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Western GofM Oil/Gas Lease Bidding: NOIA Comments

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi encouraged by sales, urges further offshore developments. Tthe NOIA president's statement is as follows: "This sale is on-par with expectations and shows that the offshore oil and natural gas industry is still committed to domestic exploration and production. The Federal government benefits from this sale through non-income tax revenue and the promise of future income through rents and potential royalties upon production.  With enormous economic challenges facing the U.S., and the impending "fiscal-cliff" dominating the national conversation, it is gratifying to see the offshore industry stepping up to the plate and providing hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. treasury. American energy consumers also stand to benefit from this sale through the increased energy security and reliability that successful development of leased tracts will bring. Any sale is good news for the offshore oil and natural gas industry, Federal government, and energy consumers, but today’s sale should also serve as a reminder that Federal policy has placed nearly all of our offshore energy "eggs" in one basket. The Gulf of Mexico is America's offshore energy hub – the source of about 30% of our domestic oil and around 11% of our domestic natural gas


Tidewater Elects Day, Announces Sr. Hire

New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc. elected James C. Day to its Board of Directors and reported it has hired Bruce Lundstrom as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Day joins Tidewater’s Board with more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is the retired chairman and former CEO of Noble Corp., one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies. Day serves on the Board of Directors of ONEOK Inc


Offshore Energy Industry Evacuates Before Ike

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The offshore energy industry continues to evacuate workers from the in advance of Hurricane Ike. According to the Minerals Management Service, 78 percent of oil production was shut in because of the approaching storm. Some 23 percent of the platforms in the Gulf and 36 percent of the rigs in the Gulf have been evacuated. Platforms are the offshore structures from which oil and natural gas are produced. Source:  The Times-Picayune


104,800 Attendees at OTC 2013

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Experts from the offshore energy industry around the world came together May 6-9 for the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston. Attendance at the conference reached a 30-year high of 104,800, the second highest in show history and up 17% from last year. Attendance surpassed the 2012 total of 89,400 and the sold-out exhibition was the largest in show history at 652,185 ft², up from 641,350 ft² in 2012


NOIA President Supports Energy Exploration, Development

During the testimony today at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on offshore energy revenue sharing, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi urged Congress to take the next step in enhancing America’s energy security, energy reliability and American jobs by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for energy exploration and development. “Only by providing additional oil and natural gas lease sales in more of the


Offshore Energy Course Earns RTN Recognition

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Leading the way for client representative training in offshore renewables industry . An operational offshore energy course, providing training in the running and delivery of offshore renewables projects, has received industry recognition from the Renewables Training Network (RTN). The Client Representative Course, run by Offshore Marine Academy (OMA), received the ‘RTN Recommended’ status earlier this month


Hvide Marine Announces Second Quarter Results

Hvide Marine Incorporated, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reported a net loss of $23.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 1999. These results reflect a loss of $14.1 million on the sale of assets. Last year, Hvide held a net income of $9.5 million. Revenues of $78.3 million for the 1999 quarter were down 28 percent from the previous year's figure of $109.3 million, which reflects the falloff in day rates and utilization for the company's fleet of offshore energy support vessels


Helix Hit Deepwater Oil in Gulf of Mexico

Helix Energy Solutions Group discover high quality pay oil in deep water 145 miles offshore from Galveston, Texas The Danny II exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 14,750 feet, in water depths of approximately 2,800 feet. The well is currently being completed and most likely will be developed via a subsea tie back system to the company's 70% owned and operated East Cameron Block 381 platform located approximately 31 miles to the north in 370 feet of water


US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic

Fugro Atlantic to undertake a geological and geophysical survey for the Virginia Wind Energy Area for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey area covers over 45,000ha in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and is seen to be a key step forward in developing offshore energy supplies in the region. In awarding the contract, Commonwealth of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell said: “[This is] a positive move forward toward the development of offshore wind energy


