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Pirates Attack Product Tanker off Ivory Coast

Armed pirates robbed a petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs. The raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks that occurred just hours apart in waters off Nigeria's southeastern coast, according to the same sources. Pirate attacks in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets, have almost doubled from last year, jacking up insurance costs for shipping companies. The vast majority of the region's maritime robberies and hijackings are believed to be carried out by criminal gangs based in Nigeria, and the security advisor said this was likely the case with the three incidents last week. According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a piracy watchdog, the attack occurred at 9.15 p.m. (2115 GMT) on Aug. 27 around 45 nautical miles southeast of Abidjan, one of West Africa's busiest commercial ports. "Twelve armed pirates with guns boarded a drifting product tanker. They took hostage all crew members, stole ship's cash, crew cash and personal effects and escaped," the IMB report stated. The attackers destroyed the vessel's navigation equipment before leaving the ship, but no crew were injured and the tanker was not damaged.


Seadrill Nets ExxonMobil Nigeria Job

Seadrill Nets ExxonMobil Nigeria Job

  ExxonMobil has signed up for a Seadrill newbuild drillship for work off West Africa for up to three years. The ultra-deepwater West Saturn, currently under construction in South Korea, will work for the US supermajor at the Erha North Phase 2 development off Nigeria, Seadrill said on Friday. The Norwegian contractor said the deal with ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria was won along with partner Field Offshore Design Engineering Nigeria.  


Exxon Mobil Makes Major Find Off Nigeria

Exxon Mobil Corp. made a major oil and gas discovery in the deepwater off the coast of Nigeria. Located about 100 miles southeast of Lagos, the discovery well, Erha-1, was drilled from December 1998 to February 1999. Exxon Mobil said the appraisal well, Erha-2, stood in 3,860 feet of water and was drilled to a total depth of 12,287 feet. It tested at a flow rate of 2,800 barrels per day. As operator, Exxon will hold a 56


Saipem Wins $1.5B E&C Offshore Contracts

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 In Iraq, Saipem has been awarded by South Oil Company the EPIC contract for the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project – Phase 2, within the framework of the expansion of the Basra Oil Terminal, off the Al Faw Peninsula in the Arabian Gulf, approximately 550 kilometres south-east of Baghdad. The contract encompasses the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a Central Metering and Manifold Platform (CMMP), to be installed in a water depth of 28 metres


Tankship Looted, Released by Pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Tankship 'Energy Centurion' has been released east of Lagos, Nigeria, after theft of 3,000 tons of oil, now heading for a safe port.   An official with Golden Energy Management, the Greek company that chartered the ship, told CNN that the Energy Centurion was released Thursday, some 60 miles east of Lagos, Nigeria, and was steaming toward a safe port. The official said all 24 crew members -- mostly Russian -- who are still on board the ship are safe


UPDATE: Vessel Feared Hijacked Still Missing off Luanda

Dryad Photo: suspected pirate vessel underway.

Suspected pirate vessel off Angola. Dryad Maritime - a UK-based maritime intelligence firm - says situation has not changed since yesterday.   Dryad Maritime is warning of the possible hijack of a Liberian flagged tanker MT Kerala.  The vessel, owned by Dynacom Tankers, has been reported as missing off the coast of Angola, having last been sighted seven nautical miles NNW of Luanda.  The tanker’s disappearance may represent a significant extension of maritime crime


Hyundai Heavy, Nigeria to Set up LNG Shipping Firm

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the world's biggest shipbuilder, said on Wednesday it will set up a shipping firm with Nigeria's state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) to deliver liquefied natural gas. Hyundai will own 49 percent stake in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) joint venture shipping company, to be named Nigeria Korea Marine (NIKORMA) Transport Ltd., while NNPC will own 51 percent. The shipbuilder will eventually deliver crude and oil products after initially


Total Goes Deep Off Nigeria

Total reportedly launched its second Nigerian deep water drilling project, scheduled to come on stream in 2012 and expected eventually to yield 180,000 barrels a day, according to an AFP report. The new Usan project follows Total's first Nigerian deep water investment, the Akpo field. Deep water fields are further out to sea than offshore fields in shallower waters nearer the coastline. The new field will be operated by Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited, a Total subsidiary


