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Buccaneer's Jack-up Rig Mobilizes to Alaska

Australia-based Buccaneer Energy sees its 'Endeavour – Spirit of Independence' en route to Cook Inlet, Alaska. Buccaneer says it jack-up rig has been loaded on to the heavy lift vessel Kang Sheng Kou bound to drill for fossil fuels in waters off the coast of Alaska. The delivery of the Endeavour jack-up rig to the Cook Inlet will complete the first phase of Buccaneer’s business plan started almost 2 years ago. That plan included the acquisition of the Endeavour and the modification and repairs in Keppel FEL shipyard, which was managed by Buccaneer’s internal management team. The Endeavour project was funded through a joint venture company Kenai Offshore Ventures, LLC (“KOV”). With Buccaneer in the joint venture are Singapore listed Ezion Holdings Limited, that specializes in the development, ownership and chartering of strategic offshore assets and the provision of offshore marine logistics and support services to the offshore oil and gas industries, and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (“AIDEA”). AIDEA will be investing a total of US$23.65-million into KOV on completion of the mobilization phase. “We are very excited to finally have the Endeavour on its way to the Cook Inlet,” said Jim Watt, President of Buccaneer Alaska


Tidewater Provides Update on Sonatide Joint Venture

Tidewater Inc. announced today the following update with respect to its negotiations with Sonangol, the national oil company of Angola, regarding Sonatide, the joint venture between Sonangol and Tidewater through which Tidewater markets its boat services to energy companies for operation in the waters offshore Angola. Tidewater has a 49% ownership interest in Sonatide.   The Company has previously announced that its Sonatide joint venture agreement with Sonangol expires on March 31


Cuba Offers 59 Offshore Oil Blocks In Joint Venture

The Cuban government is reportedly offering 59 offshore oil blocks for joint venture projects with foreign companies as part of its bid to develop the local hydrocarbon industry and remedy national fuel shortages.


Golar LNG Limited Enters Joint Venture Agreement

Golar LNG Limited signed a share purchase agreement with OLT Energy Toscana SpA in November 2006 for the acquisition of 20% of shares in OLT Offshore LNG Toscana SpA (OLT-O). The purpose of the joint venture company OLT-O is the construction of the Livorno offshore LNG import and regasification terminal, which will be located approximately 20 kilometers off the coast. Source: CCN


Keppel Shipyard Delivers 9th FPSO

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Keppel Shipyard Limited has delivered the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Espirito Santo to SBM Offshore. The vessel has left Singapore for deployment in the Espirito Santo field in offshore Brazil. The FPSO is capable of processing 100,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) with a maximum storage capacity of two million barrels of oil. It will be leased to the BC-10 Joint Venture, which is operated by Shell with ONGC Campos Ltda. and Petróleo Brasilieiro S.A


AMEC & Samsung Form Offshore Market J/V

AMEC forms a joint venture with Samsung Heavy Industries & Samsung Engineering to serve the offshore energy sector. AMEC will  carry out design engineering for fixed and floating offshore platforms, FPSOs and subsea pipelines for Samsung’s future offshore oil and gas projects. The joint venture, which is subject to final regulatory approvals, has been named AMEC Samsung Oil and Gas LLC (ASOG). It is 51 per cent-owned by Samsung and 49 per cent by AMEC and will be based in


Oceaneering and DNV Form Joint Venture

Oceaneering International, Inc. announced that its Norwegian subsidiary, Oceaneering AS, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to provide a new inspection service capability to the offshore oil and gas, shipping, and other vessel-related markets utilizing a unique combination of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Resonance Thickness Measurement (RTM) technology. The 50/50 joint venture company, Argus RTM AS, will be headquartered in Stavanger, Norway


Nor-Shipping Launches 'Venture Initiative'

The intitiative is aimed to provide new opportunities for finance professionals and capital hungry maritime companies from around the world. To highlight more of the maritime value chain at its leading maritime event week, Nor-Shipping will enable copmanies to pair up, network and showcase themselves. The initiative includes “Venture Park” and “Venture Forum”. Venture Park Venture Park will provide 12 start-up companies with a platform for testing the market and


Qatar Shipyard, Nakilat, JV's Get US$160-million Funding

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Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC has provided financing for the two Nakilat shipyard joint ventures: Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) for US $120m and US $40m respectively. Nakilat is a Qatari marine transport company providing the essential transportation link in the State of Qatar’s LNG supply chain. The company says its LNG shipping fleet is the largest in the world, comprising 56 LNG vessels


