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Sebastian AS makes sure that the emergency shutdown system works

 

Project Manager Stein Vik and Senior Engineer Ola Birkeland in Sebastian AS and picture of drilling ship «Norshore Atlantic»
Project Manager Stein Vik and Senior Engineer Ola Birkeland in Sebastian AS and picture of drilling ship «Norshore Atlantic»

Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik has helped Norshore Management AS with the emergency shutdown system for Norshore Atlantic, an advanced drilling ship just delivered to the shipping company by a shipyard in Indonesia. Sebastian’s services were crucial to Norshore Management completing the project.

An emergency shutdown (ESD) system is intended to reveal poisonous or explosive gases and shut down the entire unit.

“We advise on where the detectors should be placed and ensure a coherent design philosophy so that everything works optimally,” says Sebastian’s project manager Stein Vik.

He is proud that the company has been involved in what has become a success story. Norshore Management has made it clear that it would not have managed to achieve its objectives without Sebastian’s help.

“ESD is one of our specialist areas. Through this project, we’ve managed to demonstrate our unique specialist expertise. We’ve also seen that the guidance document has been changed as a result of our efforts on the Norshore Atlantic. The work on the drilling ship also made Norshore one of our biggest customers in 2013,” explains Vik.

Delivering a documentation package

Norshore Management is a new shipping company and the drilling ship that has just been delivered is its first vessel. The company has now decided to build another ship, this time at a shipyard in China. In connection with this, Sebastian has entered into a contract with Marin Teknikk to deliver a documentation package for the newbuilding. In addition, Norshore wants to hire Sebastian to follow up the shipyard in China.

