Disposal of Chemical Weapons at Sea
While World War II is well-known as the beginning of the age of atomic weapons, World War I is lesser-known as dawn of the age of chemical weapons. The 1914-1918…
INTERVIEW: Carmen Pino, Castrol Offshore
The business of lube and fluid supply is fiercely competitive and ever-changing, continually challenged to deliver more economical, environmentally and better performing product. Maritime Reporter spent some time with Carmen Pino, a West Point graduate and the Regional Operating Director, Castrol Offshore , to discuss his team’s strategy to grow its business. How would you describe your management philosophy?
BW Offshore: The Most Advanced FPSOs in Brazil
The abundance of deepwater O&G prospects, combined with the lack of oil transportation infrastructure in Brazil, has increasingly favored FPSOs as a production solution. Petrobras presently has more than 25 FPSOs in operation and this number is expected to double during the next decade. BW Offshore is a leader in FPSOs and FPSO operations. Although it has been quoting for jobs in Brazil for some years, the company finally established a local office in 2008.
Napa Signs an Agreement with DSME
Onboard-Napa Ltd. signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marube Engineering Co. Ltd.(DSME). DSME and Napa are both committed to environmental protection and ecological sustainability. “This co-operation strengthens our capability to provide our customers a software solution which covers current recommendations and future requirements for energy efficient planning of ship operation”, says Sebastian Sjöberg, Area Sales Manager at Onboard-Napa.
STX Finland Signs a Maintenance Contract for Saipem
On 20 April 2011, STX Finland Oy and Saipem S.p.A signed a contract on major overhaul and maintenance of the semisubmersible pipelay vessel Castoro Sei. The work on the ship, providing employment for as many as about 1,000 people, will be completed by STX's Turku shipyard. The Castoro Sei is a 152 metres long and 70.5 metres wide semisubmersible pipelay vessel, owned by Italian offshore company Saipem S.p.A.
MWCC Membership Grows
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) announced today that its membership has grown to 10 members at the conclusion of the company’s formation period. The MWCC member companies are now Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Apache, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess. These 10 companies operated approximately 70 percent of deepwater wells drilled in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico between 2007 through 2009.
Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contracts
Aker Solutions signed two contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the delivery of complete drilling equipment packages for two new deepwater drillships. The contracts have a total value of about $230m. The drilling equipment and systems will be installed on the two vessels, which are being constructed at DSME's yard in South Korea. Each delivery has a contract value of about $115 million, and includes options for additional equipment and services.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo: CGC Morro Bay
Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay (approaching from right) returns home to New London, Conn., where they were greeted by friends, family members and loved ones on Apr. 19, 2001 after a six-month deployment to the Great Lakes. The crew broke ice in all five of the Great Lakes, not only ensuring the delivery of heating oil to those in the impacted area, but also acting as a search and rescue platform while on patrol, sucessfully rescuing a man who was stranded on an ice floe. U.S.
U.S. Coast Guard Makes "US Build" Determination
The US Coast Guard issued a determination letter concluding that installation of a foreign-manufactured crane into a new vessel when the vessel is other than in…
Continuing Appropriations Bill Signed into Law
The White House stated that President Obama signed into law the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1473). Among other things…
Semi-Automated VertaJet for Surface Prep
The VertaJet SRT-6LT from NLB Corp. does surface preparation faster than manual water jetting and is even more ergonomic than previous models. The new handheld unit needs no air connection to rotate the 40,000 psi (2,800 bar) water jets, and it weighs just 20 lbs. The VertaJet SRT-6LT quickly removes paint, epoxies and other coatings from steel structures and other surfaces. With multiple water jets rotating at 3,000 rpm to create a six-inch (15cm) cleaning path, productivity is very high.
Euronav Q1 2011 Results
The executive committee of Euronav NV (NYSE EURONEXT: EURN) reported its preliminary financial results for the three months ended 31st March 2011. For the first quarter 2011, the company had a net income of USD 19.2 million or USD 0.38 per share (first quarter 2010: USD 22.3 million and USD 0.45 per share). EBITDA for the same period was USD 72.7 million (first quarter 2010: USD 84.2 million). The…
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Travels to Ft. Lauderdale
The U.K. government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency visited Fort Lauderdale during the first week of April, undertaking the oral examinations required in order to attain a U.K.
AWO Announces Record Low Oil Spills as Earth Day Approaches
As Earth Day approaches, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) announced that 2010 saw the lowest-ever recorded number of tank barge oil spills. The 2010 spill statistics newly released by the U.S.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 20
1871- Secretary of Treasury was authorized by Congress to employ crews of experienced surfmen at lifeboat stations at maximum rate of $40 per month, marking the end of the volunteer system.
This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 20
1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators, detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico.
Union Head, Mayor Still Hopeful for Graving Dock
According to a report from the Southern Gazette, CAW/MWF Local 20 president Wayne Butler said he remains hopeful there will one day be a graving dock in Marystown…
BOEMRE Completes Draft Supplemental EIS for Western Gulf
NEW ORLEANS - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced today the completion of a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for proposed oil and gas Lease Sale 218 in the Western Planning Area in the Gulf of Mexico. This draft SEIS updates the findings in several previously published EISs covering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as new analyses using the latest available information following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Meeting Quantity And Quality Challenge Remains Priority For Shipping Industry
OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel oil, highlighted today the impact that mass flow meters can have in solving the ‘quantity issue’ and demonstrated the steps that it is taking to ensure product quality in an event attended by key customers including DFDS, Maersk Oil, Odfjell Tankers, U-Sea Bulk, Grieg Star Shipping and Torvald Klaveness Group. The event, which took place in Copenhagen…
Port Reception In Basel
In cooperation with the Propeller Club Basel, Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) hosted a port soiree for representatives of the transport and logistics sector in northern Switzerland on 12 April 2011. A total of 160 guests, including 20 from Hamburg and its metropolitan region, accepted the invitation to attend this event at the Hotel Mercure Europe Basel, where they were welcomed by Mr Thomas W.Rickli…