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GOM Oil Industry Starts Comeback

Following a nearly complete shutdown of the oil and gas business in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, signs indicate a comeback is starting, slow but steady. According to a Reuters report, oil and gas operations recovered slowly on Wednesday, with oil companies struggling to contact all of their workers and assess damage to rigs. Refinery progress was slow but steady. Three of eight refineries that Katrina completely shut have returned either full or partially, including Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC's large 245,000 barrels per day (bpd) plant in Garyville, Louisiana. Offshore, oil and gas production has also been on the rise after Katrina shut nearly all output. Government figures as of Tuesday showed 58 percent of the Gulf's crude production and 41 percent of its gas production remained shut down. The U.S. Coast Guard has said a total of 56 Gulf offshore platforms have been lost or damaged. Reuters reported that natural gas production this year will drop by about 1.5 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


ABS Supports Shell's Olympus TLP Acting as CVA

ABS has been named the design certified verification agent (CVA) for the Shell Olympus TLP, intended for installation on the Mars B field in the Gulf of Mexico's (GOM's) deepwater. The tension leg platform (TLP) will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. in Korea. ABS was also selected as the fabrication CVA for the hull and topsides and the installation CVA for the hull, topsides, piles and tendons. Renamed Olympus (originally Mars B)


Plan to Stop Leaking GOM Oil Well

According to a report from Reuters, U.S. agencies on April 25 approved a plan to use remote-controlled underwater vehicles to seal a leaking oil well beneath a drilling rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The well, 5,000 feet under the ocean surface off Louisiana's coast, is leaking about 1,000 barrels of oil a day. (Source: Reuters)


GOM Oil Spill, Multiple Companies Implicated

According to a May 8 report from the New York Times, Congress is preparing to hold hearings on the April 20 explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Implicated are BP, the British company that leased the deepwater rig, Transocean, the rig’s owner and operator, Halliburton, which handled a critical procedure about a day before the accident, and Cameron International, which made the blowout preventer that failed to engage


Helix Hit Deepwater Oil in Gulf of Mexico

Helix Energy Solutions Group discover high quality pay oil in deep water 145 miles offshore from Galveston, Texas The Danny II exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 14,750 feet, in water depths of approximately 2,800 feet. The well is currently being completed and most likely will be developed via a subsea tie back system to the company's 70% owned and operated East Cameron Block 381 platform located approximately 31 miles to the north in 370 feet of water


Statoil Reports GoM Oil Discovery

The Maersk Developer drilling rig. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman - AP - Statoil)

Statoil has made an oil discovery in its Miocene Yeti prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), the company announced today.   “The Yeti discovery expands the proven sub-salt Miocene play further south and west of the Big Foot field,” said Jez Averty, Statoil’s senior vice president, exploration for North America. “We are analyzing data to determine the size of the discovery in order to consider future appraisal options.”  


GOM Offshore Ops Returning to Normal

Oil and natural gas production levels and the number of workers on offshore rigs and production facilities were close to or at normal levels today as offshore operations resumed after the threat of Tropical Depression No. 10 passed late last week. Workers remained evacuated from three production platforms, or 0.4 percent of the 834 manned platforms in the U.S. Gulf. All personnel evacuated from rigs have been redeployed to the 89 rigs operating in the Gulf. Approximately 19.3 percent of U.S


Resolve Stations “Flagship” Vessel in Key West

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RESOLVE Marine Group reports that its vessel RESOLVE Pioneer, the company’s flagship, has been stationed in Key West, Fla. Resolve Pioneer is an AHTS, a multi-service vessel with ice class hull and 80-ton bollard pull, stationed in Key West for an indefinite period -- for emergency response and salvage standby for tanker and other commercial vessel casualties in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. east coast


