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Dron & Dickson Win Multi-Million-Dollar Contracts

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Dron & Dickson, a specialist in design, supply and maintenance of hazardous area electrical equipment, has secured £55million (over $89.7 million) in UK North Sea contract wins for the first half of 2011. During the last 6 months, the company has landed both new and extended contracts with oil majors such as Nexen Petroleum U.K Ltd, BP, Talisman Energy (UK) Limited and ConocoPhillips. Work has included the provision of electrical good to support maintenance of offshore assets and hazardous area inspection services to meet operational requirements in the North Sea. Dron & Dickson operations director Colin Maver said: “It’s been a really fantastic year so far, our most successful yet in terms of activity levels. We have secured a number of significant contract wins and have also seen a marked increase in work load from existing clients. “We have invested heavily in developing exceptional QHSE standards and a competency-assured workforce. We are also IRATA accredited and I believe that this has contributed significantly to the record levels of business we are winning."


Aker Verdal wins North Sea contract

Aker Verdal has been awarded a contract from Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited for fabrication of the flare and bridges for its operated Buzzard field in Blocks 19/5, 19/10, 20/1 and 20/6 of the UK Sector of the North Sea. The contract was won by Aker Verdal through an international competitive bidding process, and is important to the yard in Verdal. The contract is for the construction, load-out and sea-fastening of one flare and two bridges


Stolt Offshore Wins N.Sea Contracts

Stolt Offshore S.A. received Letters of Intent, valued at approximately $26 million for two contracts from Statoil ASA on its Norne Satellites Project in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea. The Letters of Intent cover the installation of umbilicals between the Norne FPSO and the new satellite locations Stær and Svale, the installation of manifolds, the fabrication and installation of risers, water injection flowlines and flexible components as well as subsea tie-ins


North Sea Utilization Rates Down

Farstad Shipping achieved a cash flow of NOK 142.3 million in 3Q 2003 (NOK 145.1 million in 3Q 2002). The operating income was NOK 381.2 million (NOK 318.2 million) and the operating profit (EBIT) was 82.9 million (NOK 112.5 million). Five of the company's vessels have traded the spot market in the North Sea. Two other vessels have been upgraded and mobilized for long-term contracts and were therefore without revenue forpart of the period. In the Far


Offshore Solutions Signs North Sea Contract with Maersk Oil UK

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Offshore Solutions BV (OSBV), the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland NV, has signed a North Sea contract with Maersk Oil UK to provide marine access support to the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Global Producer III. Located 185 miles north east of Aberdeen, Scotland, OSBV’s Offshore Access System (OAS) will support the shutdown operations for a minimum of 110 days, with options to extend.


Euronext Says Working on Black Sea Wheat Futures

The rising influence of Black Sea markets on world prices prompted Euronext to start working on developing futures contract that would allow price hedging in one of the world's largest export zones for the grain, it said on Friday.   Production swings in the Black Sea and European Union have become the main drivers of world wheat prices to the detriment of Chicago futures as U.S. farmers increasingly turned to corn and soybean crops, analysts and traders said.  


Major North Sea Contract Win for Expro

International oilfield service company Expro has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Apache North Sea Ltd in the UK North Sea following completion of a competitive tender process. The contract, worth approximately $7.5m annually, mainly covers work on the Forties field. It sees Expro providing wireline services and establishing an alliance with another leading provider to deliver coiled tubing and pumping services for Apache.


Technip Awarded North Sea Contract by RWE Dea

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Technip was awarded a full EPIC(1) contract by RWE Dea, for the Clipper South gas field development in the North Sea. The field is located 70 kilometers North-east of the Bacton gas terminal in 25 meters of water. The contract covers full project management, detailed pipeline design, installation and tie-in of a 15.5 kilometer 12" production line and 3" methanol piggyback line from the new Clipper South platform to the existing LOGGS (Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering system)


Seaway Heavy Lifting Hoists North Sea Contract

Seaway H/L Ship Oleg Strashnov: Photo credit Seaway Heavy Lifting

Cyprus-based Seaway Heavy Lifting awarded a transportation and installation contract for UK's East Anglia offshore wind zone. Aberdeen based Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd awarded the contract to Seaway Heavy Lifting Contracting Ltd for the transportation and installation of two weather monitoring stations for the East Anglia Offshore Wind zone, located in the Southern North Sea, East Anglia Field, UK. The offshore weather monitoring stations comprise of conventional mono-piles


Samsung Wins $890 mln Statoil North Sea Contract

Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea (rendering: Statoil)

Norwegian oil major Statoil  has awarded Samsung Heavy industries an $888 million contract for two platform decks on the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, it said on Tuesday. The contract includes fabrication of decks for both the process and riser platforms for the Sverdrup field, a discovery with up to 3 billion barrels of oil equivalents that will cost as much as $28 billion to develop fully. "They (Samsung Heavy Industries) have provided a competitive bid in a


IMO Restricts Ship Sewage Discharges into Baltic Sea

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 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed this week that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels.   


