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06 Dec 2021

Nippon Foundation, DeepStar Launch Joint Decarbonization R&D Program

From left: Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation; Mitsuyuki Unno, Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation; Shakir Shamshy, Director, DeepStar; and Pat Toomey, Manager, Planning and Performance, Chevron’s Complex Process Facilities, DeepStar. Image courtesy The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the offshore technology development consortium DeepStar to establish a joint research and development program focused on decarbonization in offshore oil and gas, with a focus on renewable energy and the environment.The initial program budget is up to $10 million through 2026, and the overall plan is to develop technologies for commercialization.“I am very pleased that we have been able to conclude this new memorandum of understanding,” said Mr. Sasakawa.

06 Dec 2021

Kongsberg Digital Bags 5-year Extension with Heerema Marine Contractors

Dutch offshore installation and construction firm Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has renewed its Long-Term System Support Program (LTSSP) contract with Kongsberg Digital for another five years.The LTSSP is in support of a K-Sim Offshore Crane simulation system, which features digital twins of HMC’s semi-submersible construction vessels, ships, and barges. HMC’s simulation center is located at the HMC headquarters in Leiden, the Netherlands."Renewal of the LTSSP ensures Kongsberg Digital’s continued commitment to maintaining Heerema’s simulators at the leading edge of available technology…

03 Dec 2021

Gas Price Windfall Makes Gazprom Patient Over Nord Stream 2 Delay

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Windfall revenues from high European gas prices mean Russia's Gazprom will not start pumping gas through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline before certification and it will not press Germany to speed up the process, two sources said.Pumping gas without the German approval would only incur a modest fine, but as Germany gets new political leadership and Russia's ties with the West are severely strained, a source at Gazprom said it was content to wait."We don't want to seek faster approval for the pipeline.

03 Dec 2021

3i to Assume Full Control Over Danish Offshore Vessel Owner ESVAGT

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3i Infrastructure has agreed to acquire AMP Capital's stake in the Danish offshore vessel owner ESVAGT.The deal will result in 3i Infrastructure owning a 100% of the equity in ESVAGT. "This further investment is expected to be £268 million. Completion is subject to certain third  party consents and is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2022," 3i Infrastructure said.Peter Lytzen, CEO of ESVAGT said: "ESVAGT has for a  while been subject to a strategic sales process undertaken by our owners 3i and AMP.

03 Dec 2021

Australian LNG Hit by Shell, Chevron Outages at Prelude, Gorgon

The Prelude FLNG facility, with the Valencia Knutsen berthed side-by-side (File Photo: Shell)

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut production at its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) site and Chevron Corp shut one of three processing units at its Gorgon LNG plant, both off northwestern Australia, the companies said on Friday.The Gorgon and Prelude outages are expected to boost spot LNG prices, which are up about 20% from a month ago.Shell said Prelude was hit by a power outage on Thursday after smoke was detected in an electrical utility area, and the facility is operating on back-up diesel generators.

03 Dec 2021

Shipping Firm MOL Teams Up with Flotation Energy to Build Floating Wind Farms in Japan

Kincardine offshore floating wind farm developed by Flotation Energy founders

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has partnered up with Scotland-based floating wind specialist Flotation Energy to jointly evaluate offshore wind development opportunities in Japan. The agreement builds on the 2GW portfolio of offshore floating wind projects in Japan being developed by Flotation Energy (Japan) Co. Ltd., starting from Niigata and followed by other areas, the companies said.MOL will jointly develop a local supply chain and Flotation Energy will manage overall project development.

02 Dec 2021

Petronas Awards FEED Contracts for Third LNG Floater

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Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas has awarded two Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contracts to a JGC Corporation-Samsung Heavy Industries consortium and to Saipem as part of an international dual FEED design competition for a nearshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Sabah. The project, with a minimum capacity of 2.0 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) is a first of its kind in Malaysia, Petronas said.The FEED design competition is expected to take place over the course of 10 months with the Final Investment Decision (FID) planned for end of 2022.Subject to FID…

02 Dec 2021

ABS Grants SUSTAIN 1 Notation for Harvey Gulf OSV Pair

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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted its ABS SUSTAIN 1 Notation for two Harvey Gulf International Marine offshore support vessels, recognizing how their design and operation are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).To earn the notation, the Harvey Blue-Sea and Harvey Sub-Sea vessels were among 12 of the Harvey Gulf fleet evaluated by ABS for their performance against six of the UNSDG’s criteria. The remaining 10 vessels are also being considered for Sustain notations.The ABS Sustain notations demonstrate adherence to certain UNSDGs related to vessel design…

02 Dec 2021

Eneti Orders Second Wind Turbine Installation Vessel for $326M

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Eneti, an offshore wind installation company in the making, said Thursday it had entered into a binding agreement for the construction of one wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV).The company, formerly known as Scorpio Bulkers, ordered the first WTIV from South Korea-based builder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) back in May.Now, the company has exercised an option it held with DSME for the construction of one more  WTIV. The contract price is $326 million,…

02 Dec 2021

Maersk Training Pens 'Six-figure' Deal with Boskalis Subsea Services

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Maersk Training has said it has won a six-figure contract to provide Training Management Services (TMS) for Boskalis Subsea Services’ 1000-strong global workforce. The contract is for three years with a two-year extension option.Maersk Training will deliver solutions for offshore survival, health, safety and environment, diving operations, and deck operations. Alongside simulation and practical exercises and activities, some of the offerings will also be delivered via Maersk Training’s…

02 Dec 2021

Singapore's Temasek Working with Portfolio Firms in Green Transition

Conglomerate Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine are considering combining their loss-making offshore and marine (O&M) businesses, with Temasek set to become the largest shareholder in the combined company. - File Photo: Keppel

Singapore state investor Temasek is working with its portfolio companies to help them become more green as advancing sustainability goals becomes the new normal, the firm's chief sustainability officer said on Thursday.Temasek, with a portfolio valued at S$381 billion ($278.81 billion) as of March, has committed more than S$2 billion this year to the decarbonization sector alone, Steve Howard told the Reuters Next conference."We want to work with those companies and help make sure that they are supported in having transition plans," Howard added.

01 Dec 2021

Huisman's Cranes for Cadeler's New Wind Turbine Installation Vessels

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Dutch offshore crane maker Huisman has secured a contract from China's COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Co., Ltd. to design and build two >2,000mt Leg Encircling Cranes (LEC) for Cadeler's recently ordered two new build X-class vessels.The identical Leg Encircling Cranes will have a 155-meter long boom, capable of reaching 180.5m above deck. Optionally, the boom can be upgraded to 175m in order to increase the lifting height to 200.5m. With these cranes, Denmark-based offshore…

01 Dec 2021

U.S. Crude Output in September Fell 3.5% after Ida Hit Offshore Platforms

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U.S. crude oil production fell 3.5% in September after Hurricane Ida temporarily halted most crude production in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday.Crude output dropped 380,000 barrels per day to 10.809 mln bpd from a revised 11.189 mln bpd in August, the report said. The decline came as production in the offshore Gulf of Mexico fell by 464,000 bpd, offsetting onshore gains.Ida disrupted Gulf of Mexico production as it passed through the Gulf at the end of August.

