Middle East Workboats a success for our marine and winch divisions
RIGMARINE Exhibited at this year’s Seatrade Middle East Workboats event in the Abu Dhabi from 30th Sept – 2nd Oct 2013.
Although we were promoting all 6 of our business lines our trade stand was weighted towards the Marine, Mooring and Winch sectors which we have seen a high demand for in the local market. During the course of the current year Rigmarine have delivered several turnkey barge mooring packages for both drilling and salvage contractors, proving our benefits as a single source for complete mooring systems design, supply and installation. Re-investment as always has been key to our continual growth, this has allowed us to develop the largest fleet of lifting/mooring winches in the region supported with on-the-shelf ancillary equipment such as anchors, buoys, fairleads and fittings.
Interest in our products and services during the event was considerably high resulting in several firm orders and new clients. We look forward to the Exhibiting at the next event.
Increased fender stocks prove beneficial
Fenders are also now stocked in the Caspian to support our clients in the region.
Rigmarine active in the Aktau Local Community
Rigmarine recently sponsored a locally established group called The Togyzkumalak Federation which giving more young people the opportunity to play the Kazakh Traditional National Game, which is an intellectual game that helps develop many skills in the individuals who take part. The main Goal of the group is to motivate & encourage young people to make the game more popular for all age categories, creating the conditions for the proper use of leisure time for young people. As part of the Rigmarine sponsorship a group will leave Aktau on the 28th June to participate in a tournament in Kostanai City, Neil Brodie (RMK Local Director) in Aktau was invited along to wish the group the best of luck & most of all to enjoy themselves & be proud of their own individual performances, win or lose. A further update on how the group get on in the competition will be posted at a later date.
Continued Investment Strengthen Group Position in Winch Market
5th Anniversary celebrations in Kazakhstan
On the 07th February 2013 Rigmarine Kazakhstan LLP celebrated its 5th Year since starting its operations in the ROK. A lot has been achieved during that time through shear hard work, dedication, great staff teamwork & on going Internal/External personal training. From very humble beginnings with 5 employees it has so far grown to +30 very experienced Office/Operational Staff with a Local Content figure in the high 90% region. The biggest highlight as a Company for us so far has been the achievement of gaining our ISO9001-2008 Accreditation through LRQA which stands us in very good stead as we move forward & continue to offer the High Quality Service/Supply we have always strived to give our most valued clients. All RMK staff would like to thank the Owners of the Company & other Rigmarine Group Company’s along with all our valued, dedicated clients for all their help & support during our first 5 Years here in the ROK.
Rigmarine Kazakhstan LLP recently sponsored Aigul Kalybayeva from our Atyrau Branch office to participate in the below mentioned ROK competition, which as you will see along with attached certificates Aigul did extremely well. At the beginning of the competition there were more than 3000 participants. On behalf of all in Rigmarine many congratulations Aigul on your fantastic achievement.
Commenting on the competition was Aigul herself “Young Skilled Personnel Reserve - is a unique program in essence effective development of the young person as a leader, the head of new format. Idea of forming a community of young, vibrant and dedicated professionals to be able to provide the basis of a personnel reserve system of government, business and social-political activities was expressed by the Head of State N.A. Nazarbayev on May 14, 2008.
I also have become the part of this project which strengthened my world outlook and brought me new knowledge.
Within this project it was held different trainings which were focused on analytical mind and personal leadership qualities development.
The first module of competition has started with "Personal Growth" training in Kokshetau in November 2012. This training allows me to be focused on myself and my life goals. It gave me an opportunity to see everything through the lens itself.
The second module of competition was continued in Astana with training –seminar with most KZ famous professionals. Within this training there were held different activities as block of lectures reading, panel discussions, master classes, workshops, personal growth exercises and business games.
One of the training was held by Director of Public relations Company who shared his work experience and achievements in business as Public relations specialist. This training taught us how we could interest people to product we would like to sell. So it gave me opportunity to use this knowledge in my work further. Other trainings also were productive and useful as it were focused on strategic life planning and business management.
At last day of second module 70 finalists with the highest score and best results were awarded with certificates which means that we are one of the best qualified specialists in RoK.
After trainings completion I think to write my own project which can be realized in future. This project may cover different aspects of life as the economic, social and public.”
Cromwell distributorship adds additional service to Rigmarine’s clients
Rigmarine are proud to announce their official position as an authorized distribution agent for CROMWELL.
