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MMS Opens Central GOM Lease Sale 213

The Director of Minerals Management Service, Liz Birnbaum, will participate in the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 213 in New Orleans on March 17.  She will open the Federal oil and gas lease sale at 9 a.m. CDT at the Louisiana Superdome with brief remarks.  Following the bid reading, she will hold a media availability to discuss the results of the sale. The sale, held by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), encompasses 6,958 unleased blocks covering more than 36.9 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Approximately 4.1 million unleased acres in the “181 South Area” are included in this sale, with Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas sharing in revenues from tracts leased in that area. Blocks are located in Federal waters from three to more than 230 miles offshore, in water depths of about 10 feet (three meters) to more than 11,200 feet (3,400 meters). MMS estimates that this sale could result in production of approximately 0.8 to 1.3 billion barrels of oil and 3.3 to 5.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.   Who:    Liz Birnbaum, MMS Director Chris Oynes, MMS Associate Director for Offshore Energy Minerals Management Lars Herbst, MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Director What:    Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 213 When:    Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:00 a.m. CDT for opening remarks and bid reading


Ultra-Deepwater Program Funding for Remora

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) selects Norway's Remora for negotiations leading to funding awards The Statement of Work (SOW) covers a 1 year study involving US operators and execution of Industry related work shops addressing various HiLoad DP offloading scenarios in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM). "Remora is pleased to learn that RPSEA and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have acknowledged the HiLoad DP solution and that our technology has been


Keppel Constructs First FPSO for GOM

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Keppel Shipyard Limited (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver the first floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) to BW Pioneer Ltd, an affiliate of BW Offshore. Named on Oct. 26 at Keppel Shipyard, the vessel BW Pioneer will be turret moored at a water depth of about 2,600 metres – by far the deepest for an FPSO. The FPSO, which is nearing completion, has achieved an impressive safety record of more than four million incident-free


Oceaneering Announces Vessel Charter

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) has announced that it has entered into a five-year charter for use of the Cade Candies, a multi-service subsea support vessel owned by Otto Candies LLC.  The charter is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2013.   This state-of-the-art, U.S. flagged vessel was built in 2010.  It has an overall length of approximately 309 feet (94 meters), a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 69 personnel


MMS Responds with Royalty Relief Modifications

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) has updated two Notice to Lessees (NTL) to help the domestic industry adjust to and survive low prices. "Oil prices, adjusted for inflation, are down to levels last seen in the early 1970's," said Carolita Kallaur, associate director, Offshore Minerals Management Program. "While benefitting consumers generally, unanticipated price drops have some adverse consequences for society


Spirit Energy 76 Sets Production Record at GOM's Vermilion 39 field

Unocal Corporation's Spirit Energy 76 unit said its 100 percent owned Vermilion 39 field recently set a new all-time production record. A redevelopment program that began last year allowed production from the 50-year-old field to reach 17,500 boepd at year end. In addition, the program allowed more than seven million boe in new reserves to be added to Spirit's 1999 ledger. The year-end rate was 10,000 boepd higher than when the redevelopment program began in April 1999


GLM Score Up Despite Softening GOM

Global Marine's (GLM) Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics (SCORE) rose 0.6 percent in June 2001, despite a reduction in the Gulf of Mexico. "Softening jackup rates due to declining natural gas prices have taken a toll on the Gulf of Mexico SCORE," said Bob Rose, GLM's chairman, president and CEO. "However, strong oil prices have continued to fuel improvement in international offshore rig markets."


Central Gulf Lines Seeks Transfer Authorization

Central Gulf Lines, Inc., has requested the necessary permissions to transfer one authorization granted under Section 615 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to a wholly owned subsidiary. Central Gulf’s subsidiary intends to acquire a ship construction contract to be entered into between Liberty Shipping Group Limited Partnership and Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., for the construction of one 52,200 DWT multipurpose bulk ship


Hornbeck Offshore Announces Expansion Of MPSV Program

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has expanded its multi-purpose supply vessel (MPSV) program to include one 430-ft. new generation DP-3 MPSV to be constructed at a European shipyard with an anticipated third quarter 2009 delivery. This 8,000 deadweight ton vessel will be equipped with two cranes, a helideck, a moon pool and accommodations for 100 people. The primary crane will have lifting capacity of up to 400 tons in up to 10


