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Seaqualize Executes First-ever Offshore Transfer Lifts On Vineyard Wind 1



…First turbine components successfully fast-lifted in the open Atlantic Ocean

Dutch heave compensation specialist, Seaqualize executed the world’s first offshore transfer lifts of wind turbine components, from a heaving supply vessel.

Their newly developed offshore lifting device, the Heave Chief 1100 is deployed by DEME Offshore US.

Together with the feeder barge solution developed by DEME Offshore US with partners Barge Master, Foss Maritime and Seaqualize, and the operators and equipment from GE Renewables, this technology will ensure that the Halliade X 13 MW turbines can be installed year-round, to form the first commercial-scale wind farm installation project in the USA, Vineyard Wind.

Heave compensation

Over the last years, many have spoken about how to execute safe and continuous feeder barge operations: the supply of wind turbine components on a heaving supply vessel to a jacked-up installation crane vessel, out in the open Atlantic Ocean preferably year-round.  Now, it’s finally been done. The team of DEME Offshore, GE Renewables, Barge Master, Foss Maritime, Seaqualize, and many other US partners both on- and offshore, have transferred and installed the first turbines, and are working closely together to get the other turbines out in the water. 

Seaqualize is responsible for executing the fast lift from the barge to the installation vessel while compensating for heave motions. Never before have such delicate but heavy lifts been done, under safe compensation, and with full active heave control. It now needs to be done hundreds of times more in the upcoming months, to make sure the team can keep installing wind turbines all year round, even in adverse weather conditions. 

The operation

DEME Offshore, the market leader in offshore wind installations, is the first contractor embarking on such an operation, by transporting and installing wind turbine generators for the Vineyard Wind 1 project. Each turbine will be transported in separate components from the supply harbor to DEME’s installation vessel Sea Installer. 

The project, led by Avangrid Inc. and CIP, located off the coast of Massachusetts, is a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions and meeting clean energy goals by delivering clean energy to 400.000 homes while offering increasing opportunities for U.S. companies to join, build expertise, add jobs and grow into this market.

Inline Balanced Heave Compensators up to 1100 mT

Seaqualize develops and operates inline Balanced Heave Compensators, a next-generation lifting tool specifically designed for heavy lift, and in-air active load control. Their newest HC1100 is capable of compensating and fast lifting 1100 mT, required to balance turbine components of the 15MW generation.

Normally such lifts would require extremely flat seas, as re-hits with the heaving barge deck, or shock loads to the lifting crane would cause serious damage. Over the first set of lifts made so far, the HC1100 has shown it can seriously increase the workability of such operations: lifting can continue while the machine continues to fully compensate heave motions up to 3,5m and the first lifts showed it can fast-lift full loads at speeds of over 70cm/s (42 m/min). For the tall tower sections of up to 70m high, two separate systems by Barge Master further compensate pitch and roll motions.

The HC1100 allows for flexibility in the planning of the operation. Weather conditions can impact the timing and order of the lifting sequence. For offshore crews, it is helpful to have a machine on board that is ready within minutes, and can easily switch between varying loads, or types of operation while remaining in the crane hook: besides fast-lifting turbine components, the HC1100 is also used to carefully place back delicate component frames to the supply vessel for the return trip, required for the next load out. This requires the machine to actively follow the motions of that barge vessel and thus greatly reducing set-down speeds. 

How is this different from Oil and Gas operations?

Managing Director Gjalt Lindeboom says: “Some will say: ’Haven’t we done floating lifts for years already in the Oil and gas industry? The answer is ‘yes’, but not at this scale, frequency and with such delicate, standard components.

In Oil and gas, it is not uncommon to wait several days or even weeks to execute one single safe floating transfer lift of, for example, a heavy platform top side, or vessel module. It only has to be done once and that is the project. Furthermore, the component is usually engineered and fabricated to withstand any undesired transport, lifting or installation loads, simply by adding protective steel.”  

Both are not possible in the extremely cost-driven and competitive Offshore Wind Sector. For example: the Vineyard Wind project requires more than 800 lifts, with loads ranging anywhere between 10 and 1,000mT, all in the quickest succession possible.

Wind farms already planned for the upcoming years are sometimes even almost twice as large.  Every couple of hours of waiting per lift for the right conditions is immediately a huge delay for having the first power coming from the wind farm. Plus, these components have to be lifted exactly as they are mass-produced and designed. Those designs have a 30-year lifetime of generating electricity at sea in mind, not the bumpy transfer lifts. 

The second project will start this month

Lindeboom: “We are very proud of these first successful fast-lifts and the contract and cooperation with DEME. In addition, the second Seaqualize Heave Chief – the HC750 – is about to start operations this month, on another wind farm installation project ramping up in the US. We are currently planning the production of additional machines to support projects in 2024 up to 2026. Combined with the first successful results from Vineyard Wind, this cements Balanced Heave Compensation as the way to go for safe and efficient offshore feeder lifts. Floating offshore heavy lifting has many complex problems. For now, it’s been shown that ‘heave compensation’ is not one of them… anymore!”

