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Great Lakes Ban on Offshore Wind Development Opposed

State Republican Reps. from districts in northern Michigan, introduced legislation banning research in or production of wind energy in the Great Lakes sharing a border with Michigan. The measure would prohibit the leasing for the placement, construction, operation or maintenance of any structure to research wind energy development, any wind turbine, or any equipment or structure related to a wind turbine, reports UPI. According to UI, Policy Director for the Michigan Environmental Council James Clift told Michigan Public Radio he considered it was too soon to limit offshore wind. UPI cite a 2010 report from the Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council that informed 35 percent of Michigan's Great Lakes are considered favorable for wind energy development. Source: UPI  


Expanded Offshore Drilling: Challenges Ahead

“You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.” • Yogi Berra Each rise in the price of oil and its companion hike in gasoline prices moves us further and further into uncharted territory.   What was once an academic argument over peak oil and how long our oil and gas would last is now front page news.   There is now a very public debate raging over whether new areas of 's coastline should be opened to


Motion Compensated Helideck to Launch at OTC

Image courtesy Barge Master

Aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck boosts offshore safety, reduces operational costs by increasing landing windows Barge Master, a producer of motion compensated equipment for the offshore industry, has partnered with Bayards Aluminium constructions, a specialist in lightweight and maintenance free structures for the offshore industry, to design the first aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck (MCH). Vessel motions can often have an adverse effect on the safety and costs of offshore


Swissco Steps Into Offshore Rig Chartering Business

Image courtesy of Swissco

Singapore based marine service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, Swissco Holdings Limited, informs it has entered into a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement for the  S$285.0 million acquisition of Scott and English Energy Pte. Ltd. which will enable Swissco to move into the offshore rig chartering business. Swissco adds that the SPA was signed with Double Dragon Energy Holdings Limited for the acquisition of the entire issued and paid-up share capital in Scott and English


Atwood Oceanics Announces Vicksburg Contract

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (a Houston based International Offshore Drilling Contractor) said that the VICKSBURG (owned and operated by its wholly owned subsidiary Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited) has been awarded a two-year contract by Chevron Overseas Petroleum (Thailand) Limited ("Chevron") which will immediately follow Chevron's current eight (8) month drilling commitment offshore Cambodia. The VICKSBURG is presently working in Malaysia under drilling commitments with dayrates of $82,000 to $87


Keppel Terminates MPU Heavy Lifter Project

Further to the announcement on 1 July 2008, Keppel Verolme BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited, has decided, after evaluating all possible options, to terminate the MPU Heavy Lifter project and commence the scrapping process of the concrete hull. Keppel Verolme has secured the necessary rights and endorsements from third parties to dismantle and dispose of the concrete hull which has no commercial value


Keppel Strengthens Safety with Leadership Training Initiative

Keppel Shipyard Limited, the shiprepair unit of Keppel Corporation Limited through its wholly owned subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), has launched a Safety Leadership Program. Aimed at ensuring that safety practices are built into everyday work processes, this new program is the latest initiative by the yard to achieve an incident-free work environment. The program reinforces and promotes safe work behavior through effective observation and intervention by


MacGregor Winches for Malaysian Accommodation Barges

Photo: MacGregor

MacGregor has secured a winch package contract from Nam Cheong Limited group, a global offshore marine player listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and Malaysia's largest offshore support vessel builder. Eight-point MacGregor mooring systems, with a 150-metric-ton line pull/270-metric-ton brake holding capacity, tugger winches and capstans have been specified for two new 500-men accommodation work barges being built at the yard


Founder Retires From Stolt-Nielsen BoD

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Stolt-Nielsen Limited has announced that Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, the visionary entrepreneur who founded the company in 1959, will retire from the SNL Board of Directors effective December 15, 2014, thus formally concluding his career at the company, 55 years to the date of its founding. He will continue as Honorary Chairman. Mr. Stolt-Nielsen, who is 83, conceived the innovative designs that led to the creation of the first parcel tanker. After founding Parcel Tankers, Inc


Goa Shipyard Hands Over India Naval OSPV

INS Saryu: Photo credit Goa Shipyard

The first of the new 105 meter class of Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel to be commissioned  INS Saryu' handed over to the Indian Navy. The new vessel, indigenously designed in-house and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. was handed over in a simple ceremony in Goa by RAdm (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi, Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard Limited to Cdr Amanpreet Singh, Commanding Officer Designate, INS SARYU. Cmde R. Sreenivas, Commodore Superintendent, NSRY (Port Blair), Shri R


Fuel Talk: Greener Ships 'Abandoned'

