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Hornbeck Offshore New Directors, Promotion of Exec Officer

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) announced today that John T. Rynd and Kevin O. Meyers, Ph.D. have been appointed to its Board of Directors (the "Board"), effective June 23, 2011.  Mr. Rynd and Dr. Meyers were appointed to fill the vacancies created by a prior resignation and the Board's decision to increase the number of its directors from seven to eight members.  In addition, at the Company's Annual Meeting on June 23, 2011, the shareholders reelected Todd M. Hornbeck and Patricia B. Melcher to the Board.   John T. Rynd.  Since June 2008, Mr. Rynd, 54, has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, and as a director, of Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO), a publicly traded global provider of offshore contract drilling, liftboat and inland barge services.  From July 2007 to June 2008, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hercules Offshore, Inc. From October 2005 to July 2007, he served as Senior Vice President of Hercules Offshore, Inc. and President of Hercules Drilling Company, LLC.  Prior to joining Hercules Offshore, Inc., Mr. Rynd worked at Noble Drilling Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Noble Corporation, a contract drilling company, as Vice President – Investor Relations from October 2000 to September 2005 and as Vice President – Marketing and Contracts from September 1994 to September 2000. FromJune 1990 to September 1994, Mr


Wärtsilä, Man Diesel Continue Research

Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo enter next phase of HERCULES research project. World-leading low- and medium-speed engine manufacturers, Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo, announce the kick off of the next phase of the extensive, long-term HERCULES research programme. The overall vision of the programme is to achieve sustainable and safe energy production from marine power plants. This next phase is made possible by funding from the European Commission


Investigation on the loss of Bourbon Dolphin

A maritime inquiry into the loss of the Norwegian supply vessel Bourbon Dolphin, which capsized and sank off Shetland with the loss of eight lives, is due to open at a Norwegian court. Smit International has issued a statement about the sinking of the Bourbon Dolphin, which capsized on April 12th whilst performing offshore services for the drill platform Transocean Rather. Subsequently, SMIT Salvage was contracted by Bourbon Offshore Norway AS


Hecules Offshore Buy KS Energy Liftboat 'Titan 2'

Hercules Offshore executes a definitive agreement to acquire the liftboat 'Titan 2' from a subsidiary of KS Energy Ltd. The purchase price is $42 million in cash. The Titan 2 is a 280 foot class vessel, constructed in 2008, registered and flagged in Panama, and currently located in Limbe, Cameroon.  The Company expects the acquisition to close in early March 2013, subject to completion of certain customary closing conditions.


Sembcorp Wins US$236-Million Jack-up Rig Contract

Image courtesy of Friede & Goldman

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine says that its subsidiary Jurong Shipyard has secured a US$236 million (about S$296 million) contract to build a high specification, tailor-made jack-up rig for new customer Hercules North Sea Ltd. Scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2016, the jack-up rig will be built based on the Friede & Goldman JU 2000E design which has enhanced features suitable for UK operations. 


Ship Finance Sells Drillship to Seadrill

Ship Finance International Limited announced that Seadrill Limited has exercised a purchase option for an ultra-deepwater drilling unit.   Ship Finance acquired the West Polaris in 2008 and chartered it to a subsidiary of Seadrill on a long-term bareboat charter where Seadrill was granted certain purchase options, first time in 2012. The purchase option price is $456 million and the transaction will be effected as a sale of the shares in the asset-owning subsidiary.  


Drilling of Relief Well Begins at South Timbalier 220

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), U.S. Coast Guard, and Walter Oil & Gas Corporation (Walter), through the Unified Command, continue to oversee and coordinate response efforts to secure the South Timbalier 220 natural gas Well A-3. Safety of personnel and protection of the environment remain the top priorities. Drilling began on the relief well Sunday using the Rowan EXL-3 jack-up rig, contracted by Walter


Hercules Offshore Shares Fall 33%

  Drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc's shares fell as much as 33 percent to a record low on Friday, a day after Deutsche Bank cut its price target on the company's stock to $0.   State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco terminated its contract for one of Hercules Offshore rigs on Thursday, prompting the brokerage to downgrade the stock to 'sell' from 'buy'.   Rig operators are struggling to find work as oil producers scale back spending and drilling activity in response


Hercules-2 Officially Launched

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MAN Diesel & Turbo, Wärtsilä and Winterthur Gas & Diesel to collaborate on major, EU-funded project.   A major cross-industry initiative led by MAN Diesel & Turbo, Wärtsilä, and Winterthur Gas & Diesel, to develop basic technologies for use in 2- and 4-stroke marine engines has been officially launched. The Hercules-2 project is aimed at fostering environmentally sustainable and more efficient shipping


Hercules Offshore Filing for Bankruptcy Again

(Photo: Hercules Offshore)

