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May 2017

The marine maintenance event of the year approaches

There are only a few weeks to go now until Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference, which takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 6-8 June. Co-located at this important event will be Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo and Conference, Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium, and an exciting newcomer, Maritime & Naval Test & Development Symposium. This new symposium is the world’s only conference dedicated to discussing the latest and next-generation validation tools and techniques designed to help guarantee the durability, performance and seaworthiness of new vessels of all sizes, including their onboard systems and new components.

Commenting on the shows, UKi Media & Events managing director Graham Johnson said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 3,500 shipowners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits.”

Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference is the best place to get up close to the technological developments, concepts and repair and maintenance solutions for shipowners, fleet operators, ship repair yard owners, technical/maintenance directors, marine superintendents, or anyone involved in repairing and maintaining ships and boats of all sizes.

At the conference, leading industry experts from around the world will provide more than 40 high-level presentations on lifecycle and asset management, spares optimisation, condition-based maintenance, ship repair costs, structural monitoring, management and leadership issues in maintenance, hull inspection, and more!

Details of the conference programme and a complete list of speakers and presentations can be found on the conference website at

UK P&I Club issues hatch cover maintenance guidance

The importance of hatch cover maintenance has been highlighted in advice published by the UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Department and IMCS Training Academy.

The question of whether or not a ship’s hatch covers are weathertight should be answered by a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Knowing if the answer has been reliably answered requires understanding of the operation, maintenance and industry requirements for this essential part of bulk carriers.

Some key points from the report include:

‘Ensuring hatch covers are well maintained, and that crew are trained and experienced in their usage, greatly reduces the number of claims relating to water-damaged cargo. Both claims analysis and third party inspections indicate that in many cases hatch cover maintenance is not considered to be a priority, and when maintenance is carried out, it is often not done in line with the manufacturers’ guidelines and good industry practice.’

‘Good maintenance starts with good inspections; this requires proper planning, development of ship/hatch specific checklists, and educating shipboard staff. Inspections should be carried out against the manual specifications, and not against the crew’s own criteria or opinions. If inspections are carried out in a systematic way, at frequent intervals and are well documented, possible problems will be identified at an early stage, allowing for cheaper and better repairs.’

‘Necessary maintenance and repairs are often only carried out after a ship has entered the loading port and fails a hatch cover tightness test. This can mean that maintenance has to be organised quickly, in an unplanned manner, and not always with the proper spare parts. This approach generally requires the crew to work long hours, often overnight, and carry out temporary repairs that are merely focused on passing the tightness test as soon as possible without giving proper regard to the quality of repairs carried out.’

‘Whenever a substantial claim is filed against the ship, surveyors will be instructed to attend on board and carry out an investigation into the cause of the damage. This generally reveals that in the load port, quick or improper temporary repairs were carried out that were insufficient to withstand the rigours of an ocean voyage. Quick or improper repairs typically follow inadequate due diligence.’

‘A good maintenance strategy also includes record keeping. Maintenance-related documents, such as test reports, work orders, spare part orders, work schedules, hatch manuals and drawings, onboard checklists and inspection reports should be properly kept and filed. Should a claim for wetting damage be filed against the ship, a well-prepared maintenance file will be of great value in defending the owner’s interest and proving that due diligence was exercised.’

‘Well-maintained hatch covers can make the difference between a profitable or loss-making voyage. Claims resulting from wetting damage due to leaking hatch covers still contribute a huge part of the overall loss figures on dry cargo ships, and can weigh heavily on the owner’s operational budget and profit. More importantly, improper usage and poor maintenance of hatch covers can cause tragic injuries among crew, which can be avoided through the provision of adequate training and procedures.’

The report can be found here

Navy maintainers reduce littoral combat ship repair times

The US Navy’s Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 has reorganised the process for dealing with maintenance incidents for littoral combat ships deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, reducing turnaround time for such incidents from 15 days to four days, Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson told USNI News.

Gabrielson said one of the purposes of the current rotational deployment of USS Coronado (LCS-4) was to prepare for the deployment of multiple littoral combat ships through Singapore and other locations, and there was a growing need to ensure an effective and efficient maintenance programme in the forward operating environment.

Gabrielson said when USS Coronado arrived in Singapore, a comprehensive examination of the process and procedures for handling unexpected engineering casualties was undertaken. The examination revealed that based on past deployments, it took an average of 15 days to correct maintenance casualties.

Gabrielson added, “Our team got together and first of all looked at the operational requirements. We then asked ourselves how good do we need to be in order to maximise our ability to meet those requirements. We needed to have confidence that we could correct most propulsion casualty incidents within four days to ensure we can meet LCS operational schedules down the line.”

Gabrielson said the examination required a collaborative effort by the entire LCS enterprise, from the maintenance and support process, comprising a mix of navy, civilian and government-contracted personnel, along with original equipment manufacturers, to reduce the 15-day turnaround time for correcting maintenance casualties to an average of four days.

He added that these efficiencies are applicable to wherever the USS Coronado and future littoral combat ships are deployed in the region and not just in Singapore, and that some of the conclusions that were reached included the relocation of personnel, support assets and spare part stocks to better support the operation of rotationally deployed littoral combat ships in the region.

Coronado will be one of the US ships participating in an exercise, code-named Pacific Griffin, with the Republic of Singapore Navy, which will take place in Guam in August. “We’re still finalising the details on that, but it will be a high-end exercise that will involve live-firing,” Gabrielson said.

The US Navy is also examining increased aviation capability for rotationally deployed littoral combat ships, an over-the-horizon missile capability, and additional systems to increase the littoral combat ship lethality for sea control missions to maximise the potential of the platform.

In regard to the future presence of multiple littoral combat ships in the region, Gabrielson said his team was ready and prepared to support these deployments: “We’re in a good place with the work that has been done, the lessons learned and the avocation of those lessons, such as the 15 to four turnaround for casualty repair, and we’ll continue to do more to conduct preventive maintenance on these ships and seek ways to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in how we support them. We’re ready and excited to welcome multiple LCS to the region and put them to work, and there’s no shortage of meaningful work for these ships.”

Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World to convert ships to seawater bearings

Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World-Dubai signed a milestone agreement on 4 May under which the UAE-based shipyard will work with Thordon Bearings to promote the conversion of ships’ oil-lubricated propeller shafts to Thordon’s seawater-lubricated bearing systems.

The agreement will create a specialist team of Drydocks World-Dubai and Thordon Bearings personnel to support ship managers and owners looking to ensure their vessels are fully compliant with environmental legislation prohibiting the discharge of oil from the oil-to-sea interface of ships’ propeller shafts. Shipowners could face substantial financial penalties if their vessels are found to be non-compliant.

Leaking shaft seals are known to be a significant contributor to ongoing pollution at sea. The use of biodegradable lubricants, which are an improvement over mineral oils, is still a very expensive option for shipowners and some are having seal compatibility issues. Even biodegradable lubricants still need to be reported to authorities when discharges occur. Thordon provides a solution that uses seawater as the lubricant that meets all regulations, eliminating any risk of oil pollution.

Under the terms of the agreement, Thordon Bearings will also provide equipment, training and guidance to Drydocks World-Dubai personnel, and support the yard in carrying out propeller shaft conversion projects.

Military Sealift Command awards Guam ship repair contract

Cabras Marine Corporation, Guam Shipyard and Seafix are being awarded a not-to-exceed US$18,095,000 combined indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for a one-year requirement to provide ship repair services to Military Sealift Command and the US Navy, as well as the US Coast Guard on the island of Guam.

Services will include pier-side general ship repair services. The contract includes option years which, if exercised, would bring the total contract maximum value to US$96,068,812.

Work will be performed on Naval Base Guam on the island of Guam, and is expected to be completed by 30 April 2018.

Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of US$10,500 are being obligated at the time of award to support the guaranteed minimum amount of US$3,500 for each contractor.

The Navy's Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Xodus and Green Marine collaborate on offshore renewables maintenance

Xodus Group has formed a partnership with Orkney, Scotland-based Green Marine to launch a new integrated service for the maintenance of offshore renewable assets.

The lifecycle approach will utilise Xodus’s new integrity management software tool XAMIN (Xodus Asset Management and Integrity Network) to capture and monitor live data from offshore marine assets, with Green Marine providing the physical offshore inspection and repair services.

The one-stop solution aims to streamline an asset’s performance by providing efficiencies and preventing downtime through the targeting of offshore wind, tidal and wave energy devices, cabling and associated infrastructure.

Wim van der Zande, CEO of Xodus Group, said, “We believe XAMIN has great potential for renewable projects as it will improve the visibility of integrity issues, and the partnership with Green Marine means that any anomalies can be inspected and dealt with before they grow into a major issue. The renewables sector has the opportunity to learn lessons from the oil and gas industry, where poor data management is causing problems when identifying component condition or proving life extension. If the operator has centralised data management from the outset, failure modes can be identified, which removes doubt from fault investigations.”

Green Marine operates eight vessels and barges and provides safe installation, removal and maintenance of a wide range of wind, tidal and wave energy devices and gravity bases. XAMIN allows operators to capture design, installation, testing, operating, inspection and decommissioning information in a single system, thus reducing data losses, increasing efficiency of access and improving visibility of integrity issues.

It is built around an asset hierarchy, allowing all data to be tagged to the appropriate component, which allows cross referencing. Within the operational phase, XAMIN can collate all information being measured on the asset and cross reference to allow a complete picture of operability and integrity to be viewed. Once collated, data can be used to benchmark design assumptions and reduce safety margins or increase field life.

New dry dock for Hawaiian shipyard

Singaporean company GL Engineering & Construction (GL E&C) has launched a new concrete floating dry dock, the US$12m Peleke Nui (‘Big Fred’ in Hawaiian), in Batam, Indonesia. It has been built by a local subcontractor.

The buyer is Marisco Limited, based on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. Marisco provides construction, maintenance and repair of ships and naval craft, and serves governmental, military, commercial marine and industrial sectors from its base in Barbers Point Harbor on the west coast of the island.

The dry dock is currently on its way to Hawaii on a heavy lift ship and is expected to arrive at its destination by the end of May 2017. Upon its arrival, it will be the largest in the fleet of dry docks that Marisco owns.

Alfred Anawati, president and founder of Marisco, said, “The new concrete floating dry dock will be the biggest yet for the state of Hawaii and will serve Marisco’s expanding international businesses with possible future projects for commercial clients in Asia and worldwide. Given the high demand for ship repair work, we have already received orders for use of the dry dock even while it was still under construction.”

Designed for a durability of 200 years, concrete dry docks are far more stable in operation and offer better weather resistance due to their heavy weight compared with steel ones, which typically have a 20-year design life.

Made of high-strength Grade 85 concrete, the completed dry dock has a concrete pontoon and steel wing wall. The unit is 15m high, 138m long and 46m wide with clear working space of 36m inside the wing walls. The dock will lift ships up to 9,500 metric tons and can repair two to three ships concurrently depending on their size.

April 2017

Speaker line-up

Four fantastic, free-to-attend maritime events are being hosted in the Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands on 6-8 June this year. The next generation of technology and tools will be the focus of this year’s Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference (MMWE). From exhibitors to the extensive conference programme, visitors will see and hear about ways to reduce equipment failure, lower operating costs and maximise efficiency.

There are three more good reasons to visit MMWE, Europe’s only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems. First, the enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 (EHMWE) will be taking place at the RAI as well. It is the only expo and conference dedicated to emerging efficient propulsion technologies and components including battery technologies, fuel cell developments, electric motors, engine and propulsion systems, and a range of emissions and fuel-reducing systems and technologies, and regulatory matters.

The Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium is another reason to be in Amsterdam. This event will bring together ship designers, fleet owners, naval architects, classification societies, equipment manufacturers and maritime research organisations to discuss and debate the technological, regulatory and legal developments necessary to make autonomous and unmanned ships a reality.

The final reason to visit will be the new Maritime & Naval Test & Development Symposium, the world’s only conference dedicated to discussing the latest and next-generation validation tools and techniques designed to help guarantee the durability, performance and seaworthiness of new vessels of all sizes, including their onboard systems and new components. This unique conference will also discuss innovative testing and simulation tools that can reduce product development cycles, plus techniques to reduce product failure and ensure optimum operational efficiency.

The four events look set to attract an expected 3,500+ attendees from all over the world, so if you haven’t already secured your ticket, visit now!

“We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 3,500 ship owners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits,” said Graham Johnson, managing director of UKi Media & Events, which is organising the show.

He continued, “In total, both events look set to showcase over 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance, and home to some of the world’s largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!”

The MMWE conference will provide more than 50 high-level presentations from industry-leading experts on: lifecycle and asset management, spares optimisation, condition-based maintenance, ship repair costs, structural health monitoring, management and leadership issues in maintenance, hull inspection techniques, oil condition monitoring, the maintenance issues and costs of slow steaming, plus case studies in avoiding cat fines.

Details of the conference programme and a complete list of speakers and presentations can be found on the conference website.

Click here or on the ‘Conference Programme’ tab (on the left) for up-to-date details.

Private equity-backed MHI acquires Seaward and AME

MHI Holdings (MH) announced on 31 March 2017 that it has completed the acquisitions of Seaward Marine Services (Seaward) and Accurate Marine Environmental (AME). These are the first two acquisitions since affiliates of the private equity firm Stellex Capital Management (Stellex) acquired MHI Ship Repair in 2015. The acquisitions mark an expansion of the MHI business, broadening both the range and geographic scope of services offered by the company.

Seaward is a provider of underwater hull cleaning and ship husbandry services, including underwater painting, inspections, repairs and maintenance, testing and other specialised diving services, primarily to the US Navy, as well as other commercial and government customers. Seaward has delivered support to the US Navy for over 35 years out of its Norfolk, Virginia-based headquarters and offices in Florida, California, Hawaii and Japan.

AME performs bilge and tank cleaning, chemical cleaning, gas-free engineering, and the removal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials for the US Navy and commercial industries. AME, also headquartered in Norfolk, VA, performs work primarily across the east coast of the USA, including Virginia and Florida.

Tom Epley, chief executive officer of MHI, commented, “Both Seaward and AME are world-class businesses that we have worked with and respected for many years. These additions to the MHI platform will allow us to better serve the needs of our customers both domestically and abroad.” Epley further commented, “Seaward and AME add capabilities that will augment MHI’s existing business, allowing the opportunity to bid on a wider variety of projects. In addition, both acquisitions expand the geographic reach of the MHI organisation outside the port of Norfolk, a key development in the growth of our company.”

Damen completes work on Jan de Nul Group vessels

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has recently completed works in Vlissingen and Brest on two major vessels in the fleet of dredging and marine construction specialist Jan de Nul Group. One of these is the Vole au Vent, a 140m jack-up vessel built specifically for the installation of the latest generation of offshore wind turbines. The other is the trailing suction hopper dredger Leiv Eiriksson. Both vessels are among the largest in their classes, anywhere in the world.

The jack-up vessel Vole au Vent arrived at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVI) late in 2016 after a summer working on the Nobelwind offshore wind farm off the coast of Belgium. She came to DSVl for modifications necessary for her second phase on the Nobelwind project. These required the demobilisation of her existing equipment used for the foundation campaign and the installation of a new layout for phase two work.

Over the course of two weeks, her 3,400m² main deck was cleared of equipment and temporary structures and restored to its clean, completely flush layout. This allows it to accommodate wind turbine installation equipment and components, towers and blades for its next deployment off the coast of Belgium. DSVl also fabricated and installed some new deck structures including grillages (stacking racks) for the transport of the wind turbine generator towers and nacelles.

On 16 February, Jan de Nul Group’s 223m trailing suction hopper dredger, Leiv Eiriksson, departed from Damen Shiprepair Brest after a three-week maintenance programme. This followed an 18-month assignment on a large-scale land reclamation project in Nigeria.

The works included replacement of the 1.7m discharge lines, changing the power cables for the suction arms, fresh paintwork, the assisting of specialist subcontractors with steering gear, propulsion and thruster repairs, valve repairs and minor steel works. With a hopper volume of 46,000m³ and a DWT of 78,500 metric tons, the Leiv Eiriksson is one of the world’s largest dredgers.

Ultra-durable, self-healing, water-repellent coating developed

A self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating developed at the University of Michigan (UM) is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts. This could enable waterproofing for which current treatments are too fragile. It could also lower the resistance of ship hulls, a step that would reduce fuel use.

Current water-repellent finishes are available, but they are typically not strong enough for applications like clothing or ship hulls.

“Thousands of superhydrophobic surfaces have been looked at over the past 20 or 30 years, but nobody has been able to figure out how to systematically design one that’s durable,” said Anish Tuteja, University of Michigan associate professor of materials science and engineering. “I think that’s what we’ve really accomplished here, and it’s going to open the door for other researchers to create cheaper, perhaps even better superhydrophobic coatings.”

The coating is made of a mix of a material called ‘fluorinated polyurethane elastomer’ and a specialised water-repellent molecule known as F-POSS. It can be easily sprayed onto virtually any surface and has a slightly rubbery texture that makes it more resilient than its predecessors.

If it is damaged, the coating can heal itself hundreds of times. It can bounce back “even after being abraded, scratched, burned, plasma-cleaned, flattened, sonicated and chemically attacked”, the researchers wrote in a paper recently published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

In addition to recovering physically, the coating can heal itself chemically. If water-repellent F-POSS molecules are scraped from the surface, new molecules will naturally migrate there to replace them. That’s how the coating can renew itself hundreds of times. Its healing ability is limited only by its thickness.

The discovery is being commercialised by HygraTek, a company founded by Tuteja with assistance from U-M Tech Transfer.

The project’s researchers discovered that even more important than durability is a property called ‘partial miscibility’, or the ability of two substances to partially mix together. The other key variable the team discovered is the stability of the water-repellent surface.

Most water-repellent coatings work because their surface has a very specific geometry, often microscopic pillars. Water droplets perch on the tips of these pillars, creating air pockets underneath that deny the water a solid place to rest and cause it to roll off easily. But such surfaces tend to be fragile – slight abrasion or even the pressure of the water itself can damage them.

The team’s research found that a surface that’s slightly pliable can escape this pitfall – even though it seems less durable, its pliable properties enable it to bounce back from damage.

The paper is titled ‘Designing self-healing superhydrophobic surfaces with exceptional mechanical durability’. A video of the material repelling water can be found here.

Damen Shiprepair Brest completes maintenance on LNG carrier Gaselys

Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) has completed a renewal survey maintenance programme on the 290m LNG carrier, Gaselys. Co-owned by NYK Line of Japan and Engie (formerly GDF Suez), operated by Gazocean and chartered by Engie, the 10-year-old vessel came into DSBr for a regular periodical docking that included a full schedule of works. When she was launched in 2007, Gaselys and her sister ship, Provalys, were the largest LNG carriers ever built, and they are still among the largest in operation anywhere in the world.

The maintenance programme included, among other tasks, servicing the cargo pumps, overboard valves, thrusters, mooring winches and the cargo cranes. Two of the main compensators were also replaced, the fans overhauled, and assistance given to the specialist subcontractors responsible for maintaining the low-duty/heavy-duty compressors. New insulation was fitted to areas of piping. Additional works included removing mud from the ballast tanks, and blasting and repainting the hull and superstructure.

Keppel and Damen discuss terms for Keppel Verolme yard

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has entered into a ‘term sheet’ agreement with Damen Shipyards Group (Damen) for the sale of its shipyard, Keppel Verolme.

Keppel Verolme is in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and has about 250 employees. Damen intends to continue activities in the shipyard with the current employees of the yard

A notification of the proposed transaction was filed with the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets on 10 April 2017. The parties will work towards finalising definitive agreements, and the completion of the transaction will be subject to closing conditions and the receipt of relevant approvals. The targeted timeline to close the transaction is by the end of Q2 2017.

Vigor inks deal to acquire a third dry dock for its Seattle facility

Building on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure, and fulfilling a promise to customers to expand West Coast dry dock capacity, Vigor has entered into an agreement to purchase a dry dock from a Korean seller. At 640ft long, with a clear width of 116ft, the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard.

“The purchase of another dry dock in Seattle allows Vigor to better service valued customers like Washington State Ferries, the US Coast Guard and US Navy,” noted Adam Beck, Vigor executive vice president of ship repair. “It also further strengthens our market position in commercial ship repair on the West Coast and supports our expansion into new markets.”

Beck and his team had been actively looking for the right dry dock at home and abroad for a number of months. The one selected was in Korea. The team is working to finalise the transaction and have the dock operational in Seattle by late autumn. Customer feedback to the news has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Washington State Ferries is greatly relieved and appreciative to hear of Vigor’s important investment in a new dry dock for its Harbor Island/Seattle location. We have been concerned about the shortage of dry dock availability for the maintenance and repair of our fleet,” said Matt Von Ruden, director of vessel engineering and maintenance, Washington State Ferries. “Regular maintenance is critical to our ability to achieve the expected service life of our vessels and keep them operating well for our customers.”

March 2017

USS Frank Cable departs for dry dock

After the USS Frank Cable's successful deployment in 2016, which included port visits to India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and five years of tending submarines and surface vessels assigned to the US 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility, the submarine tender is now up and ready to undergo major preservation and maintenance.

“Frank Cable and her sister ship, Emory S Land, do fantastic work providing critical repair support for Guam's home ported SSNs and other deployed submarines and surface vessels in the 5th and 7th fleet areas of operations. But, as Frank Cable nears 40 years of commissioned service, it is time to give her some much-needed attention,” said Capt. Drew St John, USS Frank Cable commanding officer.

"The ship's maintenance cycle keeps the ship fully operational through her service life and this docking repair period will ensure she is able to continue filling her vital role in the Pacific Fleet.”

Military Sealift Command awarded a US$24m firm-fixed-price contract to Vigor Marine to complete the overhaul and dry-docking of the submarine tender.

The work will include tank inspections; freeboard preservation; sewage tank preservation; engine room bulkhead/structural repairs; main reduction gear repairs; air-conditioning plant repairs; high- and low-pressure turbine inspections; generator inspections; 30- and 5-ton crane repairs; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system cleaning; underwater hull preservation; and propulsion shafting removal and inspection.

USS Emory S Land (AS 39) is the lead repair ship conducting maintenance of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the US 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Inauguration of new floating dock at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

The new floating dock at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque in northern France was officially inaugurated on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque is situated in Dunkirk harbor, behind the locks that ensure a constant water level regardless of tide. With three graving docks, 750m of repair quays and a modern workshop of 22,000m² equipped with overhead travelling cranes of different lifting capacities, the yard can offer shipowners a multitude of specific services. Its largest dry dock is as wide as the largest lock in the port of Dunkirk, allowing the yard to accommodate ships up to 180,000dwt. The yard also has a floating dock that can berth the largest ferries in operation.

In 2016, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque was assigned the task of renovating the floor of its floating dock, Dock III, after being awarded the public works contract from Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque. Following four months of studies and preparation by a dedicated team of 10 technicians, 170 people worked night and day to cut out and remove the old floor, prefabricate and install the new structure, and finally apply an anti-corrosion treatment to guarantee optimum protection of the new construction. A total of 700 metric tons of steel was replaced, 12 metric tons of paint applied and 16km of welds completed. The total renewal of the dock floor took only three months.

As well as enabling access to Dock III, the new access pontoon Dynamo is equipped with all the pumps required for the operation of Dock III and supplies the water and electricity necessary for its running, and has a vast storage area. This new dock floor, combined with Dynamo, which cost €2m (US$2.15m), means that Dock III will be operational for the next 25 years.

When Damen took over the operation in 2012, Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque (GPMD) undertook renovation works on the dock and repair basins for an initial estimated total cost of €7.4m (US$7.96m). This amount was revised to €9m (US$9.68m), which included €7.8m (US$8.39m) for the dock alone. Most of the project was concerned with sheet metalwork totaling €5.46m (US$5.87m) and paintwork costing €1.82m (US$1.96m). Over the entire work program, the Hauts-de-France region will contribute €4.6m (US$4.95m), with the remainder being funded by GPMD, the owner of the installations.

France remains a major player in European ship repair with Brest, Dunkirk, Saint-Nazaire and Marseille being the largest four French yards.

Navy awards US$383m in amphibious ship support modifications

BAE Systems Ship Repair, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Continental Maritime and General Dynamics’ National Steel and Shipbuilding Co (NASSCO), all of San Diego, California, are being awarded a combined US$383m in firm-fixed-price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts. This will enable them to exercise an option for complex, emergent and continuous maintenance, repair, modernization and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on amphibious ships homeported in San Diego.

Work will be performed at contractor facilities or Naval Base San Diego, and is expected to be completed by March 2018. No funding is being obligated at the time of award. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Russia to begin upgrading Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier before July

Repairs to and modernization of Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, will start during the first half of 2017, said the TASS Russian News Agency. The work will be undertaken at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk and take 2.5 years.

“The decision to start Admiral Kuznetsov’s modernization at Zvezdochka in the first six months of 2017 has been made. The project plan specifying the costs and the amount of work to be performed will be completed within a couple of months,” the news agency source said, adding that “all works on board the ship must be finished by 2020”.

A repair contract has not been signed yet, but estimates suggest the work may cost more than RUB20bn.

The aircraft carrier, recently returned from duty in the Mediterranean, will have four of its eight boilers replaced and the others repaired. TASS says the Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center was prepared to take the ship in, “However, they refused to comment on the estimated timeframe, costs and the amount of work.” No contract has been signed yet.

BAE Systems modernizing cruiser USS Vicksburg

Under a special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract, BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs on board the 567ft USS Vicksburg, including the replacement of critical aluminum structures. The work is expected to begin in April and be completed by September at the company’s Norfolk, Virginia, shipyard.

The Vicksburg is the second East Coast-based guided missile cruiser to undergo extensive repair and upgrade work as part of the US Navy's long-term modernization program for cruisers. The Norfolk shipyard recently completed SSRA work on board the USS Gettysburg (CG 64).

“The Vicksburg is our second SSRA under the long-term cruiser mod program,” said Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. “Our team recently completed similar work on board the Gettysburg, which is now ready for the next phase of modernization next year and continued service in the fleet afterward. This SSRA contract provides important work for our shipyard team, particularly for our skilled employees and their work with aluminum structures on board Navy ships.”

BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion and overhaul services, and operates five full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii and Virginia.

MMWE Conference speaker line-up updated

A bumper line-up of speakers and informative presentations has been announced for Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference 2017, which is to be held on June 6-8, 2017, at the RAI in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The focus of this year’s Marine Maintenance World Expo (MMWE) is the next generation of technology and tools that will reduce equipment failure and operating costs and maximize efficiency.

Speakers and presentation highlights include:

  • Intelligent ship technology, IoT and big data analytics for smarter fleet maintenance
    Dr Iraklis Lazakis, senior lecturer, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • How smart technologies now enable continuous maintenance
    David Knukkel, CEO, Smit Lamnalco, Netherlands
  • Engine maintenance decisions based on borescope inspections: benefits and barriers
    Steven Roos, surveyor marine engines and gearboxes, RDA Shiptech, Netherlands
  • Moving from planned to condition-based maintenance
    David Chaderton, lead technical specialist, GE Energy Connections, UK
  • Predicting the future while managing the present
    Martin Briddon, engineering and business development manager, James Fisher Marine Services (Mimic), UK
  • Condition-based maintenance – DNV GL class perspective
    Thomas Knödlseder, senior engineer, DNV GL, Norway
  • SHIPHULLSHM: structural health monitoring through acoustic emission on an operative ship
    Alberto Monici, technical director, ETS Sistemi Industriali Srl, Italy

Details of the conference program and a complete list of speakers and presentations can be found on the conference website

Marine Maintenance World Expo, Europe's only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems, will be held alongside the enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on June 6-8, 2017.

Commenting on the return this year to the Netherlands, show founder and managing director of UKi Media & Events Graham Johnson said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. It’s taken a great deal of work and negotiation to locate it alongside Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, but our efforts will be welcomed by visitors and exhibitors alike. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts more than 2,500 shipowners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits.”

He continued, “In total, both events look set to showcase more than 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750+ attendees from all over the world. And let’s not forget that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance and home to some of the world’s largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!”

If you would like to give a presentation at Marine Maintenance World Expo, please contact Samuel Gee, conference program director: / +44 1306 743744

February 2017

Preliminary speaker line-up for MMWE revealed

The first confirmed speakers have been announced for Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference 2017, which is to be held on 6-8 June in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More updates will follow, and it’s not too late to participate with a presentation.

The speaker list, which is regularly updated, can be found at the conference website

This year’s Marine Maintenance World Expo (MMWE) will focus on the next generation of technology and tools that will reduce equipment failure and operating costs and maximise efficiency.

Marine Maintenance World Expo, Europe’s only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems, will be held alongside the enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 6-8 June 2017.

Commenting on the return this year to the Netherlands, show founder and managing director of UKIP Media & Events, Graham Johnson, said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. It’s taken a great deal of work and negotiation to locate it alongside Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, but our efforts will be welcomed by visitors and exhibitors alike. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 2,500 ship owners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits.”

He continued, “In total, both events look set to showcase over 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance and home to some of the world’s largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!”

If you would like to give a presentation at Marine Maintenance World Expo, please contact Samuel Gee, conference programme director: or +44 1306 743744

Wärtsilä to provide maintenance services for Tallink’s new ro-pax vessel

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Estonia-based AS Tallink Grupp for its new ro-pax ferry M/S Megastar on the Tallinn–Helsinki route across the Gulf of Finland. Megastar began service on 29 January 2017.

The ferry is powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines, which operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG), to meet the requirements of environmental legislation. Under the agreement, Wärtsilä will optimize the vessel’s performance, enhance its availability and reliability, and improve financial predictability for the customer. The service agreement covers Wärtsilä’s condition-based maintenance (CBM) and online remote support.

The agreement includes maintenance and optimisation of the vessel’s engines as well as the supply of spare parts and 24/7 online support. The full scope of the agreement for the Megastar includes three 12-cylinder and two six-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, two Wärtsilä fixed-pitch propellers and propeller shaft lines, and the latest version of the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum integrated bridge navigation system.

With condition-based monitoring (CBM), Wärtsilä will continuously monitor the condition of dual-fuel engines, and carefully analyse the received data to determine service and maintenance needs, ensuring optimal performance and reducing operating expenses.

In addition to CBM, M/S Megastar will have access to Wärtsilä’s 24/7 online operational and technical support. With this service, Wärtsilä can remotely provide support whenever and wherever needed.

“We are happy to continue our cooperation with Wärtsilä, as their comprehensive and customized service offering met all our maintenance needs. Wärtsilä as a maintenance partner ensures that all maintenance is conducted to the highest standards of quality, safety and reliability,” said Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, head of ship management, AS Tallink Grupp.

