• Ocean Marlin, our newbuilding 722 has been delivered to Atlantic Offshore

    Ocean Marlin is the second vessel of three signed with Atlantic Offshore with HY820 design. She is now sailing to Stavanger and her naming ceremony will be next Wednesday, 13th August.


    The vessel has been constructed in our Yard of Pasajes with the following main particulars:


    Type Emergency Rescue and Response Vessel with Firefighting and DP2
    Length over all 66.80 m
    Length b.p 60.60 m
    Breadth moulded 16.00 m
    Depth to main deck 6,00 m
    Draught 5,40 m
    Accommodation 21 persons
    Notation DnV: +1A1, E0, SF, OSV-Towing, DYNPOS AUTR, FIRE FIGHTER –II
    Flag NOR
    Deck area 380 m2

    The results on sea trials have been better than expected, highlighting the low level of vibration and noise:


    Bollard pull 68,3 tonnes
    Free running speed 14 knot

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  • OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY – A big challenge and an opportunity to grow

    This report tackles the excellent opportunities that sea provides citizens and companies in Europe. The latest technological improvements will push this industry to unimaginable levels. Let see the future forecasts.


    Europe’s seas and oceans are rich in opportunities and sources of employment for our economy. Covering around 70% of the surface of the Earth – the ‘blue planet’ – their potential for economic growth and competitiveness needs to be tapped. However, this will not happen without proactive thinking from European and national decision makers. They must develop a dynamic maritime and research agenda to support what is known as the ‘blue economy’. José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission.


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  • Classifying Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs)

    As marine resource development is moving further offshore and into deep sea regions, there is an increasing demand for multi-purpose offshore support vessels, capable of not only transporting cargo to and from offshore floating facilities, but also covering mooring, installation, and fire fighting operations in a wide variety of offshore environments.


    All these matters require new generation offshore support vessels, generally more technically-advanced and with special features. OSV vessels are playing a vital role in different fields, including maintaining and supplying offshore oil and gas operations.



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  • Offshore Conference success organized by Zamakona Yards in the Port of Las Palmas

    Zamakona Yards organized a lecture-conference meeting focused on the offshore Oil & Gas Market in West Africa in cooperation with the Naval Repairers Association (RNA) on Monday the 6th of May.


    Our Group is aware of the strategic importance of this booming industry has to the port of Las Palmas and the great challenges ship repair industry will face in the coming years. The goal is for the Port of La Luz and Las Palmas to achieve a leading position serving this emerging market.


    The presentation was given by Mr. Adolfo Marrodán, Naval Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Shipping and Ports, who has extensive industry experience and has spent most of his professional work in West Africa.


    The event was held in the auditorium of the Port Authority, with the presence of Mr. Luis Ibarra (President of the Port Authority of Las Palmas) and Mr. Borja Garaygordóbil (Deputy Director of Zamakona Yards in the Canary Islands).


    The conference was attended by over 70 people from major ship repair companies within the sector in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.


    The program addressed various topics such as: – The history of offshore business – Sector requirements to work as providers of products and services. – General current situation overview of the oil sector today (Upstream, midstream and downstream) and future prospects globally and in Africa. – Main players in the niche offshore upstream sector. – Offshore sector impact on the maritime economy and on upstream. – Analysis of companies involved in the sector – Legal and regulatory aspects.


    To finish, we wish to express our gratitude to all participants for their attendance and to Mr. Adolfo Marrodán and Mr. Luis Ibarra for supporting this initiative.

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  • Risers Cleaning Works at Zamakona Yards Canary Islands

    Zamakona Yards together with Gates Europe is working on 22 marine risers belonging to Maersk Drilling in our facilities in Gran Canaria.


    The job involves cleaning and inspection in order for Maersk to receive the certification and comply with their life cycle management. 


    It will take some 3 weeks to finish the job. They are of the Aker Solutions brand and weigh about 40 tons each. These jobs will occur frequently since marine risers have cyclical maintenance scheme. 


    Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry world-wide. The company’s knowledge and technologies span from reservoir to production and through the life of a field.


    From the drilling rig to the power plant, Gates provides products and services the energy industry needs to keep equipment running productively, efficiently and safely.


    We’ll continue reporting about services to the oil & gas industry.

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    The growth in worldwide drilling activity is producing an increase of shipbuilding and ship repair for this year. The forecasting for the offshore industry for the next years is positive too.


    The uprising drilling activity along the world is explained for various factor keys:

    – the new giant discovery in the North Sea (Aldous and Avaldsnes reserve zones).

    – activity in the Gulf of Mexico has also begun to rebound after the Macondo accident.

    – the new exploration campaings in deep oil fields mainly in West Africa and Brazil.


    The conjunction of these factors has produced growth across all the major drivers of OSV demand. The high average age of some world fleet segments is pulling of the demand too. The shipowners are renewing their fleet and increasing their maintenance budgets.


    According to the United Nations in its paper “Review of maritime transport – 2011”, since 2010 to 2011, the OSV world fleet grew an 34% in DWT (from 24.673 to 33.227). For the next years the global demand for OSVs in 2012 is expected to grow.


    Market prospects

    The current AHTS order book is indicating that 191 units will be delivered in 2012 and 34 units will be delivered in 2013. Experts expect the AHTS fleet will probably grow by close to 6 percent in 2012. The large AHTS fleet (16,000+bhp) is likely to grow more rapidly – closer to 10 percent in 2012 – as there are still a number of large AHTS vessels in the order book for the year ahead.


    The current PSV order book is indicating 146 units will be delivered in 2012 and 100 units in 2013. The PSV fleet is therefore expected to grow by 9 percent in 2012.



    Video: Njord Viking – AHTS – Viking Supply – Built in Zamakona Shipyard

    Sources: www.cleaves.comwww.brs-parts.comwww.platou.comhttp://www.un.org/en/

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