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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.


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


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


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.


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


North Sea Output Reduced 70,000 bpd

Royal Dutch/Shell is said to have cut its North Sea oil output by 70,000 bpd after lightning cut power to a natural gas plant.


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


Transocean to Create New Offshore Drilling Company

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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.


Safeway: New Motion Compensated Gangway

Image: Van Aalst

The Van Aalst Group has introduced a new motion compensated gangway system under the brand name Safeway.   Developed and built in the Netherlands, the Safeway gangway bridge makes it possible for vessels to land at a broad range of offshore constructions


Rolls-Royce: 50 Years of Azimuth Thruster Production

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Marking 50 years since the delivery of its first azimuth thruster, Rolls-Royce held an event in Rauma, Finland to celebrate the occasion.   Azimuthing thrusters, which today are one of Rolls-Royce’s most successful marine products,  rotate through 360 degrees


Prepare for Growth, Oil Industry Told

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The North Sea oil and gas industry has been urged to buck the trend and prepare for growth in the near future.   Attendees at an event organized by subsea intervention and commercial diving specialists K.D. Marine in Aberdeen recently, heard an upswing in oil price was imminent and


Hanøytangen Deal Reached – Again

Photo: Bergen Group

Agreement concluded for the sale of Hanøytangen; new ownership takes over as from today   Bergen Group has reached an agreement with Semco Maritime on sale of the rig service activity and with Hellik Teigen AS for sale of the real estate at Hanøytangen


Harkand Haldane DP3 Dive Support Vessel: A New Wave of DSV

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The Harkand Haldane is a DP3 dive support vessel currently being designed and built in Europe to reduce downtime in the North Sea’s winter marginal weather months. Along with its well-equipped and logically planned layout, Harkand’s clients looking for increased efficiency to maximize


APM Maasvlakte II Terminal Opens

King Willem-Alexander officialised the opening of Maasvlakte II by informing a remote crane operator to launch the multi-coloured ballet of containers on 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles. Next to him are CEO of the Maersk Group, Nils s. Andersen and CEO of APM Terminals, Kim Fejfer. Photo: Maersk Group

 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II held a ceremony  to celebrate the opening of the world’s most automated container terminal.   The  event that was attended by Dutch King Willem-Alexander and 500 representatives of the port industry and governments from around the world


Aker Solutions 1Q 2015 Revenue Up

Courtesy of Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions announced their Financial Results for the first quarter of the current calendar year. Financial Highlights  * Sales NOK 8.5 billion in 1Q 2015 vs NOK 7.5 billion in 1Q 2014  * Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) NOK 591 million vs


New Severn Offshore Vessel Starts Work in German Wind Sector

Severn Provider (Photo courtesy of Severn Offshore Services)

Severn Offshore Services announced that its new vessel Severn Provider has commenced operations in the German sector of the North Sea.   The 26-meter Damen Twin Axe crew transfer vessel Severn Provider was recently christened at Damen Shipyards


Norway to Host NATO Submarine Hunt

NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Photo: NATO

 Nearly 5,000 NATO troops would take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off its coast in early May, amid growing regional unease over suspected submarine sightings, Norwegian military said.   Submarines, surface ships and aircraft will operate in the exercise


NATO Begins 'Dynamic Mongoose' Sub-Hunt Exercise

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 Naval forces from 10 NATO nations and Sweden have launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea in Norway to practice detecting and hunting submarines in an annual exercise whose real-world relevance has grown in the past year.  


Tampnet, Marlink Partner for Offshore 4G Services

A key aspect of Tampnet’s 4G infrastructure service for offshore communication is low latency. (Image: Marlink)

New low latency mobile communication services set to improve support of offshore vessel operations   Marlink and Tampnet have signed a partner agreement for the delivery of offshore Long Term Evolution (LTE) based services in the North Sea


Work Starts at North Sea's Hound Point VLCC Jetty

A month of planned maintenance has started at the North Sea loading terminal for Forties crude, which helps set the Brent benchmark, an industry source said on Thursday, preventing VLCC loadings.   Hound Point's Jetty 1 is the key loading berth for very large crude carriers (VLCCs)


Zamakona Delivers New Ship to Atlantic Offshore

Photo: Zamakona Yards

Norwegian shipping company Atlantic Offshore A.S. took delivery of new offshore multipurpose vessel Ocean Falcon from Zamakona Yards at the builder’s facilities in Pasajes, San Sebastián.   Ocean Falcon is the third and final vessels in a series built by Zamakona for Atlantic


Havila Extends Niche Deal with Maersk

Platform supply vessel (PSV) by Havila Shipping ASA.

Havila Shipping ASA has seen Maersk Oil & Gas (MOG) extend an option for a vessel, allowing the company to avoid the weak North Sea spot market for 12 more months.   Maersk Oil and Gas Company declared the first of three one year options for the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Havila


Subsea 7 to Slash Workforce, Cull Fleet

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Oil services firm Subsea 7 plans to cuts its workforce by close to 20 percent and reduce its fleet of 39 by up to 11 vessels as global oil and gas firms continue to cut spending after the plunge in crude oil prices. Subsea 7, which focuses on the North Sea but has a global operation






 
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