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GlobalSantaFe Orders New Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

GlobalSantaFe's new ultra-deepwater drillship, to be constructed in Ulsan, Korea, by Hyundai Heavy Industries for delivery in 2010. GlobalSantaFe Corporation has made an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ltd. (HHI) to build a new ultra-deepwater exploration and development drillship for delivery in September 2010. Shipyard construction costs are expected to total approximately $740m. The drillship will be constructed in Ulsan, Korea, under a turnkey agreement, which provides that HHI will contract directly with equipment suppliers and deliver the drillship to GlobalSantaFe for a fixed price. The new vessel is an enhanced version of GlobalSantaFe's highly successful GSF C.R. Luigs and GSF Jack Ryan drillships, which entered service in 2000. Like those rigs, it will be capable of drilling in water depths up to 10,000 feet and is upgradeable to 12,000 ft. In addition, the new rig will feature advanced dynamic positioning capabilities, triple activity load paths, a derrick rated for 4 million pounds, dual liquid-storage systems, larger quarters and an efficient deck design that provides significantly more space than previous-generation drillships.


SHI South Korea Yard to Build Two Ultra-deep Drillships for Seadrill

Seadrill orders two new ultra-deepwater drillships for delivery in 2014 Seadrill has entered into turnkey contracts to build two new ultra-deepwater drillships at Samsung in South Korea. The construction of the drillships is scheduled for completion in the second and third quarter 2014. Total project price per drillship is estimated to be under US$600 million, which includes a turnkey contract with the yard, project management, drilling and handling tools, spares


Keppel FELS Delivers Jackup for ENSCO

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered ENSCO 108, its ninth jackup rig for ENSCO International Inc (ENSCO) on schedule, within budget and with zero loss time incidents. Of this outstanding achievement, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman & CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine, said, “Construction of ENSCO 108 was a true mark of the efficiency and precision in project design, management and execution. ENSCO 108 was named by Lady Sponsor


Diamond Offshore Orders New Deepwater Rig from HHI

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) today announced that a subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited, has entered into a turnkey contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for construction of a new ultra-deepwater drillship with delivery scheduled for late in the second quarter of 2013. Total cost, including commissioning, spares and project management, is expected to be approximately $590 million and will be paid out of available funds


Keppel FELS Delivers Rig

Keppel FELS Limited, the world leader in the construction of jackup rigs, has successfully designed and built its first KFELS MOD V “B” class ultra premium jackup drilling unit. Built for Chiles Offshore Inc. (AMEX: "COD") (CHILES), Chiles Discovery is the benchmark for a new generation of ultra premium deep-well drilling rigs. Keppel FELS received an early delivery bonus for Chiles Discovery, a testament of its excellent project management and executing capabilities


Hellespont Alhambra to Deliver Cargo at Rotterdam

Hellespont Alhambra, the first of the series of four new ultra-high specification double hull ulccs now being delivered to Piraeus-based Hellespont Group, will deliver a full cargo of Middle East crude to Rotterdam at the beginning of February, following a swift voyage from the Middle East Gulf to Europe via the Suez Canal. Alex Papachristidis-Bove, president and co-chartering manager of Seatramp Tankers, Hellespont's commercial management, says, "It's exciting to come up


Oil Discovery in Brazil

A huge offshore oil discovery could raise Brazil's petroleum reserves by a whopping 40 percent and boost this country into the ranks of the world's major exporters, officials said according to an AP report. The government-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said the new "ultra-deep" Tupi field could hold as much as 8 billion barrels of recoverable light crude, sending Petrobras shares soaring and prompting predictions that Brazil could join the world's "top 10" oil


HHI Builds Twin-Engine VLCC

Stena Vision, a unique VLCC built by Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) in that it features twin-engines and twin-propellers, was recently christened at the Ulsan Shipyard. Concordia Maritime AB's new ultra-large 315,000-dwt VLCC was christened by Mrs. Karen Fidler, wife of the president of Sunoco Inc., the company that chartered the VLCC. Built for Concordia Maritime, a public tanker company of the Swedish-based Stena organization


Chiles Offshore Reports 1Q Results

Chiles Offshore Inc. reported that, for the quarter ended March 31, 2002, the company had net income of $4.1 million or $0.20 per diluted share after an extraordinary loss of $0.02 per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.3 million or $0.30 per diluted share reported for the corresponding quarter ended March 31, 2001. Revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2002, was $19.8 million compared to revenue of $19.2 million for the corresponding quarter ended March 31, 2001.