WTS Open Houston Office

Philip Bannerman: Photo credit WTS

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) opens an office in Houston to service their increased offshore business. WTS is targeting increased business from the local offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico and an expanded focus on Brazil, where deepwater offshore production is entering a new and dynamic phase. WTS Vice President, Americas Region, Philip Bannerman says the company is well placed to provide the mix of skills and competence in demand in these regions


Offshore Renewables: The Future is Now

The London Array off the coast of Kent is the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Credit: London Array Limited

While the recent swoon in world oil and gas prices has predictably cooled a number of offshore renewable projects, there is a palpable change regarding the way in which the world views renewable energy. Renewable energy projects, at one time merely serving as window dressing


UK Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore

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“Britannia rules the waves” paid a glowing tribute to the maritime past of the United Kingdom.  Over the past three centuries as the sun began to set on the British power, resilient U.K. with its pioneering characteristics began its voyage of transformation to become a world-class


SeaZip Offshore Service Commences Operation

SEAZIP OFFSHORE SERVICE GETS OFF TO A SUCCESSFUL START IN THE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

  Harlingen-based SeaZip Offshore Service has entered into a partnership agreement with Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). HMC, the world's market leader in transporting, installing and dismantling offshore oil and gas installations, has contracted service vessel SeaZip 4 for its annual


Samsung Wins $890 mln Statoil North Sea Contract

Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea (rendering: Statoil)

Norwegian oil major Statoil  has awarded Samsung Heavy industries an $888 million contract for two platform decks on the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, it said on Tuesday. The contract includes fabrication of decks for both the process and riser platforms for the Sverdrup


Marine News Editor's Note

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It is at times like this that bumper sticker humor comes in handy. One of my favorites has to be the infamous “God, please let me have another oil boom – I promise not to mess this one up” version that graced the bumpers of pickup trucks on the Gulf Coast in the late 1980’s


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


Miller is VP - Government and Political Affairs, NOIA

Megan Bel Miller

  The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has promoted Megan Bel Miller to Vice President for Government and Political Affairs. She will lead NOIA's Congressional relations and Political Action Committee.Megan joined the NOIA staff in May 2013 as Senior Director


Harnessing Offshore Wind Peaks in U.S.

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  For the US energy industry, 2014 will be remembered as the year when crude oil prices fell below 50$/bbl, resulting in significant realignments in the sector. Aside from the oil price collapse and the historic high of domestic natural gas production


Editorial: Across the Seas & Around the World

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

Norwegians are seafarers, with maritime and offshore oil and gas tightly woven into the DNA of this population of more than five million. On the eve of Norshipping 2015, which is personally my twelfth Norshipping since 1993, the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) released its annual


Five Years on from Macondo

Courtesy: Sunam Suwim

An interview with NOIA’s Randall Luthi provides unique perspective on where the offshore energy business has been, where it is now, and where it could be headed next.  It is a predictable but at the same time, an important anniversary to examine: five years beyond the Deepwater


Norway’s (Winding) Path Ahead

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A precipitous plunge in energy pricing is problematic for a prodigious oil producing nation such as Norway, but it really only tells a portion of the story when evaluating the immediate future for the collective maritime and offshore energy markets


DOF Extends VSAT Contract with Marlink

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Ongoing service development and customer support help secure new five year deal for entire fleet   DOF Group has renewed its VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services contract with Marlink for five more years, with options to further extend the services


Korean Shipbuilders Maintain Top Spot

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 South Korean shipbuilders, led by industry leader Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., clinched the largest amount of new orders in May, retaining the top spot for the fourth consecutive month, BusinessKorea reported based on industry sources, including Clarkson Research Services.  


US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Shell Spill Plans in Alaska

A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency's approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc related to the company's oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas on Alaska's Arctic coast.  


Seacat Showcases First 24-seater at Seawork

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Seacat Services, has unveiled its first vessel capable of carrying up to 24 industrial personnel. Seacat Courageous, a 26m high speed catamaran launched in February this year, will be the first of the Seacat Services fleet to benefit from the ability to carry more than 12 persons on board who are






 
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