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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


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


Keppel Constructs First FPSO for GOM

Photo courtesy Keppel Group Corporate Communications

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


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


Webtool Emergency Cutting Tools

Photo: Allspeeds Ltd.

Allspeeds Ltd. designs and manufactures the Webtool range of cutting and gripping tools. In addition to the standard range, Allspeeds has manufactured a bespoke emergency cutting tool. The tool was supplied to an organization operating a number of floating production storage and offloading systems and will be used in the work of the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), an independent company that provides well-containment equipment and technology in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.


Kongsberg Expands Louisiana Office, Training Facility

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

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.   


Oman to Implement Maritime Communications Network

Image: Oman Maritime

Oman to roll out the national maritime communications network along its lengthy coastline soon, says Al-Madakhel Investment that has been tasked with design, construction and operation of the new maritime communications network. A report in Oman Daily Observer says that the Muscat-based Al


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

Image: ASA

The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


Oil Platform Ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico

Photo: BSEE

Fire broke out on an unmanned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported.   BSEE is responding to the damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27


MOL’s Newbuilding Yahagi Maru Delivered

Shin Yahagi Maru

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the delivery of the coal carrier Shin Yahagi Maru, which will serve Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. The vessel was delivered at Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.  on January 22, 2015.


DNV GL Opens New Central China Office

DNV GL celebrated the opening of its new office in Nanjing (Photo courtesy of DNV GL)

DNV GL has opened a new office in Nanjing, China, covering most of the Jiangsu Province and following the Yangtze River upstream to Chongqing and Sichuan. Headed by area manager Chen Keng, DNV GL Central China aims to support business growth in the area and act as center for operations in Central


Alaska Marine Lines Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Alaska Marine Lines has filed with the Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from 31% to 29% on shipments to, from and within Central Alaska and Prince William Sound locations. The line has also filed to decrease the fuel surcharge from 14% to 7% on shipments to


Seafarers International House Awards Banquet

Seafarers International House will hold its 15th Annual Setting the Course Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York City.   This year’s honorees are Anthony Chiarello, President & CEO, Tote, Inc


Shell Charters Oceaneering Vessel for IMR

MSV Ocean Alliance (Photo courtesy of Oceaneering International)

Oceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a two-year, multiservice vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.   The Ocean Alliance is a U.S


Turkish Truckers Eye Caspian Sea Routes to Avoid Delays in Iran

Caspian Sea

Turkish carriers plan to cross near 25 thousand vehicles a year over Caspian Sea with ferryboats and Ro Ro ships to avoid delays on the route across Iran.   The use of ferry boats and Ro-Ro ships would cut excursion time significantly


Prestige Cruises Withdraws IPO Plan

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Prestige Cruises International Inc, which was bought by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd in a $3 billion deal in September, filed with U.S. regulators to withdraw its plan for an initial public offering. Prestige Cruises, which operates under the Oceania and Regent Seven Seas brands in the


Canaveral Upgrades Bulk Conveyor System

The Bahamas Spirit discharges limestone at South Cargo Pier 4 at Port Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Canaveral)

The new $1.5 million bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral was utilized for the first time by Martin Marietta when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4.   The Canaveral Port Authority invested in the system with Martin Marietta to enhance terminal operational


Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements

Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships.    Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not


Ship Apprehended for Overloading Passengers

A cargo-passenger vessel in Cebu was held in Cebu by the Philippines Coast Guard Saturday, January 3, for overloading passengers.   M/V Graceful Star, skippered by Capt. Pretchard Gayo, reportedly departed the port of Baybay, Leyte carrying a total of 736 passengers.  


Cuban Migrant Dead in Capsizing off Caymans

A Cuban migrant drowned after a makeshift vessel with four passengers overturned in rough seas off the Cayman Islands on Saturday afternoon, local officials said. The three other Cubans, all in their 20s and 30s, made it to shore clinging to two inner tubes with the help of local surfers and






 
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