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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


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


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


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

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


North Sea Unions Call for Better Lifeboats

Lifeboats on oil and gas installations in the North Sea are not fit for purpose, union leaders claimed yesterday in Aberdeen, according to a report on www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk. The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) reportedly called for a new and safer way of evacuating offshore workers by boat and gave a damning verdict on the two methods currently in use.


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


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


Montrose Port Authority Appoints New Executive

Nicholas Scott-Gray. Picture: Montrose Port Authority (MPA)

 Nicholas Scott-Gray has been appointed as the head of UK-based Montrose Port Authority (MPA)  – bringing with him more than 26 years’ experience within the port and shipping sectors.   He brings with him over 26 years of experience within the port and shipping sectors


Kleven Delivers Construction Vessel to Olympic Shipping

Olympic Bibby (Photo courtesy of Kleven)

Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping.   The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea.   


Sembawang Bags Teekay's FSO Conversion Project

Image: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) conversion contract worth S$56 million from Teekay for the Gina Krog Field in the North Sea.   Sembawang Shipyard will work closely with Teekay to convert the shuttle


ConocoPhillips Weighs Sale of North Sea Assets in Norway

ConocoPhillips Inc is weighing sale of some of its North Sea assets in Norway which may fetch as much as $1 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.   The largest independent producer of oil and natural gas may sell assets that are operated by others including


Safety at VIKING Scales New Heights

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  A record-breaking offshore evacuation system is one of several highlights to be presented at the stand of leading marine and fire safety equipment and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) at OTC 2015 in Houston, Texas.   Chuting for the top


PSV Launching Ceremony at Gondan

The New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, has been launched

  At high tide today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, the New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, was launched. Different personalities related to the sector have attended the ceremony as well as authorities from the Ministry of Industry


Shell Ready for ECA Challenges

Photo: Shell

Since the implementation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) on January 1, 2015, ships entering waters in the Baltic Sea; the North Sea; the North American ECA, including most of the U.S. and Canadian coast, as well as the French overseas collectivities of St. Pierre and Miquelon; and the U.S


Technip Wins Subsea Contract on Triton FPSO

Floating Production Storage and Offloading Unit Courtesy Technip

  Technip has been awarded a brownfield subsea contract for the Triton(1) floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, operated by Dana Petroleum, located in the central North Sea. This FPSO vessel is located 193 kilometers east of Aberdeen


Hanøytangen Under New Ownership

Photo courtesy of the Bergen Group

Bergen Group has decided to divest the company’s activity at Hanøytangen. Sale agreements have been concluded with Semco Maritime for the operational activity and with Hellik Teigen AS for the real estate. The total transaction price is set to NOK 245 million.  


SeaZip Takes Delivery of Damen Crew Suppliers

SeaZip 3 (Photo: Damen)

On 28 March, SeaZip Offshore Service named two new Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.   The two vessels, named SeaZip 3 and SeaZip 4, will expand their owner’s offshore wind farm support capacity in the North Sea region


World's Largest Ship: Pioneering Spirit Awaits Completion

Photo: Eric Haun

Final construction aboard the world’s largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit (formerly named Pieter Schelte), is wrapping up in the Port of Rotterdam before the vessel can be commissioned off Norway this summer.   Built primarily at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in South Korea


North Sea Oil: Harkand wins Maersk Oil North Sea Deal

Harkand Da Vinci.

Harkand won a multi-million contract with Maersk Oil North Sea Ltd for the provision of DSV services in the North Sea region. The 12-month contract will be serviced by Harkand’s two DSVs, the Harkand Da Vinci and Harkand Atlantis, supported by project management and engineering from


Container Ship breaks Down off Essex Coast

ANL Warringa: CMA CGM

 Lifeboats from Walton and Frinton, and the Harwich have been called out to a container ship ANL Warringa off the coast of Essex which had been reported to be drifting in a major shipping lane.   It was reported to be drifting in the North Sea, 20 miles (32 miles) off the Essex coast






 
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