BY PAUL SHRIEVE
Vice president Offshore & Services
This month, Bureau Veritas is heading to ADIPEC, one of the most influential events in the Oil and Gas calendar. ADIPEC is a valuable forum that brings together stakeholders and experts from across the industry to share knowledge and ideas.
We’re pleased to be attending in force this year with teams from Bureau Veritas, Matthews Daniel, and our recently launched Bureau Veritas Solutions – Marine & Offshore. As our new brand for high-performance technical advisory, asset management and assurance solutions, BV Solutions M&O adds another dimension to the service we offer our clients. Our teams of experts will be on hand to discuss your asset and business requirements and discuss solutions to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
Come and talk to us at ADIPEC* to discuss how we can support your business!
*12-15 november, Stand 9256 - Hall 9 - French Pavilion
Leading safety and integrity in jack-ups
Head of operations, Navtech Marine Services
Steve Haro is a seasoned member of the offshore community in the Middle East: part of the founding team of Navtech Marine Services, he has worked in the region for 11 years. An offshore and naval architect by education and trade, he has overseen the construction and commissioning of five self-propelled jack-ups (SPJUs) for Navtech.
The company was created in 2007 to provide SPJUs for use by national and international oil companies and EPCI contractors operating in the Middle East. Today, Navtech has three barges chartered on long-term contracts, and has transformed itself into a fully-fledged operator, offering well-services, accommodation, and maintenance services. Navtech is also expanding its fleet. Three vessels are in the pipeline, with one already under construction.
“We’re working to meet the requirements of operators in the region. Our new vessels are larger, and are upgraded to meet the latest NOC and IOC standards”, explains Steve.
Navtech turns to Bureau Veritas for a range of third party services relating to safety, quality and environmental management. Bureau Veritas performs inspections for ADNOC as an Independent Comptetent Person, including ICP audits on board the vessel and ICP verification of jacking trials. This year, it performed Safety Cases and identification of Safety Critical Elements for the three vessels in Navtech’s fleet according to the national oil company’s standard. A first in the region, the standard draws on best practices developed in the North Sea.
Steve is clear about why Navtech chooses to work with Bureau Veritas: “When we have a need for third party verification, we automatically call Bureau Veritas. We appreciate their values. They are neutral, discreet and professional, and we have a good working relationship with them.”
Navtech also uses Bureau Veritas for QHSE certification – a topic Steve knows well as he himself is a certiﬁed Lead Auditor for ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. Bureau Veritas performs ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 audits. The company has already begun the transition to the new ISO 45001 standard for health and safety, and will be doing its transition audit with Bureau Veritas next year, two years ahead of the deadline.
“These services are important to us as Navtech sees QHSE as integral to maintaining our technical and commercial leadership. We aim to further enhance our QA/QC and HSE policies, and we seek to apply strong ethics standards in our relationships with clients, employees and suppliers.”
Looking ahead, Steve sees further opportunities to work with the Bureau Veritas group.
“One point we appreciate is their integration of Matthews Daniel. Having such a recognized marine warranty and risk specialist as part of their offer is very valuable. It’s definitely on our radar: we’ve added them to our list of approved suppliers and are likely to call on their services in the future.
White paper navigates the options for FSRUs
Deployment of an FSRU or FSU is a relatively fast, cost-efficient way for countries to develop LNG import capability. It is also attractive to operators, as floating units are flexible and can be redeployed at the end of a contract.
A new white paper published by Bureau Veritas aims to guide operators through the options available, and the important decisions to be made when developing an FSRU project. Will the unit be a conversion or a newbuild? Does it require regasification (FSRU) or is it to be used for storage only (FSU)? Will it be a ship or a barge? Will its location be near shore or offshore? Would the unit be moored for a long period or relocated after few years?
A fundamental issue is to whether to follow a “marine” approach to considering risk, in line with marine classification rules and SOLAS, or an “offshore” approach. Location is a deciding factor in design, operation and regulatory requirements. “The white paper talks through some specific examples, such as the leakage risk of an FSRU required to carry out ship-to-ship LNG transfers and the sloshing studies performed for the LNG carrier that may enable it to act as an FSRU.
Commercial options need to be enabled and supported by the best technical insight and in compliance with appropriate regulatory regimes and standards. Bureau Veritas offers a range of rules, guidance, software and studies to support safe FSRU development.
Matthews Daniel partners Middle East rig moves
Marine and Offshore exploration and development is on the rise in the Middle East, and MatthewsDaniel is perfectly equipped to help its clients in the region. Present in this area since 1976, Matthews Daniel Middle East is manned by an experienced and dedicated team of Master Mariners, Naval Architects, Engineers and Specialist Surveyors.
Backed by MatthewsDaniel’s global headquarters in Houston, the team’s robust structures, systems and guidelines cover the entire rig moving and siting process. From Rig History Database, Geotechnical Studies, Location Approvals / Site Assessment and Program Preload to Training, Rig Mover Certification, Rig Move Warranty Attendance and Dry Transportation / SafeTrans, MatthewsDaniel Middle East can deliver any service its clients require.
The region is seeing new drilling units replace older, less efficient ones. Other units are being refurbished and upgraded before moving out of the Arabian Gulf. In addition, a diverse fleet of lift boats and jack-up barges is increasing in number throughout the region.
MatthewsDaniel experts regularly attend rig moves off Saudi Arabia’s coast, providing associated approval of drilling locations for MODUs, particularly for Saudi Aramco, the region’s largest player. The local rig market is relatively buoyant throughout the Arabian Gulf, especially off the coasts of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar. Bahrain is also seeing a resurgence of exploration.
As Marine Warranty Surveyors, MatthewsDaniel Middle East attends onboard drilling units when they change locations. Acting as the underwriters’ eyes and ears, they add valuable services to the unit operator by highlighting areas where improvements can be made in both a practical, operational sense, and from a safety standpoint. In this way, MatthewsDaniel leverages its expertise and experience to go beyond contractual obligations, adding measurable value.