“The predictability of maintenance costs helps us optimise our operations, and the availability of instant online support increases the vessel’s availability. With continuous monitoring and condition-based maintenance, our passengers can enjoy their voyage without any unexpected interruptions.”

Damen completes works on two Cruise & Maritime Voyages vessels

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), has completed maintenance works on cruise vessels Marco Polo and Magellan. Both vessels are operated by UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), part of the Global Maritime Group. The works represent the ongoing business relationship between Damen and CMV. Marco Polo has been a customer of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion before, and has made maintenance stopovers at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen in the Netherlands.

During the initial docking process at the yard, Marco Polo’s hull was high-pressure cleaned, and then the bottom and vertical sides (below the waterline) were painted. Topside painting was completed later. The equipment maintenance included polishing the main propeller and bow thruster blades, and overhauling the main engine coolers. The main engine cooler jacket was removed and replaced with a new jacket fabricated at the yard.

Damen’s work on the 1965-built vessel continued with maintenance, renewal and upgrade works in her public areas and cabins, and the air-conditioning and evaporator rooms, as well as the renewal of numerous sea water and fresh water piping, and overhauling of the overboard valves. Work on the ship’s rudder – taking rudder clearances and repacking of rudderstock – was also performed.

After her initial inspection, the 1985-built Magellan presented a substantial work schedule for the Damen team. DSAm project manager Daniel Gerner noted, “A significant part of the docking involved the tail shaft. For example, the starboard propeller hub needed inspection in the workshop. So, a special lifting tool was made for removing the hub. Then, after Rolls-Royce’s survey, we machined the existing hub, blade carriers and W-plates as per inspector’s instructions.”

Work on Magellan’s propulsion system also included polishing of starboard propeller blades and repairs to the bow and stern thruster blades.

Another major part of the project was installation of a new sewage tank system. This required cropping and removing the existing tanks. This was followed by construction and fitting of new foundations for the new sewage treatment units and strainers. Gerner continued, “The new sewage treatment units were transported in sections from the workshop to the vessel, where they were fitted onto the new foundations and connected later on.”

In addition to maintenance, renewal and upgrade works in her public areas and cabins, repairs of various steel damage and the overhauling of numerous ship’s systems was also necessary. “This included overhauling the main engine blower, tender embarkation cylinders, heaters, evaporator and purifier; also, one of the scupper pipes, which was renewed by Niron Staal’s (based in the same location as DSAm) pipefitters department,” said Gerner.

With her next cruise voyage departing from London, UK, on 6 December, Magellan had a tighter schedule than her older sister. “This project was performed within the timescale – utilizing short communication lines and a team who were on top of it all the time. We were proud to see Magellan sail away on 5 December,” concluded Gerner.

BAE Systems secures contract to upgrade US Navy’s USS Roosevelt destroyer

BAE Systems has been awarded a US$51.3m contract to deliver maintenance and modernisation services for the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). The contract also includes several options, which if needed will bring the full value of the contract to US$68.4m.

The contract requires BAE Systems to dry-dock the vessel at the company’s shipyard before commencing the upgrade work at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.

BAE Systems Jacksonville ship repair vice president and general manager David Thomas said, “The Roosevelt availability is a large, complex repair job that is vital for the future readiness and combat effectiveness of the ship. Work on the USS Roosevelt is expected to commence in April and is currently scheduled to take approximately one year.”

USS Roosevelt is the 30th vessel belonging to the Arleigh Burke-class, and was commissioned in October 2000.

BAE Systems previously secured a US$36.7m contract from the US Navy for the upgrade and maintenance of the Navy’s amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in November 2016.

AkzoNobel and partners developing drone tech for inspections

Safety in the marine industry is set to be improved after AkzoNobel, oil and gas tanker operator Barrier Group and DroneOps joined forces to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting enclosed spaces and ballast water tanks.

The project will use advanced virtual reality technology to deliver safer, more accurate evaluations of ballast water tanks, offshore wind farms and other enclosed or difficult-to-access spaces on ships and marine structures, including inspections of coatings and corrosion.

Traditionally, inspections are carried out by crew, surveyors or independent inspectors – a potentially risky activity that represents one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in the industry. Click here for a report on drone inspections from Marine Maintenance Technology International.

“Surveys of enclosed spaces and ballast water tanks are an essential part of routine maintenance and are increasingly critical for ship owners,” explained Michael Hindmarsh, business development manager at AkzoNobel - marine coatings.

“Inspecting these areas thoroughly can require working at height, entering confined spaces and negotiating slippery surfaces that could be poorly lit, all of which are high-risk activities that the maritime industry is keen to address.”

By replacing human inspections with a drone, routine maintenance can be monitored remotely and in real time by office-based staff, with instant feedback available to the vessel or offshore structure’s superintendent. This in turn will reduce costs, increase efficiency and significantly reduce risk to human life during essential maintenance.

The partnership itself offers a complete overview of the issues and challenges associated with enclosed-space inspections. These include coatings expertise and consultancy, drone building, ownership of marine structures, and an in-depth working knowledge of current repair and inspection practices. Additional coatings expertise will be provided by Safinah, a leading coatings consultancy.

As the new project progresses, the drone will undergo flight trials at AkzoNobel’s UK-based coatings test site and Barrier Group’s indoor training facility. The drone’s completion and launch is planned for October 2017.

Pacific Ship Repair gets US$17.4m Navy job

Pacific Ship Repair & Fabrication Inc of San Diego, California, is being awarded a US$17.5m modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract. The modification will exercise an option for repair and alteration requirements for a non-dry-docking Chief of Naval Operations-scheduled selected restricted availability for USS Momsen (DDG 92).

Work performed on surface combatants in a non-dry-docking selected restricted availability may include modernisation ship alterations, blasting, painting and surface preparation for complete or touch-up preservation of the underwater hull, freeboard, struts, rudders, running gear, ground tackle and sea-chest, as well as various interior tanks.

Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed by September 2017.

Reliance gains US Navy repair OK

Reliance Infrastructure Limited-controlled (Rinfra) Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the US Navy (USN). In January 2017, the Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav, Gujarat, India was qualified by the US Navy as an approved contractor to perform complex repair and alteration services for vessels of the USN’s Seventh Fleet, which operates in the area.

Reliance Shipyard is the first Indian shipyard to have received MSRA certification to undertake servicing and repair works for the ships of the Seventh Fleet, which comprises approximately 100 vessels of various types. Currently the fleet needs to send assets to Singapore or Japan for this kind of work.

January 2017

German Dry Docks to begin repair yard alliance

German Dry Docks (GDD), BREDO Dockgesellschaft mbH (BREDO) and Mützelfeldtwerft GmbH & Co KG are to form a shipyard alliance to be called the German Dry Docks Group. The alliance will commence on 1 February 2017. The shipyards will preserve their independence and continue to trade in the market with their names. In the future, the three locations will be managed by Guido Försterling (GDD) and Dirk Harms (BREDO).

The aim is to harmonise the business segments with cross-site dock planning. Customers of all three companies will benefit from the common higher flexibility and dock capacity. The shipyard alliance is an important component to offer repairs in Germany at the same prices but with even greater service levels.

“Cross-site dock planning is a key element of our strategy,” said Dirk Harms, managing director of BREDO. “Each shipyard has had to reject orders in the past when its own docks were occupied. Together, we are now able to offer a higher dock capacity and react directly to fluctuating workloads at the sites. The harmonization of the processes allows us to react to customer requests in a highly flexible and cost-efficient manner. We are hereby establishing a link between the rivers Weser and Elbe.”

According to Guido Försterling, CEO of GDD, customers as well as the shipyards and their employees benefit from the combination of the forces: “All three shipyards are specialised in ship repair with a 24/7 service, and complement each other in their know-how. Thanks to the alliance the region is closing ranks. This is also a strong signal in international competition.”

In addition to the shipyard alliance, the German Dry Docks Group includes MWB Power, with its motor services division, as well as German Ship Repair and Rotterdam Ship Repair, with its harbour and voyage repairs business segments.

German Dry Docks operates five docks in the Kaiserhafen in Bremerhaven, Germany; BREDO operates four docks at its facility in Fischereihafen in Bremerhaven, Germany; Mützelfeldtwerft operates one dock in the Amerikahafen in Cuxhaven, Germany.

New partnership for LNG carrier repair

Europe Technologies Group signed a Memorandum of Agreement in Nantes, France, on 25 November 2016, with the Shipbuilding and Repair Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.

This Trinidad-based ship repair arrangement, with the expert guidance of the Europe Technologies Group, will provide both project management and skilled personnel in organizing the working party with the shipowner, the shipyard, the technology owner (which has around 310 LNG carriers equipped with its technologies), the classification company and other service providers, to achieve the best on-time quality cargo containment system solutions required by LNG carrier owners.

Trinidad and Tobago, a twin-island state in the southern Caribbean, is the sixth largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNGLF) in the world, having recently passed its 3,000th LNG shipment safety milestone since LNG exports commenced in 1999.

Two events have resulted in an exponential growth requirement for LNG carrier repairs in the Atlantic Basin. The first of these is the newly expanded Panama Canal, which was inaugurated on 26 June 2016 and is now able to physically accommodate 92% of the world LNG shipping fleet. The other significant event is the USA becoming a net exporter of LNG with the commencement of exports in February 2016 from Cheniere Energy Inc’s Sabine Pass LNG Terminal. This terminal has a platform capacity in aggregate of around 9% of the expected global LNG market by 2020.

Stena Line extends MacGregor maintenance agreement to 39 ferries

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has renewed its planned maintenance agreement with MacGregor, part of Cargotec. Stena Line has held MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreements since 2008, and its latest contract takes the number of ro-ro vessels covered to 39.

“Our preventative and planned service products, such as MOCs, make it easier to schedule services; they guarantee that parts are in place and they are very cost-effective for the customer. They take a lot of the stress out of managing the huge service requirements for large fleets,” said John Carnall, senior vice president, global lifecycle support, MacGregor.

“The number of vessels covered by the contract requires MacGregor to coordinate complex resource requirements in several countries. There are few companies as well placed as MacGregor to deliver this demanding level of service commitment.”

Stena’s renewed MOC agreements ensure that key equipment – from MacGregor and a range of other manufacturers – on board the vessels is maintained in good order at the optimum time, minimising the risk of downtime. Remedial measures can be used to rectify a problem with minimal impact on availability. The agreement covers annual inspections, condition surveys, spare parts stock inventories and basic equipment adjustments.

“Over the years, Stena has steadily increased the number of vessels covered by the contract from 20 to 39 vessels,” said Magnus Göransson, MacGregor branch manager for Denmark and Sweden. “This is testament to the long-standing trust that has developed between MacGregor and Stena Line and in MacGregor’s ability to deliver technical support, services and spare parts whenever and wherever they are needed.”

The contract covers ferries serving operations for Stena Line Scandinavia AB, Stena Line BV and Northern Marine Ferries, sailing on 22 routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea.

Each MOC agreement is tailored to meet the needs of individual operators. MacGregor is in the process of developing a new service agreement concept that will simplify service commitments for customers even further. It will be available early next year.

US$138m in contracts for ST Marine and VT Halter Marine

Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) announced on 19 December that its Singapore shipyard, Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine), and its US shipyard, VT Halter Marine, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, had secured new contracts for shipbuilding and ship repair work worth US$138m in Q4 2016.

In Singapore, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has awarded a contract to a consortium formed by ST Marine and Penguin International Limited (PIL) for the design, construction and system maintenance programme for three vessels – Heavy Marine Fire Vessel (HMFV), Heavy Marine Rescue Vessel (HMRV) and Marine Rescue Vessel (MRV).

The consortium allows both ST Marine and PIL to leverage on each other’s capabilities to provide a total package solution to MHA. Construction of the vessels is anticipated to commence in mid-2017, with delivery expected in the second half of 2019. ST Marine also won several ship repair contracts for vessels such as passenger ferry, trailing suction hopper dredger, and chemical and oil tankers.

“We are very pleased to be given this opportunity to expand our total services concept to MHA. Given our track record of 50 years, we are confident that we will be able to deliver the products and services on time, within budget and meet the expectations of MHA and the Singapore Civil Defence Force,” said Ng Sing Chan, president of ST Marine.

“Working with other industry partners such as Penguin International Limited, this project will also ensure that the local marine ecosystem is sustained to provide the best services to our valued customers.”

VDOT awards ferry contract to VT Halter Marine
In the USA, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has awarded a contract to VT Halter Marine to design and construct a 499-passenger/70-vehicle Jamestown ferry to replace the current ferry, The Virginian. The ferry will be operated by the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Operations Service, which provides a critical transportation link between Virginia and North Carolina and operates between Glasshouse Point in James City County and Scotland Wharf in Surry County.

VT Halter Marine expects to complete the construction of the ferry in April 2018. The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry System currently operates four ferry boats, including The Pocahontas, which was also designed and constructed by VT Halter Marine, in 1995. VT Halter Marine has also won several multi-million-dollar ship repair contracts involving fisheries survey vessels, a towboat and a crane barge.

BAE Systems completes sale of San Francisco Ship Repair business

BAE Systems has completed the sale of its San Francisco Ship Repair business to Puglia Engineering Inc, a Tacoma, Washington-based ship repair company currently operating two shipyards in Washington state.

“We believe this divestiture is in the best interests of the San Francisco shipyard employees and both companies, as it will better position the San Francisco Ship Repair business with a parent company that has access to broader markets,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems Inc’s platforms and services sector. “We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of our San Francisco shipyard team.”

BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion and overhaul services for the US Navy, other government agencies and select commercial customers. The company operates six full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce at its dry docks to provide a broad range of maritime support services.

Boston Ship Repair wins US$17.24m Comfort contract

Boston Ship Repair in Boston, Massachusetts, is being awarded a US$17.2m firm-fixed-price contract for a 75-calendar-day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry-docking of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).

Work by the shipyard will include the cleaning and gas-freeing of tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces; steel repairs to service area six; main circular pump number 1 repairs; open main and ships service turbine generators; switchboard/motor controller cleaning inspection; auxiliary diesel generator top-end overhaul; crew berthing space, head and shower area upgrade; medical treatment facility head overhauls; sea valve and salt water ballast tank overflow valves and underwater hull preservation.

The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to US$18.4m. Work will be performed in Boston, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by 28 May 2017.

Alewijnse Marine opens new facility in Den Helder

System integrator Alewijnse Marine has opened a new service and maintenance facility in the Dutch city of Den Helder to support its activities at the Dutch Royal Naval dockyard and Damen Shipyards Den Helder. This new facility will allow Alewijnse Marine to more quickly and efficiently deliver its expertise in all types of electrical systems to naval and commercial vessels.

Alewijnse Marine has been working successfully in Den Helder for several years, on contracts with both Damen Shipyards Den Helder and the Dutch Royal Navy. What began with providing service on hybrid tugboats, expanded rapidly into delivering larger service and maintenance contracts, particularly for naval vessels. The increasing number and complexity of assignments has led to the logical step of establishing a formal service hub.

Meanwhile, Alewijnse Marine has a long list of completed service and maintenance projects in Den Helder. These include working on the Joint Support Ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman and the amphibious transport ships HNLMS Johan de Witt and HNLMS Rotterdam. In addition to the successful execution of works on these naval vessels, Alewijnse undertook a series of large electrical servicing and maintenance projects on research vessels, offshore support vessels and other ships, serving various end clients including Opus Marine, Severn Offshore Services, WesternGeco and Polarcus.

Alewijnse has had a strong relationship with Damen for many years, and operates at a number of Damen’s ship repair yards, such as at Dunkirk, France, and Vlissingen, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Den Helder in the Netherlands. In Dunkirk, Alewijnse is mainly involved in servicing the full range of cross-channel ferries, as the yard is well positioned for the many passenger and freight ferries operating between France and the UK. In Vlissingen, Alewijnse’s operational deployment focuses on 24/7 service for temporary facilities on offshore vessels.

Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement for two MOL LNG Transport (Europe) LNG carriers

MOL LNG Transport (Europe) has signed a maintenance agreement with Finnish manufacturing company Wärtsilä to enhance operational safety and predictability for two of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

The comprehensive 10-year service agreement will also help reduce the operational costs of the two LNG carriers operated by the European affiliate of the Japanese MOL Group.

Under the terms of the deal, Wärtsilä will have to offer all scheduled engine maintenance activities and workshop services, as well as online remote support for the two vessels.

Wärtsilä UK managing director Andy Dickinson said, “We see great potential in the growing LNG industry and are very happy to partner with MOL LNG Transport (Europe) to help the company optimise the maintenance of its vessels.

“A long-term maintenance agreement allows us to plan maintenance activities efficiently, taking into account equipment condition as well as the customer’s operating schedule and environment.”

Wärtsilä’s condition-based maintenance (CBM) system would enable the maintenance activities of the vessels’ engines to be planned on actual engine condition instead of following a strict calendar-based schedule.

The CBM monitoring system can control and extend the engine maintenance intervals, thereby cutting down on the operational costs as well as downtime. The technology collects data about the engines’ operating parameters and then transmits it in real time to a Wärtsilä service centre to carry out expert technical analysis.

MOL LNG Transport (Europe) deputy general manager Martin Gallacher said, “We value Wärtsilä’s expertise and knowledge about these engines and therefore see Wärtsilä as a valued working partner for cost-effective maintenance of our LNG carriers. We also place great importance on maximising our vessels’ availability, which will be achieved through this agreement.”

The two LNG carriers included in the agreement are Spirit of Hela and Gigira Laitebo. The two vessels each feature four 50DF Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines.

BAE unit wins US$79m contract to maintain Navy amphibious transport dock

BAE Systems’ Norfolk Ship Repair, in Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a US$75,154,288 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS San Antonio (LPD 17) fiscal 2017 docking phased maintenance availability (DMPA). This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernisation and repair.

BAE will provide the facilities and human resources for completing, coordinating and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair and modernisation. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring its cumulative value to US$79,407,461.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by April 2018.

December 2016

Gibdock welcomes back a familiar guest from Louis Cruises

A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the undertaking of exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.

The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No. 1 dock for the 207m loa (41,000gt) vessel, between its summer port rotations and in advance of its regular winter cruising duties. The vessel left the repair dock on 18 November, before departing Gibdock on 21 November.

“Gibraltar is a popular destination for cruise ship calls, and it is especially satisfying when Gibdock’s capabilities for on-schedule high-quality work are vindicated by a high-profile owner in the luxury cruise market,” said Richard Beards, Gibdock managing director. “The yard makes a vital contribution to the economy of Gibraltar, and is proactive in its service provision in this specialised ship market.

“Gibraltar Port Authority continues to make strong efforts to attract cruise ship calls, and we are delighted to showcase how our capabilities continue to align with Gibraltar’s wider aims. It has also been a pleasure to renew our longstanding relations with Louis Cruises.”

The docking of Thomson Majesty coincided with the ship’s intermediate special survey. In addition to high-pressure hull washing, a new antifouling coating, the renewal of seals on one stabiliser and one stern thruster, pipework and anchor chain renewals and propeller polishing, the project’s scope included extensive steelworks in way of the double bottom tanks and engine tank tops. Fourteen of the ship’s lifeboats were lifted ashore for inspection and bracket renewal, and davits were also tested.

Part of the project required access holes to be cut into sections of the ship’s flat bottom. A prior inspection of the ship in Las Palmas and detailed measurements were carried out by Gibdock project manager Jonathan Pocock.

“It was essential that the ship was repaired to the highest standards, but also in and out of the yard on time for her next cruise,” said Pocock. “By pre-planning, we were able to prefabricate steel sections and optimise work processes during the project.”

Stad Amsterdam docks at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

The 76m, fully rigged sailing clipper Stad Amsterdam entered the floating dry dock at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 17 October for more than three weeks of inspections, maintenance and refurbishment.

Built at the same yard and launched in 2000, Stad Amsterdam is owned by the City of Amsterdam and Randstad Holding NV. It spends 11 months each year operating luxury and adventure cruises and undertaking promotional events on behalf of its owners and other corporations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Stad Amsterdam’s intensive schedule leaves it with a brief window from mid-October to mid-November for its maintenance and any additional works that may be required. Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf provides the facilities and many of the skills required, and hosts the various subcontractors with the specialist skills needed to maintain a sailing ship. JR Ship Management, which is responsible for the technical management of the ship including all certification, is overseeing the project in cooperation with Captain Moritz Kuhlenbäumer and his team.

As well as the biennial dry-docking, the works this year include the fitting of new mounts for the engine, the blasting and recoating of the water and waste tanks, and the repainting of the hull above and below the waterline. The figurehead will also be removed and receive a fresh set of (painted) clothes, and the tenders and life rafts will undergo regular maintenance. The running and standing rigging along with the yardarms will also be checked and replaced where necessary.

Down below, the interior will receive new paintwork in some areas, and much of the upholstery will be renewed. The ship’s IT system will also be replaced to bring it up to the latest specifications.

The Stad Amsterdam will spend a total of two weeks in dry dock and another one-and-a-half weeks at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. All repairs were scheduled to be completed by 12 November and Stad Amsterdam was expected to depart for the Caribbean on or soon after 15 November.

Bergen Group Services awarded a new inspection and survey project

Bergen Group Services has been awarded an inspection and survey project for the Norwegian Navy’s minesweeper KNM Rauma.

The project will commence in early January 2017 for an estimated period of 12 weeks. The company completed a similar project on the sister vessel KNM Hinnøy in the first half of 2016.

The awarded project on the minesweeper is part of a framework agreement that the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organisation (FLO) has signed with Bergen Group Services and two other companies, relating to ship maintenance and repair of some categories of military vessels.

“Bergen Group Services is pleased to be competitive on the implementation of inspection and condition monitoring at yet another minesweeper. The contract is an important contribution to the Bergen Group’s long-term strategy to further develop our expertise and capacity related to complex maritime projects and service operations,” said Bergen Group Services CEO Frode Johansson.

Over several years, Bergen Group Services has invested in increasing the company’s skills and capacity related to inspection and maintenance of various types of advanced high-speed craft for civil and military customers.

Royal Inauguration Ceremony held for King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex in Saudi Arabia

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced on 12 December that the Royal Inauguration Ceremony of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex was held on 29 November at Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia, with His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in attendance.

The ceremony was also attended by Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince; Khalid A Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; Amin al-Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Choi Kil-seon, chairman of HHI; Chung Ki-sun, executive vice president of corporate planning office of HHI.

King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex is Saudi Arabia’s first national industrial project named after King Salman, and it is being executed as part of the country’s growth and economic diversification strategy ‘Vision 2030’.

The ceremony is a follow-up to the New Business Opportunities Collaboration MOU, which was signed in November 2015 between HHI, Saudi Aramco, Lamprell and Bahri for businesses including the maritime yard, marine engine and industrial plant. Under the MOU, HHI plans to pursue the cooperation with the establishment of a joint venture with the parties.

Upon completion of the US$4.3bn project, the 4,960,000m2 King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex will not just be able to build commercial ships and offshore facilities, but will also be able to provide ship repair service by 2021.

Action needed to maximise the benefits of new US Navy contracting strategy

The US Navy invests millions of dollars each year in the maintenance of its ships and is using a new contracting strategy for ship repair, which was implemented in 2015. This strategy has the potential to significantly control costs by using firm-fixed-price contracts, increasing opportunities for competition and improving maintenance planning processes.

Although the Navy has taken a thoughtful approach in developing the strategy, it has not established a systematic process for determining whether it works. The General Accounting Office (GAO) recommends that when the strategy is implemented, the Navy should determine how well it achieves its stated cost, schedule and quality objectives.

The Navy’s Multiple Award Contract, Multi Order (MAC-MO) contracting strategy for ship repair offers a number of potential benefits compared with the former Multi Ship, Multi-Option (MSMO) contracting strategy, including increased competition.

A key difference is that the MAC-MO strategy intends to control costs through the use of firm-fixed-price contracts and the use of third-party planners, which could be cost-effective if the planner produces clearly defined work specifications for the repair contractor to price and execute. Prior to implementation of the new strategy, the Navy conducted market research and pilot-tested attributes of the strategy with pilot maintenance periods for a number of ships.

The Navy recognized several lessons learned from its pilot maintenance periods and has made subsequent process changes to address key lessons and support MAC-MO. These include a longer timeframe for the planning process for finalising work requirements. According to the Navy, this additional time is needed to promote stable requirements and, therefore, pricing.

The Navy is assessing outcomes of individual maintenance periods; however, it lacks a systematic process involving the fleet- and shore-based maintenance communities to assess overall implementation of MAC-MO. This is inconsistent with federal standards for internal control, which state that management should evaluate its response to risks and evaluate progress made towards programme objectives. Not ensuring progress is systematically assessed – particularly in light of the many stakeholders involved – could undermine the Navy’s ability to obtain the improved outcomes it seeks with the MAC-MO strategy.

The MAC-MO strategy will increase competition opportunities and set aside work for small businesses, but it is too soon to determine how these changes will impact the ship repair industrial base. Industry viewpoints GAO collected on MAC-MO varied both by shipyard location and contractor size. However, former MSMO contract holders reported that the uncertainty associated with the need to continually compete for work could result in decisions to reduce their workforce and facilities. Small businesses that GAO spoke with have, in the past, mostly performed work as subcontractors to MSMO contract holders, but many expressed interest in competing as prime contractors under MAC-MO.

BAE Norfolk gets US$55.7m for USS Wasp work

On 6 December 2016, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc, of Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded a US$55,766,162 modification to a previously awarded contract for the USS Wasp (LHD-1) fiscal 2017 planned maintenance availability.

A planned maintenance availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy), and other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of US$55,766,162 will be obligated at time of award (6 December) of which US$55,285,426 will expire at the end of fiscal year 2017 on 30 September next year.

New dry dock arrives at BAE San Diego yard

On 8 December BAE Systems received a new 950ft-long, 55,000-ton floating dry dock at its San Diego shipyard in California.

The dry dock is part of the company’s US$100m investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase in US Navy ships on the US West Coast.

“We have made the strategic investment to meet the ship repair needs of the Navy,” said Joe Campbell, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair. “With two large dry docks now in our shipyard, we’ll enhance the San Diego industrial base’s ability to repair warships in their home port, providing the key maintenance and modernisation work needed for the ships’ continued service to our nation and the stability for the ships’ crews.”

The new floating dry dock arrived at the company’s shipyard towed by Posh Terasea's ocean-going and salvage tug Terasea Eagle. Over the next two months, the BAE Systems team will complete final assembly, installation, testing and certification of the dry dock, which will be operational in early 2017. The first ship to be serviced in the dry dock will be the San Diego-home-ported amphibious transport dock ship, USS New Orleans (LPD 18).

November 2016

Non-toxic approach for ship antifouling technology

A new environmentally friendly ship antifouling technology is being developed by Purdue University.

This new approach has the potential to provide an eco-friendly method to control the tenacious shellfish that attach to ships’ hulls, and which can increase drag and hike fuel consumption by as much as 50%.

Shellfish can attach themselves to nearly any surface, including Teflon. Ships are often painted with a red, copper-based ‘antifouling’ paint to reduce the attachment of oysters, mussels and barnacles. The copper leaches from the paint into the water, killing animals in their larval stages.

“Current antifouling coatings function by releasing biocidal copper, essentially killing everything in the waters around a ship,” said Jonathan Wilker, a professor of chemistry and materials engineering at Purdue University in Indiana. “All major ports in the world are polluted with high copper levels. There is great demand for environmentally benign approaches to defeating biological adhesion.”

Wilker’s research team has come up with a new method that hinges on interfering with the oxidation chemistry of bioadhesion. This could in turn reduce fossil fuel consumption – transoceanic shipping accounts for about 3.5% of annual global fossil-fuel consumption – and reduce copper pollution in the world’s ports.

“In recent years, we have been gaining an increased understanding of how shellfish attach,” Wilker said. “Our goal is to only stop the adhesion, rather than killing the animals.”

The team’s research has shown that such strong adhesion is caused by using oxidative chemistry – or the removal of an electron from protein molecules. “If you remove an electron, the protein becomes more reactive and wants to connect with other proteins that have more electrons. This oxidative coupling is what cures the adhesive,” Wilker explained.

Mussels extend hair-like fibers that attach to surfaces using plaques of adhesive. Proteins in the glue contain the rare amino acid, dopa, which can be oxidized by removing an electron, facilitating the cross-linking of protein molecules. This mechanism suggests that an alternative to biocidal coatings could hinge on the use of antioxidant compounds to interfere with the oxidative chemistry and inhibit glue formation.

“These animals are using oxidation chemistry to cure their glue, so what happens if we go in the opposite direction and make a surface that is an antioxidant?” Wilker said. “Perhaps we can shut down the bonding.”

The research showed that in coatings with a 25% concentration of antioxidants, the bioadhesion was reduced by more than a quarter.

“The adhesion went down significantly, but not all the way to zero,” Wilker said. “The main goal here was to test the idea that, with oxidative chemistry being key to the formation of biological glues, reducing surfaces could decrease the bond strengths. After demonstrating this concept, we can now move on to refining the approach for making coatings that will prove to be useful on ships.”

The research was funded by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Stena Line confirms £7m fleet refit contract

Stena Line has confirmed that Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard will carry out the bulk of its Irish Sea annual ferry fleet refit and maintenance programme in a £7m (US$5.6m) contract.

Each year Stena Line carries out a series of passenger facility upgrade works as well as scheduled maintenance and engine work to its fleet of 11 ferries on the Irish Sea. The Harland & Wolff refit schedule for nine of the Irish Sea fleet will start at the end of December and run through until early May 2017 to ensure that Stena Line’s sailing schedules are not unduly impacted.

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (including Belfast to Liverpool and Heysham, and Belfast to Cairnryan routes) and Ireland and Great Britain (including Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard routes). Stena Line operates a total of 224 weekly sailing options between Great Britain and Ireland.

Harren & Partner expands in the Caribbean

The Harren & Partner Group, based in Bremen, Germany, recently celebrated the opening of a new office in Kingston, Jamaica. This location is home to multiple subsidiaries: H&P Ship Management Office Kingston, H&P Caribbean Maritime Services, and the newly founded German Ship Repair Jamaica, a joint venture between Kloska Group and local partner Jamaica Dry Dock.

German Ship Repair Jamaica will primarily expand its mobile ship repair service and build a dry dock in Kingston, one of the Caribbean’s economic centres and a main maritime hub. The dock alone will create hundreds of jobs in the city.

“We offer a unique combination of local expertise from our Jamaican partners and German technical know-how and reliability [that] our clients can count on,” explained Nico Szepanski, director, H&P Caribbean Maritime Services, and director, German Ship Repair Jamaica. “This makes us the ideal partner for the many German shipping companies active in the region.”

