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Offshore Rig Utilization Hits 2-Year High

Worldwide offshore rig utilization hit a fresh two-year high the week ending March 23, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. Global rig utilization climbed 0.5 percent to 88 percent, due to a three-rig net increase in contracted rigs, ODS-Petrodata reported. Of the world's 649 offshore rigs, 571 are under contract. Utilization is the highest since October 2, 1998 when it reached 88.7 percent. U.S. Gulf rig utilization remained unchanged at 88.1 percent, with 185 out of the region's 210 mobile offshore rigs under contract. European offshore rig utilization remained unchanged at 92.1 percent, with 93 of the region's 101 mobile offshore rigs under contract.


U.S. Gulf rig utilization still climbing

U.S. Gulf rig utilization still climbing U.S. Gulf and worldwide offshore rig demand increased again this week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. Offshore rig utilization in the U.S. Gulf is at 85.5 percent. U.S. Gulf rig utilization has not been this high since August 1998. This week the number of rigs under contract rose to 177; only 30 of the region's 207 rigs are available.


GlobalSantaFe SCORE Shows Improvement

Houston-based worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for July 2002 was up from the previous month's SCORE by 1.7 percent. GlobalSantaFe President and CEO Sted Garber said, "This month's SCORE showed real improvement in the Gulf of Mexico offshore rig market during July, as the supply for certain classes of jackup rigs in this region tightened and drove dayrates higher


Offshore Rig Utilization Is Up

Worldwide offshore rig utilization rose this week due to increased drilling rig demand in Europe and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to Offshore Data Services (ODS). The European offshore rig count increased by three rigs, with 92 of the 101 rigs in the region under contract, boosting utilization to 91.1 percent, ODS said. The number of rigs being used in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remained rose by two to 182 under contract out of 210, putting utilization at 86.7 percent


Rig Utilization Up In GOM

Worldwide offshore rig utilization fell slightly during the week ending January 12, but ticked higher in the U.S. Gulf, according to Offshore Data Services (ODS). The number of worldwide mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract fell by one to 556 of the world's 648. Worldwide offshore rig utilization fell to 85.8 percent. The number of rigs being used in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico fell to 179 under contract out of 208, with utilization down to 86.1 percent


Viking Strengthens Partnership with Lobby Marine Veteran

Viking Offshore & Marine Limited has announced it would participate in the ownership of a second cantilever drilling jack-up rig, further strengthening its partnership with Singapore rig veteran, Chan Kwan Bian as it accelerates its entry into mainstream offshore rig chartering.   SGX Catalist-listed Viking said its wholly-owned Viking Asset Management Pte. Ltd. (VAM) will invest US$5.4 million to take a 30%-stake in Quick Booms Investments Limited (“QBI”)


GlobalSantaFe West Africa and Southeast Asia SCORE Show Improvements

Worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for March 2003 was flat with the previous month's SCORE. GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980-1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when SCORE averaged 100 percent


SembCorp Completes Rig Job

SembCorp Industries reported that its engineering and shipyard units have jointly completed the fabrication and assembly of an offshore rig for Woodside Energy of Australia. The vessel - Northern Endeavour - is owned by Woodside Energy of Australia, Shell Development (Australia) and BHP Petroleum. The barge type steel hull vessel has an oil storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels and was scheduled to start production in October.


GlobalSantaFe Reports 1Q Results

GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2002, of $77.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, on revenues of $464.0 million. This compares to net income of $40.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, on revenues of $274.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2001. The 2001 financial results reflect only historical Global Marine, prior to the merger that formed GlobaSantaFe, so some comparisons to these results may not be meaningful.