01 Dec 2021

Hi-Float: Hyundai Heavy Gets BV AiP for Floating Wind Turbine Foundation

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Bureau Veritas (BV) has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries for its design and development of “Hi-Float”, a floating offshore wind turbine foundation. The offshore floating wind substructure “Hi-Float” is designed to support a 10MW wind turbine with semi-submersible and mooring technology. According to a press statement issued by BV, at Hi-Float,  a passive ballast system ensures that risk is kept to a minimum during offshore operations. The good…

30 Nov 2021

Caterpillar to Power Edda Wind's New Vessels

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Caterpillar Marine said it has been selected to be the power solutions provider for Edda Wind’s four new commissioning service operation vessels (CSOV) being built at Astilleros Gondán and two new service operation vessels (SOV) to be built at Astilleros Balenciaga shipyards in Spain. The series of vessels six will be delivered in 2022-2024.Of the six confirmed units, the first four in the series have been contracted to work on offshore wind farms under long-term agreements with Ørsted, Vestas and Ocean Breeze.

30 Nov 2021

Volvo Penta's Propulsion for American Offshore Services' CTVs

Rendering of AOS Wind Farm Crew Transfer Vessel

Volvo Penta has secured a contract to provide quad IPS propulsion systems for the four new offshore wind farm crew transfer vessels (CTVs) that will be built at Blount Boats for American Offshore Services (AOS). The new 30-meter (99-ft.) twin-hull CTVs will be powered by four IPS900 propulsion drives, two in each hull. The fully integrated system will also include Volvo Penta’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System and integrated joystick controls, allowing for convenient and easy maneuverability even in conditions of strong currents and high waves.

30 Nov 2021

Keppel, Ørsted in Offshore Substation Pact

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Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine has signed a framework agreement with offshore wind industry giant Ørsted for future offshore substation (OSS) projects."The agreement is part of a strategic initiative to strengthen the long-term partnership of the two companies and streamline processes for future OSS projects. This follows Keppel O&M’s recent completion of its first project for Ørsted in Singapore in September 2021 – two OSS for Taiwan’s Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms…

29 Nov 2021

U.S. Oil Drilling Review Proposes Higher Fees, Development Curbs

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The Biden administration proposed a slew of changes on Friday to the nation's federal oil and gas leasing program, including hiking fees on drilling companies and limiting their access to sensitive wildlife and cultural zones.The recommendations followed a months-long review aimed at ensuring drilling on federal lands and waters benefits the public. But in a sign of the extreme controversy surrounding the issue, environmental groups slammed the proposals as too weak and the industry…

29 Nov 2021

Germany Working with U.S. on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal

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Germany said on Sunday it was continuing to work closely with the United States on implementing a deal on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea and carries gas from Russia to Germany.Germany's foreign ministry said it continued to coordinate closely with the U.S. administration on implementing a joint declaration on the $11 billion pipeline.The Biden administration has waived sanctions on the pipeline operator and made a deal with Germany in July, although…

26 Nov 2021

U.S. Interior Department Set to Release Federal Oil Leasing Review

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The U.S. Interior Department will release a long-awaited report reviewing the environmental costs and economic benefits of the nation's federal oil and gas leasing program as early as Friday, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.President Joe Biden's administration launched the review earlier this year in what had been widely seen as a first step in delivering on a campaign promise to end new federal fossil fuel drilling to fight climate change.The report, however…

26 Nov 2021

More Offshore Wind Work for Siem Offshore Vessel

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore has secured another offshore wind contract for its multi-purpose support vessel Siem Dorado.According to Siem Offshore, the new contract has already started and will keep the vessel utilized into the first quarter of 2022. This contract covers the subsea development phase for a new offshore wind farm. The company didn't say who the client was.This is the second contract award for the Siem Dorado vessel announced by Siem Offshore this month.On November 11…

24 Nov 2021

South Fork Wind Project Gets Final BOEM Approval

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The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday it approved the South Fork offshore wind power project off the coast of Rhode Island, making it the second commercial-scale wind project with federal approval.The decision comes as the administration of President Joe Biden seeks to rapidly expand the U.S. offshore wind industry as part of its broader effort to decarbonize the nation's power sector by 2035, and the whole economy by 2050, to fight climate change.The approximately 130-megawatt South Fork Wind project, a joint venture of Danish firm Orsted AS and U.S.

24 Nov 2021

SEA-KIT's USV Equipped with Innovative Connectivity Solution by Inmarsat

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Maritime and offshore mobile satellite communications specialist Inmarsat has installed a new connectivity solution on SEA-KIT's uncrewed surface vessel (USV) Maxlimer using virtualized networks that the company says will establish higher standards for over-the-horizon uncrewed vessel control.The installation connects the USV Maxlimer to the best available network at all times by switching as necessary between Fleet LTE, Global Xpress (GX) and FleetBroadband satellite services when out of range…

24 Nov 2021

PGS Wins 4D Seismic Survey Gig in North Sea

Norwegian marine seismic data acquisition firm PGS has won a 4D survey contract in the North Sea.The company said Wednesday that a Ramform Titan-class vessel was scheduled to start the acquisition in early August of 2022 and complete it in mid-September.President & CEO in PGS, Rune Olav Pedersen said: "We are very pleased to be awarded this 4D contract in the North Sea. It is encouraging to see our clients securing capacity well in advance, like in this case, and we believe in a continued improvement of the contract market next year."PGS did not share the identity of the client.

23 Nov 2021

Fred. Olsen 1848: Bonheur's New Firm Developing Mobile Ports, Floating Wind, Solar Solutions

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Bonheur, a Norwegian holding company for the Olsen family, has established Fred. Olsen 1848, described as a company dedicated to developing technologies and solutions for the renewable energy industry."In Fred. Olsen 1848 we are determined to act now, and we aim to be the frontrunner in developing tomorrow’s technologies within renewables and thereby becoming the preferred partner for businesses and organizations looking for the right solution.” Sofie Olsen Jebsen, CEO, Fred. Olsen 1848.According to a press statement issued Tuesday, Fred.