CROMWELL are one of the worlds leading providers of industrial supplies and equipment having an extensive industrial supply product range that includes hand tools, cutting tools, power tools, abrasives, measuring equipment, workshop equipment, fasteners, general hardware, maintenance products, PPE, welding and ancillary equipment.
Their co-operation with Rigmarine will allow us to offer our clients direct access to a wider range of products beneficial to their local operation or project, all supplied with the dedicated service which we have become renowned for.
New training school set to boost Rigmarine's training portfolio
Caring for the community in Kazakstan
On the 23rd August 2012 Rigmarine Kazahkstan LLP donated much needed Schooling materials to the Kyzyltobe Lyceum school, Munaily region. The materials purchased were distributed amongst pupils from poorer family’s who simply cannot afford to purchase the basic necessities their children need for their education requirements. RMK was delighted to be able to assist in this way as such is with our own employees learning, training and developing cannot be achieved without having the basic essentials. Thank you very much to our RMK employees Nagima & Jarbol for presenting the gifts at the schools concert.
Caspian Wire Delivery
Rigmarine will also project manage the installation of all wires onto both the mooring and crane winches. This will involve skilled and experienced labour, 200t back tension spooling units and a number of specialist reeving blocks and associated plant all of which is provided from Rigmarine’s Marine Service center in Baku.
Lloyds Register Approval for Rigmarine Kazakhstan
Further Expansion in the Republic Of Kazakhstan
Rigmarine have the pleasure in announcing the opening of another office in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Being at the heart of contracts and engineering for the offshore sector, Atyrau in the North of the Caspian Sea was an obvious choice. Our strategy was always to support our clients with “boots on their doorstep” and this further demonstrates our commitment to the region and of course to our clients.
With the full support of our Engineering and manufacturing facility in Aktau which boasts a 500t test machine and sling manufacturing of upto 76mm, our Atyrau office intends to roll out all of Rigmarine’s product lines to the local market. This will include mooring system supply/servicing, Lifting testing/inspection, Lifting equipment supply, Industrial product supply and Winch rentals.
Contact Details of our new office and its location can be found on our website.
New Generation Winch Rental
1st Full LEEA Member in the Caspian Region
Entering the Middle East with our first Winch Rental Project
RIGMARINE FZC were proud to be involved in such a unique and high profile project and it was an excellent start to our operations in the Middle East.
Leading the way in training excellence
Following our yearly audit by our Award Body ITSSAR, Rigmarine have once again set a new marker in excellence in the Azeri training market with the awarding of an upgrade from a Category 2 Training Centre to a Category 3 Centre.
Steve Miller, the training department manager, after a lengthy preparation and training period, has now been fully certificated as a tutor and is conducting external and internal instructor courses under the monitoring of ITSSAR.
With the centre upgrade, Rigmarine now offer the facility to have instructors professionally trained and accredited by an independent UK HSE approved Award Body.
This award is the first of it’s kind in Azerbaijan, and indeed the Caspian Region, giving Rigmarine the facility to train professional instructors in-house to an accredited standard by ITSSAR and recognized and monitored by the UK HSE.
This is a highly coveted award, achieved through setting and maintaining extremely high standards of training and using only qualified, professional instructors.
Steve Miller's comments: “Being the current training provider for companies, including BP, Saipem/Bos Shelf, ATA Consortium (Azfen/Tekfen/Amec) and McDermott's, we must drive skills development forward. Our clients rely on our services to both protect and enhance their business, it’s a serious role to be playing and its vitally important we continue to show growth in our systems and accreditations”.
Raising the bar with competence
All customers are welcome and we look forward to seeing everyone on the day.
Expansion of rental fleet assets
Rigmarine have taken delivery of another 2 x 35t water test bags for our Kazakhstan facility which will increase the range of testing services available to our clients for offshore and onshore crane certification.
This latest investment will bring the total tonnage of water weight’s in the Caspian to over 400t which coupled with our comprehensive fleet of over 70 calibrated load cell’s ranging from 2 – 300t allows us to provide our clients with locally sourced and professionally managed testing solutions.
Rigmarine Azerbaijan recently completed an 1800t synchronized lifting/weighing project for calculating CoG’s for new build offshore drilling modules utilizing the newly acquired plant and software. This is another specialized area that we will also continue to invest in again with our clients service and financial needs in mind.
ABS approval leads to another Rig Survey
RIGMARINE have racked up another Class Society Approval, this time with ABS.
