The offshore support vessel (OSV) segment – over-capacity driving down utlilization and charter rates THE offshore support vessel (OSV) segment - touted as the bright spot where other traditional shipping markets are suffering - may entice tanker and bulk-carrier operators to jump ship, according to a recent Singapore Business Times article. However, OSV operators and owners are wary of such a crossover, and warn that if the sector gets more crowded, it may derail a recovery in charter rates that is expected to come about in two to three years' time. There are about 3,000 OSVs that support oil and gas offshore exploration - a sliver of the 70,000 merchant ships - but it is a sector that gained attention at a time when oil companies are expected to spend about US$600 billion in exploration and production activities. It is in an overcapacity situation, which has driven utilisation rates and charter rates down in the past years.
Björn Rosengren President & CEO of Wärtsilä delivers his year 2012 financial results message to shareholders. Extracts from the message follow: "During 2012, we closed our largest ever acquisition with the purchase of Hamworthy. This acquisition supports our growth strategy in the marine gas, offshore and environmental solutions markets, and Hamworthy has performed well while being integrated to our Ship Power business.
An effort to open Virginia's coast to offshore drilling gained new momentum in Congress when Virginia's senators introduced legislation giving states the option to drill for natural gas. The bill would give governors of coastal states the power to opt out of a federal moratorium that prohibits offshore drilling in most U.S. coastal waters. The new legislation comes one week after the Bush administration signaled its support for such proposals by calling for a study of potential gas and oil
Sakhalin Island currently is the oil and gas growth engine for Russia, which will rely on offshore regions for new production after 2010, the Oil & Gas Journal reported. By 2020, offshore fields could account for 20% of Russia's total oil and gas output. However, Russia must implement regulations and taxes before its offshore oil and gas assets can be developed since offshore royalty issues remain largely unaddressed
Acergy SA received a $700mcontract from Total SA for work on the development of Pazlor oil field offshore from Angola. Acergy said Wednesday it received the contract as part of a $1.8b award to a consortium with French oil services company Technip SA Acergy's portion of the project includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of 55 kilometers of water-injection lines, gas-injection and gas-exports lines, umbilicals and more than 20 rigid jumpers among others tasks
Exxon Mobil Corporation announced the completion of the $2-billion Sable Offshore Energy Project off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, with the delivery of the first sales gas into the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. The project consists of three offshore platforms, a 125-mile subsea pipeline, natural gas-processing and fractionation plants and a 650-mile gas sales pipeline to New England, and is consistent with ExxonMobil's strategy of increasing gas and liquids production and expanding
ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has won three offshore exploration blocks in Myanmar. The contracts will be signed between OVL and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, a Government of Myanmar enterprise. The company succeeded in acquiring 100 per cent participating interests in these three deepwater blocks AD-2, AD-3 and AD-9 in Myanmar offshore. Currently, the total oil and gas production of Myanmar is about 10,000 barrel oil per day (bpd) and 820 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD)
China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. (CNOOC), the country's largest offshore oil producer, announced that it discovered a new oil and gas field, dubbed Bozhong 28-2 East, in Bohai Sea. Bozhong 28-2 East is located between Bozhong 28-1 oil and gas field and Bozhong 28-2 South oil field near the Yellow River mouth. A 35-meter gas layer and a 35-meter oil layer have been discovered underneath the sea water measuring 20 meters in depth.
Stolt Offshore S.A. received contract awards and Letters of Intent totaling approximately $120 million from various customers operating in the North Sea. In the UK sector of the North Sea, BP has awarded Stolt Offshore two contracts totalling $12.4 million for construction and installation of the gas import/export system for Clair Phase 1 and the tie-in of the Clair oil export and gas import/export pipeline systems. BP has also awarded Stolt Offshore a contract, valued at approximately $19
McMoRan Exploration Co. said MarAd approved McMoRan's license application for its Main Pass Energy Hub(TM) (MPEH(TM)) project. MARAD concluded in the Record of Decision that construction and operation of MPEH(TM) deepwater port will be in the national interest and consistent with national security and other national policy goals and objectives, including energy sufficiency and environmental quality. MARAD also concluded that MPEH(TM) will fill
The contract with Statoil is to provide a floating storage and offtake (FSO) unit for the Gina Krog oil & gas field located in North Sea. The contract will be serviced by a new FSO unit converted from the 1995-built shuttle tanker, Randgrid
FMC Technologies entrusted Rina Group’s company, RINA Services, with the Technology Qualification of its new technology loading arms designed for installation on the FSRU Toscana and also the Chiksan Articulated Tandem Offshore Loader (ATOL) marine loading arms.
Since the integration of Ned-Deck Marine into the Palfinger Group in 2010, the Business Area Palfinger Marine said it has strengthened its position as a deck equipment supplier in the maritime, offshore and wind industries worldwide. Based on these developments
Oceanteam also says it continued its investment program in 2.000 / 4.000-ton modular carousel systems. Highlights for the first quarter of 2013: · Revenue from operations USD 16.5 million · EBITDA from operations is positive USD 7.2 million
Oil & Gas U.K. said it is pleased that a plenary vote in the European Parliament may see the introduction of a directive on offshore safety and environment. Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas U.K.’s health, safety and employment director, said: “Oil & Gas U.K
Dron & Dickson, specialist in design, supply and maintenance of hazardous area electrical equipment, has opened an office in Brazil creating the potential for future work in the area. The new base follows on from £10 million of contracts being secured in the region
Oil and gas engineering company Fabricom Offshore Services announced its relocation from Aberdeen's Riverside House to larger office facilities at Berry Street in the city center. The move, which comes less than a year after the company established a base in Aberdeen
BAE Systems holds a keel laying ceremony for the first of 4 platform supply vessels for Jackson Offshore Operators. The new vessels, which will support drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, reflect BAE Systems continued growth in U.S
Hercules Offshore agrees sale of 11 inland barge rigs, which includes three active rigs, eight cold stacked rigs and related assets (Inland Asset Package) for cash proceeds of approximately $45 million. Excluded from the 'Inland Asset Package' are the Hercules 27
The Board of Directors of the company elected Ian C. Strachan to serve as Chairman of the Board effective May 18, 2013. Mr. Strachan replaces J. Michael Talbert who was not re-elected at the company's annual general meeting held on May 17, 2013.
NorSea Group, a supplier of base services and integrated logistics systems to the Norwegian oil and gas industry, has followed last month’s announcement that it is to develop a supply base at Scrabster Harbor, by signing its first strategic working partnership with local logistics firm Hugh
Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Nigeria LNG, effective 09:00 hrs (Nigerian time) on Wednesday, May 15 2013. This action is due to production deferment following a reported leak along the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS-1)
Teijin Engineering Ltd. announced its development and launch of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) denitration device for midsized ship engines to ensure compliance with the Tier III NOx (nitrogen oxides) Emissions Regulation that is slated to be enforced by the International Maritime
Cargotec's MacGregor received €22 million order to deliver a 900-ton active heave-compensated (AHC) MacGregor subsea crane to the South Korean shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd. The crane will be installed on a 150m multi-purpose offshore construction vessel (MOCV) ordered
Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster – named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2012 – will be a keynote speaker for the New Frontiers roundtable at Nor-Shipping’s Agenda Offshore conference on June 5.