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Interest in Offshore Exploration in Greenland Growing

Several of the world's largest oil companies hope to tap into possible offshore oil and gas reserves as Greenland opened a new round of concessions for exploration licenses in the fragile Arctic region. Eyes of an oil-thirsty world have turned to the shores of the semiautonomous Danish territory amid rising fuel prices, Mideast instability and concerns over future supplies. The Greenland government hopes to make big gains from any reserves found in its icy waters, but environmentalists say oil exploration there could damage a sensitive region already under threat by global warming. The names of companies attending the meeting and what conditions the Greenland government would put forth for exploration in the Disko Bay- the area being opened for the current round of concessions- remained undisclosed. Oil exploration off west Greenland started in the 1970s but stopped after five failed drilling attempts. Activities resumed in 2001 off Nuuk, the Greenland capital. Canadian company EnCana last year became the first company to win a license for offshore oil and gas exploration off Nuuk.In 2008, Calgary, Alberta-based EnCana is expected to start drilling in areas believed to have reserves ranging from 400 million to 1.2 billion barrels of oil. (Source: Houston Chronicle)


OTC Announces New Board Members

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) board of directors elected the 2004-2005 chairman and vice-chairman during this year’s event that took place 5-8 May at Reliant Center at Reliant Park in Houston. Members of the OTC Board are appointed to four-year terms by their respective society or organization. The OTC Board includes 13 representatives, 11 from OTC’s sponsoring organizations and two from OTC’s endorsing organizations


Merger Talks Feed Energy Sector Deal Speculation

Employees work in a lab at the Halliburton Co. facility in Houston.

  Talks that could lead to oilfield services provider Halliburton Co buying rival Baker Hughes Inc may herald increased deal-making in the energy business as companies bet on a protracted drop in oil prices, industry bankers said. Competing service companies including National Oilwell Varco Inc and Weatherford International may also be targets, bankers and lawyers said. In any deal, the incentives will be the same: consolidation would allow them to better weather the downturn and


MMS Names Mineral Revenues Stewardship Award Winners

Timely payment of royalties and accurate reporting have earned four energy companies the Mineral Revenues Stewardship Award, the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced today. The oil and gas industry places a high value on the award. “We are recognizing these companies for their exceptional performance in production reporting and timely payment of royalties to the Federal Government,” MMS Director Johnnie Burton said


Technip Wins Important GofM Subsea Contract

Technip awarded Murphy Exploration & Production Co. contract for development of Dalmatian Field in Gulf of Mexico. The lump-sum contract is for work at a water depth ranging from 530 to 1,800 meters on a field  jointly owned by Murphy and Ecopetrol America Inc., comprised of the De Soto Canyon Blocks 4, 47, 48 and 91. The project consists of a subsea tie-back to an existing Gulf of Mexico platform. The contract covers: project management, engineering


BP Disaster Strands Billions of Barrels of Crude

According to a May 13 report from Bloomberg, a regulatory crackdown on offshore oil drilling after the fatal rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico will delay development of U.S. deposits with billions of barrels of crude and may spawn industry job cuts. BP Plc, ConocoPhillips, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Cobalt International Energy Inc. and Plains Exploration & Production Co. are among explorers with projects on hold in the Gulf or coastal California after the April 20 explosion prompted federal


BP Shares Deepwater Well-capping Expertise

Under the Technology License Agreement, BP will make available technical information that PEMEX E&P can use. Petroleos Mexicanos Exploration and Production (PEMEX E&P) and BP's agreement is for the latter to share the technical information it used to build its own global deepwater well-capping equipment. Under the Technology License Agreement, BP will make available technical information that PEMEX E&P, one of four subsidiaries of PEMEX, can use


UK Chancellor Mentions Hi-Tech Tax Breaks on Bibby Offshore Visit

Osborne (L) & Woodcock: Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore, subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, says it has hosted a visit by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Company’s workshop, storage and maintenance facility in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Chancellor was given a tour of Bibby Offshore’s new 50,000 sqft state-of-the-art Westhill facility, The Hangar. His visit follows the Company’s recent investment into its facilities; including the installation of a 16 tonne Gantry Crane


Finalists Named for DOI’s 2006 Safety Awards for Excellence (SAFE)