Semi-submersible Wind Turbine Project Seeks EU Funding

Portuguese energy group EDP and US partner Principle Power appy for EU funding to build a 25MW-plus pre-commercial offshore array According to a 'Recharge' report, the trial-run WindFloat 1 (WF1) has flowed more than 1.7GWh of energy since being moored in the Atlantic in 43 metres of water, 5km off Aguçadoura, near Póvoa de Varzim, northern Portugal, last autumn. The 1,200-tonne floating concept, fitted with a single Vestas V80-2


Sri Lanka Port Project: China Merchants, CHEC Invest $601-M

Two of China's largest port operators and engineering firms have agreed to invest in a $601 million terminal in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, part of a series of deals signed during a visit by President Xi Jinping to the island nation. Keen to establish its presence in the Indian Ocean


SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

  SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft (TM) Semi located in 6,060 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).


Seaspan Agreement with GCII & Blue Water

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  Seaspan Corporation announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC and Blue Water Commerce, LLC to extend the term of their Right of First Refusal Agreement by one year to March 31, 2016


DOT Holdings Takes Half-Interest in New OSV

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Oceanteam Shipping ASA says that it has secured, through its joint venture DOT Holdings AS, an interest in a new build Offshore Support Vessel, and as a result a 
partnership with Pacific Radiance Ltd., subject to certain conditions subsequent, has been established.


Saudi Aramco CEO Points to Energy Future

Khalid A. Al-Fali: Photo Aramco

Speaking at this year’s Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Conference and Exhibition, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco president and CEO, addressed the challenges facing the industry and gave insights into Saudi Aramco’s strategy for turning these into opportunities


ABS Adds First Japanese-flagged Carrier to its Classed Fleet

Transfer of flag follows ABS' designation as Recognized Organization ABS has added the first Japanese-flagged vessel to its classed fleet after having been awarded the status of a 'Recognized Organization' (RO) by the Japanese government.


MOL & Viken in Shuttle Tanker Ownership J/V

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) says it has decided to establish a ship-owning joint venture with Norway's Viken Shipping AS  to participate in a shuttle tanker project. The joint company is called Viken MOL AS, and will be managed from Viken Shipping's office in Bergen.


MN 100: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

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13300 Allanton Road Panama City, FL 32404 Tel: (850) 522-7400  Email: info@easternshipbuilding.com Website: www.easternshipbuilding.com President: Brian D’Isernia The Company: Eastern’s original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing


Stena, Sonangol Launch Training Facility in Angola

Cadets at the Maritime Training Center

The Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola (CFMA) was officially launched on August 27 by top management from Sonangol, the Angolan public sector energy company and the Stena Group of Sweden. The CFMA is a world class maritime training facility


OSV Power

The Ulstein Verft subsea newbuild Island Performer was built for Island Offshore (Courtesy of Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

The continued maturation of Offshore Service Vessel design is embodied in recent contracts and deliveries.  Ulstein Verft subsea newbuild Island Performer was built for Island Offshore to be a flexible, RLWI/IMR vessel, destined to serve its first five years for FTO in the Gulf of Mexico


Kongsberg to Supply FPSO Safety System

Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME), the wholly owned Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) subsidiary of global maritime technology developer Kongsberg Maritime, will deliver an Integrated Control and Safety System for the new BW Offshore Catcher FPSO.


MES-UBI Begins Operations in Vietnam

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (MES) and UBI Tower Sole Member Limited (UBI Tower) established the joint venture company named MES-UBI Heavy Industries Company Limited (MES-UBI) which manufactures the pressure vessels installed in the refinery and petrochemical plants with


SBI Offshore Negotiating Contract for Rig Builds

SBI Offshore Limited has announced that the Middle East-Chinese consortium, which recently awarded its subsidiary a contract to provide design and engineering services for a jack-up drilling rig, has commenced discussions with the SGX Catalist-listed company to build up to five units of the rig


Höegh LNG - Interim results for quarter ended 30 June 2014

  Höegh LNG reported USD 32.3 million in total income in the second quarter 2014, down from USD 42.7 million in the second quarter 2013. The decrease is mainly due to USD 16.2 million lower construction contract revenues. "We reached an important milestone when the complex FSRU


Cuba Struggles to Attract Investors Despite Reforms

Photo: Lukas Mathis

Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.






 
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