Singapore has identified offshore wind as one of the longer-term targets in the recently published Marine & Offshore Engineering Industry Transformation Map.The global offshore wind market is projected to exceed USD 130 billion by 2023 and there is an opportunity for Singapore’s oil and gas companies, hit by a prolonged downturn, to venture into this new area, according to Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran.The government plans to help the companies interested in diversifying into new industries such as the offshore wind by connecting them with stakeholders and resources, and supporting business partnerships with companies in overseas markets.One of the examples of previous projects was the collaboration between the government agency IE Singapore and the local company NauticAWT which, with IE Singapore’s assistance, completed its first offshore wind project in China, and is now exploring similar business opportunities in other parts of Asia, Iswaran said.Singapore-based oil and gas companies are already looking into ways to enter the offshore wind market, with the latest example being the offshore vessel operator Pacific Radiance.
The second phase of the RiaSoR project, designed to improve the reliability of wave and tidal energy converters through collaborative international research, has officially started.The second phase of the Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) project will aim to enable developers to validate their findings and establish a practical, condition-based monitoring platform to prepare for future arrays, where big data handling and processing will be vital to drive down operational expenditure.Building on the success of RiaSoR’s first phase, which developed a theoretical reliability assessment guideline for wave and tidal energy converters, the project aims to encourage increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sector through the reduction of associated risks and reliability enhancement.Funded through the OceanERANET initiative and led by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), RiaSoR2 brings together the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Alkit Communications, Synective Labs, CorPower Ocean, Waves4Power, Cruz Atcheson and Ocean Harvesting.The research consortium will offer a comprehensive suite of testing methodologies to wave and tidal developers that will enable a systematic approach to achieve optimal reliability and performance, while minimizing cost and time-to-market, according to EMEC.Elaine Buck, EMEC’s Technical Manager, said: “Reliability testing is tough to do in the sea. RiaSoR 2 is about establishing a methodology and testing program so we can gather data between device installation through to MTTF (mean time to failure).“The instrumentation, condition monitoring methodology applied with Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) methodology used in other more mature sectors such as the automotive and aerospace industry will be adapted in the RiaSoR project for the ocean energy sector and will provide valuable insight into prototype design development.”The RiaSoR 1 reliability guideline built upon established practices from the automotive industry where a monitoring framework is applied to a fleet of test-vehicles. Through design iterations, the reliability is improved, and a final reduced set of sensors are deployed in a commercial vehicle, according to EMEC.Johannes Hüffmeier from RISE said: “The project will be making a report on condition-based monitoring and sensing techniques for ocean energy devices available shortly.”For RiaSoR 2, components for monitoring will be equipped with several sensors to collect required data, which will then be fed into the reliability process to reduce uncertainties. Sea tests will act as case studies to feed the methodologies and training into the guideline, EMEC said.The findings will then be disseminated to other wave energy and tidal energy converter developers, and to the wider industry.
‘Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure’ made its debut in Mexico City last week, the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) said in their latest announcement. The 11th Ordinary Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS), held August 1-3, recognized the need for a sustainability strategy in ports, which includes environmental, social and economic aspects, with the theme of Sustainable Management for Port Competitiveness, said IADC.This is why it was fitting that CEDA and IADC’s upcoming publication ‘Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure’ was revealed to attendees of the recent OAS-CIP meeting.Maurice De Kok, Director Strategic Business Development at Van Oord, presented the new guidebook on behalf of IADC.Available internationally in November 2018, the guidebook contains contributions from leading specialists in the field and will serve as an authoritative guide to delivering dredging projects that enhance the natural and socio-economic systems.
