Boskalis converts semi-submersible barge GIANT 7 to crane-barge
Boskalis converted its semi-submersible barge GIANT 7 ahead of works on the Wikinger offshore wind project. Giant 7 is now a construction barge with an integrated pedestal for a permanent crane. The vessel has been equipped with a 1,000t crane, an accommodation unit for around 70 people and an 8-point mooring system for flexible utilization. Source: offshorewind.biz
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Boskalis Starts Prepping Finesse for Offshore Wind Work
Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard has secured a contract from Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V for the conversion of a semi-
submersible heavy lift vessel, FINESSE to a crane vessel. After the upgrade, Finesse will be equipped with a 3,000 tonne
crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) capabilities, as well as accommodation for up to 150 people, Keppel Shipyard said. The
vessel, which is already berthed at Keppel Shipyard, will also be capable of transporting and installing offshore wind turbine
foundations upon its completion in the third quarter of 2017. Boskalis mentioned the conversion of the vessel in October 2016,
when it won a contract from DONG Energy for the transport and installation of the Hornsea Project One foundations, saying the
converted vessel will be used on the project.
The US Coast Guard was searching for a man that went missing in the afternoonof June 30, 2017, one mile southeast of Seadrift. At 5:40 p.m., the captain of the tug and barge "Joey Devall" contacted Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders to report he was missing a crew member after thoroughly searching the vessel.
Missing was Tony Bergeron, a 37-year-old man who was last seen wearing dark blue pants and a black shirt.
A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew and Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor boat crew were launched at 5:53 p.m. and began searching for the missing man. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office members were also assisting with search efforts.
Tug involved in search for missing crew members of Miss Destinee
The US Coast Guard, Alaska Air National Guard and good Samaritans. a.o. the "St. Michael", were involved in the search for one male and one female reported missing from the fishing vessel "Miss Destinee" that capsized in Marmot Bay on June 29, 2017. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, a Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak boat crew, the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters "Sherman" and "Chandeleur", nine pararescuemen from the AK ANG 212th Rescue Squadron and the crew of the "St. Michael" searched throughout the night near the location of the "Miss Destinee", 23 miles north of Air Station Kodiak.
The pararescuemen, staging from the "Sherman", attempted to access the capsized "Miss Destinee" to search for the missing people while other responders continued to search surrounding waters. They conducted diving operations in and around the "Miss Destinee" but were unable to locate the missing persons.
A good Samaritan crew rescued two survivors from the water near the "Miss Destinee" short time after the accident. The rescued master confirmed two other people were missing after a large wave capsized the vessel. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mayday transmission over VHF-FM channel 16 from the good Samaritan at approximately 7:30 a.m., to coordinate a search for the missing boaters.
Weather on scene was reported as light winds and 2-foot seas with 3 miles visibility and fog. After a 15-mile by 10-mile area in Marmot Bay was serched for more than 35 hours to locate the two missing persons, the operation was suspended. A federal on-scene coordinator representative from Sector Anchorage was en route to Kodiak to oversee salvage operations. The "Sea Strike" was scheduled to arrivein the night of July 1 with divers aboard to commence salvage operations to recover the "Miss Destinee". The Coast Guard Cutter "Chandeleur" remained on scene.
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The "BBC Ontario" suffered a cargo loss in the Bay of Biscay on June 30, 2017, around 1 a.m. in pos. 43-44.4 N 07-35.4 W. The ship was loaded with wind turbine blades, three 40-meter blades per cage, and was en route from Bilbao, where she had sailed on June 28 at 3.30 p.m., to Gibraltar. The ship had noticed that the cargo was at risk, so it had requested permission to anchor at the entrance of the estuary of Viveiro and secure it, but the crew failed to do so. At 12.45 p.m. nine cages were lost in rough seas between San Cibrao (Cervo) and Viveiro, in Mariña de Lugo. The accident happened following a cargo shift which unleashed some of the cages. Salvamento Martítimo worked on the recovery of cargo. The 27 blades that fell into the water were of great volume and weight and were estimated to have sunk. There were remains of the cages in which the pieces were enclosed, which were scattered between San Cibrao and Viveiro.
Initially, the "Río Pas" of the Civil Guard base in Viveiro, the helicopter Pesca 2, of the Coastguard base in Celeiro, and the lifeboat "Salvamar Alioth", based in Burela, were deployed to the scene. The latter has already picked up some of the cages, just like the tug "Sertosa 3". The "Salvamar Alioth" has transferred the debris to the port of Morás and the "Sertosa 3" to the Alcoa pier in San Cibrao. The Pesca 2 is already at its base, while personnel from the Emerald Supra-Municipality Group of Cervo tracked the coast in case any of the cages drifted ashore. In principle, they were small pieces that would not pose any danger to navigation in the area. The "BBC Ontario" interrupted the voyage and had to call at El Ferrol to fix the rest and for investigations, arriving there on June 30 at 2.25 p.m. She had developed a list prior to the cargo loss, but managed to get on even keel later. The ship left the port of El Ferrol again on July 10 at 9 p.m., next being bound to Alexandria, ETA July 13.