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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 production needs," said Nikolas Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN. "TEN is focused on expanding our relationships in this region by building ships that meet our clients' individual requirements and providing superior customer service and support directly to major oil producers like PMI." The Panamax Aztec was delivered on May 29 from Imabari Shipyards in Japan. The vessel immediately entered into a profitable repositioning voyage with a major oil trading concern, and will then commence the time charter with PMI. The Aztec is the third of four new fully coated Panamaxes, and joins its sister ships, the Maya and the Inca, which were both received earlier this year and recently chartered at attractive rates to a major South American oil producer. TEN plans to receive the last of the four Panamaxes, the Andes, in August 2003.


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.


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.


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


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’


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


$100 Oil: Driving Deepwater Oil Services Boom

Deepwater is one of the few areas where good prospects of major oil finds still remain, and these are mainly outside the control of OPEC. In a note to clients today, John Westwood, MD of international energy analysts Douglas-Westwood said “over the past year the stock prices of a grouping of 10 companies with significant exposure to the sector (the Douglas-Westwood Deepwater Index) has risen by an average of 79% and one, Wellstream, by 157%”.


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


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)


Brent crude eases toward $107, eyes on Libya

China exports fall for 2nd straight month in March, while U.S. crude stocks rise, at a record on the Gulf coast (EIA). Libya's oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending and OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. Separately, Brent to fall to $107.17.


Shell drops Norwegian subsea gas project

Royal Dutch Shell has dropped one of Norway's biggest and most innovative industrial projects due to rising costs and complexity, dealing a blow to a technology that some hope could revolutionise offshore production. Shell said on Friday it would postpone a project to provide subsea compression


Petrobras HQ Raided by Brazil Police

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Brazil's Federal Police raided the headquarters of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA in Rio de Janeiro as part of a money-laundering probe, two sources with direct knowledge of the operation told Reuters on Friday. The police said they were exercising 23 search and arrest warrants in


Brazil's Rousseff Says Petrobras Critics Distorting Facts

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the state-run oil company were politically-motivated. "I won't tolerate any type of wrongdoing, criminal action


Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

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Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014


Tsakos Announces Time Charter Extension

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN), a crude, product and LNG tanker operator, announced the time charter renewal of a 2004 built, double hull handysize product tanker with a major national end-user for a period of twelve months. The new charter commenced in February 2014 and is expected to


Transocean Profit Slides on Lower Rig Demand

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Reuters – Transocean Ltd, owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said on Wednesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 49 percent from a year ago, hurt by lower rig utilization. The company's net profit attributable to controlling interest fell to $233 million


Transocean Estimates 18-24 Months to Recovery

Reuters - Transocean Ltd, owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it could take up to 18-24 months for demand to recover as customers delay drilling programs. Demand for offshore rigs is tapering as major oil companies trim exploration and production budgets in the face of


Swissco Enters Offshore Rig Charter Business

Swissco Group expanding upstream into the offshore rig chartering business with the acquisition of Scott and English Energy. Scott and English Energy is in the business of owning and leasing mobile offshore drilling units and service rigs to support major oil and gas corporations in


Iraq Returns as World's Fastest-Growing Oil Exporter

By Alex Lawler and Peg Mackey, Reuters Iraq is reclaiming its rank as the world's fastest-growing oil exporter, cushioning consumers from Libyan supply outages for now and, perhaps, reviving OPEC market share rivalries down the road. Despite worsening violence due to spillover from the war


U.S. refiners oppose easing crude export limits

Four U.S. oil refiners, trying to counter growing calls to lift the nation's ban on most crude oil exports, have launched the first major lobbying effort to keep abundant U.S. oil supplies from being sold overseas. Rising U.S. shale oil production has opened the door to a possible revision of


Swissco Steps Into Offshore Rig Chartering Business

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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


Petrobras Setbacks Threaten 2014 Production Goals

Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA suffered another setback in its effort to boost oil output last month when Italian contractor Saipem SpA dropped a 2.3 km steel pipe into the Atlantic Ocean. On March 16, the rigging used to wrangle the pipe into position on a floating oil


W.Africa Crude-Traders on Sidelines

West African oil differentials were unchanged on Friday, with traders on the sidelines as they assessed the impact of lower North Sea supply and awaited a clearer outlook for Libyan exports.     The supply of North Sea crude that underpins the Brent benchmark will average 774


Vanishing Volatility Signals Oil Market Shift

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The oil market has rarely been so quiet. Benchmark Brent has traded in a narrow range of $5 either side of $110 per barrel since the summer of 2012. Price volatility has fallen to some of the lowest levels since crude futures markets were established in the early 1980s.  


 
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