The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) held a kick-off ceremony for the construction of the new Amador Cruise Port on October 18.A complete new cruise terminal at the Pacific side of Panama will be built over the next 18 months, Jan De Nul informed.The design and construction of the Amador cruise terminal, at Perico Island, was awarded by the AMP to the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, integrated by Jan De Nul Panama SA and China Harbour Engineering Company.As explained, this new cruise terminal will have two docks in which two cruise ships with a capacity of up to five thousand passengers each – Oasis class vessels – can berth simultaneously.“This infrastructure project is key to boost Panama’s economic development,” Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, pointed out.As a member of the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, Jan De Nul Panama SA will take care of all dredging and land reclamation works as required for the construction and operation of the terminal. This includes dredging the berth pocket, turning basin and access channel. A trailing suction hopper dredger will also be deployed to dredge and transport sand from a borrow area and reclaim an area of 8.3 hectares for the construction of all land-based facilities.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is continuing field studies in November 2017 as part of ongoing environmental and technical work for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.The port provided an overview of field studies that will be taking place in November 2017, including the Coastal Geomorphology, Abiotic Parameters Study, Outdoor Recreation, and Recreational Trail Use Survey.According to the port, prior to starting any studies, they will obtain any required permits and landowner permission before accessing private property.The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new three‐berth container terminal on Canada’s west coast that would provide 2.4 million TEUs of additional container capacity annually. At the moment, the project is undergoing a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and requires other permits and authorizations before it can proceed. Subject to environmental permits and approvals and a final investment decision, construction could begin in 2018 and would take approximately five-and-a-half years to complete.
Despite the qualified planning approval granted in 2012 and the February 2017 decision of the Federal Administrative Court, the Port of Hamburg is still waiting for work to begin on the dredging of the Elbe River.“Adjustment of the fairway is essential for Hamburg and should at last be put into effect. Higher draft and improved opportunities for passing on the Elbe will offer increased safety and flexibility for traffic control on the Elbe, also producing tremendous advantages for merchant shipping,” said Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing at the quarterly press conference.The Elbe is Germany’s most significant waterway. A crucial stretch is the 130 kilometers between Hamburg and the mouth of the North Sea near Cuxhaven. The river has been deepened eight times since 1818.Dredging the Elbe River 38-mile navigation channel to the North Sea will enable Europe’s third-largest container hub to handle the ships with a maximum draft of 14.5 meters – entering the port at high tide – and vessels up to 13.5 meters regardless of the tide.According to Ingo Egloff, mega-containerships will be able to bring/take away an additional 1,600 and more containers (TEU) per call to/from Hamburg.For CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, it is not acceptable that vital infrastructure projects like the adjustment of the fairway on the Lower and Outer Elbe should be blocked by objections from environmental pressure groups and others.“It is becoming increasingly difficult for us to explain to the port’s international customers how we are still having to wait for implementation of fairway dredging despite the qualified planning approval granted in 2012 and the February 2017 decision of the Federal Administrative Court,” added Egloff.“The fact that the bodies objecting also seemingly continue to pursue the aim of a final rejection of the dredging of the fairway also deserves criticism. In doing so, they wholly ignore the damage to the national economy caused by a blockade that has already lasted years and the additional adverse economic effects on the further development of the port and the jobs involved,” commented Egloff.The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port, underpinning more than 155,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The port is also an important location for industry, of great significance for the entire German national economy, with annual gross value added of 21.8 billion euros.