Jones Act OSV New-build Program Expanded by Hornbeck Offshore

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Hornbeck Offshore expands OSV new-build program, anounces retrofits & other related developments. The Company has exercised the first four of its 48 options to build additional HOSMAX vessels at an aggregate incremental cost of approximately $180 million, excluding construction period interest, for vessel deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015.  These four new vessels will expand the Company's fifth OSV newbuild program


Arctic on Thin Ice

Arctic Sea Ice: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 Arctic sea ice - the ice that freezes and floats on Arctic waters - is thinning at a steadier and faster rate than researchers previously thought, a new study finds.   Using modern and historic measurements, the researchers got an extensive view of how the thickness of Arctic sea ice


Gulf of Mexico Oil Production on the Rise

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Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016. EIA projects GOM production to reach 1.52 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2015 and 1


Hike in Service Tax at Indian Ports

  The Indian Ministry of Finance has advised an increase in service tax and applicable at all ports. The effective date has not yet been announced. The rate of Service Tax will increase from 12% plus Education Cesses to 14%. The 'Education Cess' and 'Secondary and Higher Education Cess'


NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training

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NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place at NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.  


Port of Seattle Hires Director of Strategic Initiatives

Dave Caplan (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick appointed Dave Caplan as a member of the port’s executive team as director of the new Office of Strategic Initiatives.   Caplan will be responsible for exploring, developing and implementing initiatives to support performance within organization


CMA CGM Launches West Africa Logistics Hub

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 French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets.   Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal)


Adani Hazira Port Handles Record Rock Phosphate

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) today said its Hazira port had recently handled a record quantity of rock phosphate of 188,684 metric tonnes, highest amongst any commercial port in single calendar month.   With this feat


Maersk Vessels Returns to Port of New Orleans

The 7,400-TEU Maersk Kotka arrived at the Port of New Orleanss Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal February 9 signaling the return of the Maersk Vessel service to New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

World’s largest carriers part of 2M Alliance offering two weekly services from New Orleans   Maersk Kotka called the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal on February 9, signalling Maersk Line’s return of vessel service to the Port of New Orleans


China Shipping Group under Investigation for Corruption

Image: China State Shipbuilding Corporation

 China’s central government anti-corruption team carried out an investigation which determined that the state-backed shipbuilding giant China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has took part in several corruption activities. 


Hapag-Lloyd Changes Terminal to Long Beach

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  Hapag-Lloyd's California Central America Express Service (CCE) will shortly be switched to a new terminal at Los Angeles as follows: SSA Terminal 700 Pier A Plaza 90813 Long Beach USA First vessel to call at the new terminal will be M/V Hammonia Roma 228W/229E (DP


Nicaragua Atlantic-to-Pacific Canal: Big Chinese Money?

Picture Courtesy: Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd

In Nicaragua, a Chinese company is busy building what will become one of the world’s largest transoceanic canals. One of the largest engineering projects in history - They call it the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal.  Engineers say it will surpass the nearby Panama Canal in size and capacity


APM Terminals Comes to Costa Rica

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APM Terminals, a unit of Danish-based Maersk Group, has undertaken an ambitious project on Costa Rica's east coast which will begin operating in 2018, reports Reuters.  The labor and environmental concerns had been threatening to derail the country's biggest infrastructure project


Research Shows Iron's Long Ocean Journey

Photo courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) points to the deep ocean as a major source of dissolved iron in the central Pacific Ocean. Researchers found that iron can travel long distances, highlighting the vital role ocean mixing plays in determining whether


Kongsberg Expands Louisiana Office, Training Facility

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Kongsberg Maritime has purchased approximately 5.2 acres for new construction on an 82,980 sq ft office and training facility. Construction on the James Business Park property located on James Drive East in St. Rose, Louisiana is scheduled to begin this spring.   


BOEM Issues Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), announces the availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed Central Planning Area (CPA) Lease Sales 241 and 247 and Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Lease Sale 226.  






 
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