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“Moratorium” is a Four Letter Word

While ten letters in all, “moratorium” might as well be the foulest four-letter word in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch right now. On May 27, the Obama Administration ordered a halt to drilling in water depths more than 500 feet, effectively cancelling 33 drilling projects and reversing a tide of industry optimism in the region. Bill Foret, president of Golden Meadow, La.-based Abdon Callais Offshore LLC, said the company could have placed 50 OSVs to work on April 19 — a day before BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 crew members and set off a gusher of crude 5,000 feet below the Gulf’s surface for more than 80 days. “The OSV market was showing signs of improving,” Foret said. “And OSVs of all sizes were in high demand.” Kurt Crosby, CEO of Crosby Tugs Inc., based in Golden Meadow, La., agreed. “Things were looking good before this incident,” Crosby said. “Obama had approved drilling in the Eastern Gulf, off the East Coast and Alaska. Things were looking really positive. Now, it’s just uneasy and unsure. We don’t know what will happen next.” More than 100 days after the explosion, BP has capped the well and hopes to kill it for good. However, what many industry watchers call an overarching political stunt by the Obama Administration threatens an entire industry


Offshore Wind Energy Health & Safety Summit Planned

Offshore Wind Health and Safety Summit 2012 to consider how to ensure workers safety in this hazardous industry. The European offshore wind industry is growing exponentially. In the first half of 2012 alone offshore wind power was up 50% on the previous year; 523.2 MW compared to 348.1 MW. EWEA predict that 2012 will be the best ever year for the industry. Along with this installed capacity, 13 offshore wind farms were in construction in the first half of this year.


Operational Management Program for Offshore Industry

ABS Nautical Systems LLC has released a new version of its advanced ABS SafeNet operational and management system software, developed to meet the needs of the offshore industry. The new system has been released as ABS SafeNet Offshore. ABS SafeNet Offshore is equally applicable to mobile and fixed units, to ship shaped drilling and production units, to spars, TLPs, semisubmersibles and platforms. "This is a very flexible program," says Jack Kitchura, president of ABS Nautical Systems


Kongsberg Complete J-lay DP3 Vessel Automation Retrofit

Saipem 7000 Crane Vessel: Photo credit Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has completed the installation and commissioning of an integrated bridge and automation solution during a large-scale retrofit of the Saipem 7000, an advanced Semi-submersible crane and pipelaying (J-lay) DP3 vessel. The Saipem 7000 retrofit was a ‘Full Picture’ project for Kongsberg Maritime, which featured replacement of several key systems including Automation, Thruster control, Dynamic Positioning, Ballast control and Integrated Bridge System


Rem Offshore Extends Veripos Positioning Contract

Photo courtesy Rem Offshore

Aberdeen-based Veripos, suppliers of high-precision GNSS positioning services for offshore applications, is to provide dedicated positioning support for a number of Platform Supply vessels (PSVs) operated by Rem Offshore, the specialist Norwegian company which maintains a global fleet of ships. Under the new agreement, which extends present contract arrangements between the two companies, Veripos will provide the PSVs with a combination of its proprietary Standard and Standard2 GNSS data


ABS Opens Office in Beijing

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ABS, a global provider of classification services to the marine and offshore industries, announces the opening of a new office in Beijing. This move shows ABS' determination in expanding best-in-class service for the Chinese market. This new office will allow further collaboration with government, industry, academic institutions and research organizations and is part of ABS' continued commitment to serving the growing marine and offshore industries in China.  


India’s Shipping Companies Look to Offshore Investments

With the boom in the oil and gas exploration sector, fueled by the recent awarding of new blocks under NELP VI, Indian shipping companies are tanking up to sharpen their focus on the offshore segment. Only last month, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) came out with a tender for chartering of around 26 offshore supply vessels, with mobilization requirement up to the third week of November. Shipping companies such as Great Eastern Shipping


Stolt Offshore To Settle Share Guarantee

Stolt Offshore S.A. announced that, as expected, Vinci, the owner of the 6.1 million Stolt Offshore Common shares issued as partial compensation in the ETPM acquisition in December 1999, has advised Stolt Offshore of its intention to sell all of its Stolt Offshore shares as permitted by the ETPM acquisition agreement. Stolt Offshore has in turn advised Vinci that Stolt Offshore will organize this sale. As advised in our November 26th 2001 press


