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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

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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


Passenger Ship Sinks Off Virginia, Crew Rescued

A Panamanian-flagged ship carrying a crew of 34, but no passengers, sank off the coast of Virginia on Sunday after its engine room flooded, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said two helicopters rescued the crew from the Sea Breeze I shortly before the 600-ft. vessel sank. The spokeswoman added the Coast Guard received a distress signal from the ship on Sunday, saying it had lost an engine and its engine room was flooding.


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)  


Missing Skiff Found Adrift: One Missing, One Rescued

An overdue skiff reported missing since March 13 with two people aboard was located off the island of Satawal Monday 347 miles west of their departure point at Chuuk Atoll. Locals from Satawal spotted a vessel with one person aboard drifting approximately one mile from shore and launched a


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


Hercules Offshore December Fleet Status Report

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Hercules Offshore, Inc. announced  that it has published the November Fleet Status Report. The report includes the Hercules Offshore Rig Fleet Status (as of December 18, 2013), which contains detailed contract information for each of the company's drilling rigs


Suspect in Ferry Suicide Hoax Arrested in Georgia

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A man suspected of faking his own death and costing the Coast Guard more than $173,000 was arrested Tuesday near Brunswick, Ga. Georgia law enforcement authorities say Aubrey Lee Price, 47, was pulled over by police in Brunswick for having illegally tinted windows on his vehicle


Search Underway for Overboard Cruise Crewmember

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a search is underway for a crewmember reported overboard from a cruise ship approximately 1,133 miles northeast of Hilo, Tuesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 12 a.m


Search Called off for Overboard Cruise Crewmember

The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday for a 34-year old male Filipino crewmember reported overboard from the cruise ship Grand Princess approximately 1,133 miles northeast of Hilo. Two Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Air Station Barbers Point conducted searches of the


USCG, Navy Responding to Disabled Sailboat off Va.

The Coast Guard is responding to a disabled sailboat with four people aboard in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday approximately 300 miles east of Cape Henry, Va. A representative from the manufacturer of the Be Good Too, a 42-foot sailboat, contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 1:30 p.m


Coast Guard Maritime Reconnaissance Radar Contract for Excelis

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Exelis say they have received a $32 million, 5-year IDIQ (indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity) award to supply airborne surveillance radars, spares, support equipment and technical services to the U.S. Coast Guard. 
 The company explains that integrated on the U.S


USCG Searching for Overboard Cruise Ship Crewmember

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) HC-130 Hercules aircrew is searching for a man who reportedly fell overboard from the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship in the vicinity of the Yucatan Channel in the Caribbean Sea, Wednesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center received a


BAE Systems Launches Jackson Offshore PSV

BAE Systems launches the M/V Breeze from its Heckscher Drive shipyard on Wednesday, January 29.

BAE Systems today launched the first of four platform supply vessels it’s building for Jackson Offshore Operators, LLC. These vessels, which will support drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, reflect BAE Systems’ continued growth in U.S


Two Rescued rom Sinking Vessel

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a fishing boat taking on water approximately 40 miles east of False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach. Crewmembers aboard the Lauren Dorothy, a 53-foot fishing boat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 4

USS Constitution (Photo: Naval History & Heritage Command)

Today 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.


Cruise Passenger Medevaced off N.C. Coast

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The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 35-year-old man Tuesday from a cruise ship approximately 180 miles east of Nags Head, N.C. The captain of the 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Gem notified watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center at 2:21 p.m. stating a passenger was in medical distress


 
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