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India: Cochin Shipyard Names Two Platform Supply Vessels


Cochin Shipyard Naming ceremony for two ships , the naming ceremony of two Platform Supply Ships (PSV) BY 83 and BY 84 was conducted at a glittering ceremony held at Cochin Shipyard. These ships were named Brage Supplier and Brage Trader respectively by Ms. Siri Kleiveland, wife of Mr. Sigfinn Bartz Johanessen, Chairman , Sigba group, and Ms. Ingun Hestness, wife of Mr. Thorolf Hestness, Chairman of Board of Brage Supplier KS.

These Ships are of the PSV 09 design, developed by STX Europe. The vessels are being built by CSL for M/s Brage Supplier KS, Norway. Cmde K Subramaniam presided over the function and rendered the welcome address. Mr. Sigfin Bartz Johannessen , Chairman , Sigba group, addressed the gathering. Shri V Radhakrishnan , Director (Technical) and other senior officials of CSL were also present during the event. Brage Supplier and Brage Trader are part of a 4 vessel series of PSV 09 CD type Platform Supply vessel being built by CSL.

The first vessel of the series was delivered to M/s DOF, Norway, on 07 July 2011. CSL ventured into the Offshore vessel construction segment in 2005 and till now have delivered 21 high end vessels to international owners. Presently, CSL has a total of 13 offshore vessels in the order book. Apart from this, the yard is also constructing 20 Nos Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard and the prestigious Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy. The yard is well poised to achieve ambitious growth plans of the shipbuilding division with the above orders.

BY 83 and BY 84 are modern large segment Diesel Electric PSV’s designed to cater to meet the all round needs of the Offshore oil and gas industry. The vessel with length of 86M and breadth of 19 M meets the highest levels of environmental safety denoted by the CLEAN DESIGN notation of M/s Det Norske Veritas, The vessel in addition to the normal offshore supply operations, is capable of carrying methanol and is equipped with Dynamic positioning Grade 2 equipment. Accommodation of high standards meeting Comfort Class requirements of DNV is arranged for 44 people.

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Tanzania to Protect Seimic Vessels from Somali Pirates


Tanzania has ordered its army to escort ships searching for oil and gas off its coast to protect them from Somali pirates.

The East African country has licensed at least 17 international companies to look for offshore and onshore energy reserves.

“Due to increased piracy attacks, we have been compelled to beef up security in our territory,” Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda told parliament late on Saturday.

“The first step has been to provide escorts to vessels that request security assistance when they enter our territorial waters and the second is for the government to provide protection to vessels exploring for gas and oil in our ocean.”

Companies exploring in Tanzania include Canada’s Artumas Group Inc (AGI) , France’s Maurel & Prom , Norway’s StatoilHydro ASA, Shell International and Ras al-Khaimah Gas Commission of United Arab Emirates.

Somalia’s lack of effective central government has allowed piracy to flourish offshore and deep into the Indian Ocean despite a flotilla of international warships.

Armed pirate gangs have made millions of dollars demanding ransoms for ships captured as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards India.

Pinda said Tanzanian authorities had so far arrested 11 Somali pirates in its waters and prosecuted all the suspects.

Tanzania this month postponed its fourth deep offshore bidding round to next year to allow it to offer new blocks discovered by a new seismic survey.

By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala (Reuters)

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