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Russia Cancels Offshore Drilling Rig Import Duties

Reuters reported that Russia has abolished for two years import duties and customs taxes for offshore drilling rigs temporarily imported to Russia for exploration work, the government said on Tuesday. The measure is the first step toward a long-discussed reduction of taxes for energy companies exploring offshore fields, which are expected to contain massive oil and gas reserves but are more expensive to develop than onshore fields. The government said it had cancelled customs duties and taxes for offshore rigs to be rented by a Russian citizen from a foreign owner for five months. The government has also been discussing the idea of mineral resource tax breaks to develop offshore fields -- a benefit similar to that introduced last year for the underdeveloped but resource-rich region of East Siberia. Among the companies most interested in the benefits are state-controlled oil firm Rosneft and gas giant Gazprom which are developing major projects offshore the Pacific island of Sakhalin. Also concerned is privately owned Lukoil the country's second biggest oil producer, which is developing deposits in the Caspian Sea. Russia has said its offshore deposits could contain billions of barrels of oil and gas reserves, but has signaled all major blocks will be awarded at closed tender to state-owned companies, such as Rosneft and Gazprom. (Reporting by Tanya Mosolova) Source: Reuters


Shell Moves Forward with Floating LNG

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Shell announces final investment decision on Prelude Floating LNG project in Australia. The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the world’s first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling.


Teekay, A2SEA to Develop Windfarm Installation Vessel

Teekay Corporation TK +0.42% (Teekay) today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with A2SEA A/S (A2SEA) to jointly develop an innovative vessel design for the installation of offshore wind foundations. A2SEA is a leading service provider to the offshore wind sector.   The MOU encompasses the key terms of cooperation between Teekay and A2SEA for the design, delivery and operation of floating transportation and installation vessels for offshore windfarm foundations


Prysmian to Develop Offshore Wind Power

Prysmian Group, a leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, is participating in the creation of Norstec, an association uniting the main players in the energy industry at the global level with the aim of supporting the production of renewable energy using offshore wind farms in the Northern Seas. Norstec, supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron, brings together more than 40 entities operating in the energy transmission infrastructure and technology industry


Nicolaisen Joins TWG

TWG said that Kirk Nicolaisen has joined its sales team, taking on the role of Offshore Energy Account Manager. Kirk is based out of Gulfport, Mississippi, and brings more than 16 years of experience developing business and serving customers in the offshore energy market. Kirk has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience specific to winches and offshore equipment. In this position, Kirk will be managing sales and growth within our offshore energy accounts for all brands


2H Offshore Joins Deepwater Mining Consortium

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2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has joined an international European consortium comprising nineteen industry and research organizations to develop deepwater mining solutions. Over the next four years, the European Commission funded project, known as Blue Mining, is developing seabed mining practices by creating new cost-effective solutions for environmentally friendly mining and processing in challenging and extreme environments


Keppel Expands into Offshore Wind

It will acquire a substantial stake in OWEC Tower, an industry leading designer of jacket foundation.   KV Ventus B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Ltd. (Keppel) has today entered into a share purchase and subscription agreement and shareholders' agreement to acquire a 49.9% stake in offshore wind turbine foundation designer OWEC Tower (AS) for about NOK 61 million.   OWEC Tower, headquartered in Norway


Hyundai Heavy Develops FLNG Model

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Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder and offshore facilities contractor announced today that the Company completed developing its own Hyundai FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Plant) model in association with Linde AG, an international industrial gases and engineering company of Germany.   The Hyundai FLNG has an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tons of LNG and can store about 193,800 m3 LNG with its compact size of 355 m in length


Offshore Wind Turbine Design DNV Certified

Gamesa's 5 MW offshore turbine obtains design certification, a milestone in its offshore wind farm sector progress. Gamesa secures IEC 61400-22 design certification for its G128-5.0 MW offshore wind turbine from independent organisation Det Norske Veritas (DNV). This achievement represents a major milestone in the certification process for Gamesa's offshore turbine, ensuring the timely launch, sales and manufacturing potential of the company's offshore turbine systems in coming years.


