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Friday, October 20, 2017

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Transocean Agrees to Sell Three U.S. GoM Jackups

Transocean Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with Hercules Offshore, Inc. to sell three of its U.S. Gulf of Mexico jackup drilling rigs and related equipment for $320m. The sales of the GSF Adriatic III, GSF High Island I and GSF High Island VIII will mark Transocean's exit from the shallow-water area of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The sales are expected to be consummated at the conclusion of each rig's current contract commitment and are subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Built in 1982, the GSF Adriatic III is a Marathon LeTourneau 116C design jackup with a water depth capability of 350 feet. Built in 1979 and 1981, respectively, the GSF High Island I and the GSF High Island VIII are Marathon LeTourneau 82-SDC design jackups with a water depth capability of up to 250 feet.

Global Marine Announces Two Long-Term Drilling Contracts Offshore West Africa

Houston-based offshore drilling contractor Global Marine today announced it received a letter of commitment from Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of TotalFinaElf, for two-year contracts for both the Glomar Adriatic I and Glomar Baltic I jackup rigs to work on the Amenam/Kpono field offshore Nigeria. Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited on behalf of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited operates this field development project

News: Trinity Launches Barge for Marathon

Trinity Launches Barge for Marathon Trinity Marine Products held a barge launching ceremony recently at its Madisonville, La., barge-building facility. The barge launch marks the completion of the first tank barge manufactured by Trinity Marine Products for Marathon Ashland Petroleum, LLC, as part of a new five-year contract between the companies. Trinity Marine Products signed a five-year contract with Marathon Ashland Petroleum in July 2002

LeTourneau Tech Signs $185m Construction

Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RDC) announced today that its manufacturing subsidiary, LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. (LTI) has signed contracts valued at approximately $185m with a Brazilian construction consortium to provide the rig kit, rig design and drilling equipment for two LeTourneau Super 116E jack-up rigs. The two Super 116E jack-up rigs are to be built at Petrobras' Maragojipe, Bahia, Brazil facility by the Consorcio Rio Paraguacu

Lamprell Wins US$ 227 Million Contract for Jackup Rig

Lamprell's Hamrivah yard to construct mobile drilling platform, to a LeTourneau design, for an international contractor Lamprell, a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting products and services to the onshore and offshore oil & gas and renewables industry,  announce that it has received a US$ 227 million new contract award from an international drilling contractor for the construction of a jackup rig.

MN 100: Marathon Petroleum Corporation

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539 South Main Street Findlay, OH 45840 Phone: 419 422 2121 Website: www.marathonpetroelum.com E-Mail: CustRelations@marathonpetroleum.com Senior Vice President, Transportation & Logistics: George Shaffner The Company: Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), together with its subsidiaries, is one of the largest petroleum product refiners, marketers and transporters in the United States

Trinity Marine Hosts Launching Ceremony

Trinity Marine Products held a barge launching ceremony on February 14 at its Madisonville, La., barge-building facility. This Barge Launch marks the completion of the first tank barge manufactured by Trinity Marine Products for Marathon Ashland Petroleum, LLC, as part of a new 5-year contract between the 2 companies. Local dignitaries and representatives from both companies will be on hand for the event.

Husky Energy Agrees To Acquire Marathon Canada

Husky Energy, through a wholly owned subsidiary, has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Marathon Canada Limited and the Western Canadian assets of Marathon International Petroleum Canada, Ltd. The total purchase price is $588 million (U.S.). Production from Marathon Canada is approximately 27,000 gross barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). The effective date of the transaction is October 1, 2003.

Marathon 2Q Profits Plunge with Oil Prices

According to an Associated Press report, Marathon Oil Corp. said its second-quarter profit fell 47 percent from a year ago when crude barrels fetched twice the price. Houston-based Marathon said net income of $413m, or 58 cents a share for the April-June period. That compared with earnings of $774m, or $1.08 a share, in the same quarter last year. (Associated Press)

Marathon Petroleum Repowers Three Towboats

When Marathon Petroleum wanted to repower its inland river towboats, the company turned to its Cat dealer Whayne Power to get the job done. Marathon had installed Cat 3606 engines on the inland waterways vessels in the early 1990s, and twenty years later was ready to repower three towboats with the successor to the 3600 engine series, the Cat C280.   Starting in December 2013, Whayne Power worked with Marathon to repower the three vessels with Cat C280-6 engines, each rated at 2

Venezuela Ships More Oil to US in July vs June

Venezuela's PDVSA and its joint ventures last month shipped 638,325 barrels per day (bpd) of crude to the United States, a 30 percent increase over June due to larger sales of upgraded oil, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data.   Venezuelan crude output has declined this year to its lowest point in 27 years due to a lack of investment and payment delays to oil service firms, affecting exports to customers in key markets including the United States.  

