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Construction of Mermaid Ausana Begins

Key executives from Mermaid and China Merchants at the steel cutting ceremony.

Mermaid Maritime Public Company announced that it has marked the start of its new vessel / rig construction by participating in a steel cutting ceremony for its performance class tender rig ‘MTR-3’ and DP2 multipurpose subsea dive support and construction vessel ‘Mermaid Ausana’. The ceremony took place at the shipyards of China Merchants Heavy Industry in China in Nantong and Shenzhen, respectively. The ‘MTR-4’, which will be identical to the ‘MTR-3’, is scheduled to have its steel cutting ceremony two months later. The ‘MTR-3’ and ‘MTR-4’ will be state-of-the-art performance class tender assist drilling rigs incorporating the latest modern design features, and will be the most advanced tender rigs in the market when they are delivered in 2016. The rigs will each be equipped with a modern drilling package supplied by leading drilling equipment specialist National Oilwell Varco and will feature a larger deck space, bigger cranes, faster rig moves, larger and more living quarter capacity, larger tank storage and offline activity systems. In addition, both rigs will be able to operate in water depths of up to 243 meters with conventional mooring and 914 meters with pre-laid mooring, and have a drilling depth rating of 7620 meters and 1accommodation for 200 personnel, making both rigs an appealing option and solution for potential clients looking for a complete production drilling program.

GOM Softness Drives GLM Score Down

Global Marine reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for August 2001 decreased by 3.2 percent from the previous month's SCORE. Global Marine Chairman, President and CEO Bob Rose said, "We, like the rest of the nation, are outraged by the recent terrorist acts inflicted on our country, and want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the rescue workers as well as those who are restoring order

GLM's Industry SCORE Continues to Improve

Global Marine’s worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for September 2000 increased 1.8 percent over the previous month. Global Marine Chairman, President and CEO Bob Rose said, “September marks the 13th consecutive month of improvement in the worldwide SCORE and the 15th consecutive month of improvement in the Gulf of Mexico SCORE. With worldwide offshore drilling rig utilization at 80 percent, commodity prices strong

MIS Reports 26% Revenue Growth in 2008

MIS Co. Ltd. Inc. (OSE: MIS) reported record fourth quarter and fiscal year revenues of $125.1m and $387.5m, respectively and closes 2008 with a net profit of $8m and a record quarterly net profit of US$8m in Q4. This strong revenue increase and highest ever quarterly net profit is primarily driven by closing increasing volumes of contracts for the New Build Rigs value stream while maintaining MIS' market share in its traditional works value streams: Rig Refurbishment, EPC and Site Projects

Alion’s MOTISS – IBA: the Science of Survivability

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An Improved Risk and Safety Assessment Process for the offshore oil & gas industry – and just in time. Alion’s Measure of Total Integrated System Survivability (MOTISS) has been around a long time. Having previously earned its stripes primarily for naval applications, Alion began to market the service to the offshore oil & gas industry in the messy wake of the Macondo disaster. That event brought to the forefront, more than ever

Lamprell Issues Pre-close Trading Update

Photo courtesy of Lamprell

Lamprell published a trading update ahead of its results for the year ending December 31, 2014, stating it has delivered a robust operational and financial performance in 2014 as a result of strong project execution, favorable phasing of rig construction cycles and some one-off elements.   The group reports it has seen a strong rate of conversion of its bid pipeline with six new build jackup rig orders won and several smaller awards signed recently

Keppel Fels, Ensco Team On $130M Rig

Keppel FELS Limited, the offshore arm of Keppel FELS Energy & Infrastructure Ltd., and ENSCO International Inc. have entered in an alliance agreement to build, own and operate an enhanced KFELS MOD V jack-up rig, with an estimated value of US$130 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Keppel FELS and ENSCO will own and fund 75% and 25% of the rig, ENSCO 102, respectively. Keppel FELS is responsible for the engineering and building of the rig

Axis Bank Cancels Great Offshore Oil Rig Funding

In Bangalore, offshore oilfield services firm Great Offshore Ltd has run into fresh trouble after Axis Bank Ltd walked out of a deal to lend Rs350 crore to the Mumbai-based firm for funding the purchase of an oil drilling rig, currently under construction at Bharati Shipyard Ltd. Axis Bank wanted the money back after ONGC cancelled the rig contract and also due to delay in completing the construction of the rig. (Source: livemint

Keppel FELS Delivers First Rig of 2010

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered Ensco 8502, the third of seven Ensco 8500 Series semisubmersible (semi) drilling rigs it has been contracted to build exclusively for Ensco International (NYSE:ESV). Delivered seven days ahead of schedule, Ensco 8502 is on track to commence operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in the second quarter of 2010, under a two-year contract with Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc. with term extension options.

