2007 Maritime News

Hercules Closes Sale of Fleet

Dec 31, 2007

Houston-based Hercules Offshore Inc. reported it has closed the previously announced sale of its fleet of nine land drilling rigs and related assets to Petrex Sudamerica Sucursal de Venezuela S.

W&T Offshore Acquires Interest in Federal Lease

Dec 31, 2007

W&T Offshore Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement with Apache Corp. to acquire Apache’s interest in Ship Shoal 349, a federal offshore lease off the coast of Louisiana, for $116m.

Omni Energy Names COO

Dec 31, 2007

Carencro, La.-based Omni Energy Services Corp. recently named Brian Recatto chief operating officer. Recatto joined the oilfield services firm in March 2007 as vice president.

Energy Partners Declares Dry Hole

Dec 31, 2007

Energy Partners Ltd. has reported its Gulf of Mexico Shelf exploratory well in South Timbalier 214 No. 2 was drilled but did not find commercial hydrocarbons and is being declared a dry hole.

Northrop Grumman to Build Amphibious Vessel

Dec 31, 2007

Northrop Grumman Corp. recently won a $1b contract from the U.S. Navy to build the ninth vessel of LPD-17 Class of amphibious transport ships. Northrop Grumman is building ships for the $13.

Diamond Offshore Drilling Reports Incident

Dec 31, 2007

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. reported that the semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Whittington experienced an incident involving the ballast control system.

Cunard Line Queens to Meet in New York Harbor

Dec 31, 2007

On Sunday, January 13, 2008, Cunard Line operator of The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World will, for the first and only time, sail their three liner Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2,

Panama Canal Requests Proposals For New Locks Construction

Dec 31, 2007

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released its Request for Proposal (RFP) Friday on the "design-build" contract for the new locks under the Canal's Expansion Program.

China Shipping Devt Orders Dry Bulk Carriers, VLOC

Dec 31, 2007

China Shipping Development Ltd said it will pay more than $800m for 10 dry bulk carriers and four very large ore carriers. It said the dry bulk carriers were

Daewoo Wins $645m Order

Dec 31, 2007

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. said it has won $644.8m order to build a drillship for an unidentified company in Oceania. Daewoo said in a filing

Dockwise Takes Delivery of Heavy Transport Vessels

Dec 31, 2007

Following the delivery of the Transporter in May 2007, heavy lift vessel Target, one of the former Sealift vessels, now joins the fleet of Dockwise Transport BV,

USS Norfolk Deploys

Dec 31, 2007

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Dean Lohmeyer, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk

Hyundai Heavy Aims for $27b orders in 2008

Dec 31, 2007

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. said it was aiming to win $27.4b worth of orders in 2008 from an estimated $26.9 billion in 2007, the South Korean firm said on Monday.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers to Galveston Pilots

Dec 31, 2007

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a new rigid-bottom, soft-sided pilot boat to the Galveston Texas-City Pilots. The jet-driven,

SMIT Acquires Remaining 50 Percent in URS

Dec 31, 2007

Smit Internationale N.V. agreed with Fairplay Towage to acquire Fairplay Towage’s 50 percent interest in URS. Through this acquisition SMIT will become 100 percent shareholder of URS,

Ship Capsizes, 11 Feared Drowned

Dec 31, 2007

According to Xinhua, Eleven sailors are feared drowned after the timber-laden ship they were sailing on sank in Brunei Bay near Malaysia's Labuan island. The

T&T Bisso Salvages Tug

Dec 31, 2007

The 600 ton capacity D/B BIG T, owned by T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, Texas, and the 700 ton capacity D/B CAPPY BISSO, owned by BISSO MARINE of Houston, Texas,

Bollinger, Bouchard Sign Deal for Three

Dec 31, 2007

Work in progress at one of Bollinger’s OPA’90 barge building facilities continues on schedule, as the backlog increases with the signing of two 60,000 and one 80,000 BBL offshore units for Bouchard.

Homeland Security Bill Introduced

Dec 31, 2007

Representative Harman (D-CA) introduced the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2007 (H.R. 4806) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy

USCG – Towing Safety Advisory Committee

Dec 31, 2007

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). The committee advises the agency on matters relating to shallow-draft

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