drone delivery anchorage

World’s first commercial drone deliveries to vessels at anchorage tested

In cooperation with Airbus, Norwegian shipping company Wilhelmsen (WSS) launched this week a shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marking the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of items to working vessels at anchorage. Shore-to-ship delivery of this range and scope has never been explored, prior to this trial, Wilhelmsen said.

Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial-corridors’ in its 1.5km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage.

The drone landed on the deck of the Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO)’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, M/V Pacific Centurion and deposited its 1.5kg cargo without a hitch before returning to its base. The entire delivery, from take-off towards the vessel, to landing back at base, took just ten minutes.

Operations began with a Toolbox Talk with the Wilhelmsen, Airbus and SPO crew to ensure that the risk assessment was understood by all parties. With final safety checks completed, Wilhelmsen’s Marina South Pier team loaded the drone.

Supported by spotters stationed on board the vessel deck to ensure the safety of the crew and vessel, the drone took off towards the vessel, landing on the dedicated area on the main deck where the parcel was retrieved by the officer on board.

Less labour dependent than delivery via launch, autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can potentially reduce delivery costs by up to 90% in some ports and have a smaller carbon footprint than launch boats. SPO has been an important partner during the detailed final preparation and operational testing of the drone, with the provision of its Anchor Handling Tug Supply.

We’re confident that this pioneering move of Wilhelmsen will create new opportunities for future collaborations with SPO, improve work efficiency and drive cost savings for players in the offshore industry,

...says Duncan Telfer, Commercial Director, SPO.

Signing a unique MoU with aeronautics company Airbus in June 2018, Wilhelmsen was tasked with setting up the necessary maritime and port operations, gaining relevant approvals from port authorities, with Airbus the overall Skyways system architect and provider, contributing its expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions to develop the UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries.

The ongoing pilot trial will for now, focus on offshore supply vessels at anchorage 1.5km from the pier. For safety reasons, flights will be limited to this distance for the time being, before the flight range is gradually extended to as far as 3km from the shore.

MPA Singapore is facilitating the trial, which started in late November 2018, through the interim use of Marina South Pier as the launching and landing point for Airbus’ delivery drone. At the same time, MPA has designated anchorages for vessels to anchor off Marina South for the trial.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is also working with Wilhelmsen and Airbus to ensure safety of the trials.

Source: Safety4Sea

Lakkotrypis Minister Exxon

MPs welcome news of gas find

Lawmakers on Tuesday sounded optimistic about ExxonMobil’s recent discovery of natural gas offshore Cyprus, some opining that the find could put the island back on the energy map.

MPs were given a behind-closed-doors briefing by Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis and head of ExxonMobil Cyprus Varnavas Theodosiou.

Speaking to reporters later, MP and chair of the House energy committee Andreas Kyprianou said the briefing confirmed “the very important results, especially optimistic for the Republic of Cyprus both in terms of energy and geopolitics.”

Last week Exxon announced a gas find of 5-8 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in an offshore field inside Block 10 of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The discovery re-ignited talk of construction of a liquefied natural gas facility on the island, although more quantities of gas would be needed.

According to the information given to MPs, the US oil and gas giant is considering further drilling in the EEZ, within Block 10 and possibly in other licensed acreages.

“The signs are encouraging,” said Diko MP Angelos Votsis.

“Most importantly, ExxonMobil are here to stay, and their interest in the Cypriot EEZ remains strong.”

The recent discovery boosts prospects of having an LNG plant in Cyprus, although this would take years and depended on additional gas discoveries, Votsis added.

For it to be viable, an LNG plant would require a capacity of 10 to 15 tcf. The 5 to 8 tcf discovered in Block 10 falls well short of that, but Exxon have intimated they will continue their search for gas.

For his part, Akel’s Costas Costa welcomed the discovery but said that at the same time it puts the onus on the government to develop a coherent and consistent energy policy.

The Akel deputy also asked the energy minister for an update on the talks between Cyprus and Israel regarding the commercial development of the Aphrodite gas reservoir in Block 12.