The MWP for the one year extension of Phase 2 is the acquisition of 600 square kilometers of 3D seismic data, contingent upon Global concluding a farm-out agreement with a third party to fund the acquisition of the 3D data. If the 3D acquisition is not completed during the Phase 2 extension period, it may be carried over into Phase 3. During Phase 3 the commitment is to drill one well (depth and location to be agreed) unless the Ministry and Global agree that circumstances dictate otherwise.The company has commissioned a Competent Persons Report (CPR) in respect of its Namibian acreage from the consultants AGR Tracs, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. A CPR is an independent technical report on oil and gas assets. It is then the intention of the company to launch a structured farm-out process of its Namibian acreage with a view to seeking a partner to fund future operations on the block, starting with the 3D seismic project.Jupiter remains operator with an 85% interest in the two blocks, with partners NAMCOR and Bronze Investments holding 10% and 5% respectively, both as carried interests.Global’s CEO, Peter Hill, commented: “We would like to thank the Ministry of Mines and Energy for their help in constructing a practical framework for future operations in Global’s Namibian acreage. The extension to Phase 2 and assurance of subsequent entry into Phase 3 gives us time and flexibility to find the right partner and also to progress the exploration of what we believe to be very exciting acreage.” One well commitment Australia-based oil company Global Petroleum has been granted an extension for its license offshore Namibia and entered into second renewal period. Global holds an 85% participating interest in Petroleum Exploration Licence No. 0029, covering offshore blocks 1910B and 2010A located in the Walvis Basin.Global Petroleum’s subsidiary, Jupiter Petroleum, has agreed with the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) an extension to the First Renewal Exploration Period (Phase 2) of 12 months to December 3, 2018 for Petroleum Exploration Licence No. 29, which covers Blocks 1910B and 2010A, Global informed on Friday.In addition, the MME has agreed entry into the Second Renewal Period (Phase 3) effective from December 3, 2018 for a period of two years.The license was originally issued on December 3, 2010 and then covered 11,730 square kilometers in water depths ranging from 1,300 meters to 3,000 meters.In December 2015, the company entered into Phase 2, making a mandatory relinquishment of 50% of the Licence Area. Phase 2 was for a duration of 24 months. The renegotiated reduced Minimum Work Program (MWP) agreed with the MME involved the reprocessing of all existing 2D seismic lines across the retained portion of the license and the acquisition of 800km of long offset 2D seismic data over the retained acreage, in place of the previous well commitment. Interpretation of the newly acquired 2D data was completed in October 2017.According to the company, the new information from the 2D seismic has significantly improved the prospectivity across the license in general and the Gemsbok prospect in particular. Better imaging from the 2D data reveals that the known source rock intervals are likely to be within the oil generative window and this, combined with data showing repeating oil seeps along the faulted flanks of Gemsbok, has greatly improved the chance of a major oil discovery. Gemsbok remains the company’s primary exploration target.
A start-up from the University of Malta is developing a floating energy storage system that uses pressurised seawater and compressed air, and can be integrated directly into a platform of a floating renewable energy device such as a floating wind turbine. The FLASC prototype moored at Dockyard Creek in Malta’s Grand Harbour Image: University of MaltaThe start-up deployed a scaled prototype of the Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression (FLASC) in the Maltese Grand Harbour in the fourth quarter of 2017 to gather key performance data, while the installation itself served to demonstrate the efficiency of a novel method for tension leg platform (TLP) deployment.The prototype, comprising a small-scale TLP with a gravity anchor, stores energy generated from an array of PV panels and discharges it in a controlled manner, allowing close monitoring of the performance and efficiency of the device. The scaled device has been made almost entirely from standard off-the-shelf components.The FLASC system matches the lifetime of contemporary wind turbines and is cost-competitive with li-ion batteries, with the added advantage of not relying on hazardous chemicals and avoiding high recycling costs, according to the FLASC team.Along with floating wind, potential applications include solar PV and wave and tidal energy systems, as well as liquefaction of natural gas, water injection in oil wells and water desalination.The prototype deployment in Grand Harbour is funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) with technical and logistical support from an oil & gas logistics company Medserv.
