First Manned Dive to the Titanic in 14 Years
A groundbreaking expedition in early August led a team of experts and scientists 3,810 meters below the ocean's surface to the Titanic's final resting place at the murky depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.The series of five dives over eight days aboard a high-tech Triton 36,000/2 manned submersible Limiting Factor were the first to carry humans to the historic wreck site in 14 years.Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines president and Co-Founder, and pilot for three of the five dives…
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping: We need Icebreakers
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry is calling for at least five new icebreakers to be part of the federal government’s recent announcement of $15.7 billion for Canadian Coast Guard fleet renewal.Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows will be in attendance as the Coast Guard dedicates the Captain Molly Kool into service at its home port of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Captain Molly Kool was recently retrofitted to provide services along the East Coast.
AMCF Calls for Greater Cooperation
The third edition of the Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) concluded with delegates calling for greater cooperation and continuing dialogue to address the major challenges now facing the marine casualty and salvage industry.Following the unprecedented success of the Forum last week, the organisers LOC, hope the AMCF will return for a fourth edition of the conference during Singapore Maritime Week in April 2021.Highlights of the final day on Friday 12th of AMCF 2019 included a session on bribery and corruption…
Int'l Ice Patrol Resumes Operations for 2019 Season
The Coast Guard International Ice Patrol announced it has commenced operations for the 2019 ice season as of Feb. 5, 2019 and will resume production of the North American Ice Service (NAIS) daily iceberg warning products from its operations center in New London, Connecticut.The International Ice Patrol generates the iceberg warnings from February through August, when icebergs pose the greatest threat to transatlantic shipping. The Canadian Ice Service generates the iceberg warning products for the remainder of the year.
Husky Restarts White Rose
Husky Energy said that it has received approval for the limited restart of oil and gas production from White Rose field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.SeaRose FPSO project was shut down after a spill of about 250,000 litres after a heavy wind storm a couple of months ago.“We have worked with our certifying authority to satisfy ourselves the SeaRose FPSO and associated equipment is ready to safely operate the Central Drill Centre (CDC). The operations at the CDC will be restarted in a phased approach…
SeaRose FPSO Production Remains On Hold
Oil production continues to be suspended at the SeaRose FPSO, about 350 kilometers east of St. John’s for the last 50 days. There’s no information on when production will resume.Production was suspended and shutdown began on November 16 after two spills - an estimated 250,000-liter spill - following a storm.Efforts were underway to resume production after the storm when a failed flowline connector near the South White Rose Extension drill center caused oil to be spilled into the environment.According to a notification from Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)…
Husky Energy ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Oil Spill off Newfoundland
Canadian petroleum company Husky Energy submitted a preliminary report about the largest-ever oil spill in Newfoundland and Labrador and said it is “deeply sorry” for the incident.According to local media reports, the oil and gas company admitted that on November 16, there were two separate oil spills at the Sea Rose FPSO.“The initial release occurred during the approximately 20 minutes offshore teams were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure,” Husky said on its website.The spill happened when a flowline connector failed…
Oil Spill: Husky Energy Offshore Oil Rigs Still Shut Down
Following the Canadian oil and gas company Husky Energy has reported a spillage of 250m3, or 1,572 barrels, of oil, offshore the Canadian province of Newfoundland, production remains shut in at the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel with all production wells.Husky Energy had shut in production at the White Rose field Thursday, November 15 due to operational safety concerns resulting from severe weather. The release occurred during restart procedures on Friday, November 16.
Pew Charitable Trust Joins IMO to Tackle Fishing Safety
Commercial fishing is one of the world's most dangerous professions yet the internationally-binding instrument which specifically addresses fishing vessel safety, the Cape Town Agreement, is not yet in force – because it needs more countries to ratify it.That's why International Maritime Organization (IMO) has teamed up with the Pew Charitable Trust, an NGO, to organise a series of seminars for government officials and industry representatives in key developing countries, to…
Horizon Maritime Adds Tidewater OSV to Its Fleet
As momentum continues to slowly ramp up in the offshore sector, Horizon Maritime said it has grown its fleet with the addition of another multifunctional offshore support vessels (OSV) from Houston-based Tidewater Marine.The new vessel, Tidewater Enabler, joined Horizon’s fleet in August and is capable of supporting various specialized marine applications, the company said. The OSV is designed for operations in harsh weather conditions and features a 100-metric-ton/2,000-meter subsea crane…
Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact
The Government of Canada is acting to preserve and restore marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. under the Oceans Protection Plan to look at methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.Transport Canada’s national cumulative effects assessment framework for marine shipping will identify regionally specific tools…
Cincinnati Teacher Completes Record trans-Atlantic Row
Cincinnati schoolteacher Bryce Carlson set a record for the fastest solo unsupported west-east row across the North Atlantic ocean on Saturday and also became the first U.S. citizen to complete the feat.The 37-year-old landed at the port of St Mary's in the Scilly Isles, off the coast of south-west England, some 38 days six hours and 49 minutes after he set off from St John's in Newfoundland.The previous record for the solo west-east crossing was 53 days eight hours and 26 minutes set by Canadian Laval St.
Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland
An endangered Blue whale has been killed by an Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf to be sold for export to Japan, a conservationist organization Sea Shepherd said. "Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th, the 22nd endangered whale killed and butchered for export to Japan by Kristján Loftsson’s commercial whaling company since June 20, 2018," said a press release.
KNUD E. HANSEN Expands in Canada
Naval architecture and marine engineering firm KNUD E. HANSEN has set up a permanent presence in the east coast port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, allowing the Denmark based company to increase its focus on Canada’s growing maritime sector as well as the increased demand for Arctic ship tonnage.Halifax will serve as the home base for senior naval architect and project manager Sam Stark, who has been with the company since 2013. Stark is tasked with increasing awareness of KNUD E. HANSEN in Canada and pursuing new design and engineering opportunities for the company while continuing to assist the firm’s other offices with engineering project work.KNUD E.
Idled St. Croix Refinery to Restart, Produce Fuels by 2020
Owners of an idled oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which was once one of the world's largest refineries, plan to invest $1.4 billion to refurbish and restart a portion of the plant, they said on Monday. ArcLight Capital Partners, a private equity firm that owns 80 percent of Limetree Bay Terminals LLC, expects the former Hovensa plant to be able to process 200,000 barrels per day of crude and deliver fuels to market by January 2020, officials told a news conference in St. Croix. The Boston-based company spent two years studying the market and developed "a refinery profile we see thriving in the current marketplace," said John Erhard, an ArcLight partner. The refinery would supply low-sulfur fuels under an International Maritime Organization mandate that begins in 2020.
Petroleum Geo-Services, TGS Wins Canadian Survey Contract
TGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) announce the commencement of a new 3D multi-client project in East Canada. The new Tablelands 3D Geostreamer survey will cover approximately 8,000 km² in an active Newfoundland area of the Flemish Pass and Orphan Basins. Acquisition is expected to complete in late Q3 2018. Following this eighth consecutive season of data acquisition offshore East Canada, the jointly-owned library will have more than 175,000 km of 2D GeoStreamer data and approximately 36,500 km2 of 3D GeoStreamer data.
Karl Senner Adds Canadian Sales Representative
Karl Senner, LLC, announced it has added a new manufacturer’s representative for the Eastern and Central region of Canada including the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Bruswick, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. RAD-Power, based in Beaconsfield, Quebec, will become the representative for Karl Senner, LLC’s product lines including REINTJES Marine Gearboxes, beginning April 1, 2018, and Steerprop Azimuth Drives, beginning June 1, 2018. RAD…
UTEC Develops Bespoke FPSO Virtual Management Tool
UTEC has delivered a bespoke Virtual Asset Management tool to an offshore Operator in Eastern Canada to allow its team to remotely access its floating, production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) from their desktop. The field, located offshore approximately 350 kilometers southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador contains one of the largest FPSO vessels ever built. At approximately the size of three football fields laid end to end the FPSO is over 290 meters long, more than 40 meters wide and more than 18 stories high.
Exxon Selling Stake in Terra Nova Oil Project
Exxon Mobil Corp is selling its entire stake in the Terra Nova oil project off the eastern coast of Canada, though the world's largest publicly traded oil producer said it was committed to remaining an investor in the region. The project, located about 217 miles (350 km) off Newfoundland and Labrador, produced about 5,000 barrels of oil per day in 2016. Exxon is selling all of its 19 percent stake in the project and initial bids are due March 30, according to data and a document from Schlumberger's oil and gas asset sale business.
Regulator Okays Husky Energy to Restart SeaRose Operations
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has announced it has lifted the notice to suspend operations for the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel and associated facilities. The January 17, 2018 C-NLOPB notice to suspend operations resulted from an incident in March 2017 where Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) departed from its agreed Ice Management Plan by not disconnecting the vessel and sailing away when an iceberg entered its quarter-mile exclusion zone.
ExxonMobil's Canada Offshore Project Produces First Oil
The Hebron oil project off the coast of eastern Canada has produced its first oil, operator Exxon Mobil said on Tuesday, in a boost to Atlantic Canada's output after years of weak crude prices. At its peak Hebron will produce up to 150,000 barrels per day (bpd), Exxon said. It will help Atlantic Canada offshore production climb 44 percent to 307,000 bpd by 2024, according to estimates from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. The platform is located 200 miles (350 kilometres) off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in depths of 300 feet (92 metres) and the oil field…
Teekay’s New Shuttle Tanker Delivered
Teekay Offshore said it has taken delivery of Beothuk Spirit, the first of three new shuttle tankers to serve East Coast Canada, built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. Heritage Class sister vessels Norse Spirit and Dorset Spirit are scheduled for delivery in the first half of November 2017 and early-2018 respectively. The three Suezmax, DP2 shuttle tankers will provide crude transportation services to the Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.
Dockwise Bags Marine Transport Contracts Worth $50 Mln
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Dockwise has recently been awarded a number of marine transport contracts with a combined contract value of approximately $50 million. Dockwise was awarded a contract by Husky Oil Operations Ltd. for the transportation of the West White Rose Topside from Texas, U.S. to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The contract includes the engineering, preparation and execution of the loading, transport and discharge operation of the topside. The topside will be skidded onto a large barge, which in turn will be floated onto the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Dockwise Vanguard that will transport the cargo to Newfoundland and Labrador. The transport is expected to take place in 2021.