Huisman's newly developed containerised drilling rig, the LOC 400, operated by the Northern Dutch Drilling Company (NDDC) for Northern Petroleum Netherlands (NPN), successfully completed its first well in Werkendam, The Netherlands. The recently delivered unit managed to drill the entire well (TD = 2,650m (8,694ft) from spud to rig release in a period of 6 weeks, with very little downtime. This is a remarkable performance considering the completely new rig design and the new drilling contractor. In addition, the 780m (2,559ft) surface hole was completed using casing while drilling techniques, which is an absolute first for the Netherlands, the depth of the surface hole by Casing While Drilling is a new record for Europe.
Huisman, the Schiedam-based worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, will open an engineering office in Enschede in July 2009. Huisman Twente, which will be the name of the Engineering branch office, will offer employment and internship/graduation opportunities in the east part of The Netherlands.
Huisman, the Dutch-based worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, has been awarded two new contracts for the design, build and commissioning of two stone dumping systems. These systems for Tideway bv, a subsidiary of DEME NV, and Royal Boskalis Westminster bv are both fast, highly automated and the world's first systems capable of accurately dumping stones up to 2,000m of water depth. The use of a gimballing tower considerably improves the operability in bad weather conditions compared to other stone dumping systems. Delivery of the systems is planned for the second half of 2010 and start of 2011. For Tideay bv this is the third and for Boskalis the second order for a Huisman designed and constructed stone dumping system.
The drilling equipment is based on the drilling mast and pipe storage in carousels as currently under construction for the "Bully" rigs, on order by Noble Drilling / Shell. The vessel will be built by Korean shipyard STX in a newly built location in Dalian, China. Huisman is responsible not only for design and building drilling equipment but also for the concept design of the entire vessel. The fact that Huisman performed the concept design allowed a highly optimized integration of the drilling equipment into the vessel from the very beginning of the design process, which resulted in a drilling vessel, that is much more compact than drillships with equal capacities. This means lower building costs and lower operational costs.
Subsea 7, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction companies, announces the official inauguration of its new state-of-the-art deepwater flexlay vessel the ‘Seven Seas', at the Huisman premises in Schiedam today. The vessel naming ceremony was performed by Mrs Anabela Fonseca, Vice President of Sonangol, Angola's largest oil producing company.
On Tuesday 8 April 2008, Huisman acquired Bodewes Winches. Bodewes designs and builds large mooring and towing winches which are a valuable addition to the current Huisman range of products. Bodewes Winches will continue operations under their own name.
The winners of the Maritime Innovation Award 2007 are Huisman-Itrec and Kranendonk Production Systems BV. Huisman-Itrec received the award in the category ‘product innovation'. State-Secretary for Transport, Public Works and Water Management Mrs. Tineke Huizinga presented the awards on November 1st at the Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam.
Nordic Heavy Lift subsidiary Avonway has ordered a unique crane vessel with a record 5,000 tonne single mast lifting capacity with Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard. This means again one of the innovative designs of Dutch based companies Sea of Solutions and Huisman is put into reality. Sea of Solutions (part of Offshore Ship Designers Group) was responsible for both the concept and basic design of this monohull vessel, which has the largest single mast crane ever installed on a vessel. Huisman designed and will construct this 5,000 mt crane. The crane vessel is scheduled to enter service in March 2010.
Huisman designs and builds a new reeled rigid pipelay system for Subsea7. The main scope is: 300mt Reel-lay System, upgradable to 400mt. 3500mt main reel (28m diameter, 10m tussen de flenzen) 400mt OMC met active heave compensation piggy back reel 80T CT Winch 400mt Traction winch + Storage winch.