Fifteen offshore energy companies have been named national finalists for the Department of the Interior’s 2006 Safety Awards for Excellence (SAFE) competition. Sponsored by the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the SAFE awards are presented annually to Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas operators and contractors who achieve excellence in safety and pollution prevention. Established in 1983, the SAFE Awards recognize and honor companies making concerted efforts to train and motivate


Galveston’s Simulator Provides Training Opportunities

Marine industry operations will grow and develop with highly trained workers as a result of the expansion and upgrade of the Full Mission Ship Simulator operated by the Texas Maritime Academy. The improvements were made possible by a $250,000 grant to Texas A&M University at Galveston by Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropy endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones. Mike Kemp, vice president and CEO of the campus, said this funding will significantly assist the university in complying with


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P

  Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Word War II Battle of Sunda Strait.


UAE Shipping Delegation to Meet with Greek Counterparts

Image: Drydocks World

 A delegation of Middle East maritime heavyweights including H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman & group CEO Drydocks World and Maritime World and Rashid Mohammed Al Habsi, the chief executive of Tasneef, will attend the ‘Maritime Transportation of Energy and Mediterranean Ultra Deep


Ghana-Ivory Coast Maritime Dispute Mar Tullow

Image: Tullow Oil plc

 A dispute over maritime boundaries between Ghana and Ivory Coast is damaging Tullow Oil, which risks postponement of its TEN project in the waters off Ghana's coastline.    The government of Côte d’Ivoire has applied for provisional measures


Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees

     Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday


“Bright Ideas” program - Ash Center - Harvard University

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  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners in Maritime Education as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year's cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of


Maersk Drilling Secures Contract for Newest Drillship

Maersk Voyager (Photo courtesy of Maersk Drilling)

Maersk Drilling was awarded a contract from eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd. for employment of the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager.   The contract will see Maersk Voyager work on the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Project offshore Ghana with expected commencement in July 2015


Zvezda Shipyard Comes Up Despite Western Sanctions

Zvezda Shipyard (Pics: Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center)

 German and Finnish partners continue to build Russia’s Far Eastern “Zvezda” shipyard for Arctic oil exploration ships, in spite of Western sanctions, reports Sputnik.   According to Director of the Far Eastern enterprise Yuri Filecroc


River Levels Decreasing in Argentina

Rivers of Argentina

  River levels in Argentina are currently decreasing and they are expected to continue over the coming week. The bottleneck remains in the River Plate access channel, where the maximum recommended sailing draft us 10.51 metres fw.


CGG to cut Vessel Fleet Further

French seismic group CGG said on Thursday it would further cut its fleet of seismic vessels after declining demand from oil and gas clients hit by the falling oil price led it to record an impairment and one-time charges of $643 million in the fourth quarter.


Enterprise: Clients Must Pay for Dock Work

Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday that companies using its crude oil storage facility in the Houston Ship Channel must pay extra for dock services, brushing off complaints from client BP Plc .   "We believe if you want a service, you pay for it


BP Exported Super-Light Texas Crude

BP Plc exported nearly 670,000 barrels of minimally processed super-light crude oil from the Houston Ship Channel more than a week ago, according to ClipperData, an industry firm that tracks crude movements. The 667,638-barrel cargo left Enterprise Products Partners' ship channel docks - part


ISS Appoints VP Operations – Marine Outsourcing

Tony Carter, VP Operations – Marine Outsourcing.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has made a key addition to its Marine Outsourcing team with the appointment of Tony Carter to VP Operations – Marine Outsourcing. Tasked with optimising the company’s service delivery across the globe, Tony will report to Trond Baade


US Proposes First Rules for Arctic Oil, Gas Drilling

Photo: BOEM

The Obama administration on Friday proposed standards on exploratory drilling for oil and gas in U.S. Arctic waters that would add costs for energy companies but aim to protect against catastrophic spills.   The rules, proposed by the Department of Interior


Tanker Crewmember Medevaced off Galveston

Coast Guard Air Station Houston hoists a tanker crewmember aboard and transports him to the University of Texas Medical Branch Thursday (U.S. Coast Guard image by Air Station Houston)

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a crewmember off a tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Thursday morning.   The captain of the Zambezi Star, a 604-foot chemical tanker, contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at approximately 11:30 a.m






 
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