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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


Gasoil Availability Expands on Gulf Coast

MGO and ECA products are available in volume throughout the Gulf Coast.   Atlantic Gulf Bunkering LLC, a division of Bunkers International LLC, announced today that the company has expanded availability of both MGO and ECA product that meets the 2015 ECA specification of 0.1% (1,000 ppm) maximum sulfur. The company has expanded its owned barging capacity, storage and third-party trucking availability.   “We are seeing great demand for MGO and ECA products


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


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.


Rem Offshore Extends Veripos Positioning Contract

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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


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


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


Jonathan Appointed LOC Group's London MD

Jonathan Britain

  In line with LOC’s continual global growth and strengthening of the senior management team,  Britain has been appointed as Managing Director of the London operation. Jonathan Britain joins LOC as Managing Director, LOC London having previously headed-up Bureau Veritas’s


Canada's First LNG Ferry Launches with Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves is celebrating supplying cryogenic valves to Canada’s first LNG-fuelled ferry – the MV Armand-Imbeau II, which has recently been launched.   It is the first of two dual fuel ferries being built for ferry operator Société des Traversiers du


First Vessel of New Rescue Class Launched

Photo courtesy of Craig Group

Global shipping and energy services firm, Craig Group, has launched its first F-Class vessel, the Grampian Fortress. The IMT 958 multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) was christened in the Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain this week.  


CWind Joins National Workboat Association

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Citing crew transfer services as an integral part of its offering, offshore wind industry service provider CWind announced it is now a member of the National Workboat Association (NWA) of the U.K.   As the offshore wind industry matures and demands on workboat performance increase with


Sea Trucks Returns to the Gulf of Mexico

Jascon 31 (Photo: Sea Trucks)

Offshore installation services provider Sea Trucks Group announced it has been awarded a charter contract for its accommodation construction vessel Jascon 31 to operate in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the groups return to the region.  


CWind Supports Ballast Nedam at Butendiek OWF

CWind, a provider of integrated services to the wind industry, announced today that it is providing corrosion protection services to Ballast Nedam at Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). The service, which extends to all WTG foundations, commenced in May and is expected to complete in August.


Sembcorp Marine Posts 17% Fall in Q2

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 Low oil prices and muted sentiment in the industry continued to take a toll on Sembcorp Marine's second-quarter earnings.   The rigbuilder has announced that net profit for the three months ended June 30 sank 17 per cent to to $79.58 million (SGD 109 million), compared to $96


Cambodia: Anti-dredging Protests Heat Up in Koh Kong

Protestors in Koh Kong board a Vietnamese sand-dredging vessel in an attempt to halt its operations. Photo: Mother Nature

 The The Phnom Penh Post reported that activists have continued their campaign to drive out sand dredging companies from Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district, refusing a meeting with local authorities and instead holding a 100-strong protest outside the district hall.  


US Senate Energy Panel Votes to Lift Oil Export Ban

The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would lift a decades-old ban on the export of crude oil.   The 22-member panel passed the bill to allow the United States to export oil and boost state revenue-sharing for offshore oil and gas drilling by a vote of 12-10.


AEU Presents Safety Awards

Left to right: Jimmy Burgin, AEU; Pat O’Driscoll, Levin Enterprises, Inc.; Randy Rader, RBT Welders, LLC; Nichole DeGidio, 1st Flagship, Inc.; Simon Lee, Keppel AmFELS LLC; Gus Cagigas, Diversified Port Holdings, LLC; Steve White, McGriff Seibels & Williams, broker for Linea Peninsular, Inc.; and Mike Lapeyrouse, AEU

The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) presented its 2014 Safety Awards at the annual American Longshore Mutual Association, Ltd. (ALMA) Conference on July 19, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Fla.   AEU, which provides solutions for workers’ compensation coverage under the Longshore and


NOIA Applauds Senate Passage of OPENS Act

NOIA President Randall Luthi

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the OPENS Act, which will open new areas of the OCS to energy exploration and development, extend revenue sharing to participating coastal states


DryShips Reaches Agreement with Ocean Rig

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DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced the following: It has reached an agreement with Ocean Rig UDW Inc


Nantong Tongbao Bags Order for 8 Chemical Tankers

Image: Nantong Tongbao Shipbuilding

 Nantong Tongbao Shipbuilding has signed shipbuilding agreements with joint buyers, Shanghai Dingheng Shipping and Xiamen Xiangyu Group, for the construction of eight chemical tankers worth RMB1bn ($160.95m)   The delivery of tankers sized from 2,000dwt to 15


Polarcus Secures New Contract

Polarcus Alima. Photo by Polarcus DMCC

 Polarcus Limited sign a new contract with an unnamed client in terms of a marine 3D seismic project where Polarcus' Right Band technique used  for broadband data acquisition.   It is stated in a stock exchange release. The project


Shift to Contract Labor in U.S. Maritime, Offshore Sectors Underway

Faststream US Managing Director Eric Peters

Maritime and Offshore recruiter Faststream has reported a shift in attitude towards temporary, project and consulting work following a recent survey to over 1,000 candidates in North America. While employees have been reluctant to look at moving from permanent to contract work in the past






 
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