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India Offshore Blocks Almost Set for Auction

According to a report on, the Petroleum Ministry in India is planning to offer up to 80 oil and gas blocks -- perhaps half of them offshore -- in another auction round this August under the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP). The report said that in the previous six rounds, 162 oil and gas blocks have been awarded.

India Launches Oil & Gas Auction

Launching a major global initiative for attracting foreign investment in the hydrocarbon sector, India auctioned 55 oil and gas exploration blocks. India offered for sale the onshore and offshore blocks to potential investors, including Brazil's Petrobras, BP (British Petroleum) and Malaysia's Petronas. Of the 55 blocks available for bidding in the new exploration licensing policy - the sixth round (NELP VI), and the coal bed methane - third round (CBM III) of bidding in India

CNODC Acquires Offshore Block

China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corp (CNODC), a unit of China’s CNPC, has acquired the exploration rights to an oil and gas block from Indonesia's PT Waropen Perkasa, one of 10 onshore and offshore oil projects originally tendered by the Indonesian government in June 2004. China's major oil firms -- Sinopec, CNOOC and China National Petroleum Corp, the parent of Hong Kong-listed PetroChina Co Ltd

Bahrain Offshore Exploration - Oxy’s Strategy

Exploration of the offshore blocks in Bahrain are part of Occidental Oil & Gas's (Oxy) goal of expanding its position in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Oxford Business Group’s (OBG) report: Bahrain 2008. This report is the latest of the firm's annual business publications. Exploration of Blocks 3 and 4 is a joint venture between Occidental Oil & Gas and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco).

Myanmar Awards Statoil, Conoco Phillips Deepsea Exploration Contract

  Myanmar has awarded contracts to international oil majors Statoil and ConocoPhillips for oil and gas exploration in a deepwater offshore block, the official Kyemon Daily said on Sunday. The Myanmar newspaper said the two companies' regional subsidiaries - Singapore-registered Statoil Myanmar Private Ltd and ConocoPhillips Myanmar E&P Pte. Ltd. - agreed to invest $323 million in oil and gas exploration in Deepsea Block AD.10, off Myanmar's western Rakhine coast.

Cairn Confirms Successful Senegal Appraisal

The results help to confirm the overall scale and extent of the resource base in Senegal and further appraisal activity is expected to lead to future revision of the estimates. Courtesy Cairn Energy

  Cairn informed that the successful testing of the SNE-2 appraisal well offshore Senegal with positive results. Operations have been safely and successfully completed following drilling, coring, logging and drill-stem testing (DST). The well is now being plugged and abandoned. Following this first successful appraisal well, resource estimates for the SNE field will be fully revised and  announced after the results of the further appraisal activity

Exxon Mobil Plans to Drill Wells in Indonesia

Exxon Mobil plans to drill three exploratory wells in an Indonesian offshore oil block over the next three years, a company official said on Wednesday. Exxon Mobil signed an oil contract with the Indonesian government last month 2,062 sq mile of the offshore Surumana block in the Makassar Straits. The government had said that in the case of Surumana, any oil find would be split 65:35 percent between government and contractor. Meanwhile, any gas find would be split 60:40 percent.

Indonesia Offers 26 Oil-and-gas Blocks

According to Thomson Financial, the Indonesian government launched a tender for 26 oil-and-gas blocks to boost the country's oil and gas production. The oil and gas blocks that were offered today include the Bawean II, East Bawean I, Situbondo, and the North East Madura blocks onshore and offshore East Java province, as well as the South Barito (onshore and offshore) and Mahakam Hilir (onshore) blocks on Kalimantan island. [Source: Thomson Financial]

Streamlined Service for the Offshore Sector

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In a business where time is money, Signal Ship Repair’s niche ‘high blocking’ repair methods have significantly reduced repair times and increased shipyard efficiencies. If Signal Ship Repair’s (SSR) primary business can generically be described simply as ship repair and conversion, then it can also be said that its practice of ‘high blocking’ to facilitate faster, and more efficient in-house Z drive repairs is its signature service

ENI Signs Deal to Expand Oil, Gas Exploration in Congo

Italian oil and gas group Eni said it signed a deal to explore for hydrocarbons in the Republic of Congo's coastal basin, expanding its foothold in sub-Saharan Africa's No. 4 oil producer. At a signing ceremony in capital Brazzaville, new Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi signed the deal for onshore and deep-water exploration acreage with Energy Minister Andre Raphael Loemba, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