Sebastian starts business in China
Sebastian starts business in China
Sebastian AS Ulsteinvik starts company in China. The Joint Venture will initially get four or five employees and will do marketing and sales as well as being operative with consultancy services. - This is the time to invest, insists President & CEO Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy. In March 2015 Sebastian AS established an office in Brazil.Sebastian has worked with China the plans for one year. Now Bjøringsøy has signed the contract with Chinese partners about starting a Joint Venture in Shanghai. Based in offices there Sebastian China CO., LTD will be doing sales activity and be operative consultants; consultancy services and testing on board the vessels and floating offshore rigs. Sebastian China is responsible for China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The person who will run the office, Yong Jiang ("Bill"), is in place and the process of adding three to four consultants are in good progress. Bill is Chinese, but has worked in Norway previously. He was handpicked by the Chinese Partners: - Bill understands the Norwegian way of thinking. Also he has a good sales personality - a likeable person customers opens up to, says Bjøringsøy. Enormous market Earlier this year he was on a 2-weeks marketing campaign with Bill around China visiting a number of shipyards and ship owners. He is optimistic about the Chinese market. - The idea to invest in China came from China. It was the Chinese who contacted us after hearing about our expertise and capabilities. However, it is a deliberate strategy in Sebastian that we want to be represented abroad, and it’s all about finding the right partners. We believe in the future. China is a large country with the largest population in the world – and the market is huge with many shipyards. The last years it’s been almost impossible to achieve anything from China due to high travel expenses. We have seen some of our international competitors have been establishing offices in China and then we have to follow. Long-term thinking - It may seem strange that we are investing in China when times are bad right now, in particular in our industry. But it might turn out that this was brilliant, meditate Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy. His optimism is based on the Chinese philosophy about long historical lines: - Our Chinese partners thinks long-term, as we’ve always done in Sebastian AS. Last year Sebastian AS established an office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the company makes money there. The profit is not limited though but Bjøringsøy is satisfied when it is known that many Norwegian companies have lost money in the country over the last years. The decline in the oil and gas industry has hit the entire world, and in Brazil the state oil company Petrobras in particular because of the serious corruption scandal under investigation. All companies and subcontractors are hit by a paralyzing refusal to make decisions because of fear for being alleged for corruption. In addition, Brazil has a political crisis since elected President Dilma Rousseff is replaced because she is facing an impeachment process.  - We feel that our man in Brazil has managed to build trust with the local customers, and thus building step by step, Bjøringsøy says. Optimism But the difficulties in offshore has hit Sebastian here at home, and Bjøringsøy does not believe the downturn is over. He sees some bright spots. - We are optimists because we have things going on that I think we want to see results from later this year. And Sebastian China will give us a boost, he smiles. With more than 20 years’ experience within the oil and the maritime industries Sebastian has gathered knowledge over a broad scale. The company staff has extensive experience in working in shipyards, mobile offshore installations and on board ships. In total, the company can boast a combination of engineering knowledge and captain’s experience guaranteeing a reliable and effective implementation of FMEA services (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis), which is one of Sebastian’s business areas.
26.07.16 15:42
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Sebastian wins training contract for super-rigs
Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik on the west coast of Norway is to provide DP training to the crew of the new super-rigs belonging to Songa Offshore. The first rig, the Songa Equinox, will arrive in Norway in mid-October, and Sebastian must have its delivery ready before rig operations for Statoil start on the Troll field.- This training assignment is a strategically important contract for us, says Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy, CEO of Sebastian. The four so-called super-rigs, or 'CAT-D units', are being built in South Korea for Songa Offshore, a company controlled by Fredrik Mohn. This company is registered in Cyprus but has a large operations organisation in Norway. Songa Offshore started to build the rigs when it won a total of four eight-year contracts with Statoil – two in 2011 and two in 2012. The first two rigs will operate on the Troll field, while the last two will operate further north on the Norwegian continental shelf. -These are very advanced, sophisticated rigs that are specially designed to tackle the harsh weather in the North Sea. Songa Offshore has cooperated closely with Statoil during the project's design, construction and testing phases. Over the past six months, we've helped the rig owner to find an optimal operating philosophy. We've thus worked closely with Songa Offshore, Statoil, Kongsberg Maritime, Lloyds and DNV GL, says Bjøringsøy, who adds: - Our task now is to create the content of a training programme for the crew on board. These rigs are so different from other rigs that, although the crews hired by Songa Offshore have a high level of expertise and operational experience of modern rigs, they will require training in how to use the CAT-D rigs. It is naturally the Dynamic Positioning (DP) part that is our responsibility. Here, we can demonstrate the unique cross-expertise we've developed, in which we combine our engineers' theoretical and practical technical knowledge with the operational expertise of the captains employed by Sebastian AS. Strategically important Because this is Sebastian's first training contract, the agreement with Songa Offshore is strategically important to this Ulsteinvik company, which established a branch office in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in March. This contract now has top priority in Sebastian since the training must be completed before the rig starts to operate in November. That entails a certain time pressure: -We have to use a lot of our staff for this project in order to make the project deadline. The training is to be provided as e-learning via Songa Offshore's e-learning portal. Our task will be to deliver the content of the training. Our goal is to create a course that is interesting, good and effective, says Bjøringsøy. The training is module-based and the use of e-learning makes it all more cost-effective for Songa Offshore. The crews on all four rigs – a total of 12 shifts - will undergo the training. Quote: - Sebastian AS's combination of technical and operational DP expertise is just what we need in this phase. We've hired a lot of people to man the new CAT-D rigs and we ordered this training package so that we can have safe DP operations from day one of the rigs' operations. Safety is the most important factor for us and we have forged links here with Sebastian AS, as the provider of the DP course content, because this company is particularly skilled in safe DP operations. Leon Karl Strongman, Operations Manager of Songa Offshore
28.09.15 15:58
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Har teikna langtidskontrakt
