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36
6 Regulars
5 COMMENT

Heavy-lift vessels
6 In a matter of a few months since entering service, Allseass Pioneering Spirit
has demonstrated its unique heavy-lift and pipelay capability
8 In early 2019 OOS International in The Netherlands plans to take delivery of
the first of a pair of innovative semi-submersible crane vessels
11 DEMEs Orion is one of a number of innovative heavy-lift/decommissioning
vessels on order
12 Boskalis is converting a semi-submersible vessel into a heavy-lift and
decommissioning vessel

Subsea/construction vessels
14 The latest addition to Vroon Offshores fleet provides high-quality
accommodation, equipment storage and ease of access to offshore platforms
14 16 Harvey Sub-Sea is the first of two high-spec subsea vessels for Harvey Gulf
International Marine
17 Far Superior is the product of a design effort by SolstadFarstad and
client Technip
18 Southern Star, Tasik Subseas newbuild, is the product of long experience in
the offshore industry
21 Siem Helix 1 recently started work offshore Brazil under a revised contract
with Petrobras
22 Seven Arctic, Subsea 7s new construction vessel, was designed to install
heavy loads with ease
24 Technips Deep Explorer is based on the design of an earlier unit, Deep Arctic

Dive support vessels


27 Among Australian naval architect Incat Crowthers latest vessels is a custom-
designed dive support unit for a customer in Africa
42
Fallpipe vessels
28 2018 is expected to see a new type of extremely flexible rock installation
vessel enter service with the Netherlands-based Van Oord.

Cablelay vessels
30 June 2017 saw NKT Victoria, an advanced, purpose-built, fuel-efficient and
environmentally friendly cablelay vessel, start work
33 DEMEs Living Stone can handle every aspect of cablelay work

Platform supply vessels


34 Gennadiy Nevelskoy is the first of a class of supply vessels for Sovcomflot

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36 Maersk Supply Services new anchor handlers are in a class of their own Annual Review
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39 Louis Dreyfus Armateurs newbuild combines a high level of operability, low Editor: David Foxwell
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42 Bibby WaveMaster 1 is designed to work in the offshore oil and gas and
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COMMENT | 5

LOGISTIC SUPER-SHIPS WILL


DISPLACE SUBSEA SUPPORTERS
P
utting together this Annual Review issue of OSJ has As Acta Marine put it when describing its new vessel, all of
been quite an eye opener. Firstly, because although it is the accommodation areas were designed with the idea that rested
tempting to think that a downturn might not see much personnel are productive personnel. On this particular vessel,
innovation, there are actually a lot of very interesting the gangway is integrated with a height-adjustable tower and
vessels of all types that have come to market in the last 12 months a lift for personnel and cargo. The lift will take them from their
or are due to shortly. Secondly, because there are also some quite accommodation or work area straight to the gangway, which also
clear trends, including new heavy-lift/decommissioning units has a trolley system for equipment. Take Bibby WaveMaster 1, which
such as Bokalift 1 from Boskalis, Orion, DEMEs new vessel, and has already won contracts in the offshore oil and gas industry and
OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren for OOS International offshore wind markets. It also has a height-adjustable gangway
not to mention some extremely high-spec cablelay/trenching/ and elevator for 100% stepless access. Windfarm technicians or
fallpipe vessels and a number of highly-specified subsea vessels oil and gas maintenance personnel can directly access the ships
ordered before the downturn but only now entering the market. gangway from warehouse areas. One of the drivers behind the
Another important trend highlighted this year is that several design of the vessel was that the space inside is carefully planned
vessels are dual-purpose units, capable of working in the offshore in terms of storage, workflow and logistics to ensure that movement
oil and gas and offshore wind industries. This is important of both people and equipment is optimised. Ergonomic design sees
because, through the downturn in the offshore oil and gas the interior spaces grouped together into similar task areas. This
industry, subsea vessels have found much-needed work in the ensures short lines of communication and eases workflow. Then
walk-to-work market, supporting oil and gas projects and offshore theres Louis Dreyfus Armateurs new service operation vessel.
wind projects. However, some of that work might dry up if many This particular vessel is aimed exclusively at the offshore wind
more custom-designed vessels of the type described in this issue market, but theres a lot about it from which offshore vessel owners
are ordered. Older vessels simply cant compete. They werent can learn. It really is a ship of superlatives, with a hybrid diesel-
designed and built with walk-to-work work in mind. What these electric propulsion system combining diesel engines and batteries,
older subsea vessels cant offer either sector is the kind of focus a walk-to-work gangway and the first example of a new motion-
on logistics, stepless transfer and workflow that the new ships compensated crane with groundbreaking anti-sway technology.
can. The new-generation walk-to-work ships are designed from The new vessels are far more capable than a subsea vessel
the outset for offshore workability and the ability to provide safe with a crane and an access system bolted to the deck. Owners
transfer of people and cargo. They have the kind of optimised in the oil and gas supply chain should take note. Depending on
logistics, accommodation and connectivity that a decade-old the level of demand in the offshore wind industry, I would expect
subsea vessel simply doesnt have. They also have purpose- these new-generation ships to displace some of the older vessels
designed storage areas for containers and winches that can move from the walk-to-work segment in the offshore wind and offshore
heavy equipment around within them. oil and gas markets. OSJ

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6 | HEAVY-LIFT VESSELS

MASSIVE VESSEL QUICKLY


MAKES ITS MARK IN HEAVY
LIFT AND PIPELAY MARKETS

The huge size of Pioneering Spirit is clear in this image of the


vessel on its way to undertake pipelaying for TurkStream gas pipeline

M
HAVING UNDERTAKEN ITS INITIAL HEAVY- uch has been made of the importance to the
decommissioning market of the cost-effectiveness of
LIFT PROJECTS IN THE NORTH SEA LAST
single-lift vessels (SLVs), with Allseas Pioneering Spirit
YEAR, ALLSEAS PIONEERING SPIRIT being the prime example.
RECENTLY BEGAN TO DEMONSTRATE Analyses of that market suggest that new-generation SLVs
THE OTHER ASPECT OF ITS INCREDIBLE will play a major role in reducing costs, in many cases, making
decommissioning projects feasible. As one recent study by Douglas-
CAPABILITY WHEN IT STARTED
Westwood noted of the role of SLVs, a huge amount will depend on
PIPELAYING THE DEEPWATER SECTIONS the success of early removal projects.
OF THE TURKSTREAM GAS PIPELINE However, large-scale decommissioning projects dont yet occur
with sufficient regularity to keep a vessel such as Pioneering Spirit
permanently employed. Hence, the vessel has two roles, also
operating as a pipelayer with an S-lay tension capacity of up to 2,000
tonnes, installing the heaviest and largest pipelines in the industry
and doing so at a very high lay rate compared with other vessels.
The first heavy-lift project that this unique vessel undertook
lifting the Yme topsides on behalf of Repsol in the North Sea was
completed in August 2016, but in June 2017, it started working on
quite a different sort of project, pipelaying on the deepwater sections
of the TurkStream gas pipeline.
Other heavy-lift vessels able to undertake single lifts of massive
offshore structures have been proposed, but for the time being at

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least, Allseas new vessel is a ship unlike any other, able to single lift has often affirmed, very large lifts can substantially reduce offshore
topsides of up to 48,000 tonnes and jackets up to 25,000 tonnes. The hook-up costs during topsides installation, just as during topsides
vessel, which has a wide slot at the bow that fits around platform decommissioning, single lifting can make laborious module
substructures, is equipped with a hydraulically operated topsides removal unnecessary.
lifting system. For installing or removing platform jackets, the vessel Installation of large, integrated topsides using the float-over
has a system of two tilting lift beams at the stern. technique was proposed in the 1970s and has been used on a number
Prior to the development of the SLV concept, installation of of occasions on a number of projects but only in benign waters. In
large offshore platforms was generally carried out by crane vessels, the Gulf of Mexico, Versatruss successfully used single-lifting with
and large topsides have to be installed module by module in order an innovative system of large frames on two barges, but only in calm
to ensure that the lifts remain within the capacity of the cranes. water. Large, semi-submersible crane vessels such as those owned
This can lead to considerable offshore hook-up costs to complete and operated by Heerema and Saipem have successfully carried out
the topsides. However, if a topside can be installed with a single integrated lifts of up to 12,000 short tons (11,000 tonnes) with two
lift, hook-up costs can be significantly reduced. Moreover, if a cranes, but again, only in very favourable weather conditions.
topside structure is completed on land and then installed in one Before commissioning the design and construction of the new
piece with all of the structural, electrical, hydraulic and piping unit, Allseas analysed in detail a number of large platforms in
work done on land the whole process can be executed much more order to verify the capability that would be required of the vessel
quickly and efficiently. and to develop viable solutions for lifting and lowering structures,
Equally, removing large topsides using conventional crane transporting them and skidding them ashore.
vessels requires the topsides to be removed module by module or Gravity-based topsides, for which the leg spacing fits the slot on
by time-consuming, hazardous and expensive dismantling offshore, the vessels bow, can be lifted with pods fitted in the clamps of the
piece by piece. When removing topsides in this way, every module topsides lift system. Platforms with a leg spacing of up to 51 m can
must be cut loose from the surrounding modules, lift points must be accommodated. Only a few of the widest gravity structures and
be reinstalled and lift rigging must be attached. Platform walkways, jackets currently found in the North Sea do not fit Pioneering Spirits
escape routes and safety plans must be adjusted several times during bow slot. The topsides of these platforms can be removed modularly
the removal process. Several make safe campaigns are required, using the tilting lifting beams.
offshore and onshore, and at an early stage, accommodation facilities Capable of sailing under its own power at a high transit speed
will have to be removed because they are located on the outside and equipped with a dynamic positioning system and a motion
of the structure and will no longer be available to the crew sent to compensation system developed inhouse by Allseas, Pioneering
dismantle the unit. Spirit is the only vessel in the world capable of working in more
Another important feature of the single-lift vessel concept is hostile environments such as the North Sea and will do so at
that, whereas removal of jackets by conventional techniques requires unprecedented speed. The vessel also has light ice class, which
them to be cut up into small sections, Pioneering Spirit can remove will extend the period of time during which it can operate in the
jackets in their entirety and subsea work to the foundation piles is regions prone to ice. As Allseas also highlights, the units extreme
minimised. Moreover, working in this way increases the economic dimensions will also ensure that it is an especially stable platform,
value of the topsides and jackets once removed, because they remain with wave response behaviour that will be superior to semi-
intact, driving down conversion and refurbishment costs for reuse. submersible crane vessels.
With Pioneering Spirit, therefore, Allseas has transformed In keeping with the units massive size, the machinery on board
installation and decommissioning projects and will significantly the vessel is also unique, being based on eight main diesel generators
reduce the amount of offshore work associated with platform providing a total installed power of 95 megawatts providing power to
installation and decommissioning, shifting the work onshore a total of 12 azimuth thrusters. Underway, the huge vessel will have
where it is safer and more cost-effective. As Allseas founder and a maximum speed of 14 knots and will provide accommodation for
the man behind the single-lift vessel concept, Edward Heerema, more than 570 people in two-berth cabins. OSJ

Pioneering Spirits primary role is


lifting very large structures, as shown here

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SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE HEAVY LIFTERS


WILL BE ECONOMIC AND
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

In early 2019 OOS International in The


OOS Serooskerke and sister
Netherlands plans to take delivery of vessel will be capable of tandem
the first of a pair of innovative semi- lifts of up to 4,400 tonnes

submersible crane vessels intended for


heavy lifting projects worldwide

T
he semi-submersible the technical and commercial
lifters, OOS benefits of this approach have
Serooskerke and already been proven with its
OOS Walcheren, are first unit of this type, OOS
under construction at China Gretha, which is working for
Merchants Heavy Industry Petrobras in Brazil.
in Jiangsu, Chin and have a The dynamic positioning
number of interesting features (DP) class 3 crane vessel/
such as a brace-less design and accommodation unitswill
asymmetric pontoons that will have a huge open deck which
enable them to reach a speed will be reinforced to take fuel in DP and transit than monitoring systems such
up to 12 knots. A steel cutting large pieces of equipment. Mr comparable designs. as an environmental
ceremony for OOS Serooskerke Overdulve said the new semi- Kongsberg Maritime has monitoring system.
took place in June 2017 and submersibles will also be very been awarded contracts to More recently Mr
a steel cutting ceremony for green vessels with SCRs for supply integrated ship systems Overdulve has also started a
OOSWalcheren is due to take exhaust gas cleaning, ballast for the heavy-lifters. The new company, OOS Drilling
place in a few months. water treatment systems and contracts, worth more than BV, which plans to make use of
Leon Overdulve, founder ENVIRO-OS (environmental US$62Mn, include supply and another new vessel type, OOS
and owner of Holding OOS protection offshore plus from integration of the electrical, Luctor et Emergo, which will he
International Group BV, said classification society ABS ) and communications and integrated said would have new features
each of the new vessels will green passportclass notation. control systems for OOS providing significant benefits
be fitted with two heavy-lift In keeping with their role as Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren. to operators in the offshore oil
cranes with a combined lifting heavy-lifters the newbuilds will The contracts also include and gas sector.
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lift cranes will be provided by loads and will provide subsea services at all stages of on the growing offshore
Huisman Equipment and will construction and subsea support construction of the semi- decommissioning market. Well
be utilised for decommissioning to a water depth of 3,000 m. submersibles.The company plugging and abandonment
structures in the offshore Another important feature will supply switchboards, is the most expensive part of
oil and gas industry, and for of the semi-submersible frequency converters, decommissioning, not only in
installation of foundations, hullform is that it will provide automation, navigation and terms of technical complexity
moorings and platforms for excellent motion characteristics. DP systems, as well as radio but also the time required," he
offshore wind structures. Others include the fact that the and satellite communications. told a recent conference. It
OOS said the semi- new units will, the company Other elements of the contract is our aim to facilitate faster,
submersible crane vessels will claims, have lower operating include networking and easier and more cost-efficient
combine hotel and heavy lift costs than other similar designs, onboard entertainment, solutions for dismantling old
capability. The company said and use around 25% less safety technology and platforms. OSJ

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LNG-FUELLED HEAVY-LIFTER
IS DESIGNED FOR DECOMMISSIONING AND INSTALLATION

