• 2017 November 22 10:07

    Wagenborg Offshore chooses ULSTEIN PX121 design

    The Ulstein-owned vessel, ‘Blue Queen’, has been awarded a 6-year contract by Wagenborg Offshore to support Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and SHELL UK Exploration & Production (Shell UK) with their offshore operations on the Southern North Sea, the company said in its press release.

    The so-called ‘Walk-to-Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel’ (W2W ERRV) will be operated by Wagenborg Offshore as a standby and support vessel for inspection and maintenance of the unmanned platforms in both Dutch and British waters.

    For the provision of the W2W ERRV vessel to NAM-Shell, Wagenborg and Ulstein have signed an agreement for the delivery of a standard ‘PX121 Platform Supply Vessel’ (PSV). Built according the Ulstein Accommodation Standard, the PX121 has gained excellent feedback from the offshore industry due to a favourable combination of fuel-efficiency and load capacity. The PX121 is particularly suited for a conversion to other types of services, such as walk-to-work or Emergency Response and Rescue, without comprising her outstanding Dynamic Positioning performance.

    The vessel has been repainted in the Wagenborg colours. On the Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, approximately 80 employees will be working on the PX121 for the conversion from a PSV into a W2W ERRV vessel. The PX121 will be equipped with a.o. an additional accommodation module, motion compensated gangway and motion compensated crane, to comply with the requirements of NAM-Shell. The vessel will be converted in 16 weeks and is expected to be delivered to Wagenborg Offshore March 2018. The vessel will start operations in Q1 2018.

    By producing natural gas offshore NAM and Shell UK face major challenges to execute offshore operations as safe and efficient as possible and increase the effectiveness of offshore maintenance activities to reduce costs. Modern offshore production platforms are smaller and normally unmanned without 'helicopter deck', resulting in a need for Walk-to-Work vessels. With Walk-to-Work vessels offshore activities can be supported more safe, efficient, effective and productive, as already proven by the successful Walk-to-Work vessel Kroonborg.

    About the companies

    Wagenborg Offshore, started in 1997, is a market leader offering an array of logistic offshore services and marine support to the offshore industry. Currently operational on a worldwide scale, including the Canadian arctic, North Sea, Caribbean and Caspian Sea. With a versatile fleet of walk to work vessels, offshore supply-support vessels, accommodation vessels, diving support vessel and several shallow draught tugs and pontoons.

    ULSTEIN has some 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In total, Ulstein Verft has built more than 300 vessels, and more than 100 vessel designs with the X-BOW® has been delivered from Ulstein Group.




2017 December 15

18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge
13:01 GTT and Korean DSEC sign Technical Assistance and License Agreement
12:29 IMO encourages member countries to ratify and enforce the London Protocol to prohibit dumping at sea
12:00 Bahri welcomes Abdullah Aldubaikhi as new CEO
11:30 Bunker fuel is still in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:01 Port of Oakland import volume ahead of last year’s pace
10:40 Outright prohibition of heavy fuel in the Arctic is not reasonable – maritime administrations of Russia and Finland
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.58% to $62.8, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.18% to $56.7
10:14 ABS awarded contract by Cenac Marine Services to support compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements
09:59 Russia and Finland have similar positions on double control of fuel used by vessels
09:30 Amsterdam joins the ‘Premier League’ in the ethanol market
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,730 points
08:28 APL introduces mobile application for container tracking
07:02 Port of Felixstowe handles 1 million TEU by rail

2017 December 13

18:32 The European Ports Forum assembles in Brussels
18:07 Samskip adds 100 rail wagons to its fleet
17:58 Rosmorport taps Sergey Simonov as Deputy General Director
17:31 SENSREC project to continue support Bangladesh to comply with international requirements towards accession to the IMO ship recycling treaty
17:25 CMA CGM issues update on winter surcharge on imports into St Petersburg, Ust-Luga & Bronka (Russia)