The new office is the result of H&P founder Peter Harren’s many years of commitment in the region: Harren & Partner has successfully run Caribbean Feeder Services (CFS) since 2000, and most of the 14 CFS container feeders fly Caribbean flags. CFS transports a total volume of 300,000 TEU each year.

BAE Systems awarded amphibious transport dock ship contract

BAE Systems has received a US$36.7m contract from the US Navy for the repair and maintenance of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), which will be the first ship to be repaired in the company’s new dry dock in San Diego, California. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to US$51.5m.

BAE Systems will begin work on the 684ft-long ship in January 2017 and will perform structural and tank repairs, propulsion system repairs, and ventilation and auxiliary systems repairs, as well as preservation of the crew habitability systems and spaces. The work on board the ship is expected to be completed in March 2018.

BAE Systems has purchased a 55,000 lifting-ton, 950ft floating dry dock for the San Diego shipyard, which will be operational in early 2017. The company already has a 26,000 lifting-ton floating dry dock at the site. With another dry dock in the port, the combination of all three will support the growth of ships in the San Diego port and help the US Navy maintain its operational requirements, while keeping ships in their home port for extensive repairs.

The surface ship fleet home-ported in San Diego, excluding aircraft carriers, is expected to grow from 59 ships currently to 70 vessels by 2020, as the Navy increases its focus on Asia-Pacific operations. BAE Systems’ US$100m investment in a new dry dock and other capabilities will support the increased size of the fleet.

Wärtsilä maintenance service for MS Artania

Ship management company V.Ships has chosen Wärtsilä to provide maintenance services for its long-term client Phoenix Reisen’s cruise vessel MS Artania.

Increased predictability of maintenance operations and recommendations on how to optimise the engine’s fuel consumption help V.Ships improve the vessel’s cost-efficiency. Continuous condition monitoring also ensures that cruise passengers can enjoy their voyages without unforeseen disruptions.

The five-year maintenance agreement covers the scheduled maintenance activities for MS Artania’s four Wärtsilä 32 main engines and one Wärtsilä 32 auxiliary engine, as well as spare parts for them. Wärtsilä will also monitor the condition of the engines in real time and provide remote online support. Maintenance planning is supported with constant monitoring of the condition of the engines through Wärtsilä’s condition-based maintenance service (CBM), which helps determine service needs and avoid unexpected interruptions.

The agreement also includes Wärtsilä’s new Virtual Service Engineer (VSE) concept, which involves technical advisory service supported by a remote visual connection and augmented reality technology. The innovative concept has already been piloted and has now been taken into use following good feedback. The VSE concept is part of the Wärtsilä Genius services portfolio, utilising real-time data and data analytics.

The agreement expands the existing cooperation between Wärtsilä and V.Ships, which began in 2007 and currently includes services for two cruise vessels, the MV Albatros and MV Silver Spirit. Wärtsilä has a five-year maintenance agreement for both vessels.

October 2016

Luerssen to acquire cruise ship repair and conversion yard Blohm+Voss

Family-owned shipyard Luerssen in Bremen and Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, are embarking on a new future together.

With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the repair and refit activities for yachts and naval and commercial ships, as well as enhance its naval new build activities.

The contract between Luerssen and British private equity investor Star Capital Partners has been signed and the agreement is currently subject to approval from the German Fair Trade Commission (Bundeskartellamt).

Pending approval from the Commission, Luerssen will combine six highly specialised shipyards with approximately 2,800 employees in Northern Germany. The parties have both agreed that the purchase price will be kept confidential. Star Capital acquired Blohm+Voss in December 2011 from ThyssenKrupp.

Peter Luerssen, managing partner at Luerssen Maritime Beteiligungen, said, “After the trade commission’s approval, our primary efforts will be guided toward talking with the employees of Blohm+Voss. We will discuss the necessary steps to efficiently adopt the individual capabilities of the shipyard into our group and secure the balance between our shipyards in the future, and together, navigate through the difficult market situation we find ourselves in today.”

Before contacting the Blohm+Voss employees it has been agreed that the current owner (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems) will discuss the change of ownership with the shipyard committees.

With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen is welcoming a new partner into its group with whom there is a long history of successful cooperation.

“Based on the long-term and trusted cooperation on all levels between the two shipyards - we are currently working together on the construction of the new German Navy Frigate Type F125 - we are confident that we already have a good basis on which to continue this relationship and to move forward with the companies under one roof”, said Dr Klaus Borgschulte, technical director at Luerssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG.

Fred van Beers, Blohm+Voss CEO, said, “For Blohm+Voss, customer focus and service take priority. With Luerssen we are gaining a long-term strategic owner who wants to jointly develop our company and expand our core business services.”

Royal HaskoningDHV and Hyundai to design world’s largest maritime yard of its kind in Saudi Arabia

Royal HaskoningDHV UK, in consortium with Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C), has been selected to perform the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the infrastructure of a world-class and globally competitive maritime yard in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia.

The maritime yard will comprise a distinct shipyard facility for large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication, and offshore support vessel repair. As planned, this facility will become the largest maritime yard in the world providing a range of services. It will be located north of Jubail on the Persian Gulf.

The combination of Royal HaskoningDHV’s specialist shipyard consultancy experience with Hyundai E&C’s track record in engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) projects will provide comprehensive technical knowledge for all elements of the shipyard’s design.

Adrian Arnold, project director at Royal HaskoningDHV, said, “This project combines four different yards into a single development, creating significant opportunities for economies of scale and enhancing the country’s economic development.”

The maritime yard will have a range of facilities including seven fully-equipped dry docks, two basins and five piers, a shiplift system, workshops, warehouses, and utility services areas, as well as office buildings, living quarters, and recreational facilities for more than 10,000 workers.

Royal HaskoningDHV undertook the initial market study for the maritime yard in 2014. The FEED development work is now scheduled to take five months.

ASRY woos back major European tanker fleet owner

ASRY, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Persian Gulf, has successfully brought one of the European tanker market’s biggest tanker fleet owners back to the yard. Euronav, the Greece-based owner, operator and manager of a fleet of 53 modern large tankers, chose ASRY for the recent repair of Cap Diamant, a Suezmax tanker. Work on the vessel was successfully completed during the dry-docking in early September.

“Euronav is a leader in its field, so it was naturally very satisfying that they chose to return to ASRY after a seven-year hiatus,” said ASRY ship repair general manager Charles Maher.

The last vessel Euronav docked with ASRY was Felicity in 2009. The tanker company has a fleet of 53 vessels, mainly VLCCs and Suezmaxes, with many regularly trading in the Persian Gulf region.

Cap Diamant had routine dry-docking repairs carried out including hull coating, the renewal of cargo tank steam heating coils and tank coatings, and more.

Jumbo Javelin repaired at Damen Van Brink

Damen Shiprepair Van Brink Rotterdam in the Netherlands has completed a three-week repair project on the Jumbo Javelin, a DP2 heavy lift crane vessel owned and operated by long-standing Damen client Jumbo.

The repair primarily concerned the replacement of the frames of 15 box coolers. To minimise the time spent in dock, 12 of these were prefabricated prior to the Jumbo Javelin arriving at Van Brink, and the remaining three were built during the docking period. The majority of the steel work was performed by the Damen Group steel specialist Niron Staal Amsterdam.

Additional works included a modification to an existing tweendeck to make it more suitable for its purpose, and the repair and repositioning of the exhaust pipe stack. The lifeboats also underwent routine maintenance. The works were completed in the time originally specified in the quotation.

The 145m vessel was built at Damen Shipyards Galati in 2004, along with three similar vessels for the same owner. All together, the Jumbo Javelin, Fairplayer, Fairpartner and Jumbo Jubilee make up the Jumbo J-Class fleet. The Jumbo Javelin previously spent 50 days in 2014 at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam for repairs and her second special survey.

NASSCO-Norfolk gets US$9.7m US Navy contract

General Dynamics’ NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, has been awarded a US$9,676,456 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract for the USS Tortuga (LSD-46) during fiscal year 2017 to conduct necessary upkeep and upgrades to the ship under a continuous maintenance availability program.

NASSCO-Norfolk will provide ship repair services such as bilge preservations, fan room structural repairs, fire pump and motor repairs, and other equipment. All ship repair services will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia.

This repair availability will start in December 2016 and is expected to be completed by March 2017.

Huge potential to develop ship repair sites at Goa, Kandla and Andaman and Nicobar

India has huge potential to develop ship repair facilities along its coastline, particularly in Goa, Kandla and on the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands to the east of the country in the Bay of Bengal, said Nitin Gadkari, the Indian government minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping.

Reviewing the progress of Cochin Shipyard, the minister stressed that these yards could be developed in collaboration with the private sector, to develop capacities and create a “win-win situation," he said in a press statement.

The minister also highlighted the importance of generating additional resources of revenue by using dredged material to generate sand for construction purposes, developing cryogenic warehouse facilities using low cost coolant available from the LNG facility at the port, and improving cruise tourism facilities to increase the number of cruise vessels handled from the existing level of 35-45 vessels per year.

The port’s plans to develop 181 acres of land to set up a logistic park, warehousing zone and hospitality facilities have also been discussed.

Hydrex response repairs stern in record time

Hydrex Underwater Technology has completed the emergency stern tube seal repair to a 134m chemical tanker, after the Antwerp Port Authority in Belgium demanded an underwater inspection and in-situ repair to the vessel before allowing it to set sail.

The vessel’s crew had carried our temporary repairs to stem the flow of lubricating oil from the stern, but the port would not let the ship continue on her schedule before a dive team had inspected the propeller shaft seals.

At the request of the shipowner, Antwerp-based Hydrex mobilized a dive team which found the temporary fix had not completely stopped the oil leak. All four stern tube seals needed to be replaced. However, because the vessel had just been fully loaded, trimming the vessel was not an option so the repair had to be carried out in-situ, underwater.

Hydrex production executive Dave Bleyenberg said, “We have been replacing seals underwater for 15 years with our award-winning flexible Mobdock technique. Use of the Mobdock allowed us to devise a repair plan very quickly after the inspection and expedite seal replacement without having to disrupt the owner’s schedule. We also arranged for the new seals and the manufacturer’s engineers to arrive at the port in time to facilitate the repair in record time.

“We have a large stock of seal repair equipment stored in our fast response units around key maritime hubs, so as soon as the repair requirement was confirmed we mobilized a rapid response dive team and a Hydrex dive support vessel, which deployed to the tanker.”

While the manufacturer’s engineers prepared the seals for installation, the Hydrex team dismantled the vessel’s rope guard and installed the flexible Mobdock around the stern tube seal assembly, creating a dry, underwater environment.

Once in place, diver technicians set about disconnecting the split ring from the shaft for cleaning, after which the damaged seals were removed one-by-one and replaced with new ones. The stern tube seal assemblies were then reinstalled and secured before leak tests were carried out to the satisfaction of the representative of the OEM. Finally, the divers removed the flexible Mobdock and reinstalled the rope guard.

Gibdock delivers for Seatruck with Clipper Point repairs

Gibdock has extended its extensive track record in the passenger and freight ferry market by redelivering the Seatruck Ferries container/ro-ro vessel Clipper Point on-time, after a fast turnaround 11-day renewal project at its yard in Gibraltar for the Clipper Group-owned operator. The ship has subsequently been introduced to Seatruck’s Irish Sea operations.

Returning Gibdock customer Seatruck scheduled Clipper Point (5,193dwt) to arrive in the Gibdock yard on September 18. The 142m-long (23m beam) freight ferry left the yard after the job’s completion on September 30.

The scope of the project included completion of her statutory classification surveys involving inspections of the hull, deck machinery and rudders; steering gear overhauls and hull cleaning; plus the application of Hempel anti-fouling coatings. It also involved the removal, smoothing and polishing of Clipper Point’s twin Wärtsilä 4CF13AH controllable pitch propeller blades in a team effort with Portuguese contractor Repropel Propulsion Services, and overhauling the ship’s Wärtsilä CT200 bow thrusters.

The Clipper Point repair was also notable for bringing Gibdock ship manager Juan Pinero Perez and Seatruck senior superintendent Mark Baynham together again after their successful collaboration on the repair project entrusted to Gibdock by Sea Trucks for the Clipper Arrow in 2014.

Designed by Knud E Hansen, Clipper Point is one of four P Series ro-ro freight ferries built for Clipper Group subsidiary Sea Trucks by Spanish shipyard Astilleros de Huelva, and whose dimensions were conceived as the maximum possible permissible for the UK port of Heysham in Lancashire.

The three-deck ‘Heysham max’ ferries have capacity for 105 trailers (1,800 lane meters) and are classed 1A1 RoRo/Container vessels by the DNVGL.

September 2016

Damen Shiprepair sets up unit in Curaçao

Damen Shipyards Group and the government of Curaçao signed an agreement for the future operation of Curaçao Drydock Company on Friday September 9 in Willemstad.

A new company called Damen Shiprepair Curaçao will be created, and operations will start at the end of October 2016. The facility operates two graving docks, Antilia (280 x 48m) and Beatrix (193 x 26.5m), and a floating submersible dock, Curaçao (165 x 30m). In addition, the facility has about two miles of quay for repairs, which are served by 13 cranes, the largest of which can handle 75 metric ton lifts.

Damen will bring in extra capacity with an additional floating dock, and has agreed to invest US$40m in the infrastructure of the yard and training facilities for personnel.

René H Berkvens, CEO Damen Shipyards Group, signed the agreement with the Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Rhuggenaath. Berkvens commented, “Although we have a long history in building and delivering new ships to customers in the Americas, this is the first step in our ambition to play a major role in ship repair and conversion in the Caribbean area. This strategic partnership between Damen and Curaçao fits into our strategy to further expand our repair and service activities worldwide.”

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao will become part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion group, which currently operates 40 dry docks in 15 shipyards around the world.

HMS Brocklesby maintenance progresses

Engineers working on a ‘deep maintenance’ contract to overhaul the Royal Navy’s 33-year-old minehunter HMS Brocklesby in BAE Systems’ new Small Ships Centre of Specialisation at Portsmouth Naval Base, have completed the installation of the four new Caterpillar main engines, which will be considerably more fuel efficient than the predecessors they replace.

The heavy maintenance work on HMS Brocklesby also includes replacing her engine and control systems, overhauling generators, and upgrades and refurbishment to the galley. The extensive scope of the work is aimed at extending the vessel’s service life for a further 15 to 20 years.

In total, BAE Systems staff will spend around 190,000 man hours working on 9,000 maintenance tasks on the 600-ton displacement vessel.

Work began in May 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The work is a part of the £600m (US$795m) Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) contract to support half of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet on UK and global operations as well as the management of HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The MSDF contract was awarded to BAE Systems by the Ministry of Defence in 2014.

The use of the facility, which is in part of the large ship hall complex on the naval base, is part of BAE Systems’ drive to improve the maintenance program for the Royal Navy’s eight Hunt-class mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs). The new facility has been funded as part of the MSDF contract.

COMLOG WESTPAC expands Singapore maintenance availability

The crew of the USS Shiloh and the Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC), have expanded capabilities in Singapore by performing the first two-week continuous maintenance availability (CMAV) conducted away from the 7th Fleet maintenance hub in Yokosuka, Japan. During the CMAV, shipyard personnel completed more than 90 maintenance jobs, and nearly 400 other jobs were completed by the Shiloh’s crew, including a gas turbine generator change-out, repairs to the ship’s damage control systems, and multiple welding upgrades on brackets and fixtures.

“By conducting this availability here in Singapore, we are expanding our ability to conduct planned maintenance outside Japan and decreasing the overall work overload,” said Cmdr. Fernando Maldonado, assistant chief of staff for maintenance at COMLOG WESTPAC/Task Force 73. “This maintenance availability is a great step forward in developing an agile expeditionary maintenance posture for forward-deployed ships operating in the region.”

Synchronization between the ship’s crew, contractors and maintenance staff at COMLOG WESTPAC was critical for the success of Shiloh’s availability in Singapore. The ship’s crew remained engaged (working) throughout the maintenance period and provided critical support for shipyard personnel and maintainers. The goal was to support Shiloh with important repairs and upgrades, allowing the forward-deployed ship to resume her busy operational schedule on time.

COMLOG WESTPAC has been based in Singapore since 1992.

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Emerson awarded Shell Prelude maintenance contract

Shell Australia has chosen Emerson to provide maintenance for the automation equipment and reliability services for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility.

Prelude, the world’s largest floating production facility, will process natural gas collected from subsea wells 475km (about 300 miles) offshore from Broome, Western Australia.

Since 2010, Emerson has served as Main Automation Contractor on the Prelude project, responsible for process control and monitoring technologies that will help Shell operate Prelude FLNG safely and efficiently. Under the new multi-year support contract, Emerson experts working both onshore and aboard will provide ongoing reliability and maintenance services for an even broader range of equipment.

Emerson and its local business partner, Western Process Controls, will provide equipment monitoring, diagnostic services, spares support and maintenance for the facility’s control and safety systems, as well as thousands of instruments and valves.

Two expert Emerson engineers onboard Prelude will work with other team members who remotely monitor the facility’s automation from Shell’s operations center in Perth. The center’s high-tech collaborative work environment will also enable the Emerson team to consult with Shell specialists as they use a proactive maintenance strategy to detect potential concerns, identify corrective actions and arrange for delivery of any required equipment to the facility.

Prelude is under construction in Geoje, South Korea, before moving to Australia to begin operations. The facility is expected to remain on station at least 25 years as Shell and its partners develop gas reserves in the Browse Basin’s Prelude and Concerto fields.

Four companies receive USN LCS contracts

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, General Dynamics NASSCO, Epsilon Systems Solutions and Lockheed Martin were awarded US Navy contracts on August 30 for maintenance and sustainment of the Freedom-class littoral combat ship fleet.

The BAE and General Dynamics contracts contain five ordering periods and have a cumulative ceiling value of about US$741m.

The Epsilon and Lockheed Martin contracts also have five ordering periods and a cumulative ceiling value of about US$209m.

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contracts for BAE and GenDyn will involve Chief of Naval Operations availabilities, continuous maintenance, emergent maintenance, preventative/planned maintenance and facilities maintenance/corrosion control in and outside the United States.

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contracts to Epsilon and Lockheed Martin will provide preventative/planned maintenance and facilities maintenance/corrosion control within the continental United States.

All four companies will have the opportunity to compete for individual delivery orders.

Work will be performed in Florida and outside the continental United States as needed, with an expected completion date of August 2021 if all ordering periods are executed.

August 2016

C$8.7m Canadian icebreaker contract awarded

The Canadian Government announced on 10 August 2016, that an C$8.7m contract has been awarded to Verreault Navigation for important refit and maintenance work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Pierre Radisson. The work will be done in Les Méchins, Quebec.

The CCGS Pierre Radisson is a medium icebreaker based in Quebec City, Quebec, which normally operates in the St Lawrence River, the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Canadian Arctic.

The work will begin in early September 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2017. Main work items will include steel work, maintenance and repairs on several tanks, hull recoating, reconditioning the helicopter deck and hangar, the replacement of windows and portholes, maintenance on propulsion and steering components, and interior repairs.

Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy vessel repair, refit and maintenance projects, the competitive opportunity to do the work on the CCGS Pierre Radisson was open to all Canadian shipyards on the East Coast, as this is where the ship is based.

In winter, the Pierre Radisson breaks ice and escorts ships in the Gulf of St Lawrence and on the St Lawrence and Saguenay rivers. In summer, the ship travels to the Canadian Arctic to escort commercial ships, serve as a primary search and rescue unit, and provide support to scientific missions when possible.

Rickmer Rickmers in B+V for overhaul

The Rickmer Rickmers, a museum ship in Hamburg, Germany, was towed from its berth at Fiete-Schmidt quay at Landungsbrücken and arrived at Blohm+Voss yard on the river Elbe on 1 August 2016, for overhaul.

The Rickmer Rickmers was docked on 8 August, allowing work on the hull to begin and the steel masts to be dismantled for inspection and repair during the maintenance period. Hull thickness will be measured by Blohm+Voss workers and new plates installed at areas with a thickness of less than 3mm. Once that steel work is finished, the paintwork will be renewed in the well-known ‘Rickmer Rickmers green’. In addition, the catering area of the three-masted ship will be modernised. The modernisation and maintenance are scheduled for completion by 2 September, when the vessel will be returned to her regular berth at Landungsbrücken.

Fred van Beers, Blohm+Voss chief executive officer, said, “As a Hamburg-based company we are of course very proud to modernise the Rickmer Rickmers, a landmark of the port of Hamburg. Here at our yard, she is absolutely in the right place as we attach great importance to successfully completing each project with the highest quality and in the shortest time possible. A museum ship like the Rickmer Rickmers cannot afford long breaks.”

N-KOM signs Samos Steamship fleet repair deal

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture between Qatar-based gas shipper Nakilat and Singapore’s offshore rig constructor and ship repairer Keppel Offshore & Marine, has entered into a fleet repairing contract with Samos Steamship Company. Under the deal, N-KOM shipyard will perform repairs of all the vessels owned by Greece’s Samos Steamship Company, a current client of N-KOM. The yard has already completed various repairs for the Samos tanker fleet.

Nakilat manages and operates four large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and has 63 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels, as well as ship repair and construction facilities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. The facilities have been operated through two strategic joint ventures, including N-KOM and Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ).

Samos Steamship, a ship management company, operates a modern fleet of 21 vessels that totals two million deadweight tons, with an average vessel age of seven years.

NASSCO-Norfolk awarded CVN maintenance

General Dynamics NASSCO–Norfolk was awarded a Mid-Atlantic CVN private sector maintenance contract by the US Navy on 2 August 2016, to perform non-nuclear planning and maintenance work during six Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availabilities on four Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and one Gerald R Ford-class carrier, home-ported in or visiting Norfolk, Virginia.

The five-year cost-plus-award-fee (CPAF) and cost-plus-incentive fee (CPIF) contract also includes the ability to provide for any continuing or emergent maintenance repairs on any of these five East Coast-based aircraft carriers.

In addition, NASSCO–Norfolk was awarded a US$23m cost-plus-award-fee modification to a contract for the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) fiscal 2016 Planned Incremental Availability.

This is part of an add-on to a previously awarded contract under which the company will provide ship repair services such as the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. Work will be performed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2017.

Costa buys into Chantier Naval de Marseille repair facility

San Giorgio del Porto (SGP) and Costa Crociere announced on 2 August 2016 that they have signed an agreement for further development of Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNdM) shipyard in France, for ship repair and conversion. The terms of the arrangement provide for Costa Crociere to take a 33.3% share in CNdM, a company controlled by San Giorgio del Porto.

The agreement between SGP and Costa Crociere calls for an initial investment of €10m (US$11.3m) aimed at increasing the efficiency of CNdM with the best available technologies.

The investment will generate volumes and scale at CNdM that will allow the entire shipping industry to take advantage of its facilities for any vessel type, and will maximise the potential of dry dock number 10 to accommodate big ships. The investment will also create a positive impact in terms of direct and indirect employment.

For Costa Crociere, the investment represents another step towards more advanced technical management of the group’s fleet. It plans a significant expansion of the fleet it owns with the delivery of seven new ships (three for the German AIDA Cruises brand, two for the Italian Costa Crociere, and two for Costa Asia) that will bring the fleet to a total of about 110,000 beds. In particular, four of these ships will be powered by LNG, making Costa Crociere one of the first in the cruise industry to use this innovative fuel for propulsion.

CNdM operates three dry docks in Marseille, the largest port in France, including number 10, which is the biggest graving dock (465 x 85m) in the Mediterranean.

July 2016

NAVSEA announces inaugural shipyard innovation fund

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on July 7 an inaugural Naval Shipyard Innovation Fund of US$1m to test new shipyard projects that are designed to reduce the time and cost of repairing and returning ships to the fleet.

Under this program NAVSEA will evaluate these shipyard-proposed and shipyard-executed projects both monthly and at the end of the fiscal year, to ensure each meets its goals in time, quantity, safety and cost projections. Each project must demonstrate the anticipated results to continue its funding.

Eight innovation objectives in the ship maintenance process feature either technological advancements or improvements.

One of the pilot programs deals with the automated tracking of paper and parts through radio-frequency identification (RFID). Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, at the southernmost tip of Maine, has already gained cost and schedule benefits through RFID tracking of boat components and work instruction across its industrial complex.

Personnel at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Washington are exploring THz and infrared thermography for insulated piping as an alternative to non-destructive test methods; this will allow the inspection of piping defects prior to removing insulation aboard a ship. If successful, this effort could provide up to US$2.5m in cost avoidance for each aircraft carrier maintenance availability.

iHat, an innovative hat with sensors, will provide storage tank workers with real-time information about their health, work environment and physical location, to proactively improve their situational awareness and workplace safety. This concept may also include a Confined Space Safety initiative that could reduce the amount of manual effort needed to maintain these tanks.

Similar to websites such as Wikipedia, Twitter and LinkedIn, the NAVSEA Fusion/Wiki pilot program provides ‘For Official Use Only’ information-sharing behind the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) firewall for more than 1,000 employees to collaborate outside traditional hierarchal lines. The funding upgrades services and features, including a flexible action tracking tool and automated organizational charts to easily find peers across the NAVSEA enterprise.

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Hawaii is leading efforts in another four of the objectives, and its first project funds the first of two phases for the in-place repair of 500kW motor generators for attack submarines without removing them from their extensive shipboard structures. After phase two is completed, it is estimated to yield a cost avoidance of US$6.26m over the Future Year Defense Program.

Laser metal cutting is a complex multistep process that involves scanning 2D files, and then laboriously tracing the pattern through computer-aided design to convert the information and make it readily available for existing equipment. This effort will test best processes and programs that automatically scan 2D files and convert the information needed for laser cutting.

A laser metrology project will test automating the manual inspection and documentation of defect indications in tank and hull structures at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

A training initiative will test a 3D scanning and modeling trainer that replicates the actual, complex gear used by rigging and crane lift operators in a safe to learn environment at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

“This effort provides a great opportunity for the many shipyard workers seeking continuous improvement to further support the Navy,” said Marissa Eyon, industrial process manager of NAVSEA's Communities of Practice (CoP). “So many people are hungry to do better.”

Sea Installer crane upgrade complete

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has concluded major modification works on the Sea Installer. Major work involved the extension of the main crane boom, which gives the A2SEA-owned offshore wind farm installation vessel increased reach, which is important for handling the increasing size of offshore wind turbine components. Other work included structural modifications needed for the enlarged crane.

Initially, all crane-related components including the boom, boom rest, A-frame, winch and hook block pockets were removed from the vessel. A2SEA supplied the new A-frame and boom extension. Niron Staal, also part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, supplied the new boom rest, hook block pockets, trolley rail and support stools.

The crane boom was lengthened by inserting the new extension. All elements were composed of high-tensile S690 steel, which affected the duration of the project because of the welding requirements, explained Damen junior project manager Remco van Dam: “You can cut it when it’s cold, but, before you weld it, you need to heat it with heating elements to 200°C to remove any traces of water.

“Then, after slight cooling, the welding itself needs to take place at the correct temperature in a protected environment. For this, we constructed air-tight welding tents.” Once welding was complete, the weld in question was cooled prior to non-destructive testing after 48 hours.

The larger crane on the Sea Installer meant some onboard structures had to be remade, such as the boom rest, which necessitated modifications to the accommodation area.

The bigger crane also needed a bigger winch (a 900-metric ton capacity winch) as well as adjustments to the electrical, hydraulic and cooling systems.

ClassNK launches NK-SHIPS app

Classification society ClassNK launched the NK-SHIPS app on July 7. This is a mobile version of the free, web-based information service NK-SHIPS for owners, operators and managers of NK-classed vessels or vessels whose ISM/ISPS/MLC are registered with ClassNK.

Clients can now access information to manage their fleet on the go using the app via their smartphone or tablet. The app allows quick and easy navigation to important information. Users can browse and manage ship particulars and monitor the status of surveys/audits, due dates and the expiry dates of certificates for ships in their fleet. This can be done anytime, anywhere.

The NK-SHIPS app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.

A valid NK-SHIPS user account is required to login.

Click here to create the account

Thor completes short stay at Dunkirk

Thor, a DP1 jack-up vessel owned by the DEME Group, has completed a short stay at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque in France for hull painting and thruster inspection.

She spent four days in one of the yard’s dry docks. A special docking solution was required for the 70 x 40m vessel due to the size of the aft thrusters, which are 3.825m high and the standard dry-dock blocks just 1.80m high.

Fortunately, Thor’s four legs were able to maintain the hull at the necessary height to keep the thrusters clear of the dock bed while the inspection was conducted. To spread the considerable load of each leg, wooden platforms were positioned beneath them to ensure no damage was done to the dock. Following the successful completion of the assignment, Thor departed for Antwerp.

Wärtsilä collaborates with Zamakona Yards at new Canary Islands service center

One of Spain’s largest shipbuilding and ship repair groups, Zamakona Yards, will provide Wärtsilä’s service expertise to satisfy the increasing needs of marine and powerplant operators at a newly opened service center on the Canary Islands.

Wärtsilä will offer its maintenance and repair services at the new maintenance hub, and will focus on the offshore market in cooperation with CCB Zamakona Offshore and Zamakona Shipyard, both subsidiaries of Zamakona Yards. The new service center is located at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

The new custom-built service center is at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean, linking Europe, Africa and the Americas, and will allow Wärtsilä to better serve operators with ongoing exploration, production and development operations in these regions.

Both Wärtsilä’s customers and those of CCB Zamakona Offshore and Zamakona Shipyard will benefit from the local support and experience as well as from an integrated approach that focuses full vessel overhaul capabilities in one location.

Zamakona operates in the Canary Islands and the Cantabrian Sea, offering a range of shipbuilding and repair services. It has a strong history of forming strategic alliances with major equipment and engine manufacturers.

Wärtsilä has provided expert services to Zamakona Yards’s mechanical workshop for more than 30 years and delivered engines for several vessels at the group’s shipyards in the Basque Country.

Wärtsilä says it is increasing its cooperation with shipyards globally in order to provide expert support as close to the customer as possible.

Lockheed wins ‘omnibus’ contract for allies’ Aegis ships

A US$421m contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin on June 24 to continue providing maintenance and support services to Aegis ships owned by US-allied nations.

The award is an ‘omnibus’ sustainment contract covering support services to foreign navies employing Lockheed’s Aegis systems on cruisers and destroyers.