D
EME, whose subsidiary DEME GROUPS allows us to compete in a sector with only
GeoSea has become a well NEW INSTALLATION/ a few players where there has been little
known provider of installation competition of late, and we look forward
DECOMMISSIONING VESSEL
services in the offshore wind to winning some of that market share,
industry, is one of a number of companies
WILL BE THE FIRST OF said Liebherr Maritime Cranes' managing
to have ordered a construction vessel ITS KIND TO BE FUELLED director Leopold Berthold.
capable of decommissioning and installing BY ENVIRONMENTALLY Apart from the main crane, the deal
offshore structures. FRIENDLY LIQUEFIED also includes two of Liebherrs RL-K
The companys new vessel, Orion, NATURAL GAS 4200 knuckleboom cranes and an offshore
is being built at COSCO in China for crane simulator.
delivery in 2019. Although primarily Wrtsil is to supply engines and other
intended as an installation vessel for the propulsion machinery for the newbuild. In
offshore wind industry, it will also be able to addition to the dual-fuel engines, Wrtsil
undertake decommissioning projects in the will also provide its LNGPac fuel storage
offshore oil and gas sector. monopiles in greater water depths. With and supply system and propulsion systems.
With a total installed power of 44,180 DP3 technology, the installation vessel The decision to utilise clean-burning
kW, Orion will be equipped with a can continue operations under the most LNG fuel is based on our commitment
high-capacity crane with lifting capacity challenging conditions. to provide environmentally sustainable
of 5,000 tonnes at more than 35 m. The Offshore crane manufacturer Liebherr solutions for our operations, said Jan
crane will be able to lift loads to a height is to supply the crane for the installation/ Gabriel, head of the newbuilding and
of more than 170 m. Deck space on the decommissioning vessel. It will be the conversion department at DEME.
vessel has been maximised to provide largest crane developed by the company The vessel will be powered by four
exceptionally high transport and loading to date. It will be built at Liebherrs plant 9-cylinder Wrtsil 46DF dual-fuel electric
capacity. At 216.5 m long, Orion will be in Rostock, Germany. Delivery will be propulsion engines and two 6-cylinder
a dynamic positioning class 3 vessel with spring 2019. Wrtsil 20DF dual-fuel engines.
accommodation for 131 people. It is a great honour to work with Wrtsil will also supply two custom-
The vessel can take the heaviest both DEME and COSCO (who will made retractable thrusters, four underwater
monopiles, jackets, wind turbine build the vessel) on such a revolutionary demountable thrusters and the Wrtsil
components and structures in a single project, said Liebherr Offshore Cranes LNGPac storage and supply system and
shipment, said DEME. With this sales director Gordon Clark. We see a is also responsible for commissioning, site
unmatched combination of high load promising future in the heavy-lift sector, supervision and project management services.
and lifting capacity, Orion can transport with growth in both the green energy The equipment is due for delivery to
and install the next generation of multi- sector and offshore decommissioning. the yard building Orion in the latter part of
megawatt wind turbines. The extension of our heavy crane range 2017. OSJ
Environmental considerations have also
been an important element in the design
of the vessel. Orion has dual-fuel engines Due to be delivered in 2019, Orions crane will have
and can run on conventional fuel or LNG. a lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes at 35m that can
The vessel will have a green passport and lift loads to a height of more than 170m
clean design notation. It will also have
other environmental innovations on board,
such as a waste heat recovery system that
converts heat from the exhaust gases and
cooling water to electrical energy.
GeoSea managing director Luc
Vandenbulcke said With Orion, we
will be uniquely positioned to meet the
future requirements of our customers
and the trend towards larger capacity
turbines and bigger windfarm projects,
delivering energy at lower costs. Orion
will be capable of installing mega

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Converted semi-submersible
will have lifting capacity aplenty
In recent years, Boskalis has successfully built a position in the will not rely on the installation of an anchor
spread. It will have accommodation for 149
offshore oil and gas and offshore wind industries, and a vessel it is people and a helicopter deck for offshore
currently converting will add to its capability in both sectors transfers. Delivery is expected at the
beginning of 2018. The conversion work is
being undertaken in Singapore at Keppel
Shipyard. A sister vessel is also scheduled
for conversion into another 3,000-tonne
capacity crane vessel.
Bokalift 1 will be capable of lifting 3,000
tonnes at a radius of 28 m and 1,200 tonnes
at 50 m. The load a heavy-lift crane can
lift is important, but so too is the height to
which it can lift a load. Using its main block,
the crane on the vessel, which is being built
Bokalift 1 will be by Huisman, will be capable of lifting a load
able to work in the to 90 m above deck at a radius of 30 m and
offshore oil and 99 m at a 35 m radius.
gas industry, and The 216 m long vessel has a breadth
in offshore wind of 43 m, moulded draught of 13 m and
operating draught of approximately 8.5
m. The deck will be strengthened to 25

A
tonnes/m2.
s highlighted previously in the plan, but two well known owners have The machinery takes the form of four
OSJ and in our sister journal now done so. One is DEME Group, which 3,840 kW Wrtsil engines and two 4,800
OWJ, a number of companies has ordered construction of a large monohull kW Bergen engines with a 1,110 kW auxiliary
have ordered vessels targeting installation and decommissioning vessel, engine from Wrtsil. Bokalift 1 will have a
the growing market for ships capable Orion, which is profiled elsewhere by OSJ. A ballast capacity of 2 x 1,500 m3/hr and an
of decommissioning offshore oil and second example is Bokalift 1, which, strictly anti-heeling system with a capacity of 8 x
gas platforms and installing extra-large speaking, is not a newbuild at all, being a 2,000 m3/hr. The vessel will have a transit
monopiles and jacket foundations for conversion of one of Boskaliss F-class semi- speed of 14 knots.
offshore wind turbines. submersible heavy lifters, Finesse. In decommissioning mode, the vessel
Self-propelled jack-ups have tended to However, such is the nature of its change will position itself using its DP system
undertake a lot of foundation and turbine of role that it qualifies for OSJs Annual and cut the legs of a jacket between the
installation work to date, but for the installation Review issue in which we look at many of topside and the jacket. It would then lift
of foundations for new-generation, larger the new vessels currently on order or that the topside onto its deck. The vessel will
turbines, large monohulls rather than jack-ups have been delivered in the last 12 months. also have the ability to deploy an internal
seem to be becoming more popular, if recent The new vessel for Boskalis will combine cutting tool, which will cut the legs of the
orders are anything to go by. the 3,000-tonne lifting capacity revolving jacket below seabed level, after which it
Back in 2012, A2SEA, the well known crane with a deck area of 165 m x 43 m and a will lift the jacket onto its deck and depart
owner-operator of foundation and turbine dynamic positioning class 2 (DP2) capability. for a disposal yard where it would offload
installation vessels, was developing Like Orion, it will be used to install the topsides/jacket using its own crane.
a new installation vessel with Teekay jackets and monopiles for offshore wind In foundation installation mode for the
Corporation. A2SEA got as far as sending turbines and to remove obsolete oil and offshore wind market, the vessel would
out specifications to shipyards to obtain gas platforms and transport. Boskalis says load itself with jack or other types of
pricing for the project, which was based on it could also be used to transport and foundation using its crane and, having
the conversion of an oil tanker rather than a install certain types of newbuild oil and gas arrived at the location of the windfarm,
jack-up vessel. production platforms. would lift the foundations and stab them
Ultimately, A2SEA didnt press ahead with Having DP2 will mean that the vessel into place on pre-installed pin piles. OSJ

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WALK-TO-WORK SHIP
IS AN OFFSHORE WIND AND SUBSEA HUB
THE LATEST ADDITION TO VROON OFFSHORES FLEET COMBINES A STABLE, HIGHLY
MANOEUVRABLE PLATFORM WITH HIGH-QUALITY ACCOMMODATION, ONBOARD
EQUIPMENT STORAGE AND EASE OF ACCESS TO OFFSHORE PLATFORMS

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uly saw Vroon Offshore Wind in August, providing vessel market since 2000 and was aiming to meet the
in the Netherlands hold a offshore logistic support, has gained experience in a expected increase in demand
naming ceremony for VOS accommodation and walk- wide range of operations and for offshore transfer solutions.
Start, the first of a new class to-work services during projects. Its subsea support The vessels offer
of subsea/walk-to-work vessels construction of the Walney vessel portfolio is based on accommodation and work
that was purpose-designed Extension offshore windfarm. vessel designs developed by space for up to 60 client
and built to support offshore A sister vessel, VOS Stone, the companys performance staff (special personnel) and
operations in the renewable has also now been delivered and engineering department, provide 750 m2 of clear deck
energy industry and walk-to- to Vroon by Fujian Southeast reflecting client specifications, space that can be fitted with a
work projects in the offshore Shipbuilding in China, the market requirements and walk-to-work offshore access
oil and gas industry. same yard that built VOS Start. substantial inhouse offshore system whilst leaving ample
VOS Start started work Vroon Offshore has been experience. With VOS Start space available for a variety
for MHI Vestas Offshore active in the subsea support and VOS Stone, the company of extra services. In addition,

The design on which VOS Start is based provides high-standard accommodation, work space, a 750m2 clear deck and access system

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the vessels can be equipped


with workboats and heave
VOS START compensated davits.
Based on a design from
IN BRIEF Khiam Chuan Marine (KCM),
VOS Start and VOS Stone are
dynamic positioning class 2
Hotel-type comfort and (DP2) units that comply with
service (total 87 beds) the Special Purpose Ships
(SPS) Code regulations.
Client entertainment Working closely with Vroon
systems Offshore and KCM, the Force
Technology Design Institute
Client office, library, gym helped the Dutch owner
and cinema to optimise the vessels for
efficient fuel consumption,
Dedicated client whether sailing or in DP mode,
generator and 10 m2 client and for onboard comfort for VOS Start combines DP2, efficient fuel consumption in free
workshop client personnel. sailing and DP mode and onboard comfort for client personnel
A number of walk-to-work
Extensive client email vessels have been delivered
and data-communication since OSJs 2016 Annual
facilities Review issue, but few bring
together so many innovations 50-person mess room, large, executive Martijn Koppert
260 m2 clear deck area and so flexibly combine fully equipped clients office with explained that the gangway
the ability to transport and what the owner describes as will be mounted on a pedestal
190 m2 covered accommodate personnel and an urban feel and appearance, with an integrated elevator
warehouse equipment and provide access a conference room/cinema, used to transport both people
to offshore structures. fully equipped gym and and pallet trolleys from ship
Dynamic positioning Since the vessel was 24/7 broadband on board deck and levels below to the
class 2 delivered, much attention thanks to a Ku-band satellite level of the gangway.
has focused on the motion communications system. Bosch Rexroth sales
Compliant with compensated Barge Master With a hydrodynamically manager offshore projects
SPS Code BM-Gangway system and optimised hullform tested by Boy Biermans said the
active heave compensated Maritime Research Institute gangway has telescopic
Fuel-efficient crane and a 50-tonne capacity Netherlands, VOS Start has a sections that allow its
crane from SMST with active high level of manoeuvrability, length to be adjusted by an
Motion-compensated heave compensation, but VOS with a total of three bow electrically powered winch.
offshore access system Start has many other features thrusters, one of which is This next-generation
worthy of attention. retractable. The vessel has gangway is equipped with
500-tonne active heave Containers holding boat landings aft and on the extremely fast sensors and
compensated crane equipment used offshore by starboard side of the vessel control technology, he said.
windfarm personnel are housed that enable crew transfer Because of this, the
Optimised hull on board in a warehouse area, vessels to work with the ship system is able to compensate
characteristics within which remote-controlled and to be refuelled from it. for wave heights of up to 3
trolleys are used to move Designed to have a high m, resulting in an operating
Optimised items of heavy equipment moment of inertia and low G window that can be up to
anti-rolling tank around. There is also a fully forces, the vessel also has four times higher than other
covered workshop that can an anti-roll tank to further available systems in the
Improved seakeeping accommodate six containers. reduce rolling motions. The market, making it unique.
The elevator that takes motion-compensated gangway Vroon Offshore Services
Two super-silent windfarm technicians up to is installed at the centre of newbuilding superintendent
tunnel bow thrusters the level of the walk-to-work rotation of the vessel. Foppe Molenaar told OSJ
(one retractable) gangway also services the As highlighted above, VOS Continuous access is what
warehouse, main deck level Start is the first application of makes this system unique
and the gangway. the BM-Gangway, which was compared to conventional
The accommodation on developed by Barge Master offshore access systems.
board takes the form of 49 and Bosch Rexroth. Unveiling "It ensures safe and
single cabins and 19 double the motion compensated efficient transfer of
cabins, all built and fitted out gangway to the press in June personnel whatever the sea
to a high standard. There is a this year, Barge Masters chief conditions. OSJ

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Jones Act subsea ship can


compete with all comers
The latest addition to Harvey Gulf International Marines fleet is a high-spec subsea
vessel that the company believes is the equal of any similar ship anywhere

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n early to mid-2017, debate raged about proposed changes equipped with a 250-tonne heave-compensated knuckleboom
to the Jones Act that would have had profound implications crane with 1,200 m of wire. The cranes winch is below deck,
for the offshore support vessel market in the Gulf of Mexico expanding its lifting capacity and enabling loads of 107 tonnes to
and for international owners whose vessels operate there. be delivered to water depths of approximately 3,500 m.
Putting aside the highly contentious and sometimes Harvey Sub-Sea has accommodation for 150, all in one or
acrimonious debate about what the effect of the changes might two-person cabins, 13,000 ft2 of deck space and a 7 m x 7 m
have been in other sectors of the deepwater market in the Gulf moonpool. The vessel has a S61 (Heavy) Helideck and meets
of Mexico, owners of Jones Act construction vessels stood to ABS DP2, SPS Code and MLC 2006 certification requirements,
gain from what would have been a de facto ban on international among others. The ships moonpool is strengtheneding around its
vessels in the region. perimeter, enabling subsea handling equipment to be fitted there.
Prior to the downturn in the industry brought about by the The vessel is fitted with a deck with a rating of 10 tonnes/m2. This
steep fall in the oil prices, owners of Jones Act vessels invested vessel truly demonstrates Jones Act vessels are here and ready
heavily in light and medium construction vessels and inspection, for service, said Mr Guidry.
maintenance and repair (IMR) vessels for which, sadly, there is little Speaking recently, Mr Guidry also noted that, at a time when
demand currently. other vessel operators are stacking vessels and reducing fleet size,
Jones Act owners in the US argued that, given the growth Harvey Gulf continues to secure long-term contracts for vessels and,
of the Jones Act fleet of construction/IMR vessels, the need for is taking delivery of new vessels and of vessels reconfigured for
foreign tonnage has all but disappeared and that there would be subsea services. In May 2017, it signed long-term contracts for the
little or no adverse impact on operations in the Gulf of Mexico MPSV Harvey Intervention, fast supply vessel (FSV) Harvey Hustler,
were Jones Act-qualified ships to replace the foreign fleet. FSV Harvey Runner and FSV Harvey Express. The charters followed
Among the US companies that stood to benefit from the Harvey Gulfs recent agreement with Delta Subsea to outfit Harvey
proposed change in the interpretation of the Jones Act was Harvey Steeler, which was in layup, to provide remotely operated vehicle
Gulf International Marine, which has invested heavily in recent and survey services. OSJ
years in a high- spec fleet of supply ships and construction vessels,
several of them powered by environmentally friendly liquefied
natural gas (LNG), Harvey Gulf being the first vessel owner in the US
to opt for LNG, as OSJ has several times highlighted.
April 2017 saw the company take delivery of the first of two
multipurpose support vessels (MPSVs) scheduled for delivery to it
in 2017. On taking delivery of the vessel from Eastern Shipbuilding,
Harvey Gulf highlighted the fact that the ship, Harvey Sub-Sea,
is a Jones Act-qualified unit thatit has the technical capabilities
to efficiently, effectively and safely perform high- quality field
development activities currently being performed by a foreign fleet.
Harvey Sub-Sea has the size, crane capacity, deck space,
accommodation, equipment and station-keeping capability
equivalent to, or better than, its her foreign competitors, said
Shane Guidry, chairman and chief executive of Harvey Gulf.
Harvey Sub-Sea can undertake a broad range of subsea
installations and removals, inspection, maintenance and repair and
provide flotel services, said Mr Guidry. It can be equipped to lay
umbilicals and cables and undertake well- intervention and hydrate Harvey Subsea-Sea is the first of a pair of high spec Jones Act
remediation operations. subsea vessels that Harvey Gulf International Marine ordered from
The vessel is 100 m overall with a breadth of 22 m and is Eastern Shipbuilding

