PHOTO: Brance Diversified Busy at Amelia Island

first_imgImage source: Brance DiversifiedBrance Diversified, Inc., a dredging and marine construction company servicing the state of Florida and surrounding areas, is currently conducting dredging operations in Amelia Island on Creekside Drive.So far, the Jacksonville based dredging contractor removed approximately 42,000 cubic yards of material from the Amelia Island Marina. The clean-up work at this site is underway at the moment, said Jennifer Mitchell from Brance Diversified.“We are also currently wrapping up some dredging work at the Vilano Boat Ramp in St. Augustine,” added Mitchell.Brance Diversified has just released this amazing photo from the Amelia Island dredging scheme.[mappress mapid=”24542″]last_img

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Offshore Wind Could Create 36,000 Jobs in Northeast U.S.

first_imgThe States of Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island released three reports today, 2 November, setting out the context for offshore wind development in the U.S. Northeast and revealing its potential economic development benefits.The reports, produced as part of the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind Development, say the region has the potential for offshore wind deployment of between 4GW and 8GW by 2030 and the creation of up to 36,000 jobs.The three reports released today include Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization which identifies the opportunities and challenges that will shape the offshore wind market, U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind that quantifies the job impacts of offshore wind development and specifies the types of jobs to be created, and U.S. Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Study which examines the functional requirements and costs of constructing purpose-built vessels that would comply with the U.S. Jones Act and meet the needs of the U.S. offshore wind industry.The states will use the three reports’ findings to identify opportunities for cooperative actions that can contribute to the responsible deployment of offshore wind in the Northeast at a scale necessary to reduce costs and establish a regional supply chain.The reports were produced for representatives of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and the Clean Energy States Alliance, as part of the Roadmap Project which is funded in part by a USD 592,683 grant to NYSERDA from the U.S. Department of Energy’s federally administered State Energy Program.The Regional Market Characterization was produced by a research team led by Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC and including AWS Truepower, Daymark Energy Advisors, and Meister Consultants Group.The jobs study was carried out by BVG Associates, an international consultancy with extensive experience tracking the job impacts of the offshore wind industry in Europe.GustoMSC, an international leader in designing and engineering vessels and equipment for offshore applications, researched and wrote the vessel study.An Advisory Committee representing a range of energy sector, economic, and environmental expertise reviewed and provided feedback on drafts of the reports.last_img read more

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Rotech Wins Harbor Clearance Contract

first_imgRotech Subsea Ltd. has won a significant harbor clearance work scope and are set to deploy a new RS1 excavation tool which has been specially adapted to meet demand from port authorities.Based on the subsea innovator’s high pressure RS1 excavator, the evolved tool has been adapted in-house by Rotech Engineering for excavating difficult to access areas, such as underneath pontoons or piers. The modifications were carried out by the Aberdeen group’s on-site fabrication unit, Rotech Fabrication.“We are delighted to mobilize our new RS1 tool on this harbor clearance scope,” said Rotech’s Director of Subsea, Steve Cochrane. “We have been in dialogue with a number of key Port Authorities recently and our in-house Engineering and Fabrication division have subsequently developed, built and tuned a tool to meets their requirements.”“It’s a great example of the flexibility of the RS design,” added Cochrane. “But also a great demonstration of the group’s ability to work closely with clients to produce bespoke tools to meet their subsea needs.”According to Rotech, the RS1 will mobilize for the undisclosed UK Port Authority client in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Spliethoff Adds More Secondhand Vessels to Its Fleet

first_imgDutch shipping company Spliethoff Group has added more of the former Hansa Heavy Lift vessels, expanding its fleet with a total of ten units.The company recently took over the 20,100 dwt Pietersgracht (HHL Kobe) and four 19,450 dwt units, namely Pijlgracht (HHL Lagos), Poolgracht (HHL Fremantle), Pauwgracht (HHL Richards Bay) and Paleisgracht (HHL Tokyo).Earlier in 2019, the company acquired the 12,750 dwt Hudsongracht (HHL Elbe), Humbergracht (HHL Tyne), Heerengracht (HHL Amur) and Houtmangracht (HHL Mississippi). These vessels were added to Spliethoff’s H-Type series, now consisting of five vessels in total. The heavy lift vessel Prinsengracht (HHL New York) also joined the company’s fleet.Spliethoff said that all vessels are or will be reflagged to Dutch flag/register.In cooperation with heavy transport operator BigLift Shipping, the company operates over 70 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels for the breakbulk, project and heavy transport markets.last_img read more

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Equinor taps Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford for drilling services on NCS

first_imgSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. The Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has awarded drilling services contracts worth NOK 2.5 billion ($286.7 million) in total to the oilfield services behemoths Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford, among others. Contract signing / Photo by Kjetil Eide, EquinorThe services will be delivered to both new and existing fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. Contracts for services related to liner hangers were signed in Equinor’s digital laboratory at Forus, Stavanger, on 14 May. Contracts for additional completion and downhole monitoring have been signed earlier.“These contacts will help us continue our safe and efficient drilling and well operations. The suppliers are specialists that we have worked with before, and we know what they stand for. We look forward to continuing our good cooperation,” says Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president, Drilling & Well.The total contract value for these services is estimated at about NOK 2.5 billion for the 3-year fixed contact term. In addition, there are five 2-year options for all awards, Equinor said.The contracts now signed cover niche deliveries complementing the integrated drilling and well service contracts signed in 2018.“We have standardized the contract set-up between various suppliers. This simplifies collaboration and creates win-win solutions,” says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.Krantz-Underland has stressed that Equinor does not just buy services from the biggest suppliers only, “but also from small-size suppliers with the required specialist competencies.”Apart from the quarter of U.S. oilfield services giants, the contracts have been awarded to Ramex, NOV Wellbore Technologies – NUF, Petroleum Technology Company, TCO AS, Interwell Norway AS, Welltec Oilfield Services (Norway), and Roxar Flow Management.The services are key to capturing additional value on the Norwegian continental shelf, aiming to improve the recovery rate from 50 to 60 percent, Equinor said.The services related to liner hangers and additional completion are based on framework contracts with standardized conditions where the volume may vary. The estimated value is one billion crowns for liner hangers and half a billion crowns for additional completion.The downhole monitoring contracts were awarded in March, covering a predetermined scope at a value of about 1 billion crowns for for three years.Below is the chart showing which company won which contract, as shared by Equinor:last_img read more