23 Nov 2021

Havfram, J.P. Morgan to Order 'Series' of Wind Turbine Installation Vessels

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Institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives, in cooperation with Norwegian offshore services firm Havfram, have signed a letter of intent with China's CIMC-Raffles to build "a series of next-generation, state-of-the-art wind turbine installation vessels (“WTIV”)."The jack-up installation units will be offered for market entry in 2024, Havfram said.The first vessels will be built at CIMC-Raffle’s Yantai yard in China for delivery in 2024. "The plan is to…

22 Nov 2021

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Suspension Could be Short-lived

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The suspension of the approval process for the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline by a German regulator could be short-lived as Europe is hungry for more gas, an analyst said on Monday after meeting officials of Russian state gas giant Gazprom.Last week, Germany's energy regulator temporarily halted the certification process for the new pipeline that will carry Russian gas into Europe, throwing up a new roadblock to the contentious project and driving up regional gas prices.German…

22 Nov 2021

Van Oord's Aeolus Tests Seaqualize's Offshore Lifting Tool

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Offshore industry tech scale-up Seaqualize has said it has completed offshore trials for its inline Active Heave Compensator (iAHC), the ‘Delta600’ in cooperation with Van Oord."Together with testing partners Van Oord and nautical research institute MARIN, the offshore lifting tool was tested for fixed-to-floating, floating-to-fixed, and floating-to-floating transfers of 300mT loads. The Delta600 is DNV certified and ready for work," Seaqualize said.Seaqualize has described its tool…

19 Nov 2021

Worker Medevaced from Platform off Louisiana

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A worker was medevaced from a platform approximately 18 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday.Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at approximately 2:40 a.m. stating a worker offshore was experiencing seizure like symptoms.Watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the worker, and transferred him to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La.According to the Coast Guard, the man was last reported in stable condition.

19 Nov 2021

Construction of U.S. First Large-scale Offshore Wind Farm Starts

Iberdrola breaks ground on Vineyard Wind 1, the United States' first large-scale offshore wind farm - Credit: Iberdrola

Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola has informed that it has started construction work for the Vineyard Wind 1, the United States' first large-scale offshore wind farm.The offshore wind farm will be located off the coast of Massachusetts. It is 25 times larger than an existing offshore wind farm in Rhode Island, which has 30 MW installed capacity and supplies electricity to 17,000 homes.With 800 MW capacity, Vineyard Wind 1 will meet the electricity needs of more than 400,000 households and…

19 Nov 2021

Ithaca Energy Charters Solstad Offshore Platform Supplier

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Norwegian offshore support vessel firm Solstad Offshore has secured a term contract for the platform supply vessel Far Symphony in the UK North Sea.The contract is with the UKCS-focused oil and gas company Ithaca Energy.Under the charter, the platform supplier, equipped with DP 2 from Kongsberg, will be supporting Ithaca’s UK North Sea operations for a period of one year firm, with further options up to one year. Solstad did not share the financial details.The contract for the 2003-built, Ulstein-designed PSV will begin during this month.

18 Nov 2021

Chevron, Exxon Among Top Spenders at Biden Offshore Auction

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U.S. oil majors Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp were among the top buyers at a federal auction of oil leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday that generated more than $190 million - the highest since 2019.The auction was a boon for federal coffers, but a potential setback for the climate policies of U.S. President Joe Biden, whose administration tried to suspend federal lease sales to fight global warming before a court forced them to proceed.The United States was also…

18 Nov 2021

Rem Offshore Picks Kongsberg's Vessel Insight for Offshore Wind Fleet

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Offshore vessel operator Rem Offshore has selected Vessel Insight from Kongsberg Digital to collect vital data from its three new offshore wind vessels, currently under construction.The first vessel will be completed at Green Yard Kleven in November, while the other two are under construction at Vard, with completion in 2023 and 2024, respectively.By installing the infrastructure service Vessel Insight, Rem Offshore will collect data from the vessels and enable the use of applications to optimize operations. "An important part of the delivery is two applications from Kongsberg Maritime.

18 Nov 2021

Swire Projects Charters Six Multipurpose Heavy-lift Vessels

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Swire Projects, a Swire Shipping division formed last year to provide specialist shipping services to the energy, renewable, and infrastructure sectors, has agreed to charter six multipurpose heavy-lift vessels.The company said Thursday it had signed an agreement with Nordic Project & Finance for the long-term charter of the six vessels.lift vessels. "The terms of the charter remain confidential," Swire Projects said.The long-term charters include 4 x 12700dwt and 2 x 19600dwt MPP  vessels built between 2007 and 2011.

17 Nov 2021

Geoquip Marine Accused of Jones Act Violations

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An American offshore services trade group is accusing Swiss-headquartered Geoquip Marine of violating the Jones Act, a U.S. law requiring seaborne cargo shipped between two U.S. points to be carried by American-built, -crewed and -owned vessels.A report published by the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) alleges that Geoquip Marine's Geoquip Saentis—a Chinese-built, foreign-crewed and Bahamian-flagged vessel—transported subsoil samples from points on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to U.S. ports for testing in support of an offshore wind project."U.S. wind power should mean U.S.

17 Nov 2021

Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Pulls in $191.6 Million

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The Biden administration's auction of oil drilling rights in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico generated more than $190 million in high bids, bringing in more money for taxpayers than any government offshore lease sale since early 2019.The Department of Interior auction came days after the U.S. joined a global agreement that for the first time asked governments to accelerate emissions cuts by phasing down coal and fossil fuel subsidies.It was the first auction under President Joe Biden, whose administration paused drilling sales under a promise to end development on federal properties.

17 Nov 2021

Asia's First Newbuild SOV Launched in Vietnam

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Asia's first newbuild service operation vessel (SOV) has been launched in Vietnam.The hybrid-electric TSS Pioneer is being built by Vard Vung Tau for owner Ta San Shang Marine Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) and Ta Tong Marine Co., Ltd. (TTM). It is scheduled to be delivered in early 2022.The 6,000 GT vessel will be time-chartered to Orsted Taiwan Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Denmark-based Ørsted, to support the operations and maintenance of the Ørsted-developed Greater Changhua offshore wind farms in the Taiwan Strait.The SOV is of VARD 4 19 design…

17 Nov 2021

Report: Germany's Nord Stream 2 Move May Delay Start-up to March

On September 10, 2021, the sections of the second Nord Stream 2 pipeline laid from the German shore and Danish waters was connected in a so-called above water tie-in. The opposing pipe strings were lifted from the seabed by the lay barge Fortuna and the pipe ends were cut and fitted together. The welding to connect the two lines took place on a platform located above the water on the side of the vessel. Then the connected pipeline was lowered to the seabed as one continuous string.©NordStream2

