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UK Oil Firm Charters Two NAO Vessels

Nordic American Offshore Ltd (NAO) has entered into two new contracts with a major oil company in the U.K. for one year with a one year option. This will secure employment for two NAO vessels up to the end of 2015


TEN Takes Delivery of Panamax Tanker Aztec

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) has entered into a new medium-term charter arrangement with PMI, the state owned oil company of Mexico. Under the terms of the agreement, TEN has chartered its newly delivered coated double-hulled Panamax, the Aztec, to PMI. The contract is for 30 months at an accretive rate. TEN currently has the Handysize product carrier Libra chartered to PMI until 2005. "We are pleased to furnish PMI with another high-quality vessel to serve their growing


SapuraCrest, Ramunia Awarded Contracts

Two oil and gas players, SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Ramunia Holdings Bhd, announced major contracts related to the industry worth $120 million and $24 million respectively. SapuraCrest said its 51%-owned unit Tioman Drilling Co Sdn Bhd had been awarded a contract from Carigali-Triton Operating Co Sdn Bhd (CTOC) for the provision of two drilling units– Teknik Berkat and a new mobile drilling vessel, known as T-10 – to CTOC.


Norsk Hydro Strikes Oil, Natural Gas Reserves off Norway

Norsk Hydro ASA struck oil and natural gas reserves off the western Norway city of Bergen, reports said. The directorate described the strike as minor though no estimate was given for the size of the find. It said field partners may link the oil and gas reserve to existing production facilities at the nearby Fram field, also operated by Norsk Hydro. The Norwegian government has encouraged oil companies to look for small finds near producing offshore fields to maintain the oil flows that


Wärtsilä Acquires Power and Automation Systems from Aker Kvaerner

Wärtsilä has acquired Aker Kvaerner Power and Automation Systems AS (AKPAS) from Aker Kvaerner. AKPAS supplies power and automation systems for the oil and gas, marine and industrial markets. The company operates mainly in the North Sea region with major oil and gas companies and Norwegian shipyards. AKPAS has annual net sales of EUR 28 million and 135 employees in Stord, Norway. The acquisition price is approximately EUR 12 million.


Wärtsilä Automation in Norway

The Norwegian automation company AKPAS, acquired by Wärtsilä in February, has been renamed Wärtsilä Automation Norway AS. The company becomes part of Wärtsilä from March 1. The company supplements Wärtsilä's product offering in electric propulsion systems, power distribution and automation for the oil & gas and marine sectors. It also strengthens Wärtsilä's capabilities for further development of automation systems.


First Steel Cut for Liftboat ‘Seajacks Hydra’

Photo by Seajacks

A ceremony marked the event at Lamprell’s Hamriyah Dubai facility. The self-elevating, ‘Seajacks Hydra’ has been specifically designed for installation and maintenance services in the offshore wind and oil and gas sectors. The vessel will be equipped with a high speed jacking system, a 400t crane and able to operate in water depths up to 48m. Lamprell Energy has built all three of Seajacks’ current vessels; ‘Kraken’


INS is Key Focus at Sonardyne Workshop

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Sonardyne Inc.’s recent ‘Life of Field’ two day workshop was well attended by over 40 industry professionals, ranging from major oil representatives through to vessel Captains.   Held at the 4 Points Sheraton Hotel, Houston, day 1 focused on acoustic positioning techniques whilst day 2 looked at advances in Metrology, Autonomous Monitoring and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS).   With sessions delivered by members of Sonardyne’s Survey Support Group (SSG)


TOP Announces Delivery of Sixth in Series of Ten

TOP Tankers Inc, announced that it took delivery of M/T Restless, a 47,084 Dwt, ice-classed, double-hull Handymax tanker, built in 1991 by Halla Engineering & Heavy Industries Limited of the Republic of Korea. As with all the Company's Handymax tankers, the vessel commenced its 2-year profit-sharing employment contract with a major oil trader. The delivery of the M/T Restless represents the sixth of 10 double-hull tankers the Company is acquiring using the proceeds of its initial public


MN 100: Baker Marine Solutions, LLC

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The Company: Baker Marine Solutions (BMS) is an industry leader providing marine assurance and consulting services, performing DP assurance, OCIMF- OVID inspections, IMCA CMID inspections, and marine warranty surveys as well as on board marine representation, and project/vessel management services. BMS has provided analysis for most major oil companies, on some of the largest most sophisticated offshore vessels operating in the industry today


Turkey’s Role for the Tanker Market

Map and Graph: Poten and Partners

 Even though the coup attempt in Turkey  failed and the transportation situation normalized quickly thereafter, Poten & Partners take a look at the importance of Turkey to the tanker market.   Turkey is not a large oil or gas producer; according to JODI its crude oil