A small part of the reservoir is said to lie within Israel’s EEZ. The companies involved on either side have thus far not reached agreement on how to divvy up the resources.

According to Costa, Lakkotrypis said only that negotiations with Israel are ongoing.

The energy minister was also asked about the state of play in the talks between the government and the companies holding the concession on the Aphrodite field (Noble, Delek and Shell).

The companies are reportedly seeking to amend the production-sharing contract they signed with the government.

Lakkotrypis told MPs that discussions on this are continuing and that an outcome should be expected “soon.”

Source: Cyprus Mail

new private electricity power plant in cyprus

Private power plant marks ‘new era for energy sector’

The operation of the first power plant by a private initiative will mark the beginning of a new era in the energy sector and contribute to significantly lower electricity prices, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday after laying the foundation stone for the plant at Vassiliko.

At a cost of some €200m, the plant of Power Energy Cyprus (PEC) is due to be completed late 2020 or early 2021.

Chairman of Cyfield group of companies which will construct the plant, Kyriacos Chrysochos, said it would have the capacity to produce 260 MW and would be able to serve up to a third of the current needs of the country.

Households, he said, would immediately notice the difference in their monthly expenditure and businesses’ cost would drop.

The station will operate with a new combined cycle technology, with two gas turbines, which will burn natural gas, and a turbine to convert emissions into steam and use it for extra electricity, he said.

The power generated from the new plant will be available through the electricity authority’s grid, while the network will be managed by an independent authority, the Cyprus Transmission System Operator.

“The electricity produced at the plant will be directly supplied to consumers, who will have the option of connecting and purchasing electricity from the supplier of their choice,” he said.

In his address, Anastasiades said that the project was of strategic value to Cyprus as it would contribute to changing the electricity supply map in the country.

“It is at the same time a project which will contribute to both the growth of the country’s economy and to significant reduction in the price of electricity throughout the economic spectrum,” he said.

The project, he said, was planned, funded and was being implemented solely on private initiative and funds. He said however that the reform of the regulatory framework was also necessary.

For this reason, he said, the government had modified the electricity market regulations, strengthened the Cyprus Transmission System Operator with additional personnel and amended the legal framework so that the Energy Regulatory Authority (Cera) could establish a transitional arrangement.

Furthermore, he said, the government made changes within the state-run electricity authority (EAC) “in order to enhance transparency and regulatory control… in order to be able to support the state’s objectives in terms of the management of renewable sources in the country’s energy blend.”

“Our actions to open the internal energy market are constantly expanding,” Anastasiades said.

Cera, he said, has already issued 10 new supply licences to independent suppliers, while two more applications for a supply licence are under consideration.

Energy costs and lack of environmentally friendly choices has been an obstacle to the growth potential of the country, he said.

The new energy landscape would create prospects for those growth initiatives that had been shelved while households would also benefit, he added.

But the reduction in the cost of electricity for businesses and households, he said, will come through the coordinated promotion of the four main pillars of energy policy; the operation of a robust competitive electricity market, the arrival of natural gas and its use in power generation, the promotion of renewable energy sources, along with the installation of intelligent electrical energy storage systems and systems and promoting measures to increase energy efficiency.

Anastasiades said that the government has also launched procedures to create the necessary infrastructure for importing natural gas for use in power generation.

“The cost of these investments is particularly high and that’s why I consider it a great success for our country that we have secured from the European Union funding to the tune of €101m for the creation of the necessary infrastructure,” he said.

The combined cycle gas turbine power station is being located on land leased from the Cyprus Ports Authority north of the Evangelos Florakis naval base.

Source: Cyprus Mail

Liner vessels calling limassol

Vessels calling Limassol

A list of vessels that call Limassol port regularly.

Vessels that are on regular liner routes to Limassol from various ports.

