A Ukrainian cargo ship that inadvertently sailed into protected waters around Iraqi oil platforms in the Persian Gulf ignited a rapid security crackdown Wednesday morning, displaying some of the measures coalition forces take to protect the platforms. Ships rushed to intercept the cargo vessel. A 14-sailor boarding team from the Royal Australian Navy frigate Toowoomba spent three hours searching the 100-meter cargo ship, ensuring the crew’s documents were accurate, and trying to figure out why the vessel didn’t heed warnings to stay out of the terminal’s protective circle. The Ukrainian crew told sailors they were unaware of the security restraints in that area. Wednesday’s incident is one of many scenarios coalition and Iraqi forces have encountered as they protect the two oil platforms about 60 miles from Iraq, said Navy Capt. Jeff Harbeson, commander of Destroyer Squadron 50 and the combined task group securing the platforms and training Iraqis to take over the duties. The efforts have dramatically improved security in the nearly three years that a translator, Ali, has been working in the gulf. The task is dubbed Maritime Security Operations, MSO for short, and entails quashing piracy, stopping the smuggling of people and weapons, protecting fishermen and protecting the platforms, which provide about 85 percent of Iraq’s revenue, at roughly $11,000 per second.
Norcontrol IT has won the contract to upgrade the Vessel Traffic Management and Information System (VTMIS) for the Draugen Offshore Oil Platform in the North Sea. The contract also includes a five-year Long Term System Support Program (LT-SSP). The Draugen Platform is owned and operated by A/S Norske Shell and currently uses a Norcontrol IT VOC 90 system. This system will be replaced with the latest VTMIS 5060, which can be upgraded to communicate with other VTS systems in the North Sea
Talisman Energy (UK) has extended an existing one-year contract for 'SBS Tempest' a platform supply vessel (PSV) by 6 months SBS Tempest, a platform supply vessel of the VS470 MkII Design, is owned by Viking Supply Ships. The primary function of the vessel is to transport supplies to and from offshore oil platforms. The new charter extension will mean that the vessel will continue to operate from Talisman's logistics base in Peterhead, Scotland.
Deep-sea manned submersible operations provider, OceanGate, has completed a series of dives in the Gulf of Mexico to observe the ecological impact of decommissioned oil platforms on ocean life using the 5-person manned submersible Antipodes. This expedition was part of an initial study related to the "Rigs to Reefs" program, a critical issue in the decommissioning of platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world
The 12,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Harding oil platform in the UK North Sea is being shut down as a precaution after a worker fell off and died early on Thursday, a spokesman for operator TAQA said. "Production is being shut down," the spokesman for the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA) said. "It is what we feel is the appropriate response to the tragic loss of life and the effect it has had on our colleagues on the platform
Brazil's state-run Petrobras will probably not meet its oil and gas production target for 2014 because of continued delays in the startup of new offshore oil platforms, a government source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday. Petrobras set a 2014 goal of increasing output by 7.5 percent, plus or minus one percentage point, hoping to break a string of missed targets caused by declining output from its largest existing fields and delays in new areas.
SembCorp Marine Ltd.'s Brazilian joint venture had secured its first contract, worth $149 million, for the fabrication of topside production modules in offshore Brazil. The firm said the contract for Maua Jurong SA, the Brazilian joint-ventue of Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd, was to build topside fabrication modules for the Barracuda and Caratinga fields in offshore Brazil. It said the contract was awarded by Halliburton Productos Ltda, the Brazilian affiliate of Kellog Brown & Root Inc
Blue Giant, a ship with participation of the Mexican shipping company, Blue Marine, is capable of providing different products and services specialized for the offshore industry. Built at the shipyards of Lloydwerft, with the investment of Harren & Partner and Combi Lift Shipping, in the , Blue Giant has a large free deck area that allows containing repair and maintenance workshops of equipment from oil platforms
An ex-Royal Navy officer’s converted warship has been seized by Spain amid fears he is a mercenary planning to fight pirates in Somalia. Former lieutenant Chris Enmarsh’s decommissioned gunboat Defender has been stopped from sailing since being forced to stop off in Tenerife for repairs. The Spanish authorities are understood to be concerned that Mr Enmarsh and his five-man crew intend to operate as so-called guns-for-hire protecting oil platforms off the coastline of East Africa
Aliança Shipyard has acquired FORAN 3D Viewers for project control, construction and maintenance tasks. Strategically located in an area of 54,000 sqm in Niterói, alongside Baía de Guanabara (Brazil), Aliança Shipyard has experience in construction of high technology vessels as AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply), MPSV (Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessel), PSV (Platform Supply Vessel), OSRV (Oil Spill Response Vessel)
India's largest private sector shipping firm Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to sell a 1996-built capesize dry bulk carrier Jag Arjun by this March-end. "The vessel will be delivered to the buyers during the fourth quarter (January-March)
Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants. The navy said in a statement that the exercises
The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday describing how the increasing number of seaborne migrants making the journey from Africa to Europe has not only proved to be too much for European coast guards and navies, it now poses a major problem for Mediterranean shipping.
The Israel Navy’s fourth submarine, the ISS Tanin (Crocodile), is expected to become fully operational in a few weeks and participate in naval operations. The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry
The 70-meter Fast Crew Boat (FCB) was christened Muslim Magomayev at a ceremony at the Incat shipyard on Monday, September 15. This is the first vessel that Australian Shipbuilder Incat Tasmania has purpose built for the oil and gas industry
Victaulic introduces the Style DLY Delta-Y assembly, a combination of preassembled Victaulic cast grooved fittings, rigid couplings and butterfly valves. The Delta-Y assembly is designed specifically for bulk cement/barite systems on offshore oil platforms and is also ideal for drilling mud
Offshore Oil Platform Owner to Improve Safety and Operations in Gulf of Mexico Following Unauthorized Oil Discharges; EPA and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement secure settlement in first joint judicial enforcement action under Clean Water Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Corvus Energy announced today the award of $1.3 million in repayable assistance from the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative for its project to further develop the Corvus Energy Storage System. The Corvus Energy system provides industrial scale energy storage to enable customers to power or
DigiGone, a communication solution provider specializing in secure video transmission, introduced its new remote telemedicine kits for marine, aviation and land-based applications. Based on DigiGone’s proprietary SecureChat video encryption and compression software
SBM Offshore NV has settled a bribery case with Dutch prosecutors for $240 million, including a $40,000 fine, sending shares in the Dutch oil platform leasing firm up more than 20 percent on Wednesday. The settlement, which was in line with provisions already taken
Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM (CMM) has secured contracts with Petrobras Brazil to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response vessels (OSRVs) with a new fuel-efficient Damen axe-bow design. CMM has secured contracts with Petrobras to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response
Dutch oil platform leasing company SBM Offshore is cutting 1,200 jobs, or slightly more than 11 percent of its global workforce, as part of a cost-saving programme. The company, which settled a bribery case with Dutch prosecutors for a record $200 million payment last month
Pieter Schelte Heerema, one of the largest ships in the world with a length of more than three football fields, arrives at the port of Rotterdam for the last works before it is operational. Pieter Schelte Heerema, one of the largest ships in the world
Fire broke out on an unmanned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported. BSEE is responding to the damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27
Brazil oil regulator says 3 dead, 10 injured in Petrobras platform explosion An explosion at an offshore Petrobras oil and natural gas platform killed three workers and injured 10 more, Brazil's oil regulator ANP confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.