DCD Marine Cape Town to Undertake SPS for Scarabeo 7

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom For shipyard DCD Marine Cape Town, maintaining strong relationships with key clients is integral to the success of the business. One of South Africa’s most established ship repair companies, DCD Marine Cape Town has built its loyal client base – both locally and internationally – on a solid reputation and proven track record for successful repair and maintenance projects in the oil and gas sector specifically.The company has successfully been awarded another contract to undertake the special periodic survey (SPS) for the semi-submersible drilling rig, Scarabeo 7, owned by international drilling contractor Saipem.“This award is testament to our overall performance in this sector over the past few years. Our aim, in providing a full turnkey service to our clients, is to assure them of our commitment to the highest international standards in overseeing the entire project, end-to-end,” says Gerry Klos, General Manager of DCD Marine Cape Town.“Since the vessel’s last visit to Cape Town in 2008, we have gained a wealth of experience which works in the client’s favour for the Scarabeo 7 project.”The scope of work, to be conducted at DCD Marine Cape Town’s A-Berth facility, includes the renewal of approximately 200 tons of steel; removal, inspection and maintenance of the thrusters; and blasting and coating in various areas of the rig. A substantial portion of the work will include the fabrication, installation and outfitting of a new accommodation module. In addition, an extensive amount of pipework will be undertaken in various areas on board the vessel.Over the past five years, DCD Marine Cape Town has been servicing Saipem in the maintenance, upgrades and repairs of their construction and drilling vessels. These include the Scarabeo 3, Saipem 3000 and Saipem FDS.“We successfully conducted the Scarabeo 3’s special periodic survey last year at A-Berth, a project of similar scope to Scarabeo 7,” explains Charles Ravells, Senior Project Manager for DCD Marine Cape Town.“Saipem therefore has first-hand experience of A-Berth and is assured of our world-class, internationally competitive facilities there,” Ravells continues.“The Port of Cape Town’s A-Berth is strategically located in terms of suppliers, service providers and classification societies. In addition, water depth allows for the thrusters to be removed at the quayside, and laydown area is available for temporary storage of any equipment which will be loaded and back-loaded onto the rig.Another advantage is the availability of a 350 ton crawler crane and tower crane. All these elements will play a pivotal role in the overall smooth running of the project,” he points out.The Scarabeo 7 is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town from Angola during November/December this year, and the DCD Marine Cape Town team are currently in the planning phase for the project.“We are excited at the opportunity afforded to us to service a well-respected client such as Saipem. As always, we aim to raise the bar in all aspects of our operations in terms of safety performance, planning, technical capability, productivity and on-time delivery,” concludes Klos. DCD Marine Cape Town, November 12, 2013last_img read more

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International community must unite to support negotiated end to Syria crisis –

At least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. Earlier this week, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, stated that a political solution to end the crisis is necessary and still possible.“If we genuinely unite behind the Joint Special Representative for Syria and behind one process, based on the rejection of violence in favour of dialogue and a peaceful democratic transition, it is still possible to avert the worst-case scenario and enable a reconciled and stable Syria to emerge from this tragedy,” Mr. Ban told the fourth meeting of the Group of Friends of Syria. In his message to the meeting, which was held in Marrakech, Morocco, and attended by the Deputy Joint Special Representative, Nasser Al-Kidwa, Mr. Ban warned that a military solution to the crisis will not end the violence, which has escalated in recent weeks. “Left to themselves, the current dynamics risk the disintegration of Syrian state institutions and full-fledged civil war, with widespread killings along ethnic and confessional lines,” he warned. “Syria could be plunged into a destructive spiral from which recovery will be hard and long, with dangerous consequences for the entire region. “Building a free and democratic Syria will require negotiations and genuine political dialogue. The formation of a new coalition of the opposition is an important step in the right direction and can help create the conditions for a comprehensive and inclusive political process,” he added. Mr. Ban noted the broad representation of Syrian leaders at today’s meeting, and stressed that a durable solution to the crisis must be led and owned by Syrians working together in a spirit of inclusive dialogue and mutual understanding so all Syrians – Sunnis, Alawites, Christians, Druze, Shiites, Kurds, Assyrians and Armenians alike – can enjoy their full human rights. “The international community has an obligation to help you build a democratic future,” he said. “The United Nations stands ready to facilitate. But we can only succeed if all sides engage positively, with the support of the international community, in particular the Security Council.”The Secretary-General also drew attention to the fact that the situation in the country has deteriorated “dramatically” and has become more militarized, with continued large-scale human rights violations. He added that, with the onset of winter, potentially four million men, women and children inside Syria will need humanitarian assistance before the New Year. While commending the generous assistance and provided by host governments to the Syrians who have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, Mr. Ban said the international community needs to do more to help these countries address the growing impact of the refugee crisis. He also urged the international community to exert immediate and sustained pressure on all parties to respect international humanitarian and human rights law. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than half a million Syrian refugees have now been registered or are awaiting registration in four neighbouring countries – Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey – and North Africa.The agency said the numbers are currently climbing by more than 3,000 per day, and the total number of refugees could increase to 700,000 by the end of the year. Inside Syria, UNHCR reported that about 250,000 internally displaced people in Homs urgently need winter supplies and access to basic health services. The agency delivered urgent winter aid including quilts, sleeping mats, blankets, mattresses and sanitary supplies to thousands of displaced people over the last two weeks.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) notes that food insecurity is on the rise in Syria and that the distribution of its monthly food rations has been affected by lack of funds. In November, WFP dispatched food rations for more than 1.3 million people in all governorates, and it hopes to reach 1.5 million people in December.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that nationwide electricity cuts and fuel shortages have affected people’s access to cooking, heating and telecommunications. The delivery of humanitarian aid has also been affected as fuel shortages have caused delays to aid convoys. read more

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