GE Power Conversion Inks Petrobas Drilling Rig Contracts
GE’s Power Conversion Business signs US$120-million contracts to support Petrobras’ Pre-Salt Drilling Program. GE’s Power Conversion business has been selected by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, a leading designer and builder of high-performance mobile offshore rigs, to supply the electrical power generation, thruster and drilling drive technology for six new semi-submersible drilling rigs for Brazil.
LNG Powered OSV Delivered to Island Offshore
Island Offshore's new UT 776 CDG design vessel 'Island Contender' delivered by STX Brevik shipbuilders. The owners say that fuel consumption measurements show that it was correct to go for this configuration: two larger gas engines which can be used alone or together in all operational situations, and twin diesel engines if more power is required. With the actual prices of gas and gasoil it is a considerable saving to utilize gas, and from the environmental point of view it is also much better.
Malaysia's Silk Holdings Buys Two AHTS
Silk subsidiary, Jasa Merin Sdn Bhd, signs up to buy two Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels from previous owners. The vessels named IDS Darul Ehsan and IDS…
Shell Charters Four Transocean New Drillships
Transocean Ltd. awarded 10-year contracts for four newbuild dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships by Royal Dutch Shell (Shell). Shipyard delivery for…
Pipe-laying Vessel for Van Oord Named in China Shipyard
Van Oord’s first shallow water pipe lay vessel 'Stingray' named at the COSCO shipyard in Nantong, China. Stingray is designed in accordance with the highest quality and safety standards in the oil and gas industry and equipped with state-of-the-art machinery to install pipelines from 6 to 60 inches in diameter. The prime focus for Stingray is S-lay pipe-laying works in combination with shore approaches and other associated activities in shallow water from five metres up to 100 meters and more.
Incat Crowther to Design Multi-purpose Dive Support Vessel
Incat Crowther contracted to design a 56m Catamaran Dive Support Vessel (DSV) for Bhagwan Marine, for operation by dive specialists Neptune Marine Services. The vessel has been designed from the keel up to perform six key roles; Dive Support, Geophysical Survey, Geotechnical Survey, Cargo Transport, Hyperbaric Rescue and Safety Standby. With such a varied array of operational roles, unique solutions were required not only in the allocation of spaces…
Aker Solutions to Deliver Offshore Wireline Tractor Services
Aker Solutions wins a Statoil four-year frame agreement to supply wireline tractor services on the Norwegian continental shelf. The wireline tractor can push well…
KCF Smart Tether Helps Assess Red Sea Habitat
Submerged Recovery & Inspection Services help King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals gather marine data used near proposed oil dril sites. The company used a VideoRay Pro4 ROV to complete more than 200 kilometers (or, approximately 124 miles) of bathymetry and biotope survey transects in the Red Sea to gain a baseline assessment to see if there were any critical habitats area's in or near several proposed oil well drill sights.
Maersk Aspires to Arctic Year-round Drilling
Mærsk's oil drilling subsidiary is investing heavily in Arctic-ready drilling rigs, a move that is concerning environmental organisations. According to 'The Copenhagen…
Courageous Chinese Crew Wins Inmarsat-sponsored Award
A cargo vessel operated by China Navigation Company helped rescue 246 people & wins a Lloyd's List Global Award sponsored by Inmarsat. The Amver Assisted Rescue…
UK P&I: Solving 'Loss of Power' Problems
The UK P&I Club highlights sudden loss of power as a cause of claims. The UK P&I Club’s latest Risk Focus bulletin highlights the issue of sudden loss of power, a problem highlighted by incidents during and after the switching to lower sulphur fuels that are now mandated in certain coastal regions. In the bulletin, the Club highlights causes of sudden loss of power and proposes mitigating procedures that ships’ crew should adopt.
ClassNK Establishes its 100th Overseas Survey Office
ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda has announced that on 1 October 2012, 3 new overseas survey offices have opened, bringing the total number of ClassNK’s overseas survey offices over the milestone of a 100 locations. With the establishment of 3 new survey offices, ClassNK’s survey network will be ever more extended, allowing a faster dispatching of surveyors that will result in providing a better service to clients.
Aker Solutions Awarded Agreement with Statoil
Aker Solutions has been awarded a four-year frame agreement from Statoil for delivering wireline tractor services on the Norwegian continental shelf. The frame agreement…
Braemar Appoints New Finance Director
Braemar Shipping Services plc (“Braemar” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Beer as Finance Director, with effect from 15th October 2012. James Kidwell, CEO, will hand over his responsibilities as Finance Director on that date. Martin, age 50, previously spent 21 years at Uniq Plc (formerly Unigate plc), where he was Finance Director from 2002. He qualified as an accountant while with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Atlas Launches IMIST in New Languages
Atlas launches IMIST in three new languages to improve safety standards in growing South East Asia energy market. Atlas has announced three new translations of its IMIST program, now available in nine languages. International Minimum Industry Safety Training (IMIST) is now available in Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian, which will support the roll out of the global standard in safety across the world.
OAA 2013 Are Open for Entries
Following a successful re-launch last year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section is again hosting the Offshore Achievement Awards with the support of main sponsor TAQA Bratani. This year will see the ceremony move to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre to meet the huge demand for spaces at the event in March 2012. Over 70 entries were received for the 2012 awards, which took place at Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeen in front of around 400 people.
Aberdeen Engineer Rewarded for Inspiring Youngsters
A young Aberdeen engineer has been recognized for her work inspiring school pupils to take on a career in the oil & gas industry. Katy Crawford, who is employed by offshore lifting and mechanical handling services company Sparrows, has been chosen to receive the Raising the Profile of the Profession – Promoting Engineering to Primary Students award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
OW Bunker to Supply Low Sulphur Fuel
Responds to increased ECA demand with launch of LSFO supply barge. OW Bunker, a global supplier and trader of marine fuel and lubricants, has announced that it will supply low sulphur 1% RMG 380cst fuel from Balboa, Panama from mid-October 2012. The move will serve to meet the growing demand from customers transiting the North American ECA zones. The company's local supply tanker, MT Star Alpha, has…
Gibdock Lifts its Game for German owner
Gibdock has completed a complex containership crane refurbishment job, in a latest contract to involve a German owner. The deck crane work called for certification of strict welding procedures by Lloyd’s Register (LR), which approved all materials used. Aldebaran, a 2008-built 2785 teu capacity containership owned and managed by Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld, underwent a multi-faceted package of works at the Gibraltar-based yard.
Globe Wireless R6 for Globe iFusion Launched at Posidonia
Globe Wireless is a leading player in providing communications, operational and IT solutions to the maritime industry. Earlier this summer at Posidonia 2012 in Athens the company announced that it would launches its latest software release, R6 for Globe iFusion in July 2012; a free upgrade to all existing users. While software enhancements and upgrades are commonplace across the IT community, this one is significant for a number of reasons, according to Mark Witsaman, CTO, Globe Wireless.