Biofuel Replenishment for 'Great Green Fleet'
USNS 'Henry J. Kaiser 'loads biofuel for RIMPAC 2012's Great Green Fleet Demo by the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J.
Northern Sea Route Ice-free Soon?
The Northern Passage, the sea route along the North coast of Russia, is expected to be free of ice early again this summer. The forecast was made by sea ice physicists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association based on a series of measurement flights over the Laptev Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean. Amongs experts the shelf sea is known as an “ice factory” of Arctic sea ice.
Russian Navy to Order Supply Ships
Severnaya Verf shipyard won the governmental contract in the Russian Defense Ministry's online open auction for three ARC4 ice-class seagoing supply vessels. The auction was held by the Federal Agency for Military Procurements Rosoboronpostavka. Once the contract is signed, Severnaya Verf will start metalworking for the first supply ship no later than in Dec 2012. The shipyard will deliver the first vessel in Nov 2014, the second one – in Nov 2015, and the third one – in Nov 2016.
Battleship 'Texas' Closes for Repairs
Ship manager Andy Smith told the 'Houston Chronicle' the ship will remain open to visitors this weekend, but is set to close Monday, reports Associated Press. The battleship…
Research Icebreaker Sails for Arctic
The research vessel Polarstern has left Bremerhaven on course for the Arctic with 44 expedition participants from institutions from Germany, Belgium, USA and the United Kingdom who will spend around one month on board. Their main study area is the Fram Strait between Spitsbergen and Greenland where they will conduct long-term oceanographic measurements. The Fram Strait is the only deep sea water connection between the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic.
Persian Gulf Charter for Otto Marine
Otto Marine has secured a ship chartering contract for a firm 180 days with option to extend for its newly-built offshore work maintenance vessel. The vessel will operate in the Kuwaiti, UAE and offshore Iraqi waters. The 4,200 bhp vessel SOC Endeavour measures 75m x 24 m, classified by ABS, will be deployed for general offshore rig maintenance works in various areas of the Persian Gulf. Singapore…
TSA: Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWICs
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that, beginning in August, it will offer eligible holders of Transportation Worker Identification…
USCG: OPC Draft RFP
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has released a draft Request for Proposal (dRFP) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) project. The dRFP…
Senate: Bill on South Carolina OCS Leasing Debuts
Senator Graham (R-SC) introduced the South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act (S. 3284) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the inclusion of…
Polar Sea Scrapping Postponed
Senator Cantwell (D-WA) issued a press release announcing an agreement with the US Coast Guard to postpone the scheduled scrapping of the icebreaker Polar Sea through the end of 2012.
Alewijnse: Big Rig Conversion Project
Alewijnse Marine Systems will play a significant role in the conversion of the jack-up drill rigs Atlantic London and Atlantic Amsterdam to offshore hotel accommodation. Both refits will start in July 2012 and take several months to complete. This order is from Nordica Offshore. Atlantic London is due to arrive at the ASL Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia next month, while the Atlantic Amsterdam will arrive at Scheldepoort Repair & Conversion Yard in Vlissingen around the same time.
AVEVA Opens Office in Chile
AVEVA (LSE:AVV) expanded its Latin American presence by opening an office in Chile. The office in Santiago de Chile will also be the location for AVEVA’s Mining & Metals Center of Excellence (MMCoE).
Globe Wireless: July Release of R6 for Globe iFusion
Globe Wireless said that its latest software release, R6 for Globe iFusion,will be launched in July 2012 and will be a free upgrade to all existing users. The software…
Offshore O&M Expenditure Forecast: $335B in 5 Years
More than $335 billion worth of expenditure is expected over the next five years on offshore oil & gas operations & maintenance (O&M), according to a new report, The World Offshore Operations & Maintenance Market Forecast 2012-2016, by Douglas-Westwood (DW). Growth of 8% in expenditure is forecast annually 2012-2016, with O&M markets considerably less vulnerable to downturn than their capital-led counterparts.
Port of Long Beach Wins Dan Maynard Communications Award
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a trade association representing leading port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, has selected 22…
Somali Pirates: 24 Year Sentence in France
Somali pirates who were found guilty of hijacking the French vessel Le Ponant in 2008 have been sentenced to a total of 24 years imprisonment by a Paris court. Of the six Somali pirates, who were captured by French forces in a daring raid on land, with a 4x4 vehicle, arms and a part of the ransom, two were acquitted. One was sentenced to serve four years but this was negated by his detention on remand since April, 2008. All three had protested their innocence.
UKPS Awarded Investors in People Bronze Standard Award
Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) said that its United Kingdom Personnel Service (UKPS) business unit, based in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, has been awarded the…
CNOOC Signs PSC with Primeline
CNOOC Limited (NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883) announced that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed a production sharing contract…
NOIA Optimism on Gulf of Mexico Oilfield Sales
Overall, compared to the last two years, we are seeing a positive trend for the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are looking forward to Wednesdays lease sale with cautious optimism.
Seagull Security Training NMA Approved
The new training package is in full compliance with the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code and will be available during September of this year. The revised STCW, which came into force in January this year, introduces more stringent requirements for onboard security training, with particular provisions designed to ensure seafarers are properly trained in case their ship comes under attack by pirates.