Archives: December 2015


December 18, 2015 5:03 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Tidewater Marine uses simulation equipment on its offshore support vessels to provide officers with ongoing training and familiarisation. It uses simulators to improve the competence of bridge crews, especially dynamic positioning (DP) operators, said Tidewater Marine manager for quality, health, safety and the environment in Asia, Roy Gillespie. Read the rest of this entry »


December 11, 2015 5:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The January 2016 commissioning of OOC NERZ, a 26 meter crew transfer vessel will mark a highlight of Opielok Offshore Carriers’ (OOC) fleet expansion program. OOC NERZ is the company’s first of four high-spec BMT Nigel Gee designed crew transfer vessels built to German regulations and certified for the transport of personnel and dangerous goods to offshore installations.

The design brief for vessels reaching new operation levels to cover a wider range of tasks has been influenced by the experience accrued by OOC working for international oil and gas majors. OOC NERZ’s passenger area features variable seating arrangements, business class recliner seats for up to 36 passengers, a full galley, lounge, a separate changing room, PPE storage, a heated and ventilated drying room, air-conditioning, and eminently low noise and vibration levels.

OOC NERZ has crew rest and sleeping accommodations for 24/7 operations, and further to its main preoccupation – safe, comfortable personnel transfers. It can load 10 to 20 ft containers, has reefer plugs, ships dangerous goods, conducts fuel transfers, manages dive and ROV operations, high pressure cleaning tasks, after-dark assignments, and more.

Powered by a fuel efficient Volvo Quad IPS drive system coupled to joystick controls and a dynamic positioning system, OOC NERZ boasts of high redundancy levels and excellent manoeuverability. The vessel’s proven catamaran design in combination with an active fender system permits maximum uptime performances in high seas and adverse weather. Safety features include a helicopter winching area on the foredeck, a helicopter hoist-able stretcher, an AED, and other first aid equipment.

This stable vessel has a sea endurance of approximately one month, which lets charterers plan extensive offshore campaigns with less need for port calls.

OOC Cheetah is engineering the modification of one of its modern 72m DP2 OSVs to serve offshore wind farm requirements as a Walk-2-Work, accommodation, guard and coordination vessel which can conduct cargo runs, supply replenishment, fuel and fresh water transfers, and disposal of waste tasks. The vessel will receive a motion compensating gangway system, extended accommodation for up to 40 passengers, and an additional daughter boat for passenger and spare transfers in up to moderate weather conditions.

This stable vessel has a sea endurance of approximately one month, which lets charterers plan extensive offshore campaigns with less need for port calls. It can be deployed in wind farms as a perfect offshore basis for personnel.

OOC Opielok Offshore Carriers GmbH & Co. is a privately owned specialist shipping company based in Hamburg, Germany, founded by shipowner Christopher Opielok in September 2007 as a provider and operator of modern offshore supply vessels. It operates Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) working for the international offshore industry around the world.

Shore-based teams in Hamburg ensure fast 24/7 reaction and decisions for customers. Combined, the management team has over 100 years of hands-on customer, ship and crew experience in the oil, gas and offshore wind industries. OOC maintains highest safety and maintenance standards on its vessels and holds an ISO 9001 certification approved and audited by DNV GL, confirming its high quality standards.


December 9, 2015 5:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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Qatar-based Halul Offshore Services (Halul) has procured an offshore support vessel ship handling simulator from VSTEP

The simulator has an option to programme for both azimuth and conventional driven vessels. (Image source: kees torn/Flickr)

Halul claimed that it is the first facility of its kind in Qatar. Vivek Seth, Halul’s CEO, said, “This simulator will significantly add to our crew’s ship handling skills, and help them become better prepared for their next assignment on board our fleet of over 40 vessels.”

Providing some detail about the various simulations that the system can provide, Seth added, “With this simulator, we can create scenarios for towing operations like rig moves, berthing, unberthing, and tanker assist operations offshore. The simulator has an option to programme for both azimuth and conventional driven vessels. We also have a dynamic positioning system integrated with the simulator.”

Along with the addition of the simulator training, Halul will continue to provide other forms of on-board training, such as safety drills, mooring, unmooring and dynamic positioning system familiarisation, to its crew.

In early November, Halul had contracted India-based L&T Shipbuilding to design, build, and commission two platform supply vessels (PSVs) and two anchor handling, towing, supply and support vessels (AHTSSVs). The PSVs will be equipped for firefighting, rescue and standby, offshore supply, oil recovery and related duties, with diesel-electric propulsion and DP-2 capability. The AHTSSVs, each with a bollard pull of 90 mt, will be equipped for emergency response and rescue, offshore supply, oil recovery, standby and other tasks. They will feature diesel-hybrid propulsion and DP-2 capability.

VSTEP is a company based in The Netherlands that creates simulators for various product lines, including maritime training solutions for industrial, civilian and military purposes.


December 7, 2015 5:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We were horrified and shocked to learn of the news that an instructor at Houston Marine, a Kenner maritime school, fatally shot a supervisor at the facility Friday afternoon (Dec. 4),

According to local police, Anthony Tardo, 49, of Mandeville, was pronounced dead after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest, said Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Jefferson Parish coroner. Tardo, a father of three young children, was shot in an office at the school, which is in a strip mall in the 2500 block of Williams Boulevard.

John Spears, 50, of Marrero, was taken into custody after the shooting, which occurred about 3:30 p.m.  Spears was booked on charges of second-degree murder, according to Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.

Spears was a dynamic positioning instructor for Houston Marine and had been with the school for just over a year, McGregor said. Spears is not cooperating with police, who do not have a motive, he said.

About 10 Houston Marine employees were inside the building at the time of the shooting, McGregor said. An employee who was in the back of the building heard gunshots and thought the sound had come from a simulator.

McGregor said when the employee walked to the front he saw Spears and a bullet casing “still spinning” on the ground. The employee asked Spears, “Was that a simulator?”

Spears replied, “No, He’s going to need some help,” before turning around and walking outside, according to McGregor.

Spears then unloaded his weapon, removed the magazine and placed everything including his wallet on top of his blue Chrysler 300 in the parking lot, McGregor said. He waited for police, who took him into custody.

Bryan LeCompte, CEO of Falck Safety Services, the company which runs Houston Marine, called the shooting an isolated incident.

“We lost a friend, a coworker and a great father,” he said, breaking down in tears.
Tardo was an employee of the company for 19 years at various locations, including three at the Kenner facility.

Tardo’s wife and another relative were the scene following the shooting, authorities said. Another man arrived within an hour of the incident and sobbed in the parking lot after speaking with a police officer.

David Key said he was shopping next door at Perret’s Army Surplus when the shooting took place.

“I heard a shot,” he said. “It was real faint, just one shot. … I thought something exploded.”

Kenner police work at the scene of a murder after an employee at Houston Marine, a maritime school located in Kenner, fatally shot a supervisor Kenner police said on Friday, December 4, 2015. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)

Key said he walked out of the store and “saw someone walking at a fast pace.” He then saw a man stop and put a gun on top of a vehicle.

Students in next-door Herzing University said the didn’t know a shooting had occurred until some walked outside for a smoke break and noticed the police presence.

Houston Marine will provide grief counseling for its employees, LeCompte said.

No bond has been set yet for Spears, police said.