New technology centre caters for growing offshore industry

09 Dec 2010

According to Germanischer Lloyd, offshore service vessels (OSVs) are becoming larger, more specialised and technically sophisticated as a result of the rising demand for more complex deepwater field developments, including the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), a trend recognised by GL's new US training centre.

GL says that currently, there are some 2,500 OSVs worldwide, with a steady growth projected from now through 2020. This has led to an expanded definition of OSV which refers to "‘not only traditional supply boats, but also anchor handling tug/supply ships, well stimulation ships, and standby ships", and even those "built to carry hazardous and noxious substances, to fight fires, or to occasionally recover oil"’ explains Stephen Gumpel, area manager North and Central America at GL.

GL says that aside from the traditional uses of OSVs in the maritime and oil and gas industries, interest in OSVs is rising exponentially in the growing offshore wind industry. European offshore wind parks will create a demand for 15 to 20 installation ships, an additional 40 to 50 installation ships will be needed as China and the US enter this market, and these vessels will require 200-300 service craft such as crew supply and service and maintenance vessels.

Currently, GL is supervising several OSV newbuilding and re-building projects, including self elevating units for wind turbine installation purposes, anchor handlers, cable laying barges and vessels, and various supply and maintenance vessels, and is already involved in more than 18 wind installation and maintenance newbuilding projects.

Earlier in 2010, GL opened on its Technical Center for Plan Approval of Hull, Machinery, Safety and Stability in Houston to serve the US Gulf Coast region.

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