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Coast Guard Announces Interim Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard has published an interim rule that adjusts limits of liability for vessels and deepwater ports under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The interim rule, effective July 31, 2009, increases the current OPA 90 limits of liability for vessels and deepwater ports to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index since the limits were amended by the Delaware River Protection Act of 2006. The rule also increases the current OPA 90 limit of liability for the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port to reflect Consumer Price Index increases since the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port limit was established by regulation in 1995.  

Barbados Offshore Oil Bidding to Start Soon

The first round in offshore oil and gas production contract bidding for Barbados is scheduled to start in late June, according to a report on The prospect of rich oil and gas reserves off the island nation have generated high interest among the world’s oil majors, and the government plans to profit first with the sale of seismic data, and second with the awarding of contract for exploration rights.

Cuba Offers 59 Offshore Oil Blocks In Joint Venture

The Cuban government is reportedly offering 59 offshore oil blocks for joint venture projects with foreign companies as part of its bid to develop the local hydrocarbon industry and remedy national fuel shortages.

Russia to Pursue offshore Oil and Gas

According to UPI, Russia's first offshore oil and gas platform, LUN-A, is in operation in the sea of Okhotsk on the Sakhalin Shelf. The platform will be used to drill 27 wells and the produced gas will be transported over a 497-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas plant being built in the settlement of Prigorodnoye south of Sakhalin, ITAR-TASS news agency reported. The installation of the LUN-A platform is part of the Sakhalin-2 project run by the Sakhalin Energy international company

China Shipbuilders Ready to Foray into Offshore Engineering

Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Co Ltd began building CNOOC 201, a deepwater pipe laying and lifting vessel for China National Offshore Oil Corporation in Rugao Port of Nantong City in Jiangsu Province on September 16th 2008. CNOOC Engineering plans to input CNY 15 billion(USD2bn) in construction of a series of deepwater equipment including deep sea drilling vessels, ready to focus on deepwater prospecting, since most of the country's newly discovered oilfields are deep undersea.

NOIA Applauds RI Offshore Wind Project

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement congratulating “steel in the water” for Deep Water Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, stating an all-of-the-above strategy combining offshore wind with offshore oil and gas off the U.S. Atlantic Coast benefits the U.S. on multiple levels.   “NOIA congratulates Deepwater Wind as on-site construction begins on its Block Island Wind Farm offshore Rhode Island

In Katrina’s Wake, Oil Surges Past $70

Hurricane Katrina swept ashore yesterday as a Category 4 hurricane, and has left untold destruction to the Gulf states of Louisian, Mississippi and Alabama. Another effect of the storm could be felt for months to come, as crude oil futures briefly touched above $70 per barrel for the first time, and natural gas futures jumped nearly 20 percent. According to an AP report, the Bush administration is considering releasing some oil from the nation's emergency petroleum stockpile to help

Devon Sells Panyu Field to China

Devon Energy Corporation, a U.S.-based oil and gas exploration, development and production company, sold its producing Panyu field located offshore China to China National Offshore Oil Corporation. China National Offshore is a state-owned oil and gas producer in China. In April, Devon Energy said it had agreed to sell its producing Panyu field located offshore China to China National Offshore for $515m. During 2009, Devon's production from the Panyu field was approximately 12 thousand barrels

Europe Deliberates Avoidance of a Second 'Deepwater Horizon'

A provisional deal on proposed legislation for the safety of offshore oil and gas operations has been struck by MEPs and Council negotiators. Before oil and gas firms can get a licence to drill, the directive would require them to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans and prove their ability to remedy any environmental damage caused. "Europe learned its lessons from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and wants to reduce the risks of offshore oil and gas drilling to a

Bourbon Orders MacGregor Subsea Crane

MacGregor crane detail on the MPSV Bourbon Evolution 802, multi-purpose supply vessel of the Bourbon Evolution 800 series in Singapore

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for a 150-ton active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea crane from leading offshore oil and gas marine services specialist, Bourbon. This builds on a contract that was secured at the end of 2007 from the operator for ten similar cranes. This crane will be delivered in August 2014 and is, as per nine of the previous orders, for a Bourbon Evolution 800 multi-purpose support vessel under construction at Zhejiang Shipyard, in China.

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

Middle East's Ageing Structures a Challenge - DNV GL

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  Collaboration is Key to tackling Middle East's ageing structures challenge say DNV GL. The Middle East faces a substantial challenge to ensure hundreds of ageing offshore oil and gas structures operate safely beyond original design life.

Peru to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday.   The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for

BMT Fluid Mechanics to Validate FLNG Design

Marlin free surface velocity field

The emergence of the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) concept has seen an unprecedented focus on development activity and has reinforced the commercial interest in these facilities. However, as the industry strives to make the concept a reality

MN 100: Elastec

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The Company: Elastec manufactures and markets innovative pollution control and recovery systems. The company’s core competency is oil spill response: skimmers, fire and containment booms, boom deployment systems, portable vacuum equipment, workboats, dispersant spray systems

Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first

Italy's Eni Arrives Arctic as Shell Departs

Eni in the Arctic. Image credit: ENI

 As Shell retreats from the Arctic, the Italian oil giant Eni is making final preparations for its own oil exploration venture in the Norwegian Arctic, reports the Guardian.   Eni has vowed to press ahead with oil production - a $5.5bn (£3.6bn) project - in the Norwegian Arctic

Vroon Laying up 12 OSVs

Image: Vroon Offshore Services

 The Netherlands-based Vroon Offshore Services has decided to pull 12 offshore-support vessels out of operation, saying the move is a “direct result of the ongoing slump in offshore oil and gas activities”.   This consequently means it will also reduce the number of onboard

Intellian, RigNet JV to provide Communication Solutions for Rigs

Satellite Communication

  Intellian, a global leader in satellite communication antenna systems, has been successfully selected as the hardware partner on RigNet’s recently announced contract to provide remote communications solutions to a premium offshore driller across its entire global fleet of existing

Bollinger Delivers 15th FRC to U.S. Coast Guard

Sister Ship of the JOSEPH NAPIER, MARGARET NORVELL operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the JOSEPH NAPIER, the 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by

ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP

Korean shipyards, operators, drilling contractors and engineering companies join ABS to develop new offshore design standards   ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Korean shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy

GAC Opens Office at Sabetta Port

Artist impression of New Sabetta Port

  GAC Russia has opened an office to provide ship agency and support services for vessels calling at the newly built port of Sabetta. Sabetta sits on the Ob Bay in the Yamal Peninsula, strategically located within the Northern Sea Route

LR to help China Design Shipborne Nuclear Power

Nuclear power plants can generate electricity continuously for many months at a time, without interruption. Courtesy World Nuclear Association

  Lloyd’s Register announced a co-operative Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) – a first for China.

GAC Russia Opens Office at Sabetta Port

GAC Russia informs it has opened an office to provide ship agency and support services for vessels calling at the newly built port of Sabetta.   Sabetta sits on the Ob Bay in the Yamal Peninsula, located within the Northern Sea Route

Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind

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