The Aegis Combat System is used on 62 US Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and 22 cruisers, as well as 19 internationally owned warships. Aegis is the suite of radars, sonar systems, launch systems and weapon control systems found on many US Navy ships. It is essentially the technology backbone of the ship’s frame that searches, detects, tracks and engages enemy vessels, aircraft and missiles at sea.

“The activities performed under this contract vary per the customer’s requirements and the [US Navy’s] direction,” said Mary Keifer, director of Aegis international programs at Lockheed Martin. Each “customer has its own unique requirements and operational tempo for the ships which drives the specific Lockheed Martin activities such as computer program maintenance and other combat system engineering functions.”

Lockheed has performed international sustainment work on these ships since Japan fielded its first Aegis destroyer in 1993.

The commissioned Aegis ships in foreign navies include Japan (six), Spain and Norway (five each) and South Korea (three). Lockheed plans to supply the Aegis system in five new frigates destined for Spain, and in three Aegis destroyers each for South Korea and Australia.

Blohm+Voss to open Mediterranean refit facility for mega-yachts

Blohm+Voss (B+V) announced on June 30 the awarding of a contract for the construction of a new mega-yacht refit facility in La Ciotat in southern France, about 30km east of Marseille.

This will be a partnership with La Ciotat Shipyards (managed by SEMIDEP-Ciotat), a local company providing a large dry dock and adjacent buildings on the existing yard grounds.

Blohm+Voss will use the new location on the Mediterranean for the maintenance, overhaul and conversion of mega-yachts of over 80m in length starting in November 2016.

The dock in La Ciotat is 200m long and 60m wide. B+V customers can also have maintenance, overhauls or rebuilding work carried out on their yachts in Hamburg, Germany, as well as La Ciotat.

“La Ciotat Shipyards and Blohm+Voss are an excellent match,” said Fred van Beers, chief executive officer, B+V. “The location is ideal for us because it offers excellent buildings and equipment, a highly skilled workforce and a very large local supplier network, which specializes in the mega-yacht industry.”

The company will appoint French-speaking local management and hire a local workforce.

Canada awards C$3.6m for icebreaker maintenance

The Canadian government announced on July 15 that it had awarded a C$3.6m contract to Newdock – St John’s Dockyard in Newfoundland, Canada, for important refit and maintenance work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Samuel Risley.

CCGS Samuel Risley joined the fleet in 1985 and is an icebreaker and buoy tender based in Parry Sound, Ontario. The vessel normally operates in the Great Lakes and is capable of breaking ice up to 2ft (0.6m) thick. The vessel is named after the first Chairman of the Board of Steamship Inspection in 1858, Samuel Risley.

Work on the Risley has already begun with completion scheduled for September. The main work on the vessel includes replacement of the bow thruster, a crane overhaul, and a recoating of the hull. The galley will also be refurbished and various pieces of equipment onboard the vessel will be inspected.

Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, vessel repair, refit and maintenance contracts are open to all Canadian shipyards. It is estimated the contract will safeguard approximately 50 jobs at the Newfoundland shipyard.

June 2016

Gibdock increases Greek-owned ferry work

Gibdock shipyard in Gibraltar announced on June 7 it had carried out repairs on Hellenic Seaways’ ro-pax vessel Nissos Chios and on the Portucalence Shipping Company ferry Express Santorini in Q1 2016. Gibdock expects further repair work this year with ferry operators.

Both ferries went to Gibdock’s yard for the first time, with the Nissos Chios seeing a wide range of scheduled repairs that included stern ramp removal and renewal, steel fabrications, and renewal of mechanical operation parts. The bow thruster was also removed for blade and seal replacement in the yard’s workshops before reinstallation. All work was completed in 15 days.

Emergency structural steel renewal to a forward ballast tank behind the forepeak tank was carried out on the Express Santorini. This was accomplished on budget and to class specifications in three days of around-the-clock working, Gibdock reports.

Indian government eases ship repair yard requirements

The Indian government has issued new guidelines for the way tenders for shipyard work are evaluated and awarded. This covers tenders for ship repair work including dry-docking and shipbuilding, for its departments, agencies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSU).

The change is seen as a step to support the Indian shipbuilding and repair industry, and follows an earlier government ruling in December 2015 that approved revised criteria for tenders. The recent decision now says specialization is not a criterion for determining the eligibility of Indian shipyards, provided that the shipyards possess adequate capability. The change removes the need for the yards to have prior experience in repairing a specific type or size of ship – they simply need the capacity, whether this means having land-based workshops or the ability to haul ships out of the water (graving dock/floating dry docks, etc).

From now until 2025, Indian government agencies and PSUs must grant the right of first refusal to Indian shipyards “to enable them to match the lowest rate offered by the foreign bidder.” From 2025 onward, only Indian-built vessels can be bought by these agencies.

The objective of the Indian government requirement is similar to the practices of other countries that provide support to domestic industries through placing ship repair, new building and chartering requirements with their own shipyards.

Russia to modernize its aircraft carrier

The Russian Navy’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will undergo a three-year maintenance and modernization program beginning in Q1 2017, the Russian news agency TASS reported in late May.

Some of the work includes replacing the covering on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck, renewing the arresting gear and work on the take-off system, the Russian news agency added.

The repair/renovation contract, which is worth several billion rubles, was due to be signed in June. It is still undecided which dry dock will carry out the overhaul, but the Sevmash shipyard and Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, both located in northwestern Russia off the Barents Sea, are reportedly among the bidders for the contract.

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, which was built in 1990, has reportedly not had any major overhauls since a two-year period of work from 1996 to 1998. Deployments have never been longer than six months and military observers believe it has spent most of its existence in port.

It remains to be seen whether the aircraft carrier’s modernization will be completed within the announced timeframe. Ukraine was where all Soviet carriers were constructed and due to the ongoing conflict there, Russia does not have access to the expertise and technology that the area has in surface ship repair.

Recent overhauls and modernization programs carried out by Russian shipyards for the Indian Navy’s Kiev-class carrier/cruisers should provide some useful experience and expertise for overhauling the Admiral Kuznetsov.

GE providing maintenance for Russian drilling rigs

GE’s Marine Solutions was awarded a service contract by CIMC Raffles in early June to provide the first dry-dock services on two of Gazflot’s semi sub drilling vessels, the Northern Lights and Polar Star. During the dry-docking, GE will thoroughly test, replace and upgrade parts where necessary.

The two vessels are equipped with GE technologies including dynamic positioning, automation, drilling drives, MV 7000 propulsion drives, a power management system, a vessel management system, and a thruster assisted mooring system. These enable the ice-class units to drill up to 10,000ft in the adverse conditions found in northern Russia.

GE’s team of on-site engineers will ensure the longevity of installed systems and work with the yard to supervise the dry-docking activities. After the dry-docking, GE will continue to provide remote technical support for both the semi sub drilling vessels.

Two BAE yards win repair awards

The BAE Systems ship repair yards San Diego Ship Repair and Norfolk Ship Repair have been awarded significant Navy repair contracts.

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair in California has been awarded a US$40.7m firm-fixed-price, award fee contract for the execution of extended dry-docking with selected restricted availability for the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) during the fiscal year 2016.

The availability period will see work completed that will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to US$45.4m. Work is expected to be completed by August 2017.

The second contract award went to BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair in Norfolk, Virginia, and is a US$17.7m firm-fixed-price contract for USS Tortuga (LSD 46) for fiscal year 2016. The contracted work will involve maintenance; structural, habitability and ventilation repairs; ship alterations; and modernization.

Work should be completed by December 2016.

Maintenance contract for USS Fort McHenry

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport, in Jacksonville, Florida, announced on May 19, 2016, it was awarded a US$29m firm-fixed-price contract for phased maintenance availability repair work on board USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).

This is a highly complex waterborne ship repair contract that includes hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, piping and ship alteration work, and miscellaneous repairs in descending order as percentages of dollar value of the work package.

The work package contained 154 work items of which 105 form the base work package, with 49 work items designated as options.

The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to US$34.9m. Work will be carried out in Jacksonville, Florida, and should be completed by May 2017.

May 2016

MMWE – one month to go!

It’s one month to go until Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference, which takes place on June 21-23, 2016. This year the expo moves to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, and joining this important event will be Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo and Conference and an exciting newcomer, the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium.

Commenting on the move to the Netherlands, show founder and managing director Graham Johnson said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. It’s taken a great deal of work and negotiation to locate it alongside Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, but our efforts will be welcomed by visitors and exhibitors alike. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 2,500 shipowners, operators and boat builders – the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits.”

He continued, “Visitors will be able to access each event within the hall. There’s so much new marine technology on show! Indeed, both events look set to showcase almost 200 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,500+ attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance, and home to some of the world’s largest ship repair yards and fleet operators.”

Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference is the best place to get up close to the technological developments, concepts and repair and maintenance solutions for any shipowner, fleet operator, ship repair yard owner, technical/maintenance director, marine superintendent, or anyone who is involved in repairing and maintaining ships and boats of all sizes.

At the conference, leading industry experts from around the world will provide more than 40 high-level presentations on: lifecycle and asset management, spares optimization, condition-based maintenance, ship repair costs, structural monitoring, management and leadership issues in maintenance, hull inspection, and more. See you there!

Details of the conference program and a complete list of speakers and presentations can be found at

US Navy's OFRP causing maintenance delays

Over the past decade, the US Navy has increased ship deployment durations and cut down or deferred ship maintenance to meet heavy operational demands. These decisions have resulted in declining ship conditions across the fleet, says the US General Accountability Office (GAO), and increased the amount of time ships require to complete maintenance in shipyards. They have also reduced the predictability of ship deployments for sailors and for the ship repair industrial base.

Increased maintenance periods reduce the time ships are available for training and operations (employability). The US Navy began implementing a revised operational schedule to address these issues – the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) – in November 2014, which seeks to maximize employability while preserving maintenance and training with continuity in ship leadership and carrier strike group assignments, as well as restoring operational and personnel tempos to acceptable levels.

The GAO report, Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy's Optimized Fleet Response Plan, issued on May 2, describes: the extent of maintenance overruns and their impact on the US Navy; the US Navy’s goals and progress in implementing the OFRP; and the challenges faced by public and private shipyards supporting the implementation of the OFRP. The GAO analyzed ship maintenance data from fiscal years 2011 to 2015, which includes availabilities conducted before and after OFRP implementation, to ascertain the extent to which maintenance availabilities were completed on time.

For fiscal years 2011 to 2014, the data shows that prior to OFRP implementation the majority of maintenance availabilities completed by both the public and private shipyards took more time than scheduled, thereby reducing the employability for ships. The US Navy continues to experience delays on maintenance that has begun under the OFRP.

The public and private shipyards involved in US Navy ship maintenance face a number of challenges for on-time completion, including unanticipated work, workforce inexperience, and workload fluctuations. The Navy has been struggling to accurately define ship maintenance requirements – a key to on-time completion. Some private shipyard officials say they may face challenges as the US Navy implements a new contracting strategy.

GAO conducted this performance audit from May 2015 to May 2016 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

A minority of the US Navy fleet has entered an optimized cycle so it is too early to assess the OFRP’s overall effectiveness, says the GAO. The signs are not promising: the first three aircraft carriers to enter an OFRP have not completed maintenance tasks on time; and of the 83 cruisers and destroyers, only 15 have completed a maintenance availability under OFRP.

GAO made no recommendations in their report.

Damen completes maintenance of Flintstone

The fall pipe vessel Flintstone left Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam on April 18, 2016, following six weeks of maintenance and repairs and her first special survey.

The vessel is owned and operated by Tideway, a division of the Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Group (DEME), headquartered in Belgium. The 155m, 20,000dwt DP2 Flintstone’s equipment includes an active heave compensated ROV with state-of-the-art survey equipment and a 200kW mass flow excavation tool for the removal of seabed materials.

The Flintstone underwent a comprehensive program of maintenance, surveys and testing in the run-up to her special survey, spending a total of 28 days in dry dock at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm). The most complex repairs were the refurbishment of the moon pool doors, which included the replacement of the main bearings. Unexpected and large-scale machining work was required, which made this a challenging job to carry out within the original time allowed.

Other activities included the overhaul of all the thrusters together with the forward anchor winches and a wide range of other tasks relating to the water lines, fall pipes, ROV transport and storage, and other equipment.

While in the yard, the Huisman crane and tower were overhauled by the manufacturer. The yard provided full support including machining and supplying various components, and provided a berth for the extra time required to complete the project.

Tyne yard repairs wind turbine installation vessel

A&P Group’s Tyne yard has received the 20,739dwt MPI Discovery platform vessel into its dry dock where it will undergo specialist repair before returning to service. The ship is the second owned by Teesside-based MPI Offshore to dock at the company’s Hebburn yard in the northeast of England in recent months.

Described as one of the most advanced and efficient wind turbine installation vessels in the world, the MPI Discovery is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations.

Ash Sinha, group business development director, A&P Group said, “The MPI Discovery’s arrival made for quite a spectacle as it came up the River Tyne, and it’s now towering over the yard. It’s certainly one of the most innovative and imposing vessels we’ve had here and we’re delighted to welcome our second vessel from MPI Offshore.”

The UK’s offshore renewable energy sector is one of the world’s most active.

Established in 1971 as A&P-Appledore International (APA), A&P Group started life as a joint-venture technology transfer consultancy between British shipbuilding companies Austin & Pickersgill and Appledore Shipbuilders, and focused on ship design and construction.

It is now the largest ship repair and conversion company in the UK, with seven dry docks across three shipyards located in Hebburn and Middlesbrough in the northeast and Falmouth in the southwest of the UK.

A&P Tyne consists of two dry docks – only one of which is currently in use – as well as two quays and a large steel fabrication shed.

US$29m maintenance for USS Gettysburg

BAE Systems has received a US$29.4m competitively awarded contract from the US Navy to maintain the USS Gettysburg (CG 64), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser. The contract includes options that if exercised would raise the total value to US$31.8m.

The work on the USS Gettysburg will begin in June and be completed in December. BAE Systems’ Norfolk, Virginia, USA, shipyard will perform the repair, maintenance and modernization work aboard the 567ft ship. The Gettysburg is equipped with the Aegis Combat System, which provides air defense for aircraft carrier battle groups. The ship was commissioned in 1991.

“We have a very successful history of working on the US Navy’s fleet of Aegis cruisers,” said Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Norfolk shipyard. “This maintenance availability will prepare the Gettysburg for more extensive modernization later.”

BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul for the US Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce, eight dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services. The company also has commercial shipbuilding and module fabrication capabilities at its Mobile, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida, shipyards.

Refitting – life extension for RV Belgica

Alewijnse Marine Systems has won a significant order for the refit of the key electrical systems on board the oceanic research vessel RV Belgica, owned by the Belgian state. Prior to the contract, Alewijnse carried out a year-long research project on a limited lifetime extension of the vessel. The refit started in April 2016 and will take several months to complete.

Built in 1984, RV Belgica is owned by the Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo) on behalf of the Belgian State and is managed by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). The Belgian Navy provides the crew, operational support and a dock at the vessel’s home port of Zeebrugge. With over 30 years of operation, renovations are necessary for the ship to continue in active service for another seven years. The vessel is the subject of a maintenance agreement between the Belgian Navy and Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque in France.

The RV Belgica project includes refitting of the main switchboard (including battery replacement), the controllable pitch propeller system, the control system for diesel equipment in the engine control room panel, and the navigation lights.

Partial replacement of the window wiper system, a bridge console, and the addition to the fire detection system of a repeater panel and CCTV system are among the other activities to be undertaken.

BAE Norfolk gets US$52.4m LHD-3 award

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc., of Norfolk, Virginia, USA, is being awarded a US$52.5m undefinitized contract action as a modification to a previously awarded contract for the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Undefinitized contract actions (UCA), authorize contractors to begin work before reaching a final agreement on specific contract terms.

A planned maintenance availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by February 2017.

April 2016

MMWE speaker line-up

The next generation of technology and tools will be the focus of this year’s Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference (MMWE) being held at the Amsterdam RAI on June 21-23, 2016, in the Netherlands. From exhibitors to the extensive conference program, visitors will see and hear about ways to reduce equipment failure, lower operating costs and maximize efficiency.

There are two more good reasons to visit MMWE, Europe's only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems. The enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2016 (EHMWE) will be located at the RAI as well. It is the only conference dedicated to emerging efficient propulsion technologies and components including battery technologies, fuel cell developments, electric motors, engine and propulsion systems, and a range of emissions and fuel reducing systems and technologies and regulatory matters.

The new Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium is the third reason to be in Amsterdam. This event will bring together ship designers, fleet owners, naval architects, classification societies, equipment manufacturers and maritime research organizations to discuss and debate the technological, regulatory, and legal developments necessary to make autonomous and unmanned ships a reality.

“We're delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 2,500 ship owners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo's maintenance and repair technology exhibits” said Graham Johnson, managing director of UKIP Media & Events.

He continued, “Both events will be held in their own, separate exhibition halls, but visitors will be able to access each event for free via a simple 5m-long access passageway. In total, both events look set to showcase over 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance and home to some of the world's largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!”

According to Johnson, the events look set to attract an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance and home to some of the world's largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!

The MMWE conference will provide more than 50 high level presentations from industry leading experts on: lifecycle and asset management, spares optimization, condition-based maintenance, ship repair costs, structural health monitoring, management and leadership issues in maintenance, hull inspection techniques, oil condition monitoring, the maintenance issues and costs of slow steaming, plus case studies in avoiding cat fines.

Details of the conference program and a complete list of speakers and presentations can be found on the conference website at

Spirit of BC

Remontowa Ship Repair Yard in Poland has won a CAD$140m (US$108m) contract from BC Ferries (BCF) which operates an extensive ferry service in British Colombia, Canada. The work, to be done in Poland, includes conversion to dual-fuel operation and undertaking mid-life upgrades for the ro-pax ferries Spirit of Vancouver Island and Spirit of British Columbia, two of the largest vessels in BCF’s fleet. Other bidders in the tendering included Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in Canada and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

As one of the largest shipyards in Europe, Remontowa annually completes about 200 ship projects and has previous experience with LNG-fuelled ships, large-scale projects and is building three dual-fuel ‘Salish-Class’ vessels for BCF.

The conversion of the two ferries to LNG and diesel fuel will save costs (fuel and engine maintenance) and reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 metric tons per year.

The BCF diesel fuel expenditure for the previous year was CAD$118 million (US$ of which about 16% was consumed by the two ‘Spirit Class’ ships. Along with three new buildings dual-fuel brings economies because of lower LNG costs (significantly less than marine diesel). This alone will go a long way towards maintaining stable passenger fares says BCF.

Wärtsilä was contracted to supply the dual-fuel machinery for three new ferries being built at the Remontowa shipyard and will also supply the engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation and gas handling systems for the two Spirit Class ships.

The aim of the mid-life upgrades is to give another 25years of service life to the vessels and Remontowa’s work will also see upgrades to the marine evacuation systems, rescue boats, fire detection, the public address, and water mist fire protection. Additional work includes the rudders, the steering, bow thrusters and propeller blades plus numerous interior modifications.

To keep the two Spirit Class vessels working during the busy summer months, one vessel will be sent to the yard during the off-peak period in the winter of 2017- 2018 and the second will go in 2018-2019. This yard availability of just seven months needs to also include a one month voyage each way to Poland and return.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion readies idle bulkers

Two Damen shipyards have completed maintenance and surveys on four auction-purchased bulk carriers now owned by CN Bulkers. The work was completed at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (Schiedam) and Damen Shiprepair Van Brink Rotterdam (Pernis).

The insolvency of the previous owner of the bulkers (16,000-17,000dwt) means the ships had not been dry-docked since 2012.

Five-year special surveys for three of the ships and a 15-year special survey for the fourth were undertaken. Each vessel was cleaned and repainted below the waterline with various amounts of topside blasting and painting.

Once refloated, interior work included inspection and maintenance of the valves and gearboxes, load testing cranes and cleaning and painting the chains and anchors. One of the carriers also needed an engine overhaul and straightening of the crankshaft. This was carried out in-situ in the engine room.

The ships are now named the Sotra, Sanna, Senja and Silda

North P&I Club warns of reduced generator capacity risk

North P&I Club is advising its members to be aware of the potentially severe consequences of poorly maintained or overloaded on-board generators being unable to meet the electrical demands of ships at sea. The warning comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss prevention newsletter Signals.

According to deputy loss prevention director Colin Gillespie, ‘Generators have a critical function to play on all ships. They provide electrical power for ever-more complex navigation, communication and safety systems as well as essential on-board services and vital equipment such as cranes, winches and bow thrusters. If the generators cannot cope due to poor condition or excess demand, it can lead to total loss of electrical power, putting the safety of the ship, crew and cargo at risk.’

North says insufficient generator maintenance is a common industry failing. ‘People tend to think of generators in terms of their alternators, which have few moving parts and are quite robust. But the diesel engines that drive them need the same level of care as a ship’s main propulsion engines. Components wear, turbochargers get dirty, compression drops and combustion deteriorates. A good monitoring and maintenance regime, including sufficient spare parts, is essential.’

Gillespie says the issue can be particularly acute on container ships where owners have increased the number of refrigerated containers carried without properly considering generator capacity. ‘In such cases the generators, if not perfectly maintained, may be unable to meet the combined power demand from the reefer containers when both the bow thrusters and mooring winches are being used. This has resulted in generators becoming overloaded and tripping out, leading to potentially dangerous blackout situations.’

North says crews often attempt to pre-empt such blackouts by switching off one electrical system so another can be used. ‘We have seen a number of incidents recently in which reefer boxes have been unplugged to allow sufficient electrical capacity for berthing operations. The containers typically remained off-power until the vessels were secured alongside or they were discharged ashore, often for several hours,’ says Gillespie. ‘High-value cargoes such as medical and pharmaceutical products can be very temperature-sensitive, and this practice can result in large claims against shipowners if containers are not kept at the correct temperature.’


Industry maintenance warning over fuel standards

Warnings of increased maintenance and potential engine damage arising from a proposed changes in marine fuel standards are being issued by shipping participants. The center of industry’s concerns are proposed amendments to the ISO 8217 marine fuel standard which could significantly degrade fuel quality by increasing the allowed particulate matter which could hurt vessel performance.

The proposed new standard allows higher concentrations of contaminants such as residual catalytic fines (cat fines), harmful and abrasive particles which are difficult to separate and can cause extensive wear and damage to engine and its fuel system. This could lead to a significantly higher likelihood of failures and breakdowns.

Voting on the new draft of ISO 8217 by participating countries which closed on April 4, 2016 gives more protection from fuel quality claims to the bunker suppliers, and reduces the opportunities for ship owners and operators make claims against fuel supply chains.

Larry Rumbol, marine condition monitoring market development manager, Parker Kittiwake said: “Some of the proposed amends to the ISO 8217 fuel quality standard would be unfavourable to ship owners and operators, most significantly as they would offer far less protection to the fuel buyer against damage caused by lower quality fuel oil.”

As reported in arguments voiced by Veritas Petroleum Services and Intertanko, the draft standard’s merging of paragraph 5.1 and 5.2, and the omission of 5.5, offer reduced protection buyers if contaminants in the oil lead to engine damage. It also fails to take account of new, more reliable chemical analysis techniques which could be used to produce a standard on the acceptable level of pollutants (beyond those mentioned in the standard’s tables).

Another section, paragraph six, is written so that it might allow refiners to supply oil with (for example) cat fines levels that would require onboard fuel treatment plants to continuously be at least 75% efficient, to reduce cat fines sufficiently to meet engine makers’ limits.

Industry players have warned that cat fines damages can create a significant expense. One marine engine cylinder liner can be about US$65,000. Adding the cost for multiple cylinders being damaged (likely), off hire charges and labour can easily mean a US$1m bill – or more.

No downtime for anchor and chain installation

It took just one day to supply and install anchor and chain to the 260m long, 4,253 TEU, container ship ‘Benedict Schulte’ manufactured by AKF Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF) in the Port of Rotterdam.

There was no downtime for the vessel as AKF perfomed the operation while the container ship was unloading at the Uniport terminal at Waalhaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. “We used a combination of Damen’s technical know-how, expertise and heavy lifting equipment and took just one day to collect the anchor and chain from the Damen Anchor & Chain Factory, ship it to the vessel and install it while the vessel was unloading,” explained General Manager Laurens van Gelder.

The equipment installed was 87mm diameter anchor chain and a 9,225kg AC-14 type anchor.

March 2016

US$185m contract for planning CVN 73 overhaul

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has received a US$185.2m contract option from the US Navy to assist with planning for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

The option funds the continuation of planning, long lead-time material procurement, shop fabrication, shipboard inspections, and facilities readiness for the upcoming RCOH in 2017. The planning work will be performed at Newport News, Virginia, USA.

An RCOH is a full recapitalization of the ship and accounts for more than 35% of all maintenance and modernization in an aircraft carrier's 50-year service life. Work includes the refueling of the ship's reactors and extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and hundreds of distributive systems.

In addition, major upgrades are made to the ship's food service areas, aircraft launch and recovery systems, combat systems and the ship's island.

The support of about 3,700 shipbuilders from all areas of the company, including engineering, planning, supply chain, the shops and trades, is required to successfully accomplish an RCOH.

Marine Maintenance World Expo Conference speaker line-up updated

A bumper line-up of speakers and informative presentations has been announced for Marine Maintenance World Expo Conference, which is to be held on June 21-23, 2016, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The focus of this year’s Marine Maintenance World Expo (MMWE) is the next generation of technology and tools that will reduce equipment failure and operating costs and maximize efficiency.

Speakers and presentation highlights include:

Robotic technologies for underwater repair and maintenance
Kenji Shimada, Theodore Ahrens Professor in Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

From aerospace to marine health management: trusted to deliver excellence
Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, general manager, health management, Rolls-Royce Marine, Norway.

Advanced ship inspection technologies
Pierre C Sames, group technology and research director, DNV GL, Germany.

Big IT: how fast will IT drive maritime?
Steve Driver, managing director, SRO Solutions, UK.

Warships – innovative through-life support
Ian Cowper, warships head of platform engineering, Babcock International Group, UK.

Details of the conference program and a complete list of speakers and presentations can be found on the conference website, Click on the ‘Conference Programme’ tab (on the left) for up-to-date details.

Marine Maintenance World Expo, Europe's only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems, will be held alongside the enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on June 21-23, 2016.

Commenting on the move this year to the Netherlands, show founder and managing director Graham Johnson, said, “We're delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. It's taken a great deal of work and negotiation to locate it alongside Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, but our efforts will be welcomed by visitors and exhibitors alike. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 2,500 ship owners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo's maintenance and repair technology exhibits.”

He continued, “Both events will be held in their own, separate exhibition halls, but visitors will be able to access each event for free via a simple 5m-long access passageway. In total, both events look set to showcase over 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance and home to some of the world's largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!”

If you would like to give a presentation at Marine Maintenance World Expo, please contact Samuel Gee, conference program director: or +44 1306 743744

Fincantieri teams up with Huarun Dadong Dockyard

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, and Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD), one of the largest Chinese shipyards specializing in ship repair and refitting, have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement for ship repair and conversion services for cruise ships based in China.

The agreement, which was signed in Shanghai, covers the development of technical skills, project management and logistics procedures. In particular, Fincantieri, through its dedicated ship repair and conversion business unit, will provide, as a worldwide reference operator of the cruise sector, its technical expertise, which, combined with the first class shipyard facilities of HRDD, will offer fundamental support to the emerging Chinese cruise sector and to the main foreign cruise companies which will operate in the local market.

HRDD, in fact, is a leading group with modern facilities located at a very strategic geographical position near the new cruise terminal in Shanghai. The shipyard has a skilled workforce, five dry docks and experience across a range of ship types making it suitable for working with the cruise ship industry.

The Chinese Ministry of Transport sees China becoming the second largest global cruise market after the USA; by 2020, 4.5 million cruise passengers could embark from China’s ports with this figure expected to exceed 10 million within 20 years. An expansion of this magnitude would require more than 100 passenger ships to sail from Chinese cruise ship ports every year.

NASSCO awarded US$157m for Navy ship overhaul

General Dynamics-NASSCO in San Diego, California, USA, has been awarded US$156.5m by the US Department of Defense to repair and overhaul one of the largest vessels in the US Navy, the amphibious assault ship USS Essex.

Work on the 844ft ship is scheduled for completion by June 2017. The vessels carries a variety of helicopter types, including the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor and the AV-8B Harrier jump jet.

The contract will help preserve employment in the Barrio Logan shipyard in San Diego, which is familiar with the Essex. The company performed US$108m-worth of repairs and upgrades on the vessel in 2012.

NASSCO is currently working at capacity, with contracts to build commercial vessels and Navy ships, and to repair Navy vessels. Employment stands at 3,700.

Shipyards share US Army ship repair contract

Five small ship repair firms based in Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA, recently won a share of a five-year Army contract worth nearly US$148m. Four other ship repair firms in the states of New York, New Jersey and South Carolina also won a share of the future, unspecified vessel repairs. The nine companies selected were the only bidders.

The work will involve dry-docking, cleaning and painting, repairs, and modifications to US Army and US Army Reserve vessels on the East Coast of the USA.

The Army has its own fleet of nearly 120 vessels, including landing craft, barges and tugs/workhorse vessels that, in some cases, are more than 40 years old. The largest vessels included in the contract are the 273ft logistics support vessels (LSVs).

The contract is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award, an open-ended arrangement in which the eligible shipyards are able to bid on task orders for work on individual projects. The contract doesn’t guarantee any direct work, but allows shipyards to compete with the other contract winners as work becomes available.

February 2016

Preliminary speaker line-up for MMWE Conference 2016 revealed

The first confirmed speakers have been announced for Marine Maintenance World Expo Conference, which is to be held on 21-23 June 2016, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Among the high-profile speakers will be: Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, general manager health management, Rolls-Royce Marine; Alan Carney, CEO, Venturi Fleet Management; Robert Conachey, senior principal engineer, American Bureau of Shipping; Kyunghwa Kim, researcher, Korean Register of Shipping (KR); Ian Cowper, warships head of platform engineering, Babcock International Group; and Rod McGregor, development engineer, Defence Research and Development Canada. More updates will follow, and it’s not too late to participate with a presentation.

This year’s Marine Maintenance World Expo (MMWE) will focus on the next generation of technology and tools that will reduce equipment failure and operating costs and maximise efficiency.

Details of the conference programme, speakers and their presentations, which are being regularly updated, can be found on the conference website.

Marine Maintenance World Expo, Europe’s only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems, will be held alongside the enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 21-23 June 2016.

Commenting on the move this year to the Netherlands, show founder and managing director, Graham Johnson, said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. It’s taken a great deal of work and negotiation to locate it alongside Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, but our efforts will be welcomed by visitors and exhibitors alike. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 2,500 ship owners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits.”

