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R&B Falcon Reports 3Q Results

R&B Falcon Corporation reported a loss from continuing operations of $22.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 1999, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $28.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 1998. The loss for the quarter is directly attributable to reduced demand for drilling services, particularly in the shallow and inland water segments. Average fleet utilization for the third quarter of 1999 was 39 percent compared to 64 percent for the same quarter in the preceding year. For the nine months ended September 30, 1999 average fleet utilization was 40 percent compared to 77 percent for the same period in 1998. Revenues were $29.3 million lower in the third quarter of 1999 compared to the same quarter in the preceding year despite contributions of $62 million from Cliffs Drilling Company which was acquired in December, 1998. Revenue decreases were primarily related to the shallow water and inland water segments and resulted from lower dayrates and rig utilization. Operating expenses were $56.4 million lower in the current quarter than in the same quarter of the prior year. Excluding $57.4 million of third quarter operating expenses attributable to Cliffs Drilling Company, operating expenses were $113.8 million lower in the third quarter of 1999 compared to the same quarter of the prior year and reflects cost reductions, lower rig utilization and the cold stacking of some units


Quick Modification of Offshore Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

Bollinger Fourchon, LLC, a subsidiary of Bollinger Shipyards, demonstrated its ability to modify or repair offshore jack-up drilling rigs quickly and cost effectively, with three recently completed projects. One project, for R&B Falcon Drilling, Inc., involved the replacement of jet piping (which blows away sand and mud around the rig legs for easier movement) and the fabrication and erection of an interior bulkhead on the Cliffs 150 rig in just eight days.


Passenger Vessels:To the North, South —And A Little Island Sheltered

To those not familiar with the New York metropolitan area — the eastern end of Long Island is demographically multi-faceted. Traveling east on the Long Island Expressway, (the Island' main thoroughfare), the 118-mile long island, splits into two "forks," the North and the South. With the hamlets of Greenport and Orient Point situated on the easternmost points of the island on the north, the South Fork boasts the tony Hampton villages and the historical village of Montauk Point — literally the


Titan Salvage Caps Busy First Quarter

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With the arrival of calmer springtime weather, Titan Salvage has resumed wreck removal operations in Gibraltar on the New Flame following a busy first quarter in which the company responded to eight salvage opportunities. Among them were the re-floating of the bulk carrier Fedra's forward section in Gibraltar, the re-floating of a general cargo vessel grounded on environmentally-sensitive coral reefs of southern Belize; and the safe delivery of a tank ship involved in a collision and fire off


Nine Convicted Over 2007 Greek Cruise Sinking

Sea Diamond sinking off Santorini, Greece (AP photo / Christos Bekiaris)

Multiple news sources have reported that Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago. Sea Diamond, a Louis Hellenic cruise vessel, was carrying roughly 1,600 people when it hit rocks off Santorini’s cliffs and sank in April 2007. Two French passengers were never found and are presumed drowned.


Interlake Steamship Moves First ‘Mustang’ Pellets

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The 1,004-foot M/V James R. Barker has sailed from the Twin Ports with a new specialized cargo: 60,000 tons of Mustang superflux pellets – the first shipment of its kind since the new pellet production began at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.’s United Taconite mine last month.   The specialized Mustang pellets, which will be used for the automotive industry and other markets, contain a higher level of calcium added to dolomite and limestone than the standard taconite pellets.


Bill Allowing Offshore Drilling Introduced in Congress

An effort to open Virginia's coast to offshore drilling gained new momentum in Congress when Virginia's senators introduced legislation giving states the option to drill for natural gas. The bill would give governors of coastal states the power to opt out of a federal moratorium that prohibits offshore drilling in most U.S. coastal waters. The new legislation comes one week after the Bush administration signaled its support for such proposals by calling for a study of potential gas and oil


First Riser-Drilling in Earthquake Zone

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Despite harsh weather and ocean conditions, and complex geological characteristics of its drill site, the deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu, for the first time in the history of scientific ocean drilling, conducted riser-drilling operations to drill successfully down to a depth of 1,603.7 meters beneath the seafloor (at water depth of 2,054 meters). Engaged in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 319, the Chikyu is drilling deep into the upper portion of the great Nankai


Keppel Delivers PV Drilling III Jackup Early

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has been awarded a bonus of $460,000 for delivering the KFELS B Class jackup rig, PV Drilling III, early to PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp (PV Drilling). Completed 1.5 months ahead of schedule, without incidents, PV Drilling III has departed Keppel FELS for Vietnam to begin a five-year contract with Vietsovpetro in the Bach Ho field, offshore Vietnam. PV Drilling III completes the series of three KFELS B Class jackup rigs ordered by PV


Alaska Drill Rig Refit Contract Terminated

Buccaneer Energy contextualizes termination of its contract with Archer Drilling as project manager of work on one of its jack-up rigs. The contract was for Archer Drilling to act as project manager of modifications and repairs to the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig owned by Kenai Offshore Ventures, LLC, which is a joint venture between Buccaneer, Singapore based Ezion Holdings Limited and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (“AIDEA”)


Lundin Extends Contract for Ocean Rig

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 Ocean Rig UDW, contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Lundin Norway AS, has declared their third option to extend the existing contract of the Leiv Eiriksson.    In addition, Ocean Rig has granted Lundin 2 additional options to drill further wells


SolstadFarstad Wins Australian Contract

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 Norway’s offshore vessel provider SolstadFarstad has secured a contract with Australian energy company Cooper Energy to support drilling operations within the Bass Strait region of Australia.   The contract consists of the  two anchor handling tug and supply vessels - Far


US Iron Ore Boosts St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

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With strong increases in iron ore and other cargo, total tonnage shipped via the St. Lawrence Seaway is up 20 percent over last year.   The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reports that cargo shipments from March 20 to June 30 totaled more than 12 million metric tons – up


Schlumberger to Acquire Majority Stake in Eurasia Drilling

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 Russia's Eurasia Drilling Company (EDC) said on Thursday it would sell a 51 percent stake in the company to the oilfield services provider, U.S.-based Schlumberger NV.   The agreement is subject to approval by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS), the company said


US Ships on Course for More Days in South China Sea

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U.S. Navy ships are on track to spend more time in the South China Sea this year, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said on Thursday in China, where a U.S. warship was making a port call.   The visit by the USS Sterett guided-missile destroyer to Zhanjiang in Guangdong


Noble Drillship Bags New Contract

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 Noble Corporation has been awarded new contracts for one of its drillships under which the unit will operate in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and later Suriname.   The 2013-built drillship Noble Bob Douglas has been awarded a contract with Murphy Oil


Emuge and Open Mind Establish Partnership

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Emuge Corp. a manufacturer of high performance taps, drills, end mills and other rotary tools, announced it has established a partnership with Open Mind Technologies AG, a developer of CAM/CAD software solutions worldwide.  


Meet OSCAR, the Water Rescue Training Dummy

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Recovering someone who has fallen into the water is no easy task, especially if the victim is unconscious or lethargic due to cold temperatures. Training is essential to prepare potential rescuers for how difficult it can actually be. The OSCAR Water-Rescue Training Dummy from Emerald Marine


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for First Week since January

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U.S. oil drillers cut rigs this week for the first time since January and the pace of additions slowed this quarter due to declines in crude prices despite an OPEC-led effort to cut production and end a multi-year supply glut.   Analysts, however


Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Cliff

 Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit said it has launched M.V. Arklow Cliff, the fifth vessel in a series of 10 to be delivered to Irish ship owner Arklow Shipping.   The vessel, Ferus Smit newbuild #428, was launched June 30 at the builder’s Westerbroek yard.  


Vietnam Renews India Oil Deal In Tense South China Sea

Vietnam has extended an Indian oil concession in the South China Sea and begun drilling in another area it disputes with China in moves that could heighten tensions over who owns what in the vital maritime region. The moves come at a delicate time in Beijing's relations with Vietnam


Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows

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Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys


Turkish Navy Monitoring Drilling Vessel near Cyprus

Turkey has sent two ships and a submarine to monitor a drilling vessel in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the military said on Thursday, in a move likely to increase tension with Cyprus after reunification talks failed last week.   The drilling work


Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

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Eni US will become the first energy company allowed to explore for oil in federal waters off Alaska since 2015 after the Trump administration this week approved a drilling plan on leases the company has been sitting on for 10 years.  


GE, Maersk Drilling Accelerate Digital Partnership

 The image shows Maersk Drilling’s rig Integrator. Photo Credit: Maersk Drilling

The 'digital revolution' continues in earnest in the maritime and offshore energy sectors, driven by new pilot programs with positive results such as GE (NYSE: GE) and Maersk Drilling, which announced this morning an extension of the scope of their digital partnership following the positive






 
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