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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Samsung WTIV, Harvey Champion hybrid, Maersk $370M drillship contract

It’s Good News Monday!

This Monday we talk about:

  1. Samsung Heavy Industries secures AIPs for environmentally friendly turbine installation vessel

  2. Harvey Gulf Adds Battery Power to Harvey Champion PSV

  3. Vard to build Dogger Bank service operation vessels

  4. Maersk Drilling Confirms $370M+ Drillship Contract in Ghana

“Samsung Heavy Industries' ECO-WTIV wind turbine installation vessel combines LNG fuel with fuel cells and energy storage”. Image Credit: Riviera

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) received approval in principle (AIP) from three societies for it’s ‘ECO-WTIV’ wind turbine installation vessel. The new ship uses fuel cells and LNG powered engines for low emissions, and has received AIP from ABS, DNV, and Lloyd’s Register. “The company describes the ECO-WTIV as ‘compliant with new emissions targets’ thanks to the adoption of eco-friendly technologies including the LNG-fuelled engines and solid-oxide fuel cells.” Along with a battery storage system, emissions are expected to be reduced up to 50%.

Image Credit: Harvey Gulf, from Offshore Engineer.

Harvey Gulf has converted the Harvey Champion PSV to dual-fuel, using 754 kW of battery power and diesel. GE did the conversion with its SeaGreen Energy Storage System (ESS) that manages energy storage and optimizes usage. The Harvey Champion is already at work for an unnamed oil and gas major.

“Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam is to build three SOVs for North Star Renewables, a Vard 4 19 and two Vard 4 12 vessels”. Image Credit: Riviera.

Vard has three new contracts for service operation vessels, or SOVs. The hybrid SOVs will work on the Dogger Bank wind farm in the North Sea. North Star “ordered one Vard 4 19 design and two Vard 4 12 vessels” for 10 year charter contracts. Dogger Bank will be the world’s largest wind farm when it is completed by SSE Renewables, Equinor, and Enl. The SOVs were in development for over 2 years, and North Star hopes to become a leading player in the SOV market. The vessels have advanced technology to operate in the harsh environment 130 km off the coast of England. “All of the vessels have a height-adjustable, motion-compensated gangway with elevator, a height-adjustable boat transfer system, and a 3D motion-compensated crane for cargo transfer.”

“Maersk Venturer drillship - Credit: Maersk Drilling”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

Maersk drilling has announced a long-term contract with Tullow Oil for the Maersk Venturer drillship off the Ghana coast. The contract for the ultra-deepwater drillship starts April 2021 for about 4 years. “The estimated contract value for Maersk Drilling is approximately $370 million, excluding additional services provided and potential performance bonuses. ”

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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