Bibby Offshore HQ in Final Stage of Construction
The new purpose-built headquarters for subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore is entering its final phase of construction. The new 53,427 sq. ft. office facility at Prospect Park, Westhill, which represents a multi-million pound investment, is on track to be completed by April 2013. Bibby Offshore staff are due to relocate from its existing offices at Waterloo Quay to the new premises by the end of May 2013.
United Nations Authorizes Korean Register to Verify CDM
The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) has been authorized by the United Nations (UN) as a designated operational entity for the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism).
Hyundai Heavy Wins $2 Billion Offshore Facilities Order
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), a shipbuilder and leading offshore facilities contractor received a letter of award for a $1.3 billion (USD) order for a floating production unit (FPU) and a $700 million order for a tension leg platform (TLP) from Total E&P Congo on March 26. Hyundai Heavy will carry out engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning for the two offshore facilities to be deployed in Moho Nord field, 80 km off Republic of the Congo’s coast.
Norwegian Embassy Announces Offshore Technology Summit
Increased energy demand due to rapid economic development is driving many Asia Pacific countries to reduce their dependency on imported oil and gas by upping local offshore exploration and production (E&P) activities. Responding to this reality, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore announced the free Asia Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday, April 16 in Singapore to assess ‘The Challenges of Offshore E&P in Asia Pacific’.
CMA CGM Announces New Dry Port in Baghdad
After more than thirty three years of continuous presence in Iraq, the CMA CGM Group will open a new bonded Dry Port near Baghdad in the Abu Ghreib area, in Iraq, in June 2013.
Imtech Appointed as Inmarsat Reseller
Inmarsat has signed an agreement with Imtech Marine, appointing the full-service provider and systems integrator as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress serving the worldwide maritime market. This follows on from a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two companies in 2012. Global Xpress will offer global superfast mobile broadband with download speeds of up to 50Mbps through a 60-100cm antenna.
Liberia Endorses Videotel Training Programs
Seven Videotel training courses have been approved by the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR/the Liberian Registry). This makes 17 total Videotel courses approved by LISCR and further cements Videotel’s long term connection with the Liberian Registry. The seven Videotel courses approved are Advanced Oil Tanker Safety, Enclosed Space Entry and Emergency Awareness, ECDIS Training…
Damen to Build Rotortug Pair for Elisabeth Ltd.
Rotortug said that Elisabeth Ltd. has placed a new building order with Damen Shipyards for the construction of two Hybrid Advanced Rotortugs, ART 80-32 of 80 tons bollard pull. imultaneously Elisabeth Ltd ordered two ART 80-32, with Fifi 1, at Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd. They will be the first series of Rotortugs to be built at Damen Shipyards and Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd and will be added to the Kotug fleet.
Hapag-Lloyd – Hamburg Süd Merger Put on Ice
The shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd have jointly concluded to discontinue talks temporarily. Hamburg Süd say they do not wish to comment publicly on…
Undersea Laboratory Cable Array Repaired
OceanWorks International announce the successful re-deployment of the VENUS coastal network in the Strait of Georgia after repairs. Placed in Canadian waters in the Strait of Georgia, VENUS is part of the Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, is a cabled undersea laboratory with nodes that provide live video, acoustic images and real-time data for ocean researchers and explorers. VENUS delivers real time information from seafloor instruments via fiber optic cables to the University of Victoria, BC.
Offshore Wind Turbines: Shaving Costs on the Foundations
In a recent survey conducted by Wind Energy Update (WEU), five sub-areas of wind power plant installation were selected for cost reduction. The sub area selected…
China Shipping Major Reports 2012 Profits Dip
China Shipping Development Company Limited reports 'Business Income' decreased 9.1% as against 2011 figures. Year 2012 saw a sluggish recovery of the world economy…
Arctic LNG Plant Project Gets Green Light
Yamal LNG, a J/V between Russia’s Novatek and France’s Total, granted permission to build a liquefied natural gas plant in the Russian Arctic. The joint venture, majority-owned by Novatek with an 80 percent stake, received a positive assessment from the State Expert Commission for the project and permission to build the LNG plant at the port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula, reports Ria Novosti. The…
New Power in the Heart of the Alaskan Beast
Twenty-two year-old crab boat's faithful Cummins diesel engines replaced with state-of-the-art version. Fans of the popular Discovery Channel series “The Deadliest Catch” thrill at the sight of the 113-foot, black-hulled Time Bandit’s bow rearing out of a cresting wave. Onboard men launch and recover 1000-pound crab pots while chilled Arctic seas wash over the working deck. In the wheelhouse, the crab…
Six Mile Deep GoM Oil Strike
Chevron Corporation has announced an oil discovery at the Coronado prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Walker Ridge Block 98 Well No. 1 encountered more than 400 feet (122 m) of net pay. The well is located approximately 190 miles (308 km) off the Louisiana coast in 6,127 feet (1,868 m) of water and was drilled to a depth of 31,866 feet (9,713 m). The well results are still being evaluated, and additional work is needed to determine the extent of the resource.
Singapore Yard Gets Repeat Jack-up Rig Orders
Sembcorp Marine's PPL Shipyard secures repeat rig orders from Oro Negro to build two jack-up rigs at US$417-million. Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary PPL Shipyard has secured orders for two turnkey contracts with a combined value of US$417 million for the construction of two units of jack-up rigs from repeat customer Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro, S.A.P.I. de C.V (“Oro Negro”). Scheduled for delivery at end of the fourth quarter of 2014 and end of first quarter 2015…
WSS Open Their Own Facility in Dakar, W. Africa
Ship service providers WSS open their own premises in the port after 15 years of operation through sub-agents & service providers. Located at the most westerly point in West Africa, Dakar is transited by all north and south- bound traffic. The port is well-placed to handle a multitude of different vessel requirements - from dry-docking, dry and wet cargoes, containers and RoRos – to project cargoes including military and ships’ husbandry.
Big Canadian Terminal Joins Green Marine
Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) the multi-purpose marine terminal on the West Coast of North America, joined Green Marine. The Green Marine Environmental Program is an action plan that addresses nine major environmental issues identified by the Canadian and American marine industry. The program requirements are developed with the participation of industry stakeholders and representatives from environmental groups, governments and the academic sector.
Offshore Wind Farm O&M Pinpointed at U.K. Conference
Almost 200 senior figures from across the U.K.’s offshore wind industry recently debated the future of managing operational wind farm projects. Delegates assembled…
AMSA Check 'Sam Simon' After Whaling Protests
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) surveyors inspect Sea Shepherd Australia’s 'Sam Simon' and interview crew in Williamstown. AMSA's interest stems from reports of a number of alleged incidents in the Southern Ocean in February 2013. 'Sam Simon' is the only Australian-flagged (registered) vessel involved in the reported incidents which included reports of collisions and pollution by vessels and is subject to Australian law.