Offshore News

25 Mar 2019

Harvey Gulf Continues Global Push

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Harvey Gulf International Marine continues its commitment to expanding operations globally with the opening of offices in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico City, Trinidad, and Guyana, and with the reflagging of two additional DP2 Offshore Supply Vessels the Harvey Seahawk and Harvey Falcon by this April.These vessels will join the OSV’s Harvey Leader and Harvey Legend along with the FSV Harvey Clipper to operate and service our customers in Mexico.Harvey Gulf has certified these vessels for operations to ensure customers can receive Harvey service levels for their expanding global operations.

25 Mar 2019

First Condensate Cargo Shipped from Prelude

Prelude FLNG (Photo: Shell)

Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it had shipped the first condensate cargo from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off northwestern Australia over the weekend."We can confirm that the first shipment of condensate has sailed from the Shell-operated Prelude FLNG facility.

22 Mar 2019

Royal Navy Christens HMS Tamar

HMS Tamar. BAE Systems copyright.

HMS Tamar, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s five cutting-edge new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), has been formally named in Glasgow.HMS Tamar was the latest second-generation River-class ship to be officially launched, lowered into the water at BAE System’s Govan yard, then towed three kilometres downstream to the firm’s Scotstoun facility, where fitting out took place.The 90-metre vessel, which is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter…

21 Mar 2019

First Ever ‘DP Digital Survey’

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A team of industry partners say they have successfully tested a new solution for dynamic positioning (DP) system performance and redundancy audits – an industry first.Developed by Norway's Kongsberg Maritime in collaboration with offshore service provider BOURBON and DP experts at Bureau Veritas (BV), the ‘DP Digital Survey’ application runs on an industrial data management system that ensures unprecedented data consistency for the verification of installed systems, Kongsberg Maritime explained.

21 Mar 2019

The Decommissioning, Marine Life Connection

A common ling, Molva molva, swims amongst an almost coral reef-like habitat created by oil and gas infrastructure. Image from Insite.

Data sharing and better understanding of how marine life interacts with manmade structures is the target for the next phase of the Insite program.What to do with offshore structures is a sticky problem for oil companies, regulators and policy makers alike, as many structures are starting to cease production in the North Sea, where some fields have been producing oil and gas since the early 1970s.Regulations, which include the OSPAR (Oslo Paris convention) state that a clear seabed should be left behind, once production has ceased, with some exceptions (platforms over a certain age and weight).

21 Mar 2019

Wintershall: Expanding Offshore Brazil

BASF's oil and gas subsidiary Wintershall  said it would build up its presence in the Brazilian offshore oil sector this year where it won exploration licences in 2018."It is part of our growth course that we are also active in new regions, and Brazil offers great potential," said chief executive Mario Mehren at the company's annual news conference.First results of seismic measurements in three blocks of the Potiguar basin to be operated by Wintershall are expected by mid-2020, he said.Wintershall, which is due to merge with rival DEA in the first half of this year, would also invest in the expansion of gas and oil in its core regions Russia, Norway, Argentina, the Middle East and Germany, he said. (Reuters reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Riham Alkousaa)

21 Mar 2019

First 'DP Digital Survey' Completed

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Kongsberg Maritime, Bureau Veritas (BV) and Bourbon verify a new application that enables remote surveying of Dynamic Positioning systems on boardKongsberg, BV and Bourbon announced a first in the maritime industry: the successful testing of a new solution for DP (Dynamic Positioning) system performance and redundancy audits.The ‘DP Digital Survey’ application runs on an industrial data management system to help ensure data consistency for the verification of installed systems.

20 Mar 2019

Ekofisk Shut Down: North Sea Output to Drop

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Oil production in the North Sea will drop by 330,000 barrels per day (bpd) month-on-month in June 2019 as Ekofisk closes for planned work, according to Rystad Energy’s latest forecast.“Production is expected to remain stable through April 2019, before dropping 80,000 bpd month on month in May 2019. The decrease will continue in June 2019 with an additional 330,000 barrels per day month-on-month drop, as we expect maintenance at Ekofisk feeding fields to impact output by 220,000 bpd…

19 Mar 2019

Engine Overhaul for OSV Seven Atlantic

Subsea 7 Seven Atlantic (Photo: Royston)

One of the world's most advanced diving support vessels has undergone a comprehensive power plant refurbishment and maintenance program.Engineers undertook the 30,000 running hour major service on the generator engines on board the 140-meter-long Subsea 7 Seven Atlantic, said power specialist Royston who completed the diesel engines overhaul.The work by Royston saw the Wartsila W7L32 diesel generator No.5 disassembled to install new cylinder heads, air start valves, indicator cocks, injectors and cylinder seals.

19 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Gets a Scrub Down

Pioneering Spirit (Photo: Hull Cleaner)

The world's largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit, received a robotic hull cleaning during a recent port call in Rotterdam.The Allseas owned multipurpose vessel, which is on a temporary break from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities, made a stop in Rotterdam to prepare for upcoming topsides lift works at the giant Johan Sverdrup project offshore Norway. While in port, a robotic Fleet Cleaner vehicle cleaned the 382-meter-long vessel's hull despite stormy weather, cold temperatures and wind force 7 Bft.

19 Mar 2019

Italy's Salvini in Migrant Boat Stand-Off

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he would not let an Italian-flagged charity ship disembark 49 Africans rescued in the Mediterranean, setting up a fresh confrontation with humanitarian groups over migration.The Mare Jonio picked up the migrants, including 12 minors, on Monday after their rubber boat started to sink in the central Mediterranean, some 42 miles (68 km) off the coast of Libya.The vessel headed straight for the nearby Italian island of Lampedusa but was not granted permission to dock and is currently sailing close to land, awaiting further instructions.Salvini, who heads the anti-immigrant League party, has told non-governmental organisations that Italy's ports are closed to them…

18 Mar 2019

SCF Registers Growth in Offshore Revenues

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The energy shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has managed to increase its revenue base and achieved a profit of USD 11.9 million against a USD 106.2 million loss in 2017.The annual results reflected a strong contribution from the industrial shipping business (comprising offshore services and LNG transportation). These activities now account for 57.2 per cent of the Group’s TCE revenues (up from a 50.9 per cent share in 2017).Taking into account the challenging conditions in the conventional tanker markets…

