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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lundin Extends Contract for Ocean Rig

Image: Ocean Rig

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 in the future. As a result of these developments, the rig now has firm employment until at least the end of September of 2017 and should Lundin exercise its additional seven one-well options, currently un-declared, the rig could be employed until the first quarter of 2019.

Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday, July 14, 2017. Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway. Both satellites are healthy based on initial telemetry, and commissioning is underway.

SS Norway OK'd To Sail

U.S. Coast Guard inspectors cleared the SS Norway to sail, a week after owner Norwegian Cruise Line was ordered to make repairs that scuttled the Caribbean vacations of 2,032 passengers. The sleek, blue-hulled Norway, built 40 years ago as the SS France for Atlantic crossings, has been berthed for more than a week in Miami but was now scheduled to depart on Sunday for a seven-day cruise of the eastern Caribbean, according to the Coast Guard and NCL Holding ASA. "Their certification to carry passengers is OK," Coast Guard Chief Sean Benson said. Coast Guard inspectors last week refused to sign off on the Norway's fire safety system and ordered NCL, to fix 106 poorly patched leaks in its sprinkler system.

Erling Sande Named Cox Powertrain's Norwegian Distributor

Erling Sande AS headquarters - Drammen, Norway (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain has announced its first European distributor appointment as Drammen, Norway based Erling Sande AS. The marine power specialist has signed an agreement to become Cox Powertrain’s sole Norwegian distributor and in doing so will play a prominent role in driving Norwegian sales of Cox Powertrain’s revolutionary marine diesel outboard engine, the CXO300, which will be launched in the second half of 2018. Created in 1932, Erling Sande AS is a well-established and respected name within Norway’s marine industry.

Daewoo Lands $340 Million LNG Order

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said on Tuesday it had won a combined $340 million order to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers from Belgium and Norway. Daewoo Shipbuilding won orders to build a $170 million LNG ship each from Belgian shipping group CMB unit Exmar and Golar LNG of Norway, a company spokesman said. Daewoo's LNG orders totaled 10 ships worth $1.7 billion so far this year, he said.

SolstadFarstad Wins Australian Contract

Image: Left - Far Senator, Right - Far Statesman. Photo: SolstadFarstad ASA

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 Statesman and Far Senator - towing the Ocean Monarch from the North West Shelf of Australia to the Bass Strait, and then continuing with rig support duties for a firm period of 120 days, and two lots of 60-day optional periods. Both vessels are of a UT 731 CD design built in 2013.

Solstad Farstad Sells 2010-Built AHTS

Far Shogun. Photo:  SolstadFarstad ASA

Solstad Farstad, which claimed to be the world’s largest OSV firm, has sold a relatively new AHTS vessel Far Shogun, since its formation last month following the mega-merger of three leading OSV companies in Norway. The 2010-built, 23,664-bhp Far Shogun has been delivered to the unnamed new owner on Thursday, Solstad Farstad announced. "Wholly owned subsidiary Farstad Supply AS has sold the AHTS Far Shogun to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed price. The delivery of the anchor handling tug and supply vessel Far Shogun to the new owner took place on Thursday, July 13," said the company.

Aker BP Ups 2017 Output View

Oil firm Aker BP, the second-largest operator of oil and gas platforms off Norway, raised its 2017 output guidance and lowered its production cost outlook as it posted second-quarter earnings roughly in line on Friday. The company is the result of a merger between the Norwegian business of oil major BP and the Norwegian oil company Det norske controlled by billionaire Kjell Inge Roekke. Aker BP said its output guidance for 2017 would be raised to a range of 135,000-140,000 barrels of oil per day, against an earlier view of 128,000-135,000, while its production cost would be lowered by one dollar to $10 per barrel of oil equivalent. Its earnings before interest…

CMA CGM Inks Deal with GAC Norway

A CMA CGM containership (credit: Marad)

Deal to provide agency, husbandry and NOx reporting at Oslo. The Scandinavian arm of the world’s third largest container shipping company CMA CGM has signed an agency, husbandry and NOx reporting agreement with GAC Norway for its ships calling at the port of Oslo. The CMA CGM Group has a fleet of 470 vessels serving 400 of the world's 521 commercial ports. In 2015, it transported an estimated volume of 13 million TEUs and vessels from its fleet make 52 calls per annum to Oslo to load/discharge a wide range of goods carried in containers from around the world.

Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows

Stena Don (Photo: Stena Group)

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, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance. As well as an extension to the contract, the scope has also been expanded to cover Stena’s entire fleet of seven vessels, including the Stena Don in Norway.

Activists Protest near Oil Rig in Norway's Arctic Sea Area

Environmental activists protested on Friday near an offshore rig contracted by Statoil in the remote Norwegian Arctic, where the firm is looking for oil and gas deposits. The Nordic country wants to open up northern areas for exploration to offset declining production in the south. Oil and gas production is Norway's leading industry, accounting for 20 percent of its economy. From the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship, 11 campaigners launched inflatable boats carrying banners opposing Statoil's Songa Enabler oil rig, 275 km (170 miles) north of the Norwegian coast, in the Arctic Barents sea. One of the banners read "“The People Vs. Arctic Oil”.

