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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, a helideck, a 150-ton active heave compensated crane, and a working moonpool.   Oceaneering's current rolling, short-term charter contract on the Cade Candies, in place since November 2011, will continue through early 2013.  At that time, the vessel will enter a shipyard to undergo modifications to enhance its project capabilities.  While in the shipyard, Oceaneering's two, high-specification, work class ROVs onboard the vessel will be repositioned and fully integrated into the vessel for more effective operations.  The vessel will also be equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel.   To be renamed the Ocean Alliance, the vessel will be used to augment Oceaneering's ability to provide subsea intervention services in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM)

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

Chevron Clarifies Deepwater GOM Production

Chevron Corp. clarified the production rate for Genesis, a deepwater project in the Gulf of Mexico, which was reported in the corporation's quarterly earnings release. The 1999 year-end gross oil-equivalent production from Genesis, operated and 57-percent owned by Chevron, was 47,000 bpd. The 63,000 bpd reported for Genesis was the peak production rate for a period during the fourth quarter, not the year-end level. The gross oil-equivalent production from the 40 percent-owned Gemini project

IMA Report: Floating Production Sector Looks “Very Promising”

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The number of floating production systems continues to grow – 250 floating production units are now in service or available worldwide. Five years ago there were 177 units, ten years ago 119 units. In the current inventory are 155 floating production storage offloading vessels (FPSO), 42 production semis, 22 tension leg platforms, 18 production spars, 8 production barges and five floating storage regasification vessels (FSRU).

BOEMRE Approves 15th Deepwater Well


For those of you keeping track, today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a drilling permit for the fifteenth deepwater well to comply with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. This includes satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout. The approved permit is for BHP Billiton Petroleum (GOM) Inc

Demand for Offshore Vessels:

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Growing In Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.   GOM SITREP As the feds issue more drilling permits for the Gulf, demand for offshore support vessels in the GOM deepwater sector has accelerated, industry members say. Anger about the government's spill-related, drilling moratorium--which ended a year and a half ago--has given way to optimism recently. The region's shallow-water sector, nevertheless remains slow and gives little cause for cheer.  

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

BP, CSO Aker Marine Team For Unique GOM Installation

CSO Aker Marine Contractors, Inc. (CAMC), one of the Houston-based entities of the Coflexip Stena Offshore Group, announced the successful mooring of Diamond Offshore's rig the Ocean Confidence using a preset taut leg mooring with polyester rope and CAMC's SEPLA anchoring system while under contract to BP. The mooring location is in the Gulf of Mexico in 6,385 ft. (1,946 m). The project represents a significant advancement in deepwater mooring.

Keppel Constructs First FPSO for GOM

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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

Jones Act OSV New-build Program Expanded by Hornbeck Offshore

A Hornbeck OSV: Photo courtesy of Hornbeck Offshore

Hornbeck Offshore expands OSV new-build program, anounces retrofits & other related developments. The Company has exercised the first four of its 48 options to build additional HOSMAX vessels at an aggregate incremental cost of approximately $180 million, excluding construction period interest, for vessel deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015.  These four new vessels will expand the Company's fifth OSV newbuild program

Lloyd's Register Extends Drilling Rig Integrity Support

Exploration begins by BHP Billiton using the Deepwater Invictus rig and supported by Lloyd’s Register’s rig integrity team. Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced it has extended rig integrity support for the Deepwater Invictus drilling rig

Global Maritime's Warranty Services for Block Island Wind Farm

Global Maritime Provides Marine Warranty Services to US’s First Offshore Wind Farm Photo Global Maritime

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has signed a contract with leading offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind to provide marine warranty services for the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm.   Services that will be provided include a technical review

BP Puts Tab for Gulf Disaster at $62 Bln


BP announced today that following significant progress in resolving outstanding claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill, it can now reliably estimate all of its remaining material liabilities in connection with the incident.  

BP Decries Deepwater Horizon Film as Inaccurate

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BP has criticized the new "Deepwater Horizon" film as being an inaccurate Hollywood dramatization of the deadly oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. "The Deepwater Horizon movie is Hollywood's take on a tragic and complex accident

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-Term Slowing of Growth?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensiveassessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector.  The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 -- provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Ocean Rig Loses Two Drilling Contracts

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 Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced  that two of its drilling contracts have been terminated.    The Nasdaq-listed drilling affiliate of DryShips said that Total E&P Congo has terminated its long-term charter of the

Wärtsilä Designs Deepwater DSV for China

The new deepwater dive support vessel for Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB) is designed by Wärtsilä. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design Co Ltd to design a new type of deepwater dive support vessel (DSV). The ship is to be built for China state-owned Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB), a professional salvage company in China

McDermott, L&T Enter Agreement for India Deepwater Market

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McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) signed a long-term exclusive agreement with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, focused on subsea projects offshore the east coast of India. “This exclusive agreement further strengthens the

Fixed Platform Fleet Fundamentals

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 The global fixed platform “fleet” consists of over 7,700 installed structures, equivalent in unit terms to 58% of the mobile offshore fleet. Yet the significant role played by fixed platforms in generating requirement for offshore vessels and services (such as platform

Wahlberg Headlines Film on Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

Deepwater Horizon is due for release September 30, 2016 (Photo: Lionsgate)

Nearly six years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood takes its shot at recounting the tragedy with a film due this fall aiming to tell the story on the fatal blowout and its aftermath.   The oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in global history

Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations

Conquest Installs 850t Crane on Allseas Solitaire

Allseas MV Solitaire (Photo: Conquest Offshore)

Conquest Offshore was contracted by Allseas to remove a 300-ton crane and transport and install a 850-ton Huisman crane on board of one of the largest pipe-lay vessels in the world, Allseas Solitaire.   The 397-meter vessel MV Solitaire is the largest ship ever to have passed

Exxon, Total, Chevron in Talks With Pemex on Gulf

Photo: Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex)

 Oil majors are in talks with Mexico’s state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) as the struggling state-run oil producer seeks partners to develop deepwater crude in the Gulf of Mexico, reports Bloomberg.   Petroleos Mexicanos is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp

Chain Tensioning, Cutting Completed for FPSO Turritella

FPSO Turritella (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor said it has completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the FPSO Turritella for the Shell Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).    The FPSO Turritella will connect to subsea infrastructure located beneath

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