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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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BSEE, NASA to Examine Offshore Risks

Courtesy BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a five-year agreement allowing BSEE to capitalize on the best risk management approaches from the aeronautics industry to inform stakeholders and further strengthen worker and environmental safety protections on the Outer Continental Shelf. “Both BSEE and NASA work in harsh and uncompromising environments, relying on cutting edge technology to go deeper and further than previously thought possible,” said BSEE Director Brian Salerno.

ILO Wants Lasting Solution to Migrant, Refugee Crisis

Migrants & Refugees issues need a durable solution

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has called for a definitive and durable solution for the thousands of migrant workers who risk their lives in a search of a decent future. “Stopgap measures to halt the flows of migrants only scratch the surface of the problem. We need to go deeper into the root causes that force people to put their lives in danger in order to find work and security in foreign lands,” said Ryder. The overcrowded boat…

Shell Moves Ahead in Arctic with Exploratory Well

MSV Fennica. Photo by Greenpeace

Shell Oil's icebreaker MSV Fennica weaved through nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and made its way toward the Pacific Ocean. Authorities have removed protesters dangling from a bridge and in kayaks in Oregon, allowing an icebreaker to get through and head toward the Arctic, The Associated Press reported. Demonstrators had been trying to stop the Fennica from leaving Portland, Oregon, and heading for an oil drilling operation, the AP reported. The ship had tried to leave earlier Thursday, but was forced to turn around by the protesters dangling from the bridge.

Eniram Expands Training Services, Onboard and Onshore

Photo courtesy of Eniram

Eniram Ltd, a provider of energy management technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, today announced the addition of in-depth training services for its Eniram platform and associated products. According to Eniram , the training portfolio is aimed at ship officers as well as staff onshore. Training modules are provided in a variety of formats that complement each other and have been developed to be both time- and cost-effective. Training paths describe which courses are intended for each audience and also specify the order of the courses.

JW Fishers ROV's Provide 'In Depth' Solutions

SeaLion-2 & Users: Photo credit JW Fishers

US-based ROV provider, JW Fishers, report its Sea Otter ROV's go deep for government & industry. The company report that many and varied organizations are acquiring ROVs to assist in their underwater operations. These highly maneuverable remote operated vehicles perform a variety of tasks at depths of 1,000 feet or more. Deploying an ROV instead of a diver can reduce the cost and increase the safety of any search or inspection operation. One of the tools helping the US Army Corps of Engineers in its inspection and maintenance operations is Fishers SeaLion ROV.

Delta Rigging & Tools Acquires Morgan City Rentals

Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., a provider of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, announced the acquisition of Morgan City Rentals, a provider of offshore rental equipment and rigging supply in the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 1970, Morgan City Rentals is headquartered in Morgan City, La., with additional locations in Golden Meadow and Broussard, La. Morgan City Rentals provides a wide range of offshore rental equipment, wire rope, rigging hardware and supplies, sling fabrication and compliance load testing to the offshore oil and gas industry. Combined with Delta Rigging & Tools’ existing operations in Broussard and Houma…

Turkish PM Calls for Deal with Greek Cypriots Over Energy Deposits

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Friday for an agreement over exploiting hydrocarbon deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, an issue that caused the breakdown of peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in October. Greek Cypriots say Turkey sent a research vessel to collect seismic data in disputed waters off the divided island of Cyprus where the Nicosia government was also exploring. The comments came during a visit by Davutoglu to Athens, as part of a two-day annual event to boost ties between the Greece and Turkey…

WISTA India's Workshop on Managing Customers

Group photo of WISTA Workshop

WISTA India proved that they are committed to enhancing skiil of all women in the Maritime Industry . On 17th April they organised a workshop on "Manage your customers" at India's premier Business school SP Jain Institute of Management and Research. “ Managing Difficult Customers “ was such an eye opener on how we, while selling ,  focus only on  pushing down prices , not realizing that in doing so, we are  not adding any value to the client or to our business in the long run.

Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan

Photo: Japan's Ministry of Defense

Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension. The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence. “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules…

New CEO, Co-CEO to Lead MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Photo: Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems (Vestas) have appointed Philippe Kavafyan to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard to Co-Chief Executive Officer (Co-CEO) of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The appointments will take effect on 1 April, 2018, and are made in accordance with the joint venture agreement's principle of changing its leadership every four years. Under the leadership of out-going CEO Jens Tommerup and Co-CEO Tetsushi Mizuno, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has established itself as a leading player in offshore…

The History of Offshore Energy

Gracing the cover of the June 1, 1957 edition was a  “Huge Oil Drilling Barge” the Margaret which was one of the largest ever built at 300 ft. long, 200 ft. wide and 93 ft. high, capable of an operating depth of 65 ft. Margaret was built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company for the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company, New Orleans.

Offshore exploration is a history of man v. Prospecting for oil is a dynamic art. From a lake in Ohio, to piers off the California coast in the early 1900s, to the salt marshes of Louisiana in the 1930s, to the first “out-of-sight- of-land” tower in 1947 in the Gulf of Mexico, the modern offshore petroleum industry has inched its way over the last roughly 75 years from 100 ft. of water ever farther into the briny deep, where the biggest platform today, Shell’s Perdido spar, sits in 8,000 ft. of water. As a planet, we have two unquenchable thirsts – for water and for oil.

Feature: Offshore Drilling: 5-Year Projection is $189B

"Over the next five years it is expected that 15,000 offshore wells will be drilled worldwide, at a total cost of some $189 billion. Of these wells nearly 4,500 will be exploratory costing $75 billion, and around 10,500 will be development, costing $114bn. It is estimated that drilling and completion expenditure in 2003 was $36 billion. Spending levels are expected to grow somewhat over the next two years and then decline slightly, stabilising at about $37 billion per year." These are among the findings of the second edition of The World Offshore Drilling Report, published by Douglas-Westwood. The largest change that is forecast by the energy analysts is continuing growth in deepwater drilling (over 500 m water depth) which contrasts with a long-term decline in shallow water activity.

Can O&G Drilling Methods Help Mars Exploration?

Alfred William Eustes III

As the search for oil and gas reserves continues, exploration and production activities are occurring in increasingly harsh environments and drilling is going deeper than ever before. An experienced petroleum engineer is set to explain exactly how far this could extend – namely to Mars - at a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen presentation and dinner meeting this month. Professor Alfred William Eustes III, a petroleum engineering and drilling specialist, will talk at the SPE Aberdeen monthly dinner and networking meeting on May 28.

Sealink Connects with BASSnet Software

Shipping solutions provider BASS is going deep into Malaysian waters, signing on Sealink Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned unit of Sealink International Bhd, to equip it with the state-of-the-art Human Resource Management solution, BASSnet  HRM 2.8. The contract, finalized at the end of June, involves equipping the publicly-traded Sealink’s fleet of more than 40 ships with BASSnet  HRM 2.8, the latest edition in Human Resource Management solutions. BASSnet  HRM 2.8, a web-based solution…

Fluoron’s Maritime Application Rope Savers (MARS)

Fluoron’s cover material (MARS) applied to a bullnose on deck.

Bridging the gap between high-tech synthetic mooring lines and worn or corroded deck and dock equipment. As the marine industry moves from steel cable to synthetic materials for mooring purposes, the logical move also creates new headaches for operators. There are two main reasons for line failure. These include (a.) External Chafing (line interface with surfaces of non-smooth equipment) and (b.) Internal Chafing generated by synthetic core fibers rubbing together and friction generated by the line fibers sliding over one another.

Idling Container Fleet Continues to Surge

Image: "K" Line America, Inc

Carriers are intensifying their capacity-withdrawal activity, with November seeing a big rise in the number of idle containerships, says Drewry Maritime Research. The size of the idle fleet swelled by 52% from October to November to reach 900,000 teu, the largest monthly total since early 2010 following the market crash of 2009. Idle tonnage now accounts for 4.6% of the world’s fleet, which is still some way off the peak of around 11% seen at the end of 2009. For clarification, Drewry classifies a ship as idle when it has been stationary for a minimum of 14 days.