German Navy's Third F125 Frigate Christened

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The German Navy's third F125-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt was christened in March during a ceremony held at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Hamburg. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the premier of the state of Saxony-Anhalt after which the frigate has been named


Gulf of Guinea Piracy a ‘Deep Concern’ -UN Security Council

Rising crime in Gulf of Guinea contrasted with declining East Coast pirates; Presidential statement condemns murders, kidnappings, hostage-taking, as UN Security Council expresses deep concern over piracy   The United Nations Security Council on Monday expressed its deep concern over piracy


Conquest Installs 850t Crane on Allseas Solitaire

Allseas MV Solitaire (Photo: Conquest Offshore)

Conquest Offshore was contracted by Allseas to remove a 300-ton crane and transport and install a 850-ton Huisman crane on board of one of the largest pipe-lay vessels in the world, Allseas Solitaire.   The 397-meter vessel MV Solitaire is the largest ship ever to have passed


Oceana Yard’s First Newbuild Delivered

CBO Oceana on her way to sea trial (Photo: Ulstein)

The new Oceana shipyard in Itajai, Brazil has delivered its first newbuild, a platform supply vessel of the PX105 design from Ulstein Group. The vessel was delivered to shipowner Oceana Offshore on March 30, 2016, and on April 1, the vessel started on a six-year chart for Petrobras.  


China Slams G7 on Maritime Disputes

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 China reacted with anger Tuesday after the Group of Seven foreign ministers released a statement a day earlier voicing strong opposition to “unilateral actions” in the East and South China seas.   "China is strongly dissatisfied with relevant moves taken by G-7


DP World Chairman Meets Georgian PM

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi during their meeting in Dubai. Photo credit DP World

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, at the Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai to explore possible future opportunities for economic co-operation.


Damen Delivers Modular Dredger to Van Oord

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To support its ongoing dredging activities, Van Oord has commenced an 18-month charter agreement with Damen Marine Services for a Modular Multi Cat (MMuC) 2210. Damen completed construction under a short timescale, delivering the vessel just four months after contract signing


DOF Secures New Work in the North Sea

Skandi Marstein (Photo: DOF Group)

DOF Group subsidiary DOF Rederi AS has signed an agreement with Nexen Petroleum UK for Skandi Marstein, MT 6000 design Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). The contract will start in May and is firm until end 2017. DOF Rederi has further signed a three months contract


Culzean Wellhead Jacket and Access Deck Set Sail

Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) has completed the project for the Culzean Wellhead jacket and Access Deck for client Maersk Oil. April 13 at Heerema Vlissingen, the Netherlands the Wellhead jacket and April 11 at Heerema Hartlepool, U.K. Wellhead Access Deck set sail to their final destination:


US: China's South China Sea intentions Raise Tension

File Image: A Military Sealift Command tanker refuels a U.S. Navy warship. U.S. Naval ships have recently passed in close proximity to disputed islands and waters in the South China Sea. (credit: MSC)

A top U.S. official on Thursday said China's land reclamation and militarisation in the disputed South China Sea was raising tensions and serious questions about its intention. On a visit to Vietnam, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington would continue to play a


Agreement on Wreck Removal MV Flinterstar

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Flinterstar III BV, the owner of the Dutch freighter MV Flinterstar, has entered into a contract with a consortium of Belgian marine contractors to remove the wreck of the vessel which sank in the North Sea off the coast of Zeebrugge following a collision last October.  


ECSA Calls for Short Sea Shipping Friendly Framework

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 European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.  


Tanker Orders And The Flexibility Factor

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 As the downturn in the number of new vessel orders last year took hold, shipyards’ flexibility to switch sectors to take orders became a key factor in their ability to face up to an extremely challenging period, says Clarksons Research.  


MSF Restarts Mediterranean Migrant Rescues

MSF Search and Rescue boat Dignity I (Photo: MSF)

The medical relief charity Medecins sans Frontieres has relaunched rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, accusing European governments of failing to act to save migrants in peril at sea, it said on Monday.   MSF halted its maritime rescue programme in January






 
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