MARCH 13, 2013 — The Coast Guard is responding to an allision between a tug pushing a barge and a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, Tuesday. A massive fire broke out following the allision.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon (owned by Pierre Part, LA, headquartered Settoon Towing) was pushing a 154-foot oil barge when it allided with a pipeline 6 p.m., Tuesday.
According to media reports, the barge was carrying 2,215 barrels of crude oil. ES&H has been hired as the oil spill response organization.
All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns.
WWL TV reported last night that, while all four people on the tug had been accounted for, a man was being treated at the West Jefferson Medical Center where officials said he had suffered burns to over 75 percent of his body and would be be transferred to the Baton Rouge General Burn Facility. He is in critical condition.
A second person on the tug boat hurt his side when he was knocked off the boat.
WWL TV also reported that the U.S. Coast Guard would not try to extinguish the large barge and pipeline fire that broke out.
The TV station reported officials as saying "the water is too shallow and the fire is too intense to put out."
Other media reported that the Jefferson Parish Fire Department had equipment that can reach the blaze and was attempting to put it out.
AP reports a Coast Guard official as saying that the pipeline is owned by Chevron and that the company has isolated the pipeline from other mains, "so only whatever was in the pipeline will be able to burn."
MAY 2, 2013 — Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has ordered two cranes from Cargotec's MacGregor subsidiary for installation on the 113 m subsea IMR vessel it is building for Nigeria's Marine Platforms Limited (MPL). (See earlier story).
Havyard's contract with MacGregor calls for one 250-tonne MacGregor active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea crane and one 20-tonne MacGregor AHC subsea crane. They will be delivered in July 2014 and the vessel is scheduled for delivery the following month.
"The offshore market in west Africa is recognized worldwide as an area with very promising future prospects," says Frode Grøvan, Sales and Marketing Director for MacGregor Advanced Load Handling. "It is therefore a significant advantage for us to participate in the expansion into this region. For their part, our cranes will deliver reliable, proven load-handling technology to MPL."
MARCH 14, 2013 — Norway's Bergen Group Fosen shipyard has signed a contract with NFDS Offshore 1 AS for outfitting and commissioning a newbuild anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS). The vessel is a VS 491 CD design with a length of 91 m and beam of 22 m.
The contract is valued at more than NOK 600 million (about $105 million) and includes an option for outfitting and commissioning of a similar vessel.
The hull, which has already been built by Chinese shipbuilder Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries, is expected to arrive in Fosen late in the second quarter of this year. Delivery of the fully commissioned and operational ship from Fosen is set for the end of the second quarter of 2014.
NFDS Offshore 1 AS is a subsidiary of Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskap AS, a company in which BOA Offshore holds the majority share.
Bergen Group Fosen now has an order book that provides it with stable outfitting activity until second quarter 2015, with two newbuilding deliveries in 2013 (both cruise ferries to Fjord Line) two deliveries in 2014 (OCV for Volstad and AHTS to NFDS/BOA) and a delivery in the first half of 2015 (OCV for Volstad).
"Bergen Group Fosen has the last year been through a very demanding period. Still, the shipyard has managed to establish a record high order book that ensures a solid and continuous employment over the next two years. This allows us to implement an efficient, stable and profitable production in the coming years," says CEO Anders Straumsheim.
MAY 1, 2013 — Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) says that it is transferring service operations from its satellite service base at Henderson, Western Australia, to its nearby primary shipbuilding facility to reduce overhead costs and drive margin growth for both its shipbuilding and service operations. It is also closing its Spanish service business.
The company is also increasing construction activity at Henderson as the Cape Class Patrol Boat program shifts from first-in-class construction and trials to steady-state construction operations.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the consolidation at Henderson would improve asset and staff utilization in the shipbuilding and services businesses.
"Combining the service base into the shipbuilding facility, which is operating just a few hundred meters away, makes financial and common sense," he said. "Consolidation will provide greater operational flexibility, make both the shipbuilding and services businesses more competitive through reduced overhead costs and will bring management together onto one site."
While Austal will close its service center in Spain, its other service businesses in the Middle East, Americas, Asia and Australia are unaffected.
"Our service team in Spain has been extremely committed, but the Spanish and European economies have been too big a burden on profitability in that business," Mr Bellamy said.
Austal expects approximately 14 staff will be made redundant at the service centre in Spain, with two staff repatriating to Australia. At Henderson, 12 positions have been made redundant as a result of the consolidation.
The company is intending to recruit more than 100 people in trade positions over the coming months at the Henderson shipyard to work on the Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) program for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
The increased labor requirement has been timed to coincide with the impending, phased increase in construction activity on the CCPB vessels after delivery of the first-in-class Cape St George earlier this month.
FEBRUARY 8, 2013 — Singapore's Sembcorp Marine says that its wholly-owned SMOE subsidiary has secured a contract worth about Singapore $900 million (about US$ 727 million) from Det norske oljeselskap ASA, Norway. It covers engineering, procurement and construction of the Process, Drilling and Quarters Platform (pdQ) Topsides to be installed at a water depth of 112 m for the Ivar Aasen development in the North Sea.
The Ivar Aasen project is situated west of the Johan Sverdrup-field in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, 180km west of Stavanger, containing approximately 150 million barrels of oil equivalents.
The contract covers the provision of engineering, procurement and construction of the topside. SMOE will be working with its engineering partner Wood Group Mustang in executing this project.
Facilities on the 13,700-tonne topsides, which are integrated with a 70-man living quarters/helideck module, will include modules for process, gas compression, separation, water injection, flare boom, metering and utilities.
Construction is expected to commence in December 2013 with sail-away scheduled in March 2016. First oil is expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.
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