17 Mar 2019

Vantage Drilling Sinks Into the Red

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Texas-based offshore drilling contractor Vantage Drilling International reported a net loss of  $52.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 as compared to a net loss of $36.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017.For the year ended December 31, 2018, Vantage reported a net loss of $141.5 million or as compared to a net loss of $149.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.Vantage, a Cayman Islands exempted company, issued $350 million of new…

15 Mar 2019

New CTVs Delivered for Hornsea Wind Farm

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A pair of 39-meter multipurpose crew transfer vessels have been built by PT Bintang Timur Samudera in Indonesia and delivered to MH-O & Co to be operated for Orsted in its Hornsea Project One wind farm offshore England.According to designer Incat Crowther, the new vessels MHO Gurli and MHO Esbjerg are the largest wind farm support vessels to enter service to date anywhere in the world. They draw on Incat Crowther’s experience with larger offshore fast catamarans operating in the oil and gas industry.

15 Mar 2019

First Commercial Drone Ship Delivery

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Launching this week in partnership with Airbus, Wilhelmsen’s shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marks the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage.Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial-corridors’ in its 1.5km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage.

15 Mar 2019

New IMR Vessel for Otto Candies

The 2018-built IMR vessel Paul Candies (Image: Otto Candies, LLC)

A new US-flagged inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel leverages three different propulsion systems for improved maneuverability and a high free running speed.The IMR vessel Paul Candies, built in 2018 by Louisiana builder Candies Shipbuilders and owned by its parent company Otto Candies, is equipped with two Combi Drives, two transverse thrusters and one retractable rudderpropeller from manufacturer SCHOTTEL.Due to two type SCD 560 STP SCHOTTEL Combi Drive azimuth thrusters the diesel-electric vessel reaches a top speed of 14 knots.

15 Mar 2019

Seismic Shoot Offshore South Africa Begins

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Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, has announced the start of a new 3D marine seismic acquisition programme over the Paddavissie Fairway on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa.The Brulpadda discovery is located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa. The block covers an area of 19,000 square kilometers with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 meters.Jan Maier…

14 Mar 2019

MMA Offshore Bags Santos Contract

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Australian offshore vessel owner MMA Offshore has been awarded a drilling support contract by Santos Drilling."We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract by Santos to support its 2019 jack-up drilling campaign," said a statement from the provider of marine logistics and marine services to the offshore oil and gas industry in Australia and internationallyThe contract is for the provision of three vessels to support the drilling campaign, including two anchor handling tug supply vessels and a platform supply vessel…

14 Mar 2019

Equinor Extends Oceaneering Contract

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Houston-based subsea engineering company Oceaneering International has secured a contract renewal from Equinor, the Norwegian multinational energy company, covering the provision of maintenance, reliability and integrity management.The oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas said in a press note that the contract, which was originally awarded to Oceaneering’s integrity business in 2005 and competitively tendered again in December 2013…

14 Mar 2019

GAC Bags Petronas Job

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GAC Marine’s branch in Turkmenistan has been awarded two contracts by Petronas Carigali, a subsidiary of Petronas, to provide marine services for its development of the Garagol Deniz West (GDW) oil field.The service provider of full marine transportation to the offshore industry said in a press release that it will supply three anchor-handling vessels manned by experienced crew and kitted out with specialist onboard equipment to provide critical 24-hour support for the drilling…

13 Mar 2019

V. Group Appoints Holland

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V.Group, a global marine support services provider, has announced that it has appointed Steve Holland as a non-executive director.Holland brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise garnered from over 30 years in chemical manufacturing and distribution. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Brenntag, the world’s largest chemicals and ingredients distributor, operating in 73 countries with 16,000 employees.Holland began his career in research and development. In 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Brenntag European business and joined the Group’s management board.

13 Mar 2019

Partners Group invests in Greenlink

Marine survey work starts for Greenlink interconnector. Image : MV Franklin ( © MMT Sweden)

Private markets investor Partners Group has provided equity financing for the 500-MW Greenlink interconnector,  the subsea connection between Wales and Ireland in exchange for a stake in the scheme.To-date, Greenlink has been developed by Element Power, an independent renewable energy developer, which, together with funds managed by Hudson Sustainable Investments, is the other major shareholder in Greenlink.Greenlink will use a subsea high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to connect the power markets of Ireland and Great Britain…

12 Mar 2019

Fred Olsen Windcarrier Debuts in Taiwan

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The offshore wind parks specialist Fred Olsen Windcarrier won its first major deal in the Asian market after being picked to install the 8MW Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) turbines at the Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan.Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilise one of its special purpose-built jack-up installation vessels in Europe during the spring of 2020 which will head to Asia to start working in this emerging market.“This is a very exciting project as it is the first large transport and installation project in Asia for us.

12 Mar 2019

Indonesia Okays Empyrean Plan for Mako Gas

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Indonesia has approved the development plan for the Mako gas field, Empyrean Energy PLC and Coro Energy PLC said.Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has approved the plan of development (POD) for the Mako gas field at the Duyung production sharing contract (PSC), offshore Indonesia, said a joint statement.Mako is located on the Duyung production sharing contract, which covers 890 square kilometres offshore the Riau Islands province.Tom Kelly, CEO of Empyrean…

11 Mar 2019

TechnipFMC Acquires DSV Deep Discoverer

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TechnipFMC announced Monday it has acquired a newbuild diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Discoverer. The vessel will primarily service the North Sea diving construction and inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) markets.The company signed a deal with VARD shipyard in Norway to purchase the vessel in late 2018. The vessel is currently undergoing an operational readiness program and will begin work in the first half of 2019.Deep Discoverer has DP3 capabilities, as well as an 18-person twin bell saturation diving system…

11 Mar 2019

VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

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Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations. The State’s big picture is ambitious: developing 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028.As currently envisioned, VA’s offshore wind development will likely start this year with two 8-megawatt wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. This is a Dominion Energy pilot undertaken in partnership with the Danish wind company Orsted.

