Multi-Purpose and Heavy Lift Sectors Face Headwinds on Slowing Global Trade

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - The multipurpose vessel (MPV) and heavylift shipping sector is set for 3.8% growth this year, declining to 1.4% in 2020, as the global economy slows and competition for cargo grows, according to Drewry. The maritime consultant said the sector would see “strengthening rates through 2019 fuelled by rising project cargo traffic, but prospects … [Read more...]

Photos: 28,100-ton Johan Sverdrup Processing Platform Departs South Korea Aboard World’s Largest Heavy Lift Vessel

The 28,100-ton topside for the Johan Sverdrup processing platform has departed the Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje, South Korea bound aboard the Boskalis Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy-transport vessel. The topside, which is fully assembled and tested, will handle the processing and refining of all oil and gas from the first phase of Johan Sverdrup … [Read more...]

Hereema Tests ‘Revolutionary’ New Heavy Lifting Technique in Gulf of Mexico

Dutch heavy lift firm Hereema Marine Contractors has tested what it says is a revolutionary new way of heavy lifting offshore utilizing two dynamically-positioned vessels, four massive cranes, and a combined lift capacity of more than 20,000 metric tons. The so-called "QUAD" lifting technique was developed in-house by Hereema as an easier, less-costly way for installing and … [Read more...]

Carr: Tons Per Inch Immersion, or What Was I Thinking?

By Michael Carr - A 70-ton, 75-foot tug hung in the air 10 feet from the bridge windows. The ships master was attempting to maneuver his vessel sideways, out from under the suspended tug, using his vessels twin screws, and bow thruster. But his plan was not working. A flood current was pushing him forward, and an increasing and unsteady sea breeze was holding him against the … [Read more...]

Watch: 18,000-Tonne BorWin Gamma Platform Installed in North Sea

The 18,000 tonne topside of the BorWin gamma High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) platform has been installed on its jacket foundation in the German sector of the North Sea, where will soon be used to supply green power to more than one million German households. The giant converter arrived on board the heavy lift vessel Xiang He Kou which was used in the float-over … [Read more...]