder in-line Wartsila 26 main engines, propulsion systems, a ballast water management system, and inert gas generators. Design of the ship will be strengthened and equipped for arctic conditions, with the hull and propulsion in compliance with DNV ice class ICE 1A. It will also be readied for cold climate conditions according to the DNV DEICE class, which includes requirements for maintaining safety and vessel operability in ice, under icing conditions, and at low temperatures.

The platform will be equipped with advancedsubsea operations with an active heave compensated construction crane with 150-ton (136-metric ton) capacity. Delivery is slated for 2016.

COSCO wins contract for four subsea supply vessels

COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co. Ltd. has secured contracts valued at more than $470 million, excluding owner-furnished equipment from Maersk Supply Service AS, to build four subsea supply vessels, with options for two additional subsea supply vessels.

Thevessels are scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2016 and 1H 2017.

SINOPACIFIC secures first vessel order from Mexico

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (SINOPACIFIC) has signed a contract with a Mexican shipping company Naviera Petrolera Integral SA de CV for the construction of three SPP17A vessels. All vessels will be built in the company's Zhejiang shipyard and are expected to be delivered before the end of 2015. Following that, the new vessels will be used by PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico.

This marks the first entry of SINOPACIFIC's own "SP" brand of offshore support vessel to the Mexican market.

Crowley christens third DP tugboat to the company's ocean towing fleet

Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the third of four tugboats in the ocean class series –Ocean Sky – in Houston. The ceremony formally welcomed the third dynamic positioning tugboat to the company's ocean towing fleet.

TheOcean Sky, featuring DP-2 technology, is part of a four-vessel family of tugs suited to work with Crowley's 455 series high-deck strength barges, which measure 400 ft long by 105 ft wide (122 m by 32 m). Crowley's ocean class tugs are outfitted for long-range, high-capacity ocean towing; rig moves; platform and FPSO tows; emergency response; and firefighting.

All four of the ocean class tugboats are designed to have a minimum bollard pull of 165 tons (150 metric tons) and a range of about 12,600 mi (20,277 km) at 15 knots free running. They are outfitted with twin-screw, controllable-pitch propellers in nozzles and high lift rudders for a combination of performance, and fuel economy.

Seadrill secures commitment for newbuild drillship

Seadrill Ltd., in cooperation with indigenous partner Field Offshore Design Engineering Nigeria Ltd., has secured a contract with Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd. to use the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillshipWest Saturn at the ERHA North Phase 2 project in Nigeria.

The contract is for a firm period of two years, plus a one-year option, and has a total revenue potential for Seadrill and Field Offshore Design Engineering Nigeria Ltd. for the primary contract term of $497 million, inclusive of mobilization.

The West Saturn is a sixth-generation drillship under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje, South Korea, with expected delivery in September. The unit will be outfitted to work in up to 10,000 ft (3,048 m) of water, and is capable of handling two BOPs, operating in up to 12,000 ft (3,658 m) of water and drilling depths up to 40,000 ft (12,192 m).

This is Seadrill's third rig in Nigeria, working alongside theWest Jupiter and West Capella.

Keppel FELS completes Ivar Aasen jackup

Keppel FELS has delivered the newbuild jackupXLE-2 to Maersk Drilling. The rig, to be named at a ceremony in Norway in October, is an XL Enhanced (XLE) harsh environment jackup, customized for the North Sea.

It has a length of 678 ft (207 m) and is designed for year-round operations in the sector, in water depths up to 492 ft (150 m).

Det norske oljeselskap chartered the rig to work for five years on theIvar Aasen development in the central Norwegian North Sea.

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