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OMSA Says Offshore Jobs Should Go to Americans

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA),  the association representing the owners and operators of the U.S. Flag supply vessels that support offshore energy, has issued the following statement on the announcement by the Obama Administration to increase offshore energy production from oil, gas or renewable sources:   “We strongly support efforts to expand our offshore energy resources, whether through opening new areas for oil and gas leasing or alternative sources like wind power and wave generation.  This will help America achieve energy independence and create jobs at the same time.  Energy expansion offshore and American jobs are connected.   But we need to call attention to the fact that an alarming and growing number of foreign vessels are working offshore, taking jobs away from American mariners and work away from American companies. If we are now going to expand offshore energy, we must ensure that the work is done by Americans.   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a rulemaking process to review its interpretations of the Jones Act, a law that requires cargo transported between U.S. points be carried only on vessels that are owned by Americans, crewed by Americans and built in America.  An early analysis by Customs and Border Protection, a part of DHS

Damen Builds Cable Installer For Maersk Supply Service

Photo: Damen

New Damen-built vessel for Maersk Supply Service to undertake long-term charter with DeepOcean   A newbuild DP2 cable installation vessel, Maersk Connector, was handed over from Damen Shipyards Group to Maersk Supply Service on February 4, 2016, and now goes directly on a long-term charter for subsea services provider DeepOcean.   Built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, Maersk Connector is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels based on the Damen Offshore

Canyon Offshore Appoint Stroud, Sparks

Canyon Offshore has announced the appointment of Doug Stroud to the position of vice president sales and marketing. In this newly created position, Stroud will be responsible for overseeing Canyon’s international marketing program, developing new markets and identifying new business opportunities for the company. Doug Stroud has an impressive track record marketing remotely operated vehicles and ROV services on an international basis

OMSA Testifies, Foreign Vessels Operating in U.S. Economic Zones

Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) President/CEO Ken Wells testified before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on June 17, with regard to foreign vessels operating in the economic zone exclusive to American vessels.  Testifying on the activities of  foreign vessels that carry cargo and do construction work at offshore energy projects in the Gulf of Mexico

Successful North Sea Methanol Monitoring Trial

Fiona Mackay, Scientist at Lux Assure.

LUX Assure launches chemical monitoring product after successful field trial with North Sea Operator. LUX Assure, a company specialising in the development of chemical monitoring technologies for the oil and gas industry, has launched its first product to market following a number of successful field trials with North Sea oil majors.   The Aberdeen-based firm is forecasting £100,000 of sales in 2012, with an expected accessible global market of over £1million per year.

Navcon Sells Stake to BMT Scientific

Navcon Navegacao e Controle Ltda, a Brazilian specialist in monitoring systems for the offshore oil and gas industry, entered into a formal partnership with BMT Scientific Marine Services Ltda. The company has an advanced R&D background and widespread experience of working offshore Brazil. Navcon’s current oil and gas activities align with those of BMT and include anchorage torpedoes and riser monitoring systems

Offshore Industry Leaders Invest Heavily In Safety Programs

The offshore oil industry market, by its very nature, is a challenging work environment that poses many safety hazards, particularly for individuals and companies which lack adequate safety training. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News sought the insight of two offshore industry leaders — Schlumberger and Halliburton — to discover how the industry leaders set the stage for a work environment that is safe for workers, equipment and investment.

Transocean Provides Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes newly signed contracts, significant changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out of service time of 15 days or longer for all rig classifications since the previously issued comprehensive fleet status report or fleet update summary.   Significant highlights include the following:   Deepwater Expedition - Awarded a two-year contract with an undisclosed customer commencing

ISP Unveil Re-designed Lifejackets Range

The ISP team: Photo ISP

UK's International Safety Products, manufacturer and supplier of marine safety products, says it launched a redesigned package of lifejackets at the recent Shipbuilding, Maritime and Machinery (SMM) trade show in Germany. The firm's Andy Scott said they unveiled new be-spoke versions of the Challenger Flexi-wing 150N, Challenger Interlock 275N and Challenger Worksafe Pro 170N lifejackets. The lifejackets now have additional design options to provide even greater comfort

The Cost-conscious Manager

Wondering What to Trim? Look to the skies: billions in offshore savings may be orchestrated from the back office.   For many managers (and analysts), sales, general and administrative costs, or SG&A, are ordinary accounting lines on an offshore services company’s ledger. Less ordinary — less known — is that a sizable chunk of the “A” in SG&A are travel costs that can be better managed

Bibby Steers to Offshore Cable Installation

Mike Wilson, Managing Director of Ecosse Subsea Systems Limited & Fraser Moonie, Chief Operating Officer of Bibby Offshore (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore announced its decision to move into the offshore wind array cable installation market. The company has purchased a power cable lay carousel from Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS), which will enable Bibby Offshore to lay power cables for offshore wind projects from its vessels

CWind Wins O&M Contract at Humber Gateway OWF

Photo: CWind

CWind, a  provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has announced that it has won a contract from E.ON to undertake the annual inspection and repair services as required at Humber Gateway offshore wind farm (OWF), covering latchways, mechanical services, as well as paint works

Summer Cruise to North Sea Oil Rigs Amazes Tourists

File Image: a Statoil Offshore oil production installation (Statoil)

Bored with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas? Then the gigantic oil platforms of the North Sea beckon. The first ever "rig-spotting" cruise just ended off the coast of Norway, and those onboard the four-day trip said it was jawdropping.

New Welding Procedure helps Avoid Drydocking

Water backed weld Photo Whittaker Engineering

Whittaker Engineering, an independent Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company, has developed a unique water-backed welding procedure for vessels which can save companies millions of pounds from the prevention of dry docking and resultant loss of production.  

SPE Award for Survitec Group

Greg Allanach, European MD of Survitec Courtesy Linkedin

  Two safety and survival systems developed for use in the UK’s offshore sector by the Survitec Group were recognised for their industry-leading importance when they won the Safety Innovations Award in the recent Offshore Achievement Award organised by the Society of Petroleum

Odfjell Drilling Vietnam Bound

Image by Odfjell Drilling

 Norway's Odfjell Drilling has secured a contract with VietGazprom to deploy 2011-built drillship Deepsea Metro I (UDW drillship) to Vietnam.   The area of operation is in Blocks 130 and 131 offshore Vietnam. Contract commencement is expected to take place mid 3Q 2015.   

Ezra Wins UK North Sea Contracts


 Offshore service provider Ezra Holdings has announced that subsea division, EMAS AMC, has won global contracts values at over $115m including options, reports Business Times.   These contracts include one for rigid pipe lay for the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea;

Motion Compensation Solution for Solan Field

First landing West of Shetland (Photo: Ampelmann)

Ampelmann provides access solution for commissioning of the Solan project in West of Shetland   Motion compensated access solutions developer Ampelmann informs it  will provide one of its offshore access solutions to enable ‘walk to work’ for a commissioning campaign on

Decommissioning of Maersk Endurer

Maersk Endurer

  Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission the rig Maersk Endurer from the fleet and recycle the rig with Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling in China. “Given the current market situation and the over-supply of drilling rigs in the offshore market

Damen Offshore Carrier Maersk Connector Launched

Launch of Maersk Connector at Damen Shipyard

  Yesterday senior representatives of Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and the Damen Shipyards Group who gathered at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania witnessed the launching of subsea support vessel Maersk Connector. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to

LR to help China Design Shipborne Nuclear Power

Nuclear power plants can generate electricity continuously for many months at a time, without interruption. Courtesy World Nuclear Association

  Lloyd’s Register announced a co-operative Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) – a first for China.

DNV GL Launches Class Standard for Offshore Gangways

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL today published the first industry standard providing guidance on offshore personnel transfer by gangway. DNVGL-ST-0358 will contribute in documenting and securing safe operational performance of offshore gangway solutions and contribute to predictability and transparency within the industry

UK-built Mussel Boat for Offshore Shellfish

Alysée (Photo: Alnmaritec)

U.K. based boat builder Alnmaritec announced it has designed and built a new 15.2-meter aluminum Wave Farmer 1400 mussel farming boat, Alysée, for U.K. shellfish farmer Offshore Shellfish.   Developed from Alnmaritec’s Wave Train catamaran hull form

Bibby Offshore Wins First Norwegian Contract

Olympic Ares (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore’s Norway division, Bibby Offshore AS, has secured its first contract in the region with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia.    Managed from Bibby Offshore’s Stavanger office, the workscope involves project management, installation engineering

McDermott Wins Contract in Arabian Gulf

Image: McDermott International Inc

 McDermott International Inc. received three separate engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) projects in multiple Arabian Gulf fields.   The EPCI contracts were given by a major national oil company;  In addition to this

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