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Long-term
charter ensures
employment
for offshore
construction ship

The downturn in the market has seen a number of new subsea vessels laid up
SolstadFarstads Far Superior is not one of them, thanks to a long-term charter with
Technip, who were also involved in the design and specification of the vessel

S
olstadFarstad tookdelivery of the light construction/IMR in close co-operation with Farstad and Technip, who will use the
vessel Far Superior (a VARD 3 17 design) from Vard Group vessel for ROV support operations, light construction work, IMR
on 8 March 2017. Construction was undertakenby Vard and other subsea work.
Vung Tau in Vietnam. Having been delivered, the vessel Vard describes the 3 series vessels, of which the 3 17 is
commenced work under a long-term framework agreement with an example, as subsea construction vessels designed with a
TechnipFMC Norgefor a firm period of five years and up to five focus on good stationkeeping and excellent manoeuvrability
years options. and seakeeping characteristics. The design allows for flexible
Far Superior was purpose-built for TechnipFMC Norge to configuration with respect to the different operations that the
conduct light construction work, inspection, maintenance and vessel may be outfitted and arranged for, typically subsea
repair (IMR) and other subsea-related activities in up to 3,000 m construction and installation, IMR, flexible pipelaying, well
ofwater. The vessel has an overall length of 98.1 m, beam of 21.5 m intervention and dive support (although the latter do not form part
and deck area of 875 m. of the roles currently assigned to Far Superior).
The ship was the last vessel that Farstad had on order and the final Far Superior has a maximum draught of 6.6 m and deadweight
vessel that it had ordered as part of a drive further into the subsea of 4,200 tonnes. With a deck area of 875 m, the vessel has a 7.2
vessel sector prior to the steep downturn in the market following the m x 7.2 m ROV moonpool. The deck is strengthened to 10 tonnes/
fall in the oil price starting in 2014. Long-term financing for the vessel m and to 15 tonnes/m2 aft of frame 41. A 26.1 m diameter helideck
was arranged by Danske Bank, DNB, GIEK, Sparebanken Mre and suitable for a 15-tonne Sikorsky 92 is fitted. The vessel has
Swedbank with funding provided by Eksportkreditt Norge AS. capacity for 1,900 m of fuel oil, 1,000 m of potable water, 2,900
Farstad, now part of the massive offshore support vessel mega- m of drill water and 800 m3 of MEG.
company SolstadFarstad, had a fleet of more than 60 vessels The main crane has a safe working load of 150 tonnes at 15 m
prior to the merger. In July 2015, it had taken delivery of another and 3,000 m of wire. Placed on the starboard side of the vessel,
subsea/construction vessel, Far Sentinel, a Vard 3 07 from Vard it is complemented by a deck crane with a safe working load of 3
Langsten a sister vessel to Far Sleipner, which is also the subject tonnes at 15 m.
of a long-term charter deal with Technip. The main engines provide a total of 15,667 bhp and are fitted
The newly-delivered Vard 3 17 design was developed with catalytic converters to reduce emissions. Manoeuvrability
especially for subsea and IMR operations. It was designed to be is enhanced by an azimuthing bow thruster and a conventional
arranged for two work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) tunnel thruster forward. The vessels fuel consumption at
and has a 150-tonne active heave compensated offshore crane. economic speed(12 knots) is 17 m/day, and consumption at
The vessel was designed by Vard Design in lesund, Norway, service speed(13 knots) is 22 m/day. OSJ

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DP3 SUBSEA SERVICE SHIP


IS THE PRODUCT OF LONG EXPERIENCE

J Claimed to be the most advanced


une 2017 saw the newbuild subsea system with two self-propelled hyperbaric
vessel Southern Star (originally to be lifeboats and has a 150-tonne, active heave
named Tasik Toba) commence a
IACS-classed dive support compensated crane. The hangar for remotely
six-year bareboat charter, an increase of vessel built in China for export, operated vehicles (ROVs) can house two
a year on the original deal for the vessel, Southern Star is the product of a deepwater, construction-class units.
with options for extensions. company led by individuals who The vessels diesel-electric propulsion
Singapore-based Tasik Subsea is led by system was supplied by ABB, with Voith
John Giddens, a former diver who many in
know the dive support and subsea thrusters providing additional capability
the industry will remember as the founder of markets well including active roll compensation.
Hallin Marine. Mr Giddens sold Hallin Marine Southern Star is one of a growing
to Superior Energy Services in 2010. He is number of references for Voith Schneider
partnered in Tasik Subsea by Mike Meade, thrusters, which, in addition to active roll
managing director of M3 Marine. compensation, have the benefit of fast
Mr Giddens company supervised response time, improved positionkeeping
the build of the vessel at Fujian Mawei and low maintenance costs. They are
Shipbuilding Ltd in Fuzhou, China, at its and flexibly, both parties could see the complemented by Rolls-Royce bow thrusters.
Culu Island shipyard, and worked very economic sense in extending the charter Mr Giddens and Mr Meade describe
closely with the charterers believed to be period from five to six years in exchange Southern Star as a vessel capable of but
Fugro to ensure they have a technically for adjusted rates during some of the firm not limited to inspection, maintenance
advanced, cost-effective vessel. The charter period. and repair, and installation of subsea
design was developed for Tasik Subsea by The 112 m, dynamic positioning class umbilicals, flowlines and risers, along with
naval architect Focal Marine. 3 (DP3), saturation/air dive and remotely light and medium construction, deepwater
Describing the genesis of the design operated vehicle vessel is said to be the intervention, saturation and air dive support
and the charter it has won, Mr Giddens, most advanced International Association and ROV support.
Tasik Subseas managing director, said of Marine Contractors-classed dive support The offshore crane is a 150-tonne SWL
The market is difficult with economic vessel built in China for export and complies 3,000 m knuckleboom subsea crane with
challenges at every tier, no one needs with the latest codes of practice and active heave compensation. Southern
telling that, but by working to ensure the industry safety standards. Star also has a helideck for fast transfer
operator has an outstanding and reliable The ship, which has two moonpools, of crew and operating personnel and can
vessel that can be operated competitively has a 300 m-rated, 15-man saturation dive accommodate 120 people.
With a length overall of 112 m, Southern
Star is 96.60 m between perpendiculars,
with a moulded beam of 24 m, moulded
depth of 9 m and design draught of 6.5 m.
The vessel has a service speed of 12 knots
and deadweight of approximately 4,500
Southern Star is understood tonnes with 1,000 m2 of deck space, which
to have been taken on a long- is strengthened to 10 tonnes/m2.
term charter by Fugro The diesel engines in the diesel-electric
machinery take the form of a quartet of
2,500 kW units plus a 1,100 kW generator.
The main propulsors highlighted above are
a pair of 2,500 kW Voith Schneider units.
The bow thrusters are a pair of super-
silent tunnel thrusters, complemented
by a retractable azimuth thruster. The
vessel bears the class notation ABS, A1(E)
Offshore Support Vessel, (DSV SAT, ROV
Capable, CRC, SPS), ACC, ENVIRO, DPS-3,
GP BWT, UWILD. OSJ

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Wide beam design combines riser-based


intervention with well construction capability
The first quarter of 2017 saw Helix Energy
Solutions Groups Siem Helix 1 light well
intervention vessel finally start operations
offshore Brazil on contract to Petrobras

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ontract amended to commence
commencement between 1 October 2017 and
for Siem Offshore's 31 December 2017, and the Siem Helix 1 started work
new well day rate for this contract was offshore Brazil earlier this year;
intervention vessels followed not changed. As it eventually sister vessel Siem Helix 2 will
the completion of extended turned out, Siem Helix 1 start work early in 2018
contract negotiations with actually started work for
Petrobras, Brazils state oil Petrobras somewhat later even
company. The negotiations than the amended contract
were needed to amend terms negotiations suggested. Siem length of 158 m and were They have a deck loading
for contracts for Siem Helix 1 Helix 2 is now expected to built in compliance with the capacity of 6,000 tonnes, a
and sister vessel Siem Helix 2, commence operations in Brazil requirements of classification main offshore crane with active
both of which were contracted in Q1 2018. as mobile offshore drilling units heave compensation of 250
and ordered before the Siem Helix 1 and Siem (MODUs). Purpose-designed tonnes at 14 m (supplied by
downturn in the offshore oil Helix 2 were ordered by Siem as well intervention vessels, NOV) and an auxiliary crane
and gas industry following the Offshore from Flensburger they are capable of all aspects with a capacity of 60 tonnes
steep fall in the oil price. shipyard in Germany on the of riser-based, through-tubing at 18 m. The vessels also have
When Siem Offshores well back of a deal that would see well intervention operations as a hangar for ROVs and two
intervention vessels were the Siem Offshore-owned ships well as emergency response launch and recovery systems.
ordered, the oil price was still chartered by Helix for an initial and well construction. Siem Helix 1 and Siem Helix
above US$100/barrel. All that period of seven years, with Siem Helix 1 and Siem 2 also have an 8.0 m x 8.1 m
changed after July 2014, when options that can extend the Helix 2 are stable, wide beam moonpool and accommodation
the price began its steep fall, charter periods up to 22 years. vessels (31 m) combining that meets ILO MLC 2006/
leading Petrobras, which is Under the terms of that exceptional operational MODU/SPS 2008 standards
using the vessels on long- deal, Siem Offshore was capabilities with enhanced for a total of 150 people.
term deals, to renegotiate the also to provide marine stationkeeping. Both vessels Given the energy-intensive
agreement for the ships with management, including have an intervention tension nature of the work they carry
Helix Energy Solutions, which crewing, for the two vessels, frame, offline maintenance out offshore, electrical power
is chartering them from the which are based on the Salt tower and deck skidding is important to the design.
Norwegian owner. 307 WIV design from Salt Ship system, which optimise well The main generators provide
The contract for Siem Helix Design. Helix was to provide operations whilst reducing the 25,360 kW in total.
1, originally scheduled to begin the topsides and manage need for lifts across the deck Kongsberg was contracted
no later than 22 July 2016, the integration of the well and eliminating man-riding to supply a wide range of
was amended to commence intervention equipment onto from well-centre activity. equipment including all of the
between 22 July 2016 and 21 the vessels, having entered They are classed as Well key navigation, positioning and
October 2016, and the day into agreements with Petrobras Intervention Unit 2 vessels and automation technology.
rate under the contract was to provide well intervention can operate in water depths Osbit Ltd in the UK,
reduced to a level acceptable services offshore Brazil for an up to 3,000 m. They have a which was responsible
to both parties. The contract initial period of four years with transit speed of in excess of for the blowout preventer
for Siem Helix 2, originally options to extend. 12 knots and are thus capable maintenance and storage
scheduled to begin no later The Salt Ship Design of providing service quickly tower, ITF and movable deck
than 21 January 2017, was vessels have an overall and efficiently where needed. equipment. OSJ

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HEAVY CONSTRUCTOR
CAN INSTALL LARGER
COMPONENTS WITH EASE
SUBSEA 7 BELIEVES THE LATEST scope of work. Its versatility provides clients with more options than
older vessels, such that the company believes it can undertake work
ADDITION TO ITS FLEET OF PIPELAY/ that would have required two or three older less-capable units.
CONSTRUCTION SHIPS IS SUFFICIENTLY This is a vessel that will be equally at home operating in the
CAPABLE TO DO THE WORK OF SEVERAL Gulf of Mexico, North Sea or west coast of Africa, said Subsea
CONVENTIONAL VESSELS 7. The preliminary design of the vessel was conducted jointly with
Wrtsil Ship Design, and detailed design and construction was
completed by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. It is equipped
with a 600-tonne Huisman vertical pipelay system, a 7,000-tonne
underdeck basket for storage of flexible pipe/umbilical and a
newly designed, 1,000-tonne rope-luffing knuckleboom crane also
designed by Huisman in the Netherlands.

