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Germany: SAL’s MV Lone Becomes DP Class II Vessel

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The MV “Lone” has completed her upgrade from DP class I to DP Class II. The Heavy Lift vessel, which is part of the SAL fleet, was upgraded during the month of December in the dry-dock of the German shipyard Norderwerft (Sietas Group) in Hamburg.

With this configuration, her unrivalled service speed of 20 knots and her service capability the MV “Lone” is equipped to undertake ambitious projects within the oil and gas industry as well as offshore wind farms.

SAL, which belongs to the Japanese “K”-Line Group and is one of the leading international carriers specialising in the transportation of heavy lift cargos, owns the MV “Lone” and her twin MV “Svenja” which has a DP class I capability. These two vessels, each with a combined crane capacity of 2000 MT, can claim to possess the largest lifting capability for this type of vessel in the world and both feature a high transit speed of up 20 knots.

Dynamic Positioning (DP) is the automatic control of the vessel in its three axes of freedom (surge, sway and yaw). A DP class II certification, which the MV lone now holds, means that as a result of the equipment specification of the vessel a loss of position will not occur in the event of a failure of any single piece of critical equipment. During offshore installations where workers on platforms and other ships are involved this fact, guaranteed under all but exceptional circumstances, ensures maximum safety for personnel and equipment.

“The MV ‘Lone’ stands for SAL’s future strategy: the specialization on ships with high crane capacity and state-of-the-art technology ,” says Lars Rolner, CEO of SAL. “The installation of the DP2 system ensures an optimal capability within the highly complex area of oil, gas and wind offshore projects.”

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Ulstein SOC 5000 Vessel Design Wins Nomination for Prestigious Award in The Netherlands

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Ulstein Sea of Solutions is nominated for the Dutch HME Maritime Innovation Award 2011 for their SOC 5000 vessel design.

The SOC 5000 is a self propelled heavy lift crane vessel design, measuring 180,9 m by 46.4 m with a lifting capacity of 5.000 metric tons. Based on this design two customized versions have been developed which are currently under construction for Subsea Seven and Heerema.

Competitors to heavy offshore design company Ulstein Sea of Solutions for this prestigious Dutch innovation award are IHC Merwede and NewThex Ned BV.

The prize is presented annually to the most innovative maritime supplier of the Netherlands and will be presented at the Maritime Awards Gala that takes place on Thursday 3 November.

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Australia: Fairstar Vessel FJELL Joins Gorgon LNG Project Fleet

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Fairstar Heavy Transport N.V. (FAIR) has signed a third contract with Chevron PTY LTD and the Kellogg Joint Venture – Gorgon.

Under the terms of the contract, the semi-submersible vessel FJELL will provide marine transportation of modules and other related equipment over a series of voyages commencing in the second half of 2012 for a period of ten months. Chevron Australia PTY LTD and the Kellogg Joint Venture – Gorgon have options to extend the contract for up to an additional nine months.

The Gorgon Project, operated by Chevron Australia PTY LTD, is a joint venture of Chevron (approximately 47 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent) and Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (one percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).

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