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Keppel Delivers First Super A-class Rig

FELS Super A-class Rig: Image courtesy of Keppel

Keppel FELS delivers the harsh environment rig to Discovery Offshore, which is managed by Hercules Offshore. Named Discovery Triumph at the delivery ceremony, the first KFELS Super A Class jackup has been delivered 46 days ahead of schedule and with a perfect safety record. The ultra high-specification jackup rig has been designed for the harsh environmental conditions of the North Sea (UK Sector). Its enhanced leg design incorporates Keppel's proven and reliable high capacity rack and pinion jacking system which ensures that the rig is able to jack up and stand firm in a secure and safe manner even in challenging environments. Developed by Keppel FELS' R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS Super A Class is an enhancement of the successful and proven KFELS A Class design. Discovery Triumph has been customised to meet the requirements of Discovery Offshore and is capable of operating in water depths of 400 feet and drilling depths of 35,000 feet. For greater operational safety, the KFELS Super A Class is equipped with the state-of-the-art pinion overload detection, rack phase difference detection, and brake failure and overload protection devices. In addition to having strong drilling capabilities and cantilever load performance, the KFELS Super A Class has a two million pound hook load drilling system and includes a spacious deck and amenities to accommodate 150 men.


New Firm Acquires Hercules Offshore Domestic Liftboats

All Coast, LLC, a newly formed company for the marine services industry founded by John Powers and John Nesser III, has completed the acquisition of Hercules Offshore’s domestic liftboat assets. This $57.5 million acquisition includes 29 actively marketed liftboats ranging from class 105 to class 229, 10 inactive liftboats and additional related assets. Powers and Nesser, All Coast managers and co-chief executive officers, each have more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas


Singapore Navy Ship to Gulf

According to reports, a Singapore Navy transport ship has left for the Gulf to support coalition forces, the defence ministry said in a statement. The RSS Persistence and 180 personnel left Saturday for a three-month deployment. The vessel will provide logistic support, protect the waters around key oil terminals and conduct patrol and boarding operations, the ministry said. Since 2003, Singapore has deployed Landing Ship Tank vessels


Global Awarded PEMEX Contract

Global Industries, Ltd. said that subsidiary Global Offshore Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. received a letter of intent from PEMEX Exploration & Production to install three 20-inch diameter pipelines and nine 12-inch diameter pipelines as part of the EPC-77 Project in the Cantarell Field. The field is located in Mexico's Bay of Campeche. The Project is valued at approximately $100 million and scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter 2005.


This Day in Naval History – March 4

1911 - Appropriation of first funds for experiments in naval aviation. 1925 - Congress authorizes restoration of USS Constitution. 1947 - Operation Highjump, air operations in Antarctica, ends. 1963 - Navy Hercules aircraft completes 12-day rescue operation of critically ill Danish seaman from Danish freighter off the coast of Antarctic. (Source: Navy News Service)


102 Year-Old Steam Tug in Alameda Dry-Dock

Photo courtesy Wes Starratt

The 102-year old steam-powered, ocean-going tug, Hercules, is in dry-dock at Bay Ship & Yacht Co.’s Alameda yard for maintenance and repair work. Earlier this month she was towed across the bay from her berth at the Hyde Street Pier of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, operated by the National Park Service.  She will be in dry-dock at BS&Y for about a month for sandblasting and painting the riveted steel hull, replacing the boat deck


Reservists Rush Aid to Utah Mine; Navy Begins Diving at Minnesota Bridge

By American Forces Press Service Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules aircraft are rushing equipment needed to rescue six miners trapped in a cave-in in Huntington, Utah, and Navy divers are ready to begin work at the site of the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis. The Department of Labor asked for the aircraft to move a seismic vehicle, a shelter, an auxiliary truck and a small number of people to Utah. In Minneapolis


B&G Supports Volvo Ocean Race

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B&G announced its technical support of the world’s premier global sailing race, the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race. Making its halfway stopover in Boston this month, the quadrennial competition known as the Everest of Sailing began October 2008 in Alicante, Spain and covers over 37,000 nautical miles. Supporting each team’s dedicated electronics specialist, B&G technical experts began specifying performance instrument system solutions over a year before the race began


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 4

1911 - Appropriation of first funds for experiments in naval aviation.   1925 - Congress authorizes restoration of USS Constitution.   1947 - Operation Highjump, air operations in Antarctica, ends.   1963 - Navy Hercules aircraft completes 12-day rescue operation of critically ill Danish seaman from Danish freighter off the coast of Antarctic.   (Source: Navy News Service)  


Three Sailors Rescued 1,200 miles off Cape Cod

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The U.S. Coast Guard coordinated a rescue of three sailors approximately 1,200 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at approximately 2 p.m., Thursday. Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District command center in Boston were notified at approximately 6 a.m., Thursday, of a 406MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon signal registered to the 42-foot French-flagged sailing vessel Tao with three men aboard.


