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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


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

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

Unique DP System Thrusts US Offshore Wind Sector

Photo: Thrustmaster

Offshore wind construction in the U.S. sees opportunities for effective conversions of existing jack-ups into wind turbine installation vessels Thrustmaster of Texas, a marine propulsion design and manufacturing company in the U.S., is looking to give an edge to U.S. based marine jack-up operators wanting to enter the U.S. offshore wind farm construction and maintenance sector by cutting the cost of entry in half with a unique propulsion system that allows conversion of existing vessels to

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

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

Statoil Debuts Batwind

Signing of the Batwind MoU. Photo Statoil

A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in co-operation with Scottish universities and suppliers, under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Edinburgh on 18 March between Statoil, the Scottish Government, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Scottish Enterprise.

Bibby Offshore Wins First Norwegian Contract

Olympic Ares (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore’s Norway division, Bibby Offshore AS, has secured its first contract in the region with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia.    Managed from Bibby Offshore’s Stavanger office, the workscope involves project management, installation engineering, procurement and subsea installation works, related to maintenance activities on the Norpipe Oil pipeline.    The contract is due for completion in Q3 2016 and will utilize the construction support vessel Olympic

Ulstein, SeaOwls Partner for Heavy-lift Jack-Up Design

From left to right: Edwin van Leeuwen, Ulstein, and Erik Snijders, SeaOwls (Photo: Ulstein)

Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V. (part of Ulstein Group) and SeaOwls B.V. are partnering to combine the former’s track record in heavy lift vessel design with the latter’s experience in jack-up technology and engineering to jointly develop the next generation self-propelled heavy

MODEC Connects Offshore Fleet with O3b/RigNet

RigNet and MODEC Sign Agreement to Deliver Fiber-equivalent O3b Satellite Connectivity to Offshore Brazilian FPSO Fleet   O3b Networks, technology solutions company RigNet and floating production service provider MODEC, entered an agreement to provide high-throughput

Fugro: Contract for US Offshore Wind Development Project

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Fugro has been awarded the contract by Vineyard Wind, formerly named OffshoreMW, to perform a marine geotechnical site investigation within its wind development lease, offshore Massachusetts. Fugro’s state-of-the-art, 105-meter drilling vessel M/V Fugro Synergy will perform the study

Japan Grants Patent for EnergySail

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The Japan Patent Office has granted a patent to Eco Marine Power (EMP) for its innovative EnergySail technology, an advanced rigid sail device that can be fitted with a range of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind power devices

ABS to Direct Maritime Cybersecurity Research

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence

Lifetime Assessment for Deepwater Moorings

Photo: SBM Offshore

Mooring integrity is an important concern in the offshore industry [1]. Mooring leg failures can have  significant consequences, such as temporary shutdowns and require unplanned, thus expensive, repairs. On the other hand, an over dimensioned design leads to higher loads acting on the

DNV GL Brings Wind Industry Leaders Together in “Validation of Turbulence Models”

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 Together with global partners, DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and renewables certification body, has launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop a new Best Practice for the validation of turbulence models.   

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway

Standardized Modules Facilitate Quick Vessel Conversion

Image: Ulstein

High costs in converting existing vessels can efficiently put an end to updating a fleet. But with standardized, predefined modules, a vessel can be mobilized for other types of work within a few days without intervening in the ship structure

Clyde Launches Training Facility

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Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre.   CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international

Sailing into the Arctic’s Future

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Last month, a large cruise ship completed its inaugural cruise through the Northwest Passage. The historic journey brought nearly 1,700 passengers from Seward, Alaska, past the rugged wilderness and isolated villages of the Arctic, to the concrete jungle of New York City

VOS Start Equipped with Barge Master Gangway

Photo: Vroon

Vroon has  announced that walk-to-work vessel VOS Start is to be equipped with the brand-new Barge Master Gangway.   This unique combination will enable safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo. The Barge Master Gangway incorporates an access tower with elevator

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

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Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

NYK Conduct Annual Safety Campaign

NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels Photo NYK

n August 24, NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers held a meeting at NYK headquarters in Tokyo to openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels that NYK is managing and operating.  

Egypt Launches Record LNG Tender for 96 Cargoes

Egypt launched the world's biggest tender for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as officials from top energy companies and trading houses converged on Cairo undeterred by new rules that could force them to wait for as long as six months to get paid.  

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