S
even Arctic, Subsea 7s new vessel, was designed to address The crane is an active heave compensated unit and was developed
the growing operational challenges for subsea construction to provide a particularly high level of flexibility and capability for
in ultra-deep water and hostile environments. It is the first a range of different operational requirements. To ensure maximum
vessel of its kind in Subsea 7s already highly specified fleet efficiency, it can work in a number of different modes: 1,000-tonne
and combines an adaptable tiltable lay system that is suitable for triple-fall mode; 660-tonne dual-fall deepsea mode; 660-tonne
use in different water depths with an immensely capable crane that dual-fall standard mode; 660-tonne dual-fall high-lift mode; and
has several modes of operation that can be selected according to the 330-tonne single-fall mode. For deepsea mode, the rope-luffing

Seven Arctic was designed for worldwide operations, is


adapted for both tropical and cold water environments,
and capable of operations in water depths up to 3,000m

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OUR CLIENTS NEED US TO BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT HEAVIER LIFTS FOR ITEMS SUCH
AS MANIFOLDS AND THE GROWING AMOUNT OF SUBSEA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

knuckleboom design, together with the rope capture system, allows Dr Smith explained that Seven Arctic will, in Subsea 7s view,
the two wire rope falls to be widely separated at the surface, while bring an important change in subsea construction capability,
the wide twin sheave block provides separation and anti-twisting particularly in ultra-deepwater fields, which pose increasingly
movement at depth. This combination of features helps to eliminate technical challenges.
the risk of cabling while maintaining a manageable wire size for This vessel will offer clients the opportunity to install larger,
more standard operations. heavier infrastructure components more quickly, he explained. A
Speaking to OSJ at the time that the vessel was first ordered, Dr very specific advantage is that, with our principal crane, we have
Stuart N Smith, VP asset development at Subsea 7, said the main chosen to pursue a knuckleboom solution rather than a rigid boom,
benefit of the new crane is to maintain knuckleboom functionality which additionally will give significant safety benefits by minimising
for offshore construction activity, while not suffering weight load swing while offering important advantages in workability.
penalty and the associated impact on ship stability when operating He highlighted the fact that, for example, spool pieces are getting
conventional knuckleboom crane designs. longer and more difficult to handle and that umbilicals and cables are
Looking at other similar vessels in Subsea 7s fleet, he said that getting longer and heavier. Our clients need us to be able to carry
Seven Seas and Skandi Acergy and vessels of that era typically had out heavier lifts for items such as manifolds and the growing amount
400-tonne cranes, so the new crane is a significant increase. Were of subsea processing equipment, he told OSJ. Another important
responding to our clients needs for something bigger, he said. advantage of the new crane is that it will have a higher lifting point,
Seven Arctics rope-luffing knuckleboom crane is a development of enabling it to lift lengthier, heavier loads.
the Huisman pedestal-mounted offshore crane using an innovative Many operations that Seven Arctic will undertake will not need to
(for offshore applications) knuckling system on the main boom, make use of the full capacity of the crane, which is where its ability to
which is actuated using wire ropes rather than hydraulic cylinders. work in single-fall mode over the entire deck, lifting up to 300-tonnes
The benefit of this is to maintain knuckleboom functionality, which more quickly and with more easily handled hooks, comes in.
is essential for offshore construction activity, whilst not suffering In addition to the new crane, the 160 m by 32 m-breadth vessel has
the weight penalty (with impact on ship stability) of conventional two additional cranes in order to ensure efficient deck operations and
knuckleboom crane designs. to allow a number of lines simultaneously to the seabed for complex
The cranes large lift capacity is matched by significant or simultaneous operations. One of the cranes and the bulwarks are
workability advantages. With a 58 m radius, it can move equipment removable for long overhanging items. Both the main crane and
from every corner of the deck of the vessel, thereby reducing the auxiliary cranes will have a subsea heave compensated capability.
need for deploying skidding systems and allowing the vessel to Twin purpose-built work-class remotely operated vehicles
maximise its operational time. (ROVs) and handling systems in a dedicated hangar area will
The vessels 600-tonne top tension tiltable lay system is suitable be installed on the new vessel, which will have a Norwegian
for laying flexible flowlines and risers, umbilicals and power cables specification helideck.
via a twin tensioner and double A&R system. The four-track As one would expect of a vessel named Seven Arctic, the new
twin tensioners are retractable to facilitate passing large pipe-end unit will be ice strengthened and winterised to extend the operating
fittings and other structures. The lay system also has the capability season in the far north. Intended for global operations, the vessel will
to retrieve rigid products from the seabed to the hang-off system also have air conditioning for operation in tropical regions.
and install pipeline end terminations and other structures. Product The vessel will provide accommodation for 132 people, have
can be loaded into the underdeck basket through one of two a total deck area of around 2,600 m, have dynamic positioning
loading hatches. The aft deck of the vessel is suitably strengthened to DP3 class and will be Special Purpose Ship (SPS) Code-
to accommodate an optional 3,000-tonne capacity deck carousel compliant. The thruster configuration, in conjunction with the main
or a multi-reel drive system. A basket for storage of flexible pipe/ propulsion shafts and controllable pitch propellers, affords the vessel
umbilical developed jointly with MAATS is used for storing a positionkeeping capability able to withstand harsh operating
and transporting multiple flexible pipes or the longest and heaviest conditions. Although it has DP3 class notation, it can also work
umbilicals and power cables, meeting the needs of the trend to in DP2 configurations, allowing different environmental limits
underwater processing or for wind energy projects. Dr Smith said depending on the requirements of the operation being undertaken.
most comparable vessels had a 5,000-tonne underdeck loading Combined, the capabilities of the new vessel will also give us the
capacity or less. Having 7,000-tonne loading capacity will enable ability to undertake projects in a single mobilisation, said Dr Smith,
Subsea 7 to keep the deck of the vessel free of obstructions and and the lifting capacity of the crane and its hoisting speed will be
enhance operability. A large deckload capacity of 4,500-tonnes at 5 a major asset. Overall, the vessel will reduce costs and timescales
m, combined with a large strengthened deck area, will facilitate load- for projects, and in many cases, our clients will be able to avoid the
out of large, heavy equipment. expense of dedicated heavy-lift vessels, he concluded. OSJ

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24 | SUBSEA/CONSTRUCTION VESSELS

DIVE SUPPORT SHIP


IS REALLY AN OFFSHORE CONSTRUCTOR

The design of Deep Explorer is very TECHNIPS NEW DIVE


closely based on that of Deep Arctic, SUPPORT VESSEL DEEP
but with a number of modifications
EXPLORER IS MUCH
MORE THAN JUST A
BASE FOR DIVING
OPERATIONS THE
SHIPS MAIN TOOL IS
A LARGE OFFSHORE
CRANE, AND IT
CAN ALSO ACT AS
A PLATFORM FOR A
MODULAR LAY SYSTEM

M
id-2017 saw moonpool and work-class Deep Explorer has
Deep Explorer Technips
newbuild
ROVs, although the design is
actually very closely based on
accommodation for 150 people
and a 7.2 m x 7.2 m working
dive support that of Deep Arctic, the former moonpool, a 3.9 m x 3.9 m
Length oa:
vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer Skandi Arctic, which entered dive moonpool and two 3,000
156.7 m
complete trials offshore operation in 2009 on charter m-rated work-class remotely
Moulded breadth: Bergen, Norway. The vessel with DOF and also has a operated vehicles (ROVs). The
27 m was named in November 400-tonne crane. vessel benefits from a deck area
2016 and was completed at The vessel complies with of some 1,680 m2 strengthened
Design draught:
Vard Langsten after the hull of the requirements of the most to 15 tonnes/m2.
7m
the vessel was built by Vard stringent NORSOK rules and, As highlighted above,
ROVs: Tulcea shipyard in Romania. although classified by its owner the twin-bell saturation dive
2 x 3,000 m The new DSV has a as a dive support ship, is system was supplied by JFD.
24-man twin-bell saturation actually a highly sophisticated Sepro was selected to provide
Dynamic
dive system rated to 350 m, dive support and construction the launch and recovery
positioning class:
3 which was designed, built and vessel by dint of its 400-tonne systems for the saturation dive
commissioned by JFD, part of main crane and a deck that chambers and the ROVs with
Dive system depth: James Fisher and Sons plc. has been strengthened to which the ship is equipped.
350 m Deep Explorer is a DP3- accommodate Technips The ships powerplant takes
Accommodation: class DSV, purpose-designed modular vertical lay system for the form of a quartet of 3.3
150 and certified for subsea flexible pipe installation. megawatt (MW) Wrtsil 6L32s
projects in the demanding What this means is that, and two 4.4 MW 8L32 engines,
Deck space: North Sea and Canada markets. although derived from the providing a total of 22MW. The
1,680 m Technip describes the design of Deep Arctic, Deep propulsors take the form of
Maximum speed: vessel as the most modern Explorer differs from the two 3.5 MW and a single 3.6
17 knots and versatile DSV in the world, earlier vessel in a number of MW Rolls-Royce Azipull aft,
thanks to its latest technology respects (which Technip has complemented by a pair of 2.4
Economical speed: diving control system, not divulged), not least those MW tunnel thrusters and two
14 knots 400-tonne box boom crane, derived from the experience 2.2 MW retractable azimuth
large deck area, working gained in operating Deep Arctic. thrusters forward. OSJ

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CUSTOMISED DSV DESIGNS


WILL WORK WITH FPSOS
AND FIXED PLATFORMS

I
ncat Crowther regularly Two dive support vessels being built protect it from damage.
appears in the Annual The aft deck utilises
Review issue of OSJ as a for a company working offshore available space by combining
result of the innovative Angola are among the latest designs deck lockers and racks for
vessels it designs and the niche dive equipment storage with a
from Incat Crowther, the well known
markets in which it specialises covered dive prepping area. The
such as crewboats and dive naval architect in Australia vessel will have four fold-down
support vessels. Crewboats dive ladders for water access
designed by the company are and three swing davits to assist
described elsewhere in this issue. divers plus a deck crane for
It now has a number of off Angola, Stapem Offshore Stapem Offshores new additional operational support.
dive support vessel (DSV) being a provider of marine, vessels are a customised design The main cabin has seating for
designs to its name, of which subsea and maintenance services specific to supporting dive 12 and a dive operations panel
some are catamarans and others to companies in the offshore operations offshore West Africa for monitoring dives.
monohulls. The largest of these oil and gas industry that has where they will work closely Designed to achieve
is a 56 m catamaran DSV, been operational in Angola with floating production units speeds in excess of 20 knots,
Bhagwan Dryden, which has since 1989 and in Congo and other platforms. the vessels propulsion takes
a first-of-type fully integrated since 2009. It specialises in Incat Crowther describes the the form of two MAN
catamaran hullform unit with multidiscipline engineering, bow configuration as designed D2876LE402 main engines,
multiple power generation units procurement, construction, for efficient interaction with each coupled to a Hamilton
coupled to an advanced control and commissioning and personal transfer ladders on HJ403 waterjet through ZF
system and azimuth propulsors maintenance projects and has floating production, storage 360 gearboxes.
and deck equipment. an operating base in Sonils Base and offloading units and fixed Electrical power for the vessel
Others include Oceanicasub with warehouses, workshops, platforms. Robust fendering and all dive operations will be
IV and Oceanicasub V, two 43 storage yards, transportation is to be provided around the provided by two Fischer Panda
m DSVs with a wide array facilities and accommodation. perimeter of the vessel to generators. Other items fitted
of dive support equipment, below deck include a hydraulic
including a deck crane, power unit with its own
A-frame for a remotely designated engine and pump, a
operated vehicle, dive Caviblaster system, high-pressure
bell frame and hyperbaric and low-pressure compressors
chamber, and a 42.5 m and storage systems.
monohull DSV, Sistac Victoria, With a waterline length of
a purpose-built unit with fully 17.0 m and a beam of 6.0 m, the
integrated dive systems. newbuilds for Stapem Offshore
They are complemented in will have a hull draught of 1.16
its design portfolio by two 18 m. With a crew of two, the new
m catamaran DSVs, the design units will have two fuel tanks,
of which was ordered from each for 1,750 litres of fuel, and
the company early in 2017 by tanks for 500 litres of water and
Legacy Marine Group of Port 500 litres of sullage.
Elizabeth, South Africa. The newbuilds will have
Currently under a service speed of 20 knots
construction, these catamaran and maximum speed of 23.5
hullform DSVs are being knots. They will bear the class
built for Stapem Offshore for Stapem Offshores newbuilds are the latest addition to Incat notation ABS +A1 (E) HSC
operation in the coastal waters Crowthers growing portfolio of DSVs Coastal Craft + AMS. OSJ

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28 | FALLPIPE VESSELS

INTEGRATED DESIGN
AND FOCUS ON SAFETY
DEFINE INNOVATIVE ROCK INSTALLATION UNIT

N
umerous examples of
vessels with the Ulstein
X-BOW hullform have been
built, and the X-BOW has
been applied to a growing range of
vessels since it made its debut in the
offshore support vessel market, but
Van Oords new rock installation vessel,
Bravenes, will be the first fallpipe vessel
with this design feature.
Van Oord has long operated fallpipe
vessels and has been heavily involved
in their development, but Bravenes
differs from existing examples of the
type in a number of respects, not just in
the adoption of the X-BOW. In fact, the
Dutch owner describes Bravenes, which
is being built at Zhejiang Shipbuilding in
China, as the first fully integrated design
for a rock installation unit.
In the past, rock installation vessels
have often been based on a traditional
flat-top design or were converted from
other units, such as bulk carriers, that had
With its moveable tower, purpose-designed ROV and high level of flexibility, Bravenes is sufficient deadweight. Given their role
capable of installing rock using several techniques transporting and installing large quantities
of rock at sea in order to protect subsea
infrastructure safety has always been a
particularly important issue.
Speaking at the 2017 Annual
Offshore Support Journal Conference,
Awards & Exhibition in London earlier
this year, Edwin van Leeuwen, managing
director at Ulstein Design & Solutions
BV, explained that the key factors
driving the design of the new vessel
were that it should be more compact
than a conventional rock installation
2018 IS EXPECTED TO SEE A NEW unit, safer and smarter in as much

TYPE OF EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE ROCK as the vessel and the rock installation
equipment on board were designed as a
INSTALLATION VESSEL ENTER SERVICE WITH single, integrated system.
To be effective, rock installation
NETHERLANDS-BASED VAN OORD requires pinpoint accuracy, which

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Bravenes will be capable of achieving.


It will also be much more flexible than
detail when it came to issues such
as escape routes which are based MOVEABLE
older fallpipe ship designs and be
capable of handling rocks of varying
on passenger ship rules rather than
those for cargo vessels logistics and FALLPIPE
TOWER
size and of dumping rock through a material handling, and personnel access
moonpool, over the side and through and maintenance. Mr van Leeuwen
explained that this required the designer
HOUSES
tremie pipe for direct dumping. It
will also be capable of a seabed to make use of passenger ship safety
intervention, where required. concepts. A number of modifications
The dynamic positioning class 3 were made to the design throughout the SPECIALLY-
(DP3) vessel meets the requirements design process.
for Ice Class 1A PC7, and the ship and A number of special safety studies DESIGNED ROV
its equipment are designed for year- were also conducted in addition to those
round operability in harsh weather and required by statutory requirements. These
high sea states. Having a DP3 system included studies addressing dynamic At the heart of the vessel amidships
will enable Bravenes to operate safely damage stability and flooding simulation, is the fallpipe tower, within which is
close to offshore structures. Ulstein will including the effects of waves and the housed the fully automated system for
also supply the fallpipe rock deployment effects of progressive flooding. The studies the deployment of the flexible fallpipe
system and the majority of the ancillary revealed significantly higher survivability and rmotely operated vehcile (ROV ).
systems for the rock installation tower. needs than required for SOLAS and Designed to install rock at depths of up
Describing some of the design provided an insight into cause and effect to 1,000 m, the specially designed ROV
challenges involved in developing the of damage cases and options to improve is raised into position as the doors of the
new unit, which will be able to carry up the design. Extensive calculations also tower are opened to provide access to the
to 15,500 tonnes of rock in its two holds, supported the soundness of the watertight moonpool in the centre of the ships hull.
Mr van Leeuwen highlighted the need integrity layout. The ROV descends through the
to make use of vessel volume without Comfort on board and what Mr moonpool, continuously fed with its
hatches on the holds, the need for a van Leeuwen described as safety by string of buckets. After clearing the
shallow draught to facilitate port entry design was also an important aspect hull, its lateral arms are deployed, and
wherever required, the ability to unload of the process, with a focus on the a constant supply of buckets is fed by a
large rocks without assistance and the bridge layout and lines of vision, which combination of winches and cables as
requirement to develop and integrate were tailored for the nature of the the ROV is steadily lowered towards
an automated fallpipe system without a operations the vessel will carry out. the seabed.
manual interference. The accommodation layout was also Having reached the correct depth,
Maximising the use of the available optimised to enhance for personnel the ROV can now begin its survey
volume of the vessel required particular routes and comfort, and noise and of the seabed within the designated
attention to the freeboard, stability vibration analyses were used to gain an work area, propelling itself with six
requirements and bilge requirements of insight into noise and vibration levels integrated thrusters.
the new vessel, for which model testing when the vessel was in operation whilst To transport rock from the cargo
for survival sea states was carried out at endeavouring to meet the highest holds into the fallpipe, a pair of conveyor
Maritime Research Institute Netherlands. comfort class. Noise and vibration levels belts is used, fed by a gravity-based
The focus on safety also led to several will be followed up with measurements system. When they reach the end of the
hazard identification workshops being during sea trials. fallpipe, the rocks are installed, following
conducted at the concept and basic Everything can be operated from the a designated pattern.
design stage and close attention to bridge, including the excavators, Mr van A second configuration is used when
Leeuwen explained. The vessel has been a structure, such as a platform, can only
designed in such a way that maintenance be approached from the side. The tower
and access will be as straightforward as is designed to be able to change position
possible, and it will be easy to ship and and extend itself beyond the side of the
handle fallpipe elements. vessel. Using this installation technique,
Overall, he concluded, the vessel the same ROV system is used, launched
Key factors driving the will provide Van Oord with an extremely together with a catching frame, which
design of the new vessel high level of flexibility. It will be able
to install rock through the moonpool
prevents damage from later movement.
In cases where the rock is installed
were that it should be more fallpipe, over the side through a fallpipe, using the fallpipe over the side, a
over the side via a chute and over the dedicated plate feeder is used to
compact than a conventional side via a tremie pipe. All of this will be transport the rock into the fallpipe. As
rock installation unit, safer combined with the ability to handle rock with the moonpool deployment, the
of different sizes and with a focus on ROV manoeuvres itself to install the
and smarter health and safety, with minimal human rock as per specifications, directing
intervention or heavy manual labour the flow of rock.cisely precisely where
during deployment of the fallpipe. required. OSJ