Sebastian AS har teikna ein langtidskontrakt med Østensjø Rederi AS i Haugesund. Kontrakten har ein rammeavtale på fem år, der Sebastian først og fremst skal levere DP-relaterte tenester til fartøy som reiarlaget driv. – Marknaden innan olje og offshore er tung for tida, og der er vanskeleg å skaffe seg slike kontraktar både for store og små selskap. Derfor er vi stolte av at vi har klart å sikre oss ein femårsavtale. Vi kjenner Østensjø som eit veldrive og godt reiarlag og er glade for å vere ein av deira samarbeidspartnarar, kommenterer dagleg leiar Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy i Sebastian. Selskapet har spesialisert seg på teknisk og operasjonell kompetanse knytt til system på avanserte offshorefartøy og mobile offshoreinstallasjonar. Bjøringsøy meiner Sebastian har utvikla det beste verktøyet og samla den beste kunnskapen med tanke på å forhindre operasjonelle avbrot, nedetid, uhell og ulykker. Østensjø Rederi AS er eit stort reiarlag som driv innan både offshore, taubåttenester og store hotellskip. Sidan starten i 1974 har reiarlaget bygd opp milliardverdiar og har i dag 28 skip samt 9 nybygg under produksjon. Selskapet har over 500 tilsette. Nyleg skreiv Østensjø kontrakt med eit anna Ulstein-selskap, nemleg Kleven Verft, om bygging av eit 150 meter langt avansert offshore konstruksjonsskip til 1,4 milliardar kroner. Rammeavtalen inneber at Sebastian utfører teknisk analyse av fartøy, yte assistanse i samband med operasjonelle styringssystem – og syte for ei effektiv gjennomføring av FMEA-tenestene (Failure Modes an Effects Analysis). Med 20 års erfaring innan olje og maritim industri har Sebastian samla opp kunnskap og erfaring over ein brei skala. Teamet i selskapet har omfattande erfaring frå arbeid på verft, mobile offshoreinstallasjonar og om bord i skip. Sitat:  - I Østensjø er vi opptatt av å knytte til oss den aller beste ekspertise innen områder vi har definert som operasjonelt kritiske. Vi ønsker å benytte oss av Sebastian AS innen DP for å kunne møte kunders stadig mer utfordrende ønsker og krav. Vi er avhengig av være best når vi ute og konkurrerer om jobbene. Sveinung Zahl, Operations Manager.
03.07.15 16:13
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Opening an office in Brazil
Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik, Norway, is to open a branch office in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on 1 March. The man who will run the office is in place - Jarle Uri is a Norwegian but has lived in South America for a long time and speaks fluent Portuguese."We've considered opening an office abroad for a long time. Now we've decided on Brazil for two reasons," says president and CEO Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy. "In the first place, we've found the right person. Such people are difficult to find. We're very choosy because we want to offer our customers the best possible services at all times. "In the second place, times are tough in the offshore industry right now – with one exception: Brazil. This country is now planning large, weighty developments in the oil sector. They will need vessels for use in advanced DP operations. This is a market that we want to get into, so it's important to be there. We've had operations in Brazil since 2003 but large travel costs have led to us not being very competitive in this area." Major investment Bjøringsøy does not try to hide that this is a major investment for Sebastian but he is convinced that they are doing the right thing. "Jarle Uri has the right background. He has worked as both an FMEA auditor and an electrical/automation engineer. In addition, he has experience of advanced DP operations on board ships. "Uri also has managerial experience and has been a CEO for many years – in both Thailand and Norway. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1999 and has lived there permanently since 2007, so he knows the place well." Great cultural differences When asked what it is like to work in Brazil, Uri replies: "It's nice, but naturally you have to get accustomed to it. The business culture is very different to ours. So we have to be aware that we are the ones who have to adapt. By that, I'm not thinking about corruption or anything like that discussed in the media recently, but about other aspects of the culture. Brazilians are quite 'laid back' as people, but a Brazilian friend is a friend for life. It's important to make friends because they act as door openers. That's especially important in Brazil." "We wouldn't have been able to start up so quickly in Brazil if we hadn't found a man who already lives there. And it's a bonus that he speaks the language fluently," says Bjøringsøy about the man who will now be in charge of Sebastian do Brasil. Increasing interest in Brazil The investment cuts in the Norwegian oil sector have led to increasing interest in establishing operations in Brazil. Statoil's investment in the country has been a success. However, the Brazilian oil story has probably only just started. New finds are creating wonderful prospects and may be a goldmine for Statoil, which has produced oil in Brazil since 2011.   After working in the oil and maritime industries for 20 years, Sebastian has a wide range of knowledge and experience. The company's team have extensive experience of working in shipyards, on mobile offshore installations and on board ships.  The company can provide a combination of engineering knowledge and captain experience that guarantees reliable and efficient FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) services, which are one of Sebastian's main areas.        
02.03.15 15:16
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Sebastian AS med viktige bidrag til årets skip
Torsdag 23. oktober blir den nye batteridrivne ferja til Norled døypt – og får namnet «Ampere». Ho er den første i verda i sitt slag. Ulsteinselskapet Sebastian AS har spelt ei sentral rolle med omsyn til driftstryggleiken til fartøyet. Rolls-Royce har mellom anna bidratt med tilpassa azipull-thrusterar.Nyleg vart den utsleppsfrie ferja ZeroCat 120 heidra med den prestisjetunge prisen «Ship of the year 2014», som fagbladet Skipsrevyen står bak. Nyskapinga var avgjerande for at reiarlaget Norled og verftet Fjellstrand fekk prisen. Sebastan har leia det såkalla FMEA-arbeidet på fartøyet. FMEA er ein metodikk for å kartlegge moglege feil som kan oppstå på utstyret og prosessane om bord i ferja. Dermed kan ein førebyggje, hindre eller redusere konsekvensane av feila. – I arbeidet med dette fartøyet har «alle» vore opptekne med innovasjonen, medan vi har hatt merksemda retta mot eventuelle feil som kan oppstå på grunn av dei nye løysingane, fortel dagleg leiar Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy i Sebastian. I drift 1. januar – Det mest spesielle med dette oppdraget er at ferja blir driven av batteri. Vårt arbeid har konsentrert seg om tre viktige system: styringssystem for batteria (Battery Management System), energistyringssystem (Energy Management System), Thrusterstyringssystem (Thruster Remote Control). Vi sjekkar redundans og feiltoleranse. Om ein feil oppstår, skal ferja likevel kunne halde fram, forklarer prosjektleiar Oddvar Hjertaker i Sebastian. Etter planen skal den nye ferja setjast i drift på E39-sambandet over Sognefjorden frå 1. januar 2015. Ferja har kapasitet til 120 bilar og 360 passasjerar, og vil operere med ein fart på om lag 10 knop. Ferjekaiene blir bygde om. Kvar kai får ein ladestasjon. Ferja bruker ikkje motorkraft i det ho legg til. I staden syg vakuumfortøyinga fartøyet på plass. I det ho klappar til kai, koplar ladesystemet på land seg automatisk på. I løpet av ti minutt ved kai blir batteria om bord lada opp. Ferja bruker 20 minutt over fjorden. Det betyr at det tek 50 minutt til ho er tilbake på same staden. I mellomtida har batteria i land blitt lada opp igjen og kan levere «hurtigstraum» til batteria om bord. Tilpassa azipull-thrusterar Rolls-Royce har bidratt i utviklinga av ferja med tilpassa azipull-thrusterar – i tillegg til rådgiving innan skrogdesign og hydrodynamikk basert på avanserte analysar. For å oppnå god energieffektivitet har systemet frå Rolls-Royce låg rotasjonsfart på propellen, lange blad med lågt areal og ein slank thrusterkropp. Fartøyet har ein thruster i kvar ende av det eine katamaranskroget. Azipull 085-thrusterane er dei første med propell som kan justerast til seglestilling. Det betyr at dei fire propellblada på den fremre azipull-thrusteren (som ikkje er i bruk under fart), blir justert til ein vinkel som gir minimal motstand frå vasstraumen. Batteriteknologien og dei elektriske systema er levert av Siemens.
23.10.14 13:26

