• 2018 July 18 13:31

    OHT to order ULSTEIN-designed heavy lift transport and installation vessel

    Norway based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) is set to enter the offshore renewables and installation market with a unique new heavy lift transport and installation vessel, a customised ULSTEIN Alfa Lift design developed by Dutch design company Ulstein Design & Solutions BV (UDSBV) in close cooperation with OHT. The first vessel (with options for up to another 3 units) will be constructed by China Merchant Heavy Industry (CMHI) and available for construction and installation activities from early 2021, Ulstein said in a press release.

    What makes this dynamically-positioned, 48,000 DWT vessel exceptional, is the ability to perform heavy lift crane operations with the main deck submerged. The patent-pending design combines the benefits of a semi-submersible transport vessel with a large, 3,000 mt lifting capacity main crane from Liebherr.

    The vessel’s capabilities match the future requirements of the offshore wind industry, allowing her to transport and install upto 10 x 1,500t ultra-large jacket foundations or 11 x 2,000t XXL monopiles plus transition pieces for the largest anticipated Wind Turbine Generators.

    ’We started the development of the ULSTEIN Alfa Lift idea back in 2015 with the driver to increase the safety of submerged operations and at the same time increasing the operability window for subsea installations using a crane,’ says Edwin van Leeuwen, managing director at Ulstein Design & Solutions BV.

    ‘It is great to work with such capable people. When weapproached Ulstein with our intended strategy to enter the offshore renewables market and the idea ofadding crane capacity to a semi-submersible heavy lift transport vessel, UDSBV presented their Alfa Lift solution on the spot’, mentions Torgeir E. Ramstad, CEO at OHT. ‘That was a direct ‘hit’, as it allows usto enter the installation market, at the same time expanding on our capabilities in OHT’s core market.’

    ‘It is an honour that OHT entrusted us to design their first offshore >span class="s9">vessel, which we feel is a recognition of our ability to create new, cost effective vessel solutions’, continues Van Leeuwen. ‘Creating a new design with this combination of functionalities has its own, specific challenges, but it is rewarding>span class="s9">our mutual NDA, OHT has contracted a shipyard to build this new vessel type. >span class="s9">and fruitful cooperation between OHT’s team and our design team, led by Dolf Manschot.’

    Main dimensions:
    LOA: 216.3 m
    Lpp: 204.3 m
    Beam (moulded): 56.0 m
    Depth (main deck): 12.6 m
    Draught (design): 8.0 m
    Draught (submerged max.): 27.6 m
    Service speed: 13 kn
    span class="s9": 4 x 6,875 kW
    Propulsion thrusters: 3 x 5,500 kW
    Retractable thruster: 1 x 3,000 kW
    Tunnel thrusters (fwd): 3 x 3,000 kW
    Positioning system: DP 2
    Class: DNV-GL
    Deck strength: 30 t/m2
    Complement: 100 persons




2018 August 16

15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says
17:34 Maersk Line to rise rates from Far East to East Coast South America
17:30 Yang Ming orders ten 2,800 TEU containerships
17:19 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
16:05 New Times Shipbuilding announces delivery of oil tanker
15:04 Rosrybolovstvo looks into building a series of three RVs as from 2020
15:04 Concordia Maritime AB announces interim report for H1 2018
14:12 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spends over RUB 600,000 on employee benefits and rewards programme
13:20 Konecranes to deliver more electric RTGs to Luka Koper in Slovenia
13:02 Join Marinet Conference at SMM 2018, Hamburg
12:32 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives green light to NLR construction project
12:01 WW Ocean presents new-look trade maps resembling public transit maps
11:15 Port of Vancouver posts H1 2018 results
10:41 Aker Solutions wins orders for Liuhua power umbilical systems in China
10:21 Nor-Shipping 2019 devotes entire hall to new focus on Blue Economy
10:05 Crude oil futures drop 0.22% to $72.3 in London and 0.48% to $66.72 in New York
09:29 Bunker prices at Port of St. Petersburg show mixed movements

2018 August 14

18:30 Hapag-Lloyd annonces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:12 FE Railways' loaded freight in Jan-Jul up 2% to 28.2 million tonnes
18:07 Hapag-Lloyd changes terminals at Genoa on its MPS service
17:47 British Ports Association launch Sustainable Development Resolution
17:45 Euro Tank Terminal extends jetty at the port of Rotterdam
17:31 MEYER WERFT holds float out procedure for cruise ship for AIDA Cruises
17:29 APM Terminals launches online customer platform in Bahrain
17:27 MED MARINE delivers a 24m ASD Tug from Turkey to Estonia
16:24 Offshore installation vessel starts work on Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm
15:44 Logistec Corporation declares quarterly drvidends on shares
15:21 Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum Singapore initial speakers announced
15:02 Danaos Corporation announces closing of comprehensive debt refinancing
14:16 Sea Port St. Petersburg earmarked over $337,000 for bonus and social responsibility programmes
14:13 TTS Group ASA secures new contracts for access equipment and cranes for two reefer vessels
14:06 Ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga support green shipping, to implement incentives for LNG-powered ships as from August 15, 2018
13:39 Bunker prices in Far East seaports edge down
13:14 ExxonMobil is first to supply via an independently accredited MFMS in ARA
13:10 Port of Brisbane announce a successful bid for funding of Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports project
12:13 HHLA posts operating result for H1 2018
11:29 Rosterminalugol’s seven-month coal throughput hits the 13-million tonne mark
11:11 Crude oil futures price rises to $73.28 (London) and $67.81 (New York)
11:01 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract for m/v Protefs and a new time charter contract for m/v Nirefs with Hudson
10:58 GeoSea has taken delivery of self-propelled DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’
10:09 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Capesize class dry-bulk vessel