11 Mar 2019

Maersk Supply Service Wins Total Contract

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Maersk Supply Service said it has fixed the newbuild subsea support vessels vessel (SSV) Maersk Involver for 161 days to support maintenance of the DAN F platform located offshore Esbjerg for walk-to-walk and accommodation services. The contract is expected to commence start-April 2019.Delivered in November 2017, the Stingray class Maersk Involver features DP3 station keeping capabilties and 120 modern single cabins. The vessel has been outfitted with an Ampelmann E-type active motion-compensated gangway system and pedestal…

11 Mar 2019

EC Probes E.ON-Innogy Merger

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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into German utility E.on's  takeover of certain assets from domestic Innogy, saying the transaction may lead to higher prices for consumers.The deal, which is worth a reported €43 billion ($48 billion at today's conversion rate), includes Innogy's distribution and consumer solutions business, as well as certain electricity generation assets.The Commission has concerns that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition in retail markets for electricity and gas in several Member States.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager…

11 Mar 2019

Vestland Offshore to Manage Ocean Duke

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Norwegian vessel owner Vestland Offshore announce that it has taken Management on yet another Vessel.The Ocean Duke is currently being converted to a Seismic Source Vessel and has a firm 2 year contract secured with SBGS.Last month, Vestland has won contracts for two of its offshore vessels, the Vestland Artemis and the Norsea Fighter.The Vestland Artemis has been awarded a 12 months contract with the UK-based oil company Enquest, commencing 1st of February 2019 in a direct continuation of the already long term operation with them.

11 Mar 2019

Bristol, JDR Launch Offshore Wind Pact

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Massachusetts-based Bristol Community College and JDR Cables, supplier of subsea power cables and umbilicals and a part of the TFKable Group, have launched new collaboration to train the future workforce for the global offshore wind industry.President Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D., of Bristol Community College, and Business Development Manager, at JDR, Neil Brown, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide technical job training as part of New England’s emerging offshore wind industry.They were joined by the British Consul General to New England…

08 Mar 2019

Vigilance Essential In Indian Ocean "High Risk Area"

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The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, with new advice issued to merchant ship operators.The High Risk Area reflects the area where the threat from piracy exists, whilst recognizing the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean. The industry group of shipping and oil industry organisations BIMCO…

07 Mar 2019

World Bank Targets Offshore Wind Markets

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The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries and emerging markets.The World Bank and  International Finance Corporation (IFC) will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers, said a release from the  international financial institution.The offshore wind industry has grown nearly five-fold since 2011…

07 Mar 2019

Mossel Bay Port Ready to Serve Total

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South Africa’s smallest commercial port, the Port of Mossel Bay is well equipped to provide value following global energy giant Total’s significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa, announced Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).The authority has dispelled criticism that it may not be ready to answer the call for capacity necessitated by the recent discovery…

07 Mar 2019

Glomar Offshore Buys Bourbon Duo

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Dutch offshore support vessel operator Glomar Offshore announced Thursday it has purchased a pair of support vessels from French owner Bourbon Offshore.The 2008-built Bourbon Arethuse and 2009-built Bourbon Amilcar will be renamed Glomar Worker and Glomar Supporter, respectively, and will be dedicated to subsea and survey projects for oil and gas and renewables clients in the North Sea and Baltic, Glomar said.The vessels will receive modifications and upgrades at Glomar's Globaltic Marine yard in Gdynia…

06 Mar 2019

Vattenfall's Groebler Named WindEurope Chair

Gunnar Groebler. Photo: WindEurope

Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President, Business Area Wind at Vattenfall,  has been named chairman of WindEurope’s board of directors.Groebler will replace RES CEO Ivor Catto and will serve an 18-month term. Nordex’s Tony Adams becomes the association’s new vice chair.Groebler, a mechanical engineer by background who has been with the Swedish utility since 1999, said: “We’re at an exciting time for wind energy. The technology continues to evolve and with it costs are coming down.

06 Mar 2019

DNV GL Study on Wind Turbine Blades

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The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL released an in-depth study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which examines the challenges associated with manufacturing and deploying next-generation, increasingly larger land-based wind turbines.In the past decade, the U.S. wind energy industry has achieved significant improvements in energy production and cost efficiency, driven in part by increased turbine…

06 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

The world's largest heavy lift and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will take a temporary pause from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone to perform planned platform lift work in the North Sea.The Allseas-owned vessel, which in 2018 installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development on the Norwegian continental shelf, will now return to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides.

06 Mar 2019

Swan Wraps Up Norther Offshore Cabling

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Swan Hunter has completed work to spool export cables into storage baskets for the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm at its yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.The UK-based shipbuilding design, engineering, and management company said in a press release that the last sections of spare array and export cables were transpooled from the Van Oord CLV Nexus, and the DOC-Swan Hunter 4750Te onshore basket carousel, to long term modular storage baskets.The completion of this final spooling operation marks the end of a year long contract for Van Oord…

06 Mar 2019

Oman: Gas Production to Surpass Oil by 2023

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Oman’s gas production levels are set to surpass oil by 2023 thanks to an impressive surge in the development of gas fields in the sultanate, according to Rystad Energy, the independent energy research and consulting firm headquartered in Norway.“Gas is on the rise in the Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, and this transition is very timely. Oil output declines over the last two years may indicate a point of no return for Omani oil…

05 Mar 2019

Rotor Sail gets Type Approval

Two 30mx5m Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Pelican. (Photo: Norsepower Oy)

Norsepower Oy Ltd., which provides auxiliary wind propulsion for ships, said its Rotor Sail Solution has received the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship.The type approval from DNV GL was issued in February 2019 after a design assessment of Norsepower’s 30- x 5-m Rotor Sail, two of which have been installed onboard the Maersk Pelican LR2 tanker. The certification means that vessels operating Norsepower’s…

05 Mar 2019

East Anglia Expecting $77 Bln in Offshore Projects

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Based on the latest forecasts, engery-sector specialists Nautilus Associates claim more than £59 billion ($77 billion) could be invested in new offshore energy and infrastructure projects between now and 2040 in the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Enterprise Zones.Johnathan Reynolds, director at Nautilus Associates, said, “We are seeing huge new investments in new offshore wind projects off the East Anglian coast, with an annual operational spend close to £1.3 billion per year by 2025.

