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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


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


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."


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


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


Seabulk Offshore Orders Two

Expanding its presence in the growing offshore West African market, Seabulk Offshore -- a subsidiary of Seabulk International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBLK) -- announced that it has ordered two additional vessels for delivery in late 2004 and mid-2005, respectively. Built at a combined cost of approximately $23.4 million, the new vessels will work under long-term contracts for a major international oil company in offshore Angola.


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

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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


Sea Trucks Signs $130m Facility for Offshore Newbuild

Jascon 18 at Kwong-Soon shipyard

Sea Trucks Group Limited, an international oil and gas marine contractor with a track record in the key oil and gas producing regions, particularly West Africa, announced a $130 million facility to finance the completion of Jascon 18 has been signed.


CGG Nets Quartet of BroadSeis-BroadSource Marine Contracts

CGG secures contracts for 3D seismic acquisition of four major surveys

  French Firm CGG announced today that it has been awarded contracts for the 3D seismic acquisition of four major surveys using its BroadSeisTM with BroadSourceTM, marine broadband technology. The four surveys represent a total contract value of over 80 million USD.


Preventive Measures Against Ebola in Benin, Cotonou

  Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, Cotonou port authorities have taken the below preventive measures to fight the spread of the virus:    1) For all vessels calling Cotonou port, the agent is required to send to the Harbor Master office a port of call


Ebola & the Shipping Industry: Latest McQuilling Analysis

Ebola outbreak distribution map: Image credit McQuilling/CDC

Although the Ebola epidemic has remained predominantly in West Africa, fears about the virus have spread globally and it is becoming a cause for concern in the transportation industry. From air to sea, companies are beginning to take precautionary measures including suspending flights to various


Increased Oil Storage Plays: Analysis

Reported VLCC & Suezmax Fixtures into South Africa: Image courtesy of Poten & Partners

During the last few days, various articles in the oil and shipping press have hinted at the possibility that renewed contango in the oil markets could lead to increased storage plays after several Suezmaxes were fixed for discharge in Saldanha Bay, South Africa


OP/ED: The State of Piracy

John Thompson, co-founder of Ambrey Risk

Piracy’s gone away, right? You’d be forgiven for thinking that.   The predominant narrative for the Indian Ocean is that Piracy has been suppressed to an extent that ship-owners are requesting fewer guards, even unarmed in some cases


Kongsberg to Supply FPSO Safety System

Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME), the wholly owned Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) subsidiary of global maritime technology developer Kongsberg Maritime, will deliver an Integrated Control and Safety System for the new BW Offshore Catcher FPSO.


Challenging the Myths of Pirate Violence

Is there a general propensity for violence in West Africa?  The author finds out in an exchange with a Benin Navy boarding team member during  exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014. Photo: Adrian Kriesch/Alexander Drechsel

“In the last five years, pirates have killed at least 411 fishermen and wounded at least 1,000 more, suggested Mujibur Rahman, Chairman of Cox’s Bazar District Fishing Trawler Owners Association (DFTOA). According to the DFTOA, pirates attacked more than 1,000 fishing boats


Pirates Attack Product Tanker off Ivory Coast

Armed pirates robbed a petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs. The raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks


Bourbon Posts Weak First Half Results

PSV Bourbon Explorer 501 (Photo courtesy of Bourbon)

Bourbon published its first half results for 2014, recording adjusted revenues up 8.9% at constant rates, reflecting an increase in the size of the fleet, despite a lower utilization rate (adjusted revenues increased 1.5% at current rates). Adjusted EBITDAR as a percentage of adjusted revenues


AMSA Issues Ebola Virus Advice

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice to shipowners and ship operators regarding the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa. The notice also served to offer advice on the risks posed to seafarers calling in countries affected by the outbreak.


UN to Set Up Ebola Crisis Center

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  The United Nations will soon set up an Ebola crisis center to coordinate the response to the deadly virus and to strive to halt its spread in West African countries within six to nine months, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Friday.


IMO Joins International Ebola Task Force

IMO logo

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs it has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the


Brent Crude Hits 16-month Low Under US$99

HFO: File image

Brent crude dropped to a 16-month low under $99 per barrel on Wednesday, stretching its losses into a fifth session amid continued worries about rising supplies and weak global demand. While a larger-than-expected fall in weekly U.S. crude stocks kept a floor under oil prices


Damen Launches First PSV 3300 for PROMAR

Photo: Damen

Offshore ship manager PROMAR recently marked a milestone with the sideways launch into the Danube of the first of its two Damen PSV 3300s on order. On delivery in February 2015, the Swiss company believes the 80-metre Mamola Reliance will give them a valuable competitive edge in the West African






 
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