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Arduous GoM Drill Rig Salvage Accomplished

The Jack-up Rig: Photo credit Inland Salvage Inc.

Inland Salvage successfully delivers salvaged jack-up drill rig which sank last winter in the Gulf of Mexico. In mid-December 2012 a retired jack-up drill rig under tow from Fourchon, LA to be dismantled in Texas began taking on water. Despite being in the crowded waters of the oilfield, the tow captain was able to maneuver the sinking rig into a little used section of the Vermillion Block where the seas finally washed over the main deck and forced the rig to the ocean floor. Inland Salvage Incorporated (ISI), based in Harvey, LA, was awarded the salvage contract and began dedicating assets towards the effort, teaming up with Titan Salvage of Pompano Beach Fl. Titan's naval architects began performing stability calculations while ISI and Titan personnel mobilized to the wreck site onboard a 185 class lift boat which could remain on location even during the Gulf's winter storms. The Salvage Master, Gordon Olson, determined it would be best to approach the salvage from two fronts. One dive team would work to restore buoyancy to the barge and mud mat, while the second team would attempt to reestablish control of the now submerged jacking system.  Salvage Engineers developed an external hydraulic supply and control unit that was connected to the existing jacking system by divers working in the confined spaces of the rig. At the same time, divers penetrated into the barge tanks to install salvage pumps and restore the rig's dewatering system for the mud mat.


Bollinger Increases Port Fourchon Capabilities

Bollinger’s repair and conversion shipyard at Port Fourchon, La., on the Gulf of Mexico, can now accommodate rigs, ships and boats with drafts to 27 ft., now that dredging is complete from the sea buoys in the Gulf to Bollinger’s Fourchon 350-ft. slip, which has also been deepened. “The deepened waterway and slip permit us to offer services to larger jack-up and matted rigs as well as bigger ships and boats. We also have additional shore power providing electrical power for vessels’ hotel


Offshore Rig Counts Mixed

The worldwide offshore rig demand declined since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. While demand in the U.S. Gulf improved, European rig demand continues to suffer. In European waters, 74 offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig net decline from last week, and a 10-rig fall from two months ago. The 106-rig European offshore drilling fleet's utilization rate is 69.8 percent


Offshore Rig Count

U.S. Gulf Rig Count Hits 20-Month High The Gulf of Mexico rig count continues to rebound, and this week reached its highest level since July 1998, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. The Gulf of Mexico rig count is expected to continue to rise as the year progresses. On March 24, 155 of the 198 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico were under contract. The week's tally represents a four-rig increase over the previous week's count


DNB Bank Appoints Senior Asia Region Execs

Vidar Andersen: Photo credit DNB Bank

DNB Bank, the leading international shipping and energy bank, has appointed Vidar Andersen its new Head of Asia, based in Singapore with immediate effect. In a related move, Mats Wermelin has been appointed the bank’s new Head of China based in Shanghai, a post which was previously held by Mr Andersen. Group Executive Vice President (Large Corporations and International), Harald Serck-Hanssen, welcomed Mr Andersen and Mr Wermelin into their new positions


Cribbing & Matting Extend Range to Australia, SE Asia

Product display image courtesy of Cribbing & Matting

A high performance recycled plastic cribbing system engineered to provide optimum safety and durability when stabilising heavy loads is being introduced throughout Australasia and South-East Asia inform the Cribbing and Matting Co Pty Ltd., located in Sydney. The manufacturers explain that the lightweight, splinter-free, non-absorbent and environmentally sustainable Dura Crib and Dura Stat ranges were developed to replace older, weaker


Woldwide Offshore Rig Utilization Plummets

Offshore rig utilization fell in the world's most active markets during the week ending July 6, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig utilization dropped 1.5 percent to 85.8 percent this week, with 182 rigs under contract out of a total of 212. European rig utilization fell 1.0 percent to 95.1 percent this week with 97 of the region's 102 rigs under contract, according to ODS, while worldwide rig utilization fell 0.7 percent to 89


FGH And Ocean Rig Sign Cooperation Agreement

Friede Goldman Halter (FGH) and Ocean Rig have signed a cooperation agreement related to the completion and delivery of Ocean Rig's Bingo 9000-1 and Bingo 9000-2 offshore drilling rigs, which are currently being outfitted and Friede Goldman Offshore's Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard. The agreement results from a joint effort of Friede Goldman and Ocean Rig to develop an acceptable plan and schedule for the completion and delivery of the two fifth-generation rigs


Prospector Offshore Keeps its Options Open

Prospector Offshore Drilling agrees with two Chinese shipyards to extend options on 6 rig construction agreements. An agreement with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co. extends the expiry dates on three of its rig construction option agreements with DSIC Offshore that were previously due to expire on 31 December 2012 have been extended until 31, March 2013. Another agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co