Five armed individuals boarded a containership owned by Hamburg Süd in Santos anchorage, Brazil.The incident on board Cap San Marco occurred in the morning hours of December 2, 2018, a spokesperson of Hamburg Süd confirmed to World Maritime News.The deckhand on watch, a Filipino national, was set upon and tied up by perpetrators.“The most important for us is that our crew member is doing well,” the spokesperson said.As informed, the intruders attempted to hide cocaine inside a container. After the criminals had fled, one container was found with a broken seal with no cocaine inside it.Following a thorough check of the boxship, Brazilian authorities found some 402 kilos of cocaine hidden in another container. The cocaine is believed to have been loaded during the ship’s previous call at Paranagua port, Brazil.“The cocaine found on board is not related to this incident in Santos,” the spokesperson of Hamburg Süd further said.An investigation into the incident has been launched.Built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2013, the 9,814 TEU Cap San Marco is scheduled to continue its voyage to Algeciras, Spain, according to data provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff
Eighty people were injured when a Japanese jetfoil ferry hit what seemed to be a whale in the Sea of Japan. The incident occurred on March 9, 2019, when Ginga, operated by Sado Steam Ship company, was en route from Niigata Port to Sado Island, Japan.The ferry was carrying 121 people at the time of the incident. Six out of the eighty hospitalized sustained severe injuries, the company said in a statement.Ginga managed to arrive at Ryotsu Port in Sado Island under its own power. Sado Steam Ship company informed that all further voyages of Ginga have been canceled.As a result of the collision with the “marine creature”, the ship’s hull was damaged and needs to be repaired.An investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched.World Maritime News Staff
The U.S. President, Donald Trump, is increasing the pressure on China to reach a trade agreement with his plan to increase existing tariffs and targeting billions of additional goods.The move has increased tensions in trade talks between the world’s two largest economies. Just last week, the U.S. President said the officials were making progress on the deal, only to now reveal that discussions with China continue, “but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate”.According to a social media update on May 5, Trump would increase the earlier set 10% tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% as of Friday. This would reverse the decision to deep the tariffs at 10% made in February 2019 after the two sides made progress on the deal.Additionally, Trump would target a further USD 325 billion of Chinese goods “shortly” with 25% tariffs.After their meeting in Beijing last week, Chinese and U.S. officials are scheduled to meet again in Washington on May 8, Reuters said, adding that the new tariffs would depend on these talks.World Maritime News Staff
German research institute Fraunhofer IWES has presented the now fully operational rotor blade bearings test bench during the inauguration of a new test site in Hamburg.The goal of the BEAT 6.1 test bench (Bearing Endurance and Acceptance Test rig) is to lower development costs and reduce yield loss in order to make it more economical to operate wind turbines of up to 10MW.The first test runs for bearings in continuous operation have already been conducted and will be followed by others up until mid-August. Following the test runs in the public project, the infrastructure will be made open for use by all interested parties.For the endurance tests for bearings for wind turbines up to 10MW, the test engineers at Fraunhofer IWES use data analyses to create time series which simulate various damage mechanisms. This makes it possible to test the resilience of bearings over their entire service life within just a few months prior to their installation in a wind turbine, Fraunhofer IWES said.“The new test bench at the site in Hamburg bundles activities and also facilitates the experimental testing of bearings for the next generation of wind turbines. With the BEAT 6.1. test bench, Fraunhofer IWES has further enhanced its portfolio of validation services, which help turbine and component manufacturers to verify further and new developments prior to their market launch,” said Andreas Reuter, Managing Director of Fraunhofer IWES.Rotor blade bearings measuring 5 meters in diameter from the HAPT (Highly Accelerated Pitch Bearing Test) research project have been tested on the new test bench right from the very start. The test series with function and fatigue tests will continue to run up to summer 2021.The goal is to develop methods for the accelerated testing of blade bearings in cooperation with the research partners, the bearing manufacturer IMO, and the Institute of Machine Elements, Engineering Design, and Tribology (IMKT) at Leibniz University Hanover.“The possibility of testing IMO bearings on this unique bench gives us a real knowledge edge. When designing new and ever larger bearings in the future, we will be able to refer to comparisons between various bearing concepts,” said Dr. Henrik Albertsen, Head of Application Technology at IMO.
Image courtesy of CloughPerth-based LNG engineer Clough, as part of the Clough PPM joint venture, has been awarded the EPC contract for the loadout line trestle for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia.The $40 billion-worth Kitimat project includes a liquefaction facility, a 670 km pipeline from Dawson Creek and a marine terminal. Construction activities began in October 2018, with a target in-service date of the middle of the next decade.At full capacity, the terminal will convert and export as much as 26 million tons of LNG per year, primarily to Asia. This represents roughly 20 percent of overall gas production in Canada.Clough CEO and managing director Peter Bennett said: “We are extremely pleased by the award of this scope. This project award also represents Clough’s first major international marine contract since 2010.”The project team will initially be based in Clough’s Calgary office for the design phase of the contract, followed by mobilization to the Kitimat site, which will commence in due course for the construction phase.