Seabourn Cruise Line Orders Two New Ships

Seabourn Cruise Line announced today that it will build two new, ultra luxury ships, for delivery in spring 2009 and 2010. Seabourn, a division of Miami-based Carnival Corporation has signed a letter of intent for the project with shipbuilder T. Mariotti S.p.A. of Genoa, Italy. The sister ships will have an all-in U.S. dollar cost of $250 million each. Each of the 32,000-GRT ships will accommodate all guests in 225 luxury suites, ninety percent of which will offer private verandas


Saipem: A Fleet Grows in Brazil

Saipem FDS 2 with new J Lay tower at anchor. (Photo Saipem)

As some pre-salt plays begin production, a wide range of subsea infrastructure is being built, with O&G transportation pipeline grids being one of the vital downstream systems. Saipem has been recipient of the first major contracts to install deepwater pre-salt pipelines by national operator


Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Valiant: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with


Three European firms win Angola deepwater deals

Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola's $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, confirming a trend toward bigger scale and risk for the deep-sea contracting and construction sector. Saipem of Italy announced a $4 billion contract related to


Transocean 2013 Success Story: Dividend Up 34%

Frontispiece courtesy of Transocean

In a letter to shareholders chairman, Ian C. Strachan and Steven L. Newman, president and CEO, set out a summary of offshore drilling specialist Transocean's 2013 operations, excerpted as follows: • Revenue and Backlog Full year 2013 net income attributable to controlling interest was $1


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

Image Courtesy Fairmount

Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


Oil Major Total Close to Angola Kaombo Decision

Kaombo block (Courtesy Total)

French oil major Total is on the verge of making a final investment decision on Angola's Kaombo oil project after lowering the cost by $4 billion, its chief executive said on Friday. "We're on the verge," Christophe de Margerie told reporters on the sidelines of an oil conference in


Petroperu Tenders to Buy ULSD Cargoes

State-run Petroperu launched a tender to buy six 290,000-324,800 barrel cargoes of ultra low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), to be received from May to June at its Conchan, Mollendo and Callao ports in Peru, according to an invitation seen by Reuters on Wednesday.


Strainstall Supply Load Pins for Shell Stones Project

Strainstall UK Limited has been selected to work alongside SBM offshore on the prestigious Shell Stones project, which is an ultra-deep Oil and Gas development in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently the deepest production facility in the world at approximately 2,900 meters.


PDVSA to Sell Jet Fuel and ULSD Cargos for April

Venezuela's state-run PDVSA launched tenders to sell one 240,000 barrel cargo of jet fuel and one 240,000 barrel cargo of ultra low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) for delivery in April, according to documents seen by Reuters on Friday. The company launched two previous tenders in recent days to buy heavy


Silver Discoverer Embarks on Inaugural Voyage

Photo courtesy of Silversea

Silver Discoverer, Silversea's latest addition to its award-winning expedition fleet, welcomes her first guests today, exactly 20 years to the day since the company launched its first ultra-luxury cruise ship. Setting sail at 4:30 p.m. on her inaugural voyage from the port city of Broome


Long Legs Jack-Up 'Maersk Intrepid' Delivered

Maersk Intrepid at night: Image Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling informs it has taken delivery of its first ultra harsh environment jack-up, 'Maersk Intrepid', from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore, and on time. The new offshore jack-up rig will start its mobilisation to the Norwegian North Sea in approximately two weeks


World's Largest Jack-up Rig Named

Worlds Largest Jack-up Rig: Photo courtesy of Maersk Drilling

In a ceremony held at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore, the ultra harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid was named in the presence of the Guest of Honour Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport in Singapore. With a leg length of 206


Ocean Rig Prices Its US$500-Million Note Offering

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

Offshore deepwater drilling services provider Ocean Rig informs that the pricing of its previously announced offering has been priced at 100% of par, with a stated interest rate of 7.250%. The Notes are being sold in a private offering within the United States to qualified institutional buyers


Transocean Latest Offshore Drilling Rig Fleet Summary

Image courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd. has issued its monthly Fleet Update Summary which includes new contracts, significant changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since February 18, 2014.  The total value of new contracts since the February 18


East-West Freight Rates Remain Down After Chinese New Year

Image courtesy of Drewry

Following three consecutive months of price rises, freight rates on the East-West trades declined in February, according to Drewry’s online Container Freight Rate Insight. Rates came under most pressure on the Asia-Europe trade, which weakened following a meteoric rise in the run-up to the


 
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