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MWUN Congratulates PTML Management On Acquisition Of MV Great Lagos



*MV Great Lagos

…Describes ship as a marvel of modern engineering

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the leadership of its President-General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated the Managing Director of Grimaldi Shipping Company, Mr. Ascanio Ruso, and his management for acquiring “MV GREAT LAGOS”, noting that it is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The ship is described as a marvel of modern engineering with functions of environmental consciousness built to meet the challenges of modern-day technology in the maritime industry.

“This suffices to say that Ascanio Ruso is one of the best maritime administrators in Nigeria, who treats workers in his employ with humane and dignity for labour,” Adeyanju, a Prince of Ibaan further stated.

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“I wish to categorically state here again that Mr. Ascanio is a wonderful Managing Director with a human face and one of the foremost employers of labour in the industry. Your blood flows with genuine intentions of fair treatment to workers’ welfare in the maritime space.

*MV Great Lagos

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Congratulate you on this laudable milestone achievement. Once again, we say congratulations to Mr. Ascanio Ruso and your management team,” Prince Adeyanju said.

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Makinde Presents N434.2bn 2024 Budget Proposal For Oyo State



PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

 Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday presented a budget of N434.2 billion for 2024 to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

According to Makinde, the budget is made up of N222.3 billion for capital expenditure, and N211.8 billion for recurrent expenditure.

Presenting the budget tagged: “Budget of Economic Recovery”, the governor said the capital expenditure is 2.4 percent higher than the recurrent expenditure.

He added that the 2024 budget was estimating an increased Internally Generated Revenue of N72 billion with an average of N6 billion monthly.

Education gets the highest share of the budget with N90.6 billion or 20.8 percent of the budget, followed by Infrastructure which gets N74.3 billion or 17.1 percent of the appropriation bill.

The health sector takes the third position with N40.9 billion, which is 9.4 percent and Agriculture has N15.8 billion, which is 3.6 percent of the total budget proposal.

PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

*Governor Seyi Makinde

He promised that the 2024 budget would cover projects, policies, and actions “which when implemented will cushion the effect t of the hardship the people are facing as a result of fuel subsidy removal.”

Makinde further said that his administration would continue to use technology to block loopholes, saying his government has no plan to increase taxes.

He urged the House of Assembly to see to the speedy passage of the budget proposal for the state’s economic growth and benefit of the people of Oyo State.

Responding after the presentation, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr ‘Debo Ogundoyin (PDP Ibarapa East) assured the governor of speedy consideration of the Appropriation Bill.

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Reps Committee Issues Warrant Of Arrest On CBN Governor, Others



..Following their alleged refusal to appear, four times when invited

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has issued a warrant of arrest on the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, and 17 others for refusing to appear before it to answer questions on their operations.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) at the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Agbedi said that the arrest warrant had become inevitable following the attitude of the invitees.

He said that the parliament worked with time and the CEOs had been invited four times but failed to respond.

He said that the CEOs should be brought to appear before the committee by the Inspector General of Police through a warrant of arrest after due diligence by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas.

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In his ruling, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Micheal Irom (APC-Cross River)  said that the I-G should ensure the CEOs were brought before the committee on Dec. 14.

Earlier, the petitioner, Mr Fidelis Uzowanem, said that the petition was anchored on the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report of 2021.

He said that the report was a summary of the transactions in the oil and gas industry for 2021 which NEITI could to be challenged.

“We took up the challenge to examine the report and discovered that what NEITI put together is a report is only a consolidation of fraud that has been going on in the oil and gas industry.

“It dates back to 2016 because was have been following and we put up a petition to this committee to examine what has happened.

“The 2024 budget of 27.5 trillion that has been proposed can be confidently be funded from the recoverable amount that we identified in the NEITI report.

“It is basically a concealment of illegal transactions that took place in NNPCL, they have been in the sink with some oil companies where some companies that did not produce crude were paid cash call, an amount paid for crude oil production,” he said.
He added: “We also found that the cash core payment was used as a channel for laundering funds by NNPCL and we found out that NEITI was able to conceal it in its report.

“In 2021 NEITI reported that Total Exploration and Production Nigeria-Ltd was paid 168 million dollars but examination of submission by the company shows that it received 292 million dollars.

“In other words, 124 million dollars were laundered by NNPCL through Total because monies that have been officially paid to Total could not have been concealed if it were not meant for fraudulent purposes.

“Also for Chevron, the dollar payment NEITI puts forward in its report was 76 million dollars but document emanating from Chevron showed that they received as much as 267 million dollars.”

“In other words, 191 million was laundered under the cover of Chevron and NEITI concealed that; also, Nigeria Agip Company received 188 million dollars but none of it was reported by NEITI”.

Some of those to be arrested were the Chief Executive Officer of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), that of Ethiop Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd, as well as the CEO of Western Africa Exploration and Production.

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