04 Mar 2019

NAO Logs a Big Loss

Nordic American Offshore Ltd (NYSE: NAO) reported for the three months ended December 31, 2018, the company's net loss was $169.3 million, or $26.23 per basic and diluted loss per share, which included a non-cash impairment charge of $160.1 million, or $24.80 per basic and diluted. Excluding the impairment charge, the net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $9.2 million, or $1.43 per basic and diluted loss per share. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the company's net loss was $197.3 million or $31.50 per basic weighted average and diluted loss per share, which included a non-cash impairment charge of $160.1 million. Excluding the impairment charge…

03 Mar 2019

DEME Offshore, SABCA Sign Drone Pact

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Two Belgian companies - Aerospace industry supplier SABCA and DEME Offshore - have formed a partnership to use drones for inspection services in the offshore wind energy industry.SABCA, a leading tier 1 aerospace industry supplier and DEME Offshore, a worldwide leader in solutions and services for the offshore energy market, have entered into a partnership for the development and deployment of Unmanned Vehicles to perform surveillance and inspection works in the offshore industry.Complementing each other’s core experience and know-how…

03 Mar 2019

Subsea 7 Buys-back Shares

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With the market looks upbeat, Luxembourg-based subsea services vessel owner Subsea 7 announced a share buy-back programme."Reflecting Subsea 7’s strong financial and liquidity position and improving market outlook as well as a rebalancing of cash returns to favour share repurchases, the Board of Directors authorised a new share repurchase programme of up to USD 200 million," said a press release from the subsea engineering, construction and services company serving the offshore…

03 Mar 2019

Australia: Record Year for Renewables

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2019 is set to be the biggest year for constructed and commissioned utility Photovoltaics (PV) (2200 MW), wind (2400 MW) and storage (100 MW) in Australia, said Rystad Energy in its forecast for the utility scale PV, wind and storage to be constructed and commissioned for Australia to 2020.This follows a record year in 2018, which was the first year in which over 1 GW of utility PV, wind & storage was constructed and commissioned, it said.The news was not all good in 2018, several utility PV and wind projects were delayed as commissioning took longer than expected…

01 Mar 2019

Aker BP Awards PSV Frame Agreements

From left: Nils Magnus Himle, Business Development Manager/Eidesvik Offshore ASA; Anne Jorunn Møkster, CEO/Simon Møkster Shipping AS; Per Harald Kongelf, SVP Improvement/Aker BP ASA; and Lars Peder Solstad, CEO/Solstad Offshore ASA (Photo: Aker BP)

Aker BP ASA announced it has awarded frame agreements with three suppliers for the provision of platform supply vessels (PSV), in a move that aims to reorganize the value chain.The three suppliers Simon Møkster Shipping AS, Eidesvik Offshore ASA and Solstad Offshore ASA signed the agreements in Stavanger on Thursday. The duration of the frame agreements is initially for three years, with the option of two additional periods of two years each.Per Harald Kongelf, SVP Improvement at Aker BP…

01 Mar 2019

MDL Bags West Africa SURF Project

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UK-based Maritime Developments Ltd (MDL), which designs, manufactures, and delivers machines to energy sector, said that it  has secured a flexible installation project offshore Ghana.The work scope covers an installation of a flowline using MDL Third-generation Reel Drive System, operated by the expert MDL Offshore Service team.The equipment was loaded out in components from MDL’s Peterhead, Scotland facility for road transportation to Cadiz, Spain to meet the Client’s installation vessel.

27 Feb 2019

OHT Sisters Spoted in Singapore

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Eagle and Falcon, sister vessels and the workhorses of the Offshore Heavy Transport  (OHT) family, were coincidentally working side by side in Singapore earlier this month loading two jack-up rigs.Eagle started her loading operation of the 14,527 mt CJ46 jack-up rig Noble Johnny Whitstine from 14 February, said a press note from the heavy transport vessel operator .Just after deballasting the vessel, and preparing cargo for sailing, Falcon arrived at the same anchorage, said the specialized heavy transport and installation contractor…

27 Feb 2019

DEME DP2 Jack-up Vessel Named ‘Apollo’

The Belgian dredging and hydraulic engineering group DEME NV said that its newest, self-propelled DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’ was officially named in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium on February 21.The ceremony was performed by Olympic, World and European Champion heptathlon Nafi Thiam, according to a press release.One of the exceptional features of the ‘Apollo’ are its extremely long lattice legs of 106.8 m, which allow the vessel to jack-up in water depths up to 65 m. The vessel is equipped with an 800-tonne…

27 Feb 2019

Van Oord Orders Water Injection Vessels

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Dutch maritime contracting company that specializes in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects, Van Oord has ordered the construction of two state-of-the-art water injection vessels at Kooiman Marine Group.The new vessels will be multifunctional and will include systems that ensure optimal deployment. The first vessel will be commissioned in late 2020.Van Oord claims to be the global market leader in water injection dredging. In order to retain this position, the fleet…

26 Feb 2019

Ustein Unveils Heavy Lift Jack-up

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With the newly developed J102 heavy lift jack-up design, Ulstein says it presents its answer to the offshore wind industry’s need for fit-for-purpose, cost efficient yet future proof wind turbine installation vessels. The new design is part of Ulstein’s X-JACK series of heavy lift jack-up designs. “This underlines Ulstein’s firm commitment to serve the offshore renewables industry,” says Tore Ulstein, COO Design & Solutions.“Floating vessels we see as the preferred solution for foundation installation…

25 Feb 2019

Offshore Wind Capacity to Exceed 100GW by 2030

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The offshore wind power industry continues to grow at a steady pace - over 69 GW of new offshore wind capacity is expected to be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100 GW of operating capacity by 2030.According to a new report from Navigant Research, offshore wind will play an increasing role in the broader global energy transition to a more diverse and flexible energy economy.Though less offshore wind is installed annually compared to onshore wind, it remains an abundant…

25 Feb 2019

Seacat Renews SMC Deal

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Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has extended the vessel inspection agreement with Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC), the health and safety advisory to the marine and energy industry.The agreement marks the second year that SMC has been contracted to carry out the Marine Inspection for Small Workboats (eMISW) for the 14-strong Seacat Services fleet.The eMISW is an annual assessment of metrics including vessel integrity, stability, and life-saving facilities.

25 Feb 2019

Trump Warns Saudi Arabia on Oil Prices

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U.S. President Donald Trump has warned OPEC not to tighten the oil market too much and risk another spike in prices that could harm the global economy – and his re-election campaign in 2020.“Oil prices getting too high,” the president warned in a message posted on Twitter on Monday. “OPEC please relax and take it easy. World cannot take a price hike – fragile!”The president has kept up a regular commentary on oil prices over the last year and has pressed Saudi Arabia, de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries…

25 Feb 2019

NEXT GEN 2019: Burning Issues and Cutting Edge Marine Safety

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3 One Day Workshops - Southampton UK April 2-4, 2019As the digital age rapidly arrives all around us, it (or IT) may have overlooked that safety at sea is still all about people. To meet the changing requirements of modern fleets, smart organizations and specialist equipment manufacturers now need to work together to blend traditional safety methods with innovation.A unique program of three specialist safety days for the sub IMO / sub 80 feet professional sector is being held back-to-back at the Grand Harbor overlooking the port of Southampton UK this April.

25 Feb 2019

HHC Takes Two from Damen

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Hung Hua Construction (HHC) of Taiwan placed an order for two of Damen’s latest fast crew supply vessel; the FCS 2710. The contract was signed at the end of January and the vessels will be built at Damen Shipyards Singapore for delivery in early 2020.HHC is Taiwan’s largest dredging and nearshore construction company, and a promising evolving market is the country's offshore wind sector, as the government has targeted 5.5GW by the end of 2025. Following its successful installation of the first offshore project in Taiwan…

25 Feb 2019

Maersk Drilling Mulls Listing in Recovering Market

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Drilling rig contractor Maersk Drilling, which will soon list on the Copenhagen stock exchange, said the offshore drilling market is improving as oil firms generate more cash and look to boost reserves.A fall in oil prices in 2014 prompted a severe downturn in the industry as oil companies cancelled or postponed exploration plans, reducing demand for offshore drilling rigs."What drives our faith in a market recovery is to a high degree the higher activity we see from the oil companies…

25 Feb 2019

DOF Bags Three ROV Contracts in Brazil

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Norwegian supply shipping company DOF Subsea has been awarded contracts for three remotely operated (ROV) Support Vessels (RSV) with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).All contracts have a firm duration of three years and can be extended for another two years, informed the offshore support vessel owner.The vessels allocated for the contracts are Skandi Commander, Skandi Olympia and Skandi Chieftain, all owned by DOF Rederi AS (100 % owned by DOF ASA).Each vessel will be equipped with two state of the art work class ROVs owned and operated by DOF Subsea Group.

25 Feb 2019

Wind Provides 14% of European Electricity

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Wind energy provided 14% of the European Union’s electricity last year, according to figures published by the region’s wind energy trade body, WindEurope, with 11.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity added, including 2.65 GW of offshore wind. Continued growth in capacity and the use of more powerful turbines are helping to drive up wind’s share in the electricity mix. Denmark had the highest share of wind in its electricity last year (41%) followed by Ireland (28%) and Portugal (24%).

24 Feb 2019

Acta Centaurus Nears Completion

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Netherlands-based Acta Marine announced that its next offshore wind farm installation vessel will be ready in next two months."‘Acta Centaurus will be completed and ready for construction support vessel (CSV)/service operation vessel (SOV) operation in a little more than two months," said a press release from the company.Acta Marine’s site team is following the vessel’s progress on a daily basis, such as the installation of the helideck on Sunday.“The main topside equipment, including tower…

22 Feb 2019

Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

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Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) regulator recommended on Friday that Ottawa approve expansion of the government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline, but made new, nonbinding recommendations to mitigate harm to Pacific Ocean killer whales and the environment.The pipeline is in the national interest as it will create jobs and give Canadian oil access to more markets, the NEB said in a report. But expanding it is likely to significantly harm the killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia and increase greenhouse gas emissions from ships…

22 Feb 2019

CG Rescues Man 170 miles off FL Coast

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The Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old man Thursday 170 miles west of St. Petersburg.Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders received a call via satellite phone at 1:24 p.m. from the master of the Mariya Moran, a 120-foot tug, stating a crew member was suffering from chest pains and was in need of medical attention.A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched to assist and arrived at 4 p.m.The…

22 Feb 2019

Shell Shrugs off Brexit, Eyes UK Offshore Wind

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Shell plans to enter Britain’s offshore wind market by acquiring seabed leases or taking stakes in existing projects, despite the country's impending departure from the European Union, the head of the company's New Energies division said.Oil firms are increasingly building portfolios of clean energy projects to satisfy investor demands that they reduce their carbon footprint. Shell previously said it would spend $1 billion to $2 billion a year on green technology."We absolutely would like to get a position in the UK offshore (wind) market…

21 Feb 2019

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.When Oceanology launched in 1969 in the seaside resort of Brighton the world was a very different place. For a start, Brighton was home to the mods and rockers, who would square off against each other on the town’s elegant seafront. The British currency included shillings and ha’ pennies and man had yet to step foot on the moon.More crucially…

21 Feb 2019

SeaOwls, Ulstein Part Ways

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein and Dutch offshore consultancy SeaOwls BV have decided to each go their own separate ways in the offshore wind industry.The jointly developed SOUL jack-up concept is geared toward the transport and installation of the world’s largest and powerful offshore wind turbines in the coming decades.The patent rights of the concept were developed under the cooperation of both companies and will continue to be held by both SeaOwls and Ulstein, but each company will pursue its own business opportunities based on the shared patent.Ulstein Design & Solutions (formerly known as Ulstein Sea of Solutions) specializes in the design and development of ships for the offshore drilling…

20 Feb 2019

Sakhalin: Offshore Heavy Lift Refit

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Large-scale conversion project on offshore platform Molikpaq operated by Sakhalin Energy.While the refit of heavy lift capacity onboard an offshore rig might sound mundane, Liebherr’s project to replace and modernize cranes on the offshore platform Molikpaq operated by Sakhalin Energy, a unit subjected to some of the world’s harshest conditions, is anything but mundane.The modernization project on Sakhalin Energy’s offshore platform off the Russian island of Sakhalin includes two ram luffing offshore cranes, type RL 1500 that are going to be completely renewed.

20 Feb 2019

Japanese Offshore Wind to Hit 4GW in 2028

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Japan's nascent offshore wind industry is expected to increase dramatically over the next ten years, according to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie, who predict that by 2028 the island country will boast upwards of 4 gigawatts (GW) of offshore capacity, a 62-fold increase on 2018 figures.As nuclear power falls out of favour in the aftermath of 2011’s Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear disaster, Japan has struggled to bring its nuclear reactors back on the grid. Only nine reactors have successfully come online…

19 Feb 2019

Magallanes Installs Turbine at EMEC

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Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables is testing its tidal technology on a test site at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.The successful installation of their second generation (2G) 2MW tidal platform ‘ATIR’ took place on 16th February and marks a major milestone in the Ocean_2G project, which aims to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ device, said a release from EMEC.The ATIR was built and launched in Vigo, Spain in 2017, where it underwent a structured test programme to optimise the system…

19 Feb 2019

2021 to See 33 More FPSOs

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A total of 33 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels will be sanctioned between now and 2021 as oil and gas activity picks up in the offshore sector.Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy reports that 15 of the FPSOs will require production capacity of more than 80,000 barrels per day.Rystad said that the high capacity demand would come mainly from the developments in Guyana and Brazil where operators such as ExxonMobil, Equinor, and Petrobras…

18 Feb 2019

Herbert-ABS Intros Offshore Evaluation Software

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California-based provider of naval management software and ship design Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC today announced the launch of its HECSTAB Offshore Stability Evaluation Software.Designed with a versatile user interface featuring improved 3D and 2D viewports, HECSTAB allows naval architects to easily evaluate multiple design options for non-ship shaped offshore assets.“HECSTAB is a powerful commercial application enabling users to simply create multiple models of offshore assets and quickly analyze the stability impact of design changes…

17 Feb 2019

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates First Power

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The first turbine of the 1,218-MW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm in the North Sea, the world’s biggest such facility, has been installed and is now generating power.Matthew Wright, UK managing director of Danish energy group Ørsted A/S, described the installation of the first turbine as "a globally significant milestone".Ørsted co-owns the project with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) after selling a 50% stake to the latter in November 2018. Ørsted began offshore construction just over a year ago…

17 Feb 2019

Excelerate, Equinor Perform First STS LNG Transfer

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The first ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was completed in The Bahamas by Excelerate Energy and Equinor Energy AS.According to Excelerate, which provides transportation and marketing of LNG, its floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor’s LNG carrier Arctic Voyager were used for the LNG transfer."A full LNG cargo was transferred using the double-banked LNG transfer system while moored at Equinor’s South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal which is strategically located for storage and transshipment of crude…

15 Feb 2019

Kleven Delivers Maersk Anchor Handler

Godmother Rikke Eskjær and Olav Nakken, CEO of Kleven verft A/S after naming sereminy and delivery of Mærsk Maker. Photo: Olav Thokle - Fotomaritim

Maersk Maker, the sixth and last of a series of six anchor handlers for Maersk Supply Service A/S, was delivered from Norwegian shipyard Kleven on Thursday.Built for operation in deepsea depths, the M-series vessel Maersk Maker had a naming ceremony at Kleven yard, with Rikke Eskjær as godmother. The vessel will leave Kleven in a few days, heading to Aberdeen and the spot market in the North Sea.Maersk Maker is of the Salt 200 type and has an open deck area of more than 800m2, with 102m2 covered deck area as well. She is also equipped with anchor handling winch of 450 tons.

14 Feb 2019

Udenna Backs-out from EMAS Rescue

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Philippine's Udenna Corporation has broken off negotiations over a potential investment of $73 million in struggling Singapore-based offshore vessel company Emas Offshore.The ailing Singaporean contractor Emas Offshore announced in a regulatory filing that Udenna had informed the company that it would no longer be injecting $73.29 million into the offshore services provider. No reasons were given in the announcement for Udenna's decision.Dennis Uy-led Udenna is the parent company of Pheonix Petroleum and Chelsea Logistics Holdings.Udenna and Emas inked a non-binding term sheet last October…

14 Feb 2019

Norway's Snow Crab Ruling Boosts Oil Claim

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A court delivered a painful nip to European Union fishermen on Thursday by tightening Norway's grip on snow crab catches in the Arctic, a ruling that may also let Oslo claw more control of oil and gas from other nations.Fishermen from the European Union must ask permission from Oslo to catch snow crab — whose meat is a delicacy for gourmets from Canada to Japan — in Arctic waters north of Norway, the Norwegian Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling.The court dismissed an appeal…

13 Feb 2019

ArgoX90: Rocket Recovery Boat

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Parker Shinn and Morrelli & Melvin introduce the ArgoX90, a unique concept designed to significantly reduce space launch and rocket component recovery costs.Rocket reusability has become the space industry’s focus to reduce cost. While SpaceX has landed boosters on drone ships hundreds of miles out to sea, expensive parts of a rocket have still proven unrecoverable. The ArgoX90 may change that.“A boat like this could lower launch costs by 10% in some cases,” said Shinn, who conceived of the original concept.

14 Feb 2019

Sentinel Midstream Mulls Offshore Terminal

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Dallas-based oil and gas company Sentinel Midstream is planning to develop a deepwater crude oil export terminal, located near Freeport, Texas. The completed facility will be capable of fully loading Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) vessels.Texas GulfLink will include an onshore terminal with up to 18 million barrels of storage, an offshore 42-in. pipeline, and a manned offshore platform to facilitate port operations with two  Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring (CALM) Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoys.

14 Feb 2019

Consortium Buys Veja Mate Offshore Wind

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A consortium led by asset manager Commerz Real AG, WPD Invest, KGAL and IKEA franchisee Ingka Group will acquire an 80% stake in the 402-MW Veja Mate offshore wind park in the German North Sea.Veja Mate offshore wind park in the North Sea  is the second-largest German offshore wind farm with 67 turbines and a capacity of 402 megawatts. The total investment comes more than two billion eurosCommerz Real and Ingka Group said in a joint statement today that they will each invest more…

13 Feb 2019

Video: FPSO Travels from China to Brazil

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Dutch firm Boskalis transported the 90,000-ton FPSO P-67 from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aboard the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel BOKA Vanguard.FPSO P-67 was built by China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), and delivered to Brazil's Petrobras in 2018.The FPSO recently began producing in the deepwater Lula Norte area, in the pre-salt of Santos Basin offshore Brazil.

13 Feb 2019

Offshore Wind: Good Supply, Growing Demand

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In its 2019 “Annual Energy Outlook” the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that electric generation from renewables (wind, solar, hydro) will go from 500 billion KWh in 2018 to 1500 billion KWh in 2050, just 30 years from now.“The AEO highlights the increasing role of renewable energy in the US generation mix,” said EIA Administrator Linda Capuano. “Solar and wind generation are driving much of the growth. In fact, our reference case projects that renewables will grow to become a larger share of U.S.

12 Feb 2019

Europe Offshore Wind Capacity Up 18% in 2018

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Europe installed a total of 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind capacity in 2018, an 18% increase which takes the region to a total capacity of 18.5 GW.According to new figures published this week by the region’s wind energy trade body, WindEurope, 15 new offshore wind farms came on line. The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the new capacity: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.Europe now has 105 offshore wind farms across 11 countries with a total capacity of 18.5 GW. This…

12 Feb 2019

Slufterdam Doubles Wind Power

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Eneco and Vattenfall have completed repowering of the Slufterdam wind farm in the Netherlands, boosting output to 50MW from around 25MW.The 17 existing wind turbines in the farm, which has been supplying renewable energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 wind turbines that are much more efficient. As a result, the power has nearly doubled from 25.5 MW to 50.4 MW. The 14 wind turbines generate 180 GWh of electricity every year, enough to cover the annual consumption of around 60,000 households.The energy companies started preparations to replace the wind turbines in mid-2017.

12 Feb 2019

Porthos CCUS Project Getting Ready

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Port of Rotterdam Authority, Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transportation company  Gasunie and Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) are preparing a CCUS (Carbon Capture Usage and Storage) project, in which CO₂ from industry will be transported to storage sites in depleted gas fields deep beneath the North Sea seabed.The three companies are working together on the preparation of this project under the name Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.The Porthos…

11 Feb 2019

Telford Offshore Adds Seven Vessels

Jascon 30 (Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

Dubai headquartered offshore service company Telford Offshore said it has acquired an additional DP3 pipelay and accommodation vessel, and six offshore support vessels following a legal settlement between Sea Trucks Group (STGL in liquidation) and West African Ventures (WAV).The acquisition nearly triples the Telford Offshore fleet, up from four vessels to 11.The DP3 vessel Jascon 30 is set to be dry docked in the coming months and upgraded in preparation for utilization across the globe under its new name Telford 30.

11 Feb 2019

Fund Buying Slows on Crude

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Hedge funds added more bullish positions in crude at the start of February but at a much slower pace than before, as optimism about OPEC output cuts was tempered by renewed anxiety about the U.S.-China trade talks.Hedge funds and other money managers increased their net long position in Brent crude futures and options for the eighth time in the last nine weeks but by just 1 million barrels.Fund managers added new short positions (+13 million barrels) for the week ended Feb. 5…

10 Feb 2019

Denmark Rethinks Offshore Project

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The Energy Board of Appeal has cancelled and withdrawn the part of the construction licence for the Vattenfall's Vesterhav Syd Offshore Wind Farm concerning assessment of environmental impacts, with a view to renewed processing by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).Following the cancelation, DEA has initiated a new environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for Vattenfall’s Offshore Wind Farm, said an official statement from the agency.An EIA supplement will now be drawn up for the specific project…

10 Feb 2019

Ørsted Sells Half of US Offshore Wind Assets

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Denmark’s Ørsted is selling a 50% stake in a portfolio of offshore wind assets to New England utility Eversource Energy, for about $225 million."Ørsted and Eversource have been partners in the Massachusetts Bay State Wind offshore wind project and with this announcement, we further strengthen our strategic 50-50 partnership in the North-East," said a press release from the largest energy company in Denmark.The divestment includes the 704MW Revolution Wind project off the coast of Rhode Island that will deliver power to Rhode Island (400MW) and Connecticut (304MW)…

08 Feb 2019

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions reports Q4 2018 revenue of $813 million, an 8% rise compared to Q4 2017 powered by “significant international awards in a competitive, but improving market.” In total, order intake for the quarter was $615.6 million, leaving the company with an order backlog of more than $4 billion. Better still, looking forward the company sees “continued signs of a recovery in the global market” with approximately $5.2 billion worth of contracts currently in the bid phase.In analyzing the results…

07 Feb 2019

OSRL Launches UAV Services for Members

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Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) has expanded its member offer with the launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) service. The new service aims to enhance preparedness and response capabilities to better support members’ needs in the event of a spill.To facilitate the service on a global basis, and to ensure the shortest time to mobilization, OSRL has signed ‘call-off agreements’ with a number of third-party UAV providers around the world. Launch partners for the service include Bristow Aerial Solutions, Sky-Futures and Vertical Horizon Media.