Otto Marine Clinches Australia AHTS Contracts

AHTS 'Go Spica': Photo Otto Marine

Otto Marine says it has clinched AUD57-million worth of charter contracts in Australia for two of its large deep water AHTS vessels. Otto Marine Limited, which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, with shipyard and other specialized offshore services, says that it has secured time charter contracts with two oil majors for its deep water anchor handlers, GO Sirius and GO Spica. Employed in drilling and pre-lay support, the 16,300 BHP DP2 AHTS vessel GO Spica with a 210 tonnes bollard pull…

How to Choose the Best Cruise for You

© xbrchx / Adobe Stock

Picking a cruise should be as serious as picking the people you’re going on vacation with. Think about it, you’re stuck on a cruise just like you’re stuck with the person/people you are taking. The atmosphere, energy, cleanliness, food and activities all matter when choosing a cruise, but where do you begin? For starters, where do you want to go? Depending on where you live, or where you’re vacationing to, certain cruises can only go to certain places. For example, on the East Coast of the U.S., cruises usually either go down to the Caribbean or up toward Nova Scotia.

Port Security Takes Center Stage

The entire United States (and anyone else in the world with access to cable or for that matter any TV) has become intimately involved in what is sure to become the seminal event of our time. The World Trade Center terrorism will change all of our lives in some respect from the day of the event onward. The only question is how much our lives will be changed. Even after the current threats pass our lives will ever be altered. It is up to our government and us as to the direction our country and our lives will take. If we leave it to our enemies, they would destroy us. Security of our airborne and waterborne commerce has now become a major national issue. This is an opportunity for the USCG to bring the maritime industry together for the common good.

Port Security Strengthened in Wake of Disaster

The entire United States (and anyone else in the world with access to cable or for that matter any TV) has become intimately involved in what is sure to become the seminal event of our time. The World Trade Center terrorism will change all of our lives in some respect from the day of the event onward. The only question is how much our lives will be changed. Even after the current threats pass our lives will ever be altered. It is up to our government and us as to the direction our country and our lives will take. If we leave it to our enemies, they would destroy us. Security of our airborne and waterborne commerce has now become a major national issue. This is an opportunity for the USCG to bring the maritime industry together for the common good.

Deep Sea UV Implodes in Kermadec Trench

In the UV control room: Image courtesy of WHOI

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) says its deep sea unmanned submersible 'Nereus' has gone missing 10km down while exploring one of the world's deepest spots – the  Kermadec Trench, located north east of New Zealand. Surface debris was found, suggesting the vessel suffered a catastrophic implosion as a result of the immense pressures where it was operating. The WHOI apprises that everything was going fine, then the camera feeds abruptly went dark, and the researchers lost communication with the vehicle.

Bangladesh: Bidding for Offshore Blocks Soon

The third round of bidding for allocation of the proposed 27 offshore blocks to the international oil and gas companies for hydrocarbon exploration is likely to be held next month, according to a report on www.energybangla.com. The Energy and Mineral Resources Division, in a major development, asked Petrobangla this week to go for direct bidding for all 27 mid- and deep-sea blocks, shelving the decision whether to go for the third round of bidding for allocation of half the blocks and to go for speculative seismic survey for the rest. (Source: www.energybangla.com)

GE Opens Global R&D Center in Brazil

GE's New office

General Electric today announced the opening of the $500 million Brazil Technology Center that will focus on developing advanced subsea oil and gas technology. The center, GE’s first in Latin America, will be a hub for engagement and collaboration with GE’s customers in the region and is expected to employ 400 researchers in the future. In the twentieth century, one of mankind’s greatest feats was successfully landing on the moon more than 235,000 miles from earth. In the 21st century, mankind’s greatest feat may well be securing the  world’s energy future for the next few centuries.

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