Egina FPSO arrives in Nigeria
Late last month, the FPSO Egina berthed at the LADOL Free Trade
Zone (FTZ) in Lagos, Nigeria, after a three-month voyage from the
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
The Egina project is under the Nigerian local content regulations. A
portion of the topsides fabrication and integration is to be completed
in the country, a first for Nigeria. Scheduled delivery is expected in
the second half of 2018.
SHI formed a joint venture (SHI-MCI) with a Nigerian local company and established a production facility in Lagos to meet the local
content requirements. SHI-MCI has constructed six topsides modules
for the FPSO since June 2015.
The 1,083-ft (330-m) long, 200-ft (61-m) wide, and 112-ft (34-m) high
FPSO has a storage capacity of 2. 3 MMbbl of oil. The vessel is to be
installed at the Total-operated Egina oil field in 5,741 ft ( 1,750 m) of
water, 81 mi (130 km) offshore. The FPSO will have the capacity to
produce 200,000 b/d of crude oil.
Borr, Northern Offshore increase jackup fleets
Keppel FELS has delivered the newbuild jackup rig Saga to Borr
Drilling. This is the first of five jackups the company is building for
this client, based on the proprietary KFELS Super B Class design.
These rigs are designed to operate in 400 ft (122 m) water depth and
drill to 35,000 ft ( 10,668 m). Capabilities include a 2 million-lb drilling system and a maximum combined cantilever load of 3,700 kips.
Chris Ong, CEO of parent company Keppel Offshore & Marine,
said: “This will be the 12th KFELS Super B Class rig and the 66th rig
of the KFELS B Class family to enter the market.”
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. has delivered the first
of four jackups to Northern Offshore. The Energy Emerger is based
on the Gusto CJ- 46 design rated for water depths up to 375 ft (114 m).
Bourbon increasing automation
on offshore vessels
Bourbon and Bureau Veritas have agreed to jointly develop and
deploy automation and real-time monitoring fleet applications, and
develop digital technologies while mitigating cyber risks. Their goal
is to deliver advanced automation of dynamic positioning systems
• Improvement of DP operational safety on Bourbon’s offshore
support and construction vessels via real-time advisory tools for
bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams
• Streamlining of onboard organization, leading to a potential
reduction in manning
• Lower in fuel and DP maintenance costs.
A pilot is under way on the Bourbon Explorer 508 operating offshore
Trinidad. This has been developed with Kongsberg Maritime, a strategic partner of Bourbon, and certified by Bureau Veritas. It collects
data from the DP system and assists development of decision-making
and verification applications for both offshore crew and onshore
Another element of the project is addressing cyber security threats.
In partnership with Bureau Veritas, APSYS (an Airbus subsidiary)
is helping to identify and mitigate risks linked to data collection and
communication between Bourbon’s vessels and onshore infrastructure.
Based on this risk assessment and relying on best practices from APSYS’s aerospace experience, Bureau Veritas can issue cyber security
certification on products and class notations for ships meeting global
industry security standards.
Gibdock upgrades 3D seismic vessel
Gibdock has completed a series of upgrades to the 5,700-dwt 3D
seismic survey vessel Polar Marquis, operated by Bergen-based GC
Rieber Shipping. It was alongside Gibdock’s ( 1,378-ft) (420-m) long repair
quay during a 21-day stay late last year for extensive afloat repair work.
This included removal of various drain lines, cleaned using high-pressure blasting and refitted, and installation of new drain lines
totaling around 46 ft ( 14 m) in length.
In addition, Gibdock fabricated new hydraulic piping and hoses for
the vessel and extended its main engine exhaust pipes to improve
air quality on the main deck. Various general repair and maintenance
Filip Tsankov, ship repair manager, said: “The vessel was due to
start a new charter in January 2018 so there was no margin for delay;
but we worked round the clock to ensure that Polar Marquis left the
yard right on schedule to the satisfaction of the owner.”
second VOS W2W vessel
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has completed final outfitting and
modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2 W) vessel
for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). The VOS Stone was built at Fujian
Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands
for completion. The eight-week program for the VOS Stone included
installation of a 50-metric ton active heave-compensated, knuckle-boom
crane, along with taut-wire, RadaScan, and Hipap from Kongsberg for
the vessel-positioning system, a boat landing and system for fueling
crew-transfer vessels. In July 2017, the shipyard finished a similar
project on sister ship VOS Start. •
The Polar Marquis, built
in 2000 and modified
in 2014, can deploy
16 streamers. (Image
The FPSO Egina will have the capacity to produce 200,000 b/d of crude
oil. (Image courtesy Total Nigeria)