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Offshore Workers Earn More Paid Vacation

North Sea workers have won an extra 14 days of paid holiday in a tribunal held in Aberdeen, according to a report on The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) and Unite sited the European Union working time directive in the bid to get more vacation for 10,000 offshore workers, including those in subsea, drilling and catering. In a 150-page ruling, the current 26 week field break was deemed compensatory rest for time workers could not take while offshore. (Source:

Offshore Gas Leak – Union Calls for Evacuation of More Platforms

High pressure gas leak from North Sea oil rig off coast of Scotland – union expresses safety concerns about gas cloud Oil and gas union leaders have called for all platforms within a five-mile radius to be evacuated after fears the gas cloud may be travelling in their direction, according to a report in Scottish local newspaper 'The Press and Journal' As a direct result of the risk the gas leak poses to its staff on nearby platforms

Schat-Harding New Freefall Lifeboat


Lifeboat and davit manufacturer, Schat-Harding, has completed the first freefall drop with its new design of lifeboat for the offshore sector, the FF1200. Schat-Harding CEO Ove Roessland said, “We were acutely aware that, in order to satisfy regulations applying to the Norwegian offshore sector, it was necessary to design a completely new lifeboat. Now, after several years of research and development, and the successful completion of high-scale module testing

E’LOO Electronic Toilets for Maritime Industries


Offshore rig workers to big shipping and yacht to cruise enthusiasts are always looking for new gadgets to enlighten their daily lives.   How about this for innovation. Our Electronic Toilet washes and dries you within minutes without needing toilet paper ever again. Yes, you heard right, E’LOO electronic toilets popularity among the elite yacht population is growing by leaps and bounds and is crossing over to the offshore industry.  

BSEE to Establish Ocean Energy Safety Institute

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy development, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson today announced the Bureau is taking steps to establish an independent Ocean Energy Safety Institute (Institute) to further enhance safe and responsible operations across the offshore oil and gas industry. The Institute will provide a forum for dialogue, shared learning and cooperative research among academia, government

More Workers Walk Out of Norway's Oil Wage Talks

More workers in Norway's oil sector walked out of wage talks on Wednesday, sending the dispute to a state mediator and raising the prospect of a repeat of a 2012 strike.   Workers who operate onshore supply bases broke off talks, joining platform oil workers and oil service employees in breaking off wage negotiations, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, the energy companies' interest group, and trade union Industri Energi said.

Second Norwegian Offshore Lockout Coming

Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) has given notice of a secondary lockout affecting workers on 94 offshore service vessels and shuttle tankers on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Association is also escalating the lockout of members of the Federation of Oil Workers' Trade Unions (OSF), encompassing members that so far have remained outside the current dispute. The impact of this secondary lockout, which comes into force from midnight,

Hibernia Offhshore Workers Ratify Contract

According to a report from CBC News, workers at the largest field in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry have accepted a new contract. Hibernia workers on Friday, Nov. 5, ratified a new contract that includes pay raises, shift differentials and improvements in scheduling leave (Source: CBC News)  

ASV Debuts New Unmanned Surface Vehicle

C-Worker (Image: ASV)

ASV introduced C-Worker, a multiuse offshore unmanned surface vehicle developed to conduct subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring for oil and gas operations. C-Worker was demonstrated to members of the oil and gas and offshore surveying industries in January 2014 when ASV, alongside sister company C&C Technologies operated the vehicle in the Solent off Portsmouth, U.K. Fitted with a Sonardyne Gyro USBL acoustic positioning system

Prepare for Growth, Oil Industry Told

Photo: BP

The North Sea oil and gas industry has been urged to buck the trend and prepare for growth in the near future.   Attendees at an event organized by subsea intervention and commercial diving specialists K.D. Marine in Aberdeen recently, heard an upswing in oil price was imminent and, rather than laying people off, companies should be gearing up for increased activity.   Host and K.D. Marine managing director Hamish Petersen was joined by several other leaders from across the UK

Port Botany Workers Sacked via Text Message

Image: Hutchison Ports Australia

 Infuriated workers have formed picket line at Hutchison Ports in Botany, NSW after 97 employees from Sydney and Brisbane were sacked by email.  Hutchison Ports Australia operates as Brisbane Container Terminals in Queensland.  

