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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.


Energy Searcher Gets Offshore Nigeria Contract

Drillship Energy Searcher: Image courtesy of the owners

Northern Offshore subsidiary, Northern Offshore International Drilling Company says it has executed a long-term drilling contract with an affiliate of CAMAC Energy Inc. for its drillship 'Energy Searcher'. The contract commits to an initial period of one year, with an option to extend the contact for an additional one-year term. Commencement of drilling activities on the Oyo Field offshore Nigeria is expected during the first half of 2014.


Oslo Sees Comeback For Maritime Stocks

The All Share Index in Oslo was up 3.8 percent in May, and shipping and offshore stocks were leading the way as the Shipping Index surged 13.9 percent during the month. All but three of the offshore stocks listed on the OSE experienced positive share price movements in the period. Northern Offshore (NOF), announcing strong results for first quarter, was up all of 50 percent. Nortrans Offshore (NOL), Navis (NIS), Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS) and Smedvig (SME/SMEB) were all up between 33 and 20


Energy Searcher to Undergo Repairs

Northern Offshore, Ltd. (Oslo Bors: NOF.OL) reported on May 5 that upon completion of the third well of a five-well drilling program for VietGazprom offshore Vietnam, the drillship Energy Searcher underwent an inspection that identified repairs needed to the ship's hull prior to the rig returning to drilling operations. The company intends to move the rig to Singapore to make the necessary repairs. Although preliminary and subject to further inspection in the shipyard


Blount Boats to Manufacture US-flagged Catamarans

Blount Boats, Inc. has been appointed by South Boats Special Projects, Ltd., based at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, England, to be the exclusive shipyard to manufacture U.S. flagged aluminum catamarans of South Boats designs for the U.S. wind farm industry. Blount Boats operates a shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island. South Boats is recognized as a pioneer in designing and manufacturing wind farm service vessels. Their shipyard has built 45 vessels in five classes, from 15M – 30 meters


Damen Delivers Twin Axe to Northern Offshore Services

Photo: Damen

Northern Offshore Services has taken delivery of its first Damen Twin Axe, just weeks after the order was placed in August. The 26-meter Fast Crew Supplier is already being deployed at an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Crewboat operator Northern Offshore Services has offices in Sweden and Denmark and a fleet of nearly 20 vessels. The company specializes in the safe and reliable transport of personnel and equipment to the offshore (wind) industry and is a new customer for Damen.


Trico Marine Takes Delivery on New Platform Supply Vessel

Trico Marine Services, Inc., has taken delivery on the Northern Canyon, a 279-ft. UT 745 design platform supply vessel (PSV). The state-of-the-art vessel is designed to serve deepwater markets worldwide. Built in Norway, the Northern Canyon is equipped with a DP2 (dynamic positioning) system and is among the largest, most technologically advanced PSVs available in the industry. The vessel, which will be deployed initially in the North Sea


Oslo Sees Comeback For Maritime Stocks

The All Share Index in Oslo was up 3.8 percent in May, and shipping and offshore stocks were leading the way as the Shipping Index surged 13.9 percent during the month. All but three of the offshore stocks listed on the OSE experienced positive share price movements in the period. Northern Offshore (NOF), announcing strong results for first quarter, was up all of 50 percent. Nortrans Offshore (NOL), Navis (NIS), Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS) and Smedvig (SME/SMEB) were all up between 33 and 20


Oslo Sees Comeback For Maritime Stocks

The All Share Index in Oslo was up 3.8 percent in May, and shipping and offshore stocks were leading the way as the Shipping Index surged 13.9 percent during the month. All but three of the offshore stocks listed on the OSE experienced positive share price movements in the period. Northern Offshore (NOF), announcing strong results for first quarter, was up all of 50 percent. Nortrans Offshore (NOL), Navis (NIS), Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS) and Smedvig (SME/SMEB) were all up between 33 and 20


