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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


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

New Office

  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


Lamprell Delivers Drilling Rig to Dev Drilling

Jindal Pioneer during its successful jacking trial held in December 2014

The Lamprell Group delivers its 12th Super 116E jackup drilling unit.   Lamprell has announced the completion of construction on the jackup rig Jindal Pioneer and its delivery to Dev Drilling Pte Ltd of Singapore, a D. P. Jindal Group Company.     The contract for the Jindal Pioneer rig was signed in January 2013 and this is the second rig with the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design which Lamprell has delivered to this client


Transocean Provides Fleet Status Report

Photo: Transocean Ltd

 Transocean, the world's leading offshore drilling contractor with 61 rigs in its fleet, has issued a Fleet Status Report that provides the current status of and contract information for the company's entire fleet of offshore drilling rigs.   


Ocean Rig buys Cerrado drillship

Photo: Ocean Rig

 Cyprus-based Ocean Rig has stepped in to buy the sixth generation ultra-deepwater (UDW) drillship Cerrado, which once drilled the giant Libra prospect offshore Brazil, following its owner Brazil-based Schahin Group bankruptcy declaration last April.  


Shipping Industry Flying On The Dragon’s Back

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually found their 2008 heights just as unsustainable, even as some talked of a “new paradigm”.  


Keppel Acquires LeTourneau

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Cameron International Corporation's offshore product division, which comprises the LETOURNEAU jackup rig designs, rig kit business


Norwegian Shipowners Face Cash Crunch

We expect that about half of the Norwegian rig fleet and every sixth Norwegian-controlled offshore vessel will not be employed as we approach summer this year. This is a serious situation, the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners Association, Sturla Henriksen, told Reuters. (Photo courtesy: www.rederi.no)

 Access to capital for cash-hungry Norwegian offshore shipowners is expected to tighten further as lower activity and falling profits continue in 2016, the Norwegian Shipowners' Association said in its yearly outlook report on Tuesday.


US Judge Approves BP Civil Settlement with US Government over 2010 Spill

(Photo: Casey Ware)

U.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc's civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it reached a deal in July 2015 to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states.


Vietnam to China: Shift Rig, Abandon Drilling Plans

Vietnam demanded China move a controversial oil rig on Thursday and abandon plans to start drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of festering unease among the two communist neighbours. The $1 billion rig, which was at the centre of a fierce diplomatic stand-off


China Rebuffs Vietnam Criticism of Rig Move

China's Foreign Ministry on Friday rebuffed Vietnam's second demand this year to move a controversial oil rig and drop plans to drill in South China Sea waters where jurisdiction is unclear, saying it was engaging in normal exploration activity.


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs to Nov 2009 Lows

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a third week in a row to the lowest level since November 2009, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said Friday, as energy firms keep slashing spending despite crude futures prices jumping roughly 50 percent  since hitting a near 13-year low in February.


First Shippers Sign on Rolls-Royce Autonomous Ship Project

Finferries 65 metre double ended ferry, the Stella, which operates between Korpo and Houtskär in Finland will undertake a series of tests of sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) project, led by Rolls-Royce, introduced the project’s first commercial ship operators: ferry operator Finferries and dry bulk cargo carriers ESL Shipping Oy. The announcement came at a conference presenting the findings of the


Obama to Issue New Offshore Drilling Rules

(White House photo)

The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that happened six years ago on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an official told Reuters. The Department of Interior will unveil the final version of its


Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations


US Oil Rig Count Falls to November 2009 Lows

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a fourth week in a row to the lowest level since November 2009, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday, as energy firms keep slashing spending despite a more than 50 percent jump in crude futures since hitting a near 13-year low in February.


Pacific Basin Rights Issue for $151mln

Photo: Pacific Basin Shipping Limited

 Hong Kong bulker  Pacific Basin has proposed a one-for-one rights issue in a bid to raise approximately $150.6m for strengthening its long term equity capital.   The shipping company plans to sell around 1.9 billion rights shares at a price of HKD0.60 per share, representing a 58


Keppel's Profit Nosedives

Photo: Keppel Corp

 Keppel Corp., the world’s largest builder of oil rigs, posted a 41 per cent fall in quarterly profit, its fourth straight decline, as offshore and marine segment revenue slumped because of the deferment of some projects and suspension of contracts related to Sete Brasil.  






 
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