Latest BSEE Update on GOM Oil Sheen

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Statement from BSEE, April 16, 2012 as of 2:30 p.m. CDT   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has confirmed that a modest amount of oil is being released from a natural seafloor seep previously suspected as the source of an oil sheen reported last week in the Gulf of Mexico. BSEE, along with natural seeps experts from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, viewed videotape from a remote operated vehicle survey deployed by Shell to make the final determination


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


Insights: Steven Candito, President & CEO, NRC

Steven Candito, President and CEO of NRC

This month’s featured INSIGHTS executive is Steven A. Candito, President and CEO of the National Response Corporation (NRC). He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters


Marine Salvage & Oil Spill Response Insights

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

Last month Maritime Reporter had the good fortune to receive insights from a trio of maritime salvage leaders – Paul Hankins, Tim Beaver & Jim Elliott – garnering insights on one of the most challenging and ever-changing sectors of the maritime market.  


BOEM Proposes 10 GOM Lease Sales for 2017-2022

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to conduct 10 oil and gas lease sales in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), as outlined in the 2017-2022 Draft Proposed Leasing Program.     BOEM published in the April 29, 2015, Federal Register


Statoil Appoints CFO, 3 EVPs and Rejigs Top Deck

CEO Eldar Sætre

  Statoil appoints new chief financial officer (CFO), and launches business area for New Energy Solutions (NES). Three new executive vice presidents (EVPs) are appointed as members of the corporate executive committee (CEC). CFO Torgrim Reitan is appointed EVP for Development &


Statoil Exploration Update

Maersk Developer (courtesy Statoil)

Statoil has completed the Martin well in US Gulf of Mexico and the Dilolo well in the Kwanza basin in Angola.   US Gulf of Mexico Statoil announces a small discovery in its Martin prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Statoil does not consider this to be a commercial


SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

  SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft (TM) Semi located in 6,060 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).


MNZ Inspectors Board Fishing Vessels Off South Island

Fishing trawler: File photo

A joint operation by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the New Zealand Defence Force – Operation Moana – has seen 16 fishing vessels operating off the west coast of the South Island boarded and inspected to ensure they are meeting environmental and safety standards.


DSS Secures HOS Jones Act MPSV for Gulf ROV Work

HOS Bayou

Delta SubSea Secures U.S.-Flagged DP-2 IMR/Construction Support Vessel for Deepwater ROV Operations in the GoM. Delta SubSea, LLC (DSS) has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (HOS) for the HOS Bayou


Ocean Installer Awarded New Contract

Normand Clipper

Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for SURF support work in Brazil for Saipem. The contract which will see the Normand Clipper in Brazil for 8 months is valued at circa USD 50 million, with options to extend. Ocean Installer will support Saipem with their installation of multiple Steel


Shell Charters Oceaneering Vessel for IMR

MSV Ocean Alliance (Photo courtesy of Oceaneering International)

Oceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a two-year, multiservice vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.   The Ocean Alliance is a U.S


The Deepwater Sector's Perfect Storm

Photo: Petrobras

Impact of $50 oil and Petrobras implosion on contracting in the floating production sector     The drop in oil/gas prices and ongoing implosion in Petrobras have combined to create a perfect storm in the deepwater sector. More than 170 projects involving oil production floaters and 35


Oil Platform Ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico

Photo: BSEE

Fire broke out on an unmanned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported.   BSEE is responding to the damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27


Kongsberg Expands Louisiana Office, Training Facility

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has purchased approximately 5.2 acres for new construction on an 82,980 sq ft office and training facility. Construction on the James Business Park property located on James Drive East in St. Rose, Louisiana is scheduled to begin this spring.   


Floater Orders 2014

Jim Mccaul

25 Units Orders in 2014:  10 FPSOs, 1 Barge, 4 FLNGs, 7 FSRUs & 3 FSOs The overall number of orders is similar to the average ordering pace over the past 10 years, during which an average of roughly 25 production and storage floaters were ordered annually.  


Gulf of Mexico Oil Production on the Rise

Photo: Nabors

Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016. EIA projects GOM production to reach 1.52 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2015 and 1






 
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