Shark Bite Victim Flown From Palmyra Atoll To Oahu

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  The Coast Guard medically evacuated a woman after she was bitten by a shark near Palmyra Atoll, Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a call from the Palmyra research facility director reporting that a 37-year-old female patient


Suspected WWII Sea Mine Found off Kiribati

Suspected Explosive Remnant of War was discovered in late May near the main wharf in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati, beneath the wreck of the MV Tovota by salvage workers from The Dive Centre Pty Ltd Fiji. The Australian Defense Force has been requested by Kiribati authorities to dispose of the object as it poses a potential hazard to local shipping.

A team of Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel has headed to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to dispose of a suspected World War II sea mine. The object was discovered beneath a sunken vessel that is being salvaged by commercial operators in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa.


Australian Divers Remove Potential WWII Mine

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The Royal Australian Navy reported that its clearance divers have successfully disposed of a suspect object in Betio Lagoon off South Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati. Australian Defense previously reported the suspicious item may be a sea mine from World War II.


USCG, Agencies Search for Downed Plane Near American Samoa

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Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport after a single-engine plane crashed into the water Tuesday night. Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the Regional Command


ADF Aids Solomon Islands Following Floods

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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules has departed RAAF Base Amberley to transport a Department of Foreign Affairs advisor and Defence personnel to the Solomon Islands following severe floods. A team of 11 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel has departed with a specialist


Search Continues for Missing Skiff near Ujae Atoll

A graphic of the search area for the missing skiff near the Ujae Atoll using the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface. These particles are influenced by environmental data to provide information on search object drift. Using information on a point of origin and local currents, it calculates the most likely area to find a person in the water. (USCG graphic)

The U.S. Coast Guard said continues its search for a skiff with two people aboard near Ujae Atoll, Wednesday. Assisting in the search is an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Pacific Patrol Boat RMIS Lomor and


Search is on for Man Overboard in the Pacific

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a male crewmember reported overboard from a container ship approximately 805 miles northeast of Oahu, Monday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 8:23 a.m


USCG to Medevac Injured Mariners Battling Rough Seas off Alsaka

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is preparing to medevac three injured mariners from a vessel currently more than 300 miles south of Kodiak Monday after a large wave reportedly caused multiple injuries aboard a 587-foot containership. Coast Guard watchstanders at the 17th District command center in


USCG Deploys Personnel, Assets to Cordova

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Kodiak deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and support personnel to their seasonal forward operating location in Cordova, Alaska, to safeguard mariners in Prince William Sound and South Central Alaska, Thursday.


Rem Offshore Extends Veripos Positioning Contract

Photo courtesy Rem Offshore

Aberdeen-based Veripos, suppliers of high-precision GNSS positioning services for offshore applications, is to provide dedicated positioning support for a number of Platform Supply vessels (PSVs) operated by Rem Offshore, the specialist Norwegian company which maintains a global fleet of ships.


BOS Provides 2-5% Fuel Savings

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With consistent results of 2-5% fuel savings, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) said that it has proved that emulsified fuel can bring significant fuel savings adding to the well established NOx reduction, if done correctly


DOF Subsea Announces Several Contracts

Bergen, Norway – May 21 – DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts totaling approximately NOK 475 million, including orders for work in Asia Pacific, North Sea and North America.   DOF Subsea reported a range of contracts in what it calls the Atlantic region


Sembcorp Wins US$236-Million Jack-up Rig Contract

Image courtesy of Friede & Goldman

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine says that its subsidiary Jurong Shipyard has secured a US$236 million (about S$296 million) contract to build a high specification, tailor-made jack-up rig for new customer Hercules North Sea Ltd. Scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2016


Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Sailors

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The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at 10 p.m., Friday, May 23, for the missing crew members of the 39-foot sailing vessel Cheeki Rafiki who reported distress approximately 1,000 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Friday, May 16.


USCG Medevacs Man From Cruise Ship Off NC Coast

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The Coast Guard medevaced a 64-year-old man yesterday from a cruise ship approximately 160 miles east off Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Crewmembers aboard the Carnival Splendor, a 950-foot cruise ship, contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 6:30 p.m






 
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