Two WSFs Due Back in Service
Washington State Ferries (WSF) inform in its latest newsletter that the ferries 'Kitsap' and 'Yakima' are expected to return to service next week. Commercial shipyards and Eagle Harbor staff completed work this week on both the Yakima and the Kitsap. Work included refurbishing the 50-year-old drive motor on the Yakima, repainting the Kitsap and renovating the Kitsap’s galley. After sea trials, the Yakima will go into service in the San Juan Islands.
Seadrill Chairman Reassures Investors as Director Leaves
Seadrill Limited informs that Tor Olav Trøim has decided not to stand for re-election to the Board of Directors in order to focus his efforts on developing Golar LNG. John Fredriksen, Chairman of the Board of Directors comments, "I consider my stake in Seadrill a long term investment and investors can rest assured that no divestment is considered for the foreseeable future. The Board has gone to great…
XL Group Underwriters at IUMI Conference in Hong Kong
XL Group informs that its leading marine underwriters will join the annual International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) conference, the first time to be held in…
Australian Watchdog NOPSEMA Gets new CEO
Australia’s oil and gas industry welcomes the appointment of Stuart Smith as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). APPEA Chief Executive David Byers said: “Mr Smith brings to the position a strong background in industry regulation and a detailed understanding of the offshore oil and gas sector. “His appointment comes at a critical stage for the industry with a number of major projects under development.
Bald Eagle Rescued from River by Coast Guard Crew
A Coast Guard crew from Station Saginaw River, Michigan recently rescued a juvenile bald eagle from the Saginaw River. The eagle was reported to watchstanders who alerted the crew of a a 45-foot rescue boat which was on the river conducting training and was diverted to help the eagle. Once on scene, the boat crew located the bird but was unable to get to it in the shallow water. Petty Officer 1st Class…
USCG Crew Rescues Three in Tomales Bay
The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from the water in Tomales Bay, Sunday morning. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center…
Significant Progress on Perth Wave Energy Project
Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has provided an update on the recent progress of the Perth Wave Energy Project. Carnegie has made significant progress on the assembly and testing stage of the Perth Wave Energy Project in advance of the project’s final commissioning and operation phase. Noteworthy recent progress includes the completion of the offshore preparations in advance of the deployment of the CETO unit…
BMW Opens Vehicle Distribution Center at Baltimore Port
BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore yesterday. The facility will serve 96 dealers within the Central and Eastern regions of BMW’s dealer network. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, and Craig Westbrook, Vice President – Aftersales, BMW of North America, were in attendance and spoke at the opening. “BMW Group year-to-date sales in the U.S.
Ban Launches UN Ebola Response Mission
IMO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September. Following the unanimous adoption of a key resolution by the 193-Member UN General Assembly, and after Thursday's historic meeting of the Security Council, which declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, Mr.
David Palacios is Director of Quality, Environment & Safety, SENER
The engineering and technology group SENER has brought together its Quality, Environment and Safety divisions into one unified Department. The move aims to reorganize the group's standards and procedures, ensure compliance with SENER’s code of conduct, manage knowledge in the company and give support to the General Departments of Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning through the creation, maintenance and use of technical standards at the firm.
Greek Ferry with Bulgarians On Board Sinks near Corfu
A Greek ferryboat with Bulgarian passengers on board has suffered an accident near the island of Corfu. The ferry was traveling from Italy’s Ancona to Patras in Greece with 692 passengers on board and a crew of 80 people. All of the passengers have been transported to Corfu safely, according to reports of private TV station bTV, citing a relative of a Bulgarian passenger. According to preliminary reports of Greek media outlets, the ferry boat crashed into underwater rocks near Peristeres.
Japan's Minister Says Energy Policy Without Nuclear Difficult
Japan would find it difficult to formulate an energy policy without nuclear power given its lack of energy resources and the high cost of utilities for companies and households, the country's new trade minister said on Sunday. Yuko Obuchi, the daughter of a former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, was appointed minister of economy, trade and industry (METI) earlier this month. It is expected that she will…
Nigerian Oil Workers Call Off Strike After Talks with Government
Nigerian oil workers' unions have called off a four-day strike after reaching a deal with the government in a dispute over pensions, they said on Saturday. A joint statement from the two main unions also said they had agreed to resolve directly with the state oil firm an outstanding issue over problems concerning refineries. Oil companies and the government had said the strikes, which began on Tuesday, did not affect exports, despite threats from the unions that they would shut down terminals.
Nigerian Minister Pledges $1.3 bln for Power Companies
Nigeria's oil minister announced a 213 billion naira (1.3 billion US dollar) bail-out package for power companies on Saturday, nearly a year after the sector was privatised. Despite holding the world's ninth largest gas reserves, Nigeria only produces a tenth of the amount of electricity as South Africa for a population three times the size, and in an effort to end decades of debilitating power shortages…
Russia's Yamal LNG Project May Tap Wealth Fund in 2014
Russia's Novatek may get funds from the National Wealth Fund for its Yamal LNG project before the year-end, a minister said, as part of government plans to support sanction-hit companies. Russia's No.2 gas producer, co-owned by an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Gennady Timchenko, was put on the Western sanctions list over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, limiting its ability to raise funds in Western markets.
USCG Search for Pompano Beach Diver Near Ft. Lauderdale
Coast Guard crews and other agencies are searching for a missing diver after he never resurfaced one mile east of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Saturday. Missing is Marc Raroha…
Rosneft says Exxon Still Continues to Work With it in Arctic
Russia's biggest oil producer Rosneft said on Saturday that Exxon Mobil was still continuing exploration drilling at their joint project in the Arctic Kara Sea.
ICC Conference Focuses on Platform to Settle Disputes
The 5th ICC International Commercial Mediation Conference has brought together leading mediators, arbitrators, corporate managers and in-house counsel from around the world to focus on how companies can improve their chances of settling commercial disputes through direct negotiation, mediation and sound dispute resolution planning. Entitled “Plan to Succeed”, the lively event was designed by an international board of experts in using mediation to end complex commercial disputes with contractors…
Ban Welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio as UN Messenger of Peace
Mr. Ban announced the appointment of the renowned actor and dedicated environmentalist last week, telling reporters that Mr. DiCaprio's main focus as the Organization's newest Messenger of Peace would be climate change issues. “His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge,” said the UN chief. His is expected to join the Secretary-General tomorrow at the Peoples' Climate March through the streets of Manhattan…
EMGS - New Contract in the Norwegian Sea
Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) announced an agreement from Statoil Petroleum AS for the Norwegian Sea. EMGS has now received a new contract from another oil and gas company worth USD 1.0 million for acquisition of 3D EM data in the nearby area. The Company will be using the vessel Atlantic Guardian. Acquisition is scheduled to be completed early in October, after which the vessel is scheduled to go directly into a 6 week yard stay.