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Transocean Inc. Releases Update on Fleet Contract Status

Transocean Inc. (NYSE:RIG) announced that its report of drilling rig status and contract information covering the company's offshore drilling fleet has been updated as of October 30, 2007. Drilling rig status and contract information on Transocean Inc.'s offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Update," which is available through the company's Worldwide Web address at www.deepwater.com. Statements regarding the estimated duration of client contracts, contract dayrate amounts, future contract commencement dates and locations, planned shipyard projects, other out of service time, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts in the report, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include but are not limited to operating hazards and delays, risks associated with international operations, actions by customers and other third parties, the future prices of oil and gas and other factors detailed in the company's most recent Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated.


ISM Code Implementation - Phase II

Certain freight vessels and self-propelled mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to which the ISM Code does not currently apply will come within its ambit on 1 July 2002. The U.S. Coast Guard will require, commencing January 15, 2002, that such vessels include in their advance notice of arrival to the United States a statement regarding their status under the ISM Code. At the same time, the Coast Guard will commence a pre-enforcement campaign to verify ISM Code compliance and issue letters to


Transocean Awarded Contract

Transocean Inc. announced that a subsidiary of Eni has awarded an estimated six-month contract for the semisubmersible rig Transocean Legend for drilling operations offshore Indonesia. The contract is expected to commence in November 2006, following the completion of an existing contract commitment offshore Sakhalin Island. Revenues that could be generated over the estimated six-month contract period total an approximated $79 million, excluding revenues for mobilization


Sea Containers Being Investigated

The law firm of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran announces that a lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in the United States District Court for Southern District of New York against Sea Containers Ltd. and certain of its officers and directors on behalf of purchasers of Sea Containers securities between March 15, 2004 and March 24, 2006, inclusive, Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran is investigating similar claims at this time and welcomes inquiries from


Salazar Statement on Leasing Court Ruling

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling on DOI’s request for clarification of the Court’s earlier decision to vacate the 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing program:  “I am pleased with the Court’s decision.  Consistent with the Department’s request


Contractors, B&W, Comment on US Government Shutdown Effect

The Babcock & Wilcox Company has issued the following statement regarding the potential impact of the government shutdown: "B&W is closely monitoring the government shutdown and the effect it could have on our business results and operations. We do not expect any delays or impacts to the Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group for the foreseeable future. Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group (B&W TSG) continues to follow direction from the U.S


EC Seeks to Establish Own Transportation Accident Review Panel

The EC intends to set up an Independent Group of Experts to advise the EC on a strategy for dealing with accidents in the transport sector. According to a press statement issued by the EC, the Group would conduct independent technical investigations geared toward revealing the causes of accidents and would be modeled on existing legislation regarding accidents in air transport.


Tug escort requirements for Port Hueneme

The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the tank vessel escort requirements for Port Hueneme. The major purpose of the proposal is to make these regulations consistent with those for other California ports. No additional costs for the regulated community are anticipated, based on this proposal. OSPR also issued the Draft Amendment and the Initial Statement of Reasons


Royal Caribbean Issues Statement Regarding Millennium

Celebrity Cruises has been working in cooperation with Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the builder of its newest ship, Millennium, to evaluate the ship's performance. The ship is equipped with the cruise industry's first gas turbine engines, and testing has demonstrated that Millennium has unusually low levels of noise and vibration. However, testing also has shown that under certain unusual sea conditions a vibration could be felt within certain areas of the ship.


FMC Commissioner Doyle on P3 Final Decision

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle issued the following statement regarding China’s decision on the proposed P3 Network: The People’s Republic of China has rejected the P3 Vessel Network Sharing Alliance based on the competition concerns in the Asia-Europe shipping market. The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission had the responsibility to review the P3 Parties’ submission for their vessel network sharing alliance on the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade


Three Kidnapped from Boat off Nigeria -Bourbon

    French oil services company Bourbon said on Monday that three Nigerian crew members had been kidnapped after one of its speedboats was boarded off the Nigerian coast in the night of April 8.   "An emergency unit based in Nigeria has been immediately activated


Marshall Islands Calls for New Emissions Target

Tony de Brum

In a submission to the International Maritime Organization, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, currently the world’s third largest shipping registry, has called for the setting of a new global target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping


UN Pushes EU on Migrant Rescue Mission

The European Union must urgently set up a rescue operation for migrants at sea and commit to receiving significantly higher numbers of refugees, top U.N. officials and the International Organization for Migration said on Thursday. "The European Union response needs to go beyond the present


MISC Says AET Tankers Unit Not for Sale

Photo: AET

MISC Berhad issued a statement today addressing recent market speculation that the company is set to sell its wholly owned petroleum tanker subsidiary AET Tankers. The company said, “Petroleum shipping is a core element of [MISC’s] current and ongoing business and, as such


Costa Cruises Cancels Tunis Visits

Italy's Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp, said on Thursday it had cancelled stops in Tunisia after gunmen killed at least 17 tourists and two Tunisians at the national museum in the capital on Wednesday. A statement said the company had decided to "cancel all the forthcoming stops


Russia Conducts Naval Drill in Baltic Sea

Image courtesy: Defence Russia

 Russian naval units are conducting a defense drill in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway, involving more than 20 vessels from the country’s Baltic Fleet, as part of the Russian Northern Fleet exercises.   The press service of Russia’s Western Military


Maersk Line Orders Seven Containerships from China

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Danish shipping firm Maersk Line has signed an order for seven container vessels from COSCO Shipyard in China as the first step in a $15 billion investment programme over five years. The companies said in a statement on Thursday they would not give details of the price of the vessels


Indonesia Partners with China on Maritime

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo Credit: Zhang Duo

 Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation during the formers visit to China.   The joint statement issued after his meeting with Xi noted that “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


China's Artificial Islands in South China Sea Raises U.S. Concerns

Spratly Islands that have undergone significant construction or land reclamation work in the past year. Map by the Center for Strategic and International Studies

 China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. The unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China is increasing tensions with the U.S. and its allies, according to Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris.  


U.S. Port Delay Boost February Air Freight

Global air freight volumes rose 11.7 percent year-on-year in February, driven by the Chinese New Year, the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday. Freight volumes traditionally increase in the weeks leading up to the holiday, which last year occurred in January


Italy Rescues 1,500 Migrants in Just 24 Hours

Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations


Shell Seeks Removal of Activists from Oil Rig

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it has filed a complaint in federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean bound for the Arctic on Monday in a protest against Arctic drilling.


Wheat Ship Barred from Entering Yemen Port

Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tonnes of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding United Nations guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel, shipping sources said on Thursday.  


Italy Rescues 1,000 migrants at Sea, One Dies

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy courtesy Italian mission

  Italian and merchant ships rescued around 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy's coast guard said. The migrants sent out a distress call by satellite phone on Friday and were being taken to ports in Sicily






 
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