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Darwin LNG Launches Sell Tender

Australia's Darwin liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant, operated by Conoco Phillips, has launched a tender to sell one cargo loading April 6-7, according to traders familiar with the matter. The 3.5-million-tonne-per-annum facility has asked sellers to arrange their own shipping requirements, although it is willing to consider delivering the cargo to buyers. Bids are due March 3. Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic

Aker Kvaerner Wins Contract in Vietnam

Aker Kvaerner has been awarded a five year contract by Cuu Long Joint Operating Company (CLJOC) for the supply and installation of surface wellheads and valve trees in the Vietnamese Cuu Long Basin. Aker Kvaerner's business area Subsea will supply the wellhead and control tree system as well as associated components. The equipment will be used to support the new Sutu Vang (Golden Lion) and Sutu Den (Black Lion) fields of the Cuu Long Basin.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Ship Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract from Maersk Line, Limited for maintenance work on the military prepositioning ship M/V Pvt. Franklin J. Phillips. Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector is the prime contractor for the work, which will include dry-docking, maintenance and repair. The Phillips arrived at the shipyard on Sept. 26 and will remain for approximately five weeks. Work during this period will include upgrades to the habitability spaces; replacement of the cargo

New Generation Drillship Goes to Work

Conoco and R&B Falcon Corp. announced Deepwater Pathfinder - a first-of-its-kind, ultra-deepwater drillship - began a five-year work program in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship, the first new build capable of drilling in 10,000 ft. of water, will fulfill a $400 million drilling program for Conoco. The vessel is expected to drill three or four wells in its first year of operation, with the first exploratory well being drilled at Garden Banks Block 783

ConocoPhillips Merger Completed

ConocoPhillips has completed the merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company, following clearance by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission earlier today. Shareholders of both companies and all U.S. and foreign regulatory authorities cleared the merger earlier this year. ConocoPhillips is the third-largest integrated U.S. energy company. On a global basis, it is the sixth-largest publicly held energy company based on hydrocarbon reserves and production

Capt. Phillips to Speak at National Press Club

Capt. Phillips & Cmdr. Frank Castellano: Photo credit USN

Capt. Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009 and whose story is the subject of a new film starring Tom Hanks, will be joined at the National Press Club 10, October 2013, by Capt. Steven Werse, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. Captain Richard Phillips, who survived a harrowing ordeal at sea in 2009 when his ship the Maersk Alabama was boarded by Somali pirates and whose story is the subject of a new feature film

Conoco Expects Higher Earnings in Third Quarter

Conoco said higher crude oil and natural gas prices, as well as continued growth in oil and natural gas production volumes, will result in earnings appreciably higher than current analysts' estimates for the third quarter. Conoco Chairman, President and CEO Archie W. Dunham said earnings would be in a range of about four to seven cents higher than First Call's current consensus estimate of 33 cents of underlying earnings per share for the third quarter.

Maureen to be Reused and Recycled

Phillips Petroleum's UK subsidiary has exercised the option in its existing contract with Aker Maritime to deconstruct the Maureen platform for re-use and recycling. Maureen is to date the largest platform in the world to be removed after use. Parts of the substructure are planned to be used in a new quay at Stord in western Norway - and the aim is to use anew or recycle no less than 95 percent of the platform. The assignment is worth NOK 700 million

Setting the Course Awards Banquet

Seafarers & International House will hold its 14th annual Setting the Course awards banquet the at the New York Athletic Club on Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014 to honor Donald J. Marcus, Edward R. Morgan and Captain Richard P. Phillips as the 2014 Outstanding Friends of Seafarers. •Don Marcus is the President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, having served for many years as its Secretary-Treasurer

Howard Thill Joins Devon to Succeed White

  Howard Thill has joined Devon Energy Corporation as senior vice president, communications and investor relations.He has joined the company to fill the position created by the retirement of Vince White, senior vice president, communications and investor relations. The company announced yesterday the retirement of Vince White who is scheduled to retire August 8, 2014. “Howard brings to Devon deep knowledge borne of extensive and varied experience in our industry

Hurricane Patricia Brings Rain, Flooding to Louisiana

Torrential rainstorms battered Louisiana on Sunday, leaving thousands without power, after pounding southeastern Texas as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia converged with a second storm. The heaviest band of rain moved over the Gulf of Mexico

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

John Phillips

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business)

New GM at Perkins Marine Facility in Wimborne

Andrew Goldspink (Photo: Perkins)

Engine manufacturer Perkins hires Andrew Goldspink to succeed retiring general manager Steve Phillips. After 30 years at engine manufacturer Perkins, Steve Phillips has elected to retire from his role as General Manager of the company’s marine facility in Wimborne

Update: Statoil Follows Shell out of Alaska

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska's Chukchi Sea, just weeks after Royal Dutch Shell abandoned the treacherous waters there after spending billions on oil exploration work.   The latest pullback comes as oil companies slash spending on expensive offshore

Uber-Style Cargo Moving App Catching on at Congested LA Ports

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles area ports are using a Uber-style app called Cargomatic to help clear congestion from recent slowdowns, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.    After labor strife created what may be delays of up to two months, container terminals on the Pacific coast have no choice

USCG to Trial Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will evaluate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities, benefits, risks and technical limitations of operating UAS from land and/or off a Coast Guard Cutter in a maritime environment.   The USCG said it intends to enter a Cooperative Research and Development

Myanmar Awards Statoil, Conoco Phillips Deepsea Exploration Contract

  Myanmar has awarded contracts to international oil majors Statoil and ConocoPhillips for oil and gas exploration in a deepwater offshore block, the official Kyemon Daily said on Sunday. The Myanmar newspaper said the two companies' regional subsidiaries - Singapore-registered Statoil

Coast Guard Foundation Hosts Annual Tribute

Kyra Phillips, CNN

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 11th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital will take place on Wednesday, June 10

Conoco Cutting Deepwater Spending

Photo: ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips said on Thursday it will reduce future spending on deepwater drilling due to low crude oil prices while raising its dividend one cent.   The largest spending reductions will come in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Houston-based company said it will terminate a three-year

DHS, Postal Service to Dedicate USCG Forever Stamp

Photo: DHS

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Postal Service leaders are scheduled to dedicate the United States Coast Guard Forever stamp during a ceremony Tuesday at Coast Guard Headquarters. The stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and honors the Coast Guard for its role in protecting

Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

  The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer

Cyber Security & the Challenge to Maritime Networks

Adrian Hartman

“Look at me: I am the Captain now.” In the film “Captain Phillips,” a boarding Somali pirate’s statement represents a maritime operator’s worst fear: losing control of his vessel, cargo and crew. This same loss of control can result from cyber criminals and

Phillips Named Sr VP Of Human Resources, Carnival Cruise

Ron L. Phillips

  Ron L. Phillips has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources – Office of People and Potential for Carnival Cruise Line.  In this capacity, Phillips will oversee shoreside and shipboard human resources for the world’s largest cruise line

Venezuelan Crude Exports to US Fell 10% in Sept

Venezuelan crude exports to the United States declined 10 percent in September versus the previous month due to lower sales of heavy and medium grades to some of regular customers, according to Reuters trade flows data and PDVSA trade documents.  

Conoco CEO: Lifting U.S. Oil Export Ban on Wish List


The head of U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips on Thursday renewed a call for the Obama administration to lift a ban on crude exports to help revive the struggling domestic energy industry, saying the move was "number one on my wish list."

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