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Ocean Installer Completes Offshore Job in Balder Field

Ocean Installer has successfully completed survey and intervention work at the Balder field, as contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS (“ExxonMobil”).   The work was performed in May 2012, according to schedule and in line with Ocean Installer’s quality and HSE standards and requirements. The conducted work encompassed inspection and maintenance of the subsea control system at the Balder field, Ocean Installer making use of the long term chartered vessel “Normand Clipper”. This job was the first project to be executed from “Normand Clipper” under the Ocean Installer charter, as well as Ocean Installer’s first offshore job in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. "We are very pleased that our first offshore job in the Norwegian market has been duly completed to the client’s satisfaction. It serves to confirm that our growing organization operates and delivers according to the highest HSE and professional standard" says Steinar Riise, CEO of Ocean Installer. The Balder field is located in blocks 25/10 and 25/11 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea approx. 190 km west of Stavanger, Norway at a water depth of 125 m.

OMSA: New Offshore Oil & Gas Areas

OMSA released the following statement in reaction to the administration plan to unveil new offshore oil and gas areas: As the association representing the owners and operators of the offshore supply vessels that support offshore exploration, development and production, we are looking forward to the Administration following through on the President’s stated desire to increase offshore energy production -- be it from oil, gas or renewable sources.  

Mobile Yard Stays Busy With Offshore Work

Even before the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., the offshore market in the Gulf of Mexico had shown signs of weakening. However one shipyard — Atlantic Marine-Mobile — has reported a steady flow of work with the award of several, substantial offshore refurbishment contracts in recent months. The shipyard in Mobile has a long history with the offshore market, but it notes that 2001 has been particularly busy

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said on June 7 that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Gulf Coast residents, political leaders and industry officials said delays in releasing the new rules

Report: Americans Demand More Energy

The lack of a national energy policy has severe consequences for the American economy now and in the future, and a new report shows exactly how high energy costs are harming consumers by holding back job creation and new economic activity.   The report, entitled “Energy, Jobs & the Economy: Powering America’s Future,” was released today by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an affiliate of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)

Australian PM Promises 2500 Shipbuilding Jobs

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia. Photo: Commonwealth of Australia

 Up to 2,500 shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide will be safe for "all time", the Prime Minister says, ahead of the expected announcement to build a new fleet of Navy ships worth $39 billion, reports ABC.   However, he said naval shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide would drop from about 2000 to 1000 before bouncing back to 2500 once the future frigate project begins in 2020.   He has announced a $40 billion Navy ship build for South Australia

Carville Job Corps Academy Obtains Certification

Rig pass certification was established several years ago by the International Drilling Contractors Association (IADC) as a minimum safety training program for personnel working offshore on drilling rigs. In the interest of improving safety in the offshore petroleum industry, this certification has become a required credential to work offshore in the petroleum industry. The accreditation of the Carville Job Corps Academy A.P.I

Dynamic Positioning System Upgrades For Navigare Flotels

Mobile, Alabama based Offshore-Inland Marine & Oilfield Services recently completed Dynamic Positioning (DP) system upgrades for Navigare on the accommodation Semis Safe Regency, Safe Lancia and the Safe Britannia. The DP system upgrades, which were performed while working in conjunction with Rolls-Royce, primarily consisted of hydraulic tubing replacement, installation of distribution manifolds and filter systems installations

Vancouver Shipyards Get Government Contracts

Vancouver Shipyards: Photo credit Vancouver Shipyards Inc.

Progress continues under Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy  (NSPS) with contracts to Vancouver Shipyards. The Harper Government today announced a series of preliminary contracts valued at a total of $15.7 million for  joint support ships, the CCGS polar icebreaker John G. Diefenbaker and offshore fisheries science vessels. “The Harper Government created the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to support Canadian jobs and industries

Norfolk, Virginia, Leaders Push Offshore Wind Development

Photo courtesy of EWEA

As Congress considers extending critical federal incentives for wind energy this month, leaders from the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, the City of Norfolk, and the Virginia Ship Repair Association joined Environment Virginia to detail the economic and environmental benefits of supporting offshore wind power and its related supply chain industries. America’s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years

ESAB Weldcloud for Higher Productivity

The factory of the future is online, automated and highly productive through the use of data management systems such as ESAB’s WeldCloud

  Secure, robust, flexible, scalable and future-proof, the new ESAB WeldCloud online data management platform works with ESAB’s Aristo Mig semi-automatic, Aristo Mig 5000iR robotic and LAF/TAF sub arc welding systems. Users can purchase these systems WeldCloud-ready

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Seaspan's Vancouver Office

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO. Courtesy Seaspan

  Seaspan hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today to announce it has officially started construction on a new head office in North Vancouver. The 7,800 square metre (84,000 square foot) corporate headquarters, scheduled for completion in late 2017

DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

Høvik laboratories-syrobe testing machine-fullscale testing (Photo: DNV GL)

The results of two DNV GL led joint industry projects (JIPs) and a JIP pre-study commissioned by Statoil are now captured in a new Recommended Practice (RP) on offshore fiber ropes. With a system perspective on mooring performance, DNVGL-RP-E305 provides new industry guidance for achieving cost

Sembcorp Marine Opens Largest Fabrication Unit in Southeast Asia

Pic: Sembcorp Marine

 Sembcorp Marine launched its new state-of-the-art steel structure fabrication workshop – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia – which is set to boost the company’s steel fabrication capacity for its future needs.  

MISC-Bumi Armada Merger Soon?

ARMADA AMAN. Photo by Bumi Armada Berhad

 Shipping giant MISC Bhd and oil and gas services provider Bumi Armada Bhd are said to be in merger talk involving the consolidation of the floating production storage offshore (FPSO) businesses of both companies, say local media reports.  

Energy Firms Partner to Cut Costs in the North Sea

Photo: Petrofac

Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum and Eni Hewett have established a cost-saving partnership to drive efficiencies and commercial synergies across U.K. operations in the Southern North Sea.   The tripartite agreement sees collaboration between Petrofac (Duty Holder) and the respective equity owners

VARD Wins Offshore Vessel Order

Vard Holdings Limited, a designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels, said it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one offshore vessel for an undisclosed international customer. The new offshore vessel is designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway

NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease

Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.   The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work

Port of Rotterdam Attracts Offshore Wind

Photo by The port of Rotterdam

 Up to now, the port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, has played a negligible role in the construction of offshore wind farms in Europe. But that is about to change. On Maasvlakte 2, Sif Group and Verbrugge International are building a dedicated offshore terminal and a production

Crowley Breaks Ground on San Juan Terminal

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. has broken ground on a $48.5-million construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the company announced.   The project includes the development of a new 900-foot-long

Seacat Services Invests In New Vessels

Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has placed an order for up to four new vessels with local boat builder South Boats IoW. The DNV-GL class-certified next generation 23- and 27-meter catamarans have been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of European

South Carolina Container Volume Up 7%

New economic study attributes 1 in 12 Midlands jobs to Port operations   The South Carolina Ports Authority announced a fiscal year-to-date container volume increase of seven percent, with 678,033 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled since July.  

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