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Major Shallow Water Oil and Gas Find

Sperry-Sun, a Division of Dresser Industries, Inc., participated in drilling a significant crude oil and natural gas discovery in Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s subsalt exploration program. This discovery - called Tanzanite - is located in the Gulf of Mexico at Eugene Island South Addition Block 346 in 314 feet of water about 75 miles offshore Louisiana. Anadarko believes the Tanzanite field contains at least 140 million boe. Sperry-Sun provided pressure-while-drilling (PWD) services from 11,000 ft. MD to TVD of 14,350 ft. in drilling the exploration well (the OCS-G 14482 No. 1) and provided full "triple combo" services from 11,800 ft. MD to 13,643 MD. In this latter portion of the well, 450 ft. of continuous hydrocarbon pay were encountered; three additional pay zones totaling approximately 70 ft. of net pay are also present in the wellbore. Sperry-Sun's triple combo services provided the log of record for the hole.


Hornbeck Completes Sea Mar Fleet Acquisition

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc., has completed its previously announced acquisition of 20 offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and their related business from certain affiliates of Nabors Industries Ltd. for cash consideration of $186m, plus the cost of the fuel inventory on such vessels. The Sea Mar Fleet is comprised of ten 200 class DP-1 new generation OSVs and ten conventional OSVs. The company also acquired one 285-ft


DOI Signs Agreement on 1998/1999 Lease

s ssistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management, C. Stephen Allred signed agreements with BP, ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Company, Shell, and Walter Oil and Gas Corporation, addressing deepwater Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas leases issued in 1998 and 1999. Under the agreements these companies will pay royalties on oil and gas produced under leases issued in 1998-1999. Revenue will be received for products starting from October 1, 2006 onward.


Offshore Oil-Production Royalties to Rise Under New Budget

According to a Feb. 14 report from Bloomberg, Royalties paid to the U.S. by oil and gas companies for offshore production are forecast to increase 68 percent under President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget. Receipts will reach $5.97 billion in the year that starts Oct. 1, from $3.56 billion in 2010. Obama also is proposing $25 million in fees from energy companies that hold nonproducing oil and gas leases, part of the administration’s effort to provide taxpayers with higher revenue from


NOIA Applauds Passage of HR 1230

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Washington, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for the bipartisan passage today of H.R. 1230, “Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.”  If enacted by the full Congress and signed into law by the President, the bill requires that federal offshore lease sales that have been delayed start up again in the Gulf of Mexico and off the east coast of the United States.


Swissco Enters Offshore Rig Charter Business

Swissco Group expanding upstream into the offshore rig chartering business with the acquisition of Scott and English Energy. Scott and English Energy is in the business of owning and leasing mobile offshore drilling units and service rigs to support major oil and gas corporations in their exploration and production (E&P) activities. Operational synergies expected with the acquisition, providing Swissco Group with a diversified earnings base with stable, recurring income


Tax Moves Hurt UK Seafarers

Accountant Moore Stephens says changes to National Insurance rules for UK companies employing British seafarers announced last week may threaten British jobs. Shipping tax partner, Philip Parr, says, "From October 6, 2003, shipping companies using British resident seafarers and which operate mainly in UK waters face a payroll cost increase of 13 per cent, and increased costs of administration." On April 23, 2003 the Paymaster General announced that with effect from


Pelosi: Case Needed for Offshore Drilling

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that expanded oil drilling in federal waters could be included in a broader energy bill if advocates can prove its effectiveness as a solution to 's energy problems. In a television interview yesterday, Pelosi said the oil industry and its allies in Congress also would have to agree to pay royalties on oil profits to fund the development of renewable energy resources. The California Democrat


Strategic Marine Sells Two Crewboats

Two more aluminum crew boats being constructed “on spec” by Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine have been sold, indicating the company’s calculated decision to meet rising demand for offshore vessels in international shipping markets is paying dividends. The new order from Malaysian offshore servicing company Dinastia Jati Sdn Bhd, is for two 40m utility vessels which will be built at Strategic Marine’s yard.