The accreditation gained was for Structural survey techniques and Non destructive testing including UT, MPI, DPI and ACFM. The accreditation was a critical requirement to allow Rigmarine to tender for, be awarded with and complete the full periodic survey on Caspian Drilling Company’s MODU Dada Gorguid
To execute the full survey which included the full chain-anchor moorings, hull and deck survey, under deck bracings and the Derrick a qualified team of 18 RIGMARINE technicians each of which were fully qualified and experienced in their specific disciplines including NDT, lifting equipment, drilling equipment, rope access and mooring systems.
The technicians had the full support of the operations and quality teams at Rigmarine Azerbaijan and the team effort ensured the project was completed on time and to the satisfaction of the client.
A good job, definitely well done!!
Globesafe acquisition finalised
With negotiations being concluded during July, RIGMARINE have acquired the company behind the GLOBESAFE brand of quality lifting equipment. It was always RIGMARINE’S strategy to control key elements of our supply chain and this acquisition provides us with the ability to carry out our own product research and development.
It will be our intention to further develop the range of products currently in the GLOBESAFE portfolio using our extensive knowledge of the Oil and Gas Industry whilst opening up a wider sales area from our distribution centre in the Middle East which will incorporate after market service, spare part holdings and product training.
Supporting a good cause
Rigmarine Kazakhstan LLP recently entered a team at the 6th Annual Oilmans Charity Golf Tournament on the 20th August at the Zhailjau Golf Club in Almaty, sponsoring a hole with a donation of $3500, all proceeds raised from the event go to the Almaty based non-profit charity the Dara Foundation which assists underprivileged, orphaned & disabled children. Congratulations to Ray who won the Closest to the hole prize for the day. Rigmarine are very proud to have been part of a fantastic event in support of a very worthy charitable cause.
Left to Right Players – Neil Brodie (Rigmarine General Manager - Kz), Ray Sheran (ITS), Bob Milne (Denholm Zholdas), Neil Hay (Weatherford)
Double mooring equipment package
RIGMARINE kick off with Ferguson Sea Cabs
Anchor Wire Delivery
Rigmarine completed delivery of 3 x replacement anchor wires for the MODU Heyder Aliyev during 2nd qtr. 3 x 3255mtr of 77mm with an MBL of 425MT gross weight of 255t were manufactured and delivered to the client ahead of schedule. Having the local resources and machinery available, we will be looking forward in assisting with the removal and installation of the wires in the months to come.
Increase to Winch rental Fleet
Rigmarine have increased their available winch rental fleet in the Caspian and Middle East Regions with the purchase of 8 new build hydraulic units. The delivery of 4 x 20t and 4 x 18t units is aimed primarily at the shallow water barge market and gives us the ability to provide complete temporary or permanent mooring system installations supported from strategic service centers in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the Middle East.
Delivery of Marine Rental and Service Package
Contracted by Maersk, Rigmarine have delivered and installed a pre-layed mooring system for the MODU Explorer in preparation of their drilling program for France’s TOTAL. Managing the complete operation from mobilization, delivery, quayside management through to deployment meant a smooth and trouble free solution to both the rig operator and their client. Included in the service package was the on-location change out of one of the rigs 8 x 3200mtr 76mm anchor wires.
Previously in 2010 Rigmarine provided the Explorer with a piggy back mooring system in support of a drilling program for Conoco Philips in the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian.
RIGMARINE – An ISO 9001 - 2008 Certified Company !
North Sea Lifting (N.S.L) Representation in the Caspian a key alliance
Commenting on the appointment, Mike Duncan Managing Director Added “ For 20 years NSL have been the leading force in specialist training , they have gained the respect of the lifting industry with their unparalleled promotion of safe operating practices. RIGMARINE are still relatively young but both companies share the same core values and principles. To be appointed as a representative of NSL underline’s our direction, not as just another training center but as a company focused on raising the bar with safety within the lifting sector”.
Another Classification Society Accreditation, this time DNV
Specialist Fall Arrest and Safety Equipment distribution and service agent agreement
Globestock Engineering, an industry leader in Fall Arrest and Load Arrest safety equipment award RIGMARINE there distribution and service agency for the Caspian Sea. Specialist in the design, manufacture, supply and refurbishment of all fall protection and confined space access equipment, they are a welcomed addition to the RIGMARINE supply chain and another which shows our commitment in the provision of quality equipment. Globestock products can be seen in our supplier section or through www.globestock.co.uk
RIGMARINE Shake with STRAIGHTPOINT
RIGMARINE have signed an exclusive distribution and service agreement with STRAIGHTPOINT.
