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Gulf Capital Acquires Stake in Maritime Industrial Services Co.

According to Rigzone, Gulf Capital has acquired, as part of a large investment consortium, a 21% stake in Maritime Industrial Services Co. (MIS) was acquired as part of a larger private placement that raised $80 million for MIS on the Norwegian over the counter (OTC) market. The private placement will enable MIS, which provides a fully integrated onshore and offshore engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and shipyard service, to capitalize on the current boom in offshore oil explorations and allow it to enter in a major way into the rig manufacturing business. The current high demand for oil and gas has resulted in an unprecedented amount of offshore exploration activities and boosted worldwide offshore rig utilization to 86%, one of the highest levels ever. This high utilization rate has put pressure on average rig daily rental rates which have peaked at record levels of up to US $180,000 - $200,000 per day. Middle Eastern jack up drilling rigs are working at close to 100% utilization rates and the GCC market for jack up rigs is the fastest growing in the world. MIS, with its extensive offshore construction and fabrication experience and with yards and operations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, is ideally positioned to meet the large demand for offshore rigs. MIS has already secured an order to build two Friede & Goldman designed Super M2 Jack up rigs for MOSVOLD Jackup Ltd


LR Wins Deal with Maersk Oil

Lloyd's Register (LR) won a contract to provide Maersk Oil with a comprehensive suite of risk-management services to support the offshore operator’s commitment to meet global demand for energy in an efficient, safe and environmentally responsible manner. The agreement requires Lloyd’s Register to support Maersk Oil’s global management of four key areas of operational risk -- hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA), accident and incident investigation


Petrotin Moves Ahead With Offshore Exploration Joint Venture

Venezuela has given the state-owned Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, also known as Petrotrin, approval to enter a joint venture to explore an offshore oil field near the maritime border of the South American nation with Trinidad. Petrotrin reportedly would take a 50 percent interest in the Gulf of Paria East block, a stake that was previously held by Enron Corp., the Number one U.S. natural gas and electricity marketer. No financial details of the deal were immediately available


Sinwa Establishes First Subsidiary in Thailand

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  Listed on the SGX Mainboard and Asia Pacific’s leading marine, offshore supply and logistics player, Sinwa Limited (“Sinwa” or “the Group”), announced that the Group received confirmation yesterday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinwa Offshore Pte. Ltd. (“SOPL”) has incorporated Sinwa (Thailand) Ltd. (“STL”) in Thailand on 18 June 2014. Commenting on the Group’s successful venture into Thailand, Mr


Crowley Christens Barge Gunderson

Crowley Maritime Corporation Saturday christened and launched barge 455-2, the second of three Heavy Lift 455 Series flat-deck barges that will be built and delivered to Crowley this year by Gunderson Marine in Portland, Oregon. The three 400-foot by 105-foot-wide deck barges are being built to handle project work for the offshore energy industry - primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. The addition of these vessels helps to expand and keep current Crowley's fleet for customers of the company's


Crowley Orders Heavy Lift 455 Series Deck Barges

Crowley Maritime Corporation's technical services group has awarded a construction contract to Gunderson Marine of Portland, Oregon to build two additional Heavy Lift Series 400 x 105-ft. deck barges. Once complete, these barges will handle project work for the offshore energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere and will expand Crowley's fleet of this type barge to five. Gunderson is the same company that built the first three barges in the series - the Marty J


Profitable Year for Shipbuilding Companies

Increased spending on offshore exploration & production (E&P) of oil and gas has increased order-book positions of Indian shipbuilders. ABG Shipyard has an order backlog of Rs 1,300 crore, while Bharati Shipyard has pending orders worth Rs 676 crore on its books. The jump in order books is getting reflected in stock prices of these companies as well. BSL has seen its market cap soar to almost Rs 900 crore from Rs 309 crore at the beginning of 2005


CSB Still Investigating Deepwater Horizon Spill

The following statement was released from U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso on April 20, the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident:   On the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident I would like to take this opportunity to remember the 11 workers who were killed as a result of this catastrophic explosion and fire. We also wish to express our condolences to the families and coworkers whose lives will be forever impacted


Subsea Operators 'Deep Down' Posts Profit in Q2 2012

Modified EBITDA increases 86% to $1.4 million
 in latest Deep Down Inc. financial report. Deep Down, Inc., an oilfield services company specializing in products and services for the deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil and gas industry, report net income of $639 thousand for the second quarter of 2012, an improvement of $685 thousand over the same period in 2011.    Ronald E. Smith, Chief Executive Officer stated


Inchcape Opens New North American Office

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has expanded its network in North America with the opening of a new office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.    “The opening of this office will give ISS a much needed presence in this area of Alaska,” said Tod Gannett, VP US & Canada West Coast & Hawaii. “This will allow us to better serve our current client base as well as explore new business opportunities in the region


Statoil Awarded Licence Offshore Colombia

Nick Maden, senior vice president for Statoils exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere.