 

Master Mariners hired to improve the service level

 

Operational expertise. From the left Master Mariner Geir Sindre Røyset, Master Mariner Bent Erik Kopperstad, CEO Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy and Master Mariner Sten Seppola.
Operational expertise. From the left Master Mariner Geir Sindre Røyset, Master Mariner Bent Erik Kopperstad, CEO Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy and Master Mariner Sten Seppola.

 

Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik has hired three experienced Master Mariners to strengthen the service level and manning of its operational services.

 

“Many people view us as an engineering firm, and that’s also true. We have six engineers in-house. The expertise of our Master Mariners will make us good at operational services in relation to offshore and mobile installations,” explains CEO Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy.

By operational services, he means how to handle and operate a ship in a safe manner. In addition, Sebastian AS helps make sure the vessel can deliver its products or services safely and securely.

“The expertise of these Master Mariners complements our existing technical expertise.  We believe many shipping companies will utilise this service in connection with new designs, newbuildings and normal shipping operations. Sebastian AS has a long-term strategy and this move is completely in line with that strategy,” says Bjøringsøy.

Sebastian AS re-launched web page
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Sebastian AS re-launched its web page on 5 February 2014

We are very pleased to present our re-launched web page. This is part of our plan to provide more updated information on the company and the services we can offer. It is our sincere hope that you will find what you are looking for. If not, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Feel free to tell us what you think about the re-design and the information presented here. Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

 

Exciting contract with Statoil

Statoil project CAT I
Statoil project CAT I

Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik has signed a contract with Statoil in connection with the new CAT I rig, which is to be able to operate under extreme conditions in Arctic areas. Sebastian is to use its specialist expertise to help make operations safe and secure.

Oslo-based company Inocean has won the contract to design this prestigious project. The rig will be a drill ship that will operate in up to 1.2 metres of ice - something that existing units cannot do. This is perhaps the most advanced and sophisticated unit ever developed for drilling operations. In other words, it is a completely new concept in a global context. Other companies have tried to carry out similar projects but failed.

“It’s extremely exciting to be involved in something new. Statoil was our biggest customer in 2013 and we interpret this contract as confirmation that the company is pleased with our previous assignments for it. This contract lasts until the summer, but we hope to get an opportunity to continue working for Statoil,” comments Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy, the CEO of Sebastian AS.

He knows that the safety focus in this project is, if possible, even greater than normal, because here consideration must be paid to tough challenges, such as ice and extreme cold.

Statoil has not made the decision to invest yet, so the process is still at an early stage. That is something Sebastian is pleased about:

“It’s important for us to provide our specialist expertise at an early stage in a project. In this case, we are to provide technical and operational consultancy services to enable the drilling ship to operate safely and securely,” explains Bjøringsøy.

