Houston-based BHP Billiton Petroleum reported two company-operated drilling vessels set new benchmarks for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico recently. While working on a development well on the Shenzi oil and gas field, the GSF C.R. Luigs achieved a record low average of 1.52 days per 1,000 feet from spud to total depth. The well was drilled to a total depth of about 29,600 feet in only 33 days, while operating in water depths of nearly 4,300 feet in Green Canyon Block 654. The achievement matches a similar milestone earlier in the year in the Neptune development, when the GSF Development Driller I averaged 1.5 days per 1,000 feet for a new hole drilled. “These successes can be celebrated only if we achieve them while protecting the health, safety and environment of the crews and other workers associated with these operations,” said Nigel Smith, president of development for BHP Billiton. “Careful planning and operation by all members of the team is necessary to achieve record performances such as these.”
GasLog Ltd. announced the delivery of a new LNG carrier GasLog Santiago, from Samsung Heavy Industries. Immediately on delivery, which was on budget and ahead of schedule, she commenced a medium-term charter to Methane Services Ltd. (BG Group). The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation
Odense Steel Shipyard presented its latest newbuilding, an 11,000 TEU container vessel, for the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Bernadette Brabeck-Letmathe, accompanied by her husband, Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman & CEO, Nestlé SA, honoured A.P. Moller – Maersk and the Yard by naming the newbuilding ELEONORA MÆRSK. Like her predecessors, EMMA MÆRSK and ESTELLE MÆRSK, ELEONORA MÆRSK will be part of the series of the world’s largest container vessels
Triton Group announced has acquired Sub-Atlantic Limited. Triton Group is backed by Houston-based private equity company, SCF Partners and supported by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Formed earlier this year, Triton Group aims to create a group of companies focused on providing state-of-the-art remote intervention and control technologies and services. This deal comes hot on the heels of the group’s acquisition of Perry Slingsby Systems (PSS).
The Port of Marseilles Authority (PMA) has briefed unions and staff on government plans for the ‘re-launch’ of French ports - as required by a timetable for local consultations at each port before parliament considers the legal framework this spring. PMA director-general Guy Janin outlined the aims and procedure this week at press conferences in Marseilles and Paris detailing the port’s 2007 results, which set new records for general cargo – including containers – and passenger
Some 2000 exhibitors and more than 50,000 trade visitors are expected to attend the 24th shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology, international trade fair hamburg (SMM 2010), from 7 to 10 September 2010. This event will attract exhibitors from 50 nations, including the major yards from the leading shipbuilding nations, representatives of the marine equipment industry, and a whole range of small and medium-sized companies.
MAN B&W Diesel, a designer of two-stroke diesel engines and producer of turbochargers, has combined the two into an engine room package. The TCA (TurboCharger Axial) is the newest turbocharger from MAN B&W Diesel. The first production turbocharger in this series is the TCA77, but additional frame sizes are also available from the TCA33 to the TCA99. This turbocharger series will replace the well known NA series and combines a higher power output with lower production and running costs
Wärtsilä's ship design and marine consultancy subsidiary, Schiffko, based in Hamburg, has been awarded a contract from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research of Bremerhaven, Germany, to design the revolutionary new European research icebreaker Aurora Borealis, which will have a deep-sea drilling capability. The contract, which was won in a public tender comprises the initial design concept, general arrangement planning, and full tender documentation
SpecTec announced a pilot scheme for an innovative take on traditional Classification Survey Reports in association with Lloyd's Register, Carnival UK and James Fisher Mimic. SpecTec worked alongside industry members Lloyd's Register, Carnival UK and James Fisher Mimic to produce a breaking report to substantially increase the efficiency of class surveys by presenting machinery information required in a simple, quick and cost effective manner
Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ) announced that it is eliminating all perquisites for its four named executive officers, effective at the end of the year. The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors approved the decision after a comprehensive review in conjunction with a company-wide effort to eliminate perquisites at all levels of the organization as part of a broader, ongoing cost-reduction initiative.
ACE Winches announced post tax profits of £6.2m for 2012, a 15% increase on the previous year. Turnover at the Aberdeenshire-based group soared to £31.1m in the year ended October 31, 2012, a 42% increase on the previous twelve months
Canada aligns with USA to reduce harmful air emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental
WR Systems of Norfolk, Virginia announced that its Emsys Emissions Monitoring System won an award in the Clean Shipping category at the 25th Anniversary Seatrade Awards held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Guildhall in London. Dave Edwards, President of WR
The companies agree that INTTRA will support APL’s global e-commerce growth strategy, as well as enhance its global customer service offerings. With more than two million container orders initiated on the INTTRA platform each month, INTTRA says it reaches the largest worldwide community of
The Foundation for Underwater Research and Education (FURE) announced that the 12th International Submarine Races (ISR), a biennial engineering design competition, is scheduled to be held the week of June 22-26, 2013, at NSWC Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md.
Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) first port in the region approved to allow unrestricted access of vessels of new Panama Canal’s maximum dimensions. Only weeks after having received permission to lift all restrictions to navigate at night
The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) signs long-term agreement to support the Chinese boat show. The show will focus on mid-range boats (10 - 15 meters) afloat and small craft ashore for watersport promotion
Sets New Records for Newbuildings & Class Transfers Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2012, revealing that the Tokyo-based society registered nearly a thousand vessels totaling more than 25 million gross tons in 2012
The cutting edge Seven Viking vessel, designed for operations in the harshest environments is being unveiled and named at a ceremony in Stavanger, Norway, by Subsea 7, Eidesvik Offshore and Ulstein, 30 January 2013. The next generation Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) vessel
LNG carrier 'GasLog Shanghai' delivered on budget ahead of schedule from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection
Canada’s Port Metro continued its growth in 2012, setting new records in the container and bulk sectors. The 2012 year-end statistics report shows that Port Metro Vancouver handled 124 million tonnes of cargo through the end of December, an increase of one per cent over 2011
Incat Crowther announced that a 24m Catamaran Passenger Ferry under construction at Aluminium Marine in Brisbane, Australia has left the shed. This vessel is available for immediate sale, and can be customized to suit the operator’s requirements
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced the opening of the Seaway’s 55th navigation season with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ newly built Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. Marking the first of a series of new vessels being constructed
World’s most powerful HVDC Light® sets new record voltage level of ±320 kV- more than 50 per cent higher than existing record. The HVDC Light converter station was energized at the Dörpen West substation in northern Germany, for the Dutch-German transmission system operator
Crewsure appointed G2 Crew Services, the recently formed partnership between Griffin Global Group Limited and Gulf Agency Company Limited, to act as its global correspondent. Crewsure provides medical and personal accident insurance directly to crew and is underwritten by the Munich Group