Denmark Launches Offshore Education and Training Initiatives

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As part of the implementation of the Danish government’s Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark, 21 initiatives are now being launched in order to target education and training in the offshore sector, further qualify the labor force and create growth and jobs. The offshore industry is one of Denmark’s commercial positions of strength that is experiencing great growth. A working group established by the Danish Government under the auspices of the Ministry of Science


ICBC Financial Leasing Purchase 2 CIMC Raffles Drilling Rigs

CIMC Raffles Semisubmersible Drilling Rigs

ICBC Financial Leasing Company Limited signed a leasing project with Schahin of two ultra-deepwater drilling rigs during China-Brazil Business Council-Annual Meeting 2014 on 17th July 2014. The contract values $1.08bn and eventually serves for Petrobras


Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie


Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Coast Marine Group

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort, North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. (ACMG), a marine salvage, emergency towing and environmental services provider


Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

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Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s


Vard to Design, Build PSV for E.R. Offshore

VARD 1 08. Overall length: 81m, Breadth 18m, 4,000 dwt. (Image courtesy of Vard)

Vard Holdings Limited announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) for E.R. Offshore. The vessel is a multifunctional PSV of VARD 1 08 design with a total length of 81 meters, beam of 18 meters and a cargo deck area of 830 m2


AVEVA, ETAP to Deliver Industry First for Electrical Engineers

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AVEVA and ETAP’s collaboration provides the first single round-tripping environment for complete data validation including 3D visualization AVEVA and ETAP have signed a partnership agreement under which both companies will jointly develop a software interface between AVEVA Electrical and


Viking Wins $32m Charter Contract for Drilling System

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  Viking Offshore & Marine Limited (Viking) which is building a portfolio of mainstream offshore, marine and drilling assets, said today that it has secured a 50-month bareboat charter for a land rig system worth approximately US $32 million. 


World's Largest Vessel to be Assembled in Rotterdam Port

Pieter Schelte: Rendering courtesy of Allseas

‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014


China Studies Floating Gas Plants for South China Sea

Photo: CNOOC

Chinese energy giant CNOOC Group is studying the possibility of building a multibillion-dollar floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel, as-yet untried technology that would likely be used to produce gas from the deep waters of the South China Sea.


Australian Senate Rejects Offshore Foreign Worker Visa Plan

Australian protesters: Photo MUA

All maritime unions – the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), The Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) – opposed the Abbott Government’s attempts to flood the offshore oil and gas sector with cheap foreign labour


Good Profitability Noted in Wärtsilä H1 Interim Report

Wärtsilä 46DF Engine: Image courtesy of the manufacturers

Power solutions providers for the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä, has released a summary of its Interim Financial Report January-June 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights of the Review Period January-June 2014 Order intake decreased 5% to EUR 2,305 million (2


Kongsberg Tech Chosen for 13 Newbuild Projects

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Kongsberg Maritime’s Full Picture solution has been selected by Chinese and Korean shipbuilders for 13 advanced newbuild offshore vessels with a total value of 330 MNOK. Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co. (DSIC), CIMC Raffles (CIMC)


Schottel Shifts Focus Offshore at SMM

Schottel’s booth (stand 306, Hall A 4) at SMM 2014 (Photo: Schottel)

At SMM 2014 the German propulsion specialist Schottel presents new solutions focusing on offshore applications and hybrid concepts. The new underwater mountable azimuth thruster SRP 9000 LSU (4,800 – 5,500 kW) takes especially into account the tough conditions offshore and helps reduce


Eastern Shipbuilding to Launch Another HOS OSV

Launch of similar OSV: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. invites interested parties to the launch of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 'HOS Brass Ring' at 3:00 pm C.T. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Eastern's Allanton Shipyard. 13300 Allanton Road Panama City, FL 32404.


Smit Lamnalco Aids Transfer of Largest HVDC Platform

Smit Lamnalco tugs provide vital support for world’s largest HVDC platform transfer and float-over

Five vessels of Smit Lamnalco, the global marine service provider, played the key role in the unberthing and float-over of the world's largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) platform, DolWin beta, at Drydocks World - Dubai. The five escort tugs






 
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