He continued, “Both events will be held in their own, separate exhibition halls, but visitors will be able to access each event for free via a simple 5m-long access passageway. In total, both events look set to showcase over 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance, and home to some of the world’s largest ship repair yards and fleet operators!”

If you would like to give a presentation at Marine Maintenance World Expo, please contact Samuel Gee, conference programme director: or +44 1306 743744

Damen to modify Viking River Cruise vessels

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAM) has received a contract from Viking River Cruises to refurbish, maintain and modify its six inland cruise vessels. Following the maintenance programme, the vessels, also called longships, will return to service for the river cruising season.

DSAM plans to begin work on Viking Idi, which arrived at the yard in late December 2015. Other ships that will follow into the yard will be the Viking Idun, Viking Kvasir, Viking Kara, Viking Hlin and Viking Gullveig.

DSAM project manager, Arnold Bregman, said, “With six vessels one after the other, we will be undocking the completed vessel and docking the next one on the same day.”

The shipyard has planned 10-11 days for maintenance and modifications on each vessel, and should complete the contract by early March 2016.

Modification will include stern-frame changes to shield the propeller from being damaged while negotiating narrow canals and waterways. A steel construction reaching from the seawater inlet chest to the stern will be installed. To save time, Damen will construct the steel ‘implants’ prior to each vessel reaching the dock.

Other repair work deemed necessary will be completed on each ship while it is dry-docked. The DSAM repair yard is located alongside the Viking River Cruise terminal and offers a strategic location for the cruise enterprise, with Amsterdam being the starting point of the Viking’s scheduled river cruise itinerary.

Ensco signs maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Ensco’s offshore drilling units will receive maintenance and condition monitoring under a seven-year agreement with Wärtsilä, announced on 28 January 2016. The agreement covers four of Ensco’s drillships, each equipped with six Wärtsilä 32 engines.

The monitoring will aim to safely and reliably extend time between equipment overhauls for scheduled maintenance, providing clear cost savings and improved lifecycle and environmental efficiency. Wärtsilä will also provide Ensco with full service support from the engine maker’s remote service centres. Additionally, Ensco will receive technical guidance, reports and audits to manage unscheduled maintenance, spare parts deliveries and other services.

“Ensco prides itself on being the industry leader in customer satisfaction by continually looking for new ways to enhance the reliability and efficiency of our equipment,” said John Knowlton, Ensco’s senior vice president – technical. “By further improving the condition monitoring systems for our equipment, we optimise the uptime performance of our offshore drilling rigs, while also streamlining costs.”

US Navy pledges to ‘expedite’ ship repair contracts

The US Navy has pledged to provide more stability and predictability on ship repair contracts. Under the plan, the Navy will ‘expedite’ repair work on the USS Gettysburg, USS Tortuga and USS Winston Churchill, and will outsource two submarine maintenance availabilities to the private sector.

The USS Winston Churchill is going to Marine Hydraulics International (MHI), and the submarines would go to Newport News Shipbuilding. The USS Tortuga and USS Gettysburg repair work has not been awarded yet.

The Navy’s announcement comes at a critical time, with General Dynamics Nassco looking at possibly 360 layoffs over the next several months, and Newport News Shipbuilding announcing in December last year the layoff of 738 workers on 3 February 2016, on top of the 480 jobs it eliminated in September 2015.

BAE Systems is facing up to 530 job losses in its eastern seaboard facilities around 18 March but the company did get some good news when it was awarded a US$14.1m contract to repair the USS Normandy.

Other awards from the Navy to BAE included US$77m to upgrade ships in San Diego, California, which breaks down as US$52m to repair the USS Rushmore, an older amphibious dock landing ship (built 1989); and US$25m to upgrade the USS Anchorage, a comparatively new amphibious transport dock.

The contracts will help solidify BAE’s 1,700 workforce and 400 contract workers in San Diego.

ConocoPhillips awards Aker maintenance work

Aker Solutions announced on Monday, 1 February 2016 that it had become ConocoPhillips’ main supplier of maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) services, as set out in a framework agreement. The deal is set to last for five years but includes options allowing an extension of up to three years.

The contract covers Conoco’s entire Norwegian portfolio, which includes the two giant Ekofisk and Eldfisk fields.

Aker said that due to the variable length of the contract and the range of work that could be included, it would be hard to place an accurate value on the contract but it is likely to be anywhere between Nkr1bn to Nkr3bn (US$115m to US$344m).

The second contract in the award will see Aker supply services to large-scale modification projects across the two fields, which will work on the same timeframes and options as the main MMO contract.

Both contracts start in February 2016, will be managed through the firm’s Egersund facilities in Stavanger, Norway, and look to create both onshore and offshore jobs.

Saudi Aramco to build shipyard for maintenance

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco and Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine to conduct a feasibility study for a maritime yard project in the kingdom. The study is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy beyond oil. The maritime complex will offer engineering, manufacturing and repair services for offshore rigs, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels.

Because of low oil prices, Riyadh is laying plans to develop non-oil industries, using state spending to jump-start the process. The shipbuilding complex is one of the first big projects to be announced under this policy.

The companies will study a proposal over the next few months to build a maritime complex offering engineering, manufacturing and repair services for offshore rigs, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels, Saudi Aramco stated.

The companies will study a proposal over the next few months to build a maritime complex offering engineering, manufacturing and repair services for offshore rigs, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels, Saudi Aramco stated.

The company did not give a value for the project, but chairman Khalid al-Falih said that it was expected to be located on Saudi Arabia’s east coast.

The complex will initially support the company’s operations but will ultimately move on to other markets such as building container ships.

January 2016

Cruise ship Marco Polo completes 10th special survey

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), completed the 10th special survey of the 52-year old Marco Polo (built 1964) on December 14, 2015. The 800-passenger cruise ship, owned by Global Maritime, is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

The vessel, with a design from an earlier era, was launched as the Aleksandr Pushkin. The works completed included exterior repainting, interior repairs and maintenance to bring her back up to her usual high standards. Other actions included work on the propellers and propeller shafts, reconditioning the bearings on the main engines and servicing the air-conditioning units and generators. The life rafts and other safety equipment were also removed and serviced, cranes and winches overhauled and various minor steel works made. Completion of the work that also included general maintenance and refurbishment took around five weeks.

As well as the work on the Marco Polo and sister-ship Astor, recent projects by DSC include repair and maintenance contracts on the 3,220-passenger MSC Magnifica and the 720-passenger Saga Sapphire, both undertaken at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The 1,250-passenger Magellan also completed a five-week scheduled maintenance stopover at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam in summer 2015, while the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic departed Damen Shiprepair Brest in the northwest of France on October 17, 2015, following a three-week scheduled refit and maintenance program.

Conversions keep Keppel busy

Keppel Offshore & Marine (KO&M) has valued four contracts, covering conversion and integration work across its facilities in Singapore, Brazil and Azerbaijan, at around S$125m (US$88.6m).

In Singapore, wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard has secured two conversion contracts – one for an LNG floating storage unit (FSU) vessel awarded by Bumi Armada subsidiary Armada Floating Gas Storage, and one for a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel awarded by Yinson Production (West Africa).

Work on the FSU conversion for Bumi Armada is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2016, with the vessels destined for the Delimara LNG regasification terminal in Malta in the Mediterranean. Work on the Yinson FPSO is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2016. The scope includes modification work, new equipment installation complete with associated piping, electrical and instrumentation systems, and installation and integration of the FPSO process topsides. Upon completion, the FPSO will be deployed to the Offshore Cape Three Points block located off the coast of Ghana in West Africa.

Advanced ship recycling facility opens in Puerto Rico

A new ship recycling facility has been established in Puerto Rico on the grounds of the former US Naval Base at Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba. US-based Marine Environmental Remediation Group (MER) hopes the facility will be an example of safe and environmentally sustainable operations and industrial development for the island.

The new facility will start with about 700 people and could inject into the economy an estimated capital investment of US$19m for the reclamation of steel and other metals recovered using state-of-the-art ‘green’ technology and the re-selling of vessel machinery and equipment recycled from sea-going vessels and platforms that have been retired from service.

The 4,000-LDT (light displacement tons) pipe-laying vessel Lone Star has already been moved into place as preparations for recycling begin.

Operated locally by MER Group Puerto Rico, the newly refitted MER Group US East Coast/Caribbean facility has been established on land leased from the Local Redevelopment Authority. The recycling operations will employ technological innovation and patented proprietary procedures, which significantly reduce risk to the environment and to the safety of personnel associated with conventional ship-breaking activities. MER will supply the steel produced at Roosevelt Roads to consumers around the world.

Ship recycling worldwide provides more than 600 million tons of steel and other recovered materials, which represents approximately 40% of global demand for raw materials, and generates a combined revenue exceeding US$200bn. In 2014, facilities in India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh represented 91% of all vessel demolition, with India holding the largest market share. Considerably stricter environmental regulations in the United States and Europe require vessel demolition to be carried out at facilities conforming to recently established and considerably higher operational standards, creating a new market for advanced vessel recycling technologies and procedures.

MER has pioneered an environmentally sensitive process of dismantling obsolete vessels that meets or exceeds all US EPA, OSHA, state and Commonwealth regulations. These standards will also become the required performance levels for European Union-flagged and owned ships under the new EU Ship Recycling Regulation. Conventional ship breakers, on the other hand, simply drag a vessel up onto the beach, where the hull is cut into sections with any contaminants dropping directly onto the ground and exposed to the open air.

With almost 3,000ft of quay at its facility, MER will be able to simultaneously accommodate multiple vessels. MER plans to recycle at least 50,000-light displacement tons annually.

ABS awarded contract for LNG maintenance strategy

ABS Group subsidiary Genesis Technology Solutions Inc. (GenesisSolutions) has been awarded a contract by Golar LNG to develop an intelligent maintenance strategy for the Company’s new fleet of floating LNG (FLNG) vessels utilizing the GoFLNG floating liquefaction technology.

As part of a fleet-wide maintenance strategy to address the safety and reliability of FLNG assets and activities, ABS Group will assist Golar LNG with implementing the Maximo computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to support its asset management program. ABS Group will provide a model for asset data, criticality rankings, spare parts analysis, a risk-based inspection strategy, failure mode and effects analysis, and a maintenance program for the first GoFLNG facility under construction – the Hilli, which will operate off the coast of Cameroon – as well as for future vessels.

ST Marine bags S$344m worth of new orders in Q4

Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) has secured new orders worth approximately S$344m (US$240m) for its ship repair and engineering business groups in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) said the contracts cover major upgrades, conversion, maintenance and repair of vessels in the naval and commercial segments. The ships include a pipe-laying vessel, accommodation and work barge, oil and chemical tankers, and a cruise ship. The new orders also included logistics and management services.

“These projects are being carried out in the Singapore facilities, and will be delivered progressively over the next two to six years,” ST Engineering announced.

Yantar Shipyard expects eight Russian Navy ship repair orders

Yantar Shipyard in the Russian region of Kaliningrad on the Baltic coast has booked two repair and maintenance orders from the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet. The yard plans to secure six more orders this year for dry-docking and the repair of warships, for a yearly total of eight.

Baltic Shipyard Yantar based in Kaliningrad, Russia, was founded on July 8, 1945, on the site of a Koenigsberg unit of Germany’s Schichau Werft [Schichau shipyard].

Yantar Shipyard specializes in the building and repair of warships and civil boats and has built 154 warships and more than 500 merchant vessels. The Russian government owns a majority stake in the shipbuilding firm through Western Center of Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Harland and Wolff secures refit contract

Irish shipyard Harland and Wolff has secured a £4.4m (US$6.3m) contract for the refit of seven Stena Line vessels in the ferry operator’s Irish Sea fleet.

Seven Stena Line vessels will visit Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, over the next two months on a carefully planned timetable to allow a range of specialist work to be performed including annual inspections, passenger facility upgrade work and ongoing technical enhancements.

Stena Line recently celebrated 20 years of its operations in Belfast and in 2015 transported 1.4 million passengers, 318,000 cars and almost 500,000 freight units on its Belfast services to Cairnryan (Scotland) and Liverpool and Heysham (England) in the UK, employing 900 staff.

“Our refits are very important to ensure the smooth and safe running of our expanding fleet of ships,” said Stena route manager Paul Grant.

“The decision to place the majority of our refit contract work with Harland and Wolff allows us to play our part in helping to support local business.

“Furthermore, the good working relationship with Stena Line has helped introduce the shipyard to other companies within the Stena Group and we were delighted to see our sister company Stena Bulk bring the 117,000-metric ton ice class Aframax tanker Stena Arctica to Belfast for the first time in a £1m (US$1.42m) specialist inspection survey and upgrade program in November 2015.”

H&W general manager, ship repair, Stuart Wilson said, “This key partnership is integral to the business growth enjoyed by both companies and we look forward to working with Stena in 2016 and beyond.”

Over the last five years, Stena Line has supported the local ship refit and repair industry with £13m (US$18.5m) in refits, upgrades and maintenance projects.

December 2015

Marine Maintenance World Expo 2016 moves to Amsterdam in June

Marine Maintenance World Expo 2016, Europe’s only exhibition dedicated to vessel maintenance and repair technologies and systems, will be held alongside the enormously popular Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo on 21-23 June in Amsterdam.

Show founder and UKIP Media & Events managing director Graham Johnson said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring Marine Maintenance World Expo to Amsterdam. It’s taken a great deal of work and negotiation to locate it alongside Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, but our efforts will be welcomed by visitors and exhibitors alike. The Electric & Hybrid Marine event already attracts over 2,500 ship owners, operators and boat builders, the exact community that will benefit from discovering Marine Maintenance World Expo’s maintenance and repair technology exhibits.

“Both events will be held in their own separate exhibition halls, but visitors will be able to access each event for free via a simple 5m-long access passageway. In total, both events look set to showcase over 250 marine technology companies, attracting an expected 3,750-plus attendees from all over the world. And not forgetting that Amsterdam is a major international hub for vessel repair and maintenance, being home to some of the world’s largest ship repair yards and fleet operators.”

For more information about Marine Maintenance World Expo, click here , or contact Peter Sarno, event manager, tel: +44 1306 743744, email:

Port Tampa Bay repair yards merge operations

Two major ship repair facilities at Port Tampa Bay on the west coast of Florida, USA, are merging in a move that should see them better positioned for future growth. Gulf Marine Repair Corporation and the Hendry Corporation, both owned by Hendry Marine Industries, will now be known by the name Gulf Marine.

Gulf Marine Repair Corporation has traditionally focused on tug and barge repair, and the Hendry facility has been engaged more in work for the US Coast Guard, other government vessels, small freighters and tug boats. The merger will allow the sharing of shipyard assets and workforces between the two sites.

Gulf Marine and its affiliated companies offer a range of maritime services that include dry dock construction, steel fabrication, stevedoring and marine terminal operations, marine environmental services and maritime employee staffing.

Port Tampa Bay ship repair company expanding

International Ship Repair & Marine Services has acquired a 10th floating dry dock, which will necessitate the company doubling its workforce to 500 people over the next eight months.

The new dry dock was delivered from Canada. When combined with another of International’s submersible units, it will be 843ft (257m) long and 125ft (38m) between the walls, with a lifting capacity of about 36,000 metric tons – sufficient for Panamax-sized vessels. It is the largest floating dry dock on Florida’s west coast.

Work on the first Panamax vessel was to be carried out in December, according to the company. The expansion comes at a time when Port Tampa Bay is working on what it calls its Channel District Plan to transform port waterfront property into a fashionable area of shops, apartments, a market, restaurants, a park and a marina on the edge of downtown.

Port Tampa Bay has the only grouping of businesses engaged in full-service ship repairs between Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA, in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and Norfolk, Virginia, USA, on the Atlantic coast.

Gibdock wins scrubber installation contract

Gibdock, the Gibraltar-based ship repair yard, has won its first scrubber retrofit contract. It will install units on board five vessels owned by shipping group Vroon and operated by ship manager Norbulk Shipping.

The contract price, Gibdock’s largest this year, was not disclosed, but may represent the first series installations of sulphur-abatement technology retrofit win for any Southern European yard. Each of the five vessels will be fitted with a scrubber, followed by special survey dry-docking.

The vessels, including the 37,500dwt product tanker Great Eastern, will be fitted with an Alfa Laval PureSOx main engine, auxiliary engine and boiler scrubber units capable of removing up to 80% of particulates. The installation will include 90 metric tons of newly fabricated steel, and the laying of 12,386m of electrical cabling and 1,134m of piping.

“This has been an intense collaboration, involving different Gibdock departments, naval architects, the Norbulk project team, Alfa Laval, and our electrical and piping systems subcontractors,” said John Taylor, Gibdock operations director. “Optimised planning, materials purchasing, equipment deployment and job sequencing for scrubber work are now part of Gibdock’s competitive advantage.”

Gibdock managing director, Richard Beards, described it as “a breakthrough deal, which opens a new chapter in the industry’s exhaust-gas scrubber (EGS) installation work options.”

Incorrect maintenance and repair is primary cause of main engine damage, says The Swedish Club

A new report from The Swedish Club, a mutual insurer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, has revealed that incorrect maintenance and repair continues to be the most frequent cause of main engine damage – an unchanged trend for almost 10 years.

The report, Main Engine Damage, issued on 16 November 2015, is available on The Swedish Club’s website - click here. The Club examined 1,000 hull and machinery claims for over 5,400 vessel years of statistics.

“Main engine damage makes up nearly 35% of machinery claims costs,” said Lars Malm, director, strategic business development and client relationship, The Swedish Club. “It is the most expensive category of claim, with an average cost of over half a million US dollars per claim. Yet most engine damage, as with so many claims we see in many different areas of our business, remains related to incorrect repairs and maintenance. Numerous cases have been noted where damage occurs shortly after the engines have been overhauled by ship or shore staff.”

Lubrication failure is still the costliest cause of damage to the main engine, with an average cost per claim of US$926,000, due to consequential damage to expensive parts such as crankshafts.

“We are seeing crew with insufficient experience and training; experts not in attendance at major overhauls; contaminated lubrication oil and contaminated bunkers; and engine components not operated or overhauled as per management instructions,” said Malm. “It is a catalogue of errors that can only be remedied by the implementation of a proper management system, backed up by comprehensive audit and inspection.”

The report contains good news for the Korean shipbuilding industry: vessels built in Korea, which account for almost 31% of The Swedish Club’s entries, have contributed to only 12% of the total cost of main engine claims in the last three years.

BAE awarded US$25.2m contract for repair work

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Virginia, USA, has been awarded a US$25.2m firm-fixed-price US Navy contract for USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in fiscal 2016. Work will involve ship repair, maintenance and modernisation.

The contract includes option items that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to US$26.7m.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, and is expected to be completed by July 2016.

Fiscal 2016 operation and maintenance (Navy) and fiscal 2016 other procurement (Navy) funding, in the amount of US$25.2m, will be obligated at the time of award, and funds in the amount of US$23.3m will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Royal Caribbean orders another seven BWTS retrofits

Hyde Marine, a subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, has announced it is to retrofit another series of Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) cruise ships with Hyde Guardian Gold ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).

The seven retrofit installations will bring the total number of Hyde Guardian and Guardian Gold systems fitted on RCL group vessels (newbuilds and retrofits) to 27.

Hyde Marine has already carried out retrofits on more than 10 RCL vessels, and the orders issued for this next series of vessels will ensure treatment systems are installed through 2016 in accordance with the compliance dates for each vessel.

The RCL is one of seven of Hyde Marine customers who have installed 10 or more Guardian systems.

The Hyde Guardian Gold BWTS uses filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port.

Crowley in strategic partnership for BWTS retrofits

Crowley Maritime Corporation and South Korea-based Panasia Company have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will see Panasia’s ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) retrofitted to Crowley vessels.The agreement includes technical services, engineering, integration, commissioning, training, scheduled delivery and spare parts.

The GloEn-Patrol treatment system utilises filters and medium-pressure UV lamps, and treats from 50 to 6,000m³ of ballast water/hour.

The GloEn-Patrol water treatment systems have IMO type approval and certification from many classification societies including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and DNV GL, and the US Coast Guard Alternate Management Systems (USCG AMS), for non-hazardous areas such as engine rooms, and explosion-proof models for installation in areas such as the main decks of articulated tug barges (ATBs) and tankers.

Crowley said that DNV GL is completing the required tasks for the Panasia system to secure USCG type approval, and will provide the USCG’s report by October 2016.

Vigor wins US$11.79m hospital ship repair

Vigor Marine has been awarded a US$11.79m firm-fixed-price contract for a regular overhaul/dry-docking to support the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

The overhaul includes numerous steel repairs; flight deck resurfacing; fuel oil, feed and potable water tank repairs; sewage piping modifications; fire main piping replacements; annual crane inspections; and underwater hull preservation, to support the ship’s daily operations.

Six optional work items, if exercised, could raise the contract price to a total of US$12.67m. Initial work will take place at Vigor’s shipyard in Portland, Oregon, USA.

In early February 2016, the ship is to be loaded onto The Vigorous, North America’s largest floating dry dock, purchased last year by Vigor Industrial for US$50m.

A&P wins scrubber installation contract

A&P Falmouth, a conversion and marine services provider in Falmouth, UK, will carry out exhaust-gas scrubber installations on the Condor Ferries vessels Commodore Clipper and Commodore Goodwill.

The exhaust-gas scrubbers will aim to reduce sulphur and particulate emissions from ship engines, generators and boilers. This will enable the ships to reduce their emissions without switching to low-sulphur fuel.

Scrubber installations are said to be a cost-effective alternative to switching to lower-sulphur fuel. With a global sulphur cap of 0.5% due to be introduced in 2020, this is expected to be the first of many contracts for A&P.

The group’s technical team will also work alongside scrubber manufacturer Belco, and the project will include more than 100 fabricators, engineers, pipe fitters, electricians, painters and support workers.

November 2015

Submarine lift becomes repair yard

Shipbuilder De Haas Maassluis and the Rotterdam linesmen association KRVE are starting a new repair yard for tugs, yachts and work boats in the heart of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The companies are teaming up to reopen the ship lift of the former Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, which in its glory days was used to repair submarines.

The yard will operate under the name De Haas Rotterdam and will be a 50/50 joint venture between the two companies, who intend to use the lift for maintenance and repairs on tugs, multicats and yachts. With the new yard the companies want to offer a fast working repair facility.

“The measurements of ships have changed quite a lot over the past decade,” said Govert de Haas, director of De Haas Maassluis. “Tugs have gotten wider and deeper. Many of them have grown too big for small repair facilities. Our yard in Maassluis, for instance, can’t receive these tugs anymore due to their large draught of seven metres. As a result, tugs often end up in dry docks that are way too big. With this new repair lift we can provide a much more efficient alternative.”

The yard will be completed in three stages. “During the first stage the Rotterdam Port Authority will prepare the facility for delivery to us. One of the things that needs to be done is an update of the control panels of the lift; at the moment they remind us of a Commodore 86,” said de Haas.

“In the meantime, we will design and build the dock chairs. In the second stage the surrounding area will be developed. The construction of the warehouse is the final stage. This should be completed in 2019.”

Repair and maintenance of Seago Antwerp container ship completed

The recently serviced, Danish-operated Seago Antwerp container ship was docked longer than any previous ship at the Remontowa ship repair yard, in Gdansk, Poland. The Seago Antwerp was under Remontowa’s care for 21 days, 12 of which were spent in the yard’s largest dock, Number 6.

Seago Antwerp is a nine-year-old vessel and was delivered from P+S Werften, based in Stralsund, Germany. The ship’s deadweight capacity is 53,634 ton; its overall length is 293.85m and beam 32.18m. The Danish-flagged ship is operated by the feeder and short sea shipping arm of Maersk Group, Seago Line.

Most of the ship repair and maintenance works were carried out while the ship was in dock, including a large amount of hull painting. There were plenty of surfaces to be covered with a fresh coating, including 12,000m² of underwater hull and 5,500m² of topsides. The cleaning and water sandblasting took place before the painting, which was then followed by the cleaning from the dock of material left by the sandblasting.

In addition to the servicing of the main engine, Remontowa performed the overhaul of two transverse thrusters (bow and stern), the replacement of steel structures in the ballast tanks, and load tests of overhead cranes, as well as carrying out the maintenance of anchors and anchor chains, and the checking of side and bottom valves.

Archer wins Talisman Sinopec offshore maintenance contract

Offshore drilling contractor Archer has announced the win of a three-year offshore drilling contract with Talisman Sinopec.

The contract will see the drilling firm provide Talisman with platform drilling services, and offshore maintenance and supervision, as well as onshore support, management and QHSE. A further two-year extension has been included within the contract.

Archer’s services will be provided across Talisman Sinopec’s British Central North Sea (CNS) assets, including the Claymore, Clyde, Fulmar, Piper B, Saltire and Tartan platforms.

Archer’s managing director, Kenny Dey, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this substantial contract from an operator like Talisman Sinopec, which has such a major presence in the UK North Sea. This agreement represents a significant opportunity for Archer to demonstrate its expertise in, and commitment to, delivering safe operations in the region.”

Archer has not commented on the value of the contract.

Norwegian Epic departs Damen Shiprepair Brest ahead of schedule

The 329m, 156,000-ton cruise ship Norwegian Epic departed Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) in France (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) on 17 October 2015, for Southampton in the UK. She cast off a day early after completing a three-week maintenance and refit programme ahead of schedule.

The world’s fifth largest cruise ship fitted into DSBr’s 420m-long dry dock Number 3 with room to spare, and around 3,500 personnel worked around the clock over a period of three weeks on a range of projects. These included some major mechanical operations such as the replacement of both rudders, work on the stabilisers, the refurbishment of the public spaces, and the vessel’s first special survey since she was commissioned in 2010.

As well as the onboard works, Damen Shiprepair Brest was responsible for managing the major logistics programme that made the fast execution of this complex and intense project possible.

At the completion of the project both the client and the yard declared themselves very satisfied with the result. The client was very impressed with the facilities and the people involved, and overall was satisfied with all aspects of the project.

BP suspends Chirag platform for maintenance

British Petroleum (BP) has suspended operations at Chirag, one of its platforms in the Caspian Sea, for 25 days to carry out planned maintenance.

BP said the work would maintain the platform’s ability to produce in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound manner, and added that oil exports would continue according to schedule.

Chirag is one of the main offshore oilfields in Azerbaijan operated by BP. The company suspended operations at another major platform in the Caspian Sea, West Azeri, for planned maintenance on 21 May for 22 days.

September 2015

Gemini awards five-year maintenance contract

Belgian offshore maintenance contractor Offshore & Wind Assistance (OWA) and German EWE Offshore Service & Solutions (EWE-OSS) have been contracted to ensure that the Gemini offshore wind park operates smoothly.

The wind park in the Dutch North Sea, located 85km north of the coast of the Netherlands, is to be one of the world’s largest wind farms, in terms of both size and production (total capacity of 600MW).

OWA, the offshore maintenance specialist of offshore solutions provider GeoSea (DEME Group), will operate and maintain the balance of plant for both wind farms. In addition to providing marine logistics, the scope of works includes the maintenance of all foundations above and below water (two 75WTG foundations and two OHVS foundations) as well as the maintenance of the cable and scour protection (two export cables, infield cables, export connector cable, scour protection at WTG and OHVS foundations).

EWE-OSS, the offshore subsidiary of the Oldenburg, Germany-based energy provider, will be in charge of operating, maintaining and monitoring two transformer stations at sea and one transformer station in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. It will also be responsible for the network management of the two 220kV export cables that will transport the electricity to land and a 380kV stretch of cable on land that will connect the electricity to the transmission network.

“OWA has quite some experience in offshore maintenance activities on the North Sea and can count on the long-standing expertise of parent company GeoSea and other offshore companies within the DEME Group. It allows us to export our maintenance know-how on a long-term basis on the entire European energy market,” commented Stijn Delauré, general manager Offshore & Wind Assistance.

“We are very pleased that the operators of this fascinating project have placed their confidence in us,” said Ines Kolmsee, chief technical officer of EWE. “It is also a positive affirmation of our strategy not just to implement our own projects but also to operate as a service provider in the offshore sector.”

EWE-OSS will be supported in this contract by EWE NETZ and BTC – two other companies in the EWE Group.

Private ship repair moves dry dock timelines

A delay in private repairs to Africa Mercy has caused a 2.5-week adjustment of timelines for Transnet National Ports Authority’s R30m repair project at the Prince Edward Graving dry dock in Durban, South Africa.

The facility was due to be non-operational for two months over August and September 2015; however, private ship repair company Dormac Marine and Engineering discovered additional work was required on the Africa Mercy’s shaft during a routine repair and survey exercise at the TNPA-owned dry dock. Parts had to be sourced from overseas and the vessel departed from the dock on 18 August 2015 instead of 31 July 2015.

The expected completion date of the caisson repair project has also moved from November to mid-December.

Durban port manager, Moshe Motlohi, said, “This was an unforeseen delay. However, we remain committed to adhering to the adjusted project schedule for our caisson repair and are working to minimise any further impact on the ship repair industry.”

Bond Offshore selects Heli-One for H225 maintenance

British helicopter operator Bond Offshore Helicopters has selected Heli-One as its service partner for an H225 G-REDR, 9,000-hour G check.

Heli-One has a long-term relationship with Bond Offshore Helicopters. The Airbus Helicopters H225 will be serviced at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway.

“We are very honoured that Bond Offshore Helicopters carefully selected Heli-One for their H225 heavy maintenance requirement based on Heli-One’s proven track record of over 160 Super Puma family ‘G checks’ and complex fleet upgrade projects,” said Anthony DiNota, president at Heli-One.

Yard flexibility wins repair work

A north German shipyard group has exploited its location and logistics flexibility by switching one small repair job between yards.

Involved in the latest repair achievements at the Privinvest shipbuilding group were neighbouring member yards Nobiskrug in Rendsburg on the Kiel Canal and sister Lindenau Schiffswerft in Kiel at the northeastern entrance to the German waterway.

The 26.5m long and 8.5m wide ocean and port tug Holtenau is now back in service after extensive repairs at Nobiskrug. It is one of six workboats serving in the Baltic, Kiel Fjord and Kiel Canal for regular customer, Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK).

Holtenau underwent main deck steel repairs and the repair of a leak in its two SRP 503/505 Schottel rudder propellers.

Nobiskrug project manager, Heiko Dorn, said it had been originally planned to do the steel repairs afloat at Lindenau, but that the Schottel drive problems required dry-docking. Because no dock was available at Lindenau, the job was transferred at the last minute to Rendsburg. That came with the agreement of another customer whose tug was undergoing maintenance at Nobiskrug at the time. Both repair projects were completed without problem.