SIU sues CBSA Over Permits to Foreign Sailors


The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) has launched a lawsuit challenging repeated decisions by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to grant temporary work permits to foreign maritime workers crewing foreign ships operating in Canadian waters

Eastern Launches Harvey Sub-Sea

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group launched M/V Harvey Sub-Sea (Hull 249) for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea is a first of two (2) 340 ft. Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea will feature a 250MT AHC Knuckle Boom Offshore Crane

Manslaughter Charges Filed in 2012 Oil Platform Blast

Two companies involved in the deadly 2012 explosion of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico have been indicted on federal charges of involuntary manslaughter, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC and Grand Isle Shipyards Inc

Safeway: New Motion Compensated Gangway

Image: Van Aalst

The Van Aalst Group has introduced a new motion compensated gangway system under the brand name Safeway.   Developed and built in the Netherlands, the Safeway gangway bridge makes it possible for vessels to land at a broad range of offshore constructions

Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  

US Builder Secures Wind Farm Supply Vessel Order

Photo: Blount Boats

Rhode Island based shipbuilder Blount Boats signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island, the shipbuilder announced today.   The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW

Two Hurt in Petrobras Platform Accident; Output Halted

Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras was forced to stop output at its P-56 offshore oil production ship on Wednesday in the Marlim Sul field after an explosion in an electrical panel started a fire and injured two workers, union officials said.  

Israeli Port Workers Defy Court Order to Continue Strike

Striking Israeli dockworkers defied a court order on Thursday and shut down the country's two main seaports for a second day in protest at the creation of two new foreign-run ports. Spokesmen for the ports of Ashdod and Haifa said 2,400 workers had left their posts and union leaders had gone

Petrobras Stops Platform Output After Gas Leak

Brazil state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA stopped production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union said on its website on Monday, citing worker reports.  

Statoil Cancels Rig Contract, COSL Cuts Jobs

COSLPioneer. Photo by COSL Drilling Europe

 COSL Drilling Europe is reportedly being forced to make 229 rig staff redundant as a result of Statoil’s decision to cancel the charter for semi-submersible unit COSL Pioneer.   Statoil announced the termination of contract since 8 October 2014

KPA: Striking Mombasa Port Workers Must Return by Friday

The Kenya Ports Authority said on Thursday striking workers at the Mombasa port should resume work by Friday morning or lose their jobs, and that normal activities at East Africa's biggest port will resume July 6. The workers are disputing higher deductions for the government's national health

Two Dead in Petrobras Offshore Accident

Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents, a union representing oil workers said in a statement. The workers drowned after scaffolding they were erecting collapsed

Calais DFDS Ferries to Restart Tuesday; Talks to Reconvene

Photo: DFDS Seaways

DFDS Seaways Calais-Dover ferry service, suspended by a workers' blockade of Calais port during the weekend, will resume on Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said after talks with the parties involved.   Ferry workers, industry executives

AEU Presents Safety Awards

Left to right: Jimmy Burgin, AEU; Pat O’Driscoll, Levin Enterprises, Inc.; Randy Rader, RBT Welders, LLC; Nichole DeGidio, 1st Flagship, Inc.; Simon Lee, Keppel AmFELS LLC; Gus Cagigas, Diversified Port Holdings, LLC; Steve White, McGriff Seibels & Williams, broker for Linea Peninsular, Inc.; and Mike Lapeyrouse, AEU

The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) presented its 2014 Safety Awards at the annual American Longshore Mutual Association, Ltd. (ALMA) Conference on July 19, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Fla.   AEU, which provides solutions for workers’ compensation coverage under the Longshore and

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