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Oboronlogistics vessels delivered more than 45 thousand tons of cargo. Image: Oboronlogistics LLC
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Due to the end of the summer navigation in 2021, the vessels of Oboronlogistics LLC have completed the delivery of goods in the Arctic region and, having received all the necessary permits, are starting to carry out international transportation in the interests of state and commercial customers.

In 2021, Oboronlogistics vessels delivered more than 45 thousand tons of cargo to the Arctic points for the Military Construction Complex of the Russian Defense Ministry, the oil and gas complex and other organizations involved in the development of the Arctic and the construction of industrial and social infrastructure facilities in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. In addition, the company’s vessels were regularly used to export scrap metal and used equipment as part of the Arctic cleanup program.

In the interests of the Military Construction Complex, 3 consecutive flights were carried out on the route Murmansk – Franz Josef Land Archipelago. About 24 thousand tons of construction cargo of various categories were delivered to Alexandra Island in the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

About 8 thousand tons of construction materials in the interests of contractors of the Military Construction Complex of the Ministry of Defense of Russia were delivered along the route Murmansk – Belushya Bay of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

11 thousand tons of cargo intended for the construction of infrastructure facilities in the oil and gas industry were transported from the port of Arkhangelsk to the port of Sabetta. Unloading of vessels in the port of Sabetta was carried out both at the berth and on the roadstead using ship cranes.

From the port of Arkhangelsk to the port point of Kharasaway on the Yamal Peninsula, the Oboronlogistics vessel delivered 4 thousand tons of construction cargo intended for the Kharasaway gas condensate field.

Universal bulk carriers of Oboronlogistics LLC with an unlimited navigation area can carry any type of cargo, have holds and cargo decks for rolling equipment and container placement. The presence of ship cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 350 tons allows you to carry out operational cargo handling on your own.

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Jumbo-SAL-Alliance delivers comprehensive transportation solution for a mighty engineering challenge with a tight squeeze

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After months of precision planning and engineering Jumbo Shipping, now part of Jumbo-SAL-Alliance, has carried out the tailor-made transportation of offshore platform modules including living quarters module, helideck and flare boom for client Kiewit Offshore Services.

The Fairmaster and her crew first mobilised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands before sailing to Marystown, Canada where all cargo items were loaded, carefully stowed and shipped to Ingleside, Texas for discharge.

Custom Solution

The client was looking for a custom solution to transport their offshore modules safely, fully assembled, and on a single voyage. “We were able to offer the most cost-efficient solution which was engineered and tailor-made just for this cargo. Specific studies were made for the deck strength and the tight lifting operations. The big efforts of the whole project team and close cooperation with the client made it possible to execute this project safely and as planned,” says Jumbo’s Project Manager, Maarten De Gruyter.

Due to the weight and size of the living quarters module, the client was initially looking to ship all their cargo via a RORO vessel or a deck carrier. However, they were not keen on exposing their cargo to all the weather elements while at sea. The team convinced the client through the use of a 3D simulation, stowage plan and detailed engineering that all their cargo could fit securely onboard Jumbo’s Heavy Lift Vessel while staying inside the ship’s parameters. Some of the cargo could be stowed safely below deck protecting it from the weather. The cargo secured on deck would be exposed to minimal elements and acceleration forces at sea. Besides having the cargo safely stowed, the Jumbo team also offered a cost-efficient solution since the lifting would be executed by use of the vessel’s own lifting equipment.

Engineering Project Logistics

In the lead-up to the project, the technical teams were busy developing a complete logistics solution for the client including engineering, risk assessments, approvals, complete project management and logistics planning.

“The lifting of these modules in between the ship’s two cranes safely was a difficult engineering challenge,” says Lead Engineer, Mark Tetteroo-Pat. He continues “but we know our vessels inside out and always manage to find the smartest solutions for these tight squeezes.”

To meet the required deck space, the crew extended the Fairmaster’s deck with the use of the ship’s tween decks. All the loading checks were performed in 3D and when on site the actual clearances were spot on.

The Tight Squeeze

The engineering team is used to finding lifting solutions for any kind of outsized equipment and this project was no different with each cargo item requiring a custom and precise rigging plan. For the living quarters module, they used 160 t of rigging material in each crane to load the 1293 t module. The whole operation at both the loading and discharging sites was guided by Jumbo’s experienced Senior Port Captain, Peter Mathot.

The Fairmaster and crew first loaded the flare boom weighing 145 tonnes and other project cargo items, securing them below deck in the hold. When the hatches were closed up, the crew lifted the bigger pieces using both 1,500 tonne capacity cranes. First, the helideck was loaded on the vessel’s forward deck and then the 144 person living quarters module weighing 1293 t and measuring 53 x 24 x 18 m was delicately manoeuvred between the pedestals of both cranes. After loading the living quarters module, two cargo items were also loaded on the aft deck of the vessel.

The Bigger Picture

Once the three large pieces and smaller ancillary equipment were all safely loaded on board, the crew set sail to Ingleside, Texas, where all the cargo items were carefully discharged.

Edward DeFrancesco II, Jumbo-SAL-Alliance USA states “there was a lot of cooperation and coordination required from the very beginning of negotiations until the last piece was discharged. We are very proud to have been trusted by the client to handle such a high profile and critical shipment.”

