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Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) is a trusted name in the offshore marine industry. Established in 1975, we have built a reputation as a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a network that spans the globe.
Swire Pacific Offshore owns and operates over 65 offshore support vessels, with over 20 new vessels on order for delivery from yards in 2008-2011. SPO’s fleet is modern, with an average age of 11 years, and a large proportion of the fleet is equipped with dynamic positioning systems (DP 1 or DP 2). The fleet includes over 55 Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels, Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), Anchor Handling Tugs (AHT), seismic survey vessels, ROV support / dive support vessels and maintenance / accommodation support vessels. We are fully equipped to support a wide range of offshore activities, including drilling, production, exploration, pipe-lay, subsea construction and FPSO operations.
With a strong emphasis on operational excellence and a proactive attitude towards Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE), SPO places great importance on providing reliability for its partners through quality service. The establishment of a dedicated marine training centre in 2007 has reinforced this commitment to high standards, even under challenging conditions in harsh operating environments.
Headquartered in Singapore, SPO has regional offices in Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Qatar, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates, and operates vessels in every major oil exploration region outside of North America. – Link
The Coast Guard is trying to create the impression that there are no further delays in getting its first National Security Cutter into service by placing the vessel, Bertholf, into a “special” commissioning status. The status will allow her to sail with a crew to her home port in California, but won’t allow her to go on regular patrols.
Just imagine buying a new car and being allowed to drive it home, but having to leave it on the driveway because it is not yet ‘street-legal.’ That is what the US Navy and Coast Guard have been doing and it’s wrong.
The PEOPLESNAVYsail a protest boat to Diego Garcia and it is promptly seized and the crew of two are arrested. I am not sure of the wisdom of protesting someplace where there are no witnesses. After all, it’s not like anyone is willing to sail into North Korea.
It occurred that my life at sea is completely alien to most of my readers who work ashore. My place of work, is also my home, and is constantly on the move – the scene from my cabin window is never the same, and can be a tropical island, a giant iceberg, a menacing grey sea, or a thriving metropolis – although usually its just some guy leaning on the rail outside smoking and blocking the view.
The Pilot Boathas photos of the “Spanish 2008 built Passenger/Ro-Ro ferry” VOLCAN DE TIJARAFE as she heads to drydock for a final coat of paint. That’s a cool name, as long as it never catches fire, or explodes.
The Baltimoresun has “Old ship could bring life to coast“. The vessel in question is the ex USS Arthur W. Radford. It is going to become an artificial reef. The unanswered question is where.
SailKarma has an update on the trimaran GROUPAMA 3 that capsized in February with photos of the sailboat lashed to a cargo ship for the trip back to Europe. I am impressed that they were able to recover it.
BMW Blog has “The Non-Enthusiast Blog: The Wait” writing about his ordering a custom Bimmer from the factory and his tracking the car through the process and across the ocean. I kept waiting for the end where he found out that his car was turned into scrap as covered here a couple weeks ago (here). But no, his arrived unscratched.
Finally, a little bird told me to keep an eye out on the FREEDOMSHIP Project. Seems that they are going to make an announcement sometime in the next five or so weeks. So if you have been wondering if the program was dead or not. Apparently not.
Haight’s Maritime Items has:
Canada – marine investigation report re passenger ferry sinking – The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued the report of its investigation into the striking and sinking of the passenger and vehicle ferry QUEEN OF THE NORTH at Gil Island, British Columbia on 22 March 2006. The primary cause of the incident was the failure of the officer of the watch to order a planned course change and his continuing failure to check the ship’s position until the grounding occurred approximately 14 minutes later. Contributing causes included the failure to maintain good watchkeeping procedures, failure to provide adequate training on new equipment, and failure to conduct adequate abandon-ship drills. M06W0052 (3/12/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)
Fairplay Daily News has:
Credit crunch hits newbuilds – LONDON 12 March – Up to three quarters of the newbuilding contracts for ships of all types may lack finance, according to Fotini Karamalis, CEO of the Athens-based dry bulk shipping company Hellenic Carriers. The situation is likely to lead into delays in deliveries or cancellations of some contracts as the credit crunch is likely to get worse, she said. However, second hand values of dry bulk carriers are likely to remain high despite the crunch, as owners have enjoyed good earnings since 3Q03 and few of them are forced to sell ships. On the other hand, the credit crunch may slow down the sale and purchase market, she said. Karamanlis noted that the Baltic Dry Index, which is recovering from sharp falls a couple of months ago after hitting an all-time high of 11,000 points in November, may beat the record later this year. The market thrives on industrialisation, urbanisation and infrastructure projects of China and many other Far Eastern countries and it has little to fear from a recession in the US. The market’s anticipated strength supports high second-hand market prices for dry bulkers, she said. – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)
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