Future of ships


Based on your opinion of American GOM vessels, I think this is it:



If you doubt their ability and knowledge, maybe you could offer to assist??
Let me know and I’ll walk over there to let them know.:walking_man: :innocent:

That could be interesting. I’m too old to haul my sorry ass across the Atlantic (although I did enjoy my last trip to Norway, when I taught a NATO AGARD course on software management at a nice resort outside Oslo) but I’d be happy to consider other options. They can find my full resume here:


or just take a look at our Deepwater Horizon book:





Such a delightful patina.


Do you offer a signed version?


Naaah, looks too new and well maintained to fit my opinion.

Seriously, would this be something that would fit the new and leaner budgets, especially for personnel transport to/from the deepwater rigs and platforms??

At that speed the time taken per trip and with the motion damping function, this should be acceptable, even for the OIMs and Companymen.

If there is a market UMEO has the capabilities to go into aJV, or even set up a yard, to build them right there in the God’s own country.


Do you offer a signed version?

We have a few left. PM me if you’re interested.




If you are serious, PM me.


Didn’t SEACOR build some fast cat euro style crewboats? How did that work out for them? I haven’t heard about anyone else building them.


They all work overseas where they are used as crew boats as opposed to fast supply boats with out mud tanks. In markets where helicopters are of dubious reliability they are a good solution for passenger transport.


There are big differences between the SEACORE vessels and the WAVECRAFT.
Here is an article about and brief specs for the latest SEACORE vessels:

These are constructed from Aluminum as conventional Catamarans and with a fairly large cargo deck.
They require high powered engines to obtain a service speed of 40 kts. (Looking at Marine Traffic they appears to operate in Cabinda and Saudi at much lower speed though ( max.16 and 25 kts. respectively)

The WAVECRAFT is an air cushion Catamaran Surface Effect Ship (SES) constructed from all composite materials and fitted with motion control system to improve comfort in rough weather and reduce seasickness.
The composite sandwich materials makes for low structural weight, which give several benefits, including: high speed, high payload fraction, reduced displacement, lower power requirements, and up to 20-30% lowered fuel consumption than aluminum vessels, resulting in lower emissions.

Here is a presentation of the Voyager 32 WAVECRAFT for offshore operations:

A video showing the WAVECRAFT in operation in the North Sea and animation of the motion control system:


The Pacific Kestrel is active in the Persian Gulf, regularly at 35 - 40 knots


OK. more seriously; If the Operators on board should have to take control, I assume the WiFi system will be strictly internal, with limited reach and on a different frequency from any commercially available WiFi for your house. Such system are alrady widely used to operate cranes on ships etc.

Better think carefully about that Wi-Fi thing:


Packet insertion is possible. That yacht with the babes on the deck may not be what it seems :slight_smile:




Ultimately, just about any type of network is hackable.

The Chinese have been busy though.


Omg, I nearly pissed myself laughing at this one… That method may work in the North Sea, but I don’t see that being accepted by “The Gods” …sorry, company men, in the GoM. That and unless things have changed during this downturn, it’s pretty much one rig/platform per boat on a voyage. Think I’ve got some pics of a single connex box lashed in the middle of my deck for an example of this mentality.


By and large yes, but I’ve seen a few oil occasions fast boat runs serving platforms and drilling vessels in the same field or two fields (but same oil company client) when they are near each other. Not often, but I’ve seen it. And while the work boats would normally be assigned as you noted, occasionally with the same client there would be fuel or deck cargo for one vessel on the workboat that’s normally designated. I don’t think that ever happened with the drilling fluid bulk product.

One of the ships a decent distance out I did temp work on back in June had on average three vessels on location. I think that was a combination of the day rates and transit times involved. It was interesting to see, coming on watch and four boats are all on standby.


Ah yes… though I did work a rig for an oil major that will remain nameless, where the company man straight up said, “I like to wake up and get my coffee and look out and see boats out there standing by for me to use.” We had 4 boats working that rig… and spent probably 90% of the offshore time of the hitch sitting on standby patterns waiting on them to do something with us. No cargo… no nothing, but the guy didn’t want to send us back to the dock until he needed something from the dock.


And then he probably complained that it took too long to get it out there?

A few times I saw this as making sense, but only a few. One boat had the deck cargo offloaded yet, but we were not ready to take on the mud. We were on a semi with a much lower “payload” limit and limited deck space. Another boat would bring deck cargo out for us and we would take it from that boat and put it on the other one so we could keep the boat with the mud out there at the ready. But then we could send the other boat back in…

But yeah, many times it just does not make sense.


DING DING DING!!! We have a winner. Yup.

I get the “offshore storage” for items that might be needed quickly that you don’t have room for, and using a boat as an “external mud pit.” But empty boats just because you “like seeing them out there waiting on you” kind of explains the ridiculous amounts of money that got thrown around when things were good.


Maybe this is an example of our American inefficiency and incompetence Norway has evolved beyond. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) Once those autonomous ships are in service there won’t be any crews to intimidate. The boats will be run by bean counters ashore and those bastards are real mean.


I don’t think it is very good sarcasm. What I wrote and quoted in post #575 is a reality.
This is how Statoil and the other Oilcos in Norway and the UK are operating their logistics to their rigs and offshore operations.

Last year I visited Statoil’s Logistics Ops room at Sandsli outside Bergen and I must say, having just arrived from where things are largely run the “good old way”, it was a bit of a cultural shock.
Every helicopter, boat and rig in operation for Statoil in Norway was displayed on their big screen with all the normal info (Course, speed etc) but if they wanted more, like in an emergency, they could call up full specs, crew list etc. by a click of a mouse.

Here is a video from the centre: