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Rosneft Cancels Rig Contract

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  Russian oil firm Rosneft has cancelled a contract for a two-and-a-half year rig contract with Northern Offshore and Seadrill's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd, the Norwegian offshore driller said. Western sanctions against Russia, and Rosneft in particular, have led the Russian oil group to cancel a North Atlantic Drilling vessel earlier this month and raised concerns whether a larger agreement would go through.. The contract, worth about $150 million, was for Northern Offshore's jack-up rig, Energy Endeavour, which is "part of a multi-rig contract to provide drilling services in the Russian Arctic commencing in the 2015 summer drilling season," Northern Offshore said in a statement dated March 24. The rig is part of a bigger deal between North Atlantic Drilling and Rosneft to supply 150 land rigs and for Rosneft to then take a 30 percent stake in the company. "We agreed before Christmas to postpone the deal and meet again in May," North Atlantic Drilling's Chief Executive Alf Ragnar Loevdal said on Wednesday. "As you tell, the geopolitical picture remains unresolved and we can't start the work because of that," he said, adding that the deal could be postponed until relations between the West and Russia improve. Rig firms have also been hit by cuts in spending by oil firms due to the slump in crude oil prices and rig rates have halved from a peak two years ago.


Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment on the basis that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats Directive in issuing exploration licenses. A spokesman said the government had been planning to issue new licenses in its 19th round early in 2000


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 17

From the Navy News Service 1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic. 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SS 166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines. 1959 - Adm. Arleigh Burke re-appointed as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for third two-year term, serving longest term as CNO. 1962 - Navy's first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH 1) launched at Seattle, Wash.


Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction – ANPRM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) discussing possible strategies to reduce mortalities to North Atlantic right whales as a result of vessel collisions. Strategies being considered include new operational measures (such as routing and speed restrictions), negotiation of a conservation agreement with Canada, and new education and outreach programs. Comments on the ANPRM should be submitted by August 2, 2004


Donjon-SMIT Provides Emergency Assistance

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On Monday, January 18, 2010, Donjon-SMIT, LLC, an OPA-90 Alliance, was notified by QI Gallagher Marine Services that a vessel required emergency towing assistance.  The Tavricheski Bridge, managed by UNICOM Ship Management, had broken a main engine camshaft and lost main propulsion 160 miles Southeast of Nantucket in the North Atlantic.  The Tavricheski Bridge, a 50,300 GT tanker, was carrying 32,500 MTs of Naptha


Grand Banks Iceberg Warning System Activates for 2014

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The U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol (IIP) announce it is scheduled to take over responsibility Wednesday for issuing daily iceberg warnings for the North Atlantic Ocean  marking the beginning of the 2014 Ice Season. In early February, the IIP will deploy the first ice reconnaissance detachment to Newfoundland, Canada to meet with Canadian partners and to conduct the initial aerial patrols of the season. Iceberg reconnaissance is conducted primarily with HC-130J aircraft from U


North Atlantic Right Whale Management Measures

In August 2001, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed ship traffic management measures as a means of reducing the incidence of ship strikes and resulting fatalities of the North Atlantic Right Whale. There are approximately 350 surviving Right Whales, and they are considered to be the most endangered of the large mammals. Through federal regulation, the NMFS implemented a "mandatory ship reporting system" to increase the industry's awareness of the problem and encourage the


Cruise Ship Follows in Titanic's Wake

Cruise Ship Balmoral: Photo credit Wiki CCL Berthfmn

Cruise ship 'Ballmoral' sails from Southampton for New York with remembrance service stopover at 'Titanic' resting place A cruise ship steamed out of the British city of Southampton Sunday to retrace the route taken by the legendary ill-fated ocean liner Titanic 100 years ago, reports VOA. Many of the passengers sailing to New York on the Balmoral are relatives of those who lost their lives when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912.


