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CSO Deep Blue Starts Work in the GOM

Coflexip Stena Offshore reported that its new deepwater pipelay and subsea construction vessel, the CSO Deep Blue, has commenced operations for the Williams Banjo/Seahawk project in the Gulf of Mexico after successful completion of her first mobilization at CSO's new spoolbase in Mobile, Ala. The vessel is to install the Boomvang and Nansen fields deepwater export pipelines. The CSO Deep Blue is to undertake the installation contract of the export pipelines from the Boomvang and Nansen fields, located in 3,600 ft. (1,100 m) water depth in the East Breaks blocks 643 and 602, to a platform located in 365 ft. (110 m) water depth in the Galveston area, block 244. The contract work scope for the vessel includes the installation of more than 100 miles of rigid pipeline and steel catenary risers (SCRs), with diameters ranging from 12-in. to 18-in., and tie-in to the fields SPAR platforms using SCRs. The vessel started operating from CSO's newly established rigid pipe spoolbase in Mobile, after having successfully completed deepwater pipelaying trials in the Atlantic Ocean and in the North Sea. The base is intended to support her offshore pipelay and construction work in the Gulf of Mexico. It provides a facility for assembly, storage, spooling or loading of rigid pipelines prior to installation in deepwater by the two CSO reelships, CSO Deep Blue and CSO Apache.


Technip Offshore Wins Pipeline Contract

Technip Offshore Contractors Inc., formerly Coflexip Stena Offshore Inc., a U.S. entity of Technip-Coflexip has been awarded by BP America Production Company the fabrication and installation of a deepwater subsea pipeline for their King West Development. The King West well is located in Mississippi Canyon Block 84 in the Gulf of Mexico. The planned field layout for this development consists of one subsea well located in MC 84


Technip Gets Callon Deal

Technip said it has won a deepwater pipeline installation contract from Callon Petroleum Company for the Entrada oil field development in the . Technip will be responsible for installation of two 6.5-mile steel flowlines in a water depth of 1,364 m (4,475 ft) connected to two subsea wells, plus pipeline end terminations and inline structures and steel catenary risers which will be hooked up to the Magnolia production platform, at a depth of 1,452 m (4,675 ft), reports said.


Johnson Controls' Batteries to Power All-Electric Boat Motors

Johnson Controls, Inc. to produce Li-ion battery packs from its Holland, Mich. plant for Torqeedo's all-electric boat motors. Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls' Li-ion automotive battery packs to power its award-winning 80-Horsepower electric boat motor called DEEP BLUE. "With our leading battery expertise, we helped our customer combine two distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor -- making the Torqeedo DEEP BLUE system


Technip Awarded GofM Subsea Contract

Technip wins a lump sum contract for development of subsea infrastructure for the Cardamom field located in the Gulf of Mexico, Garden Banks block 427. The field is at a water depth of approximately 830 meters, and the project consists of a subsea tie-back to the Auger tension leg platform, wholly owned by Shell Offshore Inc. The contract covers the project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of the East and West Loop 12


Technip Awarded Contract from Bluewater Industries

Technip has been awarded a contract by Bluewater Industries, Inc. for the flowlines, risers, jumpers and subsea structures for the Mirage field development, in the Gulf of Mexico. This field is located in Mississippi Canyon Block 941, at a water depth of 4,050 feet. ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (NASDAQ: ATPG) is 100% owner and operator of Mirage and Bluewater Industries is managing the project. The contract covers engineering for the installation


Technip Wins Important GofM Subsea Contract

Technip awarded Murphy Exploration & Production Co. contract for development of Dalmatian Field in Gulf of Mexico. The lump-sum contract is for work at a water depth ranging from 530 to 1,800 meters on a field  jointly owned by Murphy and Ecopetrol America Inc., comprised of the De Soto Canyon Blocks 4, 47, 48 and 91. The project consists of a subsea tie-back to an existing Gulf of Mexico platform. The contract covers: project management, engineering


New OSV Named in Havyard's Fosnavåg Yard

Makalu naming: Photo credit Havyard

The new OSV is of a Havyard 832 design, and is the seventh vessel Havyard has constructed for the Indian shipping company Global Offshore Services. Havyard say that this is the largest ever vessel to be named in Fosnavaag, something which justified some major celebrations, and Havyard invited everyone in the town to an open boat session plus a free concert from the well-known Norwegian rap duo Erik and Kriss. During the naming ceremony the godmother, Bianca Kremer