  Statoil has been awarded interest in the COL4 licence offshore Colombia in the Caribbean Sea in the 2014 Colombia Licensing Round. Statoil will hold 33,33% in the licence. Repsol will be the operator of the licence and will hold 33,34%. ExxonMobil Exploration Colombia will hold 33,33%.


Statoil, Repsol, ExxonMobil Win Colombian Offshore License

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Statoil announced today that it has been awarded interest in the COL4 license offshore Colombia in the Caribbean Sea in the 2014 Colombia Licensing Round, along with Respol and ExxonMobil. Statoil said it will hold 33.33% in the license, while Repsol will be the operator of the license and will


Drydocks World Completes Refurbishment of NDC’s Rig Al Ghallan

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  Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, maritime, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced the completion of a  major refurbishment carried out on National Drilling Company’s (NDC) Offshore Drilling Rig Al Ghallan


Drydocks World Refurbishes NDC Rig

Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, maritime, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced the completion of a major refurbishment carried out on National Drilling Company’s (NDC) Offshore Drilling Rig Al Ghallan


Eni, PetroVietnam Ink Offshore Exploration Contract

Eni said on Thursday it had signed a new offshore exploration contract with PetroVietnam as the Italian oil and gas group moves to strengthen its presence in Vietnam. Eni said it had signed a Product Sharing Contract with state-owned PetroVietnam for exploration in the Phu Khanh Basin which


Rosneft & Zarubezhneft Seek New Opportunities on Vietnamese Shelf

  On June 16th, 2014 within the frame of the World Petroleum Congress Rosneft President, Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin, PetroVietnam Oil Corporation President and General Director Dr. Do Van Hau and General Director of JSC Zarubezhneft Sergey Kudryashov signed a Memorandum of


Completion Of 2D Seismic Acquisition Programme - Somalia

Courtesy Soma Oil & Gas

  Soma Oil & Gas Exploration Limited, the Somalia focused oil and gas exploration company, announced the completion of its offshore seismic acquisition programme which commenced in February 2014. The seismic acquisition programme was carried out by SeaBird Exploration


Alion’s MOTISS – IBA: the Science of Survivability

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An Improved Risk and Safety Assessment Process for the offshore oil & gas industry – and just in time. Alion’s Measure of Total Integrated System Survivability (MOTISS) has been around a long time. Having previously earned its stripes primarily for naval applications


Rosneft and ONGC Videsh sign MOU

  Rosneft and ONGC Videsh Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday for cooperation in exploration, appraisal and hydrocarbon producton on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation Igor Sechin, President and Chairman of the Management Board


Gauthiers’ Relocates, Expands Houma Facility

Gauthiers employees and family cut the ribbon on their new Houma location

Gauthiers’, a Lafayette-based supplier of oil and gas industry containers and support equipment, officially opened the doors to its newly relocated and expanded Houma facility with a community crawfish boil on Friday, April 11. Approximately 200 invited guests dug into more than 1


Offshore Energy Timeline:1806-2014

  1806  - Spring pole cable drilling developed in US. 1844  - Fluid circulating rotary well drilling patented in England. 1845  - Circulated fluid used to remove drill cuttings for first time. 1860  - Fluid circulation rotary diamond coring drill developed in France.


Diamond Offshore profit falls as rig demand softens

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc, one of the world's top five offshore rig contractors, reported a 17 percent drop in quarterly profit as demand fell for rigs used in deep water drilling. Contract drillers face a tough year as vessels ordered during boom times are delivered just as energy


Keppel Extends Strategy into China

Company signs agreement to manage a shipyard in Quanzhou, China.   Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly owned subsidiary, FELS Offshore Pte Ltd, has signed a management services agreement with Titan Petrochemicals Group Limited (Titan) - a company in which


Drydocks World Showcases at Sea Japan

Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City Group, the international service provider to the maritime, offshore oil and gas and energy sectors, is participating in Sea Japan conference and exhibition from April 9-11, 2014 at the Tokyo Big Sight East Hall 1&2


Petrobras Areas Bought in 2010 May Hold Double the Oil Expected

Reuters - Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA may find as much as 10 billion barrels of oil in a group of offshore exploration blocks bought from the government in an oil-for-stock swap, an official of the country's petroleum regulator said on Wednesday.






 
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