Fellestransport Part of Greencarrier Norway

With effect from 1 November 2009, the Norwegian freight forwarder AS Fellestransport will change its name to Greencarrier Norway and merge its activities with those of the existing company Greencarrier Norway. All of its staff will become Greencarrier employees so providing the company’s existing clients with the benefit of service continuity. Fellestransport was acquired by the Swedish company Greencarrier International in 2006 but retained its independence and continued its activities as a privately owned transport and forwarding company offering a wide range of services by road, sea and air. Meanwhile Greencarrier Norway, which has been an integral member of Greencarrier International since 2001…

STX Europe Sells Norwegian Shipyard

Florø Shipyard: Photo credit STX Europe

STX Europe AS sells STX Norway Florø AS and STX Norway Design Florø AS to Westcon Group AS. STX Europe completes the sale of all of the shares in its wholly owned subsidiaries STX Norway Florø AS and STX Norway Design Florø AS to Westcon Group AS. The order backlog of STX Norway Florø AS was NOK 59 million at the end of Q3 2012 and the order book consisted mainly of one offshore pipelay vessel, the "Deep Energy". STX Norway Design Florø AS is a subsidiary of STX Europe, situated at the Florø Yard.

Norwegian Courts Reject Insurance Forum

Wikborg Rein, a Norwegian law firm, said Norway's Supreme Court has closed a door to claimants attempting to act against foreign shipowners insuring themselves in Norway. against a major Russian shipowner. company in Norway because it had its P&I cover with Oslo-based Skuld. has an asset in the country. mutual insurance company owned by its members. but the Supreme Court rejected the forum shopping. itself constitute a sufficient connection with Norway. relevant under Section 32. claims may also constitute an asset. parties domiciled in a country which is party to the Lugano Convention. European Union or the European Free Trade Association member states. constitute a sufficient connection with Norway. can sleep a little easier," says Faerden.

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners' Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway. Norway’s signatory was State Secretary Dilek Ayhan. The signing was witnessed by President Tony Tan and His Majesty King, Harald V of Norway. Besides substantial commercial and industrial cooperation between the maritime clusters of Singapore and Norway…

New Report on Norwegian Energy Policy

Norway  is  pursuing  ambitious,  forward-thinking  energy  policies,  but  could  go  further  in  its efforts to become a low-carbon economy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded in a review published today. Energy Policies  of  IEA Countries  - Norway  2011 Review  says  that  it will  be  challenging  for Norway  to meet  its 2020  target of  reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared with 1990  levels,  because  both  the  country’s  electricity  supply  and  its  energy  use  in  buildings  are already essentially carbon-free due to hydropower use.

DNV GL Oil & Gas to Expand in Norway

Marianne Hauso

DNV GL is relocating its oil and gas head office in Norway from Høvik to Stavanger in order to be even closer to its customers, the company said. Local delivery capacity will be expanded in Stavanger and Bergen and operations will continue in Høvik, Sandefjord, Trondheim and Harstad. DNV GL’s operations in Norway are led by Regional Manager Marianne Hauso. “The oil and gas industry is facing rapid changes, increasing costs and growing public scrutiny on its safety and environmental performance.

Aker Gets BP Offshore Norway Contract

Aker OCV: Image courtesy of Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions says it has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a period of up to two years valued at maximum NOK 1.8 billion, with options to extend the work by as many as four years. The agreement starts on June 1, 2014, following the expiration of an existing framework contract for similar services. The agreement is for work on the fields Ula, Tambar, Hod, Skarv and Valhall.

Nautronix Opens New Office in Norway

Nautronix announces the opening of a new office in Norway and the appointment of Jørn Berg as Vice President of Sales for Norway. Jørn Berg comments: ‘It is an exciting time to be joining Nautronix, with the development of new products and the interest that is being generated by the existing ones I think the company is in a great position to target the Norwegian market and I look forward to being part of the team.’ CEO Mark Patterson adds: ‘With the heightened activity in Norway and having well established offices in Houston and Rio de Janeiro it made great sense to expand the company further and open a Nautronix entity in Norway.

Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and German maritime defense firms to replace Norway's Ula-class attack submarine fleet, says UPI report. French firm Direction des Constructions Navels Services, or DCNS, and German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems "are the strongest candidates if Norway decides to procure new submarines…

Integrated Drilling Service Agreement to Schlumberger

Schlumberger Norway has been awarded a contract with Statoil to provide integrated drilling services for the Norwegian continental shelf licenses Gullfaks, Gullfaks Satellites, Snorre, Statfjord , Tordis/Vigdis, Visund. The agreement also covers exploration drilling on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Taking effect on 1 September 2014 the contract has a value of NOK 1.15 billion for an initial duration of two years. The contract also has three optional extensions, each for two years. The contract will provide jobs for some 350 people in Schlumberger Norway over the next two years.

Norway Funds Shipbuilding Training Program

Norway has committed some $4m in grants to aid Vietnam’s shipbuilding industry in human resource development over the course of the next three years, VNA reported. A deal was signed in Hanoi, on May 21, to seal the decision during a visit by Norwegian State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anne Stenhammer. An amount of $1.84m is to be funded by Norway's Government, while Det Norske Veritas, Hoegh Autoliners and Jotun Paint, three of Norway's leading shipbuilders, will finance the remainder. The project aims to equip the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) with new skills relating to shipbuilding management and quality control.

Norway to Boost Natural Gas Exports

According to OilWeek, Norway plans to increase its natural gas supplies to the European Union by up to 55 per cent by the middle of the next decade, the EU‘s energy commissioner said Monday. The EU is pushing Norway to boost its gas supplies so the 27-member bloc can reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas. Norway, which is not an EU member, has made a fortune on oil and gas deposits in the North Sea and is now exploring new finds in the Barents Sea it uneasily shares with Russia. Piebalgs said gas supplies from Norway could grow to 125-140 billion cubic metres per year by the middle of the next decade, up from the current 90 billion cubic metres.

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