Japanese supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms MODEC has revised its consolidated forecast for the full-year ended December 31, amid the recording of extraordinary loss and the company’s recent business performance.Under the previous forecast, the company’s revenue stood at 320 trillion yen, while the revised forecast sets it at 330 trillion yen (USD 2.9 billion). However, the company’s profit attributable to owners of the parent was downgraded from 0 million yen to 185.5 billion yen in the red.The company said that the extraordinary loss was being recorded for the necessary repairs on the hull of FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro MV14 worth approximately 17 billion yen (USD 156.1 million).MODEC said that cracks were found on the hull of the FPSO which has been out of the production since July 2018 and under removal operations from offshore Brazil.In order to tow out the FPSO to a scrap yard outside of Brazil for the final decommissioning, it has been required to repair the cracks and also to remove NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) and coral in a shipyard in Brazil.“Because sharing of repair costs with ESPADARTE MV14 B.V. which owns the FPSO and insurance payments from our insurers are yet to be determined due to unfinished root cause analysis of the incident, MODEC, INC. and its consolidated subsidiaries (MODEC International, Inc. and MODEC Serviços de Petróleo do Brasil Ltda.) will have no other choice but to record a provision for estimated repair costs of approximate 17 billion yen as of the end of this financial year and recognize it as extraordinary loss in the fourth quarter of 2019,” the company said in a statement.The repair works will be completed in the first quarter 2020.Separately, the company said that it has secured two FPSO deals with industry majors.Specifically, MODEC, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni have inked a deal to proceed with the deepwater FPSO charter project for Marlim Field off the coast of Brazil.Based on these agreements, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni will invest in Marlim1 MV33 B.V., a Dutch company established by MODEC, and the companies will proceed with the project jointly.The move follows a Letter of Intent for a long-term charter agreement for the deployment of the FPSO which MV33 received in October 2019 from the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras.The FPSO, to be named FPSO Anita Garibaldi MV33, will be chartered for 25 years under this charter agreement, starting in 2022.Furthermore, MODEC signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement with Equinor Brasil Energia Ltda, a subsidiary of Equinor ASA, to supply an FPSO vessel for the Bacalhau (formerly Carcará) field offshore Brazil.MODEC was awarded a Pre-Front End Engineering Design contract for the FPSO in December 2018 and has now been selected as the turnkey contractor.This contract is based on a two-step award. The FEED and pre-investment are starting now, with an option for the execution phase under a lump sum turnkey contract setup which includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation for the entire FPSO scopes. Option for the contract is subject to Equinor’s planned investment decision for the Bacalhau project late 2020.The FPSO vessel will be deployed at the Bacalhau field, Block BM-S-8, located in the giant “pre-salt” region of the Santos Basin some 185 kilometers off the coast of the municipality of Ilhabela/SP, in the state of São Paulo. Equinor’s field partners are ExxonMobil (40%) and Petrogal Brasil (20 %)MODEC will be responsible for the design and construction of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. The FPSO vessel will be permanently moored at a water depth of approximately 2,050 meters by a spread mooring system to be supplied by MODEC group company, SOFEC, Inc. First oil production is planned in the 2023-2024 timeframe.The FPSO will be the largest FPSO ever delivered to Brazil. It will have a large topside designed to produce up to 220,000 barrels of crude oil per day, produce and inject up to 530 million standard cubic feet of associated gas per day and inject up to 200,000 barrels of seawater per day. Its minimum storage capacity of crude oil will be 2,000,000 barrels.The FPSO will be the second application of MODEC’s “M350 Hull”, a next generation new built hull for FPSOs, full double hull design, which has been developed to accommodate larger topsides and larger storage capacity than conventional VLCC tankers, with a longer design service life. The hull will be built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC) in Dalian, China.The FPSO will be MODEC’s 17th FPSO/FSO vessel in Brazil and MODEC’s 9th FPSO in the pre-salt region, as well as MODEC’s first contract with Equinor.
The recently announced U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Work Plan includes $19 million in funding for the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project (FHCIP). Port Freeport, Texas, is one of two seaports nationwide to receive a “new start” designation for commencement of construction.The estimated total cost of the project is $295 million, of which the federal government share is $165 million and Port Freeport as the local sponsor will contribute the remaining $130 million to be funded by the 2018 voter-approved bond package.This vitally important project will deepen the Freeport Harbor Channel to depths ranging from 51 to 56 feet.“The inclusion of the FHCIP in the 2020 Work Plan is a significant milestone in the construction of the channel deepening and widening,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Executive Director/CEO.“A deeper channel and navigation improvements will allow the Freeport Harbor Channel to support the growing energy exports and need for more efficient transits using deeper draft vessels achieving greater economies of scale for our port and channel partners.” The channel deepening project has been a strategic initiative for Port Freeport for many years, with the feasibility study being initiated in 2003 and receiving congressional authorization in 2014.