USS Iwo Jima, USS New York Return to Mayport

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 The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), along with multiple embarked Navy and Marine Corps units, completed initial rescue and recovery operations in support of federal and state officials Sept. 17, following Hurricane Irma's devastation of the Florida Keys.   Iwo Jima and New York are scheduled to return home Sept 19.    Led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10

U.S. GoM Energy Producers Evacuating Ahead of T/S Nate

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Oil and natural gas producers began evacuating staff at U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms on Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, the second storm in as many months to threaten Gulf Coast oil and refining facilities.   Nate, which has already killed three people in Costa Rica, according to local authorities, is forecast to scrape past Honduras and Mexico, enter the Gulf and strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall early on Sunday in Louisiana, near several major refineries.

USS Iwo Jima and USS New York Underway

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 Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), with elements from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to get underway from their homeport in Mayport Oct. 7.   Both ships are directed to be in position to support the gulf coast region in the event assistance is needed following Tropical Storm Nate

Final Marquette Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

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In December, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. Matthias was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.   The vessel features increased crew capacity of nine personnel in five staterooms with 3.5 bathrooms. The steel-hulled St. Matthias is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 1

‘Returns set for a comeback’, DFRS, Shipping Outlook 2017

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 In its Shipping Outlook 2017, Drewry Maritime Financial Research benchmarks its shipping investments thesis against “Capital Returns: Investing Through the Capital Cycle: A Money Manager’s Reports 2002-15”, by Edward Chancellor.    In a fascinating account, Edward Chancellor covers the “Capital Cycle”, predicated on investment strategies employed at Marathon Asset Management.  

Eighth Lamprell Rig for NDC

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Lamprell announces the completion of construction on a further jackup drilling rig, the “Al Hudairiyat”, and its delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (“NDC”), within budget and as scheduled. Completion and delivery of the jackup rig was marked at an inauguration ceremony held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the U.A.E. yesterday. The rig was completed to the highest standards of quality using the latest in drilling system technology from

Hathon is Director Exploration, Cairn

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Cairn announced the appointment of Eric Hathon as Director of Exploration. Dr Hathon, who has more than 25 years experience in the international oil and gas industry, will join Cairn from Marathon Oil Corporation where he held the position of Director Conventional Exploration, based at the company’s Headquarters in Houston, USA. Dr Hathon will succeed Richard Heaton, currently Cairn’s Director of Exploration, who is retiring after 23 years service with the company

TEN Strengthens Vessel Base

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 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.    These came on the back of nine vessels that were delivered or acquired in 2016 and will be followed in 2017 by the last four, of nine, aframaxes that were built against long-term employment to a Norwegian oil major. 

Cosco Delays Delivery of Jack-up Rigs for Northern

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 Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard, subsidiary of Cosco Shipyard Group, has reached an agreement with Bermuda-based rig owner Northern Offshore to further delay the delivery dates of two jack-up drilling rigs amid challenging offshore drilling market.    Dalian shipyard received an order for two LeTourneau Super 116E jack-up drilling rigs in November 2013 and the plan was to deliver the rigs in 1H2016 and 2H2016, respectively.   

Lamprell Delivers 9th Jackup Drill Rig to NDC

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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. All nine rigs have been designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design and were completed to the highest standards of quality using the latest in drilling system

TEN's 15-Vessel Newbuilding Program Nearing Completion

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 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, with all vessels delivered and 77% of the fleet on full utilization contracts, TEN's industrial shipping strategy will be at full throttle.   In line with the programmed deliveries

Norsafe Secures $23 mln in Contracts

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Norsafe reported that it has secured more than 200 million NOK ($23.6 million) in LSA contracts that have been put out to tender so far this year.   In addition to the recently announced contract with Kværner for delivery of three of Norsafe’s largest freefall lifeboats with davit systems to the Njord A platform, Norsafe has won several other significant contracts, both for new builds and upgrade projects.   Among the largest contracts are:

Gasoline Futures Rally Propels Crude Markets

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U.S. shale drilling slowdown may be temporary.   Oil prices rose to an eight-week high on Thursday, as a rally in U.S. gasoline futures spurred further gains this week that came after key OPEC members pledged to reduce exports and the U.S. government reported a sharp decline in crude inventories.   U.S. gasoline futures were the biggest percentage gainer in the petroleum complex, up 1.6 percent to their highest since May 30.  

Oil Markets Brace for Possible US Sanctions on Venezuela

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U.S. oil markets were readying for fallout from potential U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's vital oil sector on Monday after Sunday's election in the struggling country was deemed a "sham" by Washington.   Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday celebrated the election of a new legislative superbody that will have the power to dissolve state institutions such as the opposition-run Congress. Countries around the world denounced the vote.  

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