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Transocean Provides New Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Inc. issued a new monthly fleet update summary covering only newly signed contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes to estimated out of service time of 60 days or more since our fleet status report dated August 5, 2008. Drilling rig status and contract information on the company's offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Status Report," which is available through the company's Worldwide Web address at www.deepwater.com. The report can be accessed from the home page of the Web address by clicking on the Fleet Update Report link found in the tool bar.


Rig Fleet Status, Contract Update, from Transocean

Transocean's current status & contract information for the company's entire fleet of offshore drilling rigs. The value of new contracts or extensions since the December 17, 2012 fleet update summary is approximately $235 million. Estimated 2012 out of service time decreased by a net 15 days.  Estimated 2013 out of service time increased by a net 205 days, including 253 days to reactivate the Sedco 712 in anticipation of potential contracts. Highlights are as follows:


IMO Begins Updating Ship GHG Information

Port Scene: Photo credit IMO

International experts are meeting at IMO Headquarters with the aim of providing current & reliable ship Green House Gas emission information. This information would be used by IMO , through its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), to base its work on further measures to reduce GHG. The Second IMO GHG Study 2009 estimated that international shipping emitted 870 million tonnes, or about 2.7% of the global man-made emissions of CO2 in 2007


Senergy Software Pioneers Another Step Change

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Senergy Software has unveiled major new developments to its market-leading Oilfield Data Manager (ODMTM) software suite, providing geoscientists with significant step changes particularly in the user interface (UI).        The launch of ODM 3.8 includes new Heatmap and Analysis Sticks features as well as pioneering enhancements to its reservoir performance module (RPM) 3D viewer. It also includes a new method for handling core shifts and a powerful new


UK-Detained Ships: October 2013

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during October 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and three vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only six vessels remain under detention at the end of this month. Ships detained in October 2013


Thomas Gunn Unveils New Digital Chart Management System

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With chart and nautical publication management highlighted as one of the most common reasons for deficiency detentions by Port State Control (PSC), ship operators are calling for new and effective navigation solutions. The features of Thomas Gunn’s new Voyager 4 digital chart management system provides ship owners and managers with the tools to ensure that Safety of Navigation standards on board meet PSC and vetting inspection requirements


APL Introduces Container Industry's First Real-Time Sailing Schedule On Internet

Company Says Published Vessel Schedules, Even Static Postings on Internet, Are A Thing of the Past Airline passengers have had access to interactive flight schedules on the Internet for some time. But global manufacturers and retailers who want to dispatch even the most time-sensitive container shipments by sea have traditionally had to rely on printed schedules. At best, exporters and importers have been able to access static sailing schedules that have been posted to the Web site of a


'Oil Spills in Arctic Waters' Published by US ARC

The US Arctic Research Council (ARC) in association with others, reports on research & mitigation measures for oil spills in the Arctic marine area. This “white paper” is a compilation of research on oil spills in ice-covered Arctic waters and recommendations for future work. ARC identify research entities in governmental, nongov- ernmental, industrial, and private organizations, and provide an inventory of research projects.


Totem Support Tool Helps Avoid Collisions

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Totem ECDIS provides Decision Support tools for collision avoidance. The decision support tool gives the OOW a concrete advice on required course change or speed reduction needed to be at a safe distance from all targets. In this circular we want to show another unique feature of Totem ECDIS, intended to prevent “ECDIS assisted” accidents.  Concrete warning on this subject was given in BIMCO report, https://www.bimco.org/en/News/2011/11/30_Feature_Week_48


Vessels Detained in U.K. Ports: September

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during September 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of this month. Notes on the list of detentions


Act Fast To Curb Global Warming, Or Extract CO2 From Air - UN

 Faster action is needed to keep global warming to agreed limits and delays until 2030 could force reliance on technologies to    extract greenhouse gases from the air, a U.N. report said on Sunday.   The study, drawing on the work of more than 1,000 experts


Transocean 2013 Success Story: Dividend Up 34%

Frontispiece courtesy of Transocean

In a letter to shareholders chairman, Ian C. Strachan and Steven L. Newman, president and CEO, set out a summary of offshore drilling specialist Transocean's 2013 operations, excerpted as follows: • Revenue and Backlog Full year 2013 net income attributable to controlling interest was $1


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

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Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several


CA Port Seeks Public Feedback on Expansion

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The Port of San Diego apprises it is to host separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and 'Integrated Port Master Plan Update' process. The Port of San Diego, the fourth largest in California, is in the midst of developing a 50-year Vision Plan as


Storm Approaching Waters East of US, Canada

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A very rapidly developing storm is expected off the East Coast of U.S. and Canada as air pressure is forecast to drop abt 30 hPa in 12 hrs; from abt 998 hPa 26/00UTC to abt 968 hPa at 26/12UTC, after that the low deepens further on NE-ly track.  


Lake Michigan Refinery Oil Discharge: Latest Update

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The Coast Guard informs that their representatives together with those from the Environmental Protection Agency were back on scene Wednesday to oversee cleanup operations after a crude oil discharge Monday evening at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting.


MOL Group Introduces New Management Plan

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced a new three-year midterm management plan that will take effect in April 2014, called "Steer for 2020". MOL Group has been carrying out all plans in single-year plan "Rise 2013" with goals of restoring profitability and laying a


Texas City Y Oil Spill Information Session

Representatives of the Unified Command responding to a March 22 oil spill will join community leaders in an informational session on Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Port O’Connor Elementary School, 508 Monroe Avenue.


NSRP to Launch Shipbuilding Research Project

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On April 3, 2014, The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) issued a pre-solicitation notice in anticipation of Research Announcement 13-01 being issued in June 2014. This Research Announcement will be soliciting summary proposals that respond to priorities in the program’s Strategic


Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Maximum Extent for 2014

A NASA Blue Marble view of Arctic sea ice on March 21, 2014.

NSIDC issued an update to Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis describing winter sea ice conditions in the Arctic Ocean stating Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 21 at 14.91 million square kilometers (5.76 million square miles)


OMB - review of draft OSV rule

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the size limit on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Act also directed the Coast Guard to issue, as soon as is practicable, a regulation to implement section 617 of the Act and to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances


Maersk Line increases business while reducing CO2 footprint

 Maersk Line today published its Sustainability Progress Update for 2013, showing a 3.8 million tonnes CO2 reduction in a year where the business grew 4.1%. “2013 was a good year for Maersk Line – financially as well as in terms of our sustainability performance” says


NTSB: Seastreak Allision due to loss of vessel control

The National Transportation Safety Board determined today that the ferry Seastreak Wall Street struck Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan in January 2013, because the captain lost control of the vessel while attempting to dock. Additionally, the procedure used by the captain to reduce speed and transfer


Mexico, US Seminar on Gulf of Mexico Spill Response

Individuals from each of the agencies represented at MEXUSGULF 2014, from Mexico and the United States, gather after concluding a seminar on oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico at the Isla Grand Beach Resort on South Padre Island, Texas, April 8, 2014. (USCG photo by Andrew Kendrick)

The U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy held a seminar Tuesday in South Padre Island, to update the MEXUSGULF plan for a future coordinated response to a spill in the Gulf of Mexico that would impact both countries. MEXUSGULF is a joint contingency plan between the United States and Mexico


Cyclone Warning for North Queensland

Map update courtesy of Australian Bureau of Metrology

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of the approach of Cyclone Ita towards the North Queensland coast of Australia. Forecast to develop into a severe category level 4 tropical cyclone, it is expected to make landfall late on Friday, April 11 between the Lockhart River and Cape Flattery


 
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