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The South African-built Damen Azimuth
Stern Drive tug 3211, the 'Osayame' set
sail from Cape Town Harbour in the last
weekend of January 2010 and will
shortly arrive in Port Harcourt.
The 'Osayame', meaning "God's gift",
is the first tug of its kind to be built in
South Africa by Damen Shipyards Cape
Town. Its owner Starzs Investments, is the
first indigenous Nigerian company to
commission and own such a vessel.
The vessel flies the Nigerian flag and
is 100 percent Nigerian manned.
The 'Osayame's' owner, Greg Ogbeifun
said that the vessel would be launched on February 12. It will be commissioned
immediately thereafter into a five-year
contract as a support vessel in the oil
bunkering services of client Total Oil's
Nigerian off-shore storage facility.
The 'Osayame' is a Damen-designed
Azimuth Stern Drive tug 3211 with a
bollard pull of nearly 70 tonnes from its
4,175kW Caterpillar engines. The Lloyd's
Register classed escort tug has full fire
fighting and pollution control capability
along with its towing, line handling and
The Rolls-Royce thrusters allow the tug
to turn 360 degrees on its own axis giving
ultimate manoeuvrability, particularly in
the tight confines of a harbour.
Damen Cape Town builds an ASD 3211 tug -- 'Osayame'
'Osayame' is the first tug of its kind to be built in
South Africa by Damen Shipyards Cape Town
A 113-metre high speed catamaran
designed and built by Austal has been
sent to Haiti to assist with relief efforts.
Completed in 2009 for Hawaii
Superferry, the vessel can transport people,
vehicles and other cargo at speeds of up to
40 knots. The catamaran's usefulness in the
humanitarian effort is also greatly
enhanced by its shallow draught and large
loading ramp. The 20-metre stern quarter,
bi-fold ramp enables the ship to be loaded
and unloaded without relying on shore-side
facilities such as port cranes, which are not
in use following the earthquake.
While no details were released
regarding the intended use of 'Huakai', the ship may be serving as a link between
Haiti and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba or Miami. This would enable
frequent, high-speed transportation of
relief supplies into Haiti and facilitate
transfer of personnel to and from the
country. Depending on the length of the
trip, the catamaran can carry nearly 800
tonnes per voyage.
Currently based in Virginia, USA, the
vessel is one of five US Maritime
Administration (MARAD) controlled
ships being mobilised for Haiti relief and
will be crewed by Hornblower Marine
Disclosure: Members of the Baird family or
companies in the Baird Publications group own
shares in Austal.
Austal-built ferry 'Huakai' assists in Haiti relief efforts
The Austal-built, Hawaii-based Ro-Pax ferry
'Huakai'. The vessel's bi-fold ramp means it can be
loaded and unloaded in the absence of port cranes
FloaTEC Singapore has signed a
contract worth about US$1 billion with
the Papa-Terra Joint Venture, consisting
of Petrobras and Chevron, to build and
operate the P-61 Tension Leg Wellhead
FloaTEC Singapore is an equal joint
venture between Keppel FELS and
international marine solutions company,
J. Ray McDermott.
The contract follows shortly after a
Letter of Intention for the unit was issued
by the Papa-Terra Joint Venture to
FloaTEC Singapore in October 2009.
The project scope --- comprising
design, engineering, construction,
maintenance and installation work, as
well as a three-year contract to operate the
TLWP -- will be jointly undertaken by
Keppel FELS and J. Ray.
Keppel FELS and J. Ray will also enlist
the expertise of their US-based joint venture
company, FloaTEC, to perform global
engineering and basic design work, as well
as manage the supply of risers, well systems
and tendon components for P-61.
Designated for Brazil's Papa-Terra field
in the Campos Basin, the P-61 TLWP will
work alongside the P-63 Floating
Production Storage Offloading vessel to
handle up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day.
P-61 will be built at Keppel's BrasFELS
yard in Angra dos Reis, fulfilling local
content requirements, while its critical
components such as the tendons,
temporary buoyancy modules and piles
will be fabricated at J. Ray's Morgan City
facility in Louisiana, USA.
Targeted for completion by mid-2013,
P-61 will be installed on location in the
Papa-Terra field by J. Ray.
The Papa-Terra field is expected to
achieve first oil by mid-2013.
Signing of US$1 billion Brazilian P-61 TLWP contract
An artist's rendition of the planned P-61 Tension
Leg Wellhead Platform (TLWP)
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