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Rowan Wins North Sea Contract

Rowan Companies won a term drilling contract for use of the Rowan Gorilla VII in the North Sea commencing in August 2005. The contract provides for a one-year term with a minimum work commitment of nine months, and includes an option for a second year. Rowan estimates that contract revenues, based on a one-year term, will be approximately $65 million. As previously reported, Gorilla VII is currently carrying out decommissioning activities on the Ardmore Field in the North Sea which the Company expects to conclude during July.


Tidewater Sells North Sea Boats

Tidewater Inc. will sell its North Sea safety-standby boats to BUE Marine Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland. The $40 million all-cash deal is expected to close by late June. The 28 safety-standby boats were obtained by Tidewater as part of earlier acquisitions. This type of rescue vessel is required for oil and gas entities operating in the North Sea.


BP, Conoco Cutting North Sea Jobs

Oil majors BP and ConocoPhillips will cut over 500 jobs in the North Sea following similar moves by rivals to reduce costs in one of the world's most expensive exploration areas as oil prices tumble. Although the cuts are relatively small for companies with dozens of thousands of employees, they come at a politically sensitive time in Britain as the Scottish independence debate continues and a May parliamentary election looms.


BP Selects Offshore Automation Contractor of Choice

BP Exploration selects Emerson Process Management as automation contractor of choice for North Sea oil & gas operations Emerson will be BP’s preferred supplier of integrated control and safety systems for five offshore fields in the U.K. continental shelf, including the new Clair Ridge platforms and the Quad 204 floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Emerson’s selection as contractor of choice builds on an earlier agreement in which the company was named a Main


UK North Sea Gas Discovery 'Significant' Say E&P

E.ON Exploration & Production's (E&P) Tolmount gas discovery in the UK North Sea could contain significantly higher volumes than originally estimated, making it one of the largest discoveries made in this part of the North Sea for several years. The recently completed appraisal well reached its targets within time and budget on 6th July. A 855 m side-track was completed on 30th July, 2013.   "This successful discovery in UK is an important step for our growing upstream


Sharp Rise Seen in North Sea Decommissioning

Decom North Sea (DNS), the organization which represents the North Sea’s oil and gas decommissioning industry, has welcomed changes in the budget which will boost the sector, leading to new jobs and investment in new equipment.   With annual decommissioning expenditure in the North Sea forecast to top £1billion within a few years and a total of about £35billion due to be spent over the next 20 to 30 years, DNS had called for the budget to provide long-term certainty


Divorce Costs Could Sour Scotland's North Sea Hopes

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Scottish nationalists are betting $2.5 trillion of hydrocarbons trapped miles beneath the North Sea could bankroll an independent Scotland, but winning control of the European Union's largest oil reserves would be no blank cheque. Scotland says the bulk of Britain's North Sea oil and gas reserves are in its waters, while London says any division would be subject to negotiations should Scots vote to end their 307-year-old union with England in a referendum on


Maersk Sells North Sea Stakes to RockRose

Photo: Maersk Oil

Maersk Oil, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has agreed to sell stakes in three North Sea fields to RockRose Energy, the latest new entrant into the ageing basin.   RockRose suspended trading on Wednesday before announcing it has agreed non-binding headline terms and a period of exclusivity from Maersk Oil North Sea UK to acquire its non-operated 7.4 percent interest in the Wytch Farm field, a 5.2 percent interest in the Scott fields and a 2


Transocean to Create New Offshore Drilling Company

Image courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd. says that it intends to pursue the creation of an entity comprising 8 of its UK North Sea midwater drilling rigs.  The new entity, Caledonia Offshore Drilling Company (Caledonia) is expected to be established during the second half of 2014. The offshore drilling assets currently contemplated for transfer to Caledonia include the following rigs: Sedco 704, Sedco 711, Sedco 712, Sedco 714, Transocean John Shaw, Transocean Prospect, GSF Arctic III and J.W. McLean.


WesternGeco Awarded Contract

ExxonMobil Exploration has awarded WesternGeco a multiproject Q-Marine contract to cover three ExxonMobil assets in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. Q is the WesternGeco proprietary suite of advanced seismic technologies for enhanced reservoir location, description, and management. The surveys will be conducted by the Geco Topaz and the Western Neptune, two of the four WesternGeco Q-Technology vessels


Siemens’ Turbine Transport Ship Commissioned

Photo: Concordia Group

The heavy cargo roll on/roll off' coaster vessel recently delivered and commissioned by Concordia Group is not the typical RO/RO.   Once a containership, the 141-meter-long and 20-meter-wide Rotra Vente was converted into a specifically designed ship to be used under charter by Siemens


Bibby Offshore wins Shell Contract

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive, Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore won a contract with Shell, due to commence in Q1 2017, that will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea.    Bibby Offshore is contracted to use utilize its multipurpose dive support and


International Standards for Carriage of Offshore Technicians

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

On Friday, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took one important step forward in its work to develop international standards for the carriage of offshore technicians, for example in connection with activities within the field of offshore wind energy.


Boskalis wins SponsorRing Award

Photo Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) was last night named winner of the SponsorRing 2016 award in the 'Society' category for its sponsorship of The Ocean Cleanup's North Sea prototype test. A floating barrier designed to capture plastic from the sea is being tested approximately 23 km off


ExxonMobil Inks Deal to Collaborate on Caledonia LNG Project

OIC MEETING PHOTO EXXONMOBIL

ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the “Caledonia LNG ” project. The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe


Collaborators to Develop LNG Deliveries in North UK and North Sea

From left to right: Michael Cobb, ExxonMobil; Andrew Scott, Babcock; Ian Lindsay, Babcock; Angus Campbell, BSM; Michael Morrison, Orkney; Gavin Barr, Orkney; Mark Gilks, Calor; and Luca Volta, ExxonMobil (Photo: © Colin Keldie)

Aiming to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the U.K. and North Sea, including bunkering, partners ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)


Alphatron Marine Opens Office in Belgium

Photo courtesy of Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine said it has acquired a new office and warehouse space in Zwijndrecht, Belgium to serve customers in Belgium and France. The new location – operational since September and officially opened on November 9, 2016 – replaces the company’s existing Meerdonk office.


Semi-submersible Rig Stena Don Hot Stacked

Photo: Semco Maritime

Stena Drilling has selected Semco Maritime’s facilities at Hanøytangen for a warm stacking of the offshore drilling rig Stena Don. The rig will be warm stacked at the Hanøytangen yard in Bergen, ready for future work, explains Business Development Manager Øistein


Subsidy-Reliant Offshore Wind Takes Cue from Big Oil

File Image (CREDIT: Siemens)

From a helicopter, it looks like just another North Sea oil rig, a grey cube supported by massive yellow pillars, 90 kilometres (56 miles) off western Denmark. But the DanTysk facility is the world's first accommodation platform for offshore wind


New Dive Support Vessel for Technip

Deep Explorer (Photo: Peder Otto Dybvik / Technip)

Technip’s latest newbuild, the diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer, was officially named on Saturday, November 12, in Norway. The traditional naming ceremony was held at VARD’s Langsten shipyard. The vessel godmother was Heidi Brovoll-Bø, wife of Knut Bø


Aframax Rates in Mediterranean Jump on Shortage of Ships

File photo: Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation

Freight rates for Aframax tankers on Black Sea-Mediterranean and cross Mediterranean routes almost doubled on Friday to their highest since July, driven by demand for loadings at the end of November at a time when many Aframaxes are storing oil at sea.  


JF Subsea Inspects Shell Oil Rigs with New ROV technique

Photo James Fisher Subsea

James Fisher Subsea implements innovative ROV methodology on six North Sea oil rig platforms for Shell UK James Fisher Subsea uses its unique ROV methodology on 6 of Shell UK’s platforms over four month period ROV inspection methodology removed the need for a vessel and reduced downtime


Changes in Statoil’s Top Deck

Jannicke Nilsson and Anders Opedal Photo Statoil

 Jannicke Nilsson has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) in Statoil ASA.   She takes over the role from Anders Opedal, who will lead the development of Statoil’s growing and increasingly important operations in Brazil as new country manager


European Shipowners Welcome IMO Decision on Emission

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) concluded today (October 28) with a decision on defined tasks and timelines to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.   


IMO Climate Change Moves on Agenda

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) is this week discussing proposals to adopt a mandatory regulation for ships to record and report their fuel consumption.   






 
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