Following sea trials during the past few weeks, Dockwise, a Dutch heavy lift and transportation specialist, now confirms the delivery of Dockwise Vanguard. The vessel has left the yard of Hyundai Heavy Industries (“HHI”) this morning and started its maiden trip.
Dockwise Vanguard will sail to the Samsung Heavy Industries (“SHI”) yard in Korea to pick up the giant hull of the Jack / St Malo semi-submersible floating production facility for transportation to the US Gulf of Mexico.
“We are pleased to see Dockwise Vanguard leave the yard following a delivery without a single LTI (Lost Time Incident), on schedule for its maiden trip for one of our key customers. As said before, we are confident that that the Vanguard will rapidly earn its place in the market and has the potential to create a new market of its own”, comments André Goedée, Dockwise’s CEO..
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Mario Kerssens has joined the CargoMaxx team at Van Aalst Offshore & Marine, inventors of the multi application tank system CargoMaxx, as Manager Business Development, starting the 1st of January 2012.
After serving the shipping and offshore industry for more than 20 years in senior sales, marketing and business development positions at Dockwise, Fairmount, Sealift and Fairstar, his latest role has been with FG International Holland BV, the Dutch Special Lifting company, that recently teamed up with Linjebygg Offshore from Norway under the new name LBO International.
At Van Aalst his focus will be on the market development of the successfully introduced CargoMaxx handling system for combined liquid and dry bulk on board platform supply vessels, anchor handling vessels, mobile offshore drilling units and fixed platforms.
Supported by orders triggered by oil and gas giants Statoil and Petrobras, this innovative system is, according to Van Aalst, set to revolutionize the logistics involved with amongst others drill cuttings in an environmentally smarter way than the present outdated industry standards.
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Dockwise will transport Chevron’s Big Foot platform hull from Daewoo‘s South Korea facility to the Gulf of Mexico next year. Dockwise announced the transport deal, along with eight other short-term contracts, on 5 October 2011. The transport specialist pegged the contracts at a value of over $55 million this year and next.
Daewoo cut first steel for the Big Foot hull in July 2011 and is to deliver the hull by the end of 2012.
In December 2010, Chevron sanctioned its operated $4 billion Big Foot development in the Lower Tertiary trend of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Located in 5200ft of water, Chevron is developing the field with an extended TLP using dry trees and an on-board drilling rig. The facility will have production capacity of 75,000b/d of oil and 25mmcf/d of natural gas. Chevron expects first oil in 2014.
Chevron discovered the field in 2006 in Walker Ridge block 29. The field holds estimated recoverable resources of over 200 million boe.
Chevron operates the project with 60% interest on behalf of partners Statoil (27.5%) and Marubeni (12.5%).
by: Jennifer Pallanich,