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PEC Premier Adds to SafeGulf Training


SEMS awareness training is now available as a part of the SafeGulf offshore safety orientation program.   On January 1st, PEC Premier added a Safety and Environmental Management System module to its one-day Basic Safety Orientation and its three-day Core safety training course, meaning that both will now meet the new requirements for SafeGulf. The company is also offering stand-alone SEMS training for offshore workers who already have their SafeGulf cards. The U.S. government is now requiring oil and gas companies to implement SEMS plans for their offshore facilities. As a part of that requirement, contractor personnel who work offshore must have basic safety training before they go to work offshore. Most oil and gas companies require or recommend that contractors meet that by putting their employees through SafeGulf orientation. Earlier this fall, the governing board for SafeGulf added SEMS training as a new element of SafeGulf. That means that workers who go through SafeGulf for the first time must be taught about SEMS as a part of that training.   In order to meet the new SafeGulf requirement, PEC Premier has updated both its one-day Basic Safety Orientation course and three-day Core Compliance course to include the necessary SEMS topics. This will allow new students to take either Basic or Core and receive their PEC SafeGulf card with a SEMS endorsement.   

Ocean Safety Introduces SOLAS Lifejacket

The Premier Kru Falcon Lifejacket from Ocean Safety featuring the Kannad R10 AIS SRS and the AQ98 lifejacket light.

Ocean Safety’s New SOLAS Premier Kru Falcon lifejacket: integrated survival and recovery.   The UK’s largest independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, has introduced the latest in its range of lifejackets, the Premier Kru Falcon.  The lifejacket is not only designed to support a person in the water but it boasts a number of ready fitted features that can aid recovery and survival

Offshore Petroleum Industry Pioneers Receive Hall of Fame Induction

The Offshore Pioneers Gala, sponsored by the Offshore Energy Center (OEC) Society, showcased the 1999 class of offshore petroleum industry pioneers inducted into the OEC Hall of Fame. The 10 industry inductees included: Robert F. Bauer, former president of Global Marine, for his developments in the technology of offshore drilling from floating drilling rigs. Herman Brown and George R. Brown, founders of Brown & Root in 1919, created a premier design and construction company

Pakistan Awards Offshore Oil License

Pakistan granted an offshore oil and gas exploration licence on Friday to a consortium led by the state-run Government Holding Private Ltd (GHPL), according to a report on Under the concession the company and its five Pakistani and foreign partners will spend $18m to drill an exploration well in the Indus E Block off the coast of Sindh province in 2006, the Ministry of Petroleum said in a statement. The block, covering an area of 7,389

Austal Launches Wind Express Series

Photo courtesy Austal

Austal has unveiled its new range of high speed transfer vessels specifically designed for the burgeoning offshore wind farm industry. The company’s Wind Express series of vessels combine fuel efficiency with advanced sea keeping characteristics to deliver a premier transportation solution for offshore wind farm operators. Features of the Wind Express series include the option to install Austal’s patented Ride Control System (RCS) to ensure a safer, more productive platform

Bream FEED Contract for Sevan Marine

Sevan type cylindrical FPSO

Premier Oil Norway AS has awarded Sevan Marine a FEED (Front End Engineering and Design) contract for the hull and marine systems of a Sevan type cylindrical FPSO for operation on the Premier Oil operated Bream field in the Norwegian Central North Sea. CEO Carl Lieungh comments: “We are both proud and pleased to receive this FEED contract, demonstrating Premier Oil’s continued confidence in our technology.”

Keppel Aquires Verolme Botlek

Keppel Corporation Limited, through its offshore and marine division, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has completed the acquisition of the entire interest in Dutch offshore repair and conversion shipyard, Verolme Botlek, for a total consideration of $22 million. The purchase price was based on a willing buyer-willing seller basis and does not include the land and drydocks which are leased from the Rotterdam Port Authority.

