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Sembcorp Wins $121M Rig Deal

PPL Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine has signed a rig building contract worth US$121 million with Wilsuperior Ltd, a subsidiary of Awilco Offshore ASA (AWIL) for the construction of a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jack Up Rig. The Construction Contract is an option that PPL Shipyard granted to Awilco Offshore ASA in May 2004 and which the later has now decided to exercise. The contract takes effect in June 2005. Construction of the jack-up rig is expected to commence in third quarter of 2005 with delivery scheduled in the second quarter of 2007. The Baker Marine Pacific Class (.BMC Pacific.) 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jack- Up Rig is a proprietary designed developed and owned by Baker Marine Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PPL Shipyard. The jack-up rig, to be named Wilsuperior, will be equipped with a drilling package that will enable it to drill high pressure and high temperature wells at 30,000 feet whilst operating in 375 feet of water. It has accommodation for 120 men. Mr T. K. Ong, Managing Director of PPL Shipyard said .We are pleased that Awilco Offshore ASA has decided to exercise the option to build the second jack- up rig with us. Our confidence that more Baker Marine Pacific 375 Class jack-ups will be built is proving to be spot on. This is the sixth jack-up rig on order within a


Baker Joins EBDG

Elliott Bay Design Group is pleased to announce that Gwen Baker has joined the staff as a Marine Designer. Gwen is a recent graduate of the Marine Institute at Memorial University in New Foundland, where she received her Diploma of Technology in Naval Architecture. For her first project, Gwen will be preparing 3-D composite modeling for the 260 ft. offshore supply vessel that the firm has been working on for Hornbeck Offshore Services.


Baker Hughes To Record Second Quarter Tax Benefit

Baker Hughes Inc. will reportedly recognize a tax benefit of $20 million in the second quarter as a result of an agreement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to close the audit of the company's fiscal 1994 and 1995 consolidated income tax returns.


Lawrence Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.


Baker Joins Bisso Marine

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Bisso Marine, provider of energy and maritime support services, announced the addition of John C. Baker as director of Quality and Compliance. Baker directs and manages the company’s ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and AWO RCP Safety Management System, including procedural development and auditing for compliance. Before joining BISSO MARINE, Baker served as manager of Corporate Quality and Compliance for Kirby Corporation


New Solutions Soothe Sub M Uncertainties

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Germanischer Lloyd, Baker Lyman Sub-Chapter M Alliance brings affordable, turnkey TSMS solutions – and compliance – to towboat operators.   When a family-owned, Gulf Coast based marine firm known primarily as a Chart Agent branches out into the world of maritime software, that’s big news. When a global, U.S. Coast Guard recognized vessel classification society acquires a world class survey and engineering firm to form a fully integrated technical consulting company


North American Rig Count Drops 8

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in North America fell by eight during the week ending November 3, according to oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc. The number of rigs operating in the United States fell by six to 763 to 1,078 compared to 763 a year ago, while the number of rigs in Canada fell by two to 362, compared with last year's 336, according to Baker Hughes. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the number of rigs searching for oil and gas fell by three to 148 compared to 113


NORTH P&I CLUB Publishes Guidance On Sanctions For Shipowners

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The ‘A’ rated, 150 million GT North of England P&I club has published new guidance for shipowners on how to avoid being caught out by the increasingly complex ‘patchwork’ of international trade sanctions currently in force worldwide. Writing in the club’s newsletter ‘Signals’, head of loss prevention Tony Baker says, ‘Trade sanctions are at the forefront of modern diplomacy and can be imposed by individual countries or supranational bodies


Great Lakes Beaches: EPA Satellite Data Contract

Great Lakes Beach: Photo credit EPA

US EPA awards Blue Water Satellite contract to providie satellite data for an epidemiological study of 4 beaches. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a contract to Blue Water Satellite of Bowling Green, OH to provide unique historical data regarding the concentrations of potentially harmful Cyanobacteria, Chlorophyll-a, and Phosphorus at four Great Lakes beaches. This historical data will be used as part of an epidemiological study to potentially correlate concentrations


Baker Hughes Name New Corporate Treasurer

Mike Sumruld has been named Vice President and Treasurer of the giant oil-field services provider. "Mike brings more than 20 years of diversified financial expertise, international experience and a record of solid performance within Baker Hughes to his new role as Treasurer," said Peter Ragauss, Baker Hughes Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We believe this depth of experience will enable him to interact very effectively with our external stakeholders


