Habia Announces New SeaGuard Naval Cable Range

Monday, Dec 07, 2009
Habia Cable SeaGuard – Cables and Coaxial Cables for Naval Defence applications
Lightweight and small size, the SeaGuard range of wires and cables from Habia Cable have been designed and approved for use in naval defence cable applications. SeaGuard and SeaGuard DS cables include low smoke, zero halogen (LSOH) and flame retardant wires and cables that enhance performance and are oil and water resistant. Limited fire hazard materials meet a wide range of international fire tests and as such SeaGuard is approved by many Naval Authorities around the world.
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Vroon orders two Wind Turbine Installation Vessels to be operated by MPI Offshore

Friday, Jul 25, 2008
Vroon is pleased to announce that it has secured the construction of two Wind Turbine Installation Vessels which will be operated by its subsidiary MPI Offshore (Stokesley, UK). The new vessels design is based on the current design of MV Resolution (built 2003), which is the only purpose built offshore Wind Turbine Installation in the world and has been owned by Vroon since early 2006. The new vessels will be slightly bigger and will have a number of enhancements, such as a much larger crane (1,000 MT lifting capacity), larger accommodation (112 persons), helideck, enhanced jacking and positioning capability (DPII) and the ability to work in the Offshore Oil and Gas sector.
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Aker Philadelphia in US$560 million agreement with Cat Finance

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has entered into a loan agreement with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Finance) to increase its line of credit to $150 million. Under the agreement, Cat Finance will fund up to $80 million per ship for the construction cost of seven consecutive product tankers, valuing the agreement at $560 million.

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Conrad signs contracts totaling US$50.3 million

Conrad signs contracts totaling US$50.3 million

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the signing of contracts for the construction of fourteen barges, two tugs, a ferry and a major ferry repair, with a total value of $50.3m which brings the current backlog to approximately $106m compared to $93.4 million at September 30, 2007 and $84.5 million at December 31, 2006. The barges include four 222’x54’x12’LPG tank barges which are a new addition to Conrad’s portfolio of products. These will have approximately 16,000 gross barrel capacity and are designed for inland waterway operation. Additionally Conrad has executed contracts with various customers for deck barges, spud barges, shale barges and tank barges that range in size from 120’x30’x7’ to 192’x42’x10’. Also signed were contracts for the construction of two additional 98’, Z-Tech 7500 Class Terminal/Escort Tugs, similar to the four others which are currently under construction at our Orange Shipbuilding facility. Conrad also finalized the contract for the construction of a 160’x32’x13’ aluminum passenger ferry that will transport up to 600 people. This ferry is a Conrad design that was selected over other designs submitted in the bidding process. In addition, a contract was executed for the dry dock inspection of and general repairs to a 500 passenger, 150’x28’ aluminum hull ferry.

Shell and Frontier team up to build drillships

Shell and Frontier team up to build drillships

Shell EP Offshore Ventures Ltd. and Frontier Drillships Ltd., a subsidiary of Frontier Drilling, have signed a deepwater/arctic drillship Joint Venture agreement. Under the agreement, Shell and Frontier will build and rollout a new drillship concept, known as the “Bully” rig. GustoMSC designed the “Bully” as a customization of its proprietary PRD12,000 design drillship, adapting the unit for a Huisman-Itrec Multi-Purpose Tower drilling system.


The “Bully” rig design offers a flexible, smaller but highly capable, vessel suited for deepwater and arctic drilling, while reducing the construction and operational costs compared to other deepwater drill ships of similar capacity.

The first vessel for the Shell/Frontier Joint Venture is expected to be delivered by early 2010.


The vessel will feature an ice class hull, allowing safe and efficient operation in arctic conditions. The design calls for less crew and fuel. The new drillships have a significantly reduced environmental impact due to lower emissions through reduced fuel consumption, high efficiency/low emission engines and lower steel use for construction.

High hopes for shipbuilding jobs in UK

Today in our shipbuilding news we feature a key story from the UK an dhow the government are going to invest nearly £4 billion to create two new aircraft carriers which will in turn create a lot of jobs.  For full press article please read on:

High hopes for shipbuilding jobs in UK


Hundreds of jobs could be created by the return of shipbuilding to the Wear. Pallion Engineering has been in talks with the Government for more than a year about securing work from a £3.9billion contract to build two aircraft carriers.


Winning part of the contract would provide a future in shipbuilding for a generation who never dreamed of a career in an industry in which Sunderland once led the world.


Pallion Engineering chairman Alan Dickinson today said: “I am reasonably confident that it is good news but I would like to get my name on the contract, then we will have a big celebration.


“This is good news not just for Sunderland but for the whole British shipbuilding industry.


“The total order is £3.6 to £4.6billion, so even one per cent of that is a big thing.


“There will be hundreds of jobs on a new build – there have to be, given the size of the build, the amount of work and all the skills that would be needed.


“We have been talking to the tendering people for the last 18 months.

“A job like this gives you a chance to get some apprentices in and give them the training for a career in the industry.”


Pallion Engineering was one of two North East companies named by defence minister Lord Drayson as being in a strong position to win work on the £3.9billion contract.


At the opening of the new £2.3million Marine Design Centre in Newcastle this week he said: “A&P Tyne and Pallion Engineering will be competing for work on the upper blocks.


“This is the largest piece of work the navy has ever had. Building these ships will test the capacity of the whole UK shipbuilding industry.”


The new carriers will be built at various locations around the country, with the parts transported to Rosyth in Scotland for assembly.


As well as the carriers, there will also be work available on a fleet of new support vessels to keep the carriers supplied at sea.


It could also mean a new start for former workers who had given up hope of ever working in the industry again.


Mr Dickinson added:”There is still a lot of skill in the North East but some of those people can’t believe that it can be an ongoing job anymore.


“All they need is the opportunity to come in and do it.”