Centrica, Dong Form Wind-Farm Venture for Irish Sea Projects

Centrica Plc. and Dong Energy A/S said that they had formed a joint venture to develop offshore wind farms in the Round 3 Irish Sea Zone. Dong Energy will pay Centrica as much as 40 million pounds in cash for a 50 percent interest in the venture, according to a regulatory statement today. (Bloomberg)  


Report: Growth Anticipated in the OSV Market

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New report covers market trends to 2019 for global offshore support vessel (anchor handling, towing and supply vessel, platform supply vessel, multipurpose service vessel, crew vessels, standby and rescue vessels, others)   The global offshore support vessel market is expected to grow owing


Zargon Cash Dividend for December 2014

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  Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. confirms that the monthly cash dividend for the month of December in the amount of Cdn. $0.06 per common share will be paid on January 15, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2014. Unless otherwise indicated


US Jury Rules in Favor of Apache Corp.

Apache Corp was not in breach of contract in a lawsuit brought by Houston-based oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc in 2011, a federal jury found on Monday, according to a court filing. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has accepted the jury verdict and W&T


DBR Enters Turkish Market with Genset Delivery

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DBR has successfully delivered four identical generator sets to Istanbul Shipyard. The generator sets will be installed on four vessels that the yard is constructing with an eye to delivery in 2015. “This is a groundbreaking contract for us as this is our first time we have worked with a


BIMCO launches the Bunker Non-Lien Clause

  BIMCO has today launched the Bunker Non-Lien Clause, aimed at reducing bunker suppliers’ reliance on ship arrest as a means of resolving claims for bunkers ordered but not paid for by time charterers, often due to bankruptcy.


Diana Containerships Announces Boxship Delivery

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Diana Containerships has announced that on November 28, 2014, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v “Santa Pamina”, a 2005-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 5,000 TEU capacity that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase on


OilCraft’s TwinBow Challenge

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There’s a new vessel design needling this competitive little shipping town. Still unknown in design circles, the “porpoise-nosed” TwinBow is brainchild to local start-up OilCraft and its wunderkind chief exec, Stian Teige, a self-taught computer renderer.


Ceona Christens Flagship Pipelay Vessel

The moment the Ceona Amazon was christened

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has bolstered its fleet with the christening of its flagship asset, the Ceona Amazon, which has been delivered in less than two years of the letter of intent (LOI) for its construction being signed.  


Concern Over Wages Despite Positive MLC Enforcement

Thomas Brown, managing director of Seacurus

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus says that overall confidence in the successful implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) should not conceal the fact that there is continuing concern over the risk of abandonment and the timely payment of crew wages.


Energy Sector Volatility Affects Middle Market M&A Activity

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Market volatility for the petroleum sector provides a backdrop to an evolving Merger & Acquisitions environment for the Offshore Sector. In the 3Q edition of Maritime Professional, this series of articles examined the overall evolution of maritime and offshore M&A activity since 2010


WSS Warning to Ship Owners: Beware of New Refrigerant Regs

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Ship owners are facing a number of regulatory gauntlet in coming years regarding emissions and ballast water treatment systems. But ship owners with EU-flagged vessels who incur unnecessary operating costs need to ensure that their onboard refrigeration units are leak-tight


Diana Enters Time Charter Contract with Clearlake

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Diana Shipping Inc., through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a time charter  contract with Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, a member of the  Gunvor Group, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v New  York.


First Dividend from Nordex Likely

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  German wind turbine maker Nordex is mulling paying a dividend for the first time since listing on the stock exchange as part of efforts to create a long-term investor base, its chief financial officer told a German newspaper. "We will think about it but I cannot already today


Aker Solutions Wins North Sea Contracts

Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions won two offshore contracts, including a 120 million pound ($188.82 million) deal to provide engineering, construction and commissioning services on Statoil's Mariner development in the UK, it said on Monday.


Fishermen Convicted of Improperly Harvesting Seals

Duncan Sharpe of Gander, Kevin Blackler of St. John’s, and Richard Worthman of Heart’s Delight were convicted for improperly harvesting seals in accordance with humane harvesting requirements under the Canadian federal Fisheries Act.    






 
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