Straightpoint (UK) Ltd are The World Leaders in the design and manufacture of a huge range of force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cells up to 1,000 tonnes capacity. The agreement in the Caspian will see RIGMARINE invest in specialist test machinery in order to service and re-calibrate Straightpoint equipment locally. Straightpoint products can be seen in our supplier section or through www.straightpoint.com
Installation of Specialist Test Machinery
RIGMARINE Azerbaijan have installed 2 state of the art testing machines in their Baku Facility. The technology incorporated in the machines is of European origin and regarded as the most advanced of it’s type available in the industry today. Computerized data processing allows for test graphs to be generated and issued as back up for any certificate, both beds are to have webcams fitted also to allow our clients to witness tests on-line from their own office.
375t/600t Horizontal Test Bed. - This bed features a calibrated force of 375t with additional capabilities of upto 600t using external hydraulic cylinders. The wide carriage is designed to allow crane blocks of upto 400t to be installed for test. At 12mtr long it can cater for most applications, attachments on the end allow for wire rope and winch testing. On installation it’s initial use was the destruct testing of 10 x 64mm anchor wire samples for a pipelay barge.
150t/2000t Vertical Test Machine.– This unit is unique in all parameters, with the ability to load test offshore units of up to 40’ long as well as spreader beams of 12mtr. It’s construction also allows for the dynamic testing of power driven winches and hoists. The base of the bed has been under strengthened and will allow compression testing of upto 2000t to be completed safely.
Slew Ring Bolt Replacement
Rigmarine obtain RMRS Classification Approvals
After 3 month of auditing RIGMARINE have gained Approval by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping Classification in the following categories.
- Non Destructive Testing
- UT Wall Thickness Measurement of Hull Sections
- Maintenance, Inspection, Repair and Certification of lifting and mooring equipment on marine vessels.
Another accreditation which enhances our portfolio and forefronts our commitment to clients requirements. It’s also another significant milestone towards our recognition of being “Best In Class”.
Rigmarine obtain ITSSAR Accreditation for our Training Facility
After an intensive audit and external verification of our programmes, instructors and facilities by ITSSAR (a UK accreditation company appointed by the UK HSE), we attained a formal Category 2 Training Centre Accreditation which makes us the only 3rd party accredited training centre in Azerbaijan. This supports our MES approval from the Azeri Government who have authorized our training activities in the Republic.
Commenting on the award, was our Workforce Development Manager Steve Miller “ this really is a fantastic achievement, we are the only company to date in Azerbaijan which have taken our training programs to an internationally recognized level.
A key issue in the award from ITSSAR was that unlike generic training companies whose instructors rarely have industry working experience, all of our instructors have major industry working backgrounds in the fields in which they instruct, allowing us to deliver the maximum relevant theoretical and practical elements of a course.
Removal of 300t boom section
Contracted to Caspian Marine Services. RIGMARINE perform the removal of the 300t boom section of the Gurban Abbassov crane barge located in Baku Azerbaijan.
The full scope of work delivered by RIGMARINE comprised of ;
- Engineering design and feasibility study
- Removal of wire rope
- Removal of Boom Heel pins
- Jacking up of boom and weighing with compressive load cells to establish CoG
- Design and manufacture of full lifting system
- Compilation of full lift and HSE plan
- Lift execution
The project was delivered on time within budget and more significantly - in a safe manner!
"This is the type of profile that separates RIGMARINE from your average rigging company. The ability to successfully complete a project of this nature highlights yet another unique dimension of our companies portfolio. The strength of our engineering and design department, experience of our site engineers and our active HSE policy underpinned this significant and successful achievement" commented Managing Director Mike Duncan.
Rigmarine Kazakhstan install and commission 500t test machine - July 09
The latest investment to our Kazakhstan facility is delivered. A custom built tensile testing machine that can provide proof load forces of upto 500t, without doubt the largest of its type in the Caspian and an asset that places our rigging facility into the "world class" bracket.
The machine has a 12m x 1.5m carriage and built to accept larger than standard equipment such as crane blocks and drilling elevators. It's high load capacity and additional components such as a chain grab and wire capstan give the ability to test a wide range of mooring hardware also.
Installation of marine winch spread for the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan
Rigmarine win a contract to supply, install and commission a 4 x 45t winch spread for a barge being contracted to Agip on the Kashagan project. The winches were supplied with class certification and installed for remote operation in the bridge house.
Neil Brodie, Kazakhstan General Manager commented "This is the first time in over 10 years working in the region that I have seen a local company deliver this type of package. Our corporate strategy is focused highly on in-country development, the successful commissioning of this initial project bench marks our progress and will send out clear signals to the industry of our local capabilities"