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R&B Falcon Reports 3Q Results

R&B Falcon Corporation reported a loss from continuing operations of $22.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 1999, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $28.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 1998. The loss for the quarter is directly attributable to reduced demand for drilling services, particularly in the shallow and inland water segments. Average fleet utilization for the third quarter of 1999 was 39 percent compared to 64 percent for the same quarter in the preceding year. For the nine months ended September 30, 1999 average fleet utilization was 40 percent compared to 77 percent for the same period in 1998. Revenues were $29.3 million lower in the third quarter of 1999 compared to the same quarter in the preceding year despite contributions of $62 million from Cliffs Drilling Company which was acquired in December, 1998. Revenue decreases were primarily related to the shallow water and inland water segments and resulted from lower dayrates and rig utilization. Operating expenses were $56.4 million lower in the current quarter than in the same quarter of the prior year. Excluding $57.4 million of third quarter operating expenses attributable to Cliffs Drilling Company, operating expenses were $113.8 million lower in the third quarter of 1999 compared to the same quarter of the prior year and reflects cost reductions, lower rig utilization and the cold stacking of some units


Quick Modification of Offshore Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

Bollinger Fourchon, LLC, a subsidiary of Bollinger Shipyards, demonstrated its ability to modify or repair offshore jack-up drilling rigs quickly and cost effectively, with three recently completed projects. One project, for R&B Falcon Drilling, Inc., involved the replacement of jet piping (which blows away sand and mud around the rig legs for easier movement) and the fabrication and erection of an interior bulkhead on the Cliffs 150 rig in just eight days.


Passenger Vessels:To the North, South —And A Little Island Sheltered

To those not familiar with the New York metropolitan area — the eastern end of Long Island is demographically multi-faceted. Traveling east on the Long Island Expressway, (the Island' main thoroughfare), the 118-mile long island, splits into two "forks," the North and the South. With the hamlets of Greenport and Orient Point situated on the easternmost points of the island on the north, the South Fork boasts the tony Hampton villages and the historical village of Montauk Point — literally the


Nine Convicted Over 2007 Greek Cruise Sinking

Sea Diamond sinking off Santorini, Greece (AP photo / Christos Bekiaris)

Multiple news sources have reported that Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago. Sea Diamond, a Louis Hellenic cruise vessel, was carrying roughly 1,600 people when it hit rocks off Santorini’s cliffs and sank in April 2007. Two French passengers were never found and are presumed drowned.


Titan Salvage Caps Busy First Quarter

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With the arrival of calmer springtime weather, Titan Salvage has resumed wreck removal operations in Gibraltar on the New Flame following a busy first quarter in which the company responded to eight salvage opportunities. Among them were the re-floating of the bulk carrier Fedra's forward section in Gibraltar, the re-floating of a general cargo vessel grounded on environmentally-sensitive coral reefs of southern Belize; and the safe delivery of a tank ship involved in a collision and fire off


McDermott, Bay Begin Alliance at Harbor Island Facility

J. Ray McDermott, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., and Bay Ltd. have formed a strategic alliance to pursue fabrication projects in the offshore oil and gas industry, using McDermott's Harbor Island facility near Corpus Christi, Texas. Under the alliance, J. Ray McDermott will provide overall project management, engineering and procurement services, as well as the assembly areas, lifting equipment dredged slip and bulkhead at Harbor Island.


M/Y Ronin Begins Refit at Knight & Carver

M/Y Ronin, the 192 ft. Lurssen owned by Oracle Corporation founder/CEO Larry Ellison, has arrived at Knight & Carver Yacht Center and is now undergoing a refit project scheduled for completion by August 2005. According to Captain Steven Bates, the project's emphasis will be on extensive audio/visual and IT upgrades, cabinet carpentry throughout all state rooms, re-caulking of the teak decks and hull paintwork. A full-time crew of Knight & Carver's tradesmen has been assigned to Ronin


Bill Allowing Offshore Drilling Introduced in Congress

An effort to open Virginia's coast to offshore drilling gained new momentum in Congress when Virginia's senators introduced legislation giving states the option to drill for natural gas. The bill would give governors of coastal states the power to opt out of a federal moratorium that prohibits offshore drilling in most U.S. coastal waters. The new legislation comes one week after the Bush administration signaled its support for such proposals by calling for a study of potential gas and oil


Container Cliff’ Imminent as Contract Negotiations Break Down

NRF Calls on President Obama to Immediately Intervene to Prevent Port Strike.   The National Retail Federation has issued the following statement from NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold on the breakdown of contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd.: “It is extremely disheartening to learn that the two sides failed to reach an agreement during today’s


GSSC Shipfitter Boot Camp Produces 18 for Industry

12 Graduate from GSSC Shipfitter Boot Camp and Have Jobs Waiting for Them. In November 2011, 18 individuals started an intensive 10-week shipfitter boot camp that was developed by the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) to prepare workers for entry-level employment in the maritime industry.  Before an invitation was extended to participate in the training program, candidates completed prequalification activities that included drug testing, WorkKeys® assessments


Reports on Rosneft Arctic Projects

Artur Chilingarov

On December 18, Member of Rosneft Board of Directors, special representative of President of the Russian Federation on international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov made a report "Russia and Norway: Prospects for Cooperation in the Arctic" at the Fridtjof


Jackup Rig Delivered to Abu Dhabi’s NDC

HE Sheikh Saud Bin Khalid Al Qasimi (center) cuts the ribbon for the NDC Shuwehat rig alongside Lamprell CEO Jim Moffat (right) and NDC Chief Executive Officer Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi (left)

Lamprell delivers its 11th Super 116E jackup drilling unit Lamprell has completed the construction of jackup drilling rig, the Shuwehat, and has delivered the rig to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC) within budget and as scheduled. 


