Egina FPSO arrives in Nigeria

Late last month, the FPSO Egina berthed at the LADOL Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Lagos, Nigeria, after a three-month voyage from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Keppel FELS has delivered the newbuild jackup rig Saga to Borr Drilling. Bourbon and Bureau Veritas have agreed to jointly develop and deploy automation and real-time monitoring fleet applications, and develop digital technologies while mitigating cyber risks.

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The FPSOEgina will have the capacity to produce 200,000 b/d of crude oil. (Image courtesy Total Nigeria)

Egina FPSO arrives in Nigeria

Late last month, the FPSOEgina berthed at the LADOL Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Lagos, Nigeria, after a three-month voyage from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The Egina project is under the Nigerian local content regulations. A portion of the topsides fabrication and integration is to be completed in the country, a first for Nigeria. Scheduled delivery is expected in the second half of 2018.

SHI formed a joint venture (SHI-MCI) with a Nigerian local company and established a production facility in Lagos to meet the local content requirements. SHI-MCI has constructed six topsides modules for the FPSO since June 2015.

The 1,083-ft (330-m) long, 200-ft (61-m) wide, and 112-ft (34-m) high FPSO has a storage capacity of 2.3 MMbbl of oil. The vessel is to be installed at the Total-operated Egina oil field in 5,741 ft (1,750 m) of water, 81 mi (130 km) offshore. The FPSO will have the capacity to produce 200,000 b/d of crude oil.

Borr, Northern Offshore increase jackup fleets

Keppel FELS has delivered the newbuild jackup rigSaga to Borr Drilling. This is the first of five jackups the company is building for this client, based on the proprietary KFELS Super B Class design. These rigs are designed to operate in 400 ft (122 m) water depth and drill to 35,000 ft (10,668 m). Capabilities include a 2 million-lb drilling system and a maximum combined cantilever load of 3,700 kips.

Chris Ong, CEO of parent company Keppel Offshore & Marine, said: “This will be the 12th KFELS Super B Class rig and the 66th rig of the KFELS B Class family to enter the market.”

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. has delivered the first of four jackups to Northern Offshore. TheEnergy Emerger is based on the Gusto CJ-46 design rated for water depths up to 375 ft (114 m).

Bourbon increasing automation on offshore vessels

Bourbon and Bureau Veritas have agreed to jointly develop and deploy automation and real-time monitoring fleet applications, and develop digital technologies while mitigating cyber risks. Their goal is to deliver advanced automation of dynamic positioning systems to allow:

• Improvement of DP operational safety on Bourbon’s offshore support and construction vessels via real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams

• Streamlining of onboard organization, leading to a potential reduction in manning

• Lower in fuel and DP maintenance costs.


A pilot is under way on theBourbon Explorer 508 operating offshore Trinidad. This has been developed with Kongsberg Maritime, a strategic partner of Bourbon, and certified by Bureau Veritas. It collects data from the DP system and assists development of decision-making and verification applications for both offshore crew and onshore support teams.

Another element of the project is addressing cyber security threats.

In partnership with Bureau Veritas, APSYS (an Airbus subsidiary) is helping to identify and mitigate risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbon’s vessels and onshore infrastructure. Based on this risk assessment and relying on best practices from APSYS’s aerospace experience, Bureau Veritas can issue cyber security certification on products and class notations for ships meeting global industry security standards.

Gibdock upgrades 3D seismic vessel

Gibdock has completed a series of upgrades to the 5,700-dwt 3D seismic survey vesselPolar Marquis, operated by Bergen-based GC Rieber Shipping. It was alongside Gibdock’s (1,378-ft) (420-m) long repair quay during a 21-day stay late last year for extensive afloat repair work.

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ThePolar Marquis, built in 2000 and modified in 2014, can deploy 16 streamers. (Image courtesy Gibdock)

This included removal of various drain lines, cleaned using high-pressure blasting and refitted, and installation of new drain lines totaling around 46 ft (14 m) in length.

In addition, Gibdock fabricated new hydraulic piping and hoses for the vessel and extended its main engine exhaust pipes to improve air quality on the main deck. Various general repair and maintenance tasks followed.

Filip Tsankov, ship repair manager, said: “The vessel was due to start a new charter in January 2018 so there was no margin for delay; but we worked round the clock to ensure thatPolar Marquis left the yard right on schedule to the satisfaction of the owner.”

Oranjewerf completes second VOS W2W vessel

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has completed final outfitting and modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). TheVOS Stone was built at Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands for completion. The eight-week program for the VOS Stone included installation of a 50-metric ton active heave-compensated, knuckle-boom crane, along with taut-wire, RadaScan, and Hipap from Kongsberg for the vessel-positioning system, a boat landing and system for fueling crew-transfer vessels. In July 2017, the shipyard finished a similar project on sister ship VOS Start.

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