Ship IMO

Ship Name

9134153 WEC MAJORELLE
9390824 LUCY BORCHARD
9216353 SARA BORCHARD
9336294 LOUISE BORCHARD
9354454 JOANNA BORCHARD
9212010 RACHEL BORCHARD
9212034 RUTH BORCHARD
9212022 CHARLOTTE BORCHARD
9220861 NICOLAS DELMAS
9235385 JANINA
9139646 KRETA
9105970 EGY GLORY
9141106 DELTA NORTH
9123922 IRENES LOGOS
9236286 ASIATIC ORCHID
9227912 GRANDE ITALIA
9143702 GRAN BRETAGNA
9138393 GRANDE MEDITERRANEO
9030852 FIDES
9220627 GRANDE ELLADE
9214525 MARY SCHULTE
9354674 A.OBELIX
9202170 UNI-PHOENIX
9305934 X-PRESS NILE
7358573 GOLDEN IRIS
9141780 MSC GIANNINA
9224051 MSC RHIANNON
8512891 MSC AUGUSTA
9203502 MAIRA
9320427 MSC GENEVA
9246346 E.R.ELSFLETH
9316347 MSC HANNAH
9236688 MSC ELBE
9320441 MSC CAROUGE
9313450 ANWAAR AL NASER
9291224 GAZ INTERCEPTOR
9448499 GAZ SERENITY
9506162 GAZ VENTURE
8001763 GAZ UNITY
9249685 GAZ CENTURY
9733533 Epic Sentosa
9260366 TAMARA
9438066 MARINA
8020604 ALEXO
9162681 ALASA
9444778 NORDIC PRINCE
9358539 MAX PRIDE
9313967 SEAGO BREMERHAVEN
9313917 SEAGO FELIXSTOWE
9313943 SEAGO ISTANBUL
9313955 SEAGO PIRAEUS
8024014 THOMSON SPIRIT
9189354 DIMITRIS Y
9211169 E.R. PUSAN
Castorone Saipem Vessel

Saipem and Petrobel Zohr development

SAIPEM: LETTER OF INTENT FOR THE AWARD OF NEW E&C OFFSHORE WORK ORDER FOR THE RAMP UP TO PLATEAU PHASE OF THE ZOHR FIELD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, WORTH MORE THAN 1.2 BILLION USD

San Donato Milanese (Milan), December 20, 2018 - Saipem and Petrobel have negotiated an offshore contract addendum worth more than 1.2 billion USD for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) activities in relation to the “Ramp Up to Plateau” phase of the “supergiant” Zohr Field Development Project situated in the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast.

Petrobel is a 50-50 joint venture between EGPC (Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation) and IEOC (an Eni subsidiary in Egypt) and is in charge of the development of Zohr on behalf of PetroShorouk, a joint venture between EGAS (Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company) and IEOC, Rosneft, BP and Mubadala Petroleum.

The current addendum to the work includes the installation of a second 30-inch diameter gas export pipeline, infield clad lines, umbilicals and electrical/fiber optic cable, as well as EPCI work for the field development in deep water (up to 1700 metres) of 10 wells.

The Ramp Up to Plateau phase is scheduled to commence in January 2019, in direct continuity with the Optimised Ramp Up phase which has been completed in an outstanding 17-month project execution period from its contract award.

In this new phase of works, Saipem will deploy a range of highly specialised vessels including the Castorone, the latest generation of ultra-deep water pipelayer; the FDS, a subsea field development ship; the Heavy Lift Vessel S7000; the DP3 subsea construction vessel Normand Maximus; the subsea construction vessel Saipem 3000; the pipelay vessel Castoro Sei and the multipurpose Normand Cutter and Far Samson vessels.

Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, said: “This further award of works on the Zohr development represents a new recognition of our proven capacity to embrace our client’s objectives at the early stages of cooperation and bring them to a conclusion. The innovative assets and technologies already used in the previous phases, and the ability to build solid local partnerships, will also ensure the success of this latest phase”.

