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July 10, 2001
Candies places OSV orders
Otto Candies, LLC, Des Allemands, La. has signed a contract with Bender Shipbuilding of Mobile, Ala. to construct three 240-ft., 3,000 dwt maximum capability offshore supply vessels. The new vessels will utilize Diesel Electric power generations sources, will be fully automated and have Dynamic Positioning Systems (DP2).
Since 1998, Candies has taken delivery of five (5) DP Offshore Supply Vessels and three Anchor Handling Tugs from Bender. Delivery of the first of the new OSVs is scheduled for 1st Quarter 2002 with the third to be delivered by 3rd Quarter 2002.
Oslo listing for Golar
Golar LNG Limited, a company associated with Frontline Ltd.'s main shareholder, John Fredriksen, will be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange on Thursday, July 12. Golar's ticker code will be GOL.OL Its web-site is now up and running at www.golargas.com and the prospectus for the Oslo listing is available at http://reports.huginonline.com/827004/91501.pdf
Australia seeks new patrol boats
Australian defense minister Peter Reith has announced a Request For Tender for replacements for Australia's 15 aging Fremantle class Patrol Boats a project worth up to A$450 million to Australian Industry.
"The Fremantle class Patrol Boats have provided almost a quarter of a century of good service to Australia, but are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and a replacement is needed," said Reith.
The new patrol boats will provide vital operational training for Navy personnel "at the front line of Australias defenses against people smuggling, illegal fishing, the narcotics trade and breaches of Australias quarantine regulations."
Reith said the Governments preference is to have the new Patrol Boats constructed in an existing shipyard in Australia, and it has specified that they will be supported and maintained in Darwin and Cairns.
The Government is keen to pursue the project under private financing arrangements, capturing all the advantages this approach may provide. However the Government must be satisfied it is receiving the best outcome for the investment of taxpayer dollars. The invitation to tender will therefore seek bids under a privately financed arrangement or direct purchase by the Government. It is expected that a single business entity will take responsibility for not only supplying the Patrol Boats, but also maintaining and supporting them for the duration of their 15 20 year life span.
The draft Request for Tender documentation will be released shortly for further comment by industry before it is finalized and formally released in September 2001.
The replacement Patrol Boats are expected to come into service from late 2004.
MITAGS training for LNG terminal "Persons-In-Charge"
Glen Paine, Executive Director of Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and Pacific Northwest Maritime Institute (PMI) Seattle, Washington, have developed a five-day "Shoreside Persons-In-Charge (PIC) Course" for the operators of the Elba Island Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal near Savannah, Ga.
On completion of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the properties and hazards of liquefied gas, cargo containment systems, cargo equipment and instrumentation, safety precautions and measurements, ship / shore interface and emergency procedures. The curriculum incorporates the IMO Model Course 1.05 training objectives (Familiarization Training for Liquefied Gas Tankers) and selected portions of 1.06. (Specialized Training for Liquefied Gas Tankers). One and a half days of the five and a half day class will be spent on the MITAGS cryogenic cargo control room simulator.
The Coast Guard's 33 CFR Part 127 establishes specific training requirements for persons-in-charge of LNG shoreside transfer operations. The MITAGS course satisfies most of those requirements for initial qualifications. For Elba Island's personnel, the Coast Guard has determined that a combination of the MITAGS Course and observations of live terminal operations exceeds the regulatory training requirements. In addition, MITAGS expects the course to be certified as meeting the CFR's five-year refresher training for PICs.
Southern LNG, Inc. is reactivating its liquefied gas terminal on Elba Island. It is scheduled to provide service this year.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the recommissioning. It has granted the necessary certificates for maintenance and reactivation of the plant as a base load LNG terminal and authorized it to receive LNG imported from foreign sources.