6th Annual Marine Highways Conference

The 6th Annual North America's Marine Highways Conference, produced by the Journal of Commerce Conferences, will take place April 1 and 2 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida. The theme "Are We There Yet?" refers to the status of North American marine highways as a seemingly endless construction zone. Last December, Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


HALT! Navy Issues Stop Work Order for LCS 3

(Pictured: The first Littoral Combat Ship - Freedom - was christened in September 2006 at Marinette Marine Shipyard.) The Navy issued a stop work order Jan. 12 to Lockheed Martin Corp. Maritime Systems & Sensors unit, Moorestown, N.J., for the construction of the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). This stop work order will take effect immediately and is for a period of 90 days. The stop work order was issued because of significant cost increases currently being experienced with the


San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

Mayor, Supervisor & City Council President Propose Blue Tech Incubator    As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved


Palau Reports Increase in WRC Applications

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has received a high volume of applications from owners looking to have the correct documentation in place prior to the imminent entry into force of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention. Marisabel Arauz Park


Petrobras Sets Well Depth Record

mages for Sergipe-Alagoas Basin Courtesy Petrobras

  Petrobras has broken a new domestic record for exploratory drilling by reaching a water depth of 2,990 meters. This was achieved in February while drilling a well in the Moita Bonita area of Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, 92 km from the city of Aracaju.


Marine News Editor's Note

Fleet Optimization is a broad term which might be described as the best practices and equipment that will make any collection of vessels more environmentally correct, economical and yes, attractive to prospective charterers. In this edition, it means whatever I say it means


India, Seychelles Ink Pacts on Maritime Security

Indian PM Narendra Modi with President James Michel of Seychelles (Pic: FB Modi Page)

 India on Wednesday signed four agreements with the Indian Ocean island nation Seychelles to boost security and maritime partnership.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Seychelles President James Alix Michel and said Seychelles "is a vital partner in our Indian Ocean


Tracking Turtles Across Miles of Open Ocean

Leatherback Turtle

  Scientists have long known that leatherback sea turtles travel thousands of miles each year through open ocean to get from foraging habitats to nesting beaches and tropical wintering grounds, but how the wanderers find their way has been “an enduring mystery of animal behavior


Icebreaker Returns from Antarctic Rescue

Polar Star sits on the ice in the Ross Sea near Antarctica while underway in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2015, Jan. 9, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by George Degener)

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker, is scheduled to return to Seattle after a 101-day Antarctic deployment Tuesday.   Polar Star’s crew departed Seattle for Operation Deep Freeze 2015


Tor Svensen: Europe Must Drive Maritime Sector

Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, outlined three priority areas that will drive shipping in the decades to come in his keynote speech on innovation at the European Shipping Week in Brussels. (credit: ESW)

Europe has a major role to play in driving the maritime industry forward, said Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, in his keynote speech on innovation at the European Shipping Week in Brussels. Svensen outlined three priority areas that will drive shipping in the decades to come:


‘Blue Queen’ on First Mission

Lady sponsor to Blue Queen, Dagny Wærdahl, is the great-grandchild to Martin Ulstein, who founded Ulstein in 1917.

  The platform supply vessel 'Blue Queen', an ULSTEIN PX121 design, was named at Ulstein Verft on Friday 27 February. The ship will be working in the spot market. On Monday, she started on her first assignment. “We are very satisfied that the 'Blue Queen'


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon


Mexico Approves 5 Shallow Water Areas in Round One Oil Tender

Mexico has approved the terms for five shallow water areas containing around 355 million barrels of oil equivalent as part of its Round One tender to open up the country's oil fields, the country's energy regulator said on Friday.   The whole of Round One covers areas including the


Ulstein Verft Delivers 'Blue Queen’

Blue Queen is delivered from Ulstein Verft. (Photo Per Eide Studio)

  On 24 February 2015, ‘Blue Queen’ a platform supply vessel of the PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.


Ulstein Delivers PSV Blue Queen

Blue Queen (Photo: Ulstein)

Platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Queen, of Ulstein’s PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft on February 24, 2015. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.


WOC Partners With The Economist for 2014 Summits

File photo by WOC

  The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help engage the ocean business community in upcoming events: For the third Arctic Summit, the WOC is working with The Economist to help ensure Arctic business community participation


DeepOcean Deep Water Operations in Brazil

DeepOcean WCROV in deepwater operations Photo: DeepOcean

DeepOcean was established in 1999 and is dedicated to subsea services and operations in deep waters, able to take on deep-water assignments anywhere in the world. The company is an integrated service provider for the subsea industry. DeepOcean has a global track record of subsea services including






 
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