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Transocean Inc.’s Nautilus Receives Two-Year Contract Extension

Transocean Inc. announced that a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has awarded a two-year contract extension for the company's Fifth-Generation moored semi-submersible rig Deepwater Nautilus. The two-year contract extension is expected to commence in December 2006, in direct continuation of the rig's current contract. Revenues of approximately $310 million could be generated over the two-year extension period, excluding revenues for mobilization, demobilization and client reimbursables. The Deepwater Nautilus is currently operating for Shell Exploration and Production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and is expected to continue drilling operations for the remainder of 2005 and into 2006 before requiring an estimated 60 days of out-of-service time during 2006 to complete repairs of all remaining storm-related damage, which pertains mainly to the rig's mooring system. The rig, which entered service in 2000 following its construction in Ulsan, South Korea, is capable of operating in water depths of up to 8,000 ft.


Atwood Oceanics Announces Vicksburg Contract

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (a Houston based International Offshore Drilling Contractor) said that the VICKSBURG (owned and operated by its wholly owned subsidiary Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited) has been awarded a two-year contract by Chevron Overseas Petroleum (Thailand) Limited ("Chevron") which will immediately follow Chevron's current eight (8) month drilling commitment offshore Cambodia. The VICKSBURG is presently working in Malaysia under drilling commitments with dayrates of $82,000 to $87


Oil Price Just Down From Two-Year Highs Set Last Week

Oil markets placed another bet on tightening supply, supporting prices in the vicinity of 22-month highs touched last week. Benchmark Brent for September hit $20.87 a barrel today, just 13 cents off a Friday peak of $21 that was the crude's highest value in almost two years.


IOS Announce Charter Contracts

P/R International Offshore Services ANS (IOS), which is a 50/50 joint venture between Farstad Shipping ASA and P&O Australia, has contracted two anchor handling support vessels at the Simek AS yard in Norway. Delivery of the vessels will take place in March and July 2003. The vessels are a new type of UT 712 of 12,240 bhp with DP and a double drum 370 tonne winch for employment in international markets. IOS has also entered into a two year time charter with Phillips in Australia for the


Canada Invests in Nova Scotia Small Craft Harbours

Photo courtesy of Halls Harbour NS

The Government of Canada will invest $10.2 million in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia, as part of a country-wide $63 investment in core fishing harbours. “Small craft harbours play a vital role in securing the prosperity of our coastal communities in Nova Scotia,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “The investment announced today shows our Government’s commitment to providing


Solarworld Wants Duties on Chinese Solar Goods in U.S. Extended

  German solar manufacturer SolarWorld will apply to the United States for an extension of duties on Chinese panel imports that are due to end this year, weekly Euro am Sonntag said. Chief Executive Frank Asbeck justified his intention by saying Chinese panel makers would still receive unfair state subsidies, according to the magazine. It was based on this reasoning that the German solar energy pioneer succeeded in getting the duties imposed in the first place.


BP Vietnam Awards PTSC/Canyon Two-Year Vessel / ROV Contract

PTSC Production Services and Canyon Offshore have entered into a two-year contract with BP Vietnam to provide a DP Vessel, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Survey and Positioning, and engineering solutions to support BP’s operations offshore Vietnam. Under the terms of the contract Canyon Offshore in conjunction with Petroleum Technical Services Company (PTSC), a division of Vietnam Oil and Gas Corporation, will mobilize Scorpion 25


Koike Aronson - Buyer Financing & Warranty

At a time when many industrial operators are having trouble securing credit, Koike Aronson/Ransome Inc. has joined with a major capital equipment lender to offer Equipment Leasing Financing to Koike’s customers in the U.S. and Canada. Koike Aronson’s business units and field representatives now have the ability to provide their customers with an indicated monthly payment, using a $1 buyout or a 10% purchase option, with terms of 36, 48 or 60 months.


Siem PSV Chartered by Petrobras

Siem Atlas (courtesy Siem Offshore)

Siem Offshore and Petrobras have entered into a charter agreement for the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Siem Atlas. The charter period has commenced and is for a firm period of two years. Petrobras has an option to extend the charter for two additional years, upon terms to be mutually agreed.   The gross contract value for the firm period is approximately $26 million. siemoffshore.com


DHT Holdings Extends VLCC Time Charters

DHT Holdings, Inc. has extended time-charters for three of its VLCCs to oil majors, the company announced.   The vessels, Samco Europe, Samco Taiga and Samco Redwood, have been extended for one, two and two years respectively, at respective daily rates of $53,200, $45,000 and $47,300.   The contract extensions secure 1,800 days of time-charter equivalent earnings at a combined value of about $85 million.