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30 | CABLELAY VESSELS

Cablelay vessel
sets new standards
for environmentally friendly operation
June 2017 saw NKT Victoria, an advanced, purpose-built, fuel- are the use of ABB Marines
Onboard DC Grid and the
efficient and environmentally friendly cablelay vessel, start work
ability to use shore power
whilst in port, further reducing
the ships fuel consumption and
emissions. The diesel-electric

O
riginally ordered by project in early June. high-voltage offshore cables propulsion machinery employs
ABB, NKT Victoria NKT held a naming with a particularly high level of six high-speed Caterpillar
was delivered to ceremony for the innovative precision using its DP3 dynamic 3516 propulsion engines of
NKT following vessel in April 2017 at its power positioning system and aremotely 2 megawatts each, acting as
the acquisition by the company cable plant in Karlskrona, operated vehicle withunderwater gensets and providing power for
of ABBs high-voltage cable Sweden. The vessel, which was cameras and sonar. three Azipod CZ980 thrusters
business in 2016. It completed designed by Salt Ship Design Among the technically of 1,900 kW.
its first cablelaying campaign in Norway and built by Kleven advanced features of the Salt NKT Victoria is capable
on Scottish and Southern shipyard, incorporates extensive 306 CLV design, said to of simultaneous dual HVDC
Electricity Networks 1Bn experience with offshore be among the worlds most and fibre-optic cablelaying and
Caithness-Moray transmission cable installation and will lay advanced and fuel efficient, deepwater HVAC installation

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propulsion is significantly more LEFT: NKT Victoria has the


fuel efficient than conventional fuel-efficient Onboard DC Grid
propulsion systems. and the ability to use shore
UK-based MAATS Tech power whilst in port, further
Ltd managed the design, reducing fuel consumption
fabrication, delivery, installation and emissions
and commissioning of the
cablelay equipment to DNV BELOW: The turntable on NKT
GL certification. The specialist Victoria can carry 9,000-tonnes
equipment included two four- of high-voltage cable
track, 45-tonne tensioners,
7,000-tonne ondeck carousel,
4,500-tonne underdeck carousel,
loading arms, three 3-tonne
tensioners, chute assemblies and
roller pathways, enabling the
vessel to load or unload three
products at synchronised speed.
The equipment was mainly
manufactured in the UK, with a
large team of core suppliers and
subcontractors. The company
oversaw the development and
delivery of the equipment to
meet the schedule and also
attended a series of trials before
the ship was named.
using a high-capacity tensioner met throughout the installation Michael Hedegaard Lyng,
system. The two turntables process thanks to sophisticated president and CEO of NKT,
installed on the vessel have a roll-reduction technology said of NKT Victoria With
combined capacity of 9,000 that mitigates the effects of this cablelaying vessel, we are
tonnes, and there is capacity challenging sea conditions. now among the very few AC/
for a 500-tonne fibre-optic Fire and flooding containment DC high-voltage offshore cable
tank below deck. To enable systems protect essential system providers to deliver
complete cablelay capabilities systems, ensuring ongoing complete turnkey solutions and
ranging from the deep water operations are not compromised. are well positioned to continue
to the shore, NKT Victoria is NKT Victoria can use shore taking an active part in the
designed to be beachable in power when available, and the growing global market for
fully laden condition. The vessel Onboard DC Grid will reduce offshore wind projects. OSJ
is also fitted with a six-point fuel consumption significantly
mooring system. For work in compared to other cablelay
ultra-deep water, the deck has vessels available on the market.
been prepared to accommodate The Onboard DC Grid system
a vertical lay tower to enable will increase the efficiency
sufficient high-tension hold- of the vessel by allowing the
back capabilities. ships engines to work at
NKT Victoria was designed variable speed, in combination
to operate with the highest with energy storage for peak
possible level of safety, in shaving and enhanced dynamic
full compliance with the performance, optimising the
most stringent requirements energy consumption and
for a vessel of its type. The reducing engine maintenance.
ships versatility is further Energy storage is also used for
strengthened by a fully backup for shore connection
integrated navigation and survey during cable loading, allowing
system that will enable NKT the ship to be emission free
Victoria to operate in high sea during cable loading. Three
states and conditions that would Azipod C units will maximise
prevent most cablelay units from the manoeuvrability of the
operating. The offshore markets ship and operate in DP3
stringent safety requirements are mode when required. Azipod

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Newbuild combines cablelay, trenching


and rock installation capability

D DEME Groups new cablelay vessel Living


ue to enter be installed from the substation
service shortly, to the onshore connection
Living Stone, Stone has already been awarded three point at Zeebrugge.
Like Minerva, Living Stone
DEME Groups
new cablelay, trenching
contracts proof, if any were needed, of also has dual-fuel engines and
and rock installation vessel, its extremely high-spec design and will use LNG as its primary
has a considerable backlog fuel. Built at Spanish shipyard
ahead of it. cost-effective mode of operation LaNaval, the vessels turntables
The first project it will can transport more than 200
undertake will see it install km of cable. With deck space
the inter-array cables on the of 3,500 m and an innovative
Merkur offshore windfarm in cable-handling system with
the North Sea. The second cable-handling tools for
contract, awarded by Dong cable ends, connections and
Energy to Tideway, a subsidiary cable protection systems
of DEME, will see the ship accommodated on deck, Living
install the cabling for the Stone can also be equipped
Hornsea Project One offshore with a third carousel with an
windfarm. The third project is additional loading capacity of
an interconnector job for Elia. 2,000 tonnes, if required.
For the Hornsea Project Complementing this huge
One contract, Tideway will cable-carrying capacity are
deploy DEMEs dynamic remotely operated vehicles
positioning class 3 vessel Livingstone combines a large cable-carrying capacity with the ability and a subsea trenching tool
to install the cables on to install cable and cable protection faster than any other vessel and fallpipe system that will
what will be the worlds be used to lower rock to
largest offshore windfarm. protect cables once they have
The scope of work to be been installed. The vessel
undertaken by Tideway also has a 7.7 m by 7.7 m
includes cablelay, pre- moonpool and a 600-tonne
trenching, backfilling, pre- will be undertaken by Living installing the cable from crane for the installation
sweeping, route preparation Stone was awarded to Living Stone. and removal of subsea
and rock placement for three Dredging International, also Elias modular offshore grid structures and will provide
high voltage subsea power part of DEME Group, which includes a substation located accommodation for up to
cables from three offshore has secured a contract from about 40 km off the coast 100 people. It can be also be
substations to the shore, as Belgian transmission system of Zeebrugge to which four fitted with a 65-tonne safe
well as the installation of two operator Elia to install the windfarms will be connected. working load A-frame that will
interlink cables. power cables for a modular Submarine cables will link the have a telescopic docking
Describing the contract offshore grid in the North Sea. platform with a substation in frame and a winch with slack
and the companys role in it, DEME will use a number Belgium, where electricity from motion compensation.
Hugo Bouvy and Lucas Bols, of newly built vessels from the windfarms will be injected Unsurprisingly, given all
directors at Tideway, said the its fleet to carry out the work, into the Belgian grid. The of the above-mentioned
work on Hornsea Project One including Living Stone and contract includes the supply, capability and technology
would make use of the vessels the trailing suction hopper installation and maintenance of developed in house by
innovative, modular cable/ dredgers Minerva the first the submarine power cables. Tideway, DEME claims that
umbilical-handling system, of its type in the world with One 220 kV power cable will Living Stone will install
which has a 10,000-tonne dual-fuel liquefied natural be installed along a 4.5 km cables more quickly and
cable capacity divided over two gas (LNG) propulsion and route between the substation more efficiently and in longer
turntables, both of which are Scheldt River. DEME will use and the first windfarm. Two 220 lengths and with fewer
arranged below deck. Minerva and Scheldt River to kV submarine power cables of offshore joints than any other
The third contract that prepare the seabed before approximately 39 km each will cable installation vessel. OSJ

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34 | PLATFORM SUPPLY VESSELS

ICE-SHIP SPECIALIST
DELIVERS TWO UNITS FOR SAKHALIN II

FINNISH AND RUSSIAN SHIPYARDS HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF COLLABORATION, THE LATEST
EXAMPLE OF WHICH IS A NEW ICEBREAKING SUPPLY VESSEL FOR SOVCOMFLOT AND THE
FIRST OF A TRIO OF STANDBY VESSELS

J
anuary 2017 saw a naming ceremony held for a new specialists have collaborated with their Finnish counterparts in
icebreaking platform supply vessel for Sovcomflot. The vessel, the construction of ice-class tankers and a range of vessels for the
Gennadiy Nevelskoy, is destined to work on the Sakhalin II development of the Arctic.
project under a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy We are learning icebreaking technologies from our partners,
and is the first of four ordered by the Russian company for the field. but at the same time, we contribute our own competences, he said.
Gennadiy Nevelskoy has a deadweight of 3,000 tonnes. The other Gennadiy Nevelskoy continues our co-operation and carries on the
three ships are standby vessels with a smaller deadweight (2,000 glorious tradition of collaboration between the Russian and Finnish
tonnes). The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping has assigned shipbuilding industries, he said.
them Icebreaker 6 ice class. The new vessel left the shipyard on its Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the second ship it is building
maiden voyage to Sakhalin Island on 5 March 2017 and is named for Sovcomflot on 15 June 2017. The multifunction standby vessel
after a famous explorer of the Russian Far East, Gennadiy Nevelskoy. was named after Russian vice admiral and polar explorer Stepan
Built according to the latest international standards for safe Makarov. The 3,300 tonnes deadweight, Russian Maritime Register
operation and protection of the environment, the design of all four ice-class 6 vessel will also be assigned to the Sakhalin II project in
vessels was developed by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. the Sea of Okhotsk. OSJ
The three standby vessels will have a slightly smaller deadweight
than the first of the newbuilds but have the same icebreaking
capacity and large accommodation capacity as Gennadiy Nevelskoy.
All four vessels will be used for year-round delivery of supplies and
consumables to offshore platforms, transporting personnel and
performing standby and ice-management duties near the platforms.
The vessels will also be outfitted for integrated environmental
protection and rescue operations.
With a length overall of 104 m and breadth of 21 m, Gennadiy
Nevelskoy has a total installed power of 21 megawatts (MW) and
propulsion of 13 MW. This gives the new vessel a speed in 1.5m
level ice of 3 knots. The vessel has a design draught of 7.60 m,
maximum draught of 7.90 m and deadweight of 3,000 tonnes. It has
lifesaving appliances for a total of 70 people and accommodation
for 28 crew and 42 other personnel. It is classed by the Russian
Maritime Register of Shipping and bears the class notation KM(*),
Icebreaker6, AUT-1, OMBO, FF3WS, DYNPOS-2, ANTI-ICE,
ECO, Winterization(-35), Supply Vessel, Oil Recovery Ship, Special
Purpose Ship.
Speaking at a naming ceremony for the vessel in January 2017,
Sergey Frank, president and CEO of Sovcomflot, said Gennadiy
Nevelskoy enables us to strengthen Sovcomflots position as a global
leader in the icebreaking supply vessel class.
Esko Mustamki, CEO of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, described
the vessel as technically a forerunner in Arctic shipbuilding with
an environmentally advanced design that fulfils the requirements
of IMO Tier III. We have also paid special attention to the
underwater noise level caused by the ship, said Mr Mustamki.
Alexey Rakhmanov, President of USC, which collaborated with
Arctech Shipyard to build the vessel, highlighted long-lasting ties Gennadiy Nevelskoy is one of four icebreaking units Arctech
between Russian and Finnish shipbuilders and noted that Russian Helsinki Shipyard in building for Sovcomflot

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MODIFIED DELIVERY SCHEDULE


FOR AHTS SERIES REFLECTS
CHANGED MARKET REALITY
Maersk Supply Services new anchor handlers are very high-spec ships,
but the downturn in the industry means it doesnt need all of them in
service as early as originally planned