Fire at Prelude LNG Construction Site in South Korea

Happier Times: In May 2013 the price per barrel of oil was more than $100 and Shell ha laid the keel for Prelude FLNG, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project. (Courtesy of  Royal Dutch Shell)

Shell said a small fire occurred at the construction site in South Korea for its huge floating Prelude liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, with work resuming immediately and an investigation underway.   The incident would not have an impact on the delivery schedule


Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference Presents an Upbeat Mood

Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference Session in progress Photo JRF

The verdict at the 5th India Marine Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference of Hinode held this time in Mumbai last week was clear and unanimous. The presentations as well as the deliberations highlighted an upbeat atmosphere indicating the growing prospects for salvors on the India’s 7516 KM


Cegal Launches Blueback ODiSI

Petrel ODiSI The technology was originally developed solely by BP Image by Cegal

Cegal today announced the release of Blueback ODiSI - an innovative One Dimensional Stochastic Inversion method.   Blueback ODiSI produces high-quality images of reservoir property estimates and associated uncertainties.   According to Sara Grant, Geophysicist, BP


Global Ports Revenues Fall

Photo: Global Ports Investments PLC

 Global Ports Investments PLC's  container traffic slumped 31 percent and revenue sank 28 percent in 2015. Global Ports Investments' revenues fell to USD405.7 million in the year to the end of December.   Net loss of the port operator in 2015 amounted to $33.7 million versus $197


A2SEA Jack-Up Capsizes Off Denmark

Photo: A2SEA A/S

 A2SEA has announced that wind turbine installation vessel has capsized off the Danish coast due to harsh weather on Wednesday.    It has gone from bad to worse for A2SEA-vessel Sea Worker. A week ago, jumped tethers during a towing of the 1


BP Reports Biggest Ever Annual Loss

BPs Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: BP)

BP shares slide 8 pct after results miss forecasts. BP slumped to its biggest annual loss last year and announced thousands more job cuts on Tuesday, showing that even one of the nimblest oil producers is struggling in the worst market downturn in over a decade.


Iran Slowly Offloads Stockpiled Oil

Iran is slowly winding down stocks of oil stored on tankers close to its shores and the process is likely to take longer than Tehran had wanted, despite the lifting of international sanctions this month. The pace of sales taken from floating storage highlights the difficulties Iran is facing


Iran to Resume Shipping Oil to Japan

Image: National Iranian Oil Company

 The media in Tehran said on Saturday that Japan plans to extend a contract to purchase crude oil from Iran.   Shana news agency – affiliated to Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum – has reported that Japan’s contract will be extended until April 2017.   


Iran's Tankers Target India, EU

File Image: A large tanker transits the Suez Canal enroute to Europe. (credit: Suez Canal Authority)

Iran wants to up exports to India by 200,000 bpd within 6 months. With Iran ready to resume business as usual with the world under a historic nuclear deal, Tehran will target India, Asia's fastest-growing major oil market, and old partners in Europe with hundreds of thousands of barrels of its


V&A Completes Repair Package for Whitaker Tankers

(Photo: V&A Hydraulics)

Merseyside marine hydraulics specialist V&A announced it has completed a vessel repair package for Runcorn-based international fuel bunkering firm Whitaker Tankers.   The Birkenhead-based family-run firm has delivered a series of complex hydraulic upgrades to the short haul fuel tanker


Saudi-Iran Standoff and Oil Tankers

Map by  National Geographic Society

 The Saudi-Iran standoff is certainly one to worry over given its ramifications for oil supply as they sit on either side of the Persian Gulf, the world’s biggest concentration of oil tankers, reports Bloomberg.   The Strait of Hormuz at  the mouth of the Persian Gulf is the


Bunker Fuel Market Poised 460 million tons by 2020

Image: GAC Bunker Fuel

 Transparency Market Research launched its latest study on the global bunker fuel market, in terms of revenue and volume. The report predicts that the global bunker fuel market is likely to reach an estimated volume of 460 million tons by 2020.   


Russian Icebreaker Construction Underway

The ceremonial launch of construction of the lead icebreaking support vessel for Gazprom Neft Novy Port was held today at Vyborg Shipyard, a corporate member of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.    Guests were greeted by Kirill Voroshilov


De Nora Wins Contract for BWTS Retrofits

De Nora, a supplier of equipment for seawater electrochlorination, said it has been awarded a contract to provide its BALPURE ballast water management system by one of North America’s major oil tanker operators.   The BALPURE Twin BP3000-C systems






 
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