Rig Counts up from One Year Ago

Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) has announced  that the international rig count for January 2014 was 1,325, down 10 from the 1,335 counted in December 2013, and up 46 from the 1,279 counted in January 2013. The international offshore rig count for January 2014 was 302


DNV GL Debuts New Explosion Hazard Software

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DNV GL’s new Phast 3D Explosions software module enables advanced 3D modeling, increasing both the accuracy and detail of the evaluations as well as information about the speed of vapor cloud explosion (VCE) analyses.   Phast software is used to model safety aspects of design options


Murray Selected to Lead ICoTA

Kelly Murray and Andrew Louden (Photo courtesy ICoTA)

Oil and gas industry body, the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter, has appointed Former vice-chair Kelly Murray as the new chair and vice-chair. Murray will be the first women to take the helm as chair of the organization in the chapter’s 20-year history


New Explosion Hazard Software

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Consequence and risk analysis experts evaluating explosion hazards have historically had to undertake time-consuming analyses and have been unable to show all the combined influences in different scenarios. DNV GL’s new Phast 3D Explosions software module enables advanced 3D modeling


Asia Pacific Spill Response OSRL Increases Capabilities

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Last month Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), a global oil spill response cooperative funded by more than 160 companies, opened its new base with enhanced response capabilities at Loyang in Singapore. Maritime Reporter took the opportunity to speak with Robert Limb, OSRL Chief Executive


International Shipping Week Launched in London

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London’s crucial central role in the global shipping industry was highlighted when members of the international maritime community and representatives of the U.K. Government gathered to officially launch the first ever London International Shipping Week (LISW) last night.


Scale of BC's LNG Terminal Plans Questioned

Lelu Island Area: Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest

The British Columbia government has staked its future on natural gas exports, banking on a revenue windfall of at least $100-billion. Yet growing market pessimism and a sudden broadside from large gas consumers is casting fresh doubt on the planned scale of the emerging liquefied natural gas


Unique Horse Mesa Dam Project Nears Completion

Credit: Michael McNama

Faced with a challenging decision between draining Apache Lake or trying a unique underwater diving method to repair the damaged intake structure for Horse Mesa Dam’s hydroelectric units, Hydro Generation engineers at Salt River Project chose the latter rather than the former


Bordelon Marine Awarded Multiple PSV Contract

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Bordelon Marine has been contracted by Baker Hughes to utilize the first of three 'Stingray'-class 'MV Connor Bordelon' as a well stimulation vessel. The second and third vessels of this class are currently under construction at Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders in Houma, LA


North P&I Issues Oily Discharge Penalties Warning

The 170 million GT North P&I club has warned its members of the importance of being "above suspicion" when port authorities allege an oily water discharge due to the risk of multimillion dollar penalties. The warning comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss prevention


Deep Casing Tools Continues Global Growth

Lance Davis

Deep Casing Tools, which has an innovative range of tools designed to land casing and completions at target depth within oil or gas wells, has appointed Jason Henry and Magnus Wardle as Vice-Presidents of Business Development and Technology respectively, further strengthening the global team.


'Blue Orca' Active in North Sea Well Stimulation

Similar well-stimulation vessel: Photo credit Baker Hughes

Maersk Oil has contracted with well-stimulation vessel owner Baker Hughes for the charter of the 'Blue Orca', currently busy in restoring safe and efficient production to ageing North Sea wells. The Blue Orca incorporates state-of-the-art stimulation technology and unsurpassed treatment


DNV GL Debuts New Explosion Hazard Software

Phast 71 3D Explosion - side view dispersion and pool vaporization

Consequence and risk analysis experts evaluating explosion hazards have historically had to undertake time-consuming analyses, and have been unable to show all the combined influences in different scenarios. DNV GL’s new Phast 3D Explosions software module enables advanced 3D modeling


North P&I Club Launches Healthcare Campaign

The North P&I Club launched a new campaign for 2014 aimed at reminding members of the importance of providing high quality healthcare while avoiding excessive medical costs, the club said. An information sheet entitled 'People Claims: Controlling the Cost' is being circulated to all entered


Forum to Focus on Sand Management

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Energy industry professionals will gather in Aberdeen this spring for the sixth European Sand Management Forum. The conference and exhibition, organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Sand Management Network


 
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