A German regulator's decision to suspend licensing of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline could delay commissioning of the infrastructure to March 2022, government sources told Reuters."I expect that the start of Nord Stream 2 could be delayed until March 2022," a government source said on Wednesday.The source cited the need for Russia's Gazprom to create a limited liability company under German law, adding that Gazprom had flagged it would start doing so.Tuesday's move…

17 Nov 2021

U.S. Offshore Oil Auction Starts Under Court Order, Shadow of Climate Deal

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The Biden administration on Wednesday will auction oil drilling rights to 80 million acres in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico days after joining a global agreement that for the first time targeted fossil fuels as the main driver of global warming.The sale by the Department of Interior will be the first under President Joe Biden, whose administration paused drilling sales under a promise to end development on federal properties. But Biden lost a court fight to oil-producing states that…

17 Nov 2021

Inmarsat, Maersk Supply Service Strike Deal for Fleet Xpress Digital Portfolio

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Inmarsat, the mobile satellite communications provider, has extended its Fleet Xpress service agreement with offshore vessel owner Maersk Supply Service. The extension includes fleet-wide IoT-based ship management connectivity on separate, dedicated bandwidths. The extension has also enabled Maersk Supply Service to evaluate new vessel performance tools for selection, available through Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider (CAP) program.Operating off Europe, the Americas, West Africa…

17 Nov 2021

SBM Offshore to Build Fourth FPSO for Exxon in Guyana

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Dutch FPSO specialist SBM Offshore has won contracts to perform Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for an FPSO for Exxon's Yellowtail development offshore Guyana. This will be SBM Offshore's largest-ever FPSO.The FEED contract for what will be Guyana's fourth FPSO, and fourth delivered by SBM Offshore, triggers the initial release of funds by ExxonMobil to begin FEED activities and secure a Fast4Ward hull. The Fast4Ward program includes a new build, multi-Purpose Floater hull combined with several standardized topsides modules.

16 Nov 2021

VIDEO: Niestern Sander Launches Walk-to-work Icebreaker

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Dutch shipbuilder Royal Niestern Sander last weekend launched "yard number 862", a shallow draft ice-breaking walk to work vessel, being built for a joint venture between the Russian companies Mercury Sakhalin and Pola."The world’s first ice-breaking walk-to-work vessel is one step closer to delivery and operations in harsh weather conditions in Sakhalin. To be continued!," the shipbuilder said in a press statement on Tuesday.The shallow draft ice-breaking walk-to-work vessel is designed and optimized for year-round operations in the challenging conditions on the east coast of Sakhalin…

16 Nov 2021

Ocean Winds, Principle Power in French Floating Wind Team-up

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Ocean Winds, a partnership between ENGIE and EDP Renewables, and Principle Power, a designer of floating wind turbine foundations, will cooperate to design the floating platforms for France’s first commercial-scale floating wind tender.In September this year, the French Government selected Ocean Winds to participate in the tender process.The duo has successfully delivered the 25 MW WindFloat Atlantic floating wind farm project currently operating in Portugal and the companies…

16 Nov 2021

Solstad Offshore Sells Far Swan PSV

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Solstad Offshore, a Norwegian offshore vessel owner, said Tuesday it had sold the platform supply vessel Far Swan.The company, which last year said it would trim its fleet to make it more competitive, with a plan to divest 37 vessels "over a period of time," said  it had delivered the Far Swan to the new owner on November 16th, 2021."The sale of the vessel will result in an immaterial accounting effect for Q4 2021," Solstad Offshore said. The vessel was sold by Solstad Offshore's subsidiary Farstad Shipping.

16 Nov 2021

Philly Shipyard Nets First Contract in U.S. Offshore Wind Market

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U.S. shipbuilder Philly Shipyard has won a contract from the dredging giant Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company to build a Jones Act-compliant subsea rock installation vessel that will serve the growing U.S. offshore wind market.The contract award, first in the U.S. offshore wind space for the shipyard, is worth around $197 million. Great Lakes, the U.S. largest dredging services provider, will have a right of first refusal on a second ship. If both ships are ordered, then the total contract value of the two-ship program would be around $382 million."Over the past several years…

16 Nov 2021

Bernhard Schulte Enters Saudi Offshore Market Through Rawabi Vallianz JV

Credit: Photo: Contract signing with Nick Topham (left), Managing Director of BSM Germany, and Ahmed AlQadeeb, Vice President, Oil and Gas, Rawabi Vallianz Offshore Services © BSM/Rawabi

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Rawabi Vallianz Offshore Services (RVOS) on Tuesday announced a joint venture to offer third-party ship management services to the offshore sector in Saudi Arabia.The deal was announced during the  ADIPEC Exhibition in Abu Dhabi."The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has some of the world’s largest oil reserves and a mature extraction industry supported by an established offshore service chain. With a fleet of more than 40 offshore vessels, Rawabi Vallianz Offshore Services is one of the leading suppliers of offshore vessels within this market.

15 Nov 2021

Worley, Hexicon in Floating Wind Project Off Norway

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Swedish developer of twin offshore wind turbine technology Hexicon has partnered with Australia-based engineering giant Worley for FEED, Engineering Procurement Fabrication (EPF), and installation management of Hrxicon's technology demonstrator project TwinWay, in Norway.As reported back in May this year, Hexicon said it would develop a demonstrator project - TwinWay- for floating wind power at Metcentre’s deepwater area off of Norway’s coast. With TwinWay, a pilot to commercialize new offshore floating wind technology…

15 Nov 2021

Amplify Energy Pulls Full-year Outlook after California Offshore Oil Spill

Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo (Cropped)

Amplify Energy Corp withdrew its full-year forecast on Monday, saying that a large oil spill from one of its subsea pipelines in southern California last month forced it to shut its operations in the region.In mid-October, the U.S. Coast Guard said about 588 barrels (25,000 gallons) of crude oil was spilt, about a fifth as much as it initially estimated, from a pipeline connected to an offshore facility owned by Amplify's unit.The oil and gas producer said on Monday that it was under multiple investigations by state and federal authorities over the incident…

15 Nov 2021

Boskalis Clinches $515M Offshore Wind Installation Deal

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Dutch marine contractor Boskalis has won a contract to transport and install the monopile foundations and substations for an offshore wind farm development.Boskalis did not say who the client was, nor where the project would be taking place, but said the value was around 450 million euros (around $515 million)."Boskalis’ successful track record in offshore wind energy is founded in Europe and has expanded to Asia in recent years, and more recently to the US East Coast," Boskalis said…

15 Nov 2021

Eni: Coral Sul FLNG Complete and Ready to Sail Away to Mozambique

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Italian energy industry giant Eni said Monday it had held the naming and sail away ceremony for the Coral-Sul FLNG unit, the first floating LNG facility ever to be deployed in the deep waters of the African continent. The event took place at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, in the presence of Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, and H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea.The FLNG, which is part of the Coral South Project, will be now towed and moored at its operating site in the Rovuma basin offshore Mozambique.