Saipem is one of the world leaders in drilling services, as well as in the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of pipelines and complex projects, onshore and offshore, in the oil & gas market. The company has distinctive competences in operations in harsh environments, remote areas and deepwater. Saipem provides a full range of services with “EPC” and “EPCI” contracts (on a “turn-key” basis) and has distinctive capabilities and unique assets with a high technological content.

Source

Castorone Saipem Vessel

new bigger gantry cranes for Limassol port

New bigger cranes for Limassol

Limassol port container terminal operator Eurogate said Tuesday it has taken delivery of two new gantry cranes that will enable the company to handle the biggest cargo ships worldwide.

Eurogate said the Super Post – Panamax cranes arrived on Tuesday and would be put in operation as soon as possible.

The company’s director, Giorgos Pouros, said the cranes will allow the company to offer better service since they can handle the largest ships in the world.

The gantries were manufactured in Italy and can serve ships with the capacity of carrying 23 rows of containers across their deck. Their acquisition is part of a €30m investment package.

 

New GAS terminal tender for Cyprus

Defa publishes tender documents for LNG terminal

Cyprus’ natural gas public company (DEFA) on Friday published the tender documents for the design, construction, and operation of an LNG import terminal that will be located at Vassilikos.

“This is an important milestone for DEFA, and for the people of Cyprus, who will soon benefit

from the cost savings and environmental benefits from the use of natural gas. We expect to issue a request for expressions of interest for the supply of LNG in the coming weeks and a full tender early in 2019,” DEFA chairman Symeon Kassianides said.

The tender documents can be obtained from the e-procurement portal of the Republic of Cyprus.

The €300m LNG Terminal will include a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), a jetty for mooring the FSRU, a jetty-borne gas pipeline and related infrastructure.

The LNG Terminal will be completed in 2020 and 40 per cent of its cost, or €101m, will be funded by the EU.

Source: Cyprus Mail

TOTAL FOR BLOCK 8 OF CYPRUS

TOTAL may expand presence into block 8

French energy giant Total, wants to expand its presence into block 8 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace after the meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Regional Director of Total, Stephane Michel, Lakkotrypis said the discussion had been constructive. “The next steps in the exploration programme were discussed and one of the most important issues was the interest by Total in participating in block 8,” he said.

Block 8 was licensed to Italy’s ENI and “now we see interest by the French company to grow in this segment. It is a very important development that strengthens the [ENI-Total] consortium and expand its presence in Cyprus’ EEZ,” Lakkotrypis added. The consortium has 50 per cent stake each in blocks 6 and 11.
Michel, who is in charge of production and research activities in the Middle East region, echoed the minister saying: “We applied as well to enter block 8 owned by ENI and wanted to come to support that demand which is currently being examined by the Minister,” he said.

He did not give any further information on the share that the French company wished to acquire in block 8 or on the timetable for confirmation drilling in Calypso field in block 6.

Asked about Calypso, Lakkotrypis said the consortium’s work was continuing there but the government planned to secure an independent assessment of quantities in the field.

In February, ENI announced that it made a discovery of lean gas after drilling an exploratory well at Calypso. The company said it believed the gas play to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet.

“We discussed the next steps. We are not ready yet to say anything. We are in discussions on other issues, which will be announced as they develop,” he said.

Michel, asked if the company would proceed with confirmatory drilling in Calypso, said there was a lot of technical work to be done before this happened. He said so far results had come only from the first borehole and noted there would certainly be confirmatory drilling.

To another media question, Lakkotrypis referred to the navy blockade imposed by Turkey on ENI’s drillship in February this year, which prevented it from carrying out its work in block 3, the minister said: “After everything had occurred in Block 3, what we see is that one of the most important partners of the Republic wants to expand its presence in our EEZ, especially in a field such as block 8 which is largely still unexplored.” He said 3D surveys had already been carried out in block 8. “They are currently being processed to determine targets,” he said.
Turkey has repeatedly warned Cyprus against taking “unilateral steps” in exploring and developing hydrocarbons without factoring in the Turkish Cypriots with whom Ankara signed a ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’ in 2001.

Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12.

Source: Cyprus Mail