November 27, 2000

Keppel Shipyard clinches jumboization contract
Keppel Shipyard, a member of the Keppel Hitachi Zosen Group, has secured a S$7 (about US$4 million) million contract from Smedvig Asia for the jumboization and upgrading of its Drilling Tender Barge, Robray T7.

Keppel Shipyard's scope of work on Robray T7 includes the widening of the vessel by 30 feet at the starboard side from the forward to the aft, the erection of a new accommodation deck house and upgrading of accommodation units, the installation of a 150-ton main crane, new generator engines and new ventilation and air-conditioning units, and the upgrading of the lighting transformer.

The barge currently has a length overall of around 87 metres, a breadth of 18 metres, and a depth of 13 metres. Following the widening, the vessel's breadth will be increased to 27.4 metres increasing the capacity from around 1,566 sq m to 2,384 sqm.

On completion of the works, Robray T7 will be deployed for offshore operations in Thailand.

RobRay T7 is expected to arrive at Keppel Shipyard in December 2000. Work on the vessel is targeted for completion around June 2001.

Bureau Veritas tanker safety initiative
Bureau Veritas says new class rules will incorporate all tanker safety initiatives currently under discussion in the IMO and EU.

The BV 2000 rules, effective January 1, 2001, will incorporate the elements currently assessed under Harmonized Condition Assessment Programs and the Condition Assessment Scheme proposedby IMO.

"We can see that there is quite a lot of consensus amongst concerned parties about the scope of improved assessment of tanker structures, but the way to implement these new requirements is proving controversial," says BernardAnne, head of BV's marine division. "At BV, we firmly believe that all these items are an extension of IMO resolution A.744 and should therefore form part of an enhanced ESP. So we have incorporated them into our rules and they are available to everyone. Tanker safety is too important to be left to add-on schemes. If tankers need something to be safe, it should be in class rules."

BV 2000 Rules include:·

  • The assessment of stress and buckling criteria based on finite element calculations and net scantlings approach·
  • Dedicated prescriptions for the minimum fatigue life expectancy of critical structural details·
  • The assessment of the ultimate strength of hull girder and secondary stiffeners

The new rules included two notations, STAR-HULLand STAR-MACH.

STAR-HULL recognizes the fact that the shipowner has implemented an approved inspection and maintenance plan, and that the structural condition of the ship (strength, fatigue and corrosion ) is periodically monitored through extensive finite element calculations. The database is maintained on board and sent to BV every six months. The actual condition of the structure is reassessed by FEM after each ESP.

STAR-MACH reflects the implementation of a risk-based maintenance and condition monitoring system for the vessel's machinery and equipment.

Since 1997, Bureau Veritas has offered VeriSTAR INFO, which uses the power of the internet to give owners and authorized third parties instant access to class status and survey reports.

Bergesen offers Tractebel LNG ship partnership
Bergesen has now concluded a minimum 20 year charter contract with Cabot LNG, a subsidiary of Tractebel S.A. of Belgium, for the 138,000 cbm LNG vessel it has under construction at Daewoo for delivery in first quarter 2003. Cabot has an option to extend the charter contract by a maximum nine years.
Bergesen has offered Tractebel an option to take a 49% ownership share in the vessel, through a yet to be established partnership .

Bergesen has an option to order a second LNG-carrier at Daewoo and says a decision on whether to exerciseit will be made in the near future.

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