12 Nov 2021

Solstad Offshore Sells Platform Supplier

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore is continuing with divestments of non-core vessels and has now sold the Rem Provider platform supply vessel.The vessel, built in 2007, was sold by Solstad Offshore's subsidiary Solstad Rederi AS and the vessel was delivered to the new owner took on Friday. "The sale of the vessel will result in an immaterial accounting effect for Q4 2021," Solstad Offshore said, without sharing further details on the buyer or on the sale value. VesselsValue values the vessel at $3,25 million, with demolition value at around $1,13 million.

12 Nov 2021

Report: Exxon, SBM Offshore in Talks to Build Fourth FPSO for Guyana

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Exxon Mobil is in discussions with Dutch contractor SBM Offshore NV to build a fourth multibillion-dollar production unit to develop its Guyana oil discoveries, two people close to the negotiations said.The talks include the potential for some future platform assembly in Guyana, the people said. Guyana hopes to develop an oil industry infrastructure to boost the economy and job growth. Officials are under pressure to show the potential oil bonanza will be shared with its citizens.The South American country is home to the world's biggest offshore discoveries in years…

11 Nov 2021

ABSG Consulting, Global Maritime Partner for US Offshore Wind

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Operational risk management company ABSG Consulting Inc. and marine offshore and engineering consultancy Global Maritime announced their alliance to support the U.S. offshore wind sector. Global Maritime's U.S. subsidiary, American Global Maritime Inc., and ABS Consulting will offer a service that supports the offshore wind life-cycle from concept design through decommissioning."We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with Global Maritime and employing their extensive track…

11 Nov 2021

Solstad Offshore Nets Work for CSV Duo

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore has won contracts for two of its medium size construction support vessels.Solstad said Thursday that the Dutch offshore services firm Fugro had chartered its CSV Normand Mermaid for a period of 16 months firm. The contract will start in December 2021.Also, Solstad said that it had secured a contract extension for the Normand Baltic CSV."The present Client on CSV “Normand Baltic” has exercised their option to extend the contract with another 8 months to July 2022 with further 90 days options thereafter…

11 Nov 2021

Construction Starts for First North Star Renewables' Offshore Wind Vessels

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Construction has started for North Star Renewables' two vessels bound for work at what will be the world's largest offshore wind farm - the Dogger Bank in the UK.To mark the construction of the two vessels - a Service Operation Vessel and a daughter craft - two steel cutting ceremonies have taken place in Vietnam and the UK respectively.The whole newbuild program comprises three service operation vessels (SOVs) and three associated daughter crafts, with all six vessels bound for the first two phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, located off the East coast of Yorkshire (UK).

11 Nov 2021

Siem Offshore's Vessel Hired for Offshore Wind Work

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Siem Offshore has won a contract for its multi-purpose support vessel Siem Dorado in the offshore wind market.The Norwegian vessel owner said the up to 210 days firm contract plus options, was with an undisclosed international client.The contract is set to begin for commencement during the first quarter of 2022. The scope of work covers the subsea development part for a new offshore wind farm.Built in 2009, the 93.6 meters long Siem Dorado is a diesel-electric driven vessel. It features a 100 T heave compensated offshore crane…

10 Nov 2021

Baker Hughes Signs Deal with Shell for Renewable Energy Credits

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Oil major Royal Dutch Shell's clean energy unit will provide renewable energy credits (REC) to oilfield firm Baker Hughes' facilities in United States for a two-year period, the companies said on Wednesday.

10 Nov 2021

Eneti to Raise $200M for WTIV Construction via Share Sale

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Offshore wind turbine installation firm Eneti plans to raise $200 million through a public offering of shares. It will use the funds raised to fund wind turbine installation vessel newbuilding program consisting of one contracted newbuilding vessel, one optional newbuilding vessel, and one proposed Jones Act compliant newbuilding vessel. As part of the Offering, Scorpio Holdings Limited, a related party of the company, has expressed an interest to purchase common shares at the public offering price with a value of at least $30.0 million.Citigroup…

10 Nov 2021

Noble Corp. Shareholder to Vote Against Maersk Drilling Merger

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Following the announcement of a proposed merger between offshore drillers Maersk Drilling and Noble Corporation on Wednesday, a Noble shareholder said it would vote against the deal.The combination is a primarily all-stock transaction where the shares of the combined company will be distributed equally between the current shareholders of Noble and Maersk Drilling.The transaction is planned to be implemented through an English incorporated holding company, which will make a voluntary tender exchange offer to the shareholders of Maersk Drilling.

10 Nov 2021

U.S. Proposes New Marine Sanctuary Offshore California

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The Biden administration on Tuesday said it was taking steps to designate a national marine sanctuary off the coast of central California. President Joe Biden has set a goal of safeguarding 30% of U.S. land and water over the next decade. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said the proposal would protect a 7,000-square-mile area. The waters are important to the heritage of the Native American Chumash people who once lived in coastal villages that are now submerged.

09 Nov 2021

Nexans Opens Expanded Subsea Cable Facility in Charleston

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France-based offshore cable manufacturer and installation contractor Nexans announced Tuesday it has officially opened its transformed high voltage subsea cable plant in Charleston, S.C.From the Charleston facility Nexans will deliver subsea cables up to 525kV HVDC and 400kV HVAC, covering the full range of needed products for export cables for offshore wind and subsea interconnectors. The first subsea high voltage export cable will be delivered to an offshore windfarm in the U.K.

09 Nov 2021

Watch: Barge Master's Motion-compensated Solution for Offshore Wind Feeder Vessels

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Dutch company Barge Master earlier this year said it had developed a motion-compensated feeder solution for the next generation of offshore wind turbines, called BM-Feeder.The company at the time said that its motion-compensated platform could be placed on an offshore vessel or barge and ensure that the components are kept completely stable for the hook-on and lift-off by the installation jack-up, and that, with its adjustable payload capacity was capable of "feedering" all turbine components, including future generations of wind turbine generators.Barge Master is apparently targeting the U.S.

