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E-Marine gets upgrade for cable work.

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E-Marine PJSC, the leader in submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair in the Middle East, has announced that its vessel CS Niwa has been successfully upgraded to DP II, which will allow it to perform surgical operations in very close proximity to oil and gas platforms. DP II is a requirement for the installation, repair or maintenance of telecommunications and power cables in oil fields in general and in the closest proximity to oil and gas platforms in particular. "The completion of this CS Niwa DP II upgrade raises the benchmark for oilfield cable services in the Gulf and Indian Ocean," said Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, managing director and CEO of E-Marine. "The cable ship Niwa is now a very well-qualified vessel for operating in closer proximity to oil and gas platforms, ensuring maximum safety and highest service levels for the oil and gas industry. This is a tremendous achievement and we look forward to extending these services across the region." Dynamic positioning (DP) is a computer-controlled system to automatically maintain a ship's position and direction by using her own propellers and thrusters. Position-reference sensors, combined with wind sensors, motion sensors and gyro compasses, provide information to the computer pertaining to the vessel's position and the magnitude and direction of environmental forces affecting its position. The computer programme contains a mathematical model of the vessel that includes information pertaining to the wind and current drag of the vessel and the location of the thrusters. This knowledge, combined with the sensor information, allows the computer to calculate the required steering angle and thruster output for each thruster. This allows operations at sea where mooring or anchoring is not feasible due to deep water, congestion on the sea bottom (pipelines, templates) or other problems. The cable ship Niwa is capable of servicing platforms anywhere in the Arabian Gulf and also off the coast of East Africa. It has a gross tonnage of 13,201 tonnes with a cable uplift capacity of 6,098 tonnes and a speed of 15 knots. It can accommodate up to 138 persons and can be at sea for a continuous period of 60 days. All crew are duly experienced in cable installation and repair, as well as in undertaking all marine offshore oilfield activities. The vessel is manned by qualified crew to guarantee 24-hour operation, the company says.

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Date:Sep 1, 2008
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