Tanjung Offshore to Take 5

TANJUNG Offshore Bhd, an O&G service provider, expects to receive five more vessels in the second half of this year, according to a report on http://biz.thestar.com.my. Tanjung Offshore said the five vessels are comprised of three anchor-handling tug supply, one well-testing vessel, and one tug and utility boat. Currently, Tanjung Offshore owns and operates seven vessels servicing the O&G industry. Besides offshore support vessels (OSVs)


ABS to Class Newbuild Jackups for Petrobras

ABS has been selected to class the first newbuild jackups for Petrobras in 25 years.  The Brazilian energy giant has ordered two LeTourneau Technologies Inc. (LTI) Super S116E design jackups.  The sister units, to be named Petrobras 59 and Petrobras 60, will be built at São Roque do Paraguaçu, Bahia, Brazil, by Consórcio Rio Paraguaçu. This consortium is composed by three major Brazilian contractors, Oderbrecht, Queiroz Galvão and UTC


Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Pictured is Alicat, South Boats IOW 26m Wind Farm Support Vessel operated by Seacat Services.

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy. Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands are building wind farms, but they are a long way behind the leaders in offshore wind


BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

Photo: MMC Green Technology

Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago, 40 of which have already been installed on board vessels worldwide, the company said.


Statoil Awarded Licenses Offshore Nicaragua

Image: Statoil

Statoil informs it was today awarded four licenses offshore the Nicaraguan Pacific, covering an area of about 16,000 km2 in the largely unexplored Sandino Basin.   Statoil will be the operator with 85 percent equity with the Empresa Nicaraguense del Petroleo (Petronic) participating with


Kongsberg Contracted to Support FLNG Conversion

CG drawing of the Golar Hilli after conversion (Image courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime secures position in the LNG market with electrical and automation contract for Golar Hilli FLNG   Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and Black & Veatch in the U.S. have awarded Kongsberg Maritime an order for the delivery of an electrical package and safety and automation


Kongsberg Technology for Johan Sverdrup Field

Photo: Statoil

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a call-off order for delivery of the Safety and Automation System (SAS), Life Cycle Simulator and SAS Information Management System for the four platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field centre. The order is based on the Project Specific Agreement for the Johan


China Builds-up Naval Power

Map: CIA

 China has outlined a first ever "white paper" on military strategy that outlined a more robust posture for its blue-water navy, and warned of threats to its security from "still smouldering" boundary disputes over land.  


First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

Contract signing

  To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities. The Netherlands-based company will deploy the new vessel on long-term charter for a major E&P


KVM for Ships, Harbors and Offshore

Photo: Guntermann & Drunck GmbH

With the increasing application of IT installations in maritime environments, the requirements for optimized operation increase as well. KVM technology said it offers versatile ways to contribute to such concepts. For technicians and users interested in the technology


Chevron Hires Viking Princess

Viking Princess. Photo by Eidesvik Offshore

 Eidesvik Offshore has signed a contract for 19 months with Chevron UK employment for one platform supply vessel (PSV) Viking Princess.    The vessel will be delivered to Chevron towards the end of June, and has been trading in the North Sea spot market for the past months. 


Executive Changes at Transocean

Jeremy D. Thigpen, President & CEO

  Transocean Ltd. today announced that, as mutually agreed with the company, Esa Ikaheimonen is stepping down as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Ikaheimonen has also resigned his company-appointed position as the Chairman of the Board of


Alewijnse Success at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

Photo: Alewijnse

Electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems is celebrating the first anniversary of delivering electrical services and maintenance to vessels at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Twelve months after it began work there, the results are well above expectations with 19 contracts fulfilled for 10


Offshore O&G: Weathering the Storm

Courtesy Fleet Operators

Vessels are stacked as Gulf oil operators retrench and day rates fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessels serving offshore oil-and-gas exploration and production are being stacked or idled as the rig count there declines. Oil companies are retrenching while crude prices remain weak


Five Years on from Macondo

Courtesy: Sunam Suwim

An interview with NOIA’s Randall Luthi provides unique perspective on where the offshore energy business has been, where it is now, and where it could be headed next.  It is a predictable but at the same time, an important anniversary to examine: five years beyond the Deepwater


Lamprell to Implement Software for Automated Manufacturing

Photo: Lamprell

U.A.E based offshore jackup rig builder Lamprell Energy Ltd., will implement SSI's EnterprisePlatform software solution to allow its engineering team to automate manufacturing processes.   Acording to SSI (developer of ShipConstructor software)


New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel






 
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