09 Nov 2021

Emission Reduction: Eidesvik, Aker BP, Alma to Test Ammonia Fuel Cell Tech on Offshore Vessels

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Eidesvik Offshore, a Norwegian offshore support vessel owner, has signed a deal with oil firm Aker BP and Alma to investigate the possibility of using Alma's fuel cell technology to accelerate the transition to zero-emission shipping.Alma is a venture under establishment by Aker Group's recently formed platform for venture capital in industrial technology Clara Venture Labs. Under the agreement, the companies will explore retrofit installation of Alma’s ammonia fuel cell technology…

09 Nov 2021

Solstad Offshore, DOF Sell Construction Support Vessels

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Norwegian offshore vessel owners DOF and Solstad Offshore on Tuesday each announced construction support vessel sale deals.DOF Subsea said it had agreed to sell the vessel “Geosund” to an international buyer. The estimated delivery of the vessel to the new owner is in Q1, 2022, the company said, without sharing details on the identity of the buyer. Geosund (Ex-Far Swan) was built in 2001 as a platform supply vessel and rebuilt to a construction support vessel in 2006.Separately…

08 Nov 2021

Offshore Wind Vessel Firm Edda Wind Plans Oslo IPO

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Offshore wind vessel company Edda Wind, owned by Wilhelmsen and Østensjø, on Monday announced plan to launch an offering of shares in the company and to apply for a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange (the “IPO”).Based in Haugesund, Norway, Edda Wind develops, builds, owns, and operates purpose-built Service Operation Vessels (“SOV”) and Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (“CSOV”) for offshore wind farms.The company owns and operates two purpose-built offshore wind SOVs and…

08 Nov 2021

Saudi Arabia: IMI, Zamil in Offshore Support Vessel JV

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International Maritime Industries (IMI), which describes itself as the largest maritime yard in the MENA region, has signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Zamil Offshore to deliver Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) building and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services (MRO) in Saudi Arabia."The long-term agreement signed with Zamil, one of the Middle East’s largest shipyards and owners, operating a fleet of over 60 diversified vessels in Saudi Arabia, aims to enhance IMI’s localization efforts in the Kingdom and boost its lifecycle support services…

08 Nov 2021

BW Offshore's FPSO to Stay in Nigeria for One More Year

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Norwegian floating oil and gas production systems owner BW Offshore has secured a one-year contract extension in Nigeria for one of its FPSOs.The contract, with Addax Petroleum Exploration (Nigeria) Ltd, is for the lease and operation of the FPSO Sendje Berge. The firm period has been extended to Q4 2022, BW Offshore, which owns a fleet of 14 floaters, said.According to WorldEnergyReports FPSO Database, the Sendje Berge is a spread-moored FPSO used for production at the Okwori…

08 Nov 2021

Bladt, Semco to Deliver Three 880MW Offshore Substations for CVOW Project

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Danish offshore energy industry services firms Bladt Industries and Semco Maritime have been awarded a contract to deliver substations for Dominion Energy's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project in the U.S.The contract comprises three 880 MW offshore substations, which will be established in 2021-2025 and commissioned in 2026."The three substations will constitute the backbone of the electrical infrastructure for the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. The contract is Bladt Industries’ and Semco Maritime’s third offshore substation project in the U.S.

08 Nov 2021

Uniper CFO: Nord Stream 2 Completion Not Cure-all for Gas Market Woes

On September 10, 2021, the sections of the second Nord Stream 2 pipeline laid from the German shore and Danish waters was connected in a so-called above water tie-in. The opposing pipe strings were lifted from the seabed by the lay barge Fortuna and the pipe ends were cut and fitted together. The welding to connect the two lines took place on a platform located above the water on the side of the vessel. Then the connected pipeline was lowered to the seabed as one continuous string.©NordStream2

The completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to bring more Russian gas into Germany under the Baltic Sea would go some way to relieving the tight gas market this winter, but there were other factors at play, the chief finance officer of utility Uniper said."Clearly it (Nord Stream 2) would help but the situation is more complex," CFO Tiina Tuomela said in an earnings call with analysts on Friday, adding weather factors and the level of arrivals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Europe were also important.Certification of the pipeline…

05 Nov 2021

Hornsea Two: Jumbo Completes Delivery of Wind Turbine Foundation Parts in 37 Voyages

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Dutch heavy lift shipping and offshore transport & installation contractor Jumbo has completed the transport and handling of offshore wind turbine foundation components for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK.Supporting DEME Offshore, Jumbo deployed its K-3000 class heavy lift vessel Fairmaster to carry out its scope of transporting 141 monopiles and 131 transition pieces from Rostock, Germany, and Aalborg, Denmark to Eemshaven, the Netherlands.This 152.9 meter-long heavy lift vessel…

05 Nov 2021

Shell Restarts Production from Hurricane-hit Platforms in Gulf of Mexico

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Shell said on Friday it had restarted production at its offshore Mars and Ursa in the Gulf of Mexico and began exporting oil and gas through a transfer facility, which was shut due to damage from Hurricane Ida.The oil major was the hardest-hit producer from Ida, which tore through the Gulf of Mexico in August and removed 28 million barrels from the market.Shell's West Delta-143 offshore facility, which transfers oil and gas from three major fields for processing at onshore terminals…

05 Nov 2021

Dominion Energy Files Plans for 2.6GW CVOW Project to Virginia Authorities

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U.S. company Dominion Energy expects to file plans later on Friday with the Virginia State Corporation Commission for approval to construct the 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project, which will generate enough clean energy to power up to 660,000 homes."The filing keeps the project on schedule and builds on recent economic development announcements, such as the Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy turbine blade factory at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal and Dominion Energy's investment in the only U.S.

05 Nov 2021

Havila Shipping Sells 'Havila Crusader'

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Havila Shipping has sold the platform supply vessel Havila Crusader.Havila Shipping said Friday it had sold the platform supplier to a foreign owner, "who will use the vessel outside the offshore industry. "The firm said that the sale was completed at the requirement of a lender in accordance with the clauses of the restructuring agreement. Built in 2010 by Hellesøy Yard, the 85-meter long Havila Crusader is a platform supply vessel of the VS 485 CD design.

05 Nov 2021

U.S. Calls on Nations to Set Bold Offshore Wind Targets

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A top U.S. official on Thursday challenged nations to join the United States in setting aggressive goals to expand electricity production from offshore wind.Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued the call during an appearance at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.The administration of President Joe Biden has moved swiftly this year to support a nascent offshore wind industry in the United States, a key part of its plan to decarbonize the power sector…

05 Nov 2021

DEME Offshore, Prysmian Win Largest Ever U.S. Offshore Wind Installation Deal

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Offshore installation contractor DEME Offshore has said it has secured a +$1.1 billion Balance of Plant (BoP) contract for the construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project in a consortium with Prysmian. The contract, with a total value amounting to +$1.9 Billion, has been awarded by Dominion Energy Virginia, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc., to a consortium, made up of DEME Group and Prysmian.According to DEME Offshore, the agreement is the largest offshore wind installation contract ever awarded in the U.S.

