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Topaz Secures another West Africa Contract

The Topaz Faye

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the $11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further strengthens Topaz’s $1.2 billion contract backlog. The deployment of Topaz Faye in West Africa brings the total number of vessels under operation by Topaz in the region to 10, representing approximately 10% of Topaz’s total fleet. As part of its global expansion strategy, the company is building up its capabilities in West Africa as the region represents a long-term growth opportunity for Topaz with above market growth in industry activity and OSV demand.  Topaz Faye, a medium size DP2 PSV, was recently delivered together with four sister vessels and brings the total number of vessels in Topaz’s fleet to 95, excluding two under construction, with an average age of seven years against an industry average of around 15 years.  

WSS Open Their Own Facility in Dakar, W. Africa

Simon Hutt: Photo credit WSS

Ship service providers WSS open their own premises in the port after 15 years of operation through sub-agents & service providers. Simon Hutt, Area Director for North and West Africa paid tribute to the hard work of the area operational team in West Africa who have been managing the business development activities and securing the future of the new office, saying:  “WSS has operated in West Africa for the last fifteen years through various sub-agents and service

Aegean Marine to Open New Service Center in West Africa

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, today announced that it plans to launch a new service center located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa during the fourth quarter of 2007, expanding the Company's global network of marine fuel service centers. The company also announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 1985-built 83

Hutton's Opens Equatorial Guinea Supply Base

Alex Taylor

As part of its continued supply network growth in West Africa, Hutton’s Group has opened a new facility in Equatorial Guinea to boost its supply chain in the region. Operating as part of Hutton’s Remote Site Services, the new base in Luba Freeport will enhance the successful supply solutions already being delivered by Hutton’s West Africa depots in Ghana and Ivory Coast. As the only ship supplier based within Luba Freeport

Topaz secures another West Africa contract

Topaz-faye DP2 platform

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the US$ 11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further

DryShips Ocean Rig Employment Updates

DryShips Inc., an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Ocean Rig as signed definitive documentation with Total E&P Angola, following the previously announced Letter of Award, for its ultra deepwater drillship "Ocean Rig Skyros."

Ocean Rig: 3-Year Drilling Contract for Ocean Rig Olympia

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ:ORIG)  received a Letter of Award for its ultra deepwater drillship “Ocean Rig Olympia”, from a major oil company. The Letter of Award is for a three- year contract for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of approximately $652 million. The Letter of Award is subject to completion of definitive documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals. The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the Ocean Rig

Tanker Market: A Pessimistic Outlook

Drewry Maritime Research’s latest Tanker Forecaster report indicates that Suezmax owners got some respite in the first quarter of the year, but things are looking bleak in the longer term. Spot rates firmed on the back of buoyant demand in the Caribs, Arabian Gulf and West Africa, but rising bunker prices would have absorbed much of the increase. US demand for West African crude was the one to watch as it staged a recovery in March and underpinned Suezmax rates on the benchmark TD5 (West

Topaz to Supply Two PSVs in West Africa


Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, has announced the expansion of its West African operations with the award of two PSV contracts worth $50 million (USD). The contracts are to supply one of the world’s leading international oil companies with two 3,300 DWT Platform Supply Vessels to support its offshore production operations

Global Industries Makes Additions

Global Industries, Ltd. announces the appointment of Craig Milburn as operations manager for Global Divers, based in New Iberia, LA. As Operations Manager, Milburn is responsible for diving operations, personnel, equipment, and the diving facilities at the New Iberia facility. Milburn joined Global in 1982 and has held numerous positions as a diver, Supervisor, Superintendent, and project manager domestically and in Asia Pacific

N. Asia Snaps up Russian Crude Oil

Mideast crude freight to Japan highest since 2010. North Asian refiners have snapped up Russian crude oil loading in the last two months of this year to meet peak winter demand as Middle East and West African grades have become more costly after freight rates hit multi-year highs

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

India Takes Nigerian Oil Despite Shipping Concerns

India's HPCL awarded another tender to buy with Nigerian crude oil despite its concerns about shipping from the West African nation.   The refiner awarded a tender to buy November loading oil to Chevron, traders said, likely with Usan crude oil and either Agbami or Brass.  

Nigeria's Oil Exports Under Threat

Nigeria's latest effort to combat theft could imperil its oil income lifeline, compounding the damage the crude price fall has done to its finances, access to dollars and imports. Oil traders and shipping brokers said a newly implemented "letter of comfort" requirement under which

VLCC Tankers on the Upside on Stronger Demand

Graph: Charles R.Weber

 The VLCC market continued to strengthen this week with sentiment supported by both stronger demand and expectations for the October Middle East and West Africa programs to rise substantially from September levels, according to Charles R.Weber Weekly.  

UK P&I Club's West Africa Piracy Guidance

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UK P&I Club provides practical guidance to Members in relation to piracy in West Africa. Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention, says: “We have seen a sizable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and are witnessing an increase in incidents particularly offshore

Bulker Runs Aground in Sweden

Photo courtesy Swedish Coast Guard

Liberian-flagged bulk carrier MV Victoria is reportedly stuck on a shoal off the west coast of Sweden with a 3-meter gash in its hull after running hard aground Saturday night.   According to local reports, the 190-meter ship was en route from Rostock

Polarcus Awarded Broadband 3D Project in West Africa

Polarcus Limited has received a letter of intent from an undisclosed client to execute a 3D marine seismic project in West Africa utilizing Polarcus' RightBAND technique for broadband data acquisition, the company announced in a press release today.  

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on Tighter tonnage

File Image: VLCC underway

Mideast-Japan VLCC rates climb by $46,000 per day since Aug 26. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which reached a seven-week high this week, are set to climb higher on buoyant cargo volumes and tighter tonnage, brokers said.

APM Terminals Liberia Sees Economic Recovery

George Adjei at New York Investment Conference

  Addressing the US - Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York City, APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei points to a 30% increase in import container traffic at Liberia’s largest port as a reason for great confidence in Liberian investment.  

Polarcus Gets West Africa Contract

 Polarcus Limited  has announced it has received a letter of intent for a 3D marine seismic project in West Africa.    The client was not disclosed by the Dubai-based seismic vessel operator, who will utilise its RightBAND technique for the broadband data acquisition. 

Dry bulk shipping, Tankers Fall Down

Graph: Drewry Maritime Equity Research

 All stocks under Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER)’s dry bulk coverage were down and recorded double-digit negative returns, taking cues from vessel earnings.   The BDI shed its gain of the previous two months and nudged down 20% m/m in August led by a fall in the Capesize

Danish Conference to Address Maritime Security

Piracy and armed robbery against ships, corruption and illegal trafficking are well-known maritime security challenges. Now it is time to find solutions.   On Tuesday, October 6, an international conference organized for the second year in a row by the Danish Shipowners’ Association

Turbocharger Overhaul for Tidewater OSVs

Photo: Royston

Marine engineering teams from diesel power specialist Royston Limited have carried out the overhaul of turbochargers on two offshore supply ships operated by Tidewater Marine in the oilfields off the coast of South West Africa.   Royston said its engineers completed the full overhaul of

UASC Boosts West Africa Services

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched two new West Africa services, WAF2 and WAF3, to enhance schedule reliability and cater to growing demand.   The new services, effective September 2015, will operate in addition to UASC’s existing WAF1 service.  

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