Sebastian has employed several experienced navigation officers. These Master Mariners have experience of sailing in ice and are to give advice on the work on the new Statoil ship. This is expertise that the Ulsteinvik company has hired over the past few years, in addition to the engineers on its staff. In the technical field, Sebastian has employees who can provide general advice on the interface between various advanced systems:

 “Such a vessel will often have different suppliers of, for example, propellers, engines and control systems, often with different design-philosophy approaches. So our task is to make sure the interface works. We can call it crossover expertise,” smiles Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy.

Sebastian AS med viktige bidrag til årets skip

Prosjektleiar Oddvar Hjertaker i Sebastian AS her ved sida av batteriferja «Ampere» som skal døypast 23. oktober.
Prosjektleiar Oddvar Hjertaker i Sebastian AS her ved sida av batteriferja «Ampere» som skal døypast 23. oktober.

Torsdag 23. oktober blir den nye batteridrivne ferja til Norled døypt – og får namnet «Ampere». Ho er den første i verda i sitt slag. Ulsteinselskapet Sebastian AS har spelt ei sentral rolle med omsyn til driftstryggleiken til fartøyet. Rolls-Royce har mellom anna bidratt med tilpassa azipull-thrusterar.

Nyleg vart den utsleppsfrie ferja ZeroCat 120 heidra med den prestisjetunge prisen «Ship of the year 2014», som fagbladet Skipsrevyen står bak. Nyskapinga var avgjerande for at reiarlaget Norled og verftet Fjellstrand fekk prisen. Sebastan har leia det såkalla FMEA-arbeidet på fartøyet. FMEA er ein metodikk for å kartlegge moglege feil som kan oppstå på utstyret og prosessane om bord i ferja. Dermed kan ein førebyggje, hindre eller redusere konsekvensane av feila.

I arbeidet med dette fartøyet har «alle» vore opptekne med innovasjonen, medan vi har hatt merksemda retta mot eventuelle feil som kan oppstå på grunn av dei nye løysingane, fortel dagleg leiar Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy i Sebastian.

I drift 1. januar Det mest spesielle med dette oppdraget er at ferja blir driven av batteri. Vårt arbeid har konsentrert seg om tre viktige system: styringssystem for batteria (Battery Management System), energistyringssystem (Energy Management System), Thrusterstyringssystem (Thruster Remote Control). Vi sjekkar redundans og feiltoleranse. Om ein feil oppstår, skal ferja likevel kunne halde fram, forklarer prosjektleiar Oddvar Hjertaker i Sebastian.

Etter planen skal den nye ferja setjast i drift på E39-sambandet over Sognefjorden frå 1. januar 2015. Ferja har kapasitet til 120 bilar og 360 passasjerar, og vil operere med ein fart på om lag 10 knop. Ferjekaiene blir bygde om. Kvar kai får ein ladestasjon. Ferja bruker ikkje motorkraft i det ho legg til. I staden syg vakuumfortøyinga fartøyet på plass. I det ho klappar til kai, koplar ladesystemet på land seg automatisk på. I løpet av ti minutt ved kai blir batteria om bord lada opp. Ferja bruker 20 minutt over fjorden. Det betyr at det tek 50 minutt til ho er tilbake på same staden. I mellomtida har batteria i land blitt lada opp igjen og kan levere «hurtigstraum» til batteria om bord.

Tilpassa azipull-thrusterar Rolls-Royce har bidratt i utviklinga av ferja med tilpassa azipull-thrusterar – i tillegg til rådgiving innan skrogdesign og hydrodynamikk basert på avanserte analysar. For å oppnå god energieffektivitet har systemet frå Rolls-Royce låg rotasjonsfart på propellen, lange blad med lågt areal og ein slank thrusterkropp. Fartøyet har ein thruster i kvar ende av det eine katamaranskroget. Azipull 085-thrusterane er dei første med propell som kan justerast til seglestilling. Det betyr at dei fire propellblada på den fremre azipull-thrusteren (som ikkje er i bruk under fart), blir justert til ein vinkel som gir minimal motstand frå vasstraumen. Batteriteknologien og dei elektriske systema er levert av Siemens.