Northern Canyon Completes Gunnison Spar Contract

In November, Canyon Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Cal Dive International mobilized the M/V Northern Canyon with two 2,500-m rated Triton XLS systems on board, to support the Gunnison Spar installation for Kerr McGee. Canyon operated as a subcontractor to Cal Dive International, Inc. The vessel has since completed a number of SPAR installation tasks, including survey array installation, flowline and riser installation support, mooring hook up support


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Maine

Coast Guard Cutter Moray tows the fishing boat Paulo Marc after it became disabled east of Portland, Maine (USCG photo)

 The 60-foot fishing boat Paulo Marc was towed by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Moray after the fishing vessel became disabled Wednesday about 90 miles east of Portland, Maine.   Watchstanders at Sector Northern New England’s command center received notification at


WILCO Logistics Bags Townsville Port Safety Works

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd to undertake Breakwater safety works Photo Port of Townsville.

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd has been announced as the successful bid contractor on Breakwater safety works at the Port of Townsville.   Minister for Ports Mark Bailey said the overall $1.5 million project will improve navigational safety at the Townsville Port by widening the entrance to the


Lerwick Harbor sees Seasonal Boost

Offshore vessels Bibby Polaris and Viking Neptun at Greenhead Base, currently supporting projects West of Shetland. Photo by Alexander Simpson

The opening of the offshore season in northern waters has seen specialist oil industry vessels return to Lerwick Harbor during April to support subsea development projects. This month has also brought the first cruise ship of the year to the Shetland port for what promises to be a record-breaking


China Equipments to Yamal LNG

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 The first shipment of a ‘core kit’ for Russia’s Yamal LNG project has set sail for northern Russia from the Chinese port of Qingdao.   China's first batch of two air cooled condensing modules of LNG project are the biggest and heaviest kits being used for the project


China to Use Arctic Shipping Route

Image: Chinas Maritime Safety Administration

 China plans to make use of Arctic sea route for its shipping to shorten the distance by 30 per cent compared to the ocean passages traditionally used to connect the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Panama Canal.    


BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems

OAS in action Acta Orion (Courtesy Acta Marine)

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI629 Certification of Offshore Access


New BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems

Classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI629 Certification of Offshore Access Systems provides a clear


China Eyes Faster Arctic Routes Opened by Global Warming

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.  


Seacat Services Supports Dong Construction Race

24 month, four-workboat, charter service agreement to provide DONG Energy with construction support across the Race Bank offshore wind project   DONG Energy, a developer of offshore wind projects, and offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services, today confirmed a two-year


Aqualis Offshore and CSDC Join Forces

Aqualis Offshore and China Ship Design & Research Center Co., Ltd (CSDC) have signed an agreement to cooperate on engineering projects both in China and internationally.    CSDC, a subsidiary company of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC)


Maersk Opens Direct Cork-Cuba Service

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant Maersk — the world’s largest container carrier — began its first ever connection between northern European ports and Cuba last Friday, promising the fastest freight transit times between Europe and the Cuban port of Mariel.   


Statoil Buys Half Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Stakes

Illustration from the Amrumbank West Wind Farm. (Photo E.ON)

Statoil today enters the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announced the final investment decision on the 385 megawatt project. The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of EUR 1.2 billion.


Maersk Line Adds Direct Service to Cuba

Alongside in the Port of Mariel, Cuba – view from the bridge of the 2,556 TEU E.R. Cape Town (Photo: Maersk Line)

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced its first direct service from Northern Europe to Cuba, beginning on Friday April 22 with the arrival of the 2,556 TEU containership E.R. Cape Town in the Port of Mariel, located 50 kilometers from Havana.  


Ice Navigation System Selected for Magne Viking

Magne Viking (Photo: Rutter)

Rutter Inc. announced that Viking Ice Consultancy selected the sigma S6 Ice Navigator system for installation on the Magne Viking, the first vessel to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code approved by DNV GL.   


Ulstein Verft's First Wind Service Vessel Launched

(Photo: Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

Shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has launched its first vessel within the renewable energy segment, and also the first with the newly-developed X-STERN hull line design.   The service operation vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind industry is one of two being constructed for Bernhard Schulte Offshore






 
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