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New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel, is to be christened at a ceremony at Aberdeen harbor before commencing a contract with a major U.K. operator.   Atlantic Offshore Rescue will provide emergency recovery, rescue cover, tanker assistance and general field support for offshore operations at the Curlew Field, in the North Sea.   The ship can accommodate 21 employees, and has the amenities to rescue up to 300 people. As well as incorporating the latest technology systems including a towing capacity of up to 65 tons, it measures 66.8 meters in length and 16 meters beam and features two MAN main engines with a power of 1,935 kW each.    Ocean Falcon is a new H820 design from Havyard Ship Design. It was built and developed in Passai, Spain by Zamakona shipbuilders, in close collaboration with Atlantic Offshore Rescue over an 18 month period.  Its sister ships, Ocean Tay and Ocean Osprey were launched in February and May 2014, respectively.    Matthew Gordon, managing director of Atlantic Offshore Rescue, said, “The vessel incorporates cutting edge technology


£12m North Sea Contracts for Atlantic Offshore Rescue

John Bryce, managing director of Atlantic Offshore

Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue (previously Sartor Offshore Rescue) has secured contracts in the last few weeks with major oil companies worth a combined £12million. The vessels will provide support in the UK North Sea for Shell, Nexen, Hess and Talisman Energy (UK) Limited. Atlantic Offshore has been in operation since 1995 and manages a fleet of nine emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) and four platform supply vessels (PSVs) out of Aberdeen


NOIA Applauds New Offshore Wind Consortium & Office

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) strongly supports the responsible development of all offshore energy sources and applauds the announcement by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of the establishment of both the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium and the new Atlantic Offshore Renewable Energy Office in Virginia.    “All forms of energy are important to our economic and energy security,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi


Atlantic Offshore Rescue Appoints UK Managing Director

Matthew Gordon (left) and John Bryce onboard Ocean Spey (Photo: Atlantic Offshore Rescue)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue has appointed a new managing director for its U.K. division to lead the organization from its Aberdeen base.    Matthew Gordon joined the company at the start of the year and replaces John Bryce, who is retiring but will continue to be involved in Atlantic Offshore Rescue in a consultancy capacity.   Gordon’s previous roles include a general manager position within Viking Seatech and an eight-year employment span with Subsea 7 where his roles


Atlantic Offshore Safety Vessel Launched in Spain

Ocean Osprey: Photo credit Zamakona Yards

Zamakona Yards Group launch the 'Ocean Ospry' from it Pasajes shipyard in northern Spain; the first of three such Field Support Vessels (FSV) ordered by Norway's Atlantic Offshore AS. The ship’s main mission will be to provide immediate aid to emergency situations on oil rigs, being specially adapted to the harsh conditions of the North Sea. There, the vessel will start operations for oil company Shell in the beginning of 2014.


Ulstein Delivers Fourth PSV in PX121 Series

Photo: Ulstein

Ulstein Verft delivered Blue Thunder, the fourth of six medium-sized platform supply vessels of the PX121 design from Ulsteinto Blue Ship Invest, on Monday, May 13, 2013. Owned by Blue Ship Invest, a wholly-owned company in Ulstein Group, the platform supply vessel (PSV) is commercially and technically under the management of Atlantic Offshore. Blue Thunder will enter a four-month contract with Statoil, with four monthly options.


OW Bunker Launches Six Vessels

The six new bunker fuel delivery vessels, OW Baltic, OW Scandinavia, OW Atlantic, OW Las Palmas, OW Aalborg and OW Copenhagen range from 3,500 metric tons (MT) to 5,500 MT.  OW Aalborg, and OW Copenhagen will operate offshore, off Copenhagen, Kalundborg and Skaw, as well as covering all major ports in Denmark, the west coast of Sweden and the south coast of Norway.  OW Baltic and OW Scandinavia will be based in the Baltic and northwest Europe; OW Las Palmas will operate offshore to


Salazar to Speed Approvals for Offshore Wind Projects

According to an Oct. 6 report from Press of Atlantic City, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar promised to speed approvals for offshore wind projects to kick-start the new industry. Salazar was the keynote speaker during the North America Offshore Wind Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center. After making his remarks to hundreds of industry officials, Salazar signed the nation's first ocean lease for offshore wind, the 130-turbine Cape Wind project off Massachusetts.


