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World's largest diamond recovery vessel. Image credit Marin Teknikk AS

ABB Power System for World’s Largest Diamond Recovery Vessel

The world's largest, and first custom-built, diamond recovery vessel, to be owned by Debmarine Namibia, will feature an advanced power system by the Swiss company ABB.The vessel is being built by Damen at Damen Shipyards Mangalia on the Black Sea in Romania. The newbuild will be delivered to Debmarine Namibia, a joint venture between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers Group in 2022. De Beers Group is the world's leading diamond company.Namibia has the richest known marine diamond deposits in the world, with Debmarine Namibia extracting some of the highest quality

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MSI completes 'Deepest, Longest Moorings' to Date

In late 2018 Total contracted Metocean Services International (MSI) to mobilize what would be MSI's longest moorings for deployment in the deepest water to date (3,150m) at locations just north of the border between South Africa and Namibia.The moorings comprise a surface buoy to measure meteorology, waves and current profiles as well as an I-type mooring to measure full water column current profiles and water quality.Because the top of the I-type mooring needed to be near the surface, special attention was paid to the mooring design.This was modeled using third party software to ensure that the

(Image: Marin Teknikk)

Kleven: MoU to Build Diamond Mining Ship

Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia for an offshore vessel purpose-designed for seabed mining operations Kleven signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Namibian offshore diamond mining company De Beers Marine Namibia for the building of an offshore vessel purpose-designed to support seabed mining operations. Designed by Marin Teknikk of Norway, the 176m ship will be the longest vessel to date to be built at the Kleven yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.   The MoU follows Kleven's June 2016 delivery of SS Nujoma to De Beers Marine Namibia.   "With unrivalled

Operations in Nimibia Courtesy Chariot Oil & Gas

Chariot Starts Namibia Seismic Work

margins focused oil and gas exploration company, today announces that in conjunction with its partners AziNam (20%), NAMCOR (10%) and Ignitus (5%), it has commenced a 3D seismic acquisition survey of approximately 2,600 square km in Blocks 2312 & 2412A (the "Central Blocks") offshore Namibia. The survey is being conducted by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and will fulfil the work commitment for the Central Blocks. Following the analysis of its survey of approximately 1,700 line km of 2D seismic data acquired on the north western flank of the licence in 2015, the Company has identified

New Salvage Joint Venture in Africa

through projects such as the wreck removal of the MV SMART in Richard’s Bay and the emergency response salvage of the Vestas Wind off the coast of Mauritius.   The joint venture, Ardent Subtech, will be based out of Subtech’s existing Cape Town facility with supporting offices in Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius. The key objectives of the joint venture are to increase responsiveness and operational capability throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and to provide clients with support and assurance in areas that are challenging to operate in. The joint venture will also look to maximize the

Seismic survey in Namibia completed Courtesy Chariot Oil & Gas

Chariot Completes Seismic Survey in Namibia

  Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company announces that it has completed its 2D seismic survey in its Central Blocks 2312 & 2412A offshore Namibia, in conjunction with its partners AziNam (20%), NAMCOR (10%, carried interest) and Ignitus (5%, carried interest). The survey comprised approximately 1,700km line kilometres of data and was carried out by SeaBird Exploration. It was acquired to infill an existing grid of data and, once it has been processed and calibrated with the previously obtained seismic data on the block, it will be

Chariot Oil & Gas Starts 2D Seismic Survey in Namibia

  Chariot Oil & Gas Limited today announces that in conjunction with its partners AziNam (20%), NAMCOR (10%) and Ignitus (5%), it has commenced a 2D seismic acquisition survey of approximately 1,700km in the Central Blocks 2312 & 2412A offshore Namibia, conducted by SeaBird Exploration. Chariot and its partners have agreed to initially carry out a 2D survey, which will infill an existing grid of data in order to gain a better understanding of the regional prospectivity of this large licence area (which covers approximately 16,800km2). This will enable the Company to optimise the

The latest contract with De Beers brings Kleven's backlog to $1.8B.

De Beers Orders Specialized Ship from Kleven

Kleven signed a contract with diamond company De Beers Marine Namibia, part of De Beers Group, on the building of a highly specialized vessel for deep water mineral exploration.   The first of its kind vessel will be of MT 6022 design from Marin Teknikk. This design is proven in the offshore construction segment, but the new build for De Beers will include a wide range of tailor made equipment and features.    “Underwater mineral exploration is a new segment for Kleven, and we look forward to working closely with De Beers on the realisation of this highly advanced vessel.

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Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius), Walvis Bay (Namibia) and Port of Spain (Trinidad) to take bunkers and for crew changes. Sevan Louisiana is a so called Ultra Deep Water rig (UDW), built in 2013 at the Cosco shipyard in Nantong, China, for UK-based Seadrill Ltd. The self-propelled rig, equipped with eight thrusters, can accommodate up to 150 crew members. After arrival in Curaçao the

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