GlobalSantaFe's Worldwide SCORE Supported By International Areas

Houston-based offshore drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe today reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for November 2001 was essentially level with the previous month's SCORE. GlobalSantaFe President and CEO Sted Garber said, "The worldwide SCORE remained stable in November, in spite of oil price uncertainties and continued weakness in the Gulf of Mexico. The prevalence of longer drilling programs and robust utilization continued to


Accident Reported on Offshore Rig off Mexico

An accident on an offshore rig in the southern Gulf of Mexico has injured 10 people, local media reported on Tuesday, but state oil company Pemex had no immediate details on the incident, saying only that no platform had sunk.   Local newspaper Campeche Hoy reported that 10 workers have


Weathering the Storm through Lower Manning Costs

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As many companies continue the fight for survival in the challenging market conditions, shipping and offshore recruitment specialist Blue Ocean Marine & Offshore Solutions (BOMOS) announced its strategy to focus much stronger on cost reductions.  


Euronav to Acquire Metrostar VLCCs

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 The world’s largest listed crude-tanker operator Euronav is planning to buy 18 tankers for around $1.2 billion in one of the biggest deals involving oil carriers this year, reports WSJ.   The reports says that Euronav is in advanced discussions with Greece’s Metrostar to


NITC Claims World's Largest Supertanker Fleet

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 According to the head of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), Iran has 42 very large crude carriers or VLCCs, each able to carry 2 million barrels of oil, reports Press TV.   NITC has recently announced that after buying 20 oil tanker from China during the last two and half


Offshore Oil Drilling Market to Suffer through 2015

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A sluggish offshore drilling market could deteriorate further next year due to weak demand and a flood of new vessels, even though a few places such as Mexico and Brazil remain promising for exploration, industry executives said on Wednesday.


As Oil Prices Drop, Rigs Go Off-Line

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Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market. The drilling contractor's shares rose as much as 3 percent in early trading after the


W&O Actuated Valve Solution for Vigorous

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W&O is one of the partners that supported Vigor in the $40m project to build and deliver the largest floating drydock in the U.S. – Vigor Industrial’s Vigorous –  which was delivered recently to its new home in Portland on the Willamette River


Pile Testing for Wikinger Wind Farm Launched

Template recovery following successful piling

In October 2014 the first phase of the pile testing campaign for the Wikinger offshore wind farm project was launched after the site’s geotechnical investigation on the Baltic Sea had been completed.     German engineering and services group Bilfinger was awarded the test pile


Great Ships of 2014 Named

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In the culmination of it 75th Anniversary year in 2014, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is announced the 17 “Great Ships of 2014” in its December 2014 edition, available now at: http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MaritimeReporter/201412/


Hercules Offshore Shares Fall 33%

  Drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc's shares fell as much as 33 percent to a record low on Friday, a day after Deutsche Bank cut its price target on the company's stock to $0.   State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco terminated its contract for one of Hercules Offshore rigs on


Record Rig Berthing at Drydocks World

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Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, have simultaneously berthed 11 rigs in the Dubai yard, breaking its record of nine rigs at the yard set in February this year.  


Transocean to Scrap Two Rigs

  Swiss driller Transocean Ltd. announced yesterday that it intends to scrap, in an environmentally responsible manner, two offshore rigs: GSF Aleutian Key and Sedco 707. The rigs are classified as held for sale.   As a result of this decision


Hercules Offshore: Challenges Ahead in 2015

Drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc forecast a challenging year ahead as demand for its rigs remains weak with producers scaling backing drilling due to a slump in global oil prices. Shares of the company, which reported a smaller-than-expected loss


Lamprell Delivers Rig to National Drilling Co.

NDC6 Butinah Naming Ceremony

  Lamprell announced the construction of the jackup drilling rig, the “Butinah”, and delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC) safely and within budget.   This comes following an announcement last week where NDC exercised one of its existing


Louisiana International Marine Signs on with Helm CONNECT

Software developer Helm Operations has signed on offshore rig moving and ocean towing services company Louisiana International Marine (LIM) to its Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance software. Louisiana International Marine operates six tugs that are ABS classed hull and machinery, A1 towing






 
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