SeaQuest Performance - 2020 intermediate
4th Nov 2020
Despite the adverse impact the COVID-19 pandemic has created over the entire industry, SeaQuest managed to stably endure the tragic occurrence bringing several ongoing projects to successful completion and opening-up new site offices in Korea, China and Turkey. Despite the global emergency and rigid travel restrictions, we were able to send the planned manpower to all our site offices, thanks to the solid and well-assorted pool of professionals available for the SeaQuest in different countries.
Since the beginning of the year 2020, SeaQuest focused on various technical negotiations, new ECO-ship design appraisals and feasibility studies for old and new clients, resulting in the confirmation of new fresh orders.
During the year 2020 SeaQuest confirmed its well-rooted presence on the Korean and Chinese territory, delivering so far ten (10) ships out of twelve (12) planned for the year, five of which in China, three in Korea and two in Turkey. Among the delivered vessels, the Military Maritime Sustainment Capability ship built at Hyundai HHI for the New Zealand Defence Force deserves a special mention: the project was successfully brought to completion in June after 800 long and challenging days of construction and testing, with over 2 million manhours and flawless safety records for the project.
Meanwhile, various contacts and relationship development with new potential clients have been established, paving the way for another prosperous year ahead.
From the logistics perspective, SeaQuest opened a new strategic representation office in Shanghai Pudong, operative since 1st March 2020 and providing technical assistance and human resources for the current site offices as well as supporting the marketing team with prompt and direct feedback from the local market.
Positive developments are expected by the end of the year/beginning of 2021 on several fronts, from current projects’ negotiations as well as for new clients acquirement, whose outcome will be disclosed in due course.
At the helm……
HMNZS AOTEAROA, New Zealand Logistics Support Vessel signed off at Hyundai
11th Jun 2020
A new state-of-the-art 26k tonne Maritime Sustainment and Capability vessel for the Royal New Zealand Navy has successfully completed its series of 7 Contractual Sea Trials and was delivered on 8 June 2020. SeaQuest Marine Project Management oversaw the entire 28-month construction which was undertaken by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea.
The HMNZS AOTEAROA departed from South Korea on 10 June 2020. The tanker and replenishment ship will be largest the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever operated.
The primary role of AOTEAROA will be to provide global sustainment to New Zealand and coalition maritime, air and land forces with fuel, ammunition and other equipment supplies.
SeaQuest was entrusted with the prestigious job in April 2017.
Work started with a 3D design review and plan approval in close cooperation with the New Zealand Navy, followed by construction supervision. The SeaQuest plan approval and site teams included specialist supervisors for hull & structure, machinery & outfitting, electrical & automation, ICS & IPMS, paint & coatings. SeaQuest’s ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Assurance system ensured a smooth process throughout the project.
The vessel has been built to the highest level of Lloyds Register of Shipping standards, in addition to complying with NATO & Naval Rules.
SeaQuest CEO Jan Andersson was delighted with the finished vessel: “We feel extremely privileged to have successfully completed this project for the NZ Navy," he said.
"SeaQuest were tasked with the design review, plan approval and construction supervision of this challenging and advanced MSC Polar Class 6 vessel.
Once again we have proven that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can aid a newbuilding project like no one else.
This is the third time we have looked after a naval support ship, first from Royal Fleet Auxiliary UK, second from NDLO Norway and now from NZ Crown.
SeaQuest are fully equipped to serve any naval project to the best of our abilities again in future."
AOTEAROA is winterised and ice strengthened to increase New Zealand's ability to replenish and resupply their - and other countries'- Antarctic programmes.
It has two identical replenishment at sea stations and is able to liquid transfer to two vessels simultaneously.
The ship is powered by a Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system developed by Rolls Royce.
AOTEAROA can generate 250 tonnes of fresh water per day and has an aviation capability which allows it to operate all New Zealand Defence Force helicopters.In addition, AOTEAROA has sick-bay treatment facilities with a medical ward and ensuite gymnasium, Wi-Fi connectivity in recreation spaces, library and training facilities and cabins with integrated ensuites.
To download the Press Release click here.
Finnlines Green 5th Generation vessels supervision awarded to SeaQuest
23rd Apr 2020
Finnlines state of the art zero emission Green 5th Generation vessels supervision contract awarded to SeaQuest
SeaQuest Marine Project Management has been entrusted with the prestigious construction supervision job for three Green 5th Generation zero emission NB Ro-Ro vessels for Finnlines at China Merchants Group’s Jinling Shipyard.
Finnlines Plc, a Finnish shipping company and part of the Grimaldi Group, had placed the order of the three Hybrid Ro-Ro Ultra-Large Green vessels at Jinling Shipyard back in 2018.
The vessels, whose basic design was developed by Danish ship designer Knud E. Hansen, are based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels under construction at the same yard (238m length, 34m beam), but customized to the needs of Finnlines allowing for heavy cargo and operation in cold climates with the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super. They aim to be flexible enough for all types of Ro-Ro cargoes, with a capacity of 5,800 lane meters and more than 5,000 square meters of vehicle decks.
The vessels will be built with the latest technological and environmental solutions in mind. The new Ro-Ros will implement green features such as lithium batteries to provide electricity, guaranteeing zero emissions whilst in port and an innovative air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance using a thin layer of bubbles below the keel to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions.
The supervision site office at Jinling yard will open at beginning of June 2020 and function until the delivery of the last vessel which is expected by the end April 2022.
Announcing the contract, SeaQuest Managing Director and Chief Executive, Jan Andersson, said:
“We are extremely pleased to be selected to look after the construction of these challenging and advanced vessels, which will be the most innovative and efficient ro-ro vessels in the world. Finnlines has invested heavily in technology and sustainability of the fleet operations and the company is a forerunner in green shipping”.
He added: “We shall prove once more that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can serve a newbuilding project like no one else. This is the second time Finnlines have bestowed their trust in SeaQuest for a project in China, we are privileged and look forward to collaborating with them again in future”.
The site team, composed of a SeaQuest Site Manager and specialist supervisors for machinery & outfitting, hull & structure, electrical & automation, coating and a secretary / document controller, will also include Finnlines inspectors along with support of the Finnlines newbuilding department, and operate in accordance with SeaQuest’s ISO 9001:2015 certified QA system. Particular attention will be paid to the special requirements of these large vessels which include ice-class, winterization, green & energy saving solutions and operational flexibility.
The site team will operate under the mentorship and guidance of Jan Andersson who is a Far East resident. As the Project Manager for the newbuild project he will provide guidance, support and direction for any major or strategic issue which may impact on key events, ships’ delivery or cost.
The press release is available here.
5th Apr 2020
The Algeria Ferry RO-Pax hull number 17121028 has been floated-out in GSI dry dock, after a series of routine checks duly monitored by SeaQuest supervision team.
The project has entered in the final construction phase which includes, among other crucial activities, the completion of the interior outfitting of all crew and passenger accommodation areas.
The delivery is scheduled in November 2020.