Rolls Royce & MAN deliver the World’s largest and most expensive workboat

Rolls Royce & MAN deliver the World’s largest and most expensive workboat

20 Nov 2014

                       

World's largest workboat launched

 

Seawork exhibitors, MAN and Rolls Royce have delivered solutions for the world’s largest, most sophisticated and most expensive workboat ever built.

 

For over 25 years the Swiss company, Allseas, had been developing the ‘Pieter Schelte’. Designed as a vessel to install and remove offshore oil topside structures as single units, its hull is 382 metres long, its beam 124 metres, with the length increasing to 477 metres when tilting lift beam and the pipe-laying stinger are in operation, and also a gap at the bow that is 59 metres long and 122 metres long,

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New offshore vessel ready in about a month? Yes, and for offshore wind techs, say hello to your new ride

New offshore vessel ready in about a month? Yes, and for offshore wind techs, say hello to your new ride

Editor’s note: The European offshore wind industry is just a little ahead of the nascent U.S. version. For the next few years, the U.S. companies will be building the infrastructure to support the offshore turbines with equipment such as the vessels featured in this article. They are from The Netherlands-based ship builder Damen. The article lets us take a brief tour of one of the ships that will carry O&M crews from shore to work and back. Later in the article, company executives tell how the company streamlines its processes to deliver a new ship in about a month. 

Offshore wind farm

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China’s Subsidized Shipbuilding

China’s Subsidized Shipbuilding

In early September, China’s State Council issued guidelines on the development and modernization of the maritime and shipping industry in what China’s leaders lament to be an “oversupplied and loss-making sector.”

What’s more significant is that China’s own policies are to blame. Beijing has long considered shipbuilding to be a strategic industry, and it has employed a robust range of mercantilist subsidies to ensure an unfair advantage in world competition. In the process, an inefficient, unproductive industry that, while something of a jobs factory from a social policy point of view, has inflicted itself on world shipbuilding.

To be fair, China has made no secret of

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(Reuters) - Paint inspired by the skin of a tuna fish and automated drone ships that don't need crews: such ideas could revolutionize the next generation of ocean vessels as the shipping sector looks to cut costs and tackle pollution.

(Reuters) - Paint inspired by the skin of a tuna fish and automated drone ships that don't need crews: such ideas could revolutionize the next generation of ocean vessels as the shipping sector looks to cut costs and tackle pollution.

Faced with new environmental rules and the need to cap operating costs as profits slide, shippers are renewing their fleets to make them more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient, participants at a shipping conference in China said this week.

Other ideas, such as powering ships with liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reduce emissions and using 3D printing to make parts, are gaining traction, as these forces drive a fundamental rethink of shipping technology.

"The new ships now have to be energy-efficient. It's all about being economical, about 'green' shipping,"

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Japan: Kyokuyo Shipyard Delivers New Ro-Ro Cargo Ship to Shiplux VII

Japan: Kyokuyo Shipyard Delivers New Ro-Ro Cargo Ship to Shiplux VII

 

Delivery ceremony of S-500, a 6,600tdw type RORO cargo ship ordered by Europe-based Shiplux VII S.A. took place at Kyokuyo Shipyard on November 17.

It is first  Kyokuyo built RORO cargo boat since 1995. It is a modern transporter optimized for the today’s logistics services in Europe. Underneath her exterior’s clean lines she has so many features.

Director of Euroship Service Ltd., on behalf of the owners, and Mr. Sho Murakami, representing Sojitz Marine Co., Ltd., the prime contractor for the transactions attended the ceremony.

This ship is the first of 4-ship in a series, the remaining 3 sisters are currently under construction.