K
leven Verft in Norway has now a total budget that exceeds US$0.5Bn. Fighting Ship 1 (2400), Ice Class 1A PS,
delivered the first two of Maersk Construction of each vessel takes around RD (2.8), *IWS.
Supply Services sophisticated and 18 months from steel cutting to delivery. The Starfish vessels are unlike any other
extremely powerful Starfish-class Potential customers for their services anchor handlers currently on the market,
anchor-handling tug/supply (AHTS) vessels, are international oil companies and said says Peter Kragh Jacobsen, head of
Maersk Master and Maersk Mariner. The construction companies worldwide. newbuildings at Maersk Supply Service. They
first of the Salt 200 design AHTS vessels Built for deepwater operations, the are premium assets that are second to none in
commenced a maiden work scope being Starfish vessels are designed for maximum terms of operational reliability, onboard safety
utilised by Maersk Oil on the Janice and reliability, safety and uptime and have a and comfort and client offerings. The vessels
Leadon decommissioning projects in the UK length of 95 m and beam of 25 m. There were developed based on how best to provide
sector of the North Sea. The second departed are several innovative features on the value to our customers.
Norwegian waters en route for Australia for Starfish-class vessels, including an anchor- Powered by five medium-speed engines
acharter with Woodside Energy. recovery frame that simplifies operations with total output of more than 23,000
The company signed a newbuilding over the stern roller and a remotely hp, they have a fuel-efficient and flexible
contract for six examples of the Starfish- operated deck-handling gantry crane. A hybrid propulsion system and fixed-pitch
class ships with Kleven Maritime in hybrid propulsion solution makes it possible thrusters, a combination of features that
Norway in 2014, shortly before the steep to select the optimal operating mode for should provide high reliability, good fuel
fall in the oil price and the subsequent the task at hand. They have been assigned economy, low emissions and excellent
recession in the offshore oil and gas Lloyds Register (LR) class notations station-keeping capabilities.
industry. The vessels are being built with 100A1, Offshore Supply Ship AHTS, Fire In our newbuilding project with Kleven,
we have carefully designed the vessel for
maximum flexibility and lowest possible
operational costs, said Sren Karas, the
companys chief operating officer at the time.
Customer feedback has been positive, and
The Starfish-class was designed with an emphasis
we believe that the vessels will play a role in
on safe operations in deepwater and has a range of
innovative anchor-handling gear
enabling the industry to derive much-needed
gains in efficiency. Also designed for safe
deck operations, the vessels are equipped
with a multideck handler system, anchor
recovery frame, gypsy reel-handling system
and other equipment that will enhance
operability and safety.
Among the key features of the vessels
highlighted by Maersk Supply Service are
an environmental regularity number (ERN)
of 99.99.99.99, a 230-tonne bollard pull,
covered deck areas of 838 m2 and 102
m2, a 450-tonne drum anchor-handling
winch and 500-tonne double drum towing
winches, two 170-tonne secondary winches,

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A total of six Starfish-class ships were ordered but


delivery of the remaining four has been postponed

a 200-tonne anchor recovery frame and the recess hidden by a mechanically operated delivered in July 2017). Under the revised
multideck handler. hatch cover, providing a much safer agreement, the next three Starfish anchor
The new vessels have a deadweight working deck environment for ships crews. handlers from Kleven will be delivered in
of 4,500 tonnes, accommodation for 52 It makes for a more efficient operation. 2018, and the latest in the beginning of
people and are equipped with a work-class Unlike existing anchor-handling frames, 2019. None of the Stingray subseavessels
remotely operated vehicle in a hangar. which have a 90 degree operating angle, the at COSCO Dalian have beendelivered
The vessels also have FiFi 1 external fire- Rolls-Royce equipment can be operated at to date and will all be slightly postponed
fighting capability, Ice 1A classification and a 126 degree angle to the deck by way of with contract delivery dates planned from
oil recovery capabilities. two hydraulic cylinders and a free-rotating summer 2017 to spring 2018.
The vessels have equipment from roller with a 1,680 mm diameter. Capable It is our priority to optimise the
a number of well-known Norwegian of operation in temperatures ranging from utilisation options for our newbuildings,
manufacturers and suppliers, creating value -20C to 45C, the 8,840 mm wide, 7,990 and we are confident that the new
widely across Norway. Rolls-Royce is to mm high recovery frame has a nominal delivery schedule will benefit the
deliver the deck machinery highlighted towline tension capacity of 200 tonnes with competitive edge of Maersk Supply
above under a contract worth in excess of a lateral force of 50 tonnes. Service, said the companyschief
54 million (US$70.41 million) awarded Although the first two of the new executive, SteenKarstensen.
to it by Kleven, this being the largest class of anchor handlers quickly found We have optimised the delivery
single contract for deck machinery that work, the sharp downturn in demand for schedule for our newbuildings to better fit
Rolls-Royce has won. Rolls-Royce is also offshore vessels since they were ordered, the market situation and strengthen our
supplying the ships cargo-securing winches, brought about by the steep decline in the utilisation options. This will benefit our
auxiliary winches and dry bulk cargo oil price, led several owners to postpone competitiveness by allowing extra time to
systems. The delivery from Rolls-Royce delivery of vessels for which they were align with customers, he said.
also includes rudders and steering gear for unlikely to be able to find work. Maersk Maersk Supply Service said postponing
all six vessels. Supply Service was not immune from capital expenditure by delaying delivery
As highlighted above, the vessels will also the effects of the downturn and entered of the vessels will save the company
have anchor recovery frames to assist with into agreements with yards building approximately US$400M in 2017. The
launch and recovery of anchors. The contract new vessels for it to postpone them. company reported a loss of US$10M and
with Rolls-Royce is the first reference for the This included the anchor-handling underlying loss of US$11M for the second
anchor recovery frames, which were designed newbuildings at Kleven and four subsea quarter of 2017 and attributed the loss to
in co-operation with Maersk to optimise support vessel newbuildings under lower utilisation and the challenging nature
vessel safety and efficiency. construction at COSCO Dalian in China. of the market for offshore support vessels. In
Runar Hjelle, Rolls-Royces area sales In a statement issued at the time that the second quarter, Maersk Supply Service
manager, said the vessels high focus on the decision was announced, Maersk had gross utilisation of 56%, compared to
safety and efficiency would be further Supply Service said the company and the 61% in the second quarter of 2016.
enhanced by the addition of the anchor yards in question considered postponement In the last quarter, we had solid
recovery frame. The new system is to be the best solution given the current operational and commercial performance,
designed to reduce the loads generated market situation. including important contract wins.
when anchors are lifted from sea to deck At the time that the decision was However, due to the subdued offshore
and lowered from the deck into the sea, he announced, Maersk Master had already market, Maersk Supply Service reported an
told OSJ. When not in use, this innovative been delivered, with Maersk Mariner due underlying loss of US$11M, which is never
recovery frame can be stowed in a deck to be delivered in late June (it was actually satisfactory, said Mr Karstensen. OSJ

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PURPOSE-DRIVEN DESIGN
MAKES SERVICE SHIP A LEADER
One of a growing

D
esigned by Salt Due to be delivered by purpose-driven SOV, said the
Ship Design in the Turkish yard in the fourth Norwegian naval architect.
number of service Norway and to quarter of 2018, the 83.0 m LDA is expanding its range
operation vessels be built by Cemre vessel has a beam of 19.4 m of services in the renewables
Shipyard in Turkey, Louis and will be equipped with a industry. Its personnel have
ordered in recent Dreyfus Armateurs (LDAs) new dynamic motion compensated been working closely with us
months, Louis Dreyfus service operation vessel (SOV) gangway with what Salt Ship for a long time to develop a
Armateurs newbuild is the subject of a long-term Design describes as a unique vessel tailored to meet the
contract with Dong Energy. It onboard logistic solution. needs of the offshore wind
combines a high level will operate on four offshore LDA worked closely with industry, a spokesperson
of operability, low windfarms off the German coast Salt Ship Design to develop a for Salt Ship Design said,
Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2 and vessel tailored for the needs in particular, focusing on
operating costs and Gode Wind 1 and 2 providing of the offshore wind industry. enhanced operability and
logistics innovations a base for windfarm technicians. This has resulted in a very efficient logistics. The contract

LDAs service operation vessel is one of


a growing number of offshore ships with
hybrid propulsion incorporating batteries

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is an important milestone for approximately 19 m and will be


us because the renewables complemented by a unique
industry is becoming an motion compensated crane LDAs newbuild is the first application of the TTS Colibri motion
increasingly important market. with a lifting capacity of 1 tonne compensated crane
The ship will have at 23 m.
accommodation for a minimum LDA has opted for the
of 60 windfarm technicians construction of a highly the DC grid along with what The DC grid will integrate
and will provide them with specified vessel that it calls a power and energy two sets of batteries that will
comfortable conditions, combines a number of management system enabling be used primarily for spinning
including individual cabins, innovative ideas, not least the generators to run at reserve and peak shaving
a gym and a cinema. The in terms of its environmental variable speeds while also so that power peaks during
technicians will be transferred impact and operating costs, charging the batteries. operation can be covered
to the wind turbines via a which will both be reduced In a statement about the by the battery rather than
specially designed daughter as a result of the adoption system, ABB marine and starting another engine.
craft (in case of good weather of a hybrid diesel-electric ports global product manager Battery power can also act as
conditions) and will use propulsion system combining for Onboard DC Grid John backup for running generators,
the motion compensated diesel engines and batteries. Olav Lindtjrn said Energy reducing the need to run spare
gangway in heavy seas. The windfarm service storage can be used for many generator capacity.
The daughter craft will be vessel will have a DC power purposes onboard. Sometimes The level of operating
capable of transferring eight distribution grid that will allow it serves as the sole energy efficiency available in a
windfarm technicians and 1 batteries to be integrated source, but for this windfarm hybrid power system reduces
tonne of cargo to a turbine. into it, making the ship more vessel, it is being deployed wear and tear on engines
The motion compensated environmentally friendly and as an effective supporting and significantly increases
gangway will have a range of efficient. ABB is installing element for the main engine. fuel efficiency at lower loads
SERVICE OPERATION VESSELS | 41

where, in traditional AC power industry and has enabled TTS Colibri is a natural step in Carl Herland, sales manager
systems, generators run greater operability for enhanced vessel operability, at TTS Offshore Solutions,
at a fixed maximum speed personnel transfer between providing motion compensated a subsidiary of TTS Group.
regardless of the power vessels and fixed offshore lifting to match the increased Colibri is suitable for retrofit
demand on board. platforms through the use operability offered by motion to existing cranes, making it a
Apart from enhancing the of motion compensated compensated gangways. viable solution for upgrading
ships green credentials in the gangways, he said. However, Joining forces has enabled cranes that are already in
environmentally conscious operations typically require both our companies to offer service. Hence, it offers
offshore wind industry, ABB both personnel and equipment a serious and commercially shipowners the ability to
also points to a benefit for to be transferred between a very attractive alternative in enhance the flexibility of their
the vessels crew: reduced vessel and platform. Hence, this market segment, said existing fleet. OSJ
vibration when the hybrid
system is on battery power.
ABB marine and ports
managing director Juha
Koskela said Shipping
is waking up to the many
advantages of energy storage.
With the industry starting to
use batteries more and more
and fuel cells becoming a
viable option, we fully expect
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Colibri motion compensated
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Two features make
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VERSATILE SHIP WINS WORK


IN OIL AND OFFSHORE
WIND INDUSTRIES

D
Primarily intended for work esigned by Damen and built by Having completed work on the
as a service operation the Dutch groups yard in Galai, Galloper windfarm, Bibby WaveMaster
Romania, Bibby WaveMaster 1 1 will transition into the offshore oil
vessel in the offshore wind completed sea trials in the Black and gas market early in 2018, having
industry, Bibby Marine Sea earlier this year and set sail for the UK, clinched a contract from energy group
Services Bibby WaveMaster where it began work on its first project, Total supporting gas platform work in the
supporting offshore construction work North Sea. Totals Dutch exploration and
1 is also well suited to on Innogys Galloper offshore windfarm production subsidiary has contracted Bibby
work in the offshore oil and off the east coast of England. The vessel WaveMaster 1 from April 2018 to October
gas industry, as contracts was chartered by James Fisher for three 2018 to provide accommodation for gas
months (plus options) of work related to platform maintenance teams.
already awarded to the the commissioning of the substation and Bibby WaveMaster 1s walk-to-work
vessel demonstrate turbines on the windfarm. gangway will be used to connect the

Although primarily designed for offshore


wind work, Bibby WaveMaster 1 can also
support oil and gas operations
SERVICE OPERATION VESSELS | 43

vessel with gas production facilities in the


southern North Sea. In so doing, it will The hullform used in the new vessel was
replace jack-up rigs that would usually have optimised to reduce slamming and enhance
been used to provide accommodation for operation of the ships bow thrusters
platform maintenance. The service operation
vessel (SOV) can accommodate up to 90
workers and crew. The vessel has a height-
adjustable walk-to-work gangway with a
six-stop elevator for 100% stepless access.
There is a helideck and daughter craft for
various access and support functions.
As highlighted above, Bibby WaveMaster
1 was originally designed and built to
support offshore renewables maintenance
and construction support work, but the
Total contract demonstrates its versatility
for use in the offshore oil and gas sector.
Launched at Damen Shipyards Galai
on 24 March 2017, Bibby WaveMaster
1 is an innovative design that has been
customised in order to ensure that
windfarm technicians or oil and gas
maintenance personnel can directly access
the ships gangway from the warehouse
areas. A helideck, daughter craft and crew
transfer vessel landings (with refuelling) operability, said Mr Blaikie. It will provide Its length, breadth and draught all
complement the vessels versatility. safe offshore transfers for personnel by way reflect the metocean data we have studied
Peter Robert, director business of a motion compensated access system. in the area that it is likely to encounter
development and market intelligence at Equipment will be securely transferred by in UK Round 3 projects, he explained.
Damen, explained that the focus of the way of a heave compensated offshore-rated At 90 m, the hull is longer than that of a
design was on providing safe, comfortable knuckleboom crane, he said. conventional platform supply vessel (PSV )
access to far-from-shore windfarms Mr Blaikie said working efficiency is one as used in the offshore oil and gas sector,
including, in a worst-case scenario, severe of the key drivers behind the design of the from which some SOV designs are derived,
central North Sea conditions. This resulted vessel. The space inside has been carefully and the bow section has been lowered by
in a vessel capable of providing turbine planned in terms of storage, workflow and 1.5 m to create a V shape.
access in up to 3.1 m significant wave height logistics to ensure that the movement of This feature offers significantly
that is able to remain at sea for periods of both people and goods is smartly optimised, reduced slamming and facilitates
up to one month at a time. and the ship will also be as green as inclusion and improved offshore operation
Although primarily designed with possible, with minimal emissions and low of the bow thrusters. The aft ship has been
offshore wind in mind, the vessel is capable fuel consumption. adapted specifically to the tasks that the
of a much wider scope of work in a variety Comfort is also paramount, and the vessel is designed for, including stern to
of offshore industries. A range of options vessel will have Comfort Class 2 standard waves operation.
are available including an additional deck accommodation with all of the 60 en- The most pronounced features that
crane with up to a 24-tonne capacity, suite berths equipped with TV, wifi and have been included are the strong V shape
tanks arrangements suited to liquids such leisure facilities. As well as offering a high in the frames in the aft ship to reduce
as glycols and low flashpoint liquids with standard of living, the vessel hullform slamming and the concentration of volume
separate delivery intakes and facilities for has been designed with comfort in mind, in the mid-ship region to achieve a slender
dive support and operations with remotely ensuring exceptional seakeeping abilities aft ship. Mr Robert says both features
operated vehicles. and minimising motion sickness to ensure should make stern-to-weather operations
Bibby Marine Services Ltd chief technicians are fit for work. more comfortable than on a vessel derived
executive Stephen Blaikie described Bibby Mr Robert describes the new unit as from a conventional PSV design.
WaveMaster 1 as a custom-designed much more than just a vessel. He sees As Mr Robert also explained,
service operation vessel with walk-to-work it as a total access and accommodation ergonomic design sees the interior
access and 60 high-quality accommodation solution. He highlighted the fact that the spaces grouped together into similar task
berths. He said the companys aim was development of the design started with a areas. This not only separates clean and
to enable offshore wind operators to blank sheet of paper, as opposed to being dirty tasks but ensures short lines of
work more efficiently, more safely and in an evolved version of an existing design. It communication and eases workflow. The
maximum comfort for periods of up to 30 has been tailored specifically to the needs accommodation has been placed in the
days at a time. of the offshore wind industry and designed midships area for additional comfort the
The vessel is built on a stable DP2 specifically for the conditions it will location reducing vertical acceleration by as
platform so it offers a very high level of encounter in the North Sea, he said. much as 15%. OSJ

