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Superior Offshore Shares Plunge

Shares of Superior Offshore International Inc., plunged after the company delayed filing its third-quarter financial statement. A Merrill Lynch analyst downgraded the Houston-based company's stock to "Neutral" from "Buy." Superior Offshore shares dropped 77 cents, or 9 percent, to close at $7.83, after plunging 24 percent to $6.56 earlier in the session. The stock has dropped more than 40 percent since its initial public offering priced at $15 in April. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Superior Offshore said the third-quarter filing was delayed as the company determines whether it is required to reclassify long-term debt as current debt. Superior Offshore said the reclassification may be necessary under the terms of a waiver from a lender related to defaults on the company's senior secured term loan facility. The company is currently negotiating a term loan facility with another lender to refinance the facility. Source: CNN


Offshore Shares Are Leading The Way

Offshore shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange continued to rise in November, buoyed by the continuing high oil price and expectations of increased level of activities from oil companies in the year 2000. After a few dismal months, offshore shares regained the positive position they have occupied for most of the year. Other maritime shares fell during November so it was offshore and cruise that carried the Shipping Index to a 1.9 percent rise for the month and the rise of 36


Shipping Outperforming Offshore In October

Higher oil prices have helped the Oslo Stock Exchange's shipping index, which features maritime and offshore shares, to rise by 33.7 percent so far this year - outperforming the exchange's other indexes. Share prices of offshore shares have decreased for two months now, resisting the influence of continued buoyant oil prices. The value of shares on the Main List dropped 5.6 percent in September and 13.6 percent in October. The 19


$230M Offshore Contract Announced

Saibos CML, an equally-owned subsidiary of Bouygues Offshore and Saipem SpA, has been awarded a contract for the Kizomba A Development Project in Angola for an approximately total amount of $230 million (Bouygues Offshore's share: approximately $115 million). Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited (Esso), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, is the operator (40%). Other participants include BP Exploration (Angola) Limited (26.67%), Agip Exploration Angola B.V. (20 %) and Statoil (13


Seadrill Sells FPSO Crystal Sea

Seadrill Limited, the owners of the Crystal Sea, have completed a sale of the FPSO vessel to BW Offshore. The total consideration for the FPSO vessel is $80 million of which $60 million in cash and U20 million in BW Offshore shares. BW Offshore Limited is a Oslo Stock Exchange listed company.


Bouygues Offshore Logs New Contract

Technigaz, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bouygues Offshore, will build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tank in Palos de Frontera, Spain under a contract awarded by ENAGAS. This contract, for a total amount of EUR 40 million (Bouygues Offshore's share: EUR 28 million) will be performed by a Joint-Venture of Technigaz (70%) and Initec (30%). The customer, ENAGAS, is the only LNG importer in Spain so far. This turnkey contract covers Engineering, Procurement


Gas Prices, Offshore Shares Fall In Tandem

Gasoline prices on the benchmark New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Monday dipped below 90 cents a gallon for the first time in nearly three months, signaling the end of this summer's red-hot run. After trading above a record $1.05 a gallon for most of June, front month gasoline futures have made a 16 percent dive to Monday's midday low of 88.50, the lowest intraday level seen since May 4. Gasoline last closed below 90 cents a gallon on May 3


Stolt Offshore Wins $120M in Contracts

Stolt Offshore S.A. received contract awards and Letters of Intent totaling approximately $120 million from various customers operating in the North Sea. In the UK sector of the North Sea, BP has awarded Stolt Offshore two contracts totalling $12.4 million for construction and installation of the gas import/export system for Clair Phase 1 and the tie-in of the Clair oil export and gas import/export pipeline systems. BP has also awarded Stolt Offshore a contract, valued at approximately $19


Aker Kvaerner Acquires RR Offshore

Aker Kvaerner has entered into an agreement which gives full ownership of Finnish RR Offshore and ends the co-operation between Aker Kvaerner and its former Russian partner ST Holdings. As part of the agreement, Aker Kvaerner sells its shares in the Astrakhan Korabel yard to ST Holding. The parties have agreed to not disclose any transaction values. RR Offshore OY is a Finnish engineering and project management company with


Diamond Offshore Scraps Special Dividend on Weak Market

Ocean Endeavor (Photo:  Diamond Offshore)

Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc said it expected a significant number of ultra-deepwater rigs to be idled across the industry by year-end as oil producers' capital budget is likely to be lowered by a fifth this year.   The company also said it would not pay a special dividend as it had been doing since 2006 to save cash to take advantage of opportunities in a distressed market.   "...This action saves the company about $415 million over the next year


