• 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.


2017 September 22

18:04 ESL Shipping's second LNG-fueled dry cargo vessel was named Haaga
17:47 Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returned to Sevastopol
17:22 Port of Gdansk throughput up 4% to 25.5 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
16:58 Pella Shipyard (Leningrad Region) launched the harbor tugboat of Project 04690 (graphics)
16:35 Connecting Europe Conference takes place in Tallinn
16:00 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Aug'17 grew by 15% to 9.02mln t
15:33 Wan Hai Lines awarded “Container Shipping Line of The Year India-Far East Trade Lane” for the sixth time in seven years
15:19 Throughput of port Vyborg up 16% to 935,600 t in 8M’17
14:55 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 4% to 11.74 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
14:33 Neptun shipyard in Rostock finishes first engine room module for AIDAnova
14:20 Mooring trials of nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika scheduled for early 2018
14:02 Polarcus awarded broadband 3D project in Asia Pacific
13:43 USCG to present Amver Awards to Dutch ship owners at Europort 2017
13:32 MOL issues "Safety, Environmental and Social Report 2017"
13:17 Throughput of port Primorsk in 8M’17 down 7% Y-o-Y to 40.12 mln t
13:02 PhilaPort container throughput up to 54,185 TEUs in August 2017
12:55 Baltiysky Zavod launches Sibir, first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220 (photo)
12:42 Meyer Werft to build cruise ship for Saga Cruises
12:01 Singapore will host 18th Ballast Water Management Conference on 7-8 February 2018
11:40 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 67.54 mln t in 8M’17
10:28 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 11% to 35.26 mln t in 8M’17
10:09 Damen displays leading position in global OPV market
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.16% to $56.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.28% to $50.69
09:35 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,470 points

2017 September 21

18:01 Nuclear missile cruisers of RF Navy's Northern Fleet conducted bilateral exercise with firing
17:38 CPC has accepted three million tons of crude oil from the Russian fields on the Caspian shelf
17:10 FESCO delivered hydraulic equipment weighing over 500 tons to the Krasnoyarsk power plant
16:43 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.4 mln passengers in Jan-Aug'17, up 40.2%, Y-o-Y
16:19 Vympel Shipyard dispatched two fast patrol boats of Project 12150, Mangust, to Sakhalin (photo)
16:02 Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat sign ship energy management agreement
15:26 MABUX: Global bunker market turns in the rebalancing direction
15:24 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 11.4% to 3.6 mln t in 8M’17
15:02 Wärtsilä marine gear boxes to be produced by Siemens
14:41 Black Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returns to Sevastopol from Mediterranean
14:02 Finnlines to lengthen four of its "Breeze series" vessels
13:50 Photo release “IAA PortNews at the NEVA 2017”
13:17 Sovcomflot CEO Sergey Frank meets IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
13:02 Aker Solutions wins Troll FEED contract with EPCI option from Statoil
12:31 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combined-arms exercise in the Barents Sea
12:08 Dorian LPG selects ABS to evaluate LPG as fuel and other 2020 compliance options
11:39 Fuel oil prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:08 ZIM marks the 3 millionth container carried through DaChan Bay Terminals
10:47 IMO conducted table-top exercise on maritime security in Lima, Peru
10:29 Brent Crude futures price down 0.23% to $56.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.12% to $50.63
10:08 MAN Diesel & Turbo concludes dual-fuel ‘Wes Amelie’ LNG conversion project
09:50 Port of Gdansk to cooperate with new foreign partners - Ukraine and Qatar
09:32 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,449 points
09:17 NCSP volumes for 8M 2017 totaled 97 million tons
09:08 Royal IHC launches NMDC’s first custom-built TSHD
08:28 Berth rehabilitation continues apace at APM Terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey
08:02 Samsung Heavy Industries showcases in-house glycol LNG regasification system to shipowners
07:57 Wärtsilä tests its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered coastal ferry

2017 September 20

18:04 IMO talks Polar matters in Russia
17:49 Uniper and Pavilion Gas sign LNG deal providing access to their assets in respective home markets
17:32 Seaspan accepts delivery of 11000 TEU SAVER containership
17:22 Songa Bulk ASA announces acquisition of Kamsarmax bulk carrier
17:17 Digital Ship returns to Singapore on 4 October with a focus on investigating maritime’s digital future
16:55 Damen to open service hub in Russian Black Sea port
16:48 Almaz Shipyard hosts flag hoising ceremeny for patrol ship Predanny of Project 22460