• 2013 October 28 18:46

    Supersized heavyweights of the sea

    Eighty percent of the world’s semisubmersible heavy-lift vessels are equipped with motion monitoring and decision support systems from ABB. One such is Dockwise Vanguard, which has been recently contracted to lift and carry away the Costa Concordia on the strength of its track record to safely and efficiently transport supersized oil and gas platforms and giant floating production structures across the oceans of the world, the company said in its press release.

    Offshore oil and gas platforms and floating production centers are getting bigger and heavier, and the ships that transport them across the oceans of the world are getting bigger and heavier as well.

    Recently, the world’s largest semisubmersible heavy-lift vessel, Dockwise Vanguard, completed its maiden voyage, transporting the biggest semisubmersible oil platform hull ever built - the Jack St. Malo, which is owned by energy company Chevron.

    The 17,000 nautical mile (31,481 km) journey from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea to the Kiewit fabrication yard in Texas went more than halfway round the world via the Cape of Good Hope and took around 50 days to complete.

    In this voyage of the giants the 55,000 ton platform weighed half as much as the ship carrying it. It towered above the Vanguard’s bridge and extended far over the ship’s beam, just seven meters above sea level. It is hardly surprising, then, that Dockwise Vanguard has been selected to undertake the high profile Costa Concordia removal.
    “With the OCTOPUS motion monitoring and decision support system, the master and officers have a powerful tool to plan and execute the transport of heavy cargo.” Jan de Jonge, Senior Marine Engineer, Dockwise

    How do you transport a supersized high-value asset like this across thousands of kilometers of open and hazardous sea safely, efficiently and in the shortest possible time? The answer is by using ABB’s OCTOPUS Advisory Suite motion monitoring and decision support system.
    OCTOPUS Advisory Suite is a comprehensive motion monitoring, forecasting and decision-support toolkit that improves the availability and safety of sea-going vessels during weather-sensitive operations.

    It provides practical information for making correct decisions at sea by continuously monitoring and measuring the vessel’s motion, status and location, fuel use and performance, hydrodynamics and positioning. It combines wave measurements, weather forecasts and navigation data like speed, course and voyage plan, with the ship’s characteristics, loading conditions and motion sensor measurements.

    All this data is made available in real time to the bridge, the Dockwise head office, and to the customer (so that they too can follow the progress of their valuable asset). It enables the ship’s officers to choose the safest and calmest route and the optimal speed at which to travel. This maximizes the vessel’s time in the water and minimizes its journey time.
    80 percent of vessels

    With so much at stake it is not surprising that more than 80 percent of the world’s semisubmersible heavy-lift vessels are equipped with the OCTOPUS system. In all around 200 vessels of all types rely on OCTOPUS as their operational support tool. They include container ships, RoRo vessels, LNG tankers, navy vessels and many more.

    In 2014, as well as the Costa Concordia project, Dockwise Vanguard is scheduled to transport the Goliat floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel from the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea to northern Norway. The Goliat FPSO is an ABB-supplied vessel, for which ABB has designed and delivered a complete electrical, automation, instrumentation and telecommunications solution, including a 106 km power-from-shore cable system that will provide the FPSO with emission-free hydropower from the Norwegian mainland.

    OCTOPUS is developed by Amarcon, a fully owned subsidiary of ABB and the industry leader in vessel motion prediction solutions. OCTOPUS is part of ABB’s Vessel Information and Control (VICO) marine portfolio of advisory and fleet management reporting solutions; integrated automation, vessel management and control systems; and marine instrumentation and sensors.


2019 February 23

16:03 USCG terminates voyage for illegal fishing in Tortugas Ecological Reserve
15:51 Herbert-ABS launches HECSTAB Offshore Stability Evaluation Software
15:36 Fleet Xpress powers new Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ship
13:38 VT Halter Marine gets Navy's APL(S) design and construction contract modification
12:24 Brunvoll to deliver propulsion systems to autonomous ship
11:14 Austal begins construction of USS Canberra (LCS 30)

2019 February 22

18:08 Pacific Fleet AS-34 underwater vehicle practises maneuvering in Kola Bay
17:50 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first ship in new RSD59 series of four ships ordered by STLC
17:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
17:05 Bilfinger expands in international maritime scrubber market
16:35 Aker Solutions to develop digital twin for Wintershall’s Nova field
16:12 Chiquita's new container ship pays its first visit to Kloosterboer in North Sea Port
15:31 DOF awarded contracts for three ROV Support Vessels in Brazil
15:12 Biggest wellboat in the world’s hull arrives at Havyard yard in Leirvik
14:55 Zaliv shipyard (Kerch) launched search-and-rescue ship of Project А163
14:12 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
13:48 32 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 21-22
13:30 GTT creates a Digital Hub of Excellence in Singapore
13:04 The Spectrum of the Seas leaves the MEYER WERFT's dock
12:49 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg upgrades its cane equipment
12:30 Port of Rotterdam bunker figures down to 9.5 million m3 in 2018
12:03 Algoma announces purchase of additional product tanker
11:30 Van Oord is one of the founding partners and main sponsor of PortXL
11:02 Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding reach an agreement to cooperate in the UAE shipbuilding segment
10:30 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for next-generation LNG carrier "MARVEL CRANE"
10:20 Port of Yeisk handled 159,000 tonnes of cargo year-to-date
10:00 CMA CGM implements Port Congestion Surcharge from Med and North Europe to Canada East Coast
09:58 The Netherlands ratifies ship recycling convention
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.24% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 630 points

2019 February 21

18:33 AML’s MVP200 selected for new Swedish “RV Svea”
18:16 ​Shearwater GeoServices and TGS partner for major Brazil survey
18:03 NYK selected as a White 500 company for third consecutive year
17:55 Rosmorport to dredge 12.1 million cbm of material in 2019
17:34 Boskalis expands market position in marine survey through acquisition Horizon
17:29 GE to supply LM2500 gas turbine auxiliary equipment for Indian Navy’s P17A frigates
17:11 Hydrographic Company to get 15 new vessels by 2024
17:05 Rotterdam port innovation programme PortXL participants announced
17:03 H.H. Sheikh Theyab updated on ADNOC L&S strategy to become a global shipping champion
16:14 SCHOTTEL presents new shallow-water thruster SPJ 30 up to 150 kW
15:35 Forth Ports Group receives planning consent for new terminal at the Port of Tilbury
15:16 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
14:32 A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates transformation and grows revenue in 2018
14:11 Teekay Tankers reports fourth quarter and annual 2018 results
13:46 Santos posts it 2018 net profit of $630 million
13:15 Gazprom Neft demonstrates solid growth across all key financial indicators in 2018
13:13 A.P. Moller - Maersk initiates demerger and separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:49 ESPS Relampago’s crew carried out maritime training exercises with the Seychelles Coastguard
11:57 First meeting of Eastern Partnership LNG Network takes place in Warsaw
11:28 42 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 20-21
11:03 The UK publishes draft UK MRV legislation following Brexit
10:39 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 60,500 under its social programme in 2018
10:16 IMO treaties ratified by Guyana
09:54 Allocations of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port for its environmental programme in 2018 totaled USD 96,400
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.18% to $67.2, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.45
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 622 points

2019 February 20

18:13 Klaipėdos nafta carried out the 10th operation of reloading LNG from a gas carrier to ground storage tanks
17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel