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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Major Oil Spill in Rotterdam

Bow Jubail. Photo: The Odfjell Group

The Odfjell tanker Bow Jubail struck a jetty at the Port of Rotterdam, rupturing her hull and releasing an estimated 220 tons of bunker fuel into the water. No injuries were reported, and she berthed without further incident. According to a Reuters report, a clean-up operation was underway after an oil freighter punctured its hull while mooring, releasing a “considerable” amount of heavy fuel oil. Odfjell, the owner of the freighter Bow Jubail, said in a statement the ship had lost 220 tons of heavy fuel oil in the incident, which took place Saturday afternoon.

Odfjell Wins Drilling Contract from Equinor

Simen Lieungh, CEO Odfjell Drilling, and Geir Tungesvik, senior vice president for Drilling & Well, with a model of the Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig. Photo: Kjetil Eide, Equinor

Equinor has awarded Odfjell a contract for drilling two times three production wells for the Fram and Askeladd licences by using the Deepsea Atlantic rig. Odfjell has also been awarded a master framework agreement (MFA). Equinor has signed a framework agreement with Odfjell with terms that will be used for future rig contracts with Odfjell on the Norwegian continental shelf. At the same time, the first rig contract has been signed for Deepsea Atlantic under this contract format.

Koole Terminals Acquires Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam

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Odfjell Terminals entered into an agreement with Koole Terminals B.V. of the Netherlands (Koole) to sell its 100% ownership of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR).The sale will generate USD 100 million of cash proceeds to Odfjell. Odfjell announced that the transaction has closed.According to  Koole Terminals, Odfjell Terminals will be rebranded to Koole Tankstorage Botlek (KTB). Located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam, KTB stores both chemical and mineral oil products and operates a PID facility.John Kraakman…

Hundreds of Oil Workers Strike in Norway

Photo: Harald Pettersen / © Equinor

Hundreds of workers on Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs went on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal, leading to the shutdown of one Shell-operated field and helping send Brent crude prices higher.One union said hundreds more workers would join the strike on Sunday if an agreement over union demands for a wage increase and pension rights was not reached.Royal Dutch Shell said that due to the strike it was temporarily closing production at its Knarr field, which has a daily output of 23…

Sale of Rotterdam Terminal Impacts Odfjell

Jesper Ridder Olsen. Photo: Maersk Drilling

Tank terminal transactions will further strengthen Odfjell SE but the company experienced another challenging quarter in the chemical tanker markets.The second quarter 2018 results reflect the impact of the sale of the Rotterdam terminal, while underlying results from Odfjell Terminals improved compared to the previous quarter. The chemical tanker market remains challenging, but Odfjell’s TCE performance remains stable.“The sale of our Rotterdam terminal will further strengthen Odfjell SE as a company.

Kongsberg's Operational Advisory Solution for Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible

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Odfjell Drilling has awarded Kongsberg Maritime the contract to deliver a real-time monitoring and advisory solution to provide operational safety and non-productive time (NPT) improvements for the 6th generation semi-submersible, Deepsea Stavanger. The contract is in specific relation to an upcoming offshore South Africa campaign awarded to Odfjell Drilling.Kongsberg Maritime’s integrated services and systems delivery for Deepsea Stavanger is designed to provide high operational safety and availability in deepwater harsh environments, strong currents and high waves.

Rotterdam Port to Replace Slopes to Clean-up of Oil Pollution

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is to replace a section of the slopes stretching over more than 9 kilometres that have been contaminated by the Bow Jubail oil spill.The Port Authority announced earlier that the damage resulting from the oil spill is estimated at around 80 million euros. The Port Authority will recover this damage from Odfjell, owner of the leaking Bow Jubail.“We will do everything in our power to recover these damages. Society here cannot be left to pay for this…

DNV GL Rolls-out Cloud Shore Monitoring Module for Navigator Port

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DNV GL is launching a completely renewed Shore Monitoring module for Navigator Port. Installed on more than 2500 vessels, Navigator Port is the industry's leading port clearance solution.With a strong focus on the user experience, this module is the first of DNV GL's next generation fleet management solutions to be developed on the latest cloud technology.Most shipping companies find it challenging to keep on top of crew work and rest hour compliance. It is essential to have the same view and information on board and in the office.Navigator Port’s Shore Monitoring module is a user-friendly…

Odfjell Says It Will Not Install Scrubbers

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Chemical tanker firm Odfjell said it will not invest in scrubbers to clean fuel on its vessels to comply with new stricter emission rules from 2020 but instead buy fuel which meets the new standards.To combat air pollution, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations' shipping agency, has set global regulations to cap the sulphur content in marine fuel, known as bunkers, at 0.5 percent, down from 3.5 percent now.Shipowners can either install scrubbers, which clean the cheaper high sulphur fuel oil, or buy costlier marine gasoil."Our conclusion for the moment is that it do

Odfjell Finalizes Sale of Rotterdam Tank Terminal

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Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE announced on Thursday that it has finalized the sale of its tank terminal in Europe's largest port.The company announced in July that Odfjell Terminals entered into an agreement with Koole Terminals B.V. of the Netherlands to sell its 100 percent ownership of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam in a move to help reduce debt. Odfjell said the sale has generated $100 million of cash proceeds.The terminal in the Port of Rotterdam has total storage capacity of 1,622,000 cbm in 270 tanks.

Odfjell: Chemical Tanker Market Remains Stable

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Odfjell SE has reported its results for Third Quarter 2018. The results reflect a stable chemical tanker market and stable underlying results from Odfjell Terminals when adjusting for the Rotterdam terminal.Odfjell SE reports EBITDA of USD 32 million compared with USD 37 million in the previous quarter.Highlights for the third quarter of 2018:• EBITDA of USD 27 million from Odfjell Tankers compared to USD 28 million in second quarter• ODFIX was down 2.0% for the quarter compared…

Odfjell Drilling Signs Contract with Aker BP

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Odfjell Drilling signed a contract with Aker BP ASA for Deepsea Stavanger (6th generation semi-submersible) for a period of approximately 9 months with commencement in February 2018 and completion around October 2018. The contract is for exploration and development drilling at various locations in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The contract will follow from the estimated completion of the Wintershall Maria contract and continue until the Deepsea Stavanger is due to mobilise to South Africa to complete one well for Total. The contract value is estimated up to USD (68) million.

Offshore Rig Firms See End to Historic Downturn

Aker BP recently awarded a contract worth up to $68 million to Odfjell Drilling for the lease of the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepsea Stavanger in the Norwegian Sea and the Barnts Sea (Photo: Aker BP)

Demand for offshore rig rental globally is starting to recover from its worst ever downturn, led by oil firms' growing demand for harsh-environment exploration and triggering multi-billion dollar tie-ups among drillers hoping to profit, executives said. While the 2014-2016 oil price crash caused firms to cut exploration budgets, ending a boom in rig demand and bankrupting many owners, energy companies are now seeking to replenish their hydrocarbon reserves. The nascent demand for harsh-environment rigs…

Odfjell Divests Share in Singapore Tank Terminal

Odfjell Terminals B.V. has entered into an agreement with a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to sell its 50 percent ownership in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore Pte Ltd for a price around $300 million. This implies an enterprise value of around $330 million for Odfjell Terminals B.V.'s share in the Singapore terminal. “This divestment is in line with our strategy to focus on the terminals where we have managerial control of the assets and to further invest in growth opportunities in our core markets, such as Houston and Rotterdam," said Frank Erkelens, CEO of Odfjell Terminals B.V. The transaction will result in a net gain for Odfjell SE of approximately $135 million (Odfjell SE's share).

Ellis Named Chembulk Tanker CEO

Chembulk Tankers appointed David Ellis as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding Jack Noonan who will retire after 10 years of leading the team at Chembulk Tankers. Effective November 1, 2017, Jack will take on the role of CEO Emeritus through the balance of the year and will continue to advise and counsel Chembulk as part of the leadership transition. Ellis has more than 30 years in chemical and petroleum transportation experience, including over 20 years with Odfjell SE in various leadership roles culminating in the global leadership position in Odfjell’s joint venture with Lindsay Goldberg. He most recently served as CEO of Waypoint Solutions LLC, a Houston-based company he founded in 2016 to develop, buy, and operate midstream assets.

