Category Archives: offshore

Horizon Star @ Pier 9

The offshore Supply vessel Horizon Star tied up at Pier 9 over the weekend. Operated by Horizon Maritime, Shes registered in St. Johns, and is currently working on BP’s offshore exploration project.

A frequent caller, she has manged to escape my camera until now.

Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide at Pier 9

Horizon Maritime has just added two, state-of-the-art, supply vessels to their Canadian offshore support vessel fleet. The Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide will add more capacity and capability to the offshore industry in Canada and further build on the growth that Horizon Maritime—based in St. John’s and Halifax—has experienced in recent
years. The imported vessels are Norwegian-built and designed to operate in harsh environments. Incorporating the latest in equipment & technology, the vessels are of the highest build quality and offer increased capability and cargo capacity for Canadian offshore customers.

The Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide will build on the previously established relationship between Tidewater Marine and Horizon Maritime, providing local seafarers with additional opportunities to operate some of the most advanced and safest offshore vessels in the world, close to home. Previously, Tidewater Marine and Horizon Maritime worked together to support Shell Canada’s Shelburne Basin Deep-Water Exploration Project offshore Nova Scotia, during which Horizon Maritime personnel operated Tidewater Marine vessels, Breaux Tide and Jones Tide, over a roughly 18 month time-frame.


Both the Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide are Canadian registered vessels and are crewed with Atlantic Canadians, combining the best in local expertise and marine management with equipment and depth of experience from the world’s largest offshore support vessel company.

 

West Aquarius Nova Scotia Bound

The drill rig West Aquarius is due to depart Bay Bulls Newfoundland for the Offshore of Nova Scotia to drill wells for BP. This is part of BP’s exploration program, and its possible the rig will be contracted for further wells once on site.

Word is that she will Depart tomorrow.

the rig will likely be towed to the site directly, and not stop in Halifax. Built in 2009, she is owned by Seadrill. Drill riser has been accumulating at Pier 9 lately, and BP has an application open to drill several exploration wells.

 

(Left) West Aquarius,  SeaDrill photo

British Research Vessel at Pier 9

the British flagged research vessel Commander Iona arrived last week and tied up at pier 9. She was built in 2008, and recently refurbished in 2015. Owned by Hays Ships Ltd, of Aberdeen, she’s outfitted for survey work, and is likely here as part of BP’s upcoming exploration program.

Noble Regina Allen heads out.

Noble Regina Allen departed for the Sable offshore Gas Field yesterday afternoon. As of 4:30 She had yet to leave the IEL dock at Woodside. She was towed by Secunda vessels Venture Sea ,Trinity Sea and Burin Sea. once she is on Location, we should see a steady stream of supply vessels making return trips to the platform while the gas wells are decommissioned.

Jack Up Drill Rig Noble Regina Allen arrives on Forte

After spending yesterday circling off the approcahes due to high winds, the Forte pulled into anchorage 1 this morning with the Jack up Rig Noble Regina Allen aboard. In the coming days she will be floated off, and likely jack up off Woodside.

The Noble Regina Allen will be used to decommission the Sable offshore gas field, and capping the wells. the work is expected to take up to two years.

Submersible Heavy lift ship Forte Due with drill rig

Currently scheduled to arrive at noon, the Dockwise semi-submersible heavy lift ship Forte is scheduled to arrive this afternoon with the Jack-up rig Noble Regina Allen.

she will likely anchor in anchorage 1, south of Georges Island for the offload.

The Noble Regina Allen will be employed to Decommission the Sable offshore Gas Field.

 

UPDATE: She is now due 0700 tomorrow. A tall load and strong winds likely made harbour entry ill advised. She is However slowely circling off the pilot station.

Atlantic Towings new PSV’s arrive.. Well the tops anyway


Atlantic towing recently won a renewal for offshore contracts off Newfoundland and announced they were building new PSV’s to do the work. These vessels would be built offshore.

Seems the built offshore bit is a sort of, as is thier arrival today. Rather then build complete vessels the top sides arrived today aboard the Biglift vessel Happy Sky. Presumably the bottom parts will arrive shortly on a semisubmersible vessel.  The tops can then be joined to the hulls completing the ship.

Previous Atlantic towing offshore vessels were built at halifax shipyard. Due to clearances in the old assembly hall top sides were constructed and attached to the hull in the yard, so this procedure is nothing new to Halifax shipyards. I suspect in this case importing ship parts results in less duty to be paid then the 25% paid on imported vessels.

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Photo By Cavit Ege Tulça

UPDATE: Further research has provided a more interesting case. The ships were assembled Entirely at the Damen Shipyard in Romania. The two vessels were then Towed to Cadiz Spain, where the topsides appear to have been removed directly from the hulls by the Happy Sky. The Hulls are in tow to Halifax by tugs Fairplay 30 and Fairplay 31, and due next week.

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