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.
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 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.
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 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
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’
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
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 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
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)
International contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, Ocean Rig, announce its unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, reporting a net loss of $21.5 million, or $0.16 basic and diluted loss per share
The AX-S system, a world first in light well intervention, will be the topic of discussion at a major oil and gas industry event in Aberdeen next week. Following over £120 million of investment and eight years of research and development
West Africa is experiencing a surge in piracy, with well-organised hijackers targeting the region's growing oil and gas industries, writes national security expert Dr James Jay Carafano in 'World Review'. Extracts by permission of 'World Review' follow:
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic
Seadrill secures commitment for newbuild ultra-deepwater unit 'West Tellus'. The company has signed a contract with Chevron China Energy Company for the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship West Tellus in support of Chevron's affiliated global exploration program
DryShips Inc., an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Ocean Rig as signed definitive documentation with Total E&P
SPEX Group, an Aberdeen-headquartered provider of innovative technology solutions and services to the global oil and gas industry, has strengthened its management team with a round of key appointments. Sylvia Halkerston joins the SPEX board of directors
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar unveiled an Action Plan to improve Maritime Safety and Marine Emergency Response Services, including an overhaul of operations within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The Action Plan will set up a new
Singapore's Swiber Holdings construction & support services providers to the offshore oil and gas industry, reported that net profit in the half year ended June 30, 2013 rose 11.8% to US$37.4 million from US$33.5 million in the half year ended June 30, 2012.
3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, announced the acquisition of RRC Controls Services Ltd., based in Gourdon Aberdeenshire. The deal, worth a six figure sum, is part of 3sun Group’s plans to expand its footprint in Aberdeen and enhance
Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply the design & an integrated solution for a new large platform supply vessel (PSV). The ship will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is owned by Siem Offshore. The contract's scope of supply includes the
Hoover Container Solutions, a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has acquired Dolphin Energy Equipment LLC, a leading provider of cargo and waste management rental equipment and related consumables in the Gulf of Mexico region. Headquartered in New Iberia, La
2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has appointed Pedro Viana and Roberto Alvim as the technical managers of its Rio de Janeiro, Brazil office to strengthen its management team and drive business growth. Viana was the first engineer hired when 2H Offshore’s Brazil office opened in 2003
Viking Supply Ships has entered into a contract with a major oil company for the charter of the AHTS-vessels “Loke Viking”, “Magne Viking”, “Brage Viking” and “Balder Viking”. The contract applies to the drilling seasons 2014 and 2015
The U.S. Coast Guard completed Arctic Shield 2013 after a successful summer season of sustained operations and outreach efforts in the Arctic region Friday. Arctic Shield focused on Western Alaska and the Bering Strait and consisted of a three-pronged approach of operations