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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


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


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


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


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


Subsea South Africa ExxonMobile Exploration

Exxon Mobil Corporation affiliate ExxonMobil Exploration & Production South Africa Limited, soon to start search for oil & gas deposits. The Tugela South Exploration Right covers approximately 2.8 million acres offshore Durban on the east coast of South Africa with water depths extending from the coastline to approximately 6,500 feet. The future exploration rights cover an additional 16 million acres offshore with water depths extending from the coastline to approximately 9,800 feet


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


Keppel hands over Runcorn Energy-from-Waste Facility Phase 2

Energy from waste Photo Keppel Corpn

  Keppel Seghers Belgium N.V. and Keppel Seghers UK Limited (collectively, Keppel Seghers) have handed over Phase 2 of the Runcorn Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility, in the UK, to the client. Runcorn EfW comprises two phases of equal capacity


Newbuild Shuttle Tankers Feature Hybrid EGCS

Eagle Barents (Photo: Clean Marine)

The 120,000 dwt. tankers, Eagle Barents and Eagle Bergen, delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), are fitted with Class and Flag State approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) provided by Clean Marine. Measurements of exhaust gas emission and washwater criteria are well below the


HMC Helps Fine-tune Damen Offshore Carrier

Damen Offshore Carrier (Image: HMC)

Damen Shipyards has presented a new shipping concept to the market: the Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) is specifically designed as a smaller heavy transport vessel suitable for offshore installations.   In cooperation with Damen, independent engineering and consultancy organization HMC


Volume Up in Dutch Maritime Technology Sector

Photo by Netherlands Maritime Technology

 The Dutch maritime technology sector has had a good year. Turnover increased by 17%, from EUR 6.4 billion in 2013 to EUR 7.5 billion in 2014. The sector employed 31,680 FTEs, up from 29,361 in 2013.    “Overall we see a nuanced picture, with ups and downs


Tampnet, Marlink Partner for Offshore 4G Services

A key aspect of Tampnet’s 4G infrastructure service for offshore communication is low latency. (Image: Marlink)

New low latency mobile communication services set to improve support of offshore vessel operations   Marlink and Tampnet have signed a partner agreement for the delivery of offshore Long Term Evolution (LTE) based services in the North Sea


Van Oord Develops Deep Dredging Solution

Van Oord has developed deep dredging solutions

  Over the past few years, Van Oord has developed a new technique for dredging at great water depths. This Deep Excavation System (DES) is an innovative method to prepare a sea bottom profile for installing offshore pipelines. The system has been patented by Van Oord.


BSEE Launches Efforts to Reduce Offshore Risk

BSEE Director Brian Salerno announces key efforts to reduce risk offshore   Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno made two announcements during a press conference in Houston Tuesday at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) - each aimed at reducing


Zamakona Delivers New Ship to Atlantic Offshore

Photo: Zamakona Yards

Norwegian shipping company Atlantic Offshore A.S. took delivery of new offshore multipurpose vessel Ocean Falcon from Zamakona Yards at the builder’s facilities in Pasajes, San Sebastián.   Ocean Falcon is the third and final vessels in a series built by Zamakona for Atlantic


Diana, Wilhelmsen form DWM

Courtesy Diana Shipping

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, and Wilhelmsen Ship Management (“WSM”) today announced that they have established a new 50/50 joint venture named Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (“DWM”).


Low Water Levels on Lake St-Louis

LAKE ST-LOUIS

  Mariners are advised that due to low water levels on Lake St-Louis the speed limit between buoys A30 and A40 is reduced as follows:  *  Vessels with a draft greater than 70 dm are limited to 10 knots upbound and 12 knots downbound.


SSGC Shortlists Akbar Associates for Second LNG Terminal

Image: Sui Southern Gas Company

 Akbar Associates has won the bid for constructing the second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Pakistan by offering the lowest tariff of 49.87 cent per million British Thermal Unit (mmbtu) for the LNG terminal.   The board of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) made the decision in


Siem Sells “Siem Sasha”

Car Carrier CSAV Rio Grande. Pic by Siem Shipping

 Norwegian company Siem Offshore has sold the platform supply vessel (PSV) “Siem Sasha”.  It has delayed delivery of four of the nine platform support vessel (PSV) newbuildings it has under construction in Poland.  


Vard in Red

Siem Stingray. Photo: Vard Holdings

 Offshore shipbuilder Vard Holdings reported a net loss of $40mln in the first quarter, on back of unrealized foreign exchange losses from a 15-year USD-denominated yard construction loan in Brazil.   Net foreign exchange losses in the quarter amounted to $37mln


Container Booking System at ICTSI

ICTSI for Container Booking System

  In its efforts to limit peaks of trucks around the port area and balance their flow on city roads, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) will be implementing a Container Booking System that will manage the arrivals and departures of trucks at its flagship


NAO Head: PSVs Ready for Mediterranean Rescue

Photo: Nordic American Offshore

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. executive chairman Herbjorn Hansson weighs in on Mediterranean Sea migrant crisis, stating his company’s PSVs are capable and ready to perform rescue operations, if contracted.   We are all too familiar with the tragedy that is unfolding in the






 
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