Mega offshore construction vessel coming soon to a Gulf near you


#1

how many American mariners do you expect them to hire for it? Any? I ain’t holding my breath waiting to find out.

[B]Ezra Christens Subsea Construction Vessel[/B]


Lewek Constellation

By MarEx 2015-03-01 16:01:57

Singapore-listed Ezra Holdings, a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, has officially christened and named the Lewek Constellation prior to her departure to the Gulf of Mexico to commence work for Noble Energy.

The Lewek Constellation, an ice-classed, multi-lay offshore construction vessel with ultra-deep water pipe laying and heavy lift capabilities is EMAS AMC’s flagship project-enabling asset.

Lewek Constellation was initially conceptualized in 2009 and its hull was successfully launched in 2012. It measures 178.27m by 46.0m, and features all single berth cabins, and is designed to deliver complex projects in a safe, efficient and reliable manner in water depths exceeding 3,000m.

Additionally, the Lewek Constellation is only one of two vessels in the world in its class achieving the highest environmental and comfort notations, with an ice-classed hull capable of transiting through 0.8m of ice and a technologically advanced DP3 system. It also comes equipped with an 800mT Huisman multi-lay system that is able to support both rigid and non-rigid pipelines, a 3,000mT Huisman offshore heavy lift crane, two Schilling workclass remotely operated vehicles and a unique portable reel system which significantly reduces mobilization time.

“I am extremely delighted and proud that our flagship vessel, Lewek Constellation has achieved her final milestone before she turns fully operational in 1Q2015. From initial conception to delivery, Lewek Constellation has been a concerted effort by our global team, from design to project management,” said Lionel Lee, Ezra’s Group CEO and Managing Director.

“I would like to thank the many people who have made this happen – the teams in EMAS AMC and TRIYARDS, Huisman and our co-lead banks DBS and DNB,” added Lee.

“I would also like to express my deepest appreciation to Noble Energy, for giving the Lewek Constellation her inaugural pipe-lay projects. The projects in the US Gulf of Mexico will be the perfect platform to showcase the Lewek Constellation’s capabilities as a world-class pipe-lay vessel.”

The group has secured a healthy backlog of approximately US$500 million with Lewek Constellation and it is slated to begin work for Noble Energy in the first quarter of 2015 with its work schedule extending well into 2016 and beyond.

I think I know who the marine managers in Houston are going to be. If I get confirmation, will let all know here.


#2

Sign me up!!


#3

Haven’t you been watching the weather? The U.S. does not have any ice-classed IMR vessels so they need this one for when the GOM freezes over.


#4

I’ll tell you what I would like to know is how a company like Lewek can send a vessel of theirs to work on the US Outer Continental Shelf without incorporating a US company first. They will take all their revenue earned in the US out of it back to Singapore, use all foreign mariners and not put anything back into the nation that is allowing them entrance to work.

THIS IS NOT RIGHT AND IT IS PURE BULLSHIT!

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#5

[QUOTE=c.captain;156080]I’ll tell you what I would like to know is how a company like Lewek can send a vessel of theirs to work on the US Outer Continental Shelf without incorporating a US company first. They will take all their revenue earned in the US out of it back to Singapore, use all foreign mariners and not put anything back into the nation that is allowing them entrance to work.

THIS S NOT RIGHT AND IT IS PURE BULLSHIT![/QUOTE]

I don’t understand this either. Every time I see a foreign vessel in Fourchon I want to flick them off and throw shit at them. How exactly are they able to come over here to work??


#6

Do they have to take a pilot?


#7

No clue. There does see to be quite a few foreign boats down here on a regular basis though


#8

HOS and ECO are building construction vessels that can push these interlopers out. No one has built a large pipelaying vessel yet though. Another vessel type is the purpose built flotel. We were working on a job with the Edda Fides it sleeps 600. Why can’t someone build one of those as well? Maybe some of the excess OSV’s can be converted and pick up the contracts.


#9

Depends on the company and crew. The ones ECO owns typically don’t though. I was captain of a Vanuatu flagged boat and we only needed a pilot going into ports other than Fourchon.


#10

mine. How do you like it? please critique :slight_smile:


#11

A really MEGA Heavy Lift Vessel (SSCV) for your enjoyment, but not operating in the GoM this time:

Another big operation in progress: Installation of the Mariner deck structure off Shetland: https://sysla.no/offshore/loftes-10-000-tonn-pa-plass-pa-mariner-feltet/

In 1989 I was involved in another operation with the same Crane Vessel, then called Micoperi 7000. The Veslefrikk Jacket lift was nearly the same weight, at 9800 m.t.
As Towmaster I had the honour of walking under the lift to check that it was fully clear of the cribbing, before moving the 60000 DWT transport barge away from under the jacket so it could be lowered into the water. You feel small in those situations.

PS> I did wear my hardhat and steel toed boots for safety though.


#12

There is a Crane vessel capable of lifting up to 7,500 tons (S.Tons?) operating in the GoM: http://www.heavyliftnews.com/shipping-related-videos/offshore/versabars-floating-crane-vb10000-picks-up-topside-gom/
But it is a bit limited in scope and mainly used for demolition, not new installation.


#13

Boskalis’ newly converted HLV Bokalift 1 (ex Finess) has got a 3000 m.t SWL mast crane installed in Xiamen, China and will soon be ready for work in the Offshore Wind and Oil & Gas industries worldwide:
http://www.heavyliftnews.com/news/video--bokalift-1--a-new-wind-turbine-installation-vessel

This is what she looked like a few months ago:

The sister ship HLV Forte will soon follow as BOKALIFT 2.


#14

Lots of activity on the newbuilding of SSCVs lately.
Heerema will take delivery of the 20000 mt. (2 x 10000mt) SWL, DP 3 SSCV Sleipnir from Sembcorp Marine in Singapore in 2019:
https://hmc.heerema.com/fleet/sleipnir/

They have already obtained the first two contracts for this monster:
https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/heerema-scoops-first-two-contracts-for-new-crane-vessel-sleipnir/

A new operator OOS International has signed a LOI for an even bigger SSCV with 2x 12000 mt. SWL mast cranes for a combined lifting capacity of 24000 mt. to be designed and built in China:
http://www.offshorevisie.nl/2017/12/11/oos-international-signs-mou-with-cmih-for-the-largest-crane-vessel-sscv-in-the-world/

This new company is particularly busy in the newbuilding market, with 4 other vessels on the way from Chinese yards:
https://www.oosinternational.com/fleet/


#15

Not everybody has stopped investing in new vessels for the Offshore industry:


Will she show up in a gulf near you sometime in the future? Yes, very likely.


#16

McDermott is getting ready for the next boom, but they may not be aming so much at the GoM:


#17

Mammoet is also expanding their activity in anticipation of the next boom: