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ABB Unit Awarded Deep-Water Drillship System

The U.S. leg of ABB has won a $15 million contract for construction of a riser system for a new build drillship designated to operate in up to 10,000 ft. of water. With a scheduled delivery sometime during the second quarter of 2000, Saipem SPA of Milan, Italy granted this right to ABB Vetco Gray with construction to be done at Samsung Yard in Korea. The rig will incorporate both standard equipment, as used in most deep water rigs, as well as specific components that will be adjusted to comply with specific requirements. The 3.5 million pound rig will be outfitted with an advanced high capacity riser connector to handle its large size.


Singapore Shipyard Contracted for Ultra-deepwater Drill Rig

Photo courtesy of Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Marine, Jurong Shipyard gets US$ 568-million contract for semi-submersible deepwater rig for North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. The new rig will be constructed based on the Moss Maritime CS60 design – an enhancement of the Moss Maritime CS50E MKII harsh-environment ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rigs West Pegasus and West Leo which were delivered by Jurong Shipyard to Seadrill in March 2011 and January 2012 respectively


Aker Marine Sets New Mooring Water Depth Record

Aker Marine Contractors, Inc. (AMC), working under contract to Vastar Resources, Inc., recently set a new world water depth record for conventionally-moored drilling rigs using onboard mooring systems. Working in Mississippi Canyon Block 127, AMC secured Diamond Offshore drilling rig Ocean Victory by utilizing the rig's eight drag embedment, high holding power (HHP) anchors in water depths up to 5,800 ft. The rig itself was located in 5,423 ft water depth.


Aker Marine Sets New Mooring Water Depth Record

Aker Marine Contractors, Inc. (AMC), working under contract to Vastar Resources, Inc., recently set a new world water depth record for conventionally-moored drilling rigs using onboard mooring systems. Working in Mississippi Canyon Block 127, AMC secured Diamond Offshore drilling rig Ocean Victory by utilizing the rig's eight drag embedment, high holding power (HHP) anchors in water depths up to 5,800 ft. The rig itself was located in 5,423 ft water depth.


DryShips Takes Delivery of First Newbuilding Drillship

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) announced that its 78% owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc. took delivery of its newbuilding drillship, the Ocean Rig Corcovado. The Ocean Rig Corcovado is the first to be delivered of the four sister drillship vessels that are being constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries. The construction of all vessels is progressing well and according to schedule. The vessels are sixth generation advanced capability ultra-deep water drillships


CIMC Raffles Starts Norway's Semisub Construction

CIMC Raffles starts Norway semisub

Chinese semi-submersible rig specialist CIMC Raffles has kicked off construction of a deep-water unit destined for operation in Norway’s North Sea and other challenging regions such as the Arctic and Barents Sea.Construction started yesterday. Beacon Atlantic, built for Norway’s rig player North Sea Rigs to the GM4-D design, will be capable of operating in water depths of 500 metres with drilling depth up to 8000 metres.


Diamond Offshore Completes Rig Acquisition

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. reported that its subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited, completed the previously announced acquisition of the third-generation semisubmersible drilling rig West Vanguard. The rig, purchased for $68.5 million, has been renamed Ocean Vanguard. In accordance with the sales agreement, the rig has been bareboat chartered to the seller for the completion of ongoing work in Norway. Diamond Offshore is a leader in deep water drilling


BP Exercises Option for Leiv Eiriksson

Ocean Rig announces that BP Exploration (Angola) Limited has exercised the 4th option well under the present contract in Angola for Leiv Eiriksson. This well, which will last for an estimated 50 days, will be drilled in a sequence with the previously announced third option under the contract, together estimated to employ the rig until early December 2003. Ocean Rig owns and operates two of the worlds largest and most modern drilling-rigs


Transocean Sets World Water-Depth Drilling Record

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Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 feet of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India. The rig, which is owned by a joint venture with Quantum Pacific Group, surpassed Transocean's prior record of 10,011 feet of water


Vietnam says China Moving Rig; China Denies Sending Warships

Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese oil rig at the center of an increasingly bitter territorial dispute appeared to be on the move again, as China denied Vietnamese accusations that it had sent warships to the scene. The rig's deployment triggered anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month that killed at least four workers. Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coastguard vessels, have squared off around the rig despite a series of collisions after the platform was towed to the


Protesters Gather in Seattle to Block Access to Shell Oil Rig

About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves.   Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic


Hanøytangen Deal Reached – Again

Photo: Bergen Group

Agreement concluded for the sale of Hanøytangen; new ownership takes over as from today   Bergen Group has reached an agreement with Semco Maritime on sale of the rig service activity and with Hellik Teigen AS for sale of the real estate at Hanøytangen


Dolphin die-off Spurred by BP Oil Spill

Dolphins are seen swimming through the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon oil well at the height of the spill in 2010. (Credit:NOAA)

A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.  


Shell CEO Backs Fossil Fuels, Climate Change Warnings

Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden Photo Shell Gobal

  The world's fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless some way is found to capture their carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said on Friday. In an interview published in Britain's Guardian newspaper


Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Britannia (Photo courtesy of Intertek)

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor the condition of Britannia’s engines and other oil lubricated systems.  


Mexican Offshore Rig Accident Kills 2 Workers

Mexican oil company Pemex said an accident on Tuesday has left an offshore maintenance rig in the southern Bay of Campeche listing, killing two workers, but has not affected crude production.   Pemex said the Troll Solution rig, which was contracted to operate in Pemex's Abkatun-Pol-Chuc


Seattle Gums Up Shell's Arctic Ambitions

Photo by ShellNo Action Council‎

 Royal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit before hosting rigs.    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and


ENSCO 110, ENSCO 104 Contracted for UAE & M.E.

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  Ensco plc has entered into a three-year contract with NDC for a new premium jackup, ENSCO 110. This newbuild rig is scheduled to commence operations later this month offshore United Arab Emirates at a rate of approximately $114,000 per day.


OSRCL Inks Maintanence Deal with Wood Group

Courtesy Wood Group Kenny

  Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has secured a five year contract with Oil Spill Response (Capping) Ltd (OSRCL) to provide the maintenance support for a key part of a containment toolkit that would be used to control hydrocarbon release in the event of a subsea well control incident.  


US Approves Shell's Plan to Drill for Oil in Arctic

Drill barge Kulluk, used for oil exploration in the Arctic, drifted aground December 31, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jonathan Klingenberg)

Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil drilling in the U.S. Arctic for the first time since 2012 took a big step forward on Monday when the Obama administration approved the company's exploration plan.   The Department of Interior conditionally approved Shell's plan to explore for oil in the


Maersk Drilling's Strong 1Q Performance

Simulator Courtesy Maersk Drilling

  Maersk Drilling delivered a profit of USD 168m (USD 116m) in the first quarter of 2015. The result was positively impacted by fleet growth and continued good operational performance, but partly offset by two rigs being idle. The underlying profit for the quarter was USD 195m (USD 109m)


Seattle Flotilla Protests Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

Environment Friendly Port of Seattle

  Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch


Anti-Arctic Drilling Activists Hold 'Shell No' Protest in Seattle

Photo: Greenpeace USA

 Seattleites took a dramatic stand, er paddle, against Arctic oil drilling. Local Native Americans and concerned citizens took to kayak and canoe and surrounded a giant, Arctic-bound Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig currently making a layover in the Port of Seattle.  


Singapore Demands Investigation into Shooting Incident

Alpine Eternity Photo: South Maritime Pte Ltd

 Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a Singapore-flagged Alpine Eternity which it said was in international waters, calling it a “serious violation of international law”.  


Vietnam Opposes Chinese S.China Sea Fishing Ban

Vietnam said it resolutely opposes a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the Gulf of Tonkin, the latest in a series of sovereignty disputes in and around the South China Sea. China's ban came as the neighbours seek to patch up ties since a row in May last year when China deployed a $1-billion






 
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