Push Back: Leaders citing limited returns for “green-fuels” investments include (from left): Håvard Ulstein, MD, Island Offshore; Karsten Sævik, CEO, Remøy Shipping; and Ståle Kyrkjedelen, Norway’s Operations Manager, Bourbon Offshore. (Photo: William Stoichevski)

In the immortal words of one Kermit the Frog, “it’s not easy being green.” Nor inexpensive. Offshore ship owners managing the demand “fallout” of the past year and navigating myriad environmental strictures say their leap of faith toward greener fuels has taken its


Cobham, SpeedCast Partner to Grow Maritime Broadband

Photo: Cobham

Cobham SATCOM and SpeedCast International Limited have concluded a global framework agreement covering the provision of maritime stabilized antennas, which offers high speed connectivity at sea. The commercial framework was awarded following a multi-vendor selection process by SpeedCast


Harris Pye Chalks Up LSDO Conversions

Chris David (Photo: Harris Pye)

The Harris Pye Engineering Group has been awarded a contract by a Chinese LNG company to convert six of its vessels to low sulphur diesel oil (LSDO), with an option for conversions on further vessels to follow. The group has undertaken work, predominantly on main and auxiliary boiler plants


Bibby Offshore wins Shell Contract

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive, Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore won a contract with Shell, due to commence in Q1 2017, that will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea.    Bibby Offshore is contracted to use utilize its multipurpose dive support and


Evac Acquires Uson Marine

Signing of the contract Photo Evac Group

Evac Group, the world’s leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries, has acquired Uson Marine. The acquisition is expected to increase Evac’s market share in dry and wet waste management systems


International Standards for Carriage of Offshore Technicians

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

On Friday, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took one important step forward in its work to develop international standards for the carriage of offshore technicians, for example in connection with activities within the field of offshore wind energy.


New Building Price Dynamics Low On Impact

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Newbuilding prices have fallen fairly consistently since the end of 2014, and this trend has continued in recent months, says Clarksons Research.    Cutting newbuild prices can be an effective way for yards to stimulate new orders, but this is not always the case.   


Op/Ed: Obama’s Parting Salvo at US Energy Security

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), does not pull any punches as he weighs in on the Obama administration’s release of the Final 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program.  


Authorities Approve Stolt-Nielsen’s Jo Tankers Acquisition

Stolt-Nielsen Limited said it has it received competition authority approval to acquire the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers. The acquisition is expected to be finalized before the end of November.   The transaction comprises 13 chemical tankers and a 50 percent share in a joint


Crew Transfer Vessel Delivered to Swire Pacific Offshore

The Offshore Express 57 LCTV features DP-2 dynamic positioning technology and “walk to work” capability ensuring the fast and safe transfer of personnel to and from offshore oil and gas platforms. (Photo: Austal)

With its latest delivery to Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), shipbuilder Austal Limited has delivered its second high speed crew transfer vessel this year, and its fourth offshore crew transfer vessel in the past 15 months.   The 57.6-meter, all-aluminum catamaran, named Pacific Kestrel


Subsidy-Reliant Offshore Wind Takes Cue from Big Oil

File Image (CREDIT: Siemens)

From a helicopter, it looks like just another North Sea oil rig, a grey cube supported by massive yellow pillars, 90 kilometres (56 miles) off western Denmark. But the DanTysk facility is the world's first accommodation platform for offshore wind


GAC Supports Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Project

GAC UK to provide a range of shipping, logistics and support solutions Photo GAC

GAC UK has been appointed by Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) to provide essential shipping services support for the construction and installation of 84 new turbines as part of a major windfarm expansion project which will increase generating capacity almost six-fold.


COSCO Shipping, DEME Signs Umbrella Agreement

Photo: DEME

 The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and COSCO Shipping - the largest shipping company in the world - will work closely on the development of offshore wind energy in China.    The umbrella agreement was signed today in the presence of Belgian


Five Large Cranes Delivered to Bulgaria and Egypt

Photo: HHL

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has transported five Gottwald mobile harbor cranes, weighing a total of 1,400 metric tonnes, loading them in Denmark and Belgium and delivering them to Bulgaria and Egypt.   All five cranes were lifted and stowed fully-erected on deck


Seacat Services Launches High Speed Utility Vessel

Photo: Seacat Services

Offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, is preparing to launch its first High Speed Utility Vessel (HSUV), Seacat Enterprise. The 27m South Boats IoW catamaran is a new category of vessel for the offshore wind market, designed to provide both rapid crew transfer and wide-ranging






 
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