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Walk-to-work support ship combines


high-level operability and comfort
July 2017 saw construction of the hull of Acta Marines Ulstein SX195
walk-to-work vessel pass the halfway mark at Crist shipyard in Poland

T
he completed hull of Acta Marine's latest evssel is due to The vessel is 93.4 m in length with a breadth of 18m and can
be towed from Crist to Ulstein Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, accommodate up to 120 people in 80 cabins. It will be equipped
early in November 2017. Ulstein Verft will outfit the vessel with a dynamic motion compensated gangway system from SMST
and install equipment such as a motion compensated gangway and in the Netherlands mounted on an integrated tower with height
3D crane. Delivery of the vessel to Acta Marine is slated for the end adjustment and a personnel/cargo lift.
of Q1 2018. Acta Marines new walk-to-work unit will alsohave an indoor
The dynamic positioning class 2 (DP2) construction support cargo area of 500 m2 plus 500 m2 on deck and will be able to
vessel is primarily aimed at the offshore wind market but will provide walk-to-work transfer of personnel and cargo in significant
also be capable of providing support from offshore oil and gas wave heights of up to 3.0 m. A total of 24 twenty-foot equivalent
installations and is a new design from Ulstein Design & Solutions. units can be stored on the two deck levels, allowing clients to
We are expanding our services for offshore wind. The take all the equipment necessary for longer offshore campaigns,
SX195 design with the X-STERN hullform, integrated walk-to- giving the vessel the ability to operate without returning to port for
work gangway system, 3D motion compensated crane and approximately 30 days.
accommodation represents our next step in responding to the Describing the offshore access system it is providing for the
market, said Acta Marine's managing director Rob Boer. vessel, SMST Designers and Constructors in the Netherlands
The company emphasised the vessels flexibility, winter which is also providing a 3D motion compensated crane for the
workability, ability to provide safe transfer of people and cargo, ship said the system as the first of its kind and said it offers
optimised onboard logistics and high level of comfort for those a complete solution for offshore logistics. The gangway will be
on board the vessel. All of the accommodation areas have been mounted on an integrated tower with height adjustment and a lift
designed with the idea that rested personnel are productive for personnel and cargo. It will provide a complete package with
personnel, said the company. A total of 80 cabins will provide an elevator and access bridge trolley system. The trolley system
best-in-class comfort levels, complemented by a buffet style will allow pallets carrying cargo to be transported onto the elevator,
restaurant, multifunction recreation room, sauna and fitness area. which can stop at different levels to optimise the performance of
Smart connectivity options will allow personnel to bring their own the vessel. The 3D motion compensated crane will have a lifting
devices onboard for access to the internet and video-on-demand capacity of 6 tonnes. Capable of working over both sides of the
services anywhere on board. vessel, the gangway and tower will enable personnel from different
deck levels to make their way to it without exposing them to the
weather. The gangway is also capable of lifting cargo up to 1 tonne
with motion compensation and will be able to handle trolleys and
euro pallets of up to 300kg.
SMST describes the combination of the access system
and crane as a modular set-up that maximises utilisation and
performance whilst focusing on safety and efficient transfer of
cargo and personnel. In offshore mode, the crane will be capable
of lifting 10 tonnes without compensation and 6 tonnes with
compensation. At maximum draught, it will have a lifting height
above water level of 26 m.
Thanks to the combined X-BOW and X-STERN configuration,
it will have a particularly high level of operational flexibility
when operating at an offshore windfarm or an offshore oil and
gas installation. In particular, the X-STERN will allow for astern
operations more than 70% of the time, significantly enhancing
Acta Marines newbuild has the Ulstein X-BOW and X-STERN, stationkeeping and manoeuvrability around turbines. The hullform
conferring a high level of seakeeping and operability will also experience substantially less slamming and hence lower
levels of noise and vibrations and increased crew comfort. OSJ

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Service operation vessel


is a first for owner and designer
Demand for vessels capable of accommodating offshore wind technicians and
enabling them to walk to work using a motion-compensated offshore access
system is growing, as contracts awarded to stensj Rederi in 2016 demonstrate

O
n 27 April 2017, Once mobilised, the SOV
Gondn shipyard will spend up to 28 consecutive
launched Edda days on station at the windfarm,
Passat, the first where it will be able to service
of two service operation six to eight wind turbines each
vessels (SOVs) it is building day. Crews of technicians from
for Norwegian shipowner Dong Energy and turbine
stensj Rederi. Both SOVs supplier Siemens will work on
are being built to the UT 540 a two weeks on, two weeks off
WP design by Rolls-Royce shift pattern.
Marine, this being the first With the SOV in position,
Rolls-Royce design for the technicians will walk safely to
fast-growing offshore wind work from the vessels deck
energy industry. stensj Rederis venture into the offshore wind energy industry to work on the wind turbines
The vessels will be equipped has seen it awarded two contracts for SOVs for Dong Energy using the motion compensated
with an Uptime 23 m heave gangway, thus removing the
compensated walk-to-work need to climb up and down
gangway, a 3D motion the east coast of the UK. It was consumption. As well as vertical access ladders as
compensated crane and a designed by Rolls-Royce in close designing the vessel, Rolls-Royce happens when traditional crew
crew transfer vessel handling co-operation with stensj will supply the diesel-electric transfer vessels push on to
system with bunkering facility. Rederi and Astilleros Gondn main machinery, consisting of the foundation of a turbine.
In addition to the gangway, in Spain, who are building it. frequency controlled electric The SOVs will incorporate a
an 11 m daughter craft will F3 Offshore in Germany was driven azimuth thrusters, containerised warehouse for the
allow for the safe transfer of engaged by stensj Rederi to super-silent mounted transverse storage of equipment spares,
maintenance technicians to act as the broker for the deal. thrusters, DP2 dynamic tools and consumables.
offshore wind turbines. Once The contract for the positioning system, power Below the weather deck aft
completed, the first vessel will first vessel was placed after electrical system, deck machinery is a large area for containerised
be chartered to Dong Energy. stensj Rederi was awarded and the latest generation Acon loads and stores. Their floors
The second vessel it has under a contract to provide an SOV automation and control system. are level with the main deck,
construction is also for Dong for Dong Energys Race Bank The SOV will operate from which is strengthened for
Energy and will service the offshore windfarm in the UK. a new offshore wind hub in forklift truck operation. Close
Hornsea Project One offshore The contract awarded to the Grimsby. The new SOV will attention has been paid to
windfarm in the UK. company by Dong Energy is for initially support operation and logistics and workflow in the
The first newbuild is a five years firm with five optional maintenance of Race Bank, vessel design. Technicians leave
dynamic positioning class 2 years. Commencement is 1 which is under construction their cabins, eat breakfast in
(DP2) SOV with excellent September 2017. 17 miles off the Norfolk and the messroom, then go along a
station keeping capability. It Describing its first venture Lincolnshire coastlines. Some short route to the work area to
will have 60 single cabins and into the SOV market, Rolls- components needed to maintain put on protective equipment.
accommodate up to 40 wind Royce said the vessel was wind turbines will be stored in They then collect trolleys of
turbine technicians in addition designed with a focus on a warehouse on the hub site. equipment needed for the days
to a marine crew of 20. The seakeeping capability, excellent Other equipment will arrive task, which have been pre-
81.10 m vessel will have a beam station-keeping performance, from manufacturers on a just in prepared, before taking the lift
of 17.0 m and work out of an improved comfort and safety time basis to be loaded onto the up and walking to work over
operations base in Grimsby on on board and reduced fuel new vessel. the gangway. OSJ

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48 | RENEWABLES SERVICE VESSELS

Renewables service vessel takes


Multi Cat concept in new direction
Damen in the Netherlands has been building Multi Cat workboats for years the latest
evolution of the design is a workhorse specifically intended for the renewables industry

D
amen recently delivered the first example of
itsrenewables service vessel (RSV) 3315, a new
design developed in close co-operation with Scottish
company Delta Marine for work in the offshore wind
industry. Delta Marine took delivery of its first Damen vessel 12
years ago, and the Shetland-based company now has four Damen
Multi Cat vessels in its fleet as well as one it manages.
The first in the new series was named Voe Vanguard at Damen
Shipyards Hardinxveld. A week later, Voe Vanguard was off to its
first offshore windfarm, the Walney Extension project.
Jos van Woerkum, managing director of Damen Shipyards
Hardinxveld, said the Dutch company has been working on the
design of the vessel with Delta Marine since 2013. Delta Marine
gave us a sketch and outlined their requirements, and I think
Damen has built exactly what they wanted, he said. I think the
renewables service vessel has the potential to be a big success for
Damen once it has proved itself in the market.
The RSV 3315 designcan undertake all duties normally expected
of a Multi Cat but also has a spacious, unobstructed deck, class 2
dynamic positioning (DP2) and dedicated four-point mooring.
The Dutch ship designer and builder describes the evolved
Multi Cat as a serious workhorse with powerful propulsion
generating a bollard pull of 42 tonnes whilst remaining under
500 gt. Added to this is a standard outfit of cranes and winches.
With the option of DP2, a four-point mooring system, two good Voe Vanguard first started work on the Walney Extension
size cranes and hydraulic shark jaws with guide pins, the vessel offshore windfarm
is designed to be able to undertake a wide range of duties. An
AHT winch can be deployed over both stern and bow. Safety and
visibility were key design guidelines along with the largest possible
deck space, enabling the RSV 3315 to load equipment, carousels stern thruster. It is also very flexible, with a shallow draught of only
or remotely operated vehicles or be used as a walk-to-work vessel. 2.6 m. The two aft azimuths can swing up into the hull, and we can
The foredeck provides room for containers. easily switch from DP1 to DP2 mode, said Delta Marine.
David McNaugthan, Delta Marine general manager, says the In addition, Voe Vanguard has two powerful cranes, one of
decision to invest in a vessel specifically tailored for renewables which has a capacity of 15 tonnes with an outreach of 20 m. With
was taken around four years ago. We knew at Damen we get a these, we can carry and lift an awful lot for a wide variety of tasks.
good project and good quality backup. The vessel has comfortable accommodation for 18 crew.
We were particularly interested in having DP2 capability. This Delta Marine said the DP2 system is very important for our
vessel is suitable for offshore wind but also for tidal projects, where clients and every single job is crying out for DP2.
it can stay in position using DP in some pretty strong currents, said What other advantages does Voe Vanguard have? It also
the owner. benefits from the same broad back deck associated with a Multi
Delta Marine and Damen adapted the traditional Multi Cat Cat, and it has a decent turn of speed, having a transit speed of 10
design by moving the wheelhouse forward and leaving the aft deck knots. It is also very flexible. With two switchboards for redundancy,
open. Additionally, it was important to make sure the vessel was it is possible to operate all four thrusters from a single engine if
under the 500 gt mark to keep costs down. need be, and it is a genuine, go-anywhere unit, able to operate in
The vessel is diesel-electric and has four azimuths with a large shallow water when required. OSJ

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SEISMIC SURVEY VESSELS | 51

Ramform Hyperion is the


final ship in PGS extensive
newbuilding programme

Final Ramform surveyor


will be a profitable powerhouse
The marine seismic market has been in the doldrums for the last two or three years, but as the
market recovers, so PGS believes it has the best possible assets in its fleet to undertake larger and
more complex next-generation surveys

R
amform Hyperion, the final ship in There is also less exposure to risk and vessel and handle extremely wide streamer
PGSs newbuild programme, was fewer emissions. spreads. Hence, surveys can be tailor-made
launched in March 2017 and, like The Ramform Titan-class vessel has to meet our customers needs, be it the
the other Ramform ships the company 24 streamer reels, 16 abreast with a highest possible data quality or the most
operates, provides an enormously stable further eight in a second row. This permits efficient coverage of a large exploration area."
platform with outstanding seakeeping flexibility and efficient acquisition of high- Ramform Hyperion along with its sister
characteristics that is capable of taking full volume exploration 3D or high-density 3D vessel Ramform Tethys are the most
advantage of the companys proprietary or 4D and anything in between. powerful seismic acquisition vessels in
GeoStreamer technology. The back deck layout is augmented the world and merge advanced vessel
Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by six independent source array handling design with the imaging capabilities of
in Nagasaki, Japan, the vessel was booms. Together, this arsenal of equipment the companys GeoStreamer seismic
delivered to PGS this summer. Able to enables faster deployment and recovery acquisition technology.
undertake almost any type of seismic with increased flexibility and safety, making it The 70 m broad stern allows ample
acquisition, the key to the Ramform ships possible to fully utilise the ships operational space for the streamer reels, 16 of which
productivity is its high level of installed weather window. Steerable sources and are aligned abreast with the remaining
power, capacity and redundancy, which streamers and automated gear-handling eight further forward, with capacity for 12
are the keys to maximising seismic data systems also contribute to the flexibility km streamers on each reel. Increased work
production. Redundant twin enginerooms and effectiveness of this flagship vessel. space and advanced equipment handling
provide a total power of 26.4 megawatts Two stern-launched workboats permit means safer and more robust operations.
to drive three 6,000 kW controllable safe streamer maintenance in marginal For PGS and its clients, safe, rapid
pitch propellers. The vessel can tow weather, and marine and seismic equipment deployment and retrieval of equipment as
a full spread of dual-sensor recording maintenance can increasingly be carried out well as greater operational capacity will
equipment using just two of them. at sea without adversely affecting operations. translate into faster completion of surveys
Equipment failure is expensive, there is The ships drydocking interval is 7.5 years. and increased uptime in marginal weather.
plenty of redundancy, said PGS of the design Like the other Ramform ships PGS After six years of construction and four
of the new vessel. Big boats burn more fuel, operates, Ramform Hyperion is based on completed vessels, the company is happy
but large efficient operations require fewer the Ramform hullform created by Roar with its hand and has no plans to build
vessel hours to complete a project. Ramde in the early 1990s and taken to its more vessels in the foreseeable future.
On the Ramform Titan class, a fuel- ultimate expression by the Ramform Titan- PGSs outgoing CEO and president Jon Erik
efficient acquisition speed of 5 knots class vessels. Reinhardsen said the company only invests
can be maintained while towing multiple Ramform Hyperion completes our capital in newbuilds when differentiation
sources and 15 km2 of submerged newbuild programme and increases the can be achieved over a substantial part of
recording and positioning equipment. productivity of our fleet, said PGS executive the vessels useful life, in order to maximise
Endurance in transit is 120 days and in vice president of operations Per Arild return on the investment.
full operation is up to 100 days. In remote Reksnes. The four Ramform Titan-class We believe Ramform Hyperion and
locations, this can make an important vessels and the two Ramform S-class vessels the three other Ramform Titan-class
difference to project safety margins and make up our core fleet of high-end units. vessels are examples of such unique
access to high-quality, low-cost fuel. They can tow more streamers than any other assets, he concluded. OSJ