06 Feb 2019

Sulzer Schmid’s New Tech Autonomous Drone Inspections

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Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories AG has announced that it has launched a new inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition blade inspections.Based on the compact and flexible DJI M-210 drone, Sulzer Schmid’s latest innovation delivers high performance and fully autonomous drone inspections at a significantly lower cost compared to its existing 3DXTM Ultra-HD product based on the DJI’s M-600 drone.Thanks to the new capabilities offered by unmanned aerial vehicles…

05 Feb 2019

Offshore Wind Energy Market to Grow 20%

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Global offshore wind energy market was valued at $2,727 thousand in 2019, and is expected to reach $11,334 thousand by 2025, registering a CAGR of +20% from 2019 to 2025, said a study.The global offshore wind energy market has been set blazing with a number of schemes that have recently began power production, according to Researchnreports. For instance, following the installation of its first 7-MW turbines, Scotland's biggest offshore wind farm has sent power for the first time…

05 Feb 2019

USCG Offloads 34,780 Pounds of Cocaine

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U.S. Coast Guard District 7

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC-911) offloaded approximately 34,780 pounds of cocaine Tuesday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $466 million wholesale seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and represent 21 separate, suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the U.S. Coast Guard:The cutter Forward was responsible for eight cases seizing an estimated 14…

05 Feb 2019

Coast Guard Interdicts 25 Migrants Off Puerto Rico

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier (WPC-1115) repatriated 22 of 25 Dominican migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday, following the interdiction of a makeshift boat Saturday, approximately 20 nautical miles northwest of Mona Island, Puerto Rico.Three of the interdicted migrants are facing possible federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico for illegally attempting to reenter the United States.The Coast Guard, and federal and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico law enforcement partners have interdicted more than 400 migrants and stopped several narcotics smuggling attempts since October of 2018."The migrants were attempting to make the transit across an ocean passage in a vessel that was inherently unsafe due to overloading…

05 Feb 2019

'Frog's Leg' Proves Bountiful for Aker BP

Aker BP finds up to 153 million barrels of oil equivalents in North SeaAker BP has discovered an oil and gas reservoir while drilling near its Alvheim field in the North Sea.Known as Froskelaar (Frog's Leg) Main, the reservoir is estimated to hold between 45 million and 153 million barrels of oil equivalents, and may straddle Norway's maritime border with Britain."The drilling operation will continue, and a comprehensive data collection program will be performed to determine the size and quality of the discovery," Aker BP said in a statement.When reserves are found to stretch across the British-Norwegian offshore border, the two nations…

04 Feb 2019

Equinor Gets Extension for Norne FPSO

The Norne FPSO in the Norwegian Sea. Image: Equinor (Photo: Anne-Mette Fjærli)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent to Equinor for the extension of production on Norne FPSO with associated facilities for the Norne, Urd and Skuld fields in the Norwegian Sea.Lifetime extension granted for FPSO is for four years to March 2026, as the operator eyes additional 132m barrels from Norwegian Sea field.In its application for extension, operator Equinor has described an improved drainage strategy for the Norne field and the nearby Urd and Skuld fields.The Norne, Urd, Skuld, Alve and Marulk fields are tied in to the Norne ship.

04 Feb 2019

Dart Fisher Ready for O&M Work

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The provider of of topside, offshore and subsea marine services and solutions James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has announced that its innovative offshore support vessel, Dart Fisher, has returned to sea following refurbishment at the Alicat Workboats shipyard in Great Yarmouth.The British provider of marine engineering services provider said in a press note that the £35,000 investment was timed to coincide with up and coming operations and maintenance (O&M) charter requirements to ensure that the Dart Fisher is ready to mobilise at short notice.Scott Plank…

04 Feb 2019

Orca AI Looks to End Ship Collisions

Orca AI launched to prevent maritime collisions by providing AI-backed navigational solutions for the shipping industry, backed by a $2.6 million seed round led by MizMaa Ventures and including funding from Ray Carriers and The Dock.Collisions and other maritime incidents have been on the rise for the past several years, jumping from 2,000 in 2011 to an estimated 4,000 in 2017. The vast majority of maritime collisions occur in congested waterways, often in areas near ports or in narrow waterways. Current navigation tools are less effective in these situations and rely on the crew’s judgment to navigate safely, providing room for human error which is the cause of more than 75% of collisions.Orca AI’s system is designed for crowded waterways and the harshest, lowest visibility, scenarios.

04 Feb 2019

Introducing 7Cs Analyzer

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For more than 20 years, numerous digital chart producers (Hydrographic Offices, Waterway Authorities, and other organizations) have used SevenCs validation tools for quality control and quality assessment of digital charts such as ENCs, IENCs, and AMLs against the relevant standards.At SevenCs, we have been working hard to improve our validation solutions and now the new 7Cs Analyzer Version 4.0 is available. The new Analyzer is based on SevenCs latest S-100 Kernel technology and provides the most comprehensive validation tool on the market.

04 Feb 2019

DOE: $28M Available for Floating Offshore Wind

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $28 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS). ATLANTIS projects will develop new technologies for floating, offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the discipline of control co-design (CCD).“The United States has 13,000 miles of shoreline, which is a huge opportunity to lead the world in capitalizing offshore wind,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a press release.

01 Feb 2019

Deepwater Oil Output to Reach 10 mb/d in 2019

Graph: Rystad Energy

Global deepwater oil production was expected to grow 700,000 barrels  per day (b/d) this year to hit a record high of more than 10 million b/d.Norwegian research group Rystad Energy said that it "expects global deepwater production to reach record high level and surpass 10 million bb/d.""With new fields starting up in Brazil and Gulf of Mexico, we expect the total deepwater liquid production to reach 10.3 million bbl/d in 2019. This is an increase of 700 kbbl/d compared to 2018…

31 Jan 2019

Siemens Gamesa to Suppy 270 Turbines in India

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)  has won a new order in India from ReNew Power, India's large largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), for the supply of 270 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines with a total capacity of 567 MW.The agreement is one of the largest announced in India and will see Siemens Gamesa provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate two wind power facilities, 127 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Bhuj, Gujarat and 143 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Davanagree…

31 Jan 2019

Wintershall Appoints Helge Beuthan to Head ME

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Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall Holding has appointed Helge Beuthan as new general manager of its Middle East division in Abu Dhabi.Beuthan, the current vice president for global subsurface evaluation, would take over the duties of Uwe Salge in Abu Dhabi on February 1, said a press release from the wholly owned subsidiary of BASF.The previous General Manager will return to Wintershall in Kassel, where he will take over Beuthan's area of responsibility.Helge…

31 Jan 2019

Becker Intros New Sail Tech

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Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems is now taking another step forward – wind operated vessels."We will see different hybrid systems on board vessels in the future. There will be ships and services where sailing provides a real option for supporting propulsion," said Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems.Becker is developing a highly efficient wing sail, which will generate significant forward thrust on commercial vessels. The operational profile of the vessel will have to be adapted and weather routing is an important part of it…

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