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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 www.EnergyCurrent.com. 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: www.EnergyCurrent.com)


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

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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

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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,


Broadpoint Debuts Rate Plans, GOM

Broadpoint, a full-service telecommunications and network solutions company, announced that it will offer individual rate plans to offshore and marine employees in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. Workers can now tap Broadpoint’s 100,000 square mile cellular network for voice, SMS and data service, keeping them connected while away from home for significantly lower service costs than with traditional mobile carriers.


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


Hyundai Merges Offshore and Plant Divisions

Image: Hyundai Shipbuilding Division

 To improve efficiency Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced its intention to merge its plant division into the offshore business. The world's biggest shipbuilder said that they will take place after current projects are completed.


ITF Repeats Call for Rotterdam Dialogue as Dockers Protest

Paddy Crumlin (Photo courtesy: ITF)

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)  called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port


Shipbuilding, Repair and Conversion: Brazil's Quick Fix

Vard Promar shipyard in Pernambuco at night. (Photo: Vard Promar)

The growth trend continues in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry, a trend that has been relatively constant during the last five year. While shipbuilding is ‘ship shape,’ the reality of the Brazilian ship repair industry is somewhat muddled


U.S. Refinery Workers' Contract Talks Moving Slowly

  With just a week of bargaining left until the national contract for U.S. refinery workers expires, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said talks with oil company representatives for a new pact were going slow, according to a Twitter message sent to members.


MHI Employee Wins Gold at National Skills Competition

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  An employee of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) won the gold medal in the Mechanical Device Control category at the 52nd National Skills Competition held in Aichi Prefecture from November 28 to December 1. Company employees also won silver and bronze medals in the Welding category


Vessel Fire Forces Platform Evacuation

About 300 have evacuated a platform in the North sea after a fire left a vessel disabled and drifting nearby without power, BBC reported.   BG Group told BBC it was removing workers by helicopter from the Lomond installation - about 145 miles east of Aberdeen.   


Nigeria Maritime Workers' Strike Looms Large

Maritime Workers Threaten Pullout Nationwide

  There are strong indications that the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) may shut down port operations nationwide from tomorrow (17 December), and begin an indefinite strike over a number of longstanding issues. At the weekend, the union notified the relevant authorities - such as the


PIRIOU Delivers 53-meter FSIV

Photo: PIRIOU

French boat builder PIRIOU has delivered the 11th of its 53- by 10-meter Fast Supply and Intervention Vessels (FSIV) to Suisse Outremer AG, to be operated by ABC Maritime AG. Built at the PIRIOU yard in Vietnam, the Karol W was turned over to the owners in October 2014


Oil Prices Retreat from Short-covering Rebound

Global crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday, retreating from a short-covering charged rally as traders bet the market had not shaken off a six-month long rout on oversupply concerns.   Traders also cited a Bloomberg report that a port workers' union in Nigeria had ended its


Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking Yards

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Report by Indian research institute reveals poor enforcement of occupational health and safety provisions   The working and living conditions at the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India, remain alarmingly poor, argues a new study published in the Economic & Political Weekly


New Generation SSAV Delivered to PACC Offshore

POSH Xanadu (Photo courtesy of PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited)

POSH Xanadu, the first of a new generation of DP3 Semisubmersible Accommodation Vessels (SSAV) for PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH), was delivered to Singapore on December 22, 2014, directly embarking on her maiden contract in Brazil with Petrobras for a firm one year charter.


Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements

Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships.    Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not


Statoil Evacuates North Sea Platforms Ahead of Storm

A Statoil offshore field (file photo, courtesy Statoil)

Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil is moving some workers off seven North Sea platforms in anticipation of a weekend storm, but production should not be affect, a spokesman said on Friday. "We are partly unmanning the Statfjord B and C, Troll B, Snorre B, Veslefrikk


W.Coast Labor Spat Brings Gridlock

File Photo: a containership at berth in the port of Oakland, CA.

U.S. shippers say West Coast ports near gridlock on stalled contract talks. Cargo traffic at several of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports has slowed to near gridlock, negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators for 29 ports said on Monday as contract talks with the dockworkers' union


Shippers Cancel Overnight Crews at California Ports

Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast on Tuesday said they would no longer assign crews to load and unload cargo ships overnight at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach docks. The move comes a day after the Pacific Maritime Association said






 
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