Wind farm maintenance centre to create 400 jobs in Whitby, UK

Up to 400 jobs could be created in Whitby port in the UK with the development of a wind farm maintenance centre.

Dalby Offshore Services is working with Scarborough Borough Council to develop Endeavour Wharf in the town of Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK, to become a key operations and maintenance centre for the offshore wind industry.

The roles will include marine and maritime skills, vessel repairs and maintenance, engineering and electrical contracting, component supply and port services. The development is also expected to provide a boost for local accommodation services.

August 2015

Laser-powered ship repair facility launched in Russia’s Far East

A pioneering laser repair works project for the metal parts of ships and vessels has been launched in Russia’s Primorsky Territory in July, 2015. The project was designed by the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, together with the Far East Federal University and company Dalzavod, and its robotic systems will be equipped with high-power lasers. The pioneering project is planned to expand to a full-scale repair facility in the next three years.

“Currently, a large ship-making facility, Zvezda, is being built in the region. Repair yards now have the need for laser repair technologies. Repair is much less expensive than buying new costly parts,” said Primorsky Territory vice-governor Vasily Usoltsev. “The technology [of laser repair] is being developed not as a scientific experiment, but as an actual order from the industry. The founders of the new facility already have contracts with several companies,” he added.

Barcelona yacht repairer adds new shiplift

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new shiplift and transfer system, as part of an expansion project underway at the Barcelona shipyard in Spain.

The first phase of the shiplift project will provide a platform 81m long by 20m wide with the capability to lift and transfer mega-yachts of up to 105m in length. The system is designed to enable future increases in length and capacity for mega-yachts of up to 120m in length. The largest mega-yachts can be docked in the graving dock, which is located in the expanded MB’92 site.

The shiplift and single level transfer system has been custom designed to maximise the productivity of the site layout. The transfer cradles will enable the mega yachts to be moved longitudinally and laterally between the shiplift and the designated shore maintenance berths using rail mounted, rotatable bogie units.

Pepe García-Aubert, managing director of MB’92 said, “We have found the original shiplift and transfer system installed at MB’92 in 1999 to be a cost effective and reliable docking and transfer solution which is ideally suited for the mega-yacht market. It was the obvious solution for our expansion project and we are delighted to have the support and expertise of the team which originally invented and developed the Syncrolift shiplift technology.”

The new shiplift and transfer system will incorporate shore berths for up to nine maximum length mega-yachts. It is expected to become operational in the last quarter of 2017.

New vessel hits O&M space

Heavylift@Sea and SeaRenergy Offshore have developed a new service operation vessel to boost offshore operations and maintenance services.

The ship can accommodate up to 60 people and is able to stay on location for several weeks. It has a motion-compensated gangway that grants direct access to wind turbines and offshore platforms in wave heights of up to 2.5m, arranged for workability at water levels of +/- 4.0m around MSL.

The ship’s cargo transfer system enables barrier-free handling of spare parts and components up to 300kg without using a crane. The vessel also has a daughter craft in its own hangar at the stern.

Heavylift@Sea managing director Hendrik Groene said, “Our new design already reflects the new requirements regarding sea-keeping behavior and comfort for technicians combined with cost reductions will lead to increasing demand in SOVs.

“The O&M market is only starting, and therefore demand for SOVs will grow with commissioned wind farms.”

Bahamas drill ship repair

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) has completed repairing the 228m drill ship Stena Forth ten days ahead of schedule - a job which challenged the yard’s traditional way of approaching project development and execution.

In order to prepare for the large-scale contract, GBSL invested heavily in transforming its North Beach berth into a fully operational 28,750m2 offshore repair facility. This meant dredging the adjacent area to an average water depth of 20m with four pits dredged at a depth of 24m to accommodate thruster work. Shore side, GBSL needed to construct a fully enclosed and security-controlled area comprising office facilities, designated crane areas and equipment lay-down storage areas.

Graham Couser, SVP of GBSL, said, “In January 2014, GBSL was awarded the contract to lift a BOP stack onto the Stena Forth. This was successfully performed and thereafter discussions and negotiations commenced regarding the possibility of performing the rig’s five-year classification renewal programme at Freeport, Bahamas.”

One of the major work scopes of the project was the afloat removal and refit of four Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters, performed using a local diving company to release the units and barge-mounted strain jack and shore side crane capable of lifting 900 metric tons.

The other main projects involved GBSL supporting National Oilwell Varco (NOV) with the removal, overhaul and replacement of the sheave clusters.

In addition, GBSL repaired hull indentations, prepared and painted the hull, replaced carbon and stainless steel pipe, performed accommodation refurbishments and completed watertight door replacements.

Prosafe wins three-year maintenance contract with Petrobras Netherlands

Prosafe has signed a contract with Petrobras Netherlands for the provision of the Safe Eurus semi-submersible vessel for safety and maintenance support in offshore Brazil environments.

The contract, commencing in the first quarter of 2017 with a firm period commitment of three years, will be the first for the Safe Eurus, a vessel that has been designed and built to service the Brazilian market. Safe Eurus will be the second Prosafe vessel under charter to Petrobras.

The Safe Eurus – a technologically advanced and efficient, dynamically positioned (DP3), harsh environment semi-submersible safety and maintenance support vessel – can accommodate up to 500 persons with extensive recreation facilities. In addition, with a large capacity open deck area and telescopic gangway, the Safe Eurus will provide Petrobras with 300 metric tons lift capability.

The total value of the contract is about US$164 million.

July 2015

Esvagt and Siemens create new offshore SOV

The first far-offshore turbine maintenance vessels have officially been put into service, and are designed to provide an economical solution to wind turbine maintenance.

EnBW, owner of turbine sites Baltic I and II, was searching for a cost-effective maintenance solution that would deal with the problem of long transfer times. The time from the local harbour to Baltic I is around an hour, but to Baltic II, the transfer time is more than three hours.

The new vessels, Esvagt Froude and Esvagt Faraday, can carry 40 technicians to far-offshore sites, and offer accommodation for up to a month. An onboard workshop and storage units for smaller turbine parts are also provided.

The new service operation vessels can provide rapid response times to turbine failures; with a constant technical presence, this could increase the productivity of the turbine sites by 50%, according to Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Service Wind Power and Renewables.

Carlyle Group acquires largest yacht building facility in the USA

Private US equity firm Carlyle Group has purchased the largest yacht building facility in the USA for a rumoured price of around US$140m.

Carlyle Group has said that it will carry out minor renovation and expansion projects to develop the facility further. The company has immediate plans to create an additional area for mega-yacht repairs, and also to build new management and leasing offices on-site.

Huge shipyard to be built in Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) is to spend US$1.5bn on a new shipyard and repair site. It is likely that Korean expertise will be used to help with the project. Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries are rumoured to have invested US$30m each in the new facility.

Currently Nigeria has two operational shipyards, both of which are used for repairs on smaller vessels. Larger transatlantic vessels are usually repaired in South Africa, but that could change with the building of the giant shipyard.

Verreault to expand dry dock

Due to an increase in demand, Canadian shipyard Verreault Navigation Inc is expanding its dry dock with the assistance of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

The renovated dry dock, located on the St Lawrence River, will be 224m long by 54m, and, according to Verreault, it will be the largest dry dock in the country.

EBH Namibia looks to the west

EBH Namibia, the ship repair company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is pursuing an expansion to the wider African market, particularly on the west coast.

The company currently manages three operational docks including the recently added Panamax-size dock, and has an overall capacity of 30,000 tons. Plans to expand to the western coast could be under way as few privately owned repair companies currently occupy this region. A spokesperson said, “We are pursuing the expansion of our footprint outside Namibia, including to the north, along the west coast.”

EBH Namibia currently offers services in all aspects of marine engineering and ship repair, and is already servicing a number of transatlantic vessels. The company wants to expand this trade: “We are targeting the transatlantic shipping trade as well as chemical and oil tankers," said a spokesperson.

The company estimates that since 2007 its downstream impact on the Namibian economy has been around NA$5bn (US$40bn). It believes an influence on Africa’s west coast will boost these figures.

June 2015

IMarEST gives Marine Maintenance World Expo Conference its approval

Members of the IMarEST Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Working Group have given Marine Maintenance World Expo their approval and recognised the conference as contributing to individual members’ professional development requirements.

The CPD Approval of Courses Working Group maintains a register of courses recognised by IMarEST as contributing to the CPD needs of members of IMarEST; Marine Maintenance World Expo will now be added to the list.

“We are delighted to have been given the CPD approval from such a well-respected organisation as IMarEST,” said Mike Robinson, event director, Marine Maintenance World Expo. The 2015 conference will be held 29 September-1 October in Antwerp, Belgium.

Wärtsilä launches Wärtsilä 31 engine and claims it reduces maintenance

Wärtsilä launched a new medium-speed engine at Nor-Shipping 2015 on 2 June in Oslo, Norway. The company said the Wärtsilä 31 engine has significantly reduced maintenance requirements and improved fuel efficiency and flexibility, with a fuel consumption efficiency of as low as 165g/kWh.

The Wärtsilä 31 engine is designed to serve a variety of vessel types requiring main engine propulsion in the 4.2 to 9.8MW power range. In the offshore sector, the Wärtsilä 31 is ideally suited for anchor handlers, other types of OSV, and drilling and semi-submersible vessels where the requirements are for operational flexibility, a high power density, long intervals between overhauls and high levels of safety.

The Wärtsilä 31 engine comes in three alternative versions: diesel, dual-fuel (DF) and spark-ignited gas (SG). The multi-fuel capabilities that the Wärtsilä 31 brings to the market extend the possibilities for operators to utilise different fuel qualities, from very light to very heavy diesel, and a range of different qualities of gas.

The remarkable increases in fuel efficiency and fuel flexibility are matched by significant reductions in maintenance costs. For example, the first service on the Wärtsilä 31 is required after only 8,000 running hours, whereas alternative standard marine engines require maintenance after 2,000 running hours.

The Wärtsilä 31 is available in 8V, 10V, 12V, 14V and 16V cylinder configurations. Among the many features of this engine are the latest developments in fuel injection systems, engine control systems and charge air technologies.

Puerto Rico seeks proposals for Isla Grande dry dock and superyacht marina complex

Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the rehabilitation, improvement and operation of the Isla Grande Dry Dock in the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The proposal also covers the leasing, design, construction, financing and development of a superyacht marina complex.

PRPA executive director, Ingrid C Colberg-Rodríguez, said, “Puerto Rico is going to be the premier destination in the Caribbean for maintenance, repair and overhaul services of luxury vessels, while further fostering the growth of the service and tourism industries on the island.

“The RFP seeks to obtain proposals to transform the IGDD into a leading maritime-industrial centre for yacht and superyacht maintenance, and develop a marina site to provide services and luxury shopping, dining and accommodations for the yachting community.”

The proposed project is near the Puerto Rico Convention Center District, home to the 600,00ft² Puerto Rico Convention Centre, and the Isla Grande Airport (SIG). This regional airport is owned by PRPA and has a capacity to receive private jets, charters and fixed-based operators.

Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce secretary Alberto Baco-Bague said, “Our fiscal advantages, diversified economy, physical infrastructure, human capital and privileged location in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea make Puerto Rico an ideal spot for a first-class marina and a facility for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of leisure vessels and superyachts.”

Dalzavod Ship Repair Centre installs first repair laser system

Russia’s first laser system specialising in ship repair tasks and addressing the import substitution of ship parts will be built at the Dalzavod Ship Repair Center, part of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center, in Vladivostok, Russia.

The company said a pilot setup for the recovery of ship machinery parts by laser fusing under commission from Dalzavod has been completed by the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Science’s Institute of Automation.

“The project entails the creation of the first laser system focused exclusively on ship repair tasks and can be used with various kinds of metals, alloys and plastics. The advanced method is expected to be mastered and put into the practice of repair,” Dalzavod said in a statement.

According to Dalzavod executive director, Igor Evdokimov, scientists and staff members will work together to create new technologies and materials to meet the requirements of the modern Russian Navy and comply with its standards.

“The application of these technological innovations is based on the use of domestic laser systems. Laser deposition technology, in particular, will contribute to solving import substitution issues in areas associated with the supply of spare parts and machinery from abroad,” Evdokimov said.

Atlantic & Peninsula wins Australian defence maintenance contract

A&P Australia, sister company of A&P Group, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of ship repair, conversion and marine services, has been awarded a A$60.6m (US$46.6m) Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence contract that will see its A&P Australia operation expand significantly.

The ship maintenance specialist has been awarded the contract to maintain the bay-class landing ship dock HMAS Choules over the next two years, with an option for an additional two-year period.

Work on HMAS Choules will take place in Sydney, Australia, with A&P Australia creating around 27 new jobs to service the contract. The local supply chain will support more than 80% of the contract.

Commenting on the contract award, John Syvret CBE, chief executive officer at Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services, the parent company of the A&P Group, said, “This latest win for A&P Australia is testament to the excellent reputation we have acquired in the defence sector. It builds on the success of our UK RFA cluster support work and reflects our capability and capacity.

“The expansion of the A&P Australia team is key to the continued growth of the group as a whole, and will enhance our international presence. We are now looking to replicate the success of our Australian subsidiary in other projects and in other countries worldwide.”

May 2015

USS Fort Worth completes maintenance and repair availability in Singapore

The Navy’s USS Fort Worth, a littoral combat ship, has completed its maintenance and repair availability in Singapore during its 16-month deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.

During the two-week and five-day period in Singapore more than 580 checks and 100 tag-outs of engineering, deck and combat systems were conducted. A tag-out involves disconnecting a system from its power source for maintenance checks and/or repair.

The USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is operating on a 3-2-1 concept where three ships’ crews support two LCS vessels, swapping out at four-month intervals. This rotation will allow the Fort Worth to deploy for six months longer than the 2013 USS Freedom (LCS 1) deployment, and for twice as long as typical US Navy ship deployments.

Fort Worth will employ the surface warfare (SUW) mission package (MP) for its entire deployment, augmenting its 57mm gun and rolling airframe missile launcher with two 30mm guns, two 11-metre rigid-hull inflatable boats and two six-member maritime security-boarding teams.

IMS 700 site open for business

IMS Shipyard inaugurated its IMS 700 site in the presence of more than 600 guests at its southern France location on 8 April 2015 and now stands among the largest yacht repair shipyards in the Mediterranean.

“This is an exceptional development and extremely important for the naval repair industry,” commented IMS Shipyard CEO Denis Pellegrino. “Up until now, there was no site of this scale in the Mediterranean. We are proud to meet the challenge and thank all those who believed in this project and supported us during its execution.”

Formerly a naval air station in Saint Mandrier, France, IMS 700 saw its first yacht haul-out take place on 10 December 2014, five days ahead of schedule, after the site had been handed over on 17 March 2014 to French construction company Eiffage. The new site covers an area of 110,000m2 in the city of Toulon, including a 100m dock, 15 berth pontoons protected by a floating breakwater, a 670-ton travel-lift, and four sheds for dry work, paint booths and crew quarters. The yard has seen the arrival of around 30 units since the beginning of this year.

The centre can receive large yachts with a draught up to 10m, with shed number one alone able to accommodate three 50m yachts for paintwork.

SMD delivers Q-Trencher 400 for cable installation and maintenance vessel

Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) recently delivered a Q-Trencher 400 telecoms vehicle to United Arab Emirates-based company E-Marine. The vehicle is to be installed on the company’s cable lay vessel Maram, a dedicated submarine cable installation and maintenance vessel.

SMD has supplied E-Marine with the full trenching system, including control and gantry-style telescopic launch and recovery systems, and has worked closely with E-Marine to integrate the bespoke gantry system into the ship.

The Q-Trencher vehicle is rated to a depth of 2,500m and capable of operations up to 4.0kts. SMD last delivered a cable maintenance machine of this size over a decade ago.

The Q-Trencher 400 is equipped with SMD’s DVECS IITM advanced vehicle control technology; its features, such as time trending, ‘point-to-fault’, and flexibility of the GUI and I/O, benefit pilots and reduce their workload. Accordingly, operations are performed with increased accuracy and reliability, driving down task-based operational costs.

CPA signs MOU with Nederex and Damen Shipyards

Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) in the Caribbean signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ship repair and maritime service providers Nederex and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem on 30 April 2015.

“This cooperation is an important step in the right direction,” said CPA CEO Humberto de Castro. “The MOU with Nederex and Damen will strengthen our port and is certainly a positive factor for the economy of Curaçao.”

Damen will offer its ship repair and marine services from Curaçao and will work together with Nederex to exploit the concession granted by CPA to Nederex. In the recently signed MOU, the parties defined their further arrangements in order to promote future collaboration.

“It is our intention to have our own floating dock for maintenance and repairs for Damen customers here in the region,” suggested Jaap de Lange, Damen services director. “We hope to be ready for our first customer at the end of this year or early 2016.”

Durban’s Prince Edward Graving dry dock repairs near completion

The Prince Edward Graving dry dock in Durban, South Africa, the only such facility in the city, is expected to be fully repaired in six months’ time after a near three-year wait.

Durban’s only dry dock is currently operating below capacity and has been since July 2013 due to a faulty gate, but will resume functioning at full capacity once repairs are completed. The ability to lift ships out of the water in the western South African city is limited to the dry dock and two privately owned floating docks.

The outer caisson (gate) – a 900-ton, 35-metre structure at the west end of Prince Edward Graving – has been out of service, reducing the capacity of the dock by 10%.

“Our first and second phases of a comprehensive repair programme have been completed, and the third and final phase is due to kick off later this year,” explained Durban port manager Moshe Motloh. The contractor is expected to be on-site in July 2015, with the repair work projected to last for four months.

A caisson acts like a gate and allows the dry dock to be emptied of water and refilled. There are two caissons in the Prince Edward Graving; currently only one vessel can undergo work at a time until the faulty caisson is repaired.

April 2015

Wärtsilä and Golar LNG sign major agreement

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Golar Management for the delivery of services to Golar LNG, one of the world’s largest independent owners and operators of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers.

Under this service agreement, Wärtsilä’s responsibilities will include: remote monitoring of engines, maintenance planning, advisory services and guaranteed access to personnel and spare parts.

“One of Golar LNG’s strategic assets is our operational excellence. We want to maintain the highest standards for safety and reliability. This closer cooperation with Wärtsilä helps us avoid unnecessary downtime and keep our fleet in top condition at all times,” said Per Rolid, fleet manager, Golar LNG.

In addition to planning and consultation services, the agreement includes a condition-based maintenance (CBM) system that supports optimizing the performance of the installed equipment by allowing Wärtsilä specialists to monitor and analyse various parameters, enabling the company to plan and perform engine maintenance activities.

General Dynamics bags nuclear submarine contract

The US Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a US$32.6m contract modification to perform nuclear-maintenance work for submarines home ported at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department (NRMD) at the submarine base.

The company will provide project management, planning, training and nuclear services to support maintenance, modernisation and repairs. A core group of about 25 Electric Boat employees are assigned to the NRMD, with surge groups of up to 100 shipyard employees assigned for short periods.

Damaged yacht reaches Argentina port for repairs

Dongfeng Race Team has reached dry land in Argentina, just over 24 hours after the mast broke on the Volvo Ocean Race co-leader in the southern Pacific Ocean.

Frenchman Kevin Escoffier, bowman, driver and helmsman on the Volvo Ocean 65, cut off a ragged sail and the top of the 30m (100ft) mast to prevent further damage, and the yacht was nursed to Ushuaia.

The team will now need to decide whether to refit a new mast or have the boat transported directly to the next port (Itajai, Brazil) for repairs.

If the team takes the former option, it could rejoin the fifth leg, and potentially earn two more points.

Boustead DCNS to maintain Malaysian submarines

The Malaysian government has signed a new contract with Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation (BDNC) for through-life support for the two 2002 type Scorpène submarines of the Royal Malaysian Navy, based at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

DCNS, the French naval company that is a partner in the joint-venture business with Malaysia’s Boustead Heavy Industries, said the maintenance support contract will remain in force for a period of two years.

This new agreement makes it possible to extend the through-life support time for the two 2000 type Scorpène submarines currently in service before the beginning of their first major maintenance campaign; the Tunku Abdul Rahman should start its period of unavailability for major repair and overhaul (ROH) in November 2015 and the Tun Razak in June 2017.

The contract also covers the operation and maintenance of the industrial infrastructures dedicated to the maintenance of submarines berthed at the Sepanggar naval base in Kota Kinabalu, as well as part of the procurement required to carry out future ROHs.

This cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Navy offers BDNC the opportunity to play an important role in helping Malaysia maintain and develop a submarine force.

March 2015

DARPA to put fab lab at maintenance centre

A new high-tech fabrication facility is aiming to enhance ship maintenance and repair by enabling more cost-effective training and rapid on-site production of parts and components.

DARPA and the US Navy recently agreed to locate a fabrication laboratory, or fab lab, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk, Virginia, under DARPA’s Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach Two (MENTOR2) programme.

The goal of MENTOR2 is to reduce logistics supply chain costs and boost defence readiness by improving training and tools for operating, maintaining and adapting complex military equipment in low-tech environments – for example, repairing unmanned aerial vehicles in austere locations or fixing ship systems at sea.

“Military maintainers are incredibly resourceful and creative in austere deployed locations and at sea far from fabrication or repair facilities. They are pros at adapting what they have to get the mission done. But beyond the need to facilitate quick repairs, we hope that by training sailors on fab lab equipment, they’ll be better able to convert their innovative ideas into designs and rapid prototypes that could be certified for wider fleet use,” said Gill Pratt, programme manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office. “Prototype component designs potentially could be shared digitally across the Navy, and perhaps result in fab labs being established in other military locations.”

Second developer submits plans for superyacht shipyard

A second developer has submitted plans for a shipyard property in Jacksonville, Florida, proposing a US$1.4bn boatyard and marina for mega-yachts. Under the proposal, submitted by Shitaki Marine Enterprises owner Patrick Mullen, the company would pay for environmental remediation of the site.

Jacksonville has budgeted US$13m for that project, and the proposal by Shahid Khan’s Iguana Investments allowed for the cost to rise to US$35m.

“Mega-yachts don’t want to be next to tugboats and barges,” said Mullen. “The company has contracts to service more than 40 super-luxury yachts and has bid on serving Coast Guard vessels. The development would employ 250 workers in the first 18 months, Mullen said, rising to 5,000 workers in five years.

RES Offshore signs five-year O&M contract

RES Offshore has followed up the successful installation of the WoDS offshore met mast with a contract to carry out the operation and maintenance of the met mast and equipment for the next five years.

The mast was installed in August 2014 at the 389MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea for project owners DONG Energy and Scottish Power Renewables. The O&M services to be delivered by RES include both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the structure, platform and lattice tower, together with maintenance of the instrumentation and power systems, which also formed part of the EPC contract.

“Designing, building, repairing and maintaining offshore met masts and data-collection systems all rely on our in-house expertise, which we have developed over 30 years of wind measurement, including 15 years of offshore experience,” said Chris Morgan, CEO of RES Offshore. “We understand the value of high-quality wind and metocean data; delivering this safely and with high reliably is what our clients want and what we deliver. We are looking forward to expanding our offshore met mast O&M portfolio further in UK waters and across Europe.”

Subsea 7 wins US$240m contract extensions from Shell

Subsea 7 has won extensions for two underwater services contracts worth a combined US$240m from Shell Upstream International Europe.

The life-of-field contract extensions for diving support vessel (DSV) and remotely operated vehicle support vessel (ROVSV) services will start in 2016.

Subsea 7 will continue to deliver subsea construction, inspection, repair, maintenance and decommissioning services to Shell’s offshore fields and facilities in the UK.

The DSV deal will run through to the third quarter of 2018. The ROV section covers a minimum of 100 vessel days per year and runs to the second quarter of 2018.

Subsea 7’s vice president for UK and Canada, Phil Simons, said, “An award of this importance recognises our strong track record in providing life-of-field expertise, high-quality vessels, and safe and efficient operations to Shell since our support of their subsea operations began in 1984.”

Tall ship docked for repairs

The largest brig to be built in the UK in a century has sailed into a Greenock, Scotland, dry dock for general maintenance and essential winter repairs.

The Stavros S Niarchos arrived at the Garvel Clyde site, which is owned by Aberdeen-based Dales Marine Services, after a Liverpool to Glasgow youth voyage by the Tall Ships Trust.

The Stavros S Niarchos tall ship can reach speeds of 13kn+ under sail and has a crew of 69. Michael Milne, general manager and director of Dales Marine Services, said the ship is one of the most unusual vessels the company has had in the Greenock dry dock: “Our staff normally work repairing ferries or oil supply vessels from the North Sea, so having a sailing ship in is something very special indeed.”

“Luckily, our staff are extremely adaptable, so a tall ship doesn’t faze them at all. The type of work we carry out, which includes welding and fabrication, repairs and painting, are all needed to ensure this type of boat is kept in good shape for her time on the sea,” Milne continued.

The Stavros S Niarchos is due to be at the Garvel Clyde dry dock until 15 March, and she will sail from Greenock to Glasgow from 16-21 March.

February 2015

ASRY chosen by KOTC for 19-ship repair deal

ASRY, the ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a ship repair block agreement with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) that includes the exclusive maintenance rights to 19 vessels over the next two-and-half years. The agreement, is worth more than US$33m, and will see KOTC dock these vessels exclusively at the shipyard.

His Excellency Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al-Khalifa, chairman of the board of directors of ASRY, said, “The deal will allow ASRY to work with KOTC, as partners, to prepare, plan and collaborate in advance of each docking to maximize its efficiency and success. Not only is KOTC getting excellent value through advance commitment, but by removing the time-consuming individual tendering process for each ship, we can provide priority dock space, superior scope planning and leading turnaround times.”

ASRY’s chief executive officer, Nils Kristian Berge, disclosed that until mid-2017, KOTC will see 14 oil product tankers, four LPG tankers, and one OSV dock at ASRY for regular dry-dock maintenance works. Notably, KOTC is also contracting ASRY to include ballast water management systems installations in the repair scopes, once mandatory.

The inclusion of ballast water treatment system works follows on from fleet-wide feasibility studies carried out throughout 2014 by ASRY’s New Construction & Engineering division on KOTC’s vessels. The schedule for all the dockings over the next two-and-half years has been set out in the agreement.

The agreement was signed in February 2015 and is effective immediately, with the first vessel due at ASRY in February. Eight vessels are due in 2015, nine in 2016 and two in 2017.

Megayacht facility gets US$5.6m loan to upgrade repair equipment

Derecktor Florida, a full-service facility catering to megayachts, has obtained a US$5.6m refinancing package that will, in part, buy more tools and equipment for its shipyard next to the Dania Cut-Off Canal in Florida. The money will also pay for modifications at the company’s physical plant, said James Brewer, the company’s business development director.

The renovations and new tools will enable Derecktor to finish repairs and maintenance on megayachts more quickly. “Time is everything to yacht owners,” Brewer said.

Laden LNG ship under repair

A laden LNG vessel is being repaired afloat after suffering turbine-bearing problems shortly after loading a cargo. The BW GDF Suez Boston has been drifting off the island of Martinique since 20 January.

A spokesman for the ship’s part owner, GDF Suez, confirmed there is a problem with the turbine, but said it should be fixed “very soon” without the need for any cargo transhipment.

Representatives from the ship’s turbine manufacturer are on board the ship to assist with the repair, and tugs are on standby.

Electronic data shows BW GDF Suez Boston loaded a cargo in Trinidad at the start of last month. The vessel is believed to have been en route to Boston on the US east coast.

Lindenau tackles canal accident ship

Lindenau Schiffswerft in Kiel has completed unexpected bow repairs to the British offshore dive support ship, Red7 Alliance, after it collided with a lock gate on the Kiel Canal.

The ADM Group shipyard in Kiel, at the north-eastern end of the 98km-long waterway, carried out two weeks of repairs and repainting on the 78.3m-long ship in its Dock 11.

The ultra-specialist Red7 Alliance boasts a 250MSW, 16-man sat system allowing continuous diving operations, a 6.0m³ diving bell with heave dampening system, a main crane of 140 tonnes at 7.75m to 70 tonnes at 15m, accommodation for 80, a clear deck of 550m2 with capacity for 1,500 tonnes and a fully equipped hydraulic folding helideck.

The ship left immediately after the repairs for work in the Baltic. John Long, fleet manager of Vessel Management Services, praised Lindenau’s “fast and dedicated response – despite our unexpected arrival and the initially unknown extent of the job.”

Technip contracts Damen Shiprepair for maintenance to Global 1200

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) has been awarded a contract by Technip for dry-docking, repairs and operational modifications to the deepwater rigid pipe S-lay and heavy lift vessel, the Global 1200.

The major upgrade works are divided into three packages: dry-docking for special periodical survey and various maintenance repair works; modifications to upgrade the vessel’s dynamic positioning capability; various pipelay equipment upgrades for future projects.

Mark Witjens, managing director of Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, said he was pleased to see this contract materialise after six months of hard work with Aberdeen- and Houston-based Technip project teams. “The successful completion of the Stanislav Yudin upgrade earlier this year was a significant step upwards in DSR’s project management and QHES organisation; this will contribute to the successful completion of the Global 1200 upgrade and modification works.”

January 2015

China’s first multi-functional engineering ship is operational

China’s first multi-functional offshore engineering ship that can operate at a depth of 3,000m is now operational.

The Offshore Oil 286 ship can undertake hoisting and pipe-laying missions and support underwater robot and diving missions. The main reason for creating such a ship is for it to do underwater equipment repair and maintenance work.

The ship was built with an investment of more than CNY1bn (US$163 million) and belongs to the Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd, an affiliate of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, the country’s largest offshore oil and gas producer. 

Offshore Oil 286 is 141m long and 29m wide, has a maximum loading capacity of 11,228 tons, and can accommodate 150 crew members. It is equipped with a 400-ton crane to fulfill installations under water.

New ship repair partnership in Japan

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) have agreed on creating a ship repair business partnership starting in April 2015. The agreement will see MES sell a 40% stake of its Yura ship repair yard to KHI.

KHI is an LNG and very large gas carrier (VLGC ) shipbuilder and is confident that the import of shale gas into Japan will lift demand for repairing of VLGC and LNG carriers by domestic owners.

MES Yura has a 330,000-dwt ship repair dock. The yard spent JPY1bn (US$8.3m) five years ago to lengthen the dock by 55m to 405m so that it could increase its ship repair volume by around 30%.

Yacht Solutions to develop refit facility at Italthai Marine’s Bangkok yard

Superyacht refit company Yacht Solutions and shipbuilder Italthai Marine have partnered to develop a dedicated superyacht facility in Bangkok, the first such infrastructure in Thailand.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to set up Yacht Solutions’ facility on the premises of Italthai Marine, near the mouth of the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakam, only 45 minutes from Bangkok international airport.