Premier's S.S. OceanBreeze Sold To Imperial

Imperial Majesty Cruise Line purchased the S.S. OceanBreeze from Premier Cruise Lines, said President Arthur M. Pollack. The total value of the deal, including the purchase price and planned upgrades to the vessel, is in excess of $16 million. "The purchase of the OceanBreeze reaffirms our commitment to the short-term cruise concept and the South Florida market," said Pollack. The OceanBreeze began to sail under its new ownership on May 20

Q2 2009, Strong Improvement in OSVs

STX Europe AS reported an EBITDA result for the Group of $12.3m for the second quarter of 2009, up from $11.08m in the corresponding period last year. With improved cost control and overall satisfactory operational performance, the business area Offshore & Specialized Vessels reported strong progress in the quarter with an EBITDA result of $25.3m, up 228 percent from the same period last year. Overall, activity levels remained high during the quarter

Qatar's N-KOM Wins Ship Repair/Shipyard Award

Award presentation: Photo credit N-KOM

Middle East shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has won the Ship Repair/Shipyard award for the second consecutive year at the Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards 2013. Abu Bakar Mohd Nor, CEO of N-KOM said, "We are deeply honored and encouraged by this recognition of our efforts by the regional maritime industry. This award not only reaffirms our growing presence in the Middle East

MacGregor's Deck Machinery for Sentinel Marine ERRV

MacGregor Safety and service quality

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply deck machinery for a new 65m emergency rescue & response vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine. The ship has been designed by Focal Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd and will have a bollard pull of 100 tonnes of FOCAL 552

SBM Offshore Says Petrobras Discussions Ongoing

Floating production services provider SBM Offshore responded to media reports of a potential settlement with Petrobras regarding tenders in Brazil, stating the discussions are presently ongoing and a conclusion has not been reached.  

PYI Debuts KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System

KiwiGrip is currently available worldwide through various distribution channels

  PYI, a premier manufacturer and distributor of high-quality marine, boat, yacht, and shipping equipment and supplies, announced today that it is the provider of the KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System worldwide. Providing a beautiful, high-traction surface, KiwiGrip is a revolutionary

Cordero Reconfirmed as FMC Commissioner

Mario Cordero (Photo: FMC)

Mario Cordero was reconfirmed today as a U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner.   Cordero joined the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as a Commissioner on June 3, 2011, having been nominated by President Barack Obama on September 17, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011

Jebel Ali Port Wins 'Best Seaport' Award

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman (Photo:  DP World)

Press release - DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has retained its leadership position by winning the Best Seaport – Middle East Award for the 21st year in a row at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) 2015 in Hong Kong.

Jan De Nul Acquires Jack-up Heavy Lift Vessel

Photo: Jan De Nul Group

 The dredging and maritime management company Jan de Nul Group signed the acquisition of the offshore facility vessel Vidar, which previously worked for the German company Hochtief.   The facility vessel Vidar, which is less than two years old

Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for North Carolina


  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it completed an important environmental review

China Pushes Maritime Silk Road to Asean

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Photo Credit: Chinese Government

China made its pitch to ASEAN members to promote its Maritime Silk Road plans. China has said it will finish negotiations on upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area called CAFTA by the end of this year, said Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.  

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

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Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the

US to Sell Offshore Leases for New Jersey Wind Farms

Interior to auction 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for wind energy development; 13 energy companies qualified to bid in lease sale   As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy resources, cut carbon pollution and create American jobs, U.S

SBM Offshore Invited to Participate in Petrobras Tenders

Netherlands-based floating production solutions provider SBM Offshore announced that its main Brazilian subsidiary has received written notification from Petrobras of its ability to participate in the recently issued Libra and Sépia FPSO tenders in Brazil.  

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

APM TEC2 Receives Cranes

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas Mexico receives new cranes

The first three of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced Ship-to-Shore (STS) container cranes and two rail mounted cranes for the intermodal rail facility have been delivered to APM Terminals’ Lázaro Cárdenas (TEC2)

Kruszewski Joins Braemar Engineering

Chis Kruszewski

  Braemar Engineering, the specialist maritime engineering consultancy, today announced the appointment of Chis Kruszewski to the role of Senior Electrical Engineer in its Offshore, DP and FMEA Group. Mr Kruszewski joins Braemar Engineering with immediate effect

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region

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