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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

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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


Chile Exporters Fret as Customs Strike Continues

A customs strike in Chile that began last week has started to affect exports and imports, although miners in the top copper producer said this week they have not yet been significantly impacted.   The strike by customs officials, who say they want the government to approximately double


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Hit 6-Year Low

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 23 percent to $342 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to Shanghai Containerized Freight Index data told Reuters.


New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel


Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Pictured is Alicat, South Boats IOW 26m Wind Farm Support Vessel operated by Seacat Services.

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy. Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands are building wind farms, but they are a long way behind the leaders in offshore wind


Super Typhoon nears Philippines, Officials warn of Landslides

Storm worsens

  A powerful storm strengthened to a "super typhoon" on Sunday hours before it was set to slap the northeastern tip of the Philippines, prompting officials to warn of landslides and call on residents along the coast to evacuate to safer ground.


Damen MultiCat for Scotmarine

MultiCat (Photo: Damen)

New vessel for tidal energy projects in U.K.’s Northern Isles Damen Shipyards Group delivered a Multi Cat 2613 on April 30, 2015 to Orkney, Scotland-based chartering company Scotmarine to be used for offshore tidal activities in Scotland’s Northern Isles.


Safeway: New Motion Compensated Gangway

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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


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 23.6 pct Last Week

File image: a containership docked at a U.S. West Coast Terminal.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe dropped 23.6 percent to $658 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. The drop in freight rates on the world's busiest shipping


Maersk Line to Increase Asia-Europe Rates

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Shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $800 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from June 1, it said on Tuesday. With a fleet of more than 600 vessels


Dolphin die-off Spurred by BP Oil Spill

Dolphins are seen swimming through the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon oil well at the height of the spill in 2010. (Credit:NOAA)

A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.  


Shipping Freight Rates Drop Amidst Overcapacity

file image: a containership docked at the port of Oakland, CA

Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe


India-ASEAN Naval Cooperation On

INS SARYU Joins Indian Navy Fleet. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy's indigenous offshore patrol vessel, INS Saryu, will participate in a week-long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx).   According to an official statement, the vessel is commanded by Cdr Sreekumar Pillai and operates under the Andaman and Nicobar


Pipeline Spill Could Hamper California Oil Projects

Pic of an ealier incident of oil spill where a U.S. Air Force Reserve plane sprays Corexit dispersant over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  Hundreds of barrels of oil that gushed from a ruptured coastal pipeline in scenic California this week could stiffen opposition to large oil projects that companies want to build in the state, notably those to deliver cheap U.S. crude on trains.


Libyan War Plane Bombs another Tanker

Libyan warplane. Inage: Libyan Army

 A fighter jet operated by Libya's military force backed attacked an oil tanker that was about to anchor in the northern city of Sirte, reports local media.   Lt Gen. Saqr al-Garrouchi, the commander of Libya's Tobruk parliament and government-backed air force


First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

Contract signing

  To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities. The Netherlands-based company will deploy the new vessel on long-term charter for a major E&P






 
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