Korean Shipyard to Construct Ultra-deepwater Rig for Seadrill

Seadrill announce Hyundai Samho Shipyard are contracted to build a harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig To benefit from the current strong demand for high specification drilling units Seadrill announced that it has entered into a turnkey construction contract with Hyundai Samho Shipyard for the construction of a new harsh environment semisubmersible drilling rig. The new rig will be a sister rig of the harsh environment semi-submersible unit Seadrill's subsidiary North Atlantic


Scientists Drill Atlantic for Climate Change Clues

Team members with JOIDES Resolution background: Photo credit IODP Expedition

Ocean drilling expedition retrieves multi- million-year cores from the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. Researchers on board the scientific ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution recently completed an expedition to the North Atlantic, near the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Here, near the final resting place of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, large sediment drifts contain detailed records of the Paleogene – a span of about 40 million years when Earth’s climate shifted from a sultry


French Coast Braced for Giant Tide

Photo by France’s National Hydrographic Service

  Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997. At the picturesque Mont Saint Michel island where some of the biggest tides in the


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


Poland Seeks Cruise Missile for Submarines

Tomahawk Cruise Missile - Pic by Raytheon Company

 Poland is planning to get advanced cruise missiles for its submarines, the country’s defense minister has said, implying that the NATO member state is taking precautionary measures against a rising Russian threat, says a report in AP.  


International Ice Patrol Opens Annual Ice Season

A Coast Guard International Ice Patrol team conducts initial ice patrols for the 2015 ice season on Feb. 5, 2015. The International Ice Patrol opened the annual ice season on Feb. 3, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo contribute

The U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol opened the annual ice season February 3 to detect and track icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean. The IIP deployed its first Ice Reconnaissance Detachment (IRD) to Newfoundland, Canada, to meet with Canadian partners and to conduct the initial


Turkish Naval Forces to Stay in Gulf of Aden

Replenishment at Sea - Gulf of Aden (Courtesy: Turkish Naval Forces)

 Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly.   The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.


UASC to Enter North Atlantic Trade

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 Container shipping line and global carrier, United Arab Shipping Company has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with CMA CGM and Hamburg Süd to enter the North Atlantic trade.  The vessel sharing agreement will see the three partner companies operate a service that links


USS Cole (DDG 67) to Enter Black Sea Today

Cole (DDG 67) approaches the outer harbor breakwater as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. natio

USS Cole (DDG 67) will enter the Black Sea, Feb. 8, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region. Cole’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication to commitment towards strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S


First of Six PSVs Delivered to Vroon

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VOS Pace, the first of six PX121-type platform supply vessels designed by ULSTEIN, was delivered to Netherlands based shipowner Vroon Offshore Services on February 5, 2015.   The vessel, built at China’s Cosco Guangdong Shipyard


Crowley to Boost US Mainland-Puerto Rico Trade

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group will add a 400 FEU capacity, flat deck barge to its South Atlantic Puerto Rico service in the first quarter, increasing the rotation between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan to four sailings each week


Great Ships of 2014: R/V Neil Armstrong - Multifaceted Sea Explorer

 Two ships, $145m GPA designed Diesel Electric propulsion

The Ocean Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel hull number 27 started its official life as the R/V Neil Armstrong, the first research vessel named after a space explorer.  The ship was designed by Guido Perla and Associates and built at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI)


ABS Extends Design Approval for KC-1 LNG CCS

ABS has granted extended general design approval for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system (CCS). The new membrane type will be installed on newbuild LNG carriers currently on order for Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer.   


US Research Ships Ready to Cast Off in 2015

Arctic-bound Sikuliaq (Photo: U.S. National Science Foundation)

Two new U.S. research vessels are going full steam ahead: the U.S. National Science Foundation will formally commission its Arctic-bound Sikuliaq, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Neil Armstrong will begin science operations. 


USCG Cutter Tahoma Returns

USCG Cutter Tahoma

  Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned Sunday to their homeport of Kittery, Maine after a 55-day patrol conducting operations and training in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The crew carried out Living Marine Resources boardings under the guidance of the 1st Coast Guard District


World Magnetic Model Updated

The WMM is a large-scale representation of Earth’s magnetic field. The blue and red lines indicate the positive and negative difference between where a compass points the compass direction and geographic North. Green lines indicate zero degrees of declination. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA and British Geological Survey make critical changes to World Magnetic Model to ensure accurate navigation   NOAA officials announced today the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-scale magnetic field and an indispensable complement to GPS devices used by


Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Complete Merger

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Hapag-Lloyd and the Chilean Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) are joining forces, by merging CSAV´s container business activities into Hapag-Lloyd, becoming the fourth-largest liner shipping company in the world. The corresponding contracts for the merger of the two






 
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