03 Nov 2021

Wilson Sons Ramping Up to Support O&G Ops

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Eying recent demand increases and oil prices recovery in the international market, Brazil's largest tug operator says it is ramping up to support a growing number of offshore oil and gas projects expected to take off in the coming years.Globally, around 30 production floater contracts are now queued up for award over the next 18 months, assuming no major market disruption occurs and the supply chain can absorb the orders within this time frame, according to an in-depth market analysis recently completed by International Maritime Associates/World Energy Reports.Wilson Sons…

02 Nov 2021

Maritime for the Win(d)

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With the recent announcement by Secretary Deb Haaland that the Department of Interior will potentially hold up to seven new offshore lease sales by 2025, the Biden administration has taken a significant step toward its goal of bringing online 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. This development is the latest indicator that close collaboration now between America’s offshore wind and maritime stakeholders holds the promise of lasting benefits for our nation’s energy future.

02 Nov 2021

Standard Drilling Sells Stake in VLCC Gustavia S

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Norwegian investment company Standard Drilling said Tuesday it had sold its 33.3% ownership in the VLCC Gustavia S, following the updated company strategy. Standard Drilling, which in 2013 sold off its offshore drilling rigs, only to return as offshore vessel owner in 2016, in January 2020 entered the tanker market by acquiring a 33.3% ownership in the newly built Gustavia S VLCC.Now, the company has sold its stake in the 300 000 TDW ECO Design Crude Oil Tanker built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co and fitted with scrubber technology delivered by Wärtsila.

01 Nov 2021

Island Offshore PSV Running on Biofuel

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Norwegian offshore vessels owner Island Offshore said one of its ships is the first offshore vessel on the Norwegian shelf running on biofuel.This pilot program, run by Lundin Energy Norway on board Island Offshore's platform supply vessel (PSV) Island Crusader, has led to immediate and significant reductions in CO2 emissions and also proves that biogas can be used on liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines without modifications. The engine manufacturer Bergen Engines has previously…

01 Nov 2021

Jackson Offshore Buys Platform Supply Vessel. Five-year Charter with Shell Secured

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U.S.-based offshore vessel owner Jackson Offshore Operators has acquired the M/V STORM platform supply vessel.Once it has completed regulatory requirements, the M/V STORM will start a five-year contract with Shell in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Built in 2015, the M/V STORM is an MMC-879 design PSV, DP Class 2, and diesel-electric propulsion. It is 260 feet in length with a carrying capacity of 4,200 T DWT. The vessel is expected to go into service immediately upon completion of a special dry-docking survey. "We’re thrilled to add the M/V STORM to our fleet of platform supply vessels.

01 Nov 2021

Stanford Marine Orders Two Crew Boats from Grandweld

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Grandweld shipyard has won a contract with offshore support vessel firm Stanford Marine to build two 42-meter GrandSuperior crew boats with the keel-laying ceremony recently completed. These are Grandweld’s 11th and 12th vessels built for Stanford Marine.Jamal Abki, General Manager of Grandweld Shipyards said “In 2021, we have secured multiple shipbuilding contracts worth $30 million. Although 2020 was difficult for the industry as a whole, we saw a surge in business. This has continued in 2021 and we now have a solid order book until the end of 2022.

01 Nov 2021

ConocoPhillips Extends Charter for Another Solstad Offshore PSV

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Solstad Offshore has secured a contract extension with ConocoPhillips for its platform supply vessel Normand Supporter.The one-year extension means the vessel now has a firm contract with ConocoPhillips in Norway until February 2023. The Norwegian offshore vessel owner said ConocoPhillips would have two one-year options to extend the contract further.Also, Solstad Offshore confirmed Monday that ConocoPhillips was behind the recently announced charter extension for the platform supply vessel Normand Server. The Normand Server will remain with ConocoPhillips for another year, until January 2023.

01 Nov 2021

Record Number of Floating Production System Awards Expected Over the Next 18 Months

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Around 30 production floater contracts are now queued up for award over the next 18 months, assuming no major market disruption occurs and the supply chain can absorb the orders within this time frame. That’s the conclusion of an in-depth market analysis just completed by IMA/WER.The market surge is being driven by crude prices that have climbed to the mid-$80s on fast rebounding oil demand growth, supply constraints by OPEC+ and inadequate investment by upstream players to replace production.

29 Oct 2021

Communications: The Role of Secure Telecommunications in Offshore Wind Ops

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While maintaining the integrity of power supply, digitalization and the integration of data have been prioritized in the energy transition process, ensuring a robust telecommunications infrastructure is essential for operational success. A well-designed and integrated telecommunications solution is critical in driving offshore wind operations and plays an integral role in connecting hundreds of physical assets and vessels. ABB Energy industries’ Ian Holden explains.Across the world and in many seas, new technologies are being harnessed to meet our power needs.

29 Oct 2021

“It’s alive!”: Offshore Drillers Start Resuscitating Idle Drillships

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Offshore drilling rig reactivations have begun as utilization and dayrates continue their rapid recovery, Esgian's Teresa Wilkie writes.We expected it to happen just not necessarily this soon. But now it’s official, several cold-stacked rigs are about to be reactivated for new jobs in the Golden Triangle, and Valaris is taking the lead. Just last week, the driller confirmed that it will reactivate 6th generation, ultra-deepwater drillship Valaris DS-4 for a minimum 580-day deal with Petrobras Brazil.

29 Oct 2021

U.S. Moves to Expand Offshore Wind Beyond the Northeast


The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled fresh steps toward building offshore wind farms in waters off the coasts of Massachusetts, the Carolinas, and in the Gulf of Mexico.The announcement is the government's latest in an aggressive push to expand the nascent ocean industry to every U.S. coastline in a bid to wean the power sector off fossil fuels and address climate change.To date, most U.S. development of offshore wind has taken place in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Northeastern states.

29 Oct 2021

'Major' Oilfield Service Firm Books Solstad Offshore's CSV for South America Work

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Norwegian offshore vessel operator Solstad Offshore has won a contract for its construction support vessel Normand Samson.The CSV Normand Samson was chartered by a major oil service firm for a minimum of 350 days, with the possibility to extend for an additional 150 days, according to the company. Solstad did not say who the client was.The contract will start during Q2 2022. "The vessel will be utilized on a field development project in South America," Solstad Offshore said.Built in 2009, the 121,5 meters long Normand Samson can accommodate 100 people aboard.