FMC and Technip to Complete Merger in January

Image:  FMC Technologies

USA subsea equipment firm FMC Technologies and French engineering company Technip have jointly announced that they expect their merger to be formally complete by January 16.   Houston-based FMC and Paris-based Technip will form a new entity called TechnipFMC


Keppel FELS Resells Jackup Rig

Photo Keppel Offshore & Marine

Keppel Corporation Limited (the “Company” or “KCL”) refers to its announcement on 2 August 2013 on the construction contract ("Construction Contract") entered between Keppel FELS Limited (“KFELS”)


Aucoin Joins Schottel as U.S. GM

Gary Aucoin and his predecessor Nils Moerkeseth. (Image: Schottel)

Gary Aucoin has joined Schottel Inc. in Houma, La., as the new General Manager. Aucoin is a dedicated sales expert taking over leadership of the growing U.S. subsidiary. Most recently, from 2010, he held the role of account manager at Wärtsilä with responsibility for both new business


OPC: Making Naval History

Winning Design: an early drawing of the USCG-select Vard 7 110 from Vard Marine and an updated version from the U.S. Coast Guard. (Image: Vard Holdings)

In September, 2016, an U.S. shipyard and the Canadian design business of an Italian-owned Norwegian shipyard won the largest vessel procurement contract in U.S. Coast Guard history. Now, Eastern Shipbuilding will build nine — and possibly many more — Vard Marine designs in its Panama


MMO Market Falls 22% in 2015

Graph: Douglas-Westwood

 The Offshore Maintenance, Modifications & Operations (MMO) market experienced a substantial fall of 22% in total expenditure between 2014 and 2015, and an additional 5% decline is projected by the end of 2016, says a Douglas-Westwood report.  


First US Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun commercial operations, becoming the first wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

Power developer Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, becoming the United States’ first commercially active offshore wind farm.   The energy produced from the Block Island Wind Farm is linked to the


ELA Offshore Accommodation for OSV SeaMar Splendid

OSV SeaMar Splendid Photo ELA Container Offshore GmbH

ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivered an Offshore Living Quarter to Netherlands based SeaMar Services BV in Den Helder. The container was placed on board the Offshore Support Vessel ‘SeaMar Splendid’ and provided extra accommodation for subsea work in the North Sea


Maersk Launches App for Cargo Tracking

Maersk Line mobile app to manage and track cargo on the move Photo Maersk

Maersk Line today launched a mobile app to manage and track cargo on the move. This app will allow users access to comprehensive information on shipments, track cargo in real time, check schedules, changes in destination and documentation.


Statoil Wins Offshore Wind Lease in New York

Just days after Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, Statoil reports that it has been declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale of 79,350 acres offshore New York.  


Maritime Museum Rotterdam Launches Offshore Experience

Opening of Offshore Experience by Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands

Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, officially opened the Offshore Experience exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam on Friday, 16 December. Over fifty leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have helped fund the


Dorian Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan

Dorian LPG’s Corvette Photo courtesy Dorian

 The Board of Directors of Dorian LPG Ltd. (NYSE: LPG) today adopted a shareholder rights plan and declared a dividend distribution of one preferred share purchase right on each outstanding share of Company common stock (each, a "Right")


DNV GL Launches North American OEM Committee

DNV GL inaugural meeting of the NAOEMC. Photo by DNV GL

 DNV GL's Center of Excellence for Drilling & Well Control Equipment recently hosted the inaugural gathering of the North American Offshore Equipment Manufacturers' Committee (NAOEMC).    The NAOEMC is comprised of a group of industry experts and leaders that establish


Dryships to Sell $200 mln of Stock to Kalani Investments

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc., an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Kalani Investments Limited, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands and that is not affiliated with the Company.   


DNV GL forms Committee for Offshore Equipment Manufacturers

Nick Prokopuk, Antony DSouza, Herman DeJong, Nick Roper (DNV GL) presented a certificate of appointment as Chairman to Ian Friesen (NOV) Photo DNV GL

The NAOEMC is comprised of a group of industry experts and leaders that establish expectations and align the industry for future growth and development in offshore equipment manufacturing. The formation and sponsorship of industry committees is a longstanding tradition within DNV GL


BSEE Director Brian Salerno Weighs in on Offshore Ops

Brian Salerno (Photo: BSEE)

Brian Salerno was sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on August 26, 2013. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations






 
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