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Norway: Lunding Charters LNG Powered Supply Vessel ‘Viking Prince’

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Eidesvik has entered into an agreement with Lunding Norway for chartering of the LNG powered supply vessel Viking Prince, which will be delivered from Kleven Verft 30th of March 2012.

Viking Prince will replace Viking Athene in the existing contract between the two parties from the time of delivery, which means that Viking Athene will be released from duty from the same date.

The original contract was firm for 4 drilling wells, with charterer’s option for another 6 wells. At the time Viking Prince commences the contract, Lundin is near the completion of the 2nd well.

“We are excited over the fact that the vessel will commence a contract from the time of delivery. It is delightful to see another operator on the shelf start using LNG powered supply vessels. For us it is satisfactory to be in the position to offer a vessel of the highest quality to a fast developing operator with an exciting future,” says CEO Jan Fredrik Meling in a comment.

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Finland: Wartsila to Provide Propulsion for Harvey’s New LNG OSVs

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Finland-based Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading gas solutions provider, has been awarded a contract to deliver an integrated propulsion system for two additional LNG offshore support vessels (OSV) to Harvey Gulf International Marine.

The order, placed last week,  takes Harvey Gulf to a fleet of four LNG OSVs on order, establishing the company as the world’s second largest operator of LNG powered OSVs. Wärtsilä will deliver an integrated system that includes the dual-fuel machinery, electrical and automation package, complete propulsion, and also the LNG fuel storage and gas conditioning system. The LNG storage capacity provides for more than a week of vessel operational time.

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane J. Guidry, says, “Harvey Gulf’s decision to become the leader in Clean Gulf of Mexico operations has been enthusiastically accepted by oil company executives, and was the impetus for adding two additional LNG dual-fuel vessels to the fleet. These vessels, like their two sisterships, will meet the highest emission standards that exist today – and even higher standards that haven’t been created yet. We recognize the strong stance on environmental protection by the administration in the wake of the oil spill, and are doing our part to respond to it and provide our customers support for their environmental commitments.”

“Harvey Gulf’s original order of complete integrated solutions from Wärtsilä has facilitated the development of an excellent working relationship between Harvey Gulf, STX USA Marine, Trinity Offshore and Wärtsilä. The challenges of bringing a new technology to the US market are being met effectively, and this strong teamwork between suppliers will ensure that Harvey Gulf is delivered state-of-the-art vessels that provide clean, safe, efficient, reliable and competitive operations. This order for two additional LNG powered vessels further demonstrates that Harvey Gulf is an industry leader and that the move to LNG as a marine fuel in the US has begun,” states Pete Jacobs, Business Development Manager, Offshore at Wärtsilä North America.

“We are witnessing a true paradigm change, and it’s a very exciting time for LNG fuelled vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Millennia ago the shift was oar to sail, two centuries ago it was sail to steam, a century ago steam to diesel, and now it’s a new era for gas. We are pleased to continue as a partner with Harvey Gulf as they reaffirm their commitment by adding more safe and clean LNG fuelled vessels to their modern fleet,” adds John Hatley, Vice President Ship Power, Wärtsilä North America.

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The Nethelands: Mario Kerssens Joins Van Aalst’s CargoMaxx Team

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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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Finland: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Starts Construction on Two New Icebreakers

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Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has started construction of two new icebreakers for Russia’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. The two Multifunctional Icebreaking Supply Vessels (MIBSV) are planned to be ready by spring 2013 and will be used as supply vessels for Exxon Neftegas’ platform at the Sakhalin-1 field, Regnum reports.

Both vessels will be similar measuring 99.2 m in length and 21.7 m in breadth. Their four engines have the total power of 18,000 kW. The vessels are designed for extreme environmental conditions and will be operating in thick drifting ice in temperatures as cold as – 35°C. They have an icebreaking capability of 1.7 m thick ice and are also equipped for oil combating, fire fighting, and rescue operations.

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STX Finland Inks Contract with Eide Marine Services for Two Well Intervention Vessels

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STX Finland Oy and Eide Marine Semi AS, a subsidiary of Eide Marine Services A/S, have signed a contract for the outfitting, completion and delivery of two highly sophisticated well intervention vessels with an aggregate contract value exceeding EUR 300 million.

The technically advanced well intervention vessels with deadweight of 31,000 tons will have a length of 122 meters and a width of 45 meters. The vessels are designed to operate in rough open sea conditions on Brazilian continental shelf. Vessels have innovative hullforms securing high seakeeping characteristics together with DP3 dynamic positioning system and truster arrangement. Large deck area provides opportunity to arrange all well serving equipment in most efficient way.

The project will create a high outfitting work load for STX Finland and its network. The work on the first hull will begin at STX Rauma shipyard in April 2012 and on the second hull in June 2012. The intervention vessels will be delivered from Rauma shipyard in March 2013 and June 2013. The contract is subject to certain financing conditions.

The contract shows STX Finland’s ability to provide competitive services and win significant contracts in this highly sophisticated and demanding offshore business segment. The contract is also an important part of STX Finland’s diversification strategy, in which the company is continuing to expand its operations into new business areas such as offshore business segment.

The outfitting contract for Eide Marine Services is a very important project for STX Finland. It shows that our strategic plan to expand our product and services portfolio,and to improve our global competitiveness and presence, has been successful”,says Timo Suistio, COO of STX Finland. “The project is very challenging both in terms of amount of outfitting work and the management of several global networking entities.” continues Suistio.

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