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VIDEO: Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration Project

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released this very interesting video about a 160 acre marsh restoration project along the Nueces Bay Causeway between Corpus Christi and Portland. A total of 340 acres of marsh were lost due to erosion and subsidence and harmed the fish and and wildlife that utilized marsh.The project benefits the health and productivity of the Gulf in that it created 160 acre marsh complex in an area that had seen significant habitat loss in the last 50 years.The Nueces Bay is connected to the Gulf of Mexico via Corpus Christi Bay and Aransas Pass. The Nueces estuary is so critical to the growth and development of shrimp that it was designated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a shrimp nursery area, and there is no commercial shrimping allowed. Many marine species will benefit from this restored nursery grounds, said EPA.last_img read more

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JDR and Taya Group Team Up in Taiwan

first_imgUK-based JDR Cables, part of the TFKable Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taiwan’s electric wire and land cable manufacturer Taya Group to jointly develop offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan.The two companies will collaborate on localisation opportunities on future renewable energy projects in the area, with a specific focus on offshore wind.In partnership with Taya Group, JDR aims to transfer key technical expertise and utilise Taya Group’s products and services in future project work. As a result of the signing, both companies will discuss areas where localisation can take place and where they can best support each other.Gary Howland, Sales Manager at JDR, said: “We are thrilled to sign the MOU with Taya Group today, and to be involved in one of the most exciting and ambitious emerging markets for renewable energy. Taiwan’s offshore wind industry has a bright future and we are extremely proud to be a part of it. Currently we are the leading subsea cable supplier in Taiwan, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Taya Group.”The signing ceremony was held on Wednesday, 10 July, at Taya Group’s headquarters in Tainan and the MOU will serve to establish and implement joint efforts to develop the offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan.JDR has so far won two offshore wind contracts in Taiwan. In June 2018, the Hartlepool-headquartered company secured a contract to manufacture and supply inter-array, export and land cables for the 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 wind farm.In January 2019, Jan De Nul awarded JDR with a contract to provide subsea power cables and accessories for the 110MW Taiwan Power Company Offshore Wind Farm Phase One.last_img read more

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Helicopters Wanted for Offshore Wind Maintenance

first_imgEWE Offshore Service & Solutions (OSS) has opened a tender for helicopter services from Emden, Germany, to offshore wind farms.The contractor will be responsible for transporting personnel and material from Emden to the Riffgat, Alpha Ventus, Merkur, Trianel Windpark Borkum and Gemini offshore wind farms.According to EWE, the helicopter would be used for planned maintenance work on the turbines and offshore substations of the projects. There is also a possibility that a stopover in Borkum will sometimes be required.The contract begins on 1 April 2020 and ends on 31 March 2022, with options for renewal being twice for one year at the same conditions.The deadline for submitting applications for the tender is 8 December by 18:00 local time.EWE OSS has also recently issued a tender seeking crew transfer vessels (CTV) to service offshore wind farms from Borkum, Germany.last_img read more

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MMA vessel to support stranded Australian FPSO

first_imgMMA said last week that the Mermaid Searcher would provide offshore logistics services as well as other marine services out of Darwin to Upstream PS. Offshore vessel provider MMA Offshore has been awarded a support contract with Upstream Production Solutions for which the MPSV Mermaid Searcher will be used. Earlier this year, the Australian government was tasked to find a solution for the continued safety and security of the Northern Endeavour FPSO after Northern Oil and Gas Australia (NOGA), the operator of the FPSO, was placed into liquidation. “We are very pleased to be working with our new client to ensure the safety and security of the Northern Endeavour“, MMA Offshore concluded. Following a letter of agreement in February 2020, the contract award to Upstream PS was confirmed in mid-May 2020. center_img It was agreed that Upstream PS would operate and maintain the FPSO in lighthouse mode, which is the minimum required for safe operations, with no production and a small crew until a longer-term solution is determined. The Northern Endeavour FPSO is permanently moored between the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields in the Timor Sea. Upstream PS has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to provide operations and maintenance services for the Northern Endeavour FPSO.last_img read more

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Easter trading bill defeated comfortably

first_img3 News 28 June 2012The retail workers union is praising Parliament for defeating a bill which would have allowed shops in MP Jacqui Dean’s Waitaki electorate to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The bill went down 70-49 on a conscience vote on Wednesday night. Ms Dean, a Government MP, said towns in her central Otago electorate were suffering because they couldn’t open while nearby Queenstown was exempt. “Lots of people visit Wanaka, Geraldine and other places over Easter and do you know what happens? They all go shopping in Queenstown,” she told parliament. Some MPs who spoke against the bill during the first reading debate said retail staff would be forced to work over Easter.http://www.3news.co.nz/Easter-trading-bill-defeated-comfortably/tabid/1607/articleID/259444/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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