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BOEMRE Calls for Public Input on Proposed 2012-2017 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales

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Information to be Used to Prioritize Areas, Avoid Potential Conflicts NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced it is seeking information and nominations from all interested parties regarding proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico Western and Central Planning Areas for the 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Natural Gas Leasing Program. BOEMRE will analyze information received in response to this Call for Information and Nominations (Call), which will primarily identify and evaluate areas with potential for oil and gas development, as well as determine possible environmental effects and potential conflicts in the Call area.  This is in addition to the information collected through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process. Comments will be used to develop lease terms and conditions to ensure safe offshore operations. Comments will also be used to assess potential conflicts between offshore oil and gas exploration and development operations and state coastal management programs, and to develop proposed actions and alternatives in the NEPA review process.    “This early planning and consultation step, in addition to the NEPA-related reviews we are conducting, will ensure that all interests and concerns are communicated to us and are appropriately considered in decisions regarding the leasing process


Western GOM Lease Sale Attracts Bids of $337 Million

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that its Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218, held today in New Orleans, attracted $337,688,341 in high bids and included 20 companies submitting 241 bids on 191 tracts comprising over a million acres offshore Texas.   The sum of all bids received totaled $712,725,998. This announcement is consistent with steps President Obama announced in May 2011 to expand domestic oil and gas production


MMS Study of Loop Current in Eastern GOM

A study released by the Minerals Management Service examines the circulation in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and sheds new light on the behavior of the Loop Current (LC) and Loop Current Eddies (LCEs), the relation between the upper- and lower-layer currents, and the variability of water mass characteristics in deepwater. When the LC and the LCE are present in the Gulf near oil and gas activities, operators may have to curtail or amend their operations due to the strength of the current


Gulf of Mexico Oil Production on the Rise

Photo: Nabors

Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016. EIA projects GOM production to reach 1.52 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2015 and 1.61 million bbl/d in 2016, or about 16% and 17% of total U.S. crude oil production in those two years, respectively.   The forecasted production growth is driven both by new projects and the redevelopment and


Ocean Installer in BP frame deal

Photo: Ocean Installer

 Ocean Installer has been awarded a Regional Framework Agreement with BP for subsea work in the Gulf of Mexico region.   The agreement covers subsea fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities, as well as hook up and commissioning, and is valid for three years.  Specific work scopes will be carried out under individual call-off contracts, and accordingly no firm work is currently committed under the agreement.  


Chain Tensioning, Cutting Completed for FPSO Turritella

FPSO Turritella (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor said it has completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the FPSO Turritella for the Shell Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).    The FPSO Turritella will connect to subsea infrastructure located beneath approximately 9,500 ft (2,896 m) of water, breaking the existing water depth record for an oil and gas production facility. This ultra-deepwater project marks the first FPSO for Shell in the GoM


Editor's Note

Despite seemingly best efforts by world leaders, it appears that the wild gyrations ,which are the hallmark of the oil industry, will never truly be tamed. For proof, simply check out the Offshore Market report on page 32, which touts the “lingering $30+” barrel of oil. Between the writing of that piece and this one (about a week), OPEC leaders had met, decided to boost production seven percent and sent oil prices screaming down below the $25 level


Rig Count Continues to Climb

According to a June 21 report from DailyMarkets.com, in its weekly release, Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported a rise in the U.S. rig count, reflecting intensified drilling activity in Texas. This was partly offset by the growing oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the ensuing drilling ban in the region that reduced activity. Rigs operating in the state of Texas climbed to their highest level in 16 months


Pellerin Builds HF- SEP for Stone Energy

Horizontal Flotation Separator

Pellerin Water Solutions (PWS), a subsidiary of Pellerin Energy Group (PEG), has designed and built a Horizontal Flotation Separator (HF- SEP) for Stone Energy Corporation. The specifically designed HF- SEP with dissolved gas flotation (DGF) technologies will enhance the separation process of oil and produced water which will maximize production and increase profitability. Stone Energy will incorporate the HF-SEP with its deepwater facility, Pompano, situated in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).


Volvo Penta Adds Western Branch Diesel

Western Branch Diesel Photo Volvo Penta

  Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the appointment of Western Branch Diesel as an authorized marine Power Center. The company will be responsible for sales and service of Volvo Penta marine engines in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.   Founded in 1946, Western Branch Diesel is headquartered in Portsmouth, Va., just a few miles from Volvo Penta’s headquarters in Chesapeake, Va. The company has facilities in 10 locations in five states, with more than 280 employees


Enhancing Search and Rescue Services in Western Africa

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) is supporting countries in western Africa to enhance their national search and rescue (SAR) services with a regional training course and meeting taking place in Lagos, Nigeria this week.   


Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority

Francesco Maria di Majo is Counsel in the corporate group, based in Rome Photo WFW

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy).


Task Group Sails to Bass Strait

HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Gascoyne and Huon leave Sydney Harbour to take part in Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navys largest maritime warfare activities. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Warships, submarines and aircraft from all over the country are converging on Bass Strait for the final week of Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare activities.   HMAS Adelaide lead six ships south from Sydney


France Worried by Russian Warships off Crimea Coast, Urges Restraint

France called for restraint between Russia and Ukraine after warships from Moscow's Black Sea Fleet took up position off Crimea's western coastline in response to the start of Ukrainian missile tests nearby. "France is concerned about the deployment of Russian warships off Crimea's


Western India Shipyard for Sale

Photo: Western India Shipyard

 ABG Shipyard Ltd, which was one of the largest shipbuilding company in the country operating in the private domain, has decided to divest its entire stake in its subsidiary Western India Shipyard Ltd (WIS).     The company’s board has agreed to invite suitable bid from the


Arctic Shipping a Reality for Asia

Image by The Arctic Institute

 As Western firms wait to for Arctic shipping to show its worth, Asian countries are already betting on the emergence of an Arctic economic rim, reports The Arctic Journal.   For centuries, a harsh climate and ice-choked seas dashed the dreams of sailors attempting to cross the


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

A typical Capesize Bulker (credit: BSM)

Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday.


NATO: Major Russian Naval Deployment Underway

Russian warships off the coast of Norway are carrying fighter bombers that will likely reinforce a final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in two weeks, a senior NATO diplomat said on Wednesday citing Western intelligence. "They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and much


Wood Group Bags Hibernia Deal

Wood Group wins multi-year contract on Hibernia in Canada Photo Wood Group

Wood Group has secured a five year contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to the Hibernia platform, offshore Newfoundland, from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).  The contract will be executed by Wood Group’s Eastern


Capesize Rates Fall to Eight-week Low

Capesize dry bulk vessel Nord Power (File photo: Dennis Schnell, Bulldog and Partners / Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S	)

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes, which fell to an eight-week low on Wednesday, are likely to continue to slide next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes in an over-tonnaged market, brokers said on Thursday.  


US Coast Guard Reports Record Year in Counterdrug Ops

Coast Guard offloads approximately 20 tons of cocaine (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.)

The U.S. Coast Guard marked the end of a record year in counterdrug operations as the crew of Cutter Waesche from Alameda, California, offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine in San Diego Thursday, October 27. The Coast Guard and its interagency partners removed more than 416


Rolls-Royce Inks US Waterjets Distribution, Service Deal

From left to right: Tommi Viiperi, Rolls-Royce, General Manager Waterjets Sales and Marketing, Tor-Gunnar Hovig, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Offshore & Merchant Solutions, Bill Mossey, Vice President of Marine at Pacific Power Group (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Pacific Power Group to distribute and service Kamewa steel and aluminum series waterjets in the Western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.    Pacific Power Group, a longtime distributor for Rolls-Royce MTU diesel engines, has been providing sales


Can Seaborne Trends Shine Any Light?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 World seaborne trade, whilst still growing at a relatively steady pace, has seen a slightly less rapid rate of growth since 2015, compared to both the longer-term historical average, and the more recent 2011-14 period, says Clarksons Research.  


NORDEN Names New Head of Dry Cargo

Photo: NORDEN

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has hired Christian Vinther Christensen as new head of the Dry Cargo Department.   Christian Vinther Christensen takes up his new position January 1, 2017 and becomes part of Senior Management reporting to CEO Jan Rindbo.  


As Operators Look for the Bottom, Gulf Gloom Persists

Credit: Yesenia Rodriguez

Gulf of Mexico vessel operators want to see sustained, higher oil prices. After a rough two years, supply boat owners and operators in the Gulf of Mexico hope crude oil prices will improve in 2017. That would encourage activity among the offshore drillers that they service and would put






 
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