Shipping Firms Poised to Settle EU Probe

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Fifteen container liner shipping companies "have offered to change their pricing practices to settle an EU antitrust probe and stave off possible fines," according to a report from Reuters Wednesday that cites two unnamed sources.  


Maersk Falls into the Red

Photo by Maersk Line

 Maersk Line posted a steep decline in profit last year to $1.3bn, well down from the 2014 result of $2.3bn and below its most recent forecast as freight rate declines accelerated in the latter stages of 2015.   The net profit of Maersk Group in 2015 amounted to 0


Eni, Exxon, Statoil Win Irish Offshore O&G Licences

The Irish government said on Thursday it had awarded oil and gas licences to companies including oil majors Eni, Exxon and Statoil , allowing them to explore for hydrocarbons off the coast of Ireland.   The energy ministry has awarded 14 new licences as a first phase of a tender for


Sentinel Launches New Rudder Feedback Unit

Sentinel manufactured Rudder Feedback Unit (Photo: Sentinel)

Sentinel, a Beier Radio company, has designed and manufactured a new Rudder Feedback Unit (RFU) with many new features, including watertight components and connections that can be flooded in up to one meter of water for a 24-hour period and still provide accurate positioning for control systems


Spanish Court Sentences Prestige Master to Prison Term

Spain's Supreme Court sentenced the captain of the Prestige oil tanker, which sank off Spain's northwestern coast in 2002, covering thousands of kilometres of coastline in fuel oil, to two years in prison on Tuesday. The captain, Apostolos Mangouras


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of


US Firm Sentenced for Lumber Smuggling

Virginia-based company Lumber Liquidators was sentenced today to $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures for importing illegal wood and submitting false declarations under the Lacey Act, a conservation law that makes it a crime to import plants and animals taken in violation of state and foreign law


Four-star General Visits SUNY Maritime College

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

General Darren McDew, commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, visited State University of New York Maritime College February 1.   During the visit McDew toured the campus and Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI


MSC Ships Get Bigger

MSC Divina. Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises, the 4th largest cruise line, confirmed the existing STX France options to build an additional two ships in the Meraviglia class.    The ships, valued by MSC at $1.7 billion, will be longer and bigger versions of the Meraviglia-class ship


Diana Shipping to Acquire Three Panamax Ships

Diana Shipping Inc. has signed, through three separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, three Memoranda of Agreement to acquire from a related party three Panamax vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $39.8 million. These vessels are the m/v Sunshine, a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75


Shipping Traffic Noise Severely Affects Whale Populations

Photo: Courtesy beamreach.org

 Underwater sound pollution disrupts the communication methods of killer whales and could harm their ability to locate salmon, researchers have found.   Increasing ship traffic is raising the level of underwater pollution and threatening a range of endangered marine species. 


IOCs Stress on OSV Fuel Management Performance

Enginei screen Photo Royston

Growing insistence by international oil companies (IOCs) that oilfield contract vessels (OSVs) are fitted with fuel monitoring systems has prompted an upsurge in interest in marine engine monitoring systems. Diesel power specialist Royston reports that it is equipping a growing number of


U.S. Okays ConocoPhillips LNG Exports

Liquefied Natural Gas Tanker Kenai, Alaska. Photo: ConocoPhillips Company

 The U.S. Department of Energy has renewed authorization for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the North Kenai ConocoPhillips facility, reports Reuters.   The approval is to export about 40 billion cubic feet of natural gas from its Kenai LNG export terminal in Alaska over the


U.S. Okays ConocoPhillips Alaska LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy approved ConocoPhillips' application to export about 40 billion cubic feet of natural gas from its Kenai liquefied natural gas export terminal in Alaska over the next two years starting Feb. 19. The Kenai facility was the first LNG export facility in the United


Hapag-Lloyd Buys 2 Ships for S.America Trade

Acquisition of two modern wide-beam vessels for first deployment in the South American business; two more identical ships chartered; four efficient wide-beam vessels chartered for Mediterranean–Canada service   Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of two wide-beam 3






 
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