28 Oct 2021

UN Deep-sea Mining Rules Unlikely to be Completed by 2023 Deadline, Latam Countries Say

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Regulations governing deep-sea mining will take longer to finalize due to the global pandemic, a group of Latin American countries said, creating uncertainty for companies looking to mine the sea bed for metals, including cobalt and nickel.The delayed negotiations also pose a potential difficulty for companies seeking financing from investors to mine the sea floor.The U.N.’s International Seabed Authority (ISA) is working on global rules covering sea bed mining, which is not allowed…

28 Oct 2021

Eidesvik Offshore CEO to Retire after 16 Years in Position

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Eidesvik Offshore said Thursday its CEO and President Jan Fredrik Meling would as planned, retire from the position at the age of 65 effective December 31, 2021, after more than 16 years in the position.Starting January 1, 2022, the company’s CCO Gitte Gard Talmo will replace Meling who has served as President & CEO since 2005.Arne Austreid, Chairman of the Board said: “The Board deeply thanks Jan Fredrik Meling for his hard work and many contributions to Eidesvik.

28 Oct 2021

Siem Offshore's PSV to Feature Wärtsilä Energy-saving Hybrid Propulsion

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Finland-based marine equipment and technology provider Wärtsilä will upgrade Siem Offshore's platform supply vessel ‘Siem Pride’ for hybrid engine and battery propulsion. The upgrade will enable the vessel to reduce the number of engines in use during operations and lower its energy and fuel consumption. "Central to the conversion will be the Wärtsilä HY Module, which is a containerized solution on the deck of the vessel," Wartsila said.The energy management system acts as the overall brain for the system, and creates a high level of interaction with the ship’s other onboard systems.

27 Oct 2021

Two-year Charter for Havila Subsea Vessel with Reach Subsea

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Subsea services firm Reach Subsea has awarded a contract extension for Havila Shipping's Havila Subsea IMR, survey, and construction vessel.The contract is for a fixed period of two years and three months starting October 1, 2021, ending December 31, 2023.Reach Subsea has the option to extend the contract by one year until December 31, 2024. According to available info, Havila Subsea is suitable for launch and recovery operations with ROVs, ROTVs, AUVs, and geotechnical equipment. "The commercial terms of the charter agreement are confidential between the parties.

27 Oct 2021

U.S. Offshore Wind Expansion: Here’s How Officials Decide Where Turbines May Go

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The Biden administration has announced ambitious plans to scale up leasing for offshore wind energy projects along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. In an announcement released on Oct. 13, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Interior stated that it will “use the best available science as well as knowledge from ocean users and other stakeholders to minimize conflict with existing uses and marine life.” University of Massachusetts Boston public policy scholar David W. Cash, who worked at senior levels in state government for a decade…

27 Oct 2021

Dutch Offshore Service Firm Designs Renewables-powered Semi-submersible Mussel Farm

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OOS Group, a Dutch-based offshore services company, known to Offshore Engineer readers for its semi-submersible heavy lift crane and accommodation vessels, has developed a semi-submersible mussel farm (SMF) to grow mussels in the North Sea. The SMF will also feature solar panels, wind turbines, and tidal turbines."Mussels are traditionally grown in sheltered waters such as the Oosterschelde and the Waddenzee. However, due to a lack of nutrition in these waters, the production of mussels has declined enormously.

27 Oct 2021

Nord Stream 2 is Not a Threat to Gas Supply to EU - German ministry

On September 10, 2021, the sections of the second Nord Stream 2 pipeline laid from the German shore and Danish waters was connected in a so-called above water tie-in. The opposing pipe strings were lifted from the seabed by the lay barge Fortuna and the pipe ends were cut and fitted together. The welding to connect the two lines took place on a platform located above the water on the side of the vessel. Then the connected pipeline was lowered to the seabed as one continuous string.©NordStream2

Allowing Nord Stream 2 to pump Russian gas to Germany will not threaten supplies to the European Union, the German Economy Ministry said on Tuesday, clearing a major hurdle for the disputed pipeline.While the pipeline is ready to start operations, it still needs to be certified by Germany's Federal Network Agency and the ministry's supply analysis is a key requirement for the regulator to continue that process."In its analysis, the Federal Economy Ministry concludes that granting certification is not threatening security of gas supply to the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union…

26 Oct 2021

Vard Electro Batteries for Siem Offshore's Subsea Construction Vessel

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Vard Electro will deliver its largest battery package to date as part of a vessel retrofit deal with the Norwegian offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore.The contract covers Vard Electro’s SeaQ Energy Storage System (ESS) with two battery packs and a DC link, which will be installed in the first quarter of 2022 on one of Siem Offshore’s subsea construction vessels lined up for work in the wind sector.The system will enable the vessel to operate in fully electric mode with zero emissions while maneuvering in the harbor or other restricted areas and will deliver estimated fuel savings of up to 20%…

25 Oct 2021

Siemens Gamesa to Open Offshore Wind Turbine Blade Plant in Virginia

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Offshore wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will open the first offshore wind turbine blade facility in the United States.The company on Monday held a launch ceremony with representatives from state and local government authorities and wind industry partners in Virginia."This is also the first commitment by a global offshore wind turbine manufacturer in a U.S.-based supply chain," Siemens Gamesa said.Siemens Gamesa plans to develop more than 80 acres/32 hectares at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Portsmouth…

25 Oct 2021

FSRU: Nakilat, Karpowership sign MoU

Nakilat and Karpowership signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the LNG-to-power market and jointly own and operate Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs). Photo courtesy Nakilat

Nakilat and Karpowership signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the LNG-to-power market and jointly own and operate Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs)."This fits very well with Nakilat’s long-term growth plan to expand and diversify our shipping portfolio and strengthens our position as a global leader in the energy transportation sector,” said Nakilat’s CEO Eng. Abdullah Al-Sulaiti.The MoU outlines an ambitious plan for the immediate future. Nakilat and Karpowership hope to set up a new joint venture and deliver the first FSRU by 2023.

25 Oct 2021

Model Testing Complete for Delta Offshore Energy's 3.2GW LNG-to-Power Project

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Delta Offshore Energy (DOE), a company working to develop the 3200 MW Bac Lieu LNG-to-Power Project in Vietnam, has said that model testing of the LNG receiving terminal technology has been successfully completed.As previously reported DOE Delta Offshore Energy (DOE) in September 2020 signed a technology license agreement with Stena Power & LNG Solutions, under which Stena agreed to grant DOE a license to use its Jetty-Less LNG receiving and regas technology for the offshore LNG…

22 Oct 2021

US Takes Step Toward Oil and Gas Auction Off Alaska Coast Next Year

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The Biden administration on Friday took a procedural step towards holding an auction for oil and gas drilling rights in the Cook Inlet off the coast of Alaska next year.The move is the latest effort by the U.S. Department of Interior to comply with a court order to resume oil and gas lease sales that President Joe Biden paused shortly after taking office in January.The Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it would kick off a 45-day public comment period for the proposed sale's draft environmental analysis.

22 Oct 2021

Italian Bank Could Fund Novatek's Giant Arctic LNG 2