Semco and PV Join Forces for Rig Upgrade

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  Semco Maritime and PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard join forces to establish high class rig upgrade player in South East Asia - Vung Tau Rig Services. The initiative shall tap into the growing market for rig upgrades in the region. Semco Maritime opens new office at the PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard office building to strengthen the strategic partnership PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard (PVMS) and Semco Maritime JSC have entered into a strategic partnership with the aim to perform rig repair


Hytorc Aid Testing of Large Turbines

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  Clemson University has recently taken the lead for making strides in large-scale wind turbine energy testing and construction, as the organization is in the process of completing their revolutionary new testing facility, the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI)


Pacific Basin Sells Harbor Towage Business to Smit Lamnalco

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has sold to Smit Lamnalco its entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA), including all its harbor towage operations and 16 harbor tugs and two additional assests (one harbor tug and one barge) currently owned by other PB companies.


Rig Moves: Mobilized for Performance

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The operation of an oil field involves moving rigs or jackups in a maneuver referred to as a rig move. These complex operations require experience and the coordination of all stakeholders. Explanation by Pål-André Malø, superintendent for new construction


Jackup Rig Delivered to Abu Dhabi’s NDC

HE Sheikh Saud Bin Khalid Al Qasimi (center) cuts the ribbon for the NDC Shuwehat rig alongside Lamprell CEO Jim Moffat (right) and NDC Chief Executive Officer Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi (left)

Lamprell delivers its 11th Super 116E jackup drilling unit Lamprell has completed the construction of jackup drilling rig, the Shuwehat, and has delivered the rig to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC) within budget and as scheduled. 


COSL Takes Delivery of New Semisub

COSL’s deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSL Prospector delivered

  China Oilfield Services Limited saw successful delivery of the deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSLProspector it invested in and commissioned to build in Yantai, Shandong today. This rig has adopted the latest marine engineering design concepts in the world and has mets the


Rowan's Fleet Status Update

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Rowan Companies plc informed today that its monthly report of drilling rig status and contract details have been updated as of November 20, 2014.  Notable events in the current report include: Rowan Louisiana: As previously indicated


Statoil Halts Angola Exploration, Cancels Rig Contract

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Norway's Statoil has halted its exploration campaign in Angola after several disappointing wells and canceled a rig contract with Stena Drilling, the firm said on Friday. "The costs of terminating the operations and associated services including the Stena Carron rig contract will be


Trelleborg Invests in High-Speed Fender Test Rig

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Trelleborg’s marine operation is in the process of building and installing a custom-made high-speed test rig, capable of testing both rubber and foam fenders.   The rig is being built in Trelleborg’s new Berryville facility in Virginia, U.S


Deepwater Semi-Sub COSL Prospector Delivered

COSL Prospector

COSLProspector, the fourth deep-water semi-submersible drilling rig built by CIMC Raffles for China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL), has been delivered in Yantai, Shandong Province. It represents another milestone for China’s deep-water drilling rig going into the global mainstream market


Time-out for Kwanza Drilling

Stena Carron rig

  Statoil has decided to cancel the Stena Carron rig contract after fulfilling the work commitments in the Statoil-operated blocks 38 and 39 in the Kwanza basin offshore Angola. The rig contract will cease with effect from 21 November 2014.


Maersk Drilling gets Extension for Jack-Up

file image: a Maersk offshore asset.

Maersk Drilling, is a unit in shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk. Hess has exercised the four one-well options included in the current contract for the jack-up rig Maersk Resolute. Each of the four additional wells has an estimated duration of around 90 days implying an extension


Damen, Palfinger Upgrade North Sea Jack-Up Rig

Photo courtesy of Palfinger

With the support of Palfinger systems JUMP technology, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen has completed an upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea, in 30 days less than was initially projected by the client.  


Fourth Rig Delivered to Perforadora Central

Coatzacoalcos is the fourth of five jackup rigs Keppel AmFELS is building for Perforadora Central

Keppel AmFELS LLC, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered the jackup rig, Coatzacoalcos, to Mexico’s Central Panuco S.A. De C.V., a subsidiary of Mexico's Perforadora Central S.V. De C.V


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


Mares Joins Guardian as Europe, U.S. Agent

Photo courtesy of Guardian

Going from strength to strength, Guardian Maritime Ltd, producers of GUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers, has further expanded its worldwide coverage and distribution by signing a deal with Mares Shipping GmbH, specialists in the supply of spare parts and technical equipment for ships






 
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