Odfjell, Sinochem Form Chemical Tanker Pool

Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odfjell SE said it has signed Framework Agreement with Sinochem Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd whereby the Norwegian ship owner will take four vessels on long-term bareboat charter and together form a pool of eight 40,900 dwt chemical tankers. The four chemical tankers are part of Sinochem’s series of eight ordered from Hantong Wing Shipyard in China. Sinochem will retain ownership of the series’ four other vessels, which together with the bareboat vessels will form a pool managed by Odfjell SE and trading as part of the Odfjell Tankers fleet.

Fotland Named COO at Odfjell

Harald Fotland (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell SE has appointed Harald Fotland as chief operations officer (COO), effective January 5, 2018. The Norwegian tanker shipping firm said it is introducing a COO function to ensure full integration between ship management and commercial operations. “With the new structure, Odfjell Tankers will have common and aligned goals across all functions relating to chemical tankers,” the company said. Fotland joined Odfjell as chief of staff in 2010, and in 2015 was appointed senior vice president of Odfjell Tankers.

Morch Elected to J. Lauritzen BoD

Kristian V. Mørch. Photo: Odfjell SE

Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen adds CEO of Norwegian Odfjell, Kristian V. Mørch, and CFO of the cleaning company ISS, Barbara Plucnar Jensen, into its board of directors. "J. Lauritzen A/S in March 2018, Kristian V. Morch, CEO at Odfjell SE, Norway and Barbara Plucnar Jensen, CFO at ISS UK and Ireland will be elected as new members of the Board of Directors of J. Lauritzen," said a press release from the company. In connection with the upcoming annual general meeting, Marianne Wiinholt, CFO & EVP at Ørsted will resign from the Board of Directors of J. Lauritzen. Kristian V.

Maersk Energy: Uptick in Offshore Oil

(File photo: Maersk Oil)

COPENHAGEN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Prospects for the offshore oil drilling market are improving but profits for drillers are still under pressure and rates will not rise before 2019, the head of A.P. Moller-Maersk's energy business said. Oil firms have seen cash flow climb in 2017 a high since a three-year slump in crude prices, lifted by their cost-cutting plans and a crude price recovery. Although this has spurred new investment, it has yet to benefit suppliers, such as Maersk,…

Bjørnar Iversen Resigns as CEO of Songa Offshore

Bjørnar Iversen. Photo: Songa Offshore

Bjørnar Iversen, CEO of Songa Offshore SE, has resigned effective 6 March 2018 said a single sentence press statement from the company. This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act, said the statement. Before joining the company in June 2013, Iversen was a member of the executive leadership team at Odfjell Drilling AS. During his 17 year's tenure at Odfjell Drilling, he has been executive vice president for Corporate Business Development, Odfjell Drilling Technology and Odfjell Well Services.

Odfjell Drilling to Expand Fleet

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Offshore rig firm Odfjell Drilling plans to expand its floating rig fleet to between six and 10 from four now, it said on Friday, the latest sign of recovery in the energy industry.After cuts in exploration spending following an oil price plunge that began in 2014, energy firms are now hiring rigs as crude prices have recovered some ground.Odfjell raised $175 million via a new share issue on Thursday to help buy semi-submersible Stena Midmax Rig from Samsung Heavy Industries for $505 million.

Odfjell Drilling buys “Deepsea Nordkapp”

Odfjell Drilling announced that Aker BP has today awarded Odfjell Drilling a 2 year firm drilling contract with 1+1 year optional periods. The day rates for the drilling contract will be based on market terms to be determined prior to commencement of drilling operations. In addition to the market linked day rate, a performance bonus as agreed in the alliance agreement with Aker BP, as announced on 21 November 2017, will apply. The contract has a minimum value of USD 245 million, subject to certain adjustments. The commencement of drilling operations is expected in Q2/Q3 2019. For the purpose of the drilling contract with Aker BP, Odfjell…

Lindsay Goldberg Mulls Selling Stake in Odfjell Terminals

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Odfjell SE said it has been informed by Lindsay Goldberg that they are considering a sale of its 49% shareholding in Odfjell Terminals B.V.Lindsay Goldberg has been Odfjell's joint venture partner in Odfjell Terminals's U.S. and European terminals since 2011. In 2013, the partnership was expanded to include Odfjell Terminals's global terminal operations.Odfjell said it continues to consider Odfjell Terminals as core business and emphasized its long term commitment to owning, developing and operating tank terminals.

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