BP and Reliance have sanctioned the ‘Satellite cluster’ project in Block KG D6. The companies are moving forward to develop the Block’s discovered deep-water gas fields in an integrated series of projects, bringing new gas production for India.The ‘Satellite cluster’ is the second of three projects in the Block KG D6 integrated development.The first of the projects, development of the ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas fields, was sanctioned in June 2017.Together the three projects should develop a total of about 3 trillion cubic feet of discovered gas resources with a total investment of c. INR 40,000 crore (US$6 billion). They are expected to bring a total c. 30-35 million cubic meters (1 billion cubic feet) of gas a day new domestic gas production onstream, phased over 2020-2022.Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance, said: “In consonance with our announcements last year to raise domestic gas production, we are delighted to announce the on-schedule progress of the Satellite cluster in the east coast of India. This development supports the country’s imminent need of increasing domestic gas supply and is a firm step towards making India a gas-based economy.”“This latest investment is a further demonstration of BP’s commitment to India. Through our partnership, Reliance and BP are able to develop these discovered gas resources efficiently and economically, working closely with the Government of India. These new developments will produce much needed energy for India’s thriving economy.” Bob Dudley, group chief executive.Integrated field development of deep-water gas fieldsThe Satellites cluster is a dry gas development and comprises four discoveries with five well subsea development in approximately 1700 meters water depth, up to ~15 kilometers east and southeast of the producing D1D3 fields in KG D6.The first of the KG D6 projects to be sanctioned, the R-series project, is already in execution phase with all major contracts awarded. The Satellites cluster project will draw on execution synergies with the R-series project being developed concurrently.India today consumes over 5 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas and aspires to double gas consumption by 2022. Gas production from the integrated development is expected to help reduce India’s import dependence and amount to over 10% of the country’s projected gas demand in 2022.
Marine cargo handler SSA Pacific has received citations for willful and serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident at the Port of San Diego.On January 3, a longshoreman was driving a forklift into a transit shed when he collided with a concrete support column and suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the forklift.An investigation by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) found that the employee was not wearing a seatbelt and that the forklift had multiple safety devices disabled, including a seatbelt warning buzzer and mast interlock system designed to disconnect power from the hydraulic lift when the operator is unseated.Cal/OSHA issued six citations totaling USD 205,235 in proposed penalties to SSA Pacific, a division of Seattle-based international marine cargo handler SSA Marine.The citations issued included four serious violations for the employer’s failure to ensure that forklift operators use seatbelts, properly maintain and inspect forklifts, ensure operators were effectively trained and for improperly altering forklift safety features. A general violation was cited for the employer’s failure to establish and maintain an effective heat illness prevention plan.SSA Pacific was also issued a citation for a willful-serious violation as the employer failed to ensure workers perform a forklift safety check at the beginning of each shift and report unsafe conditions, a violation the company was cited for in 2016 following an accident inspection at the Port of Long Beach.
The entire pipeline system for Gazprom’s TurkStream project in the Black Sea has been completed following successful connections between TurkStream offshore section and landfalls.LorelayTurkStream is a project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.The final weld that connects the offshore and the nearshore sections of TurkStream was completed, marking the finalization of the entire pipeline system in the Black Sea.The procedure, known technically as “Above Water Tie-In,” involved retrieving the nearshore pipeline and offshore pipeline from the seabed, lifting them above water and welding them together.The total weight that had to be lifted for the operation was approximately 409 tons. After a thorough inspection of the weld, the pipe was carefully lowered to the seabed at a depth of 32 meters. This operation was carried out on both lines in Russian waters in January and February this year, and near the Turkish coast in March.The pipelaying in deep waters was carried out by Pioneering Spirit, the world’s biggest construction vessel, while the shallow-water pipelaying was conducted by Lorelay.With the completion of the Above Water Tie-In Procedure, a physical connection between the landfall facility near the Russian city of Anapa and the Receiving Terminal near Kiyikoy in Turkish Thrace is realized.Russkaya Compressor Station, which will provide the necessary pressure for the gas to traverse through the Black Sea, and the Anapa landfall facility of the TurkStream pipeline system are already complete and on stand-by.With the completion of the Receiving Terminal in Kiyikoy later this year, TurkStream will be ready to start operations. Natural gas flow through TurkStream is planned to start by the end of 2019.The first line of the gas pipeline is intended for the Turkish consumers, while the second line is designated for the Southern and South-Eastern Europe. Each line will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. South Stream Transport B.V. has been carrying out project activities with regard to the offshore gas pipeline.