Yacht Solutions managing director, Gareth Twist, said that the company has been in the marine refit and repair business in Thailand for over 10 years and has been looking for a deep-water facility for the past two years.

The facility will have access to two 115m dry docks, 300m alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160m and 5,000 ton lift capacity. It is expected to be the largest superyacht repair facility in Southeast Asia.

Mayport ship repairer is commissioned US$14.6 million job

A Mayport, Florida, ship repair facility has received a US$14.6 million contract to make structural repairs and habitability upgrades to the USS Roosevelt.

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards will be taking care of hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, ship alterations, and piping alteration and repair work on a job that will run through May 2015. The work was contracted by the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The Roosevelt has been stationed at Mayport since being commissioned in 2014.

DBB Jack-Up Services gets service vessel to help with underwater repairs

Nordic Yards officially handed over the offshore service vessel Wind Server to Danish company DBB Jack-Up Services A/S.

The facilities with which the Wind Server is equipped have been optimized to meet the current requirements of the offshore wind market. For example, the onboard crane has a lifting height of just under 100m and a lifting capacity of 400 tons. With its four 75m long jack-up legs and innovative jack-up system, it can position itself in depths of up to 45m and forms a stable platform for the execution of maintenance and repair work even on large 5-8MW wind turbines.

“We are very pleased to add this highly specialized jack-up vessel to our jack-up fleet, and we look forward to offering the vessel’s advanced services and capabilities to our customers,” said Thorsten Jalk, CEO of DBB Jack-Up Services A/S. “The new jack-up vessel will be in operation from as early as January, maintaining offshore wind farms in Northern Europe.”

Costa Atlantica being repaired in Shanghai

Costa Atlantica is under repair at Shanghai Huarun Dadong Dockyard. It is the first cruise ship repair work at the Chinese shipyard. The ship will be at the shipyard for 18 days for maintenance work.

As a fast growing cruise tourism city, Shanghai is accelerating the development of the whole cruise industry chain, including providing better cruise tourism services and constructing related facilities.

The ship is readying a series of Asian cruises from its homeport of Shanghai.

Cammell Laird revives plans for wind farm maintenance facility at Birkenhead site

Proposals for an offshore marine operations facility at Alabama Way in Birkenhead, UK, were turned down by planners in 2014. The company said the scheme could create up to 45 jobs maintaining wind farms off the Merseyside coast.

Objections were raised by people living nearby, as well as by those who used the slipway, which they said is the only publicly accessible slipway not affected by the tide. With all other Mersey access points, including Liverpool Marina, being dependent on tides, the slipway is also the only place boats can always meet the emergency services.

According to documents submitted to Wirral council, the company has lodged an appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission. It has also submitted a new application for “an on shore office, warehouse building and pontoon that will serve as a marine operations and maintenance facility for offshore projects”.

December 2014

New repair facility in Abu Dhabi

Nico International's new dry-docking and repair facility in Abu Dhabi Port Company’s Freeport carried out afloat and dry-docking jobs on over 30 vessels in its first two months of operation.

The dock is able to accommodate vessels up to 2,000dwt and 80m in length, while wet berth space is available for vessels up to 400m long. Additionally, the ship repair unit operates a large facility in the Abu Dhabi Industrial Area, with the capacity to dock barges up to 130m long and manage major conversion jobs.

Ships docked so far include various offshore supply ships and crew boats, as well as the 145m container vessel Alabama Maersk.

IMS Shipyard welcomes first superyacht

Just nine months after the start of building work, the IMS Shipyard in Toulon Bay has announced that the first yacht at the facility has been successfully hauled out of the water by the new travelift on the IMS 700 site. The yacht was hauled out on December 10, five days ahead of schedule.

Haul-outs will be taking place throughout December, taking up to 12 yachts. This is a partial opening of the site to satisfy demand while the last phase of the works is completed. The shipyard will be fully completed and the site will be inaugurated for full capacity opening at the end of March 2015.

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen carries out extensive cruise ship maintenance

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair projects in the Netherlands. Included are Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The vessels have been at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) for a wide-ranging program of scheduled and unscheduled work. Damen carried out its work in a tight timeframe so that both ships were ready for planned onward voyages.

Astor, whose passenger capacity of just over 600 ensures a personable experience for travelers, arrived at DSV on October 17. While in port it underwent a DNV GL Class Survey as Damen carried out various tasks. The scheduled maintenance included high-pressure washing and painting of the underwater part of the vessel, overhaul of overboard valves, hull anode renewal, maintenance and recertification of lifeboats, gangway repairs, and certification and renewal of ducting and ventilators for the engine room air supply.

Peter Sterkenburg, head of sales and marketing at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said, “The work on the Astor was not without its challenges – the sheer diversity of the tasks we performed ensured that! The logistics were perhaps the greatest consideration – we had to manage this extensive scope, alongside a class survey, while 140 of the vessel’s crew remained on board. I’m pleased to say we did everything according to plan and all work was completed in time for Astor to sail on November 4.”

Only days later, on November 11, Marco Polo arrived in Vlissingen. The vessel, though similarly sized to Astor, accommodates up to 800 passengers. Marco Polo was scheduled for a class survey and similar scope of maintenance to Astor. However, a recent grounding in Norway added an extra dimension to the project.

Sterkenburg said, “The grounding caused some minor steel damage to the flat bottom of the vessel, so we’ve had to factor that into the planning in addition to the scheduled work and class survey. Naturally, this made the work more challenging, but we are used to this kind of project and to reacting quickly when something changes. Everything went according to plan.”

DBB Jack-Up signs deal with MHI Vestas for offshore wind maintenance

Denmark-based DBB Jack-Up Services has signed a framework agreement with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for offshore wind operations and maintenance services.

MHI Vestas will be responsible for O&M at about 20 offshore projects in Northern Europe and the deal covers all sites transferred when the joint venture was formed earlier in 2014.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s senior director, Asger Pedersen, said, “As an experienced jack-up vessel provider, DBB Jack-Up has supported our offshore O&M work during the past seven years, and this framework agreement is only a natural step in the further strengthening of our working relationship. We are confident that both parties will benefit from this agreement as it will facilitate a more efficient planning and execution of our O&M tasks.”

Shanghai Waigaoqiao signs cooperation agreement with Herun

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Herun Group to jointly develop business ship repair.

SWS will develop Xiazhidao shipyard, a shipbuilding arm of Herun, to be a large-sized offshore engineering equipment manufacturing base, also capable of shipbuilding and ship repair.

“The cooperation will greatly help Herun to develop Xiazhidao shipyard with advanced technology and the brand of the state-owned Waigaoqiao shipyard,” said Zhang Yong, assistant of general manager of Herun.

Herun launched the Xiazhidao shipbuilding project in 2007, and the company plans to build an 80,000dwt shipbuilding dock and a 300,000dwt ship repair dock.

November 2014

Mediterranean’s largest superyacht repair yard set to launch

A former naval air base in Toulon Bay has been transformed to house up to 100 20-80m yachts – superyacht owners can now sleep easy if their engine stalls on the Côte d’Azur. From December 15 this year, IMS Shipyard in Toulon, France, will re-open as the largest yacht repair shipyard on the Mediterranean coast.

Managing director of the project, Denis Pellegrino took on the project in 2009 and so far it has cost around €25m (US$31m). As well as the refit facilities, IMS 700 will offer a Travelift, a lifting machine that can carry up to 670 metric tons, cranes, forklifts and a boat slip, a vast paint workshop that can hold three boats of up to 50m at the same time, and individual storage lockers for sea toys and equipment.

Wärtsilä and Wagenborg sign a 15-ship maintenance agreement

Wärtsilä and Netherlands-based Wagenborg Shipping have signed a six-year maintenance agreement for 15 of Wagenborg's dry cargo carriers that will see Wärtsilä provide all maintenance planning and services for the installed engines and propulsion systems at a fixed price.

The agreement covers not only the maintenance of the ships’ Wärtsilä 46F engines, but also the controllable pitch propellers, bow thrusters and shaft seals. One of the key aspects of the contract, marking a major step forward for both parties, is that Wärtsilä will now be handling all maintenance for a flat fee per operating hour, producing a completely predictable fixed-cost pattern.

“One important result of this contract is that it facilitates more efficient maintenance,” said Wagenborg Shipping’s fleet director, Theo Klimp. “Our goal is to improve technical engine performance and optimize maintenance planning. The contract also allows us to keep our operational costs more controllable; it was very important for us to have unscheduled maintenance included in the scope of the contract.”

DoD awards two ship repair contracts

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded two companies two different contracts. The first, Brodogradiliste Viktor Lenac D.D. in Rijeka, Croatia, is being awarded a US$21,383,394 firm-fixed-price contract for a 179-day extended service life program, dry docking and ship repair of USS Mount Whitney. Work will be performed in Rijeka, Croatia, and is expected to be completed by July 2015.

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, was awarded US$7,000,000 to increase an undefinitized contract action to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-13-C-4404) for USS Boxer (LHD 4) fiscal 2014 phased maintenance availability.

DoD explains that phased maintenance availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2015.

UK Ministry of Defence awards USD$5.1bn maintenance and repair contracts

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded USD$5.18bn (£3.2bn) of contracts to support the management of the UK’s naval bases. The contracts will also cover the maintenance and repair of the Royal Navy’s warships and submarines.

Babcock, which manages Her Majesty’s Naval Bases at Devonport and Clyde, has been awarded a USD$4.2bn (£2.6bn) contract, while BAE Systems, which manages Portsmouth Naval Base, has been awarded a USD$971m (£600m).

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said, ”This huge investment in our naval bases will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs and skills across the UK, and ensure that the Royal Navy’s fleet of 56 warships and submarines are in the best possible condition and available for operations. Following the £3.5bn Scout armored vehicle contract, this is the second-biggest defence contract placed by this government and reflects our commitment to giving our armed forces what they need to keep Britain safe.”

Oman Drydock repairs first LNG carrier

Oman Drydock Company (ODC) has completed its first major LNG repair and maintenance project since being awarded the coveted Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) license in June 2014.

ODC deputy CEO Sheikh Khalil Al-Salmi said, “The Ibra carrier project involved a series of complex repair and maintenance jobs. The vessel needed hull blasting and painting, cargo tank inspection by GTT, and an overhaul to machinery. This included the engine room, propeller, boiler and generator, as well as outfitting and electrical jobs. The speed and efficiency of our service, combined with our world-class facilities and location, enabled us to complete the project ahead of schedule. For painting, we have the perfect climate that few other yards can offer.”

“The GTT license has enabled us to put into place a solid quality system as a center for LNG expertise,” said Sheikh Khalil Al-Salmi. “It has strengthened our offering for cargo containment systems for high-end LNG carriers. Along with our partner DSME, and its subsidiary DSEC, we have developed one of the most advanced LNG repair packages in the world.”

October 2014

Marine Maintenance World Expo 2014 attracts almost 1,650 visitors from across the globe

Some 1,650 attendees from 70 countries, including Russia, Korea, Austria, USA, Belgium, UK, Uruguay, Poland and Finland, attended the second annual Marine Maintenance World Expo event in Brussels, Belgium, making it the must-see event in the marine maintenance industry calendar. “You’ve set the benchmark here,” remarked visitor Gaurav Dalvi, director, Katale Shipyard. “Marine Maintenance World Expo is the show the industry needs to be at.”

Exhibitors from around the world showcased their latest products – from automatic lubrication equipment and ultrasonic cleaners to optical gas imaging technology – ensuring visitors were treated to the best of what this innovative industry has to offer. The Marine Maintenance World Expo floor saw a number of exciting new product launches: “We have already produced one platform for a German shipping company, who are delighted with its efficiency and design,” said Jan Kabitzsch, branch manager, Scanclimber, with regard to his company’s latest work platform innovation. “The world expo is unquestionably getting the technology in front of more of the right people. The industry seems to be wowed by the product.”

Many exhibitors have already signed up for next year’s show in Antwerp, Belgium: “By the end of the first day we had already signed up for next year’s show – we are very excited to be involved in this event. We always get a lot of professionals interested in our equipment at Marine Maintenance World Expo, and create some outstanding contacts that we hope we will do business with,” said Walter Vervloesem, manager marine applications, SDT.

Meanwhile the Marine Maintenance World Expo Conference provided plenty of opportunities to learn about the latest industry trends and technology innovations from around the world. Presentations covered everything from the maintenance of natural-gas marine engines to the latest in remote monitoring, information technology and condition-based maintenance, as well as ship repair yard efficiency and best practice.

Conference delegate, David Simpson, maintenance supervisor, Seajacks UK, commented, “I wanted to attend the conference to learn as much as I could from some of the best-known experts in the industry. And I’ll definitely be sending my engineers here to meet the exhibitors – there’s so much new technology to see.”

The three-day event was acclaimed by all as a great success, with plenty of new contacts made and existing relationships cemented. The breadth of new technologies on display underlines the positive growth being seen in the industry as a whole. The dates for your diary for next year: 29 September - 1 October.

September 2014

Leviathan floating drydock arrives in Portland

The largest floating drydock in the USA, the Vigorous, arrived aboard the world’s largest heavy-lift ship, Blue Marlin, in Portland on Monday 1September, for final assembly at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard.

Fully assembled, the drydock will be 960ft long. The drydock will allow Vigor to service vessels such as cruise ships, tankers and cargo ships. “The Vigorous is a symbol of the resurgence of the maritime industry in Portland and the wider Pacific Northwest,” said Vigor Industrial CEO Frank Foti.

“Back in 2000 the shipyard was struggling. Today we’re growing across the region and I’m proud and profoundly grateful that we’re in a place to make this kind of investment.”

Two large vessels, Maritime Administration cargo ships, are already booked for repairs when the drydock enters service in November.

Platinum Yacht Repair completes floating yacht repair
and maintenance facility

Platinum Yacht Repair, the yacht repair and maintenance arm of Dubai's Drydocks World & Maritime World, have successfully converted the landing craft Al Hail 1, belonging to Dubai-based M/S Royal Yachts, from naval to civilian use as a floating yacht repair and maintenance facility.

The 54m vessel arrived at the Platinum Yacht Repair facility at Dubai Maritime City in June 2013 to undergo the necessary extensive modifications.

“With the unprecedented development taking place in the region and in Dubai in particular, more marinas are expected to be developed and hence more yachts will be available in the region. This calls for readily accessible and sophisticated repair and maintenance facilities. The Platinum Yacht Repair facility not only addresses this niche segment but also caters to small to mid-size vessels that require refit and refurbishment,” said His Excellency, Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World.

Platinum reports that the scope of work on Al Hail 1 included refurbishment to the exterior of the hull as well as interiors; hydro-blasting and painting; overhaul of equipment and valves; refurbishment of the wheelhouse, toilets and vacuum systems; upgrading the generators and new synchronizing and A/C systems; fly bridge and canopy fabric fitting; and seating. Sea trials have been successfully completed.

ROV hull cleaning service comes to Europe

Dubai-based GAC EnvironHull has announced that Gothenburg is the latest port to be added to the network of bases offering its HullWiper ROV-operated hull cleaning service.

The environmentally friendly hull cleaner, which operates without brushes or divers, was launched by GAC group in 2013 in Dubai. GAC EnvironHull’s local partner, Frog Marine Services, operates the system’s first European operation at Gothenburg.

The HullWiper ROV is an unmanned hull-cleaning unit that uses adjustable pressure seawater jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface. Residues and harmful marine growths captured during cleaning are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner instead of being discharged into the sea as with traditional methods.

Simon Doran, managing director of GAC EnvironHull, said, “We have maintained a steady competitive position in the Middle East since last year’s launch of our hull cleaning technology. Now it’s time for us to broaden our horizons, to approach and better serve international clients seeking a cost-effective and green solution.

“Europe, and especially Scandinavia, is home to many major international and domestic ship owners, managers and operators who need effective and efficient vessel maintenance, cleaning and repairs.”

New name in ship repair

ROG Ship Repair BV will be the new name of the former Serdijn Ship Repair. The repair company has a yard in a central, easy accessible and strategic location in the main port of Rotterdam.
The terminal is a recognized port facility, as required by the ISPS code, with efficient in and out ‘open sea’ access guaranteed due to being west of all bridges.

Alongside the jetties there are lay-by facilities for marine, sea-going and jack up vessels up to 190m length, 60m breadth and 9.5m draft. ROG offers heavy-lift crane capacity and a large yard area of more than 14,000m2 with a fully equipped workshop.

The name change comes six months after Rotterdam Offshore Group acquired Serdijn Ship Repair. “This change represents more than just a new name,” said Martin van Leest, managing director of ROG Ship Repair. “ROG Ship Repair connects us with our brand heritage, but the new name goes further with an inherent guarantee to provide all our customers with the very best in ship repair, products, services, safety and innovation.”

ROG Ship Repair is a subsidiary of Rotterdam Offshore Group, and will focus on yard repairs and conversions, encompassing everything from collision repair involving hull steel work, to complete engine overhaul and maintenance and repair work on generators, pumps, winches, hydraulic systems, cranes and hatches.

RWE Innogy opens offshore maintenance base

RWE Innogy has inaugurated its new service and operating station for the 295MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm on the tiny North Sea island of Heligoland. The station will serve as an offshore operating base for 20 years for the wind farm that is currently being built 30km north of the island.

“The reform of the German Renewable Energy Act has created clarity on future policies and a reliable planning base for the offshore wind industry,” said Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary under-secretary of state at Germany’s energy ministry.

Open sea wind farms usually require around four to five days of maintenance per year, making Heligoland the perfect location as a service base due to its proximity to Nordsee Ost.

August 2014

Babcock wins small boat fleet repair and maintenance contract

Babcock has begun work under a recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police.

Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team to provide support services to the small boat fleet, including over 800 inflatables, five dive boats, 10 Mexeflotes (landing raft/pontoons), and Gibraltar region police and patrol boats, under a three-year contract with the option to extend for an additional two years. In addition to repair and maintenance services, Babcock may also be required to undertake spares provisioning, post design services, which could include modification work, and storage.

Since the contract commenced earlier this month, work has already been undertaken in Gibraltar and on dive boats, including boat servicing, engine maintenance and parts procurement. This has been successfully completed to cost, time and quality. Babcock naval engineering director Simon Knight said, “By managing our established specialist small boat repair and maintenance supply chain we can give cross-boat support across varied boat types and regions, giving Babcock exceptional reach and ability to respond to requirements. We are delighted to have already made a good start, with the completion of work to date on-time and within-budget, and look forward to continuing to deliver successfully and supporting the MoD in line with requirements.’

Expansion of Dania Cut super yacht repair facility is underway

Dania Cut super yacht yard, based in Florida, has increased dockage for super yachts up to 91m from a recent expansion program and can berth up to 12 yachts at the same time. This expansion comes from a signed agreement this year with Broward Shipyard. The agreement lease, which lasts for 10 years, gives Dania Cut five more slips to accommodate yachts of 91m, 82m and three up to 64m, with the largest slip facing south side to the dock. The yard will be investing around US$800,000 to make all the necessary changes.

With dredging of the Dania cut-off canal completed, Dania Cut yard has also carried out dredging of its own basin, allowing for 5m of draft clearance, even at low tide, for larger yachts, such as Phoenix 2, Nirvana, Air and Cakewalk, to visit. All these improvements have contributed to Dania Cut’s status as one of the largest repair yards in the US.

Largest Romanian shipyard finishes repair on container ship

Romanian shipyard Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries recently finalized the repairs on German container ship Flaminia, in just five months. Some 7,500 tons of steel were replaced on the ship, which makes this one of the largest ship repair projects in Romania. The repairs were made by 500 of Daewoo Mangalia employees and the cost of the whole project was US$29 million. The Flaminia port-container ship caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean in 2012. The ship was first decontaminated in Denmark before it was taken to Romania for repairs.

New non-isocyanate high-build finish coat for offshore industry

Coating challenges faced by the offshore maintenance sector are being addressed by a breakthrough in technology from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Acrolon 1850 is a non-isocyanate high-build finish coat for exterior exposed surfaces and has been designed to meet the unique challenges faced by the offshore sector. One of Acrolon 1850’s key benefits is the ability to achieve full coverage in a single coat by brush or spray, enabling rapid return to service and reduced downtime for customers. Other properties include strong gloss retention, good results in UV, and weathering performance to prolong service life.

This sector provides a range of maintenance challenges for the coating industry such as safety colors, which are used to coat offshore assets but typically give very poor opacity and coverage. Yellow and red coatings have previously contained lead-based pigments, which were cheap and offered good coverage. However because of the health and safety concerns with lead, organic pigments are now used, which can be expensive with poor opacity, and numerous coats are often required to provide complete obliteration of the undercoat. Acrylic urethanes are generally regarded as the standard topcoats for many industries, but contain isocyanates, which are prohibited or undesirable in many offshore markets including the North Sea.

Lee Spoor, oil, gas and chemical project development manager for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings EMEA, said, “Because the use of isocyanates in the North Sea offshore market is not normally possible, this product gives those in the maintenance sector a next-generation alternative, providing features that were not an option previously.” Compared with other coatings, which can remain susceptible to water spotting for more than 48 hours following application, Acrolon 1850 is resistant to moisture in just four to six hours.

Gibdock ship repair yard sees benefits after investing in ERP system

Gibraltar-based ship repair yard Gibdock is starting to reap the benefits of investing in an automated and harmonized estimating, quotation, specification and invoicing system. The state of the art Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system overarches the yard’s finance, stock management, project management and HR systems. It is part of a strategic back-office upgrade, supporting Gibdock’s reputation for high-quality repair and conversion work.

Nathan Boccaccio, Gibdock’s financial controller, who is leading this project, says, “The next phase will allow us to improve the way we track quality certificates and information related to our quality-control processes. For example we will be able to automate the tracing of items placed onboard a vessel during a repair and their compliance with quality standards.”

July 2014

Wärtsilä and ABB Turbocharging sign 10-year agreement to service Royal Caribbean Cruises

Wärtsilä has signed a 10-year maintenance and technical support agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL), which includes a subcontract with ABB Turbocharging. The agreement covers 142 Wärtsiläengines and 170 ABB turbochargers in 36 vessels.

Under the terms of the contract, Wärtsilä will provide a broad range of services to RCL, including condition monitoring of the engines, individualized technical support, development and design of new components, as well as the supply of spare parts. ABB Turbocharging will work with Wärtsilä to provide a customized service package for the turbochargers on the vessels, including scheduled and unscheduled spare parts and labor at the ABB workshop.

“By combining knowledge from the customer’s side with the knowledge and experience of Wärtsilä and ABB, we made this agreement a reality. The contract will enhance the predictability of Royal Caribbean’s operational costs, minimize scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs, and optimize the planning of maintenance and spare parts deliveries,” said Kimmo Kohtamäki, director of 4-stroke engines at Wärtsilä.

Hodgdon Yachts opens maintenance and repair division

Hodgdon Yachts has opened a new division called Hodgdon Yacht Services, which will provide maintenance, repair and refit services for recreational boats, yachts and superyachts up to 196ft LOA and 400 tons.

The expansion makes Hodgdon one of New England’s largest full-service marine companies, with three facilities in and around Boothbay, Maine, and 150 employees.

“We are pleased to continue growing the business as we approach our 200th anniversary, a milestone we will celebrate in 2016,” said company CEO Timothy Hodgdon. “This new division perfectly complements Hodgdon’s world-renowned custom boat building, custom superyacht tenders, interiors and defense divisions.”

Manitowoc 999 delivery at ISR spurs greater repair production

International Ship Repair & Marine Services (ISR) has taken delivery of a Manitowoc 999 crawler crane at its headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The crawler was purchased through a grant from the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD).
George Lorton, owner of ISR, said, “The crane has fostered greater shipyard production efficiencies, increased competitive advantage and resulted in higher-quality repair services to ISR’s customers.

“This crane has contributed substantially to ISR’s maintenance of almost 250 shipyard jobs, and the potential to further positively impact future growth and development of Tampa Bay’s shipyard workforce and local maritime industry,” Lorton added.

Russia and Vietnam planning joint venture for shipyard

Russia and Vietnam are currently planning to establish a joint venture to provide maintenance and repair for both civilian ships and military ships.

“The two parties are currently negotiating the details,” Vietnamese ambassador to Russia Fam Suan Shon revealed to the public at a Russia-Vietnam cultural exchange event.

“Vietnam attaches great significance to strengthening relations with Russia, which has always been its reliable partner in all spheres of life,” said Fam, adding that the two countries are also in negotiations on the establishment of a free trade zone.

Prestige adds to Wärtsilä agreement

Two vessels have been added to the five-year maintenance agreement between Wärtsilä and US based Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The agreement now covers eight cruise ships with a total of 35 Wärtsilä engines.

The agreement, signed in 2012, is one of the most comprehensive yet for the cruise industry. The depth and scope covers proactive planning by both companies working in cooperation. It also involves dedicated teams from both parties, which will work closely to ensure maximized lifetime, reduced operational costs and optimal performance of the Prestige fleet.

The broad scope of services that are provided under this agreement include maintenance planning, technical surveys, condition monitoring, spare parts supply, training and workshop services. The agreement ensures the certainty of Prestige’s operations by transferring the responsibility for maintenance of its vessels to Wärtsilä. It also increases Prestige’s financial predictability by covering maintenance planning and service with fixed prices.

“We have been very satisfied with our cooperation with Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä has displayed its ability to deliver the value that it promised in the agreement, providing us peace of mind through risk sharing and a streamlined cost structure,” said Robin Lindsay, executive vice president, vessel operations, Prestige Cruise Holdings.

Aker Solutions wins five-year maintenance contract from Statoil

Aker Solutions has secured a contract from Statoil to provide maintenance and modifications services for the Mariner oilfield development in the UK North Sea. The five-year framework agreement also has extension options for a total of four years. Aker Solutions’ Aberdeen operations will manage the contract work.

Aker Solutions will deliver the maintenance planning system in the pre-operations phase of the development, as well as support services during the hook-up and commissioning phase. The contract includes maintenance and modifications services after the field is set to start production in 2017.

“We want to build long-term, high-performance relationships with our key suppliers,” said Gunnar Breivik, managing director of Statoil Production UK Limited in Aberdeen. “We know Aker Solutions well from the Norwegian continental shelf and are looking forward to working closely with its UK organization in the years to come.”

June 2014

Spanopoulos promotes new yacht maintenance facility in Greece opens

Spanopoulos Group has unveiled more information to customers and partners on the activities and capabilities of its new yacht maintenance facility in Greece, spanning 16500m2 of on-land area dedicated to the repair and refit of yachts up to 60m. 

The company expects the maintenance facility, which is fully operational already, to become a landmark for yacht repair and refit. 

The group’s shipyard facilities are able to host all types of boats and mega-yachts, offering yard services such as rebuilding, refitting, refurbishing and maintenance. The services are supplied and supported using in-house technical, crewing, HSQE and project management.

Damen Shiprepair receives its 10th LNG carrier repair order

Damen Shiprepair Brest, France, has received its 10th LNG carrier repair order from GDF Suez’s in-house technical vessel manager, Gazocean. The 73,646m3 capacity vessel will undergo extensive maintenance works and will stay in the yard for approximately  55 days of which 20 days will be in dry dock.

Damen Brest’s managing director, Jos Goris, said, “The long established relationship of the yard, which dates back from the Sobrena times, with both Gazocean and GDF Suez Global Gas & LNG has certainly helped us in securing this order. Following nine foreign LNG carriers under Damen management, all employees are proud to see the first French-owned LNG carrier in our yard.”

Damen Shiprepair Brest, well known for its LNG expertise, currently has two LNG carriers in dock – a large deep-sea pipe-laying vessel and a shuttle tanker from Knutsen with an extensive scope of work.

Sembawang Shipyard secures GasLog deal

Sembawang Shipyard, in Singapore, has secured a long-term Favored Customer Contract (FCC) from GasLog LNG Services Ltd (GasLog) to provide ship-repair, refurbishment, upgrading and related marine services for its managed fleet of 20 LNG carriers.

This long-term maintenance and refit FCC contract, signed in Piraeus, Greece, commits the repairs, refurbishment and upgrading of GasLog‘s fleet of LNG carriers docking in Singapore exclusively to Sembawang Shipyard.

Theodoros Katemidis, general manager, GasLog, said, “Sembawang Shipyard is internationally recognized as one of the most technically competent and efficient repair yards in the world, especially in the area of LNG carriers repairs and upgrading.”

With the signing of this long-term contract, Sembawang Shipyard can anticipate the refit of three to five GasLog LNG carriers each year.

BMT hired for maintenance of Shell’s platform off Malaysia

Shell has selected BMT Asia Sdn Bhd (BMT) to provide three-year maintenance services for a production storage facility off Malaysia. The contract allows the organization to provide servicing and maintenance on MIS/MAS instrumentation exposed to the offshore marine environment, in order to ensure that  components remain functional and provide accurate data.

The maintenance plan will include calibration checks, software maintenance and updates, remote technical support, data archiving, management, analysis and reporting. 

BMT deploys temporary monitoring systems for performance assessment, acceptance trials and forensic investigations. The company provides data management and technical analysis of data acquired by various permanent and temporary integrated marine and structural integrity systems. 

Gibdock undertakes damage repairs to containership

Gibraltar’s repair specialist, Gibdock has completed its first ship repair project for Tsakos Shipping & Trading. The ship repair yard undertook damage repairs to the 221m long, 2,824 TEU capacity containership Irene’s Rainbow.

Gibdock managing director, Richard Beards, said that the company is targeting the Greek market as having considerable potential for the future. “We are receiving more inquires from Greek owners for a mix of vessel types, and we are optimistic that these inquiries will translate into some firm projects later this year,” he said.

The scope of repair work undertaken on Irene’s Rainbow included steel hatch cover repairs, which consisted of the renewal of a damaged top plate. In addition, the yard carried out non-destructive testing, as required by Class, including hatch internal stiffening and preservation works.

May 2014

Wärtsilä’s propulsion condition monitoring service recognized by three major classification societies

Wärtsilä has received service-level recognition from DNV-GL for its Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS). Wärtsilä is the first company to attain this type of recognition from three of the major classification societies, namely the American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd’s Register and DNV-GL.

The approval means that surveyors from the classification societies may rely on Wärtsilä’s PCMS when assessing propulsion equipment. This eliminates the need for the compulsory five-year internal inspection, which often requires dry-docking. Instead, with the Wärtsilä PCMS continuously monitoring the equipment, major thruster overhauls can be carried out at intervals of anywhere between five and 10 years, based on the actual condition of the propulsion equipment. PCMS increases the reliability and availability of monitored equipment and reduces overall lifetime costs.