Two Maersk Jack-up Rigs in for Reapir

Photo courtesy of Semco Maritime

Semco Maritime has welcomed the recent arrival of two Maersk Drilling high specification jack-up rigs to its Invergordon shipyard facility. Maersk Reacher will be berthed in the Queens Dock facility for an undisclosed duration, carrying out necessary upgrades and modifications, whilst the recently constructed Maersk Highlander, following arrival by heavy lift from Singapore, will be at quayside for a short time

Jensen Evolves With Crowley's Support

San Francisco’s Fireboat 3, recently named one of the 10 Significant Boats of 2016 by WorkBoat magazine Photo Jensen

As the City of San Francisco commissions its latest fireboat today, the vessel, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, exemplifies the evolution and growth of the naval architecture and marine engineering firm since it was acquired by Crowley Maritime Corp. in 2008.

US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts expecting more additions as crude prices hold over $50 a barrel.   Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to Oct

Statoil Cancels Rig Contact

Stena Don (Photo: Stena Drilling)

Statoil decided to cancel the contract with Stena Drilling for the mobile rig Stena Don.   The rig has been on contract to Statoil since February 7, 2014, performing operations for the Troll and Fram licences. The original contract termination date is February 7, 2017.  

Sembcorp Marine Swings to Loss in Q3

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Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd swung to a loss in the third quarter and the rig builder's revenue was hurt by customers deferring rig deliveries amid a protracted downturn in the oil and natural gas market.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15

Cochin Shipyard Gears Up for IPO

Indias first indigenous aircraft carrier Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

 India’s biggest shipbuilder under state control, Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) is looking to file documents for its initial public offering (IPO) with the markets regulator by the end of this month, reports Live Mint.   According to sources

ASRY Reaches 100 Rig Milestone

Photo courtesy of ASRY

ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has welcomed its 100th rig repair job to the yard, as 2016 posts the highest number of rig repair contracts in the yards history. The project is on the high specification jack-up rig ‘Bob Palmer’

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 11th Week in 12

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an 11th week in the past 12, according to a closely followed report on Friday, although the rate of increases has slowed as crude prices remain below the key $50 a barrel level that spurs a return to the well pad.  

Petrobras to Seek Builders for Six Platforms

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state-run oil company, as of 2017 will begin seeking offers for the construction of six new offshore oil platforms envisioned in current investment plans, according to a newspaper interview published Sunday.

DNV GL Approves Modification for Semi-Submersible Rigs

Photo: COSL Drilling Europe AS

 Following the accident involving COSLInnovator on 30 December 2015, some 100 semi-submersible rigs approved by DNV GL will be reviewed.    Preliminary assessments indicate that a limited number of rigs will be subjected to modifications or operational limitations.  

Final Legwork Underway to Move Transocean Winner

Final preparations for moving the Transocean Winner rig onto the Hawk vessel are continuing and good progress has been made on the operation in Broad Bay.   The anchors have now been disconnected and the rig is being held on four tugs about half a mile from the Hawk.  

US Rig Count Recovery Hinges on $50 Oil Post-OPEC Meeting

U.S. oil drilling has seen its best quarter since crude prices tumbled two years ago mainly due to small operators returning to the well pad, but analysts say the continued recovery in the rig count depends on whether OPEC's output reduction plan can bring the market back to $50 a barrel.  

Transocean Floater Transocean Barents Enters Contract

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) announced today that the Transocean Barents, a harsh-environment, ultra-deepwater floater, has been awarded a 15-month contract with Suncor Energy at a dayrate of $260,000. The estimated contract backlog, excluding mobilization, is $119 million

Swissco Unable to Make Coupon Payment

Photo: Swissco Holdings

 Singapore-listed offshore firm Swissco Holdings could not pay out a $2.85 million coupon due next Friday and had no plans for its next course of action, says a report in Straits Times.   Bond holders who had each sunk about $250

New Saudi Arabia Shipyard to be ‘World’s Largest’

Photo: Royal HaskoningDHV

Developers of a new shipyard in Saudi Arabia say the facility will be the largest maritime yard in the world providing a range of services, including large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication and offshore support vessel repair.  

Maersk Names Fourth Jack-up at DSME

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 Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jack-up was named on 14 October at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.   "Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jackup was

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