Hercules Offshore Inc said it planned to file for prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just six months after the rig contractor emerged from bankruptcy protection. The company said it had entered into a restructuring support agreement with some lenders, which will eventually allow it to place all its unsold assets into a wind-down vehicle until they can be sold. Hercules Offshore said its international units would not be included in the bankruptcy filing


New Portable Magnetic Drill from Hougen

Photo: Hougen Manufacturing

Hougen Manufacturing, Inc has released a new portable magnetic drill, the HMD918. This new model offers an upgrade to the depth of cut in the line of Hougen magnetic drills. The HMD918 has a high torque motor and extended six inch drilling depth to give metal fabricators more options to drill deep


TEN's 15-Vessel Newbuilding Program Nearing Completion

Pic: Tsakos Energy Navigation

 Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) said that its 15-vessel newbuilding program is nearing completion with the final three aframax tankers expected to be delivered in the coming months.    In the second half of the year


UMW Wins Petronas Contract

Image: UMW Oil & Gas Corporation

 UMW Offshore Drilling has received two contracts from Petronas Carigali worth US$34.81mil to provide services to its firm and optional wells.   UMW Offshore Drilling is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UMW Malaysian Ventures (UMV), which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UMW Oil


The New Offshore Reality

(Photo: Oyvind Hagen, Statoil)

As a mix of traditional heavyweights and start-ups fight to keep Norway’s offshore industry afloat, collectively they assess   Swedbank’s chief economist, Harald Andreassen, isn’t “too hopeful” about the long-term prospects for the oil price, but then again


Indian Navy Officers Assess TROPEX 2017

MiG 29K takes off from INS Vikramaditya. Photo: Indian Navy

 Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) embarked ships of the Indian Fleet (both Western & Eastern) over the last two days to review the ongoing Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) 2017 which is presently underway since 24 January 2017. 


ExxonMobil inks patent agreement with Pason Systems

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ExxonMobil has awarded to Pason Systems, Inc. the first global license of its patented Drilling Advisory System, a key component of the company’s Fast Drill technology suite. The licensing agreement accelerates the technology’s commercialization by combining Pason’s expertise in


Offshore Vessel Contractors Re-shaping for a Rebound

File photo: BOA

The announcement on the February 28 of EMAS Chiyoda’s bankruptcy is the latest in a long line of vessel contractors to fall victim to the downturn since January 2015. Multiple companies such as Cal Dive, Ceona, Cecon, Hercules Offshore, Harkand and Swiber have entered into administration


TEN Announces Time Charter for Hercules I

Pic: Tsakos Energy Navigation

 Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN), a leading diversified crude, product and LNG tanker operator, today announced an up to 18 months time charter with minimum and profit sharing provision for the newly delivered VLCC Hercules I to a major US oil company.  


GustoMSC Debuts Self-propelled Cantilever Jack-up

Image: GustoMSC

The NG-5500X-LD is the latest design in GustoMSC’s series of self-propelled jack-up designs, the NG series. Based on the NG-2500X and NG-1800X designs, the NG-5500X-LD is a solution for light drilling and well intervention in a large number of mature fields in the Southern North Sea


TEN Strengthens Vessel Base

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation

 Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN)'s growth has continued unabated in 2017 with the delivery of one VLCC, the Hercules I, one aframax tanker the Marathon TS and the shuttle tanker Lisboa, currently all under long-term employment to solid counterparties.   


Ocean RIG Files for Bankruptcy Protection in US

Photo: Ocean RIG

Rig contractor Ocean RIG UDW Inc filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court amid a deep and prolonged downturn in the industry. Shares of the company plunged 36.4 percent to 46 cents in early trading on Tuesday. The Cyprus-based company, which had $3


New Drill Ship Equipped with AHC Drilling Platform

Photo courtesy of MacArtney

Newly launched multipurpose drill ship FREJA integrates a high-performance active heave compensated drilling platform manufactured by MacArtney. The drilling setup on board the vessel has been designed to provide enhanced drilling conditions even in rough seas.  


Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

File photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.  


Kongsberg Maritime, SES Form Strategic Alliance

Kongsberg Maritime and Stress Engineering Services form strategic alliance to serve customers within offshore drilling and floating production systems (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Inc., the North American division of Norway headquartered marine and offshore technology company Kongsberg Maritime, and Houston headquartered Stress Engineering Services (SES) have formed a strategic alliance to better serve existing and new clients with cost effective


Lamprell Delivers 9th Jackup Drill Rig to NDC

Photo: Lamprell

Lamprell announced the completion of construction of Al Lulu, the final jackup drilling rig in a series of nine delivered to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC).   The contract for the NDC Al Lulu rig was awarded in April 2015, one of only three rig orders awarded that year






 
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