Triton Submarines has sold its first Triton 7500/3 series submersible to Project REV Ocean – a not for profit foundation established and funded by Kjell Inge Røkke. The Triton 7500/3 will be the deepest diving acrylic pressure hull equipped submersible ever conceived and is capable of diving to 2,286 meters with three people on-board.“We are thrilled Project Rev Ocean chose to add a Triton 7500/3 submersible to the vast arsenal of subsea tools and equipment on their entirely unique and groundbreaking vessel. The capacity to visit such extreme depths and see things not possible any other way will dramatically enhance the experience of being aboard and create more ocean advocates. Project Rev Ocean is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are honored to be a part of Mr. Røkke’s ambitious and exciting vision,” said Triton president Patrick Lahey.The CEO of REV Ocean, Nina Jensen, said: “Having the Triton 7500/3 onboard our research vessel truly elevates REV Ocean to a level of unparalleled opportunity. Putting three people in a transparent acrylic sphere submersible with the capacity to reach such incredible depths will certainly inspire, educate, and motivate the global community to support our core mission of ensuring we have one healthy ocean.”REV Ocean is the world’s largest and most advanced research and expedition vessel. The ship is 182.9 meters in length and has the capacity to carry up to 55 scientists and 35 crew members. Equipment onboard includes scientific trawls, sonar systems, laboratories, auditorium and classrooms, a moonpool, AUV, Triton 7500/3 submersible, and an ROV with a 6,000 meter diving depth and advanced communication equipment.REV Ocean, will be equipped for conducting missions that cover the entire marine ecosystem. The vessel will be used by scientists and innovators for ‘solutions’-oriented research that examine issues such as the impact CO2 emissions have on the ocean, plastic pollution and unsustainable fishing practices and highlights the possibility for positive, sustainable and much-needed change.REV Ocean science director, Alex Rogers, added: “I have dived with Triton subs on numerous expeditions and they provide unique platforms for visiting the ocean and viewing seascapes in a way that is not possible with other deep diving equipment. The new Triton 7500/3 will enable REV Ocean scientists to visit vulnerable marine ecosystems as well as reach the most productive zones of seamounts and other features such as deep-sea canyons and hydrothermal vents.”
Dutch marine contractor Boskalis has recently won a batch of marine transportation contracts including a record-breaking FPSO transport deal for its giant BOKA Vanguard semi-submersible vessel.For Illustration only: Boskalis’ BOKA Vanguard carrying an FPSO / Image source: BoskalisBoskalis said the recent contracts were awarded by a variety of clients and carry a combined value of approximately $120 million.While it didn’t name the clients, Boskalis said the execution of the majority of projects is scheduled to take place in 2021 and 2022. The company will see four of its heavy lift and transportation vessels employed for these projects – BOKA Vanguard, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, and White Marlin.As mentioned earlier, Boskalis said that the contracts include a weight record-breaking FPSO transportation deal.“Following last year’s transportation of a sizable box-shaped FPSO, Boskalis secured a contract to transport a similar FPSO from China to Brazil. With a weight exceeding 91,000 tons this marks another record-breaking transport for the BOKA Vanguard, which is scheduled to commence at the end of 2019,” Boskalis said, without providing further details.As for the previous record, Boskalis in April 2018 said the Boka Vanguard – one of the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessels – was getting ready to load a 90,000-ton FPSO unit – equivalent to the weight of approximately 300 Boeing 747s – the heaviest cargo ever to be transported by a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel.FPSO for North Sea, FPUs for GoMApart from the new record-breaking FPSO contract, Boskalis on Wednesday it had secured a contract for the transportation of various large LNG modules from a fabrication yard in China to Russia.The contract ties up the two high-end open-stern heavy transport vessels Blue Marlin and Black Marlin starting in the second quarter of 2021.Furthermore, Boskalis was awarded the contract for the transportation of an FPSO from the fabrication yard in China to the North Sea in 2021 and the transportation of two Floating Production Systems from Singapore to the Gulf of Mexico in the period 2021-2022.Boskalis said that those cargoes would be transported on the White Marlin and Blue Marlin heavy-lift and transportation vessels.These contracts were signed in the third and fourth quarter of 2019. Approximately 50% of the combined contract value was awarded in the fourth quarter, Boskalis said.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.