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52 | MINING VESSELS

Seabed mining ship is derived


from proven offshore design
WHAT IS CLAIMED TO BE THE WORLDS underway once funding had been that allow it to sample faster,
secured from two local banks, take larger samples and collect
LARGEST AND MOST ADVANCED DIAMOND Standard Bank Namibia and more information per sample
EXPLORATION AND SAMPLING VESSEL, RMB Namibia, a division of the than any other diamond-
NUJOMA, IS READY TO START EXPLORING First National Bank of Namibia. sampling vessel. It is capable of
FOR DEPOSITS IN NAMIBIAN WATERS The banks covered 75% of the sampling at more than double
project cost. the speed of its predecessor. The
Otto Shikongo, chief 12,000 tonne, diesel-electric
executive officer of Debmarine powered vessel is 113 m long,
Namibia, said he was proud that can accommodate a crew of

C
onstructed by some of the most valuable three Namibian entities have 80 and has a helicopter deck
Kleven shipyard in in the world takes place at undertaken to make the project suitable for Sikorsky S61s.
Ulsteinvik, Norway, to depths of 120140 m. Diamond a reality for the long-term Being based on Marin
the MT 6022 design mining is the single biggest benefit of all our stakeholders Teknikks MT 6022 design,
from Marin Teknikk and fitted contributor to Namibias and the nation at large. the basic design of the vessel
with its subsea sampling system, economy, and the partnership Namibias minister of mines is already well proven in the
De Beers new mining vessel will between De Beers and the and energy, Obeth Kandjoze, offshore construction vessel
enable Debmarine Namibia, a Namibian government delivers said the delivery of the vessel segment, but the newbuild for
50/50 joint venture between the more than N$10Bn (US$777 was an important milestone for De Beers will include a wide
government of the Republic of million) in revenue annually. offshore diamond mining in range of tailor-made equipment
Namibia and De Beers Group, The highly specialised and Namibia. Nujoma represents the and features, highlighting the
to explore diamond deposits and technologically advanced diamond largest ever capital investment Norwegian designers ability to
secure diamond supply in the exploration and sampling vessel in underwater diamond mining tailor vessels to meet the specific
country well into the future. will become the sixth ship in the and will ensure a long-term, requirements of its customers.
Debmarine Namibia is the Debmarine Namibia fleet (it is sustainable future for offshore The seabed mining unit
only company in the world to named after Namibias founding diamond mining in Namibia, as was a departure for Marin
mine diamonds offshore, president Dr Sam Nujoma). The well as creating important new Teknikk but not the only new
having started doing so in 2002. contract to build the ship was jobs for Namibians, he said. type of vessel it has moved into
The company produced around initially announced in October Bruce Cleaver, CEO of designing. Best known for the
1.2 million carats in 2016. 2014 but subject to final approval De Beers Group, explained design of subsea vessels, dive
Mining of Namibias diamonds by May 2015. Construction got that offshore diamond mining support ships, platform supply
is becoming increasingly vessels and anchor handlers for
important in meeting global the offshore oil and gas industry,
demand for diamonds as many in recent years, it has also
of the major onshore deposits secured contracts for the design
have now been discovered. He of expedition yachts. Among
said Nujoma will allow even the most recent offshore support
more of Namibias high-quality ship deliveries based on an MT
offshore diamonds to be design was the MT 6021 Mk II
discovered and mined, ensuring Olympic Delta, which was built
a strong future for Namibias for Olympic in Norway.
diamond industry, as well as the The vessel is 94 m long
global diamond market. and is equipped with an active
As with other Debmarine heave compensated subsea
Namibia vessels, Nujoma will crane. The work deck is 900 m2
remain operational exploring and has a 6 m x 6 m moonpool.
for diamonds for long The vessel has accommodation
periods up to three years for 80 people and is aimed at
before returning to port for the inspection, maintenance
The basic design of Nujoma is derived from an offshore support maintenance. The vessel will use and repair and renewables
vessel, but it has been fitted with highly specialised mining gear a range of unique technologies markets. OSJ

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INFIELD SUPPORT VESSELS | 53

ISV design is customised to work


with LNG and FLNG carriers
July 2017 saw the first examples of a new class of support ship an infield support vessel
or ISV mobilise to go to work with Shells Prelude floating liquefied natural gas unit

carrier on a short wire length.


KT Maritimes ISVs can justifiably The tugs stay connected centre
claim to be the first of a new breed forward and centre aft on a short
wire, and the tugs then push
against the short tow line. They
do not need to be repositioned
to transfer forces onto the tanker.
This alternative procedure
mitigates the risk of damaging
the hull of the LNG carrier and
is only possible with the unique
rotor tug configuration.
In the event of an
emergency on board the
FLNG, personnel will be able
to make their way safely to
temporary refuge sites on the
vessel via multiple escape routes

P
erth-based KT in some respects to normal one at the bow and one at the forward and aft. They can then
Maritime Services berthing of LNG tankers, the stern. The tanker is brought be evacuated from the facility
Australia, a joint unsheltered environmental alongside the FLNG, and the in a controlled manner using
venture between conditions and impact of waves tugs move in to the side of the helicopters, freefall lifeboats
Kotug International and Teekay at the FLNG location can be a tanker in order to push it against and integrated chute-based
Shipping Australia, is providing challenge. Apart from berthing the side of the FLNG. Pushing liferafts. Once evacuated, they
the Prelude floating liquefied and assisting LNG tankers, the against the side with standard can be recovered by the ISVs.
natural gas (FLNG) unit ISVs also have a number of stern drive tugs can only be done Each of these tugs will be able
with three 42 m, 100-tonne secondary roles for which they in good weather conditions. to accommodate 85 people in
bollard pull ISVs. The tugs are are responsible, including safety Maintaining an acceptable such situations.
of Robert Allans advanced standby, evacuation, personnel footprint with a stern drive tug The ISVs are the most
rotor tug ART 100-42 design transfer and surveillance. would be impossible in adverse powerful and sophisticated
and were built by ASL Marine Speaking to OSJ earlier conditions, with the increased rotor tugs in the world and
Holdings. The ISVs have this year, Osman Munir, KT risk of damage to the tugs fender were purpose built to support
Robert Allans RAstar hullform Maritimes director commercial/ and the LNG carriers hull. In the Prelude FLNG facility,
and three separate azimuth Kotugs chief commercial officer, contrast, with the rotor tug, which is located in the Prelude
propulsion units two astern and explained that LNG tankers if the significant wave height and Concerto gas fields in the
one amidships that comprise will have to berth alongside the increases, the unique propulsion Browse LNG Basin 200 km off
the rotor tug power system FLNGs manifolds to take on configuration enables it to the coast of Australia.
technology pioneered by Kotug. the LNG produced on board. maintain position whilst applying Ard-Jan Kooren, director
The primary roles assigned Although this is an operation force against the hull of the of KT Maritime and acting
to KT Maritimes ISVs similar to normal berthing of tanker in the designated area. CEO of Kotug, described the
include assisting LNG carriers LNG tankers, this is usually For work in increased wave introduction into service of the
approaching the Prelude FLNG carried out in sheltered waters. heights, KT Maritime has also vessels as a historic moment
and when LNG and LPG is In the procedure developed proposed an alternative procedure, for KT Maritime. With the
offloaded via a side-by-side by KT Maritime for this kind of known as rotoring or indirect development of FLNGs, natural
vessel configuration using operation, an amended push-pull towing, which will be used when gas production is moving in a
specially designed cryogenic method has been developed. Two required on the Prelude contract. new direction, and our new ISVs
loading arms. Although this of the ISVs, sailing stern first, This particular technique sees are at the vanguard to support
is an operation that is similar establish a towline connection, the rotor tugs assisting the LNG that development, he said. OSJ

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CREWBOATS | 55

HIGH LEVEL REDUNDANCY ENSURES


BIG CAT CAN COMPLETE TRANSFERS

I Similar in design and


n 2014 and 2016 respectively, Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Behbudov.
Incat Tasmania and Austal Limited The main deck cabin houses individual
in Australia delivered two large concept of operation to two reclining seats for 90 personnel, with
crewboats to Caspian Marine large catamarans built for luggage racks and a medical treatment
Services. At 70 m length, the Incat room. Forward of this cabin is crew
Crowther designs were the first of a new
the crewboat market in the accommodation, consisting of galley and
type for the region, combining large size Caspian, Pacific Kestrel is mess, laundry and access to the hulls.
and passenger-carrying capacity with an a large, fast unit that can The mid-deck houses a further
offshore access system. 10 cabins, all with bathrooms. The
More recently, another Incat Crowther
compete with helicopters to wheelhouse is situated on the third deck,
design, Pacific Kestrel, was delivered to transport personnel offshore with forward and aft control stations and
Swire Pacific Offshore by Austal Shipyards a ships office. All accommodation spaces
facility in the Philippines. At 57 m, Pacific comply with MLC 96/ILO 92 guidelines.
Kestrel is somewhat smaller than Muslim The vessel also has search and rescue
Magomayev and Rashid Behbudov, the capability with a fast rescue craft and a
vessels built for Caspian Marine Services, chemical dispersant system for oil spill
but the vessels concept of operations is response capability.
very similar, and like the 70 m units, the Featuring Incat Crowthers proven
new ship has an offshore access system semi-small waterplane area twin-hull
from Ampelmann in the Netherlands. (semi-SWATH) hullform, the vessel is fast
All three vessels are intended as robust, and efficient. Fitted with a powertrain
versatile and cost-efficient alternatives consisting of four MTU 16V4000 main
to transporting offshore personnel by BELOW: Pacific Kestrel shares the engines, driving Hamilton HT810 waterjets,
air. Incat Crowther describes them as same concept of operations as Muslim Pacific Kestrel met its contractual loaded
fast, efficient crew transfer vessels Magomayev and Rashid Behbudov service speed of 40 knots in sea trials. OSJ
that act as cost-efficient alternatives to
aviation transport. For his part, David
Singleton, Austals chief executive officer,
noted that, replacing more expensive
helicopter transfers from early 2017,
Pacific Kestrel and similar vessels like
Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Behbudov
have enabled what he described as the
introduction of new concepts of operations
in the offshore crew transfer market.
Pacific Kestrel is capable of 40 knots
and of transporting 90 personnel plus cargo
to offshore platforms in up to sea state 6.
The vessel has a large aft 200 m2 cargo
deck with integrated structural mounts
and onboard support systems for the
Ampelmann motion compensated gangway,
which is designed to facilitate the safe
transfer of personnel to offshore platforms.
Aided by a DP2 dynamic positioning
system, the vessel is able to hold station in
rough weather to facilitate crew transfers
with a high level of redundancy, even
in the event of a main engine, thruster
or individual system failure. A similar
approach to redundancy was taken on

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56 | LOGISTICS VESSELS

Ro-ro vessels take lifting and cost


out of turbine transportation
Two new roro vessels chartered to Siemens Siemens offerings in the wind industry, at which the company will
concentrate manufacturing of nacelles. We have three facilities
Wind Power are playing an important part building nacelles for direct drive offshore wind turbines, Mr Hannibal
helping the company to reduce costs said. In the future, we will have one purpose-built facility doing what
three were doing. Offshore turbines are getting bigger and bigger,
he notes, and to build, store and then transport them cost-effectively,
ever-greater focus is required on how that it is achieved.

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The new production facility at Cuxhaven is part of the solution
ntil recently an industry that relied on subsidies, and allows heavy components to be loaded directly on vessels,
offshore wind energy has experienced a massive avoiding the need for expensive ground transportation. Another
reduction in costs in the last two to three years. part of the solution is Rotra Vente, the first of a pair of vessels that
Much of this reduction in costs is accounted for by were designed to cost-effectively transport nacelles and other
the development and introduction into service of a new generation components used in Siemens large, direct drive turbines.
of much larger offshore wind turbines by companies such as With Rotra Vente, we are stepping into a new era of cost-
Siemens Wind Power, but the new larger turbines are not easy efficient offshore wind logistics, said Mr Hannibal. When our new
to transport, forcing companies such as Siemens to look at new factories in Hull in the UK and Cuxhaven are fully operational and
logistics concepts. both roro vessels are in service, we expect savings of 1520% in
Due to enter operation this summer, Siemens new nacelle our logistics costs compared to current transport procedures.
assembly facility in Cuxhaven, Germany, is the latest in a number Siemens Wind Power took delivery of Rotra Vente in November
of investments that the turbine builder has made in offshore 2016. A second vessel, Rotra Mare, followed in the spring of 2017,
wind that also include its new blade-manufacturing facility in the and with these dedicated assets in service, Siemens is effectively
northeast of England. operating its own North Sea shuttle service, shipping components
We are working all the time on cost strategy targets, said for offshore wind turbines between its factories and the ports
Michael Hannibal, CEO offshore at Siemens Wind Power. We handling and loading installation vessels.
have steadily reduced production costs year by year. The whole The vessels were purpose-designed and built for the
industry is engaged in a massive cost-reduction effort, whether restrictions and challenges associated with the ports Siemens uses
you are talking about developers or operations and maintenance. but, more importantly, were designed and built to handle heavy
It is equally important that, as an OEM, we take waste out of the offshore wind turbine modules, each separately weighing up to
industry and reduce overall costs in the process. 400 tonnes, in as efficient a manner as possible.
In due course, Cuxhaven will become the hub for nacelles for The roro concept provides safe and effective handling, rolling
components on and off the vessels and to and from loading
quays at the ports involved, eliminating the need for heavy-lifting
operations and large cranes and lifting equipment.
Following a year-long tendering and negotiation process,
Siemens Wind Power signed a contract for the delivery of the
vessels with deugro Danmark in September 2015. With both
vessels in service, Siemens can safely handle thousands of heavy
turbine modules. Over the next three years, it needs to deliver
more than 800 wind turbines to sites around the North Sea.
At 141 m long, Rotra Vente can carry multiple 8 megawatt
nacelles. The vessel can also transport up to nine tower sections
per trip or three to four sets of rotor blades, depending on what
else is being transported. Rotra Mare is nearly identical to Rotra
Vente but is configured to transport towers and blades rather than
Rotra Vente is the nacelles and can accommodate up to 12 wind rotor blades.
first of two ro-ro vessels We are proud to operate Rotra Vente for Siemens. This
designed to transport vessel marks a new milestone in the close co-operation we have
nacelles, towers and maintained for years, said Richard Thomsen, managing director
blades for Siemens of deugro, the project freight-forwarding division of the deugro
Group. OSJ

Offshore Support Journal | October 2017, Annual Review www.osjonline.com


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