• David Armes

Women in energy, new DP ships, Baltic icebreakers, Trimaran SOV, Nuclear ship batteries

It’s Good News Monday!


This Monday we talk about:

  1. Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy

  2. Britain’s New Polar Research Ship ‘Sir David Attenborough’ Heads for Open Seas

  3. Solstad Scores Charters in Subsea, Offshore Wind Sectors

  4. DP3 construction support vessels on auction block

  5. Aker Arctic to Develop New Baltic Icebreakers for Finland and Sweden

  6. Marcelo Penna, Safeway Design Trimaran SOV for Offshore Wind Sector

  7. Bill Gates Launches A Nuclear Ship Battery Partnership



Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy


Image Credit: bp


“bp’s Carol Howle, executive vice president of trading & shipping, has spoken at the largest women’s event in the energy industry about how career success came after she learned how to ‘get comfortable’ with talking about her strengths and sharing her ambitions”. Carol grew up in Zimbabwe dreaming of becoming an archeologist or a teacher, and didn’t expect to become the Executive Vice President of an international company like bp. She said her biggest was her mindset - talking about her own contributions, strengths, and advocating for herself.


She’s seen huge changes in leadership at bp during her career. Half of the senior leadership is gone, down 50% to about 120 people, with 40% women and about a third ethnically diverse. With more women pursuing STEM degrees, Carol believes this is a great time to look at the energy industry. New technology for clean, efficient energy is a huge challenge that needs people looking to make a contribution to society for the long-term. They’re looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences that can bring talent to digital, low carbon, hydrogen, carbon capture, and more.


There’s a great video interview with Carol Howle in the original article.




Britain’s New Polar Research Ship ‘Sir David Attenborough’ Heads for Open Seas


Image Credit: gCaptain


Britain’s newest polar ship is setting sail after waiting out stormy conditions. Sir David Attenborough is going out for sea trials in preparation for its maiden voyage to Antarctica next year, where it will perform climate research. The state-of-the-art dynamically positioned vessel cost about $260 million and is known to many as “Boaty McBoatface” after a public naming poll chose that name as the winner. It will be out to sea for a week before starting ice trials in early 2021 in the Arctic.




Solstad Scores Charters in Subsea, Offshore Wind Sectors


Image Credit: Offshore Engineer


Solestad Offshore has won contracts for its vessels Normand Jarstein and Normand Tonjer to do work in offshore wind and subsea. Normand Jarstein is a construction support vessel that will be working with Ørsted in the UK on the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm in Q3 2021. Hornsea 2 is off the coast of Yorkshire and plans to provide 1.4GW of power to the grid. Normand Tonjer will be occupied until November 2021, for an unnamed client.




DP3 construction support vessels on auction block


Image Credit: Riviera


Good news for anyone who needs a DP3 vessel, the US Marshals have two: “Two dynamic positioning class 3-capable construction support vessels (CSVs) tied up in Galveston, Texas, are being offered on the auction block by the US Marshall on 9 December”. Caballo Marango and Caballo Maya will be offered free of liens, sold as-is for auction next month. 10% is needed to take the vessel home with 90% paid within seven days.


“2013-built Caballo Marango has an overall length of 141.7 m, beam of 28 m, draught of 5.5 m, accommodation for 399, with a clear deck area of 1,500 m2, covered deck area of 480 m2, main heavy lift crane with 1,000-tonne capacity and a helipad.


Built in 2011, diesel-electric Caballo Maya has an overall length of 143.5. m, beam of 28 m, draught of 5.5 m, accommodation for 364, with a clear deck area of 1,800 m2, covered deck area of 480 m2, main crane with 850-tonne capacity and a helipad.


Both vessels were designed by Singapore-based naval architect GB Marine and built by the Marco Polo Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia.”




Aker Arctic to Develop New Baltic Icebreakers for Finland and Sweden


Image Credit: gCaptain


Finnish Aker Arctic will be developing next-generation ice breakers for the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA). The icebreakers will perform escort operations in the Baltic Sea for merchant ships. Requirements for the new ships include the ability to assist ships with a 32 meter beam, low-cycle costs, and the ability to be fossil-fuel free by 2030. Concept designs are expected in March 2021, followed by details, specifications, and selection of a shipyard.


“‘The Swedish industry is dependent on icebreaking in the Baltic Sea up to 130 days a year. Our current fleet is old with increasing needs of repairs. Therefore we very much look forward to the design of the next generation of icebreakers to service larger ships in a fossil free environment,’ commented Katarina Norén, Director-General of the Swedish Maritime Administration.”




Marcelo Penna, Safeway Design Trimaran SOV for Offshore Wind Sector


Image Credit: Offshore Engineer


Marcelo Penna Engineering, a Spanish engineering company, and Safeway, a Dutch offshore gangway company designed an intelligent Service Operation Vessel to serve offshore wind turbines. “‘The outcome of the collaboration is the DP2 MP625 SOV combined with the recently introduced Safeway Gannet 3D motion-compensated offshore access system with its unique features such as ‘zero impact bumpering’ or ‘hover-mode’ and roll compensation capability’ Safeway said in a statement.” The trimaran hull helps with high seas, the vessel has a top speed of 21 knots, and can handle 3.5m waves. Total hybrid power is 4.4 MW including 3 diesel engines and 2 electric. With the lithium batteries, the vessel can operate in silent DP mode for up to 12 hours.




Bill Gates Launches A Nuclear Ship Battery Partnership


Image Credit: gCaptain


Over 60 years ago, a US-flagged nuclear cargo ship set sail, the only one before or since. Bill Gates-backed company Terrapower is partnering with Core-Power in London to develop a marine Molten Salt Reactor, or m-MSR to power large ships and produce green fuel for smaller ships. “The team has submitted its application to the US Dept. of Energy to take part in cost-share risk reduction awards under the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Programme to build a proof-of-concept for a medium-scale commercial-grade marine reactor.”


Over the next 30 years, 60,000 ships must transition to zero-emissions power. m-MSR power can help provide the energy needed to power these vessels economically and safely. The plan works in two stages: the first stage involves floating platforms with m-MSRs to create zero-carbon fuels for smaller ships while the second stage is powering larger ships with the m-MSR as the main power source, which won’t need re-fueling for the life of the ship.



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