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Jan De Nul launched its next generation offshore wind installation vessel Les Alizes

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An important milestone is reached in the construction of Les Alizes, a Next-Gen floating offshore installation vessel for offshore renewables and decommissioning. Jan De Nul launched its Offshore Installation Vessel Les Alizes at the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China. This vessel will be the largest Heavy Lift Vessel in Jan De Nul’s fleet, able to install XXL offshore wind components, in floating conditions and with ultra-low emissions.

The launch started by flooding the dry dock in which Les Alizes was built. Once afloat, Les Alizes was moored alongside the adjacent quay wall. Yesterday, the official launching ceremony took place at the CMHI Haimen shipyard, in the presence of the shipyard management and Jan De Nul Group representatives.

The final phase of the vessel’s construction can now begin, including sea trials. Les Alizés is due for delivery in H2 2022 in good time for her first assignment in Germany for the construction of Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 Offshore Wind Farms, transporting and installing 107 monopile foundations for the offshore wind major Ørsted.

Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Division at Jan De Nul Group: “The construction of our offshore floating installation vessel Les Alizés is well on track. We can look forward to delivery later this year, so that we can continue to build the future of offshore renewable energy. Together with our Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel Voltaire, which is also under construction in China, we will have the perfect set of offshore installation vessels that will be able to install current and future generations of offshore wind farms. This is how we offer our customers the most efficient installation solutions and results.”

An innovative design ready for future challenges

Following her order at the end of 2019, the design of Les Alizes has been further fine-tuned. The vessel is taking shape thanks to the investments in innovative mission equipment, enabling Jan De Nul to offer solutions for the next generation offshore wind installation challenges while improving safety and efficiency:

  • A highly innovative crane with Universal Quick Connector: this crane will be among the largest in its class. The crane will utilize a Universal Quick Connector, developed by Huisman, and leveraging the expertise of Jan De Nul’s operational and engineering teams. The result is a ground-breaking innovative UQC, that will deliver a major step change in safer offshore lifting activities.
  • An innovative motion-compensated pile gripper: the highly advanced electrical gripper, with an integrated guidance and survey system, will allow safe and efficient installation of next-generation monopiles with pin-point accuracy.
  • A fully automated monopile handling system: the tailor-made system consists of a set of cradles, a skidding system and an upending hinge to handle and install XXL monopiles. It is ideally suited to work in challenging weather conditions and high sea states.

Jan Van De Velde, Head of Newbuilding Department at Jan De Nul Group: “It is our continued philosophy to focus on operational efficiency and improving safety as the main objectives. The Universal Quick Connector, the innovative Motion-Compensated Pile Gripper and the fully automated Monopile Installation System perfectly fit into our strategy of having no manual deck intervention during installation. We stay one step ahead in offering the renewables industry a safe and efficient one-stop-shop installation solution.”

Les Alizes will be an Ultra-Low Emission vessel with hybrid capability

In order to reduce the vessel’s CO2 emissions, the power plant on board is a hybrid setup. The arrangement combines diesel-driven generators with battery and drive technology to optimize engine loading and to recover the potential energy returned from the heavy lift crane. To further reduce the carbon footprint of installation activities, the ultra-low emission vessel can run on second-generation biodiesel that reduces the fuel carbon footprint by up to 90%.

As an ultra-low emission vessel, Les Alizes is equipped with a highly advanced dual exhaust filter system, removing up to 99% of nanoparticles from emissions using a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and reducing the NOx emissions and other pollutants by means of a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) to levels in accordance with EU Stage V regulation. Les Alizes and Voltaire will be the first two seaworthy installation vessels in the world with extremely low emissions.

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MOL Drybulk to succeed MOL Group

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto; Minato-ku, Tokyo, passed a resolution to have MOL Drybulk Ltd., President: Kazuhiko Kikuchi; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, succeed its small- and medium- sized bulk carrier business, wood chip carrier business and Panamax business excluding services for steel manufacturers and domestic electric power companies through a company split, simplified absorption-type company split effective as of April 1, 2022.

As explained in December 11, 2020 press release “MOL Announces the Integration of the Dry Bulk Business, Wood Chip Carrier Business, and Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd., and the Establishment of a New Company.” and January 29, 2021 press release “MOL Announces Integration of Dry Bulk Business and the Establishment of ‘MOL Drybulk Ltd.'”, MOL has integrated the business activities of the Businesses since April 2021 by using methods such as outsourcing.

Starting from April 2022, however, the overall capacity of dry bulk business, which is a core business of the MOL Group, will be concentrated into MOL Drybulk by integrating the organizations and personnel into MOL Drybulk through succession of businesses by company split. By doing so, the MOL Group will enhance its shipping quality and customer value proposition and will aim to further enhance its competitiveness in the dry bulk shipping market.

Overview of MOL Drybulk Ltd.

Address: Shosen-Mitsui Building 8F, 2-1-1 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-0001
Representative: Kazuhiko Kikuchi, President and Representative Director
Business: Marine transportation business, shipping agency business, maritime shipping brokerage business and warehousing business, etc.
Capital: ¥660,000,000
Establishment: March 1, 1972

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