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Seadrill Record Best-ever Quarterly Result

Jack-up Rig West Ariel: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill announces favourable first quarter 2013 financial results.  Highlights     •    Seadrill records its best operating quarterly result ever and generates first quarter 2013 EBITDA*) of US$713 million     •    First quarter 2013 net income of US$440 million and earnings per share of US$0.87     •    Increases the ordinary quarterly cash dividend by 3 cents to US$0.88     •    Economic utilization for floaters increased to 92% in Q1 2013 from 86% in Q4 2012     •    Economic utilization for the jack-up fleet in Q1 2013 was 99%, up from 94% in Q4 2012     •    Seadrill ordered four jack-ups for a total estimated project price of US$230 million per rig, with deliveries in 2015     •    Completed the acquisition of the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Songa Eclipse for a total consideration of US$590 million     •    Secured a 2-year extension for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig West Leo with a total estimated revenue potential of US$430 million     •    Completed the sale of the jack-up rig West Janus for US$73 million recording a gain on sale of US$61 million

Keppel, Smedvig Cooperate on New Drilling Tender

Keppel FELS Limited has entered into a cooperation agreement with Smedvig Asia Limited (Smedvig Asia) to build a Semisubmersible Drilling Tender (SSDT) with Keppel Offshore & Marine’s proprietary design. Developed by the Deepwater Technology Group (DTG), the KFELS SSDT3600-GOM-C42 will be the fourth vessel in the series of successful SSDTs that have been gainfully deployed in this region. Valued at $94 million, Keppel FELS and Smedvig Asia will own and operate the ultra deepwater semi

SapuraCrest, Ramunia Awarded Contracts

Two oil and gas players, SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Ramunia Holdings Bhd, announced major contracts related to the industry worth $120 million and $24 million respectively. SapuraCrest said its 51%-owned unit Tioman Drilling Co Sdn Bhd had been awarded a contract from Carigali-Triton Operating Co Sdn Bhd (CTOC) for the provision of two drilling units– Teknik Berkat and a new mobile drilling vessel, known as T-10 – to CTOC.

Smedvig Gets Drilling Contract

Unocal Thailand Ltd. has issued a letter of intent to Smedvig Asia Ltd. for the assignment of the self-erecting tender rig T-4. The production drilling assignment has a duration of five years, and the contract value is estimated at approximately $73 million. The contract includes an incentive arrangement that could increase the contract value. The proposed contract includes early termination provisions after three years against payment of an early termination fee.

Seadrill Rig Contract Extended

West Epsilon Rig: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill - North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. announces extension of Statoil contract for the harsh environment jack-up rig 'West Epsilon'. North Atlantic Drilling Ltd., a majority owned subsidiary of Seadrill Limited, announce that Statoil has exercised its option to extend the contract for the heavy-duty harsh environment jack-up rig West Epsilon by two years from December 2014 to December 2016. The estimated value of the contract extension is US$215 million.

Seadrill Q3 2013 Profit Slips Marginally

Drillship: Image courtesy of Seadrill

In its third quarter 2013 financial report, Seadrill states consolidated revenues were US$1,280 million compared to $1,268 million in the second quarter of 2013, and operating profit for the quarter was US$471 million compared to US$507 million in the preceding quarter. Seadrill explains that the decrease in operating profit is a result of higher operating expenses due to new rigs entering the fleet and higher general and administrative expenses due to the consolidation of Sevan Drilling.

Schlumberger And Transocean Offshore Combine Forces

Schlumberger Limited and Transocean Offshore Inc. have signed a definitive merger agreement under which the offshore contract drilling business of Schlumberger (Sedco Forex Offshore) will be spun off and promptly combined with Transocean Offshore in a merger of equals. The resulting company, Transocean Sedco Forex, will be the world's largest offshore drilling company and is projected to become the fourth largest oilfield service company in terms of market capitalization

Smedvig Announces 1Q Results

Smedvig reported consolidated operating profit of NOK 161 million for the first quarter as compared to NOK 226 million in the previous quarter. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower utilization of the mobile units. Net financial expenses for the first quarter was NOK 9 million as compared to NOK 68 million in the previous quarter. Net income for the first quarter was NOK 129 million as compared to NOK 144 million in the previous quarter.

