Rolls-Royce Nets One for Island Offshore

first_imgMay 28, 2014 zoom Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to design and equip a large offshore support vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore.The vessel, named Island Victory, will be a multi-functional design with a flexible operational profile, and will be one of the largest vessels in Island Offshore’s fleet.The UT 797 CX design from Rolls-Royce features a 250 ton offshore crane, Remotely Operated Vessels (ROV’s) and a large moon pool. This will enable the vessel to perform heavy anchor handling operations and deep sub-sea installation work.The bollard pull will be more than 400 tons and the vessels will be 123 meters long and encompass a deck area of 1100 square meters.Håvard Ulstein, Island Offshore CEO, said: “This will be an extremely strong workhorse with many capabilities. We are confident that Island Victory will be commissioned fast, as the need for subsea work is rising. The flexibility of also being an excellent anchor handling vessel makes it additionally attractive.”Island Victory will have room for 110 people and will therefore be suitable for use as an accommodation vessel in oilfields.The contract value to Rolls-Royce is approximately GBP 35m (USD 58.5m). Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in the second quarter of 2016.The hull of the vessel will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.last_img read more

UN chief condemns killing of blue helmets in DR Congo as violence

His spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said on Thursday that one Tanzanian and six Malawian ‘blue helmets’ were killed during joint operations carried out by the UN stabilization mission and the Government’s forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group in the east of the country, North Kivu’s Beni territory.“Initial reports indicate that ten additional peacekeepers were wounded and another one is missing,” said Mr. Dujarric.  The Secretary-General expressed his deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the peacekeepers’ families and the Malawian and Tanzanian Governments and their people.He also wished a prompt recovery to the wounded and conveyed his strong support to the Malawian and Tanzanian contingents, which continue to protect local populations against attacks of the ADF and other armed groups.According to news reports, MONUSCO, as the UN Mission in the country is known, and FARDC have been conducting a joint military operation as the ADF is spreading terror in the country’s east, threatening hopes for trouble-free elections on 23 December.The Secretary-General called on all armed groups to stop their destabilizing activities that continue to add to the population’s suffering and further complicate the Ebola response. “He calls on them to disarm immediately,” stressed his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General encourages the Congolese authorities to continue taking the necessary measures to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks against civilians, national security forces and peacekeepers in the DRC,” concluded Mr. Dujarric.Press statement from the Security Council praises blue helmets’ braveryIn a Press statement, the UN Security Council expressed its strong support for the Malawian and Tanzanian contingents, which council members said  “continue to operate in an exceptionally difficult environment to protect local populations against the attacks of the ADF and other armed groups.”The statement “praised the bravery of the peacekeepers engaged in this joint Operation and paid tribute to those killed in action, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of peace and stability in the DRC, and to their comrades wounded during this operation.”They condemned “all armed groups” active in the DRC: “They further reiterated their demand that all armed groups cease immediately all forms of violence, immediately and permanently disband and lay down their arms.” read more