US Offshore Wind Comes to Life

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

Marine News contributor Robert Kunkel asks: Are we ready to support the farms?   On August 19, 2016, we watched as the fifth tower and associated nacelle was raised on the Deepwater Offshore Wind Farm approximately 3 miles offshore of Block Island, Rhode Island

Sea Trucks Secures Contract in Nigeria

Jascon 30 (Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

Sea Trucks Group said its principle Nigerian business, West African Ventures, has been awarded a contract for the provision of an accommodation vessel to a deepwater field, offshore Nigeria.  | The scope of work covers accommodation support services for 250 pax

Sea Trucks Awarded Contract Offshore Ghana

Jascon 28 (Photo: Sea Trucks)

Sea Trucks Group said it has secured a contract award from Tullow Ghana Limited for the provision of a Construction Support Vessel (CSV) providing Accommodation and Heavy Lift services to the turret moored FPSO Kwame Nkrumahe, located in the Jubilee Unit Area, 60 km offshore Ghana.   

Bumi Armada Berhad Names Its News FPSO

Naming Ceremony of Armada Olombendo (Photo: Bumi Armada)

Bumi Armada Berhad, Malaysia-based international offshore energy facilities and services provider celebrated the naming ceremony of the Armada Olombendo Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) last weekend. Armada Olombendo FPSO represents Bumi Armada’s largest FPSO and it will

Global Maritime's Warranty Services for Block Island Wind Farm

Global Maritime Provides Marine Warranty Services to US’s First Offshore Wind Farm Photo Global Maritime

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has signed a contract with leading offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind to provide marine warranty services for the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm.   Services that will be provided include a technical review

Lease Sale Proposed for Wind Energy Off North Carolina

A new lease sale has been proposed for 122,405 acres for commercial wind energy leasing offshore North Carolina.     The proposed lease, announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper as part of

MN100: Blount Boats, Inc.

Marcia Blount (Photo: Blount Boats)

The Company: Over time, the Blount shipyard has built more than 365 vessels. Today, Blount Boats’ clients include Fire Island Ferries, Casco Bay Island Transit District, Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Authority, Spirit Cruises, Circle Line Statue of Liberty (Hornblower)

US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids

Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper

Mumbai Port's Container Terminal to handle Dry Bulk Cargo

Captain Vivek Anand

Mumbai Port Trust has allowed berthing of dry bulk cargo vessel at its OCT (Offshore Container) Terminal on trial basis following persuasion by members of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association to overcome congestion. The two vessels that were allowed to berth at the OCT Terminal were

DNV GL Awards AIP for Hyundai Heavy's SkyBench

From left to right: Trond Hodne, DNV GL Business Director Maritime, Im Hong-il, Senior Engineer and Team Leader of the Basic Hull Design Department of HHI’s Shipbuilding Division, Sung Ho Shin, Head of Pre-Contract Maritime at DNV GL in Korea, and Jan-Olaf Probst, Head of Business Development Hamburg at DNV GL – Maritime. Photo: DNV GL

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced it received the second approval in principle (AIP) from DNV GL for SkyBench, a design for maximizing cargo loading capacity of large containerships.  

Plan Introduced to Drive US Offshore Wind Energy

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Energy

A new collaborative strategic plan has been published today which aims to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States.   Announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the plan

Expansion of the RAmparts 3200-CL Fleet

RAmparts 3200-CL

The RAmparts 3200-CL was developed by Robert Allan Ltd. exclusively for Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Hong Kong. Since the first tug of this design was delivered in 2011, Cheoy Lee has delivered over 20 units of this series to its clients around the world.

RAstar 3200 for Mauritius Ports Authority

RAstar 3200 for the Mauritius Ports Authority

Robert Allan Ltd. has added yet another vessel to its popular RAstar 3200 Series design, this one constructed by Hong Kong’s Cheoy Lee Shipyards for the Mauritius Ports Authority. The RAstar 3200 terminal support tug, Sir Edouard, was delivered August 21

Shipbuilding Giants Bid for STX France

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri SpA and Dutch counterpart Damen Shipyards Group are in the running to buy STX France, which has been put on the block by Korean debt-ridden parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, reports WSJ.  

LR to class Federal German Seagoing Fleet

The WSV (Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration) represented by the Waterways and Shipping Agency (WSA) Bremen, a branch of the German government, is transferring 67 ships into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class to support the seagoing fleet of vessels owned by the German Authorities.

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