COSCO Shipyards, Like Most Others, Found 2013 Challenging

Mr. Li Yun Peng: Photo courtesy of COSCO

China shipbuilder and repairer COSCO group in its financial report for year ending 31, December 2013, informs that operating conditions for most of 2013 continued to be difficult. The Group’s turnover was $3.5 billion, lower by 6% from $3.7 billion for the year before. Excerpts from chairman Mr. Li Yung Peng' letter to shareholders follow: "Gross profit amounted to $321 million, from $485 million in 2012. Net profit attributable to shareholders was $30.6 million, a decline of 71%

Dramatic Turn-Around in COSCO's Q1 2014 Finances

COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard: Photo COSCO

Offshore marine engineering, shipbuilding, ship repair & conversion and dry bulk shipping group,  COSCO Corporation (Singapore) reports a Q1 2014 gross profit increase increase Y/Y of 21.8%. Group turnover increased 41.8% to $1.04 billion in Q1 2014 from $733.0 million in Q1 2013 on the back of increase in shipyard revenue. Turnover from shipyard operations increased by 43.2% to $1.03 billion from $719

SBM Offshore Hit By Slowing Industry Spending

File photo: SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore the world's top oil production ship leaser, said on Wednesday a fall in orders hit its third-quarter revenue as clients trimmed spending amid ongoing low oil prices.   The Amsterdam-based company, which generates roughly 60 percent of its business in Brazil

Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for First Week in 11

U.S. energy firms this week added oil rigs for the first week in 11, data showed on Friday, despite continued weak crude prices.   Drillers added 2 oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 13, bringing the total rig count up to 574, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed

LGH/ITI Team Up for Rigging Training

Photo: LGH

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) and Industrial Training International (ITI) have partnered to offer training for prospective rigging students. ITI will offer both network training courses – Rigging Gear Inspector Levels I & II and Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning – to students

SBM Offshore Says Petrobras Discussions Ongoing

Floating production services provider SBM Offshore responded to media reports of a potential settlement with Petrobras regarding tenders in Brazil, stating the discussions are presently ongoing and a conclusion has not been reached.  

Egypt Picks 7 Winners in Tender for 55 LNG Cargoes

Photo: The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS)

 Seven companies reportedly met with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS) to discuss an  liquified natural gas (LNG) tender, including: Vitol, Noble Group, Trafigura, EDF Trading, PetroChina, Shell and Gas Natural, reports Reuters.  

Samudera in $70mln LNG Deal

Photo: PT Samudera Indonesia Tbk

 Samudera Indonesia has won a $70 million contract for supplying liquefied-natural gas to a power plant operated by state gold miner Aneka Tambang in Pomalaa, Southeast Sulawesi.   The company will assign one of its 50 ships to serve the plant, managing director Bani Mulia said

Sevan, Cosco Agree Rig Delivery Delay

Image by Sevan Drilling ASA

 Norway-headquartered drilling contractor Sevan Drilling and Chinese shipbuilder Cosco Corporation have agreed to delay the end of the first deferral period for cylindrical ultra deep water drilling rig Sevan Developer from 15 October 2015 to 1 November 2015.  

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for 7th Week

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs this week for a seventh week in a row, the longest streak of reductions since June, data showed on Friday, a sign low prices continued to keep drillers away from the well pad.   Drillers removed 10 oil rigs in the week ended Oct

GAC Takes Care of ‘Maersk Deliverer’ at Ngqura

Maersk Deliverer at Ngqura port South Africa

   A massive drilling rig has completed its latest Special Periodic Survey and is now back in active duty off the coast of Angola. GAC South Africa was appointed to take care of the behemoth during its five-week stay at the deep water port of Ngqura.

No Cruise Ship Tendering In Cayman Islands

Image: Royal Caribbean Cruises

 Moses Kirkconnell, the Cayman Islands’ minister of tourism said that future off-shore tendering of cruise ships is out of the question in lieu of building a $150 million cruise pier and terminal in the Cayman Islands.   Given that in 2014 approximately 82% of Cayman’s

Polar Pioneer Returns to Port Angeles

Image: Shell

 The Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Port Angeles on Wednesday.  Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Port Angeles was an “excellent location for load-out” before the drilling season and remains fit for that purpose.  

Statoil Cancels Songa Trym Rig Contract

Songa Trym (Photo Kjetil Larsen - Statoil)

  Statoil has decided to cancel the contract with Songa Trym, four months before the expiration of contract on 4 March 2016. Statoil has previously notified Songa Offshore that the rig would be suspended for a period, and Statoil has tried to find other assignments for the rig after the

Triton 1650/3 LP Introduced at Boat Show

New Triton Submarines 1650 -Low Profile- designed to Fit in a Superyacht Tender Garage

  Triton Submarines LLC, America’s leading builder of personal submersibles designed for yacht deployment, provided details of its new Triton 1650/3 LP (Low Profile) submersible model at a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show today

Damen ASD Tug Delivered to Clyde Marine

Photo: Damen

Clyde Marine Services has taken delivery of its first Damen ASD Tug, the shipbuilder announced today. The Damen ASD 2310 has been named CMS Warrior, and she will join a 12-strong fleet of tugs and crew tenders at the Scottish company.   

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