Pirates Reportedly Hijack Fuel Tanker off Nigeria

Pirates allegedly hijacked a fuel tanker off the Nigerian coast early Saturday morning, AP News reported. The pirates are said to be holding some of the five Nigerian and 12 Pakastani sailors hostage. Pirate gunmen boarded the MT Matrix I, a Nigerian-flagged, Greek-operated 100-meter tankship, roughly 40 nautical miles off of Nigeria’s Bayelsea state, taking a portion of the crew hostage. The tanker’s operator, Val Oil Trading Co


U.S. Thumps the Table on Nigerian Ship Security

The United States of America government has issued a 90-day ultimatum to Nigeria to improve security in its ports and waterways or face a ban on ships from entering the country. At the opening of a two day General Stakeholders Conference on "Reviving ISPS Code Implementation in Nigeria, Mr. Olugbenga Leke Oyewole, Senior Special Assistant  to the President on Maritime Services, told the Lagos conference that due to measures that were introduced after the September 2011 incident in


MN 100: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

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13980 Shell Belt Road Bayou La Batre, AL 36509 E-mail: trshort@horizonshipbuilding.com Website: www.horizonshipbuilding.com President and General Manager: Travis R. Short Number of Employees: 400 The Company: Founded in 1997 by a father-and-son duo, Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc


Sound Oil Promotes Italy MD to its Board

Luca Madeddu, Sound Oils Italian Managing Director

  Sound Oil, the Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, is pleased to announce that Luca Madeddu, Sound Oil's Italian Managing Director, has been appointed to the Board with immediate effect.   Luca has been with Sound Oil since 2012 and brings over 24 years of experience


Fight Piracy – Intelligently

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Technology and Experience Go Hand in Hand While global piracy is constantly changing, modern technology adapts to exploit the weaknesses in the pirates’ mode of operation. Intelligence gained from such technologies enables voyage planners and navigators to steer clear of harm – but


Shell: Nigeria Oil Union Strike Not Affecting Exports

A strike by Nigeria's oil unions is not having any immediate impact on crude oil exports from Africa's top exporter, despite moving into a third day, spokesmen for leading operator Shell and Nigeria LNG said. Nigerian oil unions say the strike could affect exports if no agreement is reached


Noble Execs Cut Deal with SEC Ahead of Bribery Trial

Two executives from offshore drilling contractor Noble Corp have agreed to settle civil claims they participated in a bribery scheme to obtain permits for oil rigs in Nigeria, days before the case was set to go to trial. Jury selection had been scheduled for next Monday in the U.S


Canada Crude Imports Slip as Imports from US Grows

Imports of crude oil into Canada fell to a one-year low in May despite a continued climb in imports from the United States, Statistics Canada data showed on Thursday. Canada imported 16.6 million barrels in May, or around 535,000 barrels per day (bpd), from around the world


Nigeria Cocoa Shipment Resumes

Exporters have resumed loading of cocoa shipments in Nigeria's second-largest producing area, Cross Rivers state, after the state government suspended on Friday a levy on bean exports, a trade body said. Cocoa shipments from Cross Rivers, which produces annual volumes of around 60


Nigerian Piracy Threatens UK Interests: New Report

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The UK economy is heavily exposed to lawlessness off the coast of Nigeria, a new report published today by the UK Chamber of Shipping says. The report found that almost all of the UK’s annual £6.3bn of trade with the region is put at risk by being moved through the high maritime crime


Worrying Trend of Tanker Hijacks in SE Asian Waters: IMB

  The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) raises concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report. Globally, 116 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been


Total E&P is First to Use FROG-XT4

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Total E&P is the first to use Reflex Marine’s newly developed FROG-XT4 on the Odudu field in Nigeria. The French operator purchased the crew transfer device primarily for carrying out inter-field transfers. They have already found the device to be an invaluable backup method for when


President of Nigeria Dismisses Heads of State Oil

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  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has replaced the top four executives of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, according to his office said Saturday, speaking on one of the most powerful institutions in the country and source of 80 percent of state revenues.


Repowered Tug Tows Nonstop

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For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria


NCS Survey, Ceona Ink 5-Year Pact

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NCS Survey, an Acteon company, has been awarded a five year contract for positioning services with SURF Company, Ceona. Mobilization has been completed on the first vessel, Ceona’s DP3 multi-purpose vessel, the Normand Pacific. Succeeding its initial work in the Gulf of Mexico


Ebola Outbreak Delays Mercy Ships Sail to Africa

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The Africa Mercy adjusts plans to bring hope and healing in the midst of current uncertainties Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa


South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola

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  South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone






 
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