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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’

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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’

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

Jackson Offshore Receives Minority Certification

Lee Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Offshore LLC, a provider of high specification crewboat services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, announced the company’s recent certification as a minority business in the state of Louisiana. Jackson Offshore was formed in part to provide dedicated crewboat services to major oil and offshore service companies wishing to contract with companies involved in the reinvestment and rejuvenation of southern Louisiana and especially New Orleans

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)

Tsakos Fixes Three LR2s on Timecharter

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd

 Crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (TNP) announced the charter for an average of 36-months per vessel for its three LR2 Aframax tankers to a major European oil concern for crude trading operations. The total gross revenues from these three fixtures are

Fishermen Accuse Chevron of Oil Spill, Demand Compensation

About 500 fishermen in Angola's Cabinda province are demanding compensation from Chevron Corp, saying it was behind an oil spill that prevented them from catching fish for nearly two weeks, an industry body said on Tuesday.   Environmental authorities in the southern African country found

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

First LNG Shipment from Donggi Senoro in Indonesia

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 Indonesia’s $2.8 billion Donggi-Senoro LNG project has shipped its first cargo of the chilled gas on August 2, Mitsubishi Corp, which holds about 45 percent of the project, stated.   The $2.9 billion project, with LNG production capacity of 2 million-tonne-per-year (mtpa)

NNPC Bans 113 Oil Tankers from Nigerian Waters

Nigeria's state oil company NNPC has banned 113 oil tankers from the country's waters, citing a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, in what traders said could be part of efforts to crack down on illegal crude oil trading. The vessels, which include mainly VLCC crude oil tankers

Offshore O&G: Weathering the Storm

Courtesy Fleet Operators

Vessels are stacked as Gulf oil operators retrench and day rates fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessels serving offshore oil-and-gas exploration and production are being stacked or idled as the rig count there declines. Oil companies are retrenching while crude prices remain weak

DNV GL Wins KOGAS TQ Contract

Rolf Benjamin Johansen

  DNV GL Korea, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a technology qualification (TQ) contract with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) for a FEED Package for a 5MTPA onshore LNG liquefaction plant based on the innovative KSMR liquefaction process.

Rickmers: Maersk Tigris Released by Iran, Crew safe

Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last month in one of the world's major oil shipping lanes, the vessel's operator said on Thursday. It confirmed reports from Iran. The vessel was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in the

Iran: Maersk Boxhip Dispute Near Settlement

Iran said on Wednesday a legal settlement could be reached soon over its seizure of the Marshall-Islands flagged Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz last month, according to the official IRNA news agency. The Maersk Tigris was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in one

Thoma-Sea Launches US-flagged OSV

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Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that another derivative of a vessel built from TAI’s EnviroMax designs was launched.   Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC has launched a 6,300 DWT Technology EnviroMax 310 OSV from its Lockport, La. shipyard on April 28

DNV GL Issues Design Guidelines for DP Operations

Aleks Karlsen

  Advanced dynamic positioning (DP) vessels can now meet critical safety regulations while gaining operational flexibility, efficiency and cost savings through new design and monitoring methods. More and more operators are asking their drilling contractors to operate their DP units in

Transboundary Oil Pollution Debated in IMO

Transboundary oil pollution damage resulting from offshore activities Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

   A working group led by Denmark and Indonesia met in the IMO to consider the need to regulate the issue of transboundary oil pollution, on 13 April, 33 countries and a number of international organisations have just met at the IMO headquarters in London under the chairmanship of

Bad Weather Shuts Ras Tanura Port

Saudi Arabia's Ras Tanura port, a major oil operations centre for Saudi Aramco, was shut on Monday because of bad weather, two shipping industry sources told Reuters.   "The port is closed completely - today at 11.30 a.m. (local time) there is fast wind, poor visibility and no movement

Semco Maritime strengthens Management Team

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 The international contracting and engineering company Semco Maritime has strengthened its Aberdeen team with three new appointments to support its continued growth.   Brian Donaldson takes up the role of business development manager

Greenpeace Activists Refuse To Leave Shell Arctic Oil Rig

Greenpeace activists hang on a Shell oil rig on board the Blue Marlin. Photo by Greenpeace International

 "Shell wants activists off its rig. We want Shell out of the Arctic," says Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA’s Executive Director.   Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an

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