Sebastian starts business in China
Sebastian starts business in China
Sebastian AS Ulsteinvik starts company in China. The Joint Venture will initially get four or five employees and will do marketing and sales as well as being operative with consultancy services. - This is the time to invest, insists President & CEO Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy. In March 2015 Sebastian AS established an office in Brazil.Sebastian has worked with China the plans for one year. Now Bjøringsøy has signed the contract with Chinese partners about starting a Joint Venture in Shanghai. Based in offices there Sebastian China CO., LTD will be doing sales activity and be operative consultants; consultancy services and testing on board the vessels and floating offshore rigs. Sebastian China is responsible for China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The person who will run the office, Yong Jiang ("Bill"), is in place and the process of adding three to four consultants are in good progress. Bill is Chinese, but has worked in Norway previously. He was handpicked by the Chinese Partners: - Bill understands the Norwegian way of thinking. Also he has a good sales personality - a likeable person customers opens up to, says Bjøringsøy. Enormous market Earlier this year he was on a 2-weeks marketing campaign with Bill around China visiting a number of shipyards and ship owners. He is optimistic about the Chinese market. - The idea to invest in China came from China. It was the Chinese who contacted us after hearing about our expertise and capabilities. However, it is a deliberate strategy in Sebastian that we want to be represented abroad, and it’s all about finding the right partners. We believe in the future. China is a large country with the largest population in the world – and the market is huge with many shipyards. The last years it’s been almost impossible to achieve anything from China due to high travel expenses. We have seen some of our international competitors have been establishing offices in China and then we have to follow. Long-term thinking - It may seem strange that we are investing in China when times are bad right now, in particular in our industry. But it might turn out that this was brilliant, meditate Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy. His optimism is based on the Chinese philosophy about long historical lines: - Our Chinese partners thinks long-term, as we’ve always done in Sebastian AS. Last year Sebastian AS established an office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the company makes money there. The profit is not limited though but Bjøringsøy is satisfied when it is known that many Norwegian companies have lost money in the country over the last years. The decline in the oil and gas industry has hit the entire world, and in Brazil the state oil company Petrobras in particular because of the serious corruption scandal under investigation. All companies and subcontractors are hit by a paralyzing refusal to make decisions because of fear for being alleged for corruption. In addition, Brazil has a political crisis since elected President Dilma Rousseff is replaced because she is facing an impeachment process.  - We feel that our man in Brazil has managed to build trust with the local customers, and thus building step by step, Bjøringsøy says. Optimism But the difficulties in offshore has hit Sebastian here at home, and Bjøringsøy does not believe the downturn is over. He sees some bright spots. - We are optimists because we have things going on that I think we want to see results from later this year. And Sebastian China will give us a boost, he smiles. With more than 20 years’ experience within the oil and the maritime industries Sebastian has gathered knowledge over a broad scale. The company staff has extensive experience in working in shipyards, mobile offshore installations and on board ships. In total, the company can boast a combination of engineering knowledge and captain’s experience guaranteeing a reliable and effective implementation of FMEA services (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis), which is one of Sebastian’s business areas.
26.07.16 15:42
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Sebastian wins training contract for super-rigs
Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik on the west coast of Norway is to provide DP training to the crew of the new super-rigs belonging to Songa Offshore. The first rig, the Songa Equinox, will arrive in Norway in mid-October, and Sebastian must have its delivery ready before rig operations for Statoil start on the Troll field.- This training assignment is a strategically important contract for us, says Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy, CEO of Sebastian. The four so-called super-rigs, or 'CAT-D units', are being built in South Korea for Songa Offshore, a company controlled by Fredrik Mohn. This company is registered in Cyprus but has a large operations organisation in Norway. Songa Offshore started to build the rigs when it won a total of four eight-year contracts with Statoil – two in 2011 and two in 2012. The first two rigs will operate on the Troll field, while the last two will operate further north on the Norwegian continental shelf. -These are very advanced, sophisticated rigs that are specially designed to tackle the harsh weather in the North Sea. Songa Offshore has cooperated closely with Statoil during the project's design, construction and testing phases. Over the past