Rosneft Achieve Commercial Production in Irkutsk Region Blocks

Rosneft acquired commercial inflows of hydrocarbons on the licensed blocks of Irkutsk Region

  Commercial inflows of oil, gas and condensate have been acquired in four exploration wells on Rosneft’s licensed blocks, which were handed over to Verkhnechonskneftegaz for operational activities on geologic survey, exploration and production of hydrocarbon crude


Total Delays Bulgaria Exploration, Cites Oil Price

Drilling for oil and gas at an exploration block off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast will be delayed by at least six months until early 2016 following the fall in global oil prices, French oil firm Total said. Total, operator of the offshore 1-21 Han Asparuh block


50 Millionth Ton of Oil from RN-Uvatneftegaz

RN-Uvatneftegaz is a subsidiary of Rosneft. The Uvat project is a cluster of 17 licensed blocks with about 338 million tons recoverable reserves of oil and condensate.

  RN-Uvatneftegaz, a subsidiary of Rosneft, produced 50 millionth ton of oil since the start of Uvat project implementation in 2004. In 10 years of enterprise performance the annual oil output increased almost by 10 times – from 1


MARAD Considers Deepwater O&G Exports

A U.S. agency is considering how the country could export crude oil and natural gas from deepwater ports as the domestic drilling boom adds pressure for Washington to relax trade restrictions and approve shipments of fuel.   The U.S. Maritime Administration, or MARAD


US Lawmakers Give Preview of Oil Export Fight

U.S. lawmakers gave a preview on Thursday of a looming fight next year on lifting the ban on crude exports with supporters saying it would sustain the drilling boom and others questioning its impacts on industry and fuel prices.   In a House of Representatives hearing on the ban


Noble Pleads Guilty to Enviro Charges Surrounding Kulluk

Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department of Justice announced. Under the terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court


Egdon to Drill Kelsey-1

North Kelsey-1 exploration well in Lincolnshire licence PEDL241

Egdon Resources plc has received consent of the Planning and Regulation Committee during the Meeting of Lincolnshire County Council yesterday. The planning consent was granted for the drilling and any subsequent testing of the North Kelsey-1 exploration well in Lincolnshire licence PEDL241.


Construction of Mermaid Ausana Begins

Key executives from Mermaid and China Merchants at the steel cutting ceremony.

Mermaid Maritime Public Company announced that it has marked the start of its new vessel / rig construction by participating in a steel cutting ceremony for its performance class tender rig ‘MTR-3’ and DP2 multipurpose subsea dive support and construction vessel ‘Mermaid


Congressman Introduces Bill Lifting Oil Export Ban

U.S. Representative Joe Barton (Credit: U.S. House Office)

U.S. Representative Joe Barton will introduce a bill on Tuesday to lift the 40-year ban on exports of crude oil, but the measure has almost no chance of passing due to lawmaker concerns about fuel prices and costs to refiners. Barton, a Republican from Texas


New Prospects Identified Offshore Ireland

Results of maturity modelling suggest that the Upper Jurassic source horizon in the Porcupine Basin has generated large quantities of mobile hydrocarbons, and it is still generating today. Source PADTernan

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc updates shareholders with respect to its FEL 2/13 and FEL 3/13 licenses in the South Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland.   Europa has now received a new prospect inventory from the operator of the licenses, Kosmos Energy Ltd


Petrobras Makes Discovery in Colombian Caribbean Waters

​​​​Ocean Clipper drillship used to perforate Orca-1.

  The Petrobras Orca–1 exploratory well (Tayrona Block) has revealed a natural gas accumulation in Colombian Caribbean deep waters, 40 km off the coast of La Guajira. This is the first discovery in the history of the deep water exploration of this region of the Caribbean.


An Open Arctic and its Impact on Oil Drilling

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William Cho, Head of MatthewsDaniel Weather, a division of the Bureau Veritas Group, explains why improvements in drilling technologies and weather monitoring systems have made offshore shelf drilling operations in the Arctic Circle increasingly attractive to upstream oil and gas companies and


Early Termination for Viking’s AHTS Vessels

Viking Supply oversees a fleet of five platforum-supply vessels and eight anchor handlers.

  As previously communicated, Viking Supply Ships has entered into an agreement with a major oil company for the charter of three vessels. The contract applies to the drilling seasons 2014 and 2015, with options for the drilling seasons 2016 and 2017






 
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