Rosneft Cancels Rig Contract

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  Russian oil firm Rosneft has cancelled a contract for a two-and-a-half year rig contract with Northern Offshore and Seadrill's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd, the Norwegian offshore driller said. Western sanctions against Russia, and Rosneft in particular, have led the Russian oil group to cancel a North Atlantic Drilling vessel earlier this month and raised concerns whether a larger agreement would go through..


ATL Secures 10-Year OSV Contract for ExxonMobil

ATL’s newest OSV contract creates 100 new jobs Atlantic Towing Limited (ATL) announced today that it has secured a new 10-year firm contract, plus a total of 15 years of options at the Charterers’ discretion, with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) for four new state-of-the art Platform Supply Vessels operating out of St John’s, NL. The first ships for the contract will be delivered in 2016 and will join Atlantic


NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

Randall Luthi Photo NOIA

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS. “In yet another ‘black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil


Eastern Hires Adm. Papp as President Washington Ops

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) Photo Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has appointed Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U. S. Coast Guard (Retired), as President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Washington Operations. Admiral Papp served as an Officer in the Coast Guard for nearly 40 years


Obama's Arctic Ban and Aftermath

Photo courtesy: BP p.l.c.

 US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters.   Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban


Arctic Drilling Ban Gives Canada Leg Up -US Lawmakers

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U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday slammed an agreement made with Canada to ban offshore Arctic drilling, saying Ottawa's plan to review its ban every five years gives Canada a leg up on energy exploration.   U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a ban on new oil and gas drilling


NOIA Decries Obama Withdrawal of Offshore Areas

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the withdrawal of portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future oil and natural gas leasing:    “President Obama’s short sighted


Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month.   Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf


Obama Looks to Block Arctic, Atlantic Drilling

file image: an offshore production platfom (CREDIT: James Fisher)

U.S. President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the decision. Obama's move, which could come as soon as today


First US Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun commercial operations, becoming the first wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

Power developer Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, becoming the United States’ first commercially active offshore wind farm.   The energy produced from the Block Island Wind Farm is linked to the


ZIM to Enhance its Atlantic Network

Photo: ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM)  has announced a significant upgrading of its Atlantic network, offering improved connections between US, Canada and the Mediterranean, starting April 2017, subject to FMC approval.  


Bibby Offshore wins Shell Contract

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive, Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore won a contract with Shell, due to commence in Q1 2017, that will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea.    Bibby Offshore is contracted to use utilize its multipurpose dive support and


Otto Strengthens into Hurricane, Headed for Central America

Image: National Hurricane Center

Otto, the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season, has formed and is located about 305 miles (485 km) east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. The system, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/hour)


Talking Dutch Designs with Damen’s Peter Robert

Peter Robert, Damen’s Head of Business Development & Market Intelligence (Photo: Damen)

Despite the numerous challenges facing today’s maritime sector, there are still opportunities to be found. After all, the world is constantly changing and it is those companies who are able to adapt and move with the markets that will experience long-term success


FORAN Expands User Base in Korea

Hansung Ship Eng. Power station (Photo: FORAN)

These are difficult times for the shipbuilding industry, in particular that of Korea, which faces its worst-ever order drought. Big, medium-sized and small shipbuilders are undergoing deep restructuring as a consequence of the workload downturn


Tropical Storm Otto forms over Atlantic

Image: National Hurricane Center

Tropical depression 16 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Otto east of Nicaragua over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.   The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), is located about 305 miles (495 km) east of Bluefields


Op/Ed: Obama’s Parting Salvo at US Energy Security

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), does not pull any punches as he weighs in on the Obama administration’s release of the Final 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program.  






 
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