six months, we've helped the rig owner to find an optimal operating philosophy. We've thus worked closely with Songa Offshore, Statoil, Kongsberg Maritime, Lloyds and DNV GL, says Bjøringsøy, who adds: - Our task now is to create the content of a training programme for the crew on board. These rigs are so different from other rigs that, although the crews hired by Songa Offshore have a high level of expertise and operational experience of modern rigs, they will require training in how to use the CAT-D rigs. It is naturally the Dynamic Positioning (DP) part that is our responsibility. Here, we can demonstrate the unique cross-expertise we've developed, in which we combine our engineers' theoretical and practical technical knowledge with the operational expertise of the captains employed by Sebastian AS. Strategically important Because this is Sebastian's first training contract, the agreement with Songa Offshore is strategically important to this Ulsteinvik company, which established a branch office in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in March. This contract now has top priority in Sebastian since the training must be completed before the rig starts to operate in November. That entails a certain time pressure: -We have to use a lot of our staff for this project in order to make the project deadline. The training is to be provided as e-learning via Songa Offshore's e-learning portal. Our task will be to deliver the content of the training. Our goal is to create a course that is interesting, good and effective, says Bjøringsøy. The training is module-based and the use of e-learning makes it all more cost-effective for Songa Offshore. The crews on all four rigs – a total of 12 shifts - will undergo the training. Quote: - Sebastian AS's combination of technical and operational DP expertise is just what we need in this phase. We've hired a lot of people to man the new CAT-D rigs and we ordered this training package so that we can have safe DP operations from day one of the rigs' operations. Safety is the most important factor for us and we have forged links here with Sebastian AS, as the provider of the DP course content, because this company is particularly skilled in safe DP operations. Leon Karl Strongman, Operations Manager of Songa Offshore
28.09.15 15:58
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Har teikna langtidskontrakt
Sebastian AS har teikna ein langtidskontrakt med Østensjø Rederi AS i Haugesund. Kontrakten har ein rammeavtale på fem år, der Sebastian først og fremst skal levere DP-relaterte tenester til fartøy som reiarlaget driv. – Marknaden innan olje og offshore er tung for tida, og der er vanskeleg å skaffe seg slike kontraktar både for store og små selskap. Derfor er vi stolte av at vi har klart å sikre oss ein femårsavtale. Vi kjenner Østensjø som eit veldrive og godt reiarlag og er glade for å vere ein av deira samarbeidspartnarar, kommenterer dagleg leiar Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy i Sebastian. Selskapet har spesialisert seg på teknisk og operasjonell kompetanse knytt til system på avanserte offshorefartøy og mobile offshoreinstallasjonar. Bjøringsøy meiner Sebastian har utvikla det beste verktøyet og samla den beste kunnskapen med tanke på å forhindre operasjonelle avbrot, nedetid, uhell og ulykker. Østensjø Rederi AS er eit stort reiarlag som driv innan både offshore, taubåttenester og store hotellskip. Sidan starten i 1974 har reiarlaget bygd opp milliardverdiar og har i dag 28 skip samt 9 nybygg under produksjon. Selskapet har over 500 tilsette. Nyleg skreiv Østensjø kontrakt med eit anna Ulstein-selskap, nemleg Kleven Verft, om bygging av eit 150 meter langt avansert offshore konstruksjonsskip til 1,4 milliardar kroner. Rammeavtalen inneber at Sebastian utfører teknisk analyse av fartøy, yte assistanse i samband med operasjonelle styringssystem – og syte for ei effektiv gjennomføring av FMEA-tenestene (Failure Modes an Effects Analysis). Med 20 års erfaring innan olje og maritim industri har Sebastian samla opp kunnskap og erfaring over ein brei skala. Teamet i selskapet har omfattande erfaring frå arbeid på verft, mobile offshoreinstallasjonar og om bord i skip. Sitat:  - I Østensjø er vi opptatt av å knytte til oss den aller beste ekspertise innen områder vi har definert som operasjonelt kritiske. Vi ønsker å benytte oss av Sebastian AS innen DP for å kunne møte kunders stadig mer utfordrende ønsker og krav. Vi er avhengig av være best når vi ute og konkurrerer om jobbene. Sveinung Zahl, Operations Manager.
03.07.15 16:13
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Opening an office in Brazil
Sebastian AS in Ulsteinvik, Norway, is to open a branch office in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on 1 March. The man who will run the office is in place - Jarle Uri is a Norwegian but has lived in South America for a long time and speaks fluent Portuguese."We've considered opening an office abroad for a long time. Now we've decided on Brazil for two reasons," says president and CEO Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy. "In the first place, we've found the right person. Such people are difficult to find. We're very choosy because we want to offer our customers the best possible services at all times. "In the second place, times are tough in the offshore industry right now – with one exception: Brazil. This country is now planning large, weighty developments in the oil sector. They will need vessels for use in advanced DP operations. This is a market that we want to get into, so it's important to be there. We've had operations in Brazil since 2003 but large travel costs have led to us not being very competitive in this area." Major investment Bjøringsøy does not try to hide that this is a major investment for Sebastian but he is convinced that they are doing the right thing. "Jarle Uri has the right background. He has worked as both an FMEA auditor and an electrical/automation engineer. In addition, he has experience of advanced DP operations on board ships. "Uri also has managerial experience and has been a CEO for many years – in both Thailand and Norway. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1999 and has lived there permanently since 2007, so he knows the place well." Great cultural differences When asked what it is like to work in Brazil, Uri replies: "It's nice, but naturally you have to get accustomed to it. The business culture is very different to ours. So we have to be aware that we are the ones who have to adapt. By that, I'm not thinking about corruption or anything like that discussed in the media recently, but about other aspects of the culture. Brazilians are quite 'laid back' as people, but a Brazilian friend is a friend for life. It's important to make friends because they act as door openers. That's especially important in Brazil." "We wouldn't have been able to start up so quickly in Brazil if we hadn't found a man who already lives there. And it's a bonus that he speaks the language fluently," says Bjøringsøy about the man who will now be in charge of Sebastian do Brasil. Increasing interest in Brazil The investment cuts in the Norwegian oil sector have led to increasing interest in establishing operations in Brazil. Statoil's investment in the country has been a success. However, the Brazilian oil story has probably only just started. New finds are creating wonderful prospects and may be a goldmine for Statoil, which has produced oil in Brazil since 2011.   After working in the oil and maritime industries for 20 years, Sebastian has a wide range of knowledge and experience. The company's team have extensive experience of working in shipyards, on mobile offshore installations and on board ships.  The company can provide a combination of engineering knowledge and captain experience that guarantees reliable and efficient FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) services, which are one of Sebastian's main areas.        
02.03.15 15:16
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Sebastian AS med viktige bidrag til årets skip
Torsdag 23. oktober blir den nye batteridrivne ferja til Norled døypt – og får namnet «Ampere». Ho er den første i verda i sitt slag. Ulsteinselskapet Sebastian AS har spelt ei sentral rolle med omsyn til driftstryggleiken til fartøyet. Rolls-Royce har mellom anna bidratt med tilpassa azipull-thrusterar.Nyleg vart den utsleppsfrie ferja ZeroCat 120 heidra med den prestisjetunge prisen «Ship of the year 2014», som fagbladet Skipsrevyen står bak. Nyskapinga var avgjerande for at reiarlaget Norled og verftet Fjellstrand fekk prisen. Sebastan har leia det såkalla FMEA-arbeidet på fartøyet. FMEA er ein metodikk for å kartlegge moglege feil som kan oppstå på utstyret og prosessane om bord i ferja. Dermed kan ein førebyggje, hindre eller redusere konsekvensane av feila. – I arbeidet med dette fartøyet har «alle» vore opptekne med innovasjonen, medan vi har hatt merksemda retta mot eventuelle feil som kan oppstå på grunn av dei nye løysingane, fortel dagleg leiar Johannes Kr. Bjøringsøy i Sebastian. I drift 1. januar – Det mest spesielle med dette oppdraget er at ferja blir driven av batteri. Vårt arbeid har konsentrert seg om tre viktige system: styringssystem for batteria (Battery Management System), energistyringssystem (Energy Management System), Thrusterstyringssystem (Thruster Remote Control). Vi sjekkar redundans og feiltoleranse. Om ein feil oppstår, skal ferja likevel kunne halde fram, forklarer prosjektleiar Oddvar Hjertaker i Sebastian. Etter planen skal den nye ferja setjast i drift på E39-sambandet over Sognefjorden frå 1. januar 2015. Ferja har kapasitet til 120 bilar og 360 passasjerar, og vil operere med ein fart på om lag 10 knop. Ferjekaiene blir bygde om. Kvar kai får ein ladestasjon. Ferja bruker ikkje motorkraft i det ho legg til. I staden syg vakuumfortøyinga fartøyet på plass. I det ho klappar til kai, koplar ladesystemet på land seg automatisk på. I løpet av ti minutt ved kai blir batteria om bord lada opp. Ferja bruker 20 minutt over fjorden. Det betyr at det tek 50 minutt til ho er tilbake på same staden. I mellomtida har batteria i land blitt lada opp igjen og kan levere «hurtigstraum» til batteria om bord. Tilpassa azipull-thrusterar Rolls-Royce har bidratt i utviklinga av ferja med tilpassa azipull-thrusterar – i tillegg til rådgiving innan skrogdesign og hydrodynamikk basert på avanserte analysar. For å oppnå god energieffektivitet har systemet frå Rolls-Royce låg rotasjonsfart på propellen, lange blad med lågt areal og ein slank thrusterkropp. Fartøyet har ein thruster i kvar ende av det eine katamaranskroget. Azipull 085-thrusterane er dei første med propell som kan justerast til seglestilling. Det betyr at dei fire propellblada på den fremre azipull-thrusteren (som ikkje er i bruk under fart), blir justert til ein vinkel som gir minimal motstand frå vasstraumen. Batteriteknologien og dei elektriske systema er levert av Siemens.
23.10.14 13:26

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