“Financially this will have a big impact on the operations of marine customers,” said Frank Velthuis, manager of Wärtsilä’s CBM center propulsion. “PCMS enables condition-based maintenance and eliminates the need to perform an overhaul simultaneously with the compulsory five-year inspections, unless of course PCMS shows there is a need for it. Prior to attaining this service level recognition, approvals could only be given on a vessel-by-vessel basis. With the service level recognition, this will become much easier.”

Bermuda government defends tugboat repairs

A US$1.5m Lloyd’s Register survey of the Bermuda-based tugboat Powerful has been labeled “a lot of money” and “a lot of waste”, according to a report by Cooper Stevenson at Bermuda's The Royal Gazette.

Cornell Simmons, chief engineer, raised his concerns over the growing price of his crew’s efforts to get Powerful seaworthy once again, after he and his crew have spent the past 8 months repairing the poor-quality work he said was conducted on Powerful by Lloyd’s workers in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Powerful left Bermuda for the survey in Florida last May, but was delayed in coming back after suffering damage from a lightning strike. Since returning in September, the tugboat has not moved from its berth in Dockyard.

Considering the nature of the survey, Simmons said he expected some kind of report detailing the work that was conducted on the tugboat, but even after inquiring, no information regarding the work or the cost has been shared with him.

Mr Simmons said the problems left for him and his crew – while not irreversible – would cost “a lot”, and expressed his exasperation over the cost of repairing things that were supposedly dealt with in the first place, adding that he was “mystified” at the quality of the work.

Examples of this, he pointed out, included the fitting of bolts that were too small to hold the tugboat’s rubbing rail, and a brand-new air-conditioning system that he said required more energy to operate than the ship could provide. The bolts used, said a Bermuda government spokeswoman, “were per the tug’s original design specifications”, and their use was approved by Lloyd’s “with all repair work being surveyed by them upon completion to ensure that the tug’s rub rail was fit for purpose.”

She also said that the air-conditioning unit was installed “after many years of living with an under-sized air-conditioning unit on board that inadequately cooled the accommodation block of the tug. Steps were taken at the yard to fit a larger air-conditioning plant recommended by an experienced marine air-conditioning company. This was known to necessitate various peripheral air-conditioning system changes with the final work currently being completed in Bermuda. Correctly managed, the existing generator is sufficient to power on-board systems."

The Tug Powerful departed Bermuda on May 26th 2013 for Jacksonville, Florida shipyard where she underwent detailed survey of her hull, rudders and propellers; inspection of her anchoring system; bottom and hull painting as well as various repairs to her side fendering. (Source: The Royal Gazette)

Lauren L arrives at Colombo Dockyard for routine maintenance

France’s Titan Fleet Management, a specialist yacht management company, has returned to Colombo Dockyard with 90m LOA luxury superyacht Lauren L for her routine repair.

Lauren L is an impressively spacious and exceptionally serviced superyacht built in 2002 by German company Cassens-Werft. It has a steel hull and superstructure, and features interior and exterior design by Alpha Marine.

The luxury yacht called in for her intermediate class survey and related dry-docking repairs. Colombo had previously provided repair services to the owners on two occasions in 2012. The first was the 10-year class renewal survey and soon after extensive grounding damage repairs.

During this dry-docking call, work was carried out across the yacht, including hull treatment; fire unit inspection (including routine annual inspection of the fire extinguisher); electrical, automation and electronic systems checks; engine overhaul; and rudder removal.

Cammell Laird unveils O&M plans

Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird has lodged plans to build a marine operations and maintenance facility to service offshore projects in Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea.

The shipbuilder is seeking planning permission from Wirral Council to develop a 16,000ft2 building on the site of a parking lot at Alabama Way, Liverpool, which would include a river berth served by an 80m-long floating pontoon in the Mersey estuary to allow crew to embark on support maintenance operations at any state of the tide, a two-story office building linked to a single-story warehouse, new parking areas for staff and visitors, plus a new ramp for the pontoon access.

It would be used for day-to-day monitoring, routine servicing, maintenance and emergency repair of offshore facilities and associated marine infrastructure. The proposed pontoon and facilities would also be available for the use of emergency vessels, such as lifeboats and inshore rescue boats.

Agent Ainsley Gommon said, “The operator wishes to create a facility to enable offshore operations, such as wind farms in the Irish Sea to be operated and maintained from a Wirral-based shore facility.”

Drydocks World repairs NDC drilling rig

Drydocks World has completed a major repair and refurbishment of National Drilling Company’s (NDC) jack up drilling rig Al Ittihad.

The repair and refurbishment package on the rig included preload, void, bilge and diesel tank steel repair with nearly 125 metric tons of steel being used to renew the inside of the tanks. A securing system for the rig floor was designed, fabricated and installed. In addition, inspection was carried out underwater. The sea cooling line for main air compressors and pipes for barite tanks were replaced, the flaring line was re-routed, a 50m cement line was renewed and mud valves of the stand pipe manifold were changed. 

The shipyard’s Global Offshore Services has also shared its resources and experience in overhauling the cantilever skidding units. The preload tanks were blasted and these and the hull were painted. The rig’s three cranes were overhauled and extensive machining was carried out. Blasting and painting, replacement of electrical cables, replacement of structural angle bars and beams were other work that was completed on the derrick. Hydro-blasting and painting of legs, overhauling of AC works in accommodation, and two generator alternators for the engine formed part of the job.

Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, CEO of NDC, underlined the importance of the modernization projects of the existing rigs in raising the level of reliability and productivity of the company’s rig fleet: “These major repair and refurbishment projects, along with the undergoing expansion plans to acquire a growing number of state-of-the-art offshore and onshore rigs, are contributing greatly to advancing NDC’s operational excellence and maintaining the highest levels of safety, environment protection and efficient performance.”

Major maintenance undertaken on AIDAluna

AIDAluna left the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg after extensive maintenance work was carried out from April 26 to May 5, 2014. Work on the cruise ship included the installation of the first elements of a comprehensive filter system with which AIDA Cruises is gradually fitting out its fleet.

The system for the treatment of exhaust gas emissions, which was developed within the Carnival Group, uses a new technology built in a compact form, making it possible to technically integrate all the main cleaning stages for the first time. After its stay at the shipyard, AIDAluna is now fitted with the first element of the system – a so-called scrubber – that reduces sulfur oxide emissions by around 90%. Further elements of the exhaust gas treatment system will be installed in due course.

As well as this, scheduled class and maintenance work was carried out on AIDAluna, including on the stabilizers, steering gear, the ship’s body and the machinery. The deck floorings, staterooms and public areas have also been restored to new glory. The deck floorings were replaced – including more than 2,000m² of carpeting – upholstery was cleaned, and painting and leather treatment work was carried out.

April 2014

Hainan’s largest yacht maintenance facility opens

The largest yacht maintenance facility in China's Hainan province, Sanya Visun Tuscany Yaching, has opened in Sanya, Hainan. The new venture is between Italian collaborative Toscana Refit and Visun Royal Yacht Club, and will start offering repair and refit services for yachts up to 37m by the end of 2014. The maintenance facility boasts 750m2 of on-land area and 1,000m2 of waterfront area. 

The facility will have an Italian general manager with experience in the field, while other Italian technicians will constantly visit to keep the local team trained up to international standards and to provide assistance during particularly complex projects. 

Wang Dafu, president of Visun Royal Yacht Club, said, “This new maintenance facility will also support the increasing yacht fleet in the emerging Chinese market.”

The two companies have already applied to local government to acquire a piece of land in the new development area of Yacheng Town. This site will be home to its second yacht maintenance facility, a 66,000m2 shipyard dedicated to the repair and refit of yachts up to 80m. This new facility will be fully operational by the end of 2015 and is expected to become a worldwide landmark for yacht repair and maintenance.

Damen opens new shipyard in Vietnam

Vietnamese Minister of Transport, Nguyen Hong Truong, carried out the official Vietnamese ribbon-cutting ceremony for the latest addition to Damen Shipyards Group’s portfolio. Damen Song Cam, a brand new yard, is one of the largest in the Group and represents Damen’s first formal joint-venture yard in Vietnam.

Pim Schuurman, area director Asia Pacific of Damen Shipyards Group, explained how maintenance projects will prove easier: “Special work platforms are fitted at 5m and 8m, so employees are able to work very close to the main deck of the vessels, making the logistics very efficient and the walking distances very short. Components can be stored on the platforms so outfitters don’t need to climb up and down; it is as if you are building the vessel on the ground floor. Everything is to hand, so it is less tiring for people.”

Swing arms on the top of the vessels give access to power, oxygen and compressed air. A Rolls-Royce Syncrolift shiplift, with a platform of 60m long x 24m wide, is also on-site. And directly next to the site of Damen Song Cam there is a further 43ha, which will be developed as a maritime industrial zone.

In the short term, Damen Song Cam will also be carrying out all of the detailed engineering in Vietnam and will be directly ordering parts and components within Damen’s framework agreements.

McDermott hired for repair job offshore UAE

McDermott International has announced that its dive support vessel, Thebaud Sea, was recently mobilized for an emergency pipeline repair intervention offshore of the United Arab Emirates.

“Pipeline failures can often result in significant production loss, which is why reaction speed to these cases is critical,” said Scott Cummins, executive vice president, offshore. “Although there is added pressure due to the impact in oil revenues, health, safety and the environment remains at the forefront for emergency pipeline repair systems (EPRS). The pipeline must be safely isolated and then stabilized before any repairs can be executed, to ensure the safety of the diver and the environment.”

With the support of in-house offshore resources, McDermott engineering teams have completed several EPRS studies on behalf of a number of clients. For each repair scenario, an individually tailored solution was delivered to cater to specific emergency responses to pipeline damage.

“Every case is unique, which is why the approach must be robust enough to handle any given situation,” said Cummins. “Our operational knowledge, experience and expertise defines our engineering deliverables as real solutions, over theoretical studies. We are pleased that our clients have shown repeat confidence in our EPRS capabilities.”

Caterpillar engines given maintenance overhaul

Finning Power Systems has completed a major overhaul of two Caterpillar engines in one of the vessels in the Thames Clippers’ fleet within its 10-day annual shutdown period, ensuring zero downtime was incurred during regular business hours.

With the Hurricane Clipper having operated for approximately 12,000 hours of service, Thames Clippers approached Finning to complete an overhaul of its engines to ensure reliability and performance could be maintained. 

The Caterpillar engines removed from the vessel were taken to Finning’s dedicated marine engine workshop, where certified engineers conducted the maintenance. This bare block strip and rebuild included replacement cylinder heads, cylinder packs, all new bearings, turbo chargers, fuel injectors, water pumps and other ancillary components. 

Turbine installation vessel arrives at Damen shipyard for maintenance

Alewijnse Marine Systems, a system integrator, is playing a significant role in the maintenance of the turbine installation vessel MPI Resolution, owned by Vroon Group’s MPI Offshore. MPI Resolution has arrived at the Damen Arno Dunkerque shipyard, where the work will take place.

Its role in MPI Resolution’s mandatory maintenance requires Alewijnse to work on the vessel’s electrical systems, including the alternators and electric motors. Two auxiliary alternators, four main alternators and 12 electric motors will be overhauled in a special workshop in the Netherlands. The reconditioning service includes the electric isolation of the units, their disconnection and reconnection, and their transport from and to the shipyard.

“To perform the maintenance for the key electrical components on this sophisticated vessel is a valuable vote of confidence in Alewijnse and its capabilities,” said Alewijnse marine Rotterdam contract manager Yuri Nieuwenhuizen. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate to Damen Arno Dunkerque the capabilities that we have employed in recent years at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen. Our ability to deploy the right numbers of staff with the right skills to wherever they are required gives clients like Damen the reassurance that their exact needs will always be met, at the agreed quality and pricing levels.”

Atlantic Pacific Marine slashes out-of-service days

Removing a 132 metric ton engine from an 11-deck luxury cruise liner while it’s in service may sound impossible, but that’s exactly what marine engineer Atlantic Pacific Marine (APM) has done. The company teamed up with wire sawing expert Drillcut (UK) to cut one of Disney Wonder’s Sulzer ZA40S engines into 32 separate sections. The sections were then lifted out and off-loaded, enabling ultra-fast engine replacement once the liner had dry-docked in the Grand Bahama Shipyard. In all, the innovative process saved six dry-docked days.

“The job was such a success that we’re already dealing with another five enquiries for the same service,” said APM’s managing director, Leroy Bishop. “The time and money savings are obviously very attractive, both in terms of project turnaround and also the negation of dry-docked, out-of-service days. So, too, are the inherent health and safety advantages. As there is no hot work involved, there are no fumes or fire risks. Also our methodology means zero disturbance to passengers and crew.”

Hyde Guardian to reduce maintenance challenges for tug boat ballast tanks

Hyde Marine’s Hyde Guardian HG150 ballast water treatment system will be installed on a tug boat for an articulated tug barge, making it the 300th Hyde Guardian unit sold.

Hyde Marine’s ballast water treatment systems are ideal for vessel applications that have short runs, operate in multiple salinities, or require quick turnarounds. Hyde Guardian systems provide a safe, efficient solution to meet ballasting needs without interfering with vessel operations or requiring extra crew time.

“The Hyde Guardian Gold ballast water treatment system is ideal for retrofits as it provides the compact size required by a growing number of shipowners and operators, while maintaining the robust construction and technological specifications necessary to meet stringent ballast water treatment regulations,” said John Platz, president of Hyde Marine.

Hyde Marine has also announced that retrofit installations are now scheduled for eight cable laying ships for TE SubCom’s Reliance Class vessels, which are specifically designed and constructed for cable maintenance and construction, trenching, mattressing, and salvage operations.


March 2014

Sembcorp to integrate Singapore yards at new mega-shipyard

Sembcorp Marine has set up a mega-shipyard in Singapore to service the global oil and gas and marine sectors and to maintain a competitive edge in the construction of exploration rig and production platforms, ship conversion, repairs and maintenance.

Sembcorp’s Singapore shipyards – Jurong Shipyard, Sembawang Shipyard, Sembawang Marine and Offshore Engineering (SMOE), rig builder PPL Shipyard, and vessel repair company Jurong SML – will be consolidated at the new Sembmarine Integrated Yard at Tuas by 2024. The 73.3ha Phase 1 began operations on August 5, 2013, while yard development work continues on the other two phases at the 206ha site.

The 34.5ha Phase 2 yard is expected to begin operations in the next three to four years. The site is adjacent to and north of the Phase 1 development. The yard features the latest in production technologies, processes and equipment, and represents a major step forward in the marine and offshore industry’s efforts to transform itself for sustainable long-term growth.

Goh Geok Ling, chairman of Sembcorp Marine said, "The ground-breaking of our Phase I Integrated New Yard Facility marks a defining moment in our history and a great leap forward as we forge ahead into our next phase of growth. With its innovative work-efficient design, the state-of-the-art yard development will further bolster our home-base capabilities to deliver value-added cost-competitive solutions to our customer partners. The new yard will be an invaluable asset that will be a key catalyst in sharpening Sembcorp Marine’s competitive edge for long-term sustainable growth."

Cammell Laird welcomes RFA Fort Victoria for US$78m refit

UK shipyard and engineering service provider Cammell Laird has begun a US$78m refit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria.

The massive refit will be the biggest ever undertaken by the yard since it began its 25-year through-life support ‘cluster’ contract to maintain nine of the 13 ships in the RFA flotilla in 2008.

Cammell Laird project director Spencer Atkinson, who will be leading the refit, said it would be one of the most detailed ever undertaken by the yard, employing 200 skilled workers plus sub-contractors over nearly a year. "A huge amount of work has already gone into preparing for this refit, such as the pre manufacturing of pipe work, steel work and ordering long lead equipment as well as extensive planning.”

"The main jobs on this contract will include an accommodation uplift, the replacement of six diesel generators, with complete new fuel, lub oil, salt water and fresh water systems and new pumps. In addition we are overhauling the engine, main propulsion systems and steering systems. Another big job will be the installation of two ballast water treatment plants using the latest environmentally friendly technology and know-how," Atkinson said.

"Elsewhere we are replacing two sewage treatment plants, installing new reverse osmosis plants and a new incinerator, and upgrading all crane ammunition handling equipment. We are also replacing the fire detection system throughout the vessel and installing a new local fire suppression system on the main engines and generators. All the weapons and weapon systems will also be overhauled. Meanwhile, extensive general dry-docking works will be undertaken, including painting and blasting of tanks and the underwater hull and painting the superstructure, including all the decks.

ASRY hits repair record

Gulf-based Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) recently saw six vessels under repair simultaneously on its dual slipways, which helped bring in a 7.24% increase in revenues in 2013.

ASRY says slipway occupancy has risen year on year since opening in 2008, with 2013’s revenues attributed directly to slipway work increasing since 2012. Last year, the slipways contributed 6.5% of total revenues for the yard.

The six vessels matched the previous record for number of vessels accommodated simultaneously on the slipways. They included the Britol 64 tug, which was in for routine drydock hull treatment, crane shaft overhaul and top overhauling of port and starboard engines; the Smit Martinique tug, in for routine drydocking jobs, starboard engine overhaul and seal renewal. Also in for routine drydocking work was the Al Moayyed 26 and 24 tugs, the UDC Blue hopper dredger and Arabiyah 5 jack-up rig.

The twin slipways, each with a dry berth length of 225m, are ideal for accommodating offshore service boats, large tugs and supply vessels. Designed with a vertical curve, they also facilitate new building activities at the upper end. Vessels approximately 15,000 tonnes, and with beams up to 4.5m, can be easily slipped up under normal daily tidal conditions. The slipways are all equipped with all required shore facilities and are services by two 80 tonnes crawler cranes with ample reach.

Vigor Shipyards awarded USS Momsen drydocking contract

The US Department of the Defense Navy, has announced that Vigor Shipyards Inc in Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a US$30,703,417 contract action for repair and alteration of naval assets.

The DoD explained that this body of work is being awarded under an existing five-year contract for planning and execution of repair and alteration to surface ships while in drydock.

The USS Momsen will undergo a drydocking selected restricted availability, which is an opportunity in the ship's life to conduct repairs and alterations to systems and the hull that can not be undertaken when the ship is waterborne. Work will be performed in Seattle and is expected to be complete by October 2014.

The DoD adds that for FY 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of US$8,405,188 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Oilfield plans 25 days of maintenance

Britain's biggest oilfield, Buzzard, will undergo 25 days of planned maintenance starting in late July 2014, its operator Nexen has confirmed.

During this period production will be offline but the outage coincides with the planned 14-day shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS), which is scheduled to begin at the end of July.

February 2014

BAE Systems lands maintenance contract worth US$36m

Work is underway on the new US$36m contract to support and provide maintenance to the Royal Navy's River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

Following a successful track record of supporting these Portsmouth-based ships for over a decade, and after a competitive tender process, BAE Systems was awarded the contract in September 2013, guaranteeing the work for the next five years.

The maintenance contract will provide the Royal Navy with 320 operationally available days per ship per year. This will enable the ships to remain at sea as much as possible to carry out their primary roles of fishery protection, environmental protection, search and rescue, and maritime security.

"The Royal Navy can be assured that the high ship availability we have achieved over the past 10 years will continue. I am delighted that we have won the contract in competition to deliver this highly regarded service," said Richard Dingley, fleet services director, BAE Systems Maritime Services.

Damen Shiprepair Brest wins double order

Damen Shiprepair Brest, France, received a booking for the dry-docking and repair of two shuttle tankers managed by Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers A/S. The 88,109 GRT sister vessels, Karen Knutsen and Sallie Knutsen, are expected to arrive at the end of February and the middle of March.

Damen Brest's managing director, Jos Goris, said, "We are very pleased with the order from Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers. Shuttle tankers are delicate vessels and require a high level of operational reliability, hence the selection criteria for a dry-docking will always be carefully considered by owners and operators. We are happy to see that Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers has chosen Damen Shiprepair Brest."

New ship repair business opens in North Sydney

The Dartmouth-based marine industrial repair company, Canadian Maritime Engineering, has set up shop at North Sydney harbor. The 100% purchase from a local businessman was finalized about a month ago and the company has already begun its first major repair project with the arrival of the 102ft RJ Ballot tug for repairs.

"Out of Dartmouth we do a lot of work for the navy and the coastguard and we are hoping we can bring some of that work this way," said Jamey Nicholson, a project manager for Canadian Maritime Engineering. "Due to the size of the facility, we now have the capability to manage up to 25,000 metric tons, which will bring bigger vessels and longer contracts."

Hendry builds drydock at Port of Tampa

Hendry Corporation, a shipbuilding and repair facility at the Port of Tampa, has just completed building a 2,500 metric ton drydock at its facility at Port Hendry. The drydock, named the Captain F M Hendry, is capable of lifting ocean going tugs, barges and vessels completely out of the water for inspection and repair.

"With the addition of this drydock, we will be able to greatly increase our capabilities and position ourselves strategically for the future," said Joe Cimino, vice president of Hendry Corporation. The dock will enable us to build and repair larger vessels than we could previously handle."

At a cost of US$3.2 million, the drydock was made possible by a MARAD Federal Grant under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, which is designed to help shipyards modernize facilities, increase productivity and make them more competitive.

ASRY reaches maintenance landmark

Bahrain-based ASRY has said that it recently repaired its 4,000th ship, a landmark achieved after 36 years of operation.

The vessel representing this milestone for the yard was the LPG tanker Gas Al Gurain, owned by Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), which, appropriately, is one of ASRY's longest standing customers. The 50,000dwt ship underwent an extensive scope of work including hull and ballast tank treatment, main engine overhaul and propeller shaft refit.

Other recent visitors included two vessels calling for addition of waste heat recovery systems, using an exhaust gas economizer to make use of heat energy from the ships' diesel generators. These were the Al Farahidi, a container ship operated by United Arab Shipping Co, and Progress, a Norwegian LPG tanker owned by Transpetrol TM.

Zamil Offshore Services used ASRY to carry out a conversion of its AHTS Zamil 63 to a dynamically positioned (DP2) diving support vessel. This, says ASRY, brought together several of the yard's diversified skill sets: design, engineering, production and construction. Finally, Odfjell Management of the USA sent its chemical carrier Bow Firda for installation of a Mewis Duct. This was in order to cut fuel consumption by an estimated 8% and the work was completed in six days, which ASRY considers to be a record time for such work.

January 2014

New Cardinal Division offers 24/7 offshore vessel maintenance

Cardinal Companies International, headquartered in Alvin, Texas, has launched Cardinal Marine to provide ship repair and dockside services, offering 24/7 marine services for topside repairs with the capability to deliver support and services worldwide.

The company says it mobilizes its crews to meet clients wherever is most convenient for them to berth, and perform any repairs and services on-site at local ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico. This service alone saves the customer time and money even before any services are performed.

Cardinal Marine specializes in mobilizations and demobilizations of OSV's, OCV's and seismic vessels. Cardinal's mobile platform and support organization enables its crews to perform the largest or smallest of tasks that are required where it is logistically most beneficial to its clients.

BAE to drydock USS Wasp

The US Department of Defense has issued a US$14 million modification to a previously awarded Navy contract to BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, in Norfolk, Virginia, for the USS Wasp's dry-docking maintenance, alterations and modifications.

Work will be performed on the multipurpose amphibious assault ship in Norfolk, and is expected to be completed by November 2014.

NAVSEA completes waterjet seal and evaluation on USS Fort Worth

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) divers have completed the first full underwater waterjet seal and evaluation on a littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).

LCS class ships use waterjets instead of propellers for propulsion. Each waterjet draws seawater in through a duct, increases the water's pressure and then ejects it, causing the ship to move. To protect these waterjets from internal corrosion, the LCS class uses a cathodic protection system, by which the waterjets are equipped with sacrificial metal structures that are specifically designed to corrode. Because these structures corrode easily, it keeps the rest of the waterjet structure safe from rusting or pitting.

"It is important to have this underwater process to provide a cost-effective, timely and manageable procedure to the LCS fleet," said Joe Theodorou, SUPSALV program manager. "Having this capability saves the Navy US$100 million in drydock costs in the San Diego area."

MSC container ship hull damage to be repaired at Anchorage

Specialists of the Canadian Ministry of Transportation, Germanischer Lloyd (GL), as well as representatives of the shipyard, insurance, charterer and owners REEDEREI NSB have decided after inspecting the damaged MSC Monterey (anchored south of Newfoundland) that permanent repairs can be carried out on-site.

After inspection of the crack on the main deck and the outer hull, as well as conducting comprehensive ultrasonic tests, all experts consider the cause of the crack to be a defective welding seam. Classification society GL has decided in cooperation with all involved parties to have the final repair of the damage carried out on-site instead of a provisional repair.

Until the completion of repairs, the vessel is anchored in St. Mary's Bay at a sheltered location in the south of Newfoundland. The crack on the main deck and the outer hull is unchanged, measuring 1.5m on the main deck and extending for approximately 30cm into the outer hull. Repairs will be carried out by a Canadian company with experience in this field and will probably take seven days. A representative of GL will supervise works on-site, and it is planned that after completion MSC Monterey will continue her voyage as part of her charter to MSC as soon as possible thereafter.

Winter work kicks off at Great Lakes Shipyard

The arrival of Interlake Steamship Company's articulated tug-barge Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder marks the start of the winter layup season at Great Lakes Shipyard. The ATB will remain berthed in the yard for planned repairs and routine maintenance, as well as various inspections and miscellaneous renewals.

Other layup and repair work scheduled for this winter will include Inland Lakes Management's S/S Alpena, American Steamship Company's M/V Sam Laud, and McKeil Marine's tug Leonard M and barge Huron Spirit.

Viking refits four NGSCO vessels with LRRS systems

The National Gas Shipping Company (NGSCO) of Abu Dhabi has said that new Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems (LRRS) are being installed in advance of new IMO regulations coming into force this year.

The combination of the innovative Nadiro Drop-in-Ball technology and Viking UAE's certified lifeboat service technicians were the perfect solution to achieve compliance.

New IMO regulations call for major and mandatory improvements to safeguard lives during lifeboat drills and during emergencies at sea. For more than a decade LRRS, including on-load release hooks, have been the cause of numerous accidents, some involving fatalities. Those accidents have tarnished the reputation of lifeboats as safety devices.

The award-winning Drop-in-Ball system developed by Denmark-based NADIRO A/S improves on conventional hooks, using hydraulics instead of cables, and intuitive controls inside the lifeboats. It was the first to be listed in the IMO GISIS database of compliant LRRS systems. Today it is also approved by DNV, ABS, LR and USCG.

December 2013

Expansion capital for Subsea Global Solutions

Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), a leader in underwater repair and maintenance on sea-going vessels, off-shore structures and marine construction, has announced that Lariat Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm, has provided it with expansion capital to create a platform to reach new global markets and invest in new facilities, equipment and technology as well as highly specialized professionals.

The investment will enable SGS to grow organically and continue to address and improve its underwater repair and maintenance services to the global marine industry.

"This investment will not only enable us to expand our strategic footprint in key global geographic locations, but also enhance our unique skill-set and state-of-the-art methodologies of marine repair," said Paul Peters, CEO of Subsea Global Solutions’ US-based branches. "It means continuing to invest and expand our standardized equipment, processes and repair techniques, many of which are unique to SGS. As a result, we foresee a higher quality, cost-effective and faster response time servicing our clients around the world.”

Marioff signs five-year maintenance agreement

Marioff, a supplier of water-mist fire-protection technology and system solutions worldwide under the brand HI-FOG, has signed a five-year frame agreement to service and maintain such systems already installed onboard 66 cruise vessels owned by Carnival Corporation.

According to the agreement, Marioff will provide a broad range of services to Carnival Corporation, including annual and breakdown maintenance, more extensive periodical preventive maintenance services, spare parts sales and crew training on system operation. Marioff has designed a standard, fleet-wide service program with Carnival Corporation to align the maintenance processes and documentation to meet the latest OEM service recommendations and IMO and class society rules.

“We are pleased to build on our longstanding relationship with Carnival Corporation. The agreement is expected to improve reliability and predictability for the cruise line, ensuring the safety of its passengers and crew onboard, while enabling business continuity in the event of fire,” said Juha Ilvonen, manager, after sales, Marioff.

“Passenger and crew safety is by far the top priority for Carnival Corporation. Our agreement with Marioff is part of our renewed focus on fire-suppression systems and represents a critical measure to uphold our strong record of safe operations,” said Umberto Sampiero, vice president, strategic global sourcing, Carnival Corporation.

Miller Boat Line’s ferry at Great Lakes Shipyard

Miller Boat Line’s ferry M/V South Bass is receiving its routine five-year drydocking and USCG inspection at Great Lakes Shipyard. The vessel was hauled out using the Marine Travelift, and the work on the vessel will be completed in two to three weeks.

This marks the first time Great Lakes Shipyard has performed work on the M/V South Bass. Since 2010, repairs have been performed on all the other ferries in the Miller Boat Line fleet, including routine five-year drydockings and inspections of the M/V Islander and M/V William Market, as well as the 2010 fabrication and installation of a 40ft mid-body extension, main engine repower, and steering system upgrades on the M/V Put-in-Bay.

The shipyard’s current order book includes fabrication of a new floating breakwater for Whiskey Island Marina, drydocking and repairs on the R/V Spencer F. Baird of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and drydocking and repairs on the US Army Corp of Engineers tug Mike Donlon.

Damen Shiprepair receives seventh LNG carrier for repair

Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSB) has received its seventh LNG carrier booking with the drydocking, maintenance and repair of the ‘BachirChihan’. The scope of work is extensive and may require up to 30,000 man-hours. The vessel is expected to stay at DSB for a month.

Jos Goris, managing director, Damen Shiprepair, said, "The yard’s workforce has shown its LNG skills and experience previously in executing secure work on LNG contracts.”

DSB has improved its efficiency, including obtaining the LRQA ISO 9001:2008 certificate, which has helped to acquire LNG carrier contracts during competitive times.

Panama Canal continues investment

In its fiscal year 2014 the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will invest approximately US$238 million in maintenance of structures and equipment to ensure a continued efficient service to the international maritime community.

"The key to the Panama Canal’s operational excellence is a combination of its committed workforce and constant maintenance,” said Esteban Saenz, executive vice president for operations. "Each year we dedicate significant resources to this aspect of the canal.”

The Panama Canal will continue the maintenance programs necessary to ensure the waterway’s optimal operating conditions. The main areas of maintenance include, among others, the navigation channel through dredging operations; the control of erosion and landslides; floating equipment such as tugboat, dredges, cranes and launches; the locks and their components; and the dams, landfills, power plants, buildings and facilities.


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