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Largest Ever Ship on the Thames


The largest ship ever to enter the Thames is due to call at the U.K.’s new deepwater container port DP World London Gateway this weekend weekend, with estimated time of arrival in the early hours of Sunday morning, October 19. Oone of the largest containerships in the world, the 397-meter-long, 56-meter-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and can carry up to 15,500 standard containers.

Canyon Offshore Purchases Triton ROVs

Canyon Offshore has purchased three new Triton XLS Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicles from Perry Slingsby Systems, Inc. Triton XLS, a new deepwater, 100-horsepower vehicle is specifically designed for deep and ultra deepwater operations. Depth-rated to 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) and equipped to carry a payload of 200 kg. (440 lbs.), the Triton XLS series improves the controls, performance and features of the Triton XL with greater depth capabilities, and a significantly longer 390-meter (2

Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged

The number of mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract is unchanged from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 139 of 190 mobile offshore drilling rig are under contract this week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 73.2 percent. Among the working rigs is a new deepwater drillship, which has moved to its first drilling location. In the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and other European waters

Friede Goldman Signs $143 Million Contract to Build Millennium SA

Friede Goldman International Inc. (FGI) has signed a $143.2 million contract with Rudgil SA, a subsidiary of Schahin Engenharia e Comercio Ltda. of Brazil, for the construction of a Friede Goldman-designed "Millennium SA." The Millennium SA (South America) is the latest in new, deepwater semisubmersible designs from FGI subsidiary Friede & Goldman, Ltd., (F&G) a New Orleans-based naval architecture and marine engineering company.

Maersk Chooses DCT Gdansk

Maersk Line announced that with effect from December 1, it will switch its Polish operations from BCT in to the new deepwater container terminal DCT Gdansk. Maersk Line said: “After many years of good cooperation with BCT Gdynia, the time has come to explore new possibilities with DCT Gdansk, allowing Maersk Line to continue to offer its customers a reliable product while maintaining a high level of efficiency  and  cost  effectiveness. 

Offshore Newfoundland Geophysical Survey Contract Awarded

Map courtesy of PGS

PGS in cooperation with TGS begins data acquistion on  a new 20,000 km MultiClient 2D survey over the Northeast Newfoundland Shelf. The M/V Sanco Spirit has returned to Newfoundland and Labrador once again utilizing PGS GeoStreamer® broadband technology.  Data acquisition will continue into early Q4 2012 and the vessel will complete the survey in 2013. “Northeast Canada and the far North represent some of the most exciting new deepwater exploration areas in the world

APL: Vietnam Seaport Master Plan Must Have Long-Term Focus

Vietnam must better coordinate the planning and construction of an integrated seaport network to handle the country’s rapid trade growth, according to container transportation leader APL. The company was providing an update of the findings outlined in a research paper, entitled: “Vietnam Transportation and Logistics: Challenges and Opportunities”, developed earlier this year by the NOL Group, the Singapore-based parent company of APL

Seaway Falcon Performs Deepest Pipelay

Stolt Offshore in Houston has successfully completed a deepwater subsea to subsea installation, including one flowline and one umbilical, for Shell's single well Einset project in the Gulf of Mexico, reports Bjorn Koi, Stolt's project manager. "Subsea to subsea installations are 'rare' in the industry but may become more prevalent as we move into deeper waters. To date, most subsea tie-backs have been supported by host platforms in shallower water

Port Dolphin Energy Regulatory Milestone

Port Dolphin Energy, LLC, announced that a Record of Decision has been signed in its application for a license to build a deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) port off the West Coast of Florida. The Record of Decision paves the way to the awarding of a deepwater port license to be issued by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The signing marks the successful completion of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement directed by the U.S

Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contracts


Aker Solutions signed two contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the delivery of complete drilling equipment packages for two new deepwater drillships. The contracts have a total value of about $230m. The drilling equipment and systems will be installed on the two vessels, which are being constructed at DSME's yard in South Korea.  Each delivery has a contract value of about $115 million, and includes options for additional equipment and services.

Bronka to be Gateway to Moscow

Photos: Port of Bronka

 Bronka Container Terminal is the biggest in the Baltic Sea, and has already accepted a call from CMA CGM, and is due another from the French liner in March of this year.   According to a report in Reuters, the new deepwater port in Saint Petersburg  aims to become Russia's major

Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations

Shipping Industry Flying On The Dragon’s Back

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually found their 2008 heights just as unsustainable, even as some talked of a “new paradigm”.  

BP Decries Deepwater Horizon Film as Inaccurate

Photograph: David Lee/Lionsgate

BP has criticized the new "Deepwater Horizon" film as being an inaccurate Hollywood dramatization of the deadly oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. "The Deepwater Horizon movie is Hollywood's take on a tragic and complex accident

Floating Production Roundup: August 2014

Samsung is building two FLNGs, including the massive Prelude FLNG for Shell.

What’s New in August 2014 There are 320 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field.  FPSOs account for 64% of the existing systems, 79% of systems on order.  Production semis, barges, spars and TLPs comprise the balance

Maersk Drilling CEO: Slow Deepwater Rig Market Coming

Maersk Drilling Chief Executive Claus Hemmingsen talked to Reuters on the sidelines of A.P. Moller-Maersk's annual capital markets day. Maersk Drilling has focused on two areas - harsh environment rigs primarily in Norway and deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and off West Africa.

Video: E-Class Edith Mærsk on the Thames

Maersk Edith alongside at DP World London Gateway (Photo: DP World)

The largest ship ever to enter the Thames arrived at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s new deepwater container port. The 397-meter-long, 56-meter-wide Edith Mærsk has a draught of 16 meters and carries up to 15,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).

Transocean Issues Monthly Fleet Update Summary

  Transocean Ltd today issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary, which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since the February 17, 2015 Fleet Update Summary

Proposed Rule Change for Deepwater Ports

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed revisions to its regulations for the licensing, construction, design, equipment and operation of deepwater ports, which are offshore fixed or floating structures, other than vessels, used as ports or terminals for the import or export of oil and natural gas

Transocean Puts Off Deliveries of Two New Drillships

GSF CR Luigs Ultra-Deepwater Drillship courtesy Transocean

  Transocean Ltd. announced today a mutual agreement with its customer, Shell EP Wells Equipment Wells Services B.V. (Shell), and the shipyard, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), to delay the operating and delivery contracts of two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships -

Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

(Image: iStock)

IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Port

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, citing security and economic concerns along with the potential to negatively impact off-shore wind development.   The project, which had been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

Terminal Project to Allow 10,000 TEU Ships in the Black Sea

Construction of a deepwater berth at the NUTEP terminal in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk has commenced. (Photo: Ruscon)

The construction of a deepwater berth at the NUTEP terminal in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk will allow Russia to offer regular year-round ice-free calls for vessels up to 10,000 TEU for the first time. NUTEP, a subsidiary of DeloPorts and sister company to multimodal transport specialist

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

(Image: iStock)

IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

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