Shell’s Olympus Tensioned Leg Platform Leaves Kiewit [IMAGES]

olympus tensioned leg platform shell

-+*This past weekend, Shell’s Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) left Kiewit shipyard in Ingleside, Texas,  and is now making its way to its future home in the Gulf of Mexico, 209 kilometres (130 miles) south of New Orleans. Olympus is Shell’s sixth and largest TLP in the Gulf of Mexico. The Olympus TLP will be […]

SPOTD: Dockwise Delivers Lucius Spar on Board Mighty Servant 1

Image Mighty Servant 1 Lucius spar hull

-+*Today’s ship photo of the day comes from Netherlands-based heavy lift operator, Dockwise (a new subsidiary of Boskalis).  Their semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, the Mighty Servant, successfully offloaded the 23,000 ton Lucius spar last week for the Lucius deepwater oil and natural gas project located in the Gulf of Mexico. The Lucius truss spar, measuring […]

SPOTD: Crocodile Encounters Ominous Front Offshore Long Island

weather front derecho

-+*This photo was taken from the sailing yacht “Crocodile”, a Beneteau First 40.7 while transiting offshore the coast of Long Island and New Jersey during a recent delivery from Newport, Rhode Island to Maryland. The winds and weather embedded in this were “challenging” to say the least but the crew and boat came through fine […]

Ship Photo Of The Week – S/S Ayrfield, The Floating Forest

S/S Ayrfield floating-forest

-+*On the south bank of the Parramatta River, 16 kilometers west of Sydney, is Homebush Bay. Established in the 1800s the area served various purposes until 1970 when the Australian government leased the bay to private companies looking for a spot to break-up old ships. The S/S Ayrfield, a steel-hulled, single screw, steam collier of […]

SPOTD – LNG Carrier Escorted by Combined Task Force 521

lng carrier us navy 5th fleet escort piracy

-+*(May 21, 2013) – Combined Task Force 521 conducts convoy escort operations with a large natural gas tanker during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013 (IMCMEX). IMCMEX 13 includes navies from more than 40 countries and will exercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce and trade. Lt. Bryan Wolfe, operations officer […]

Shipyard Photo of the Day: Anyone Need an Engine?

dsme crane barge engine

-+*Former shipmate Christopher Dale took this photo the other day while working at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, Korea. The crane barge in the photo is the Daewoo 3600. Built in 2006, it is the largest such floating crane barge in Korea with a lifting capacity of 3600 tons.

An Inside-the-Shipyard Look at Keppel [IMAGES]


-+*While in Singapore last month, I had the unique opportunity to tour Keppel FELS, one of the world’s most prolific and capable shipyards. Over the past decade, Keppel FELS and its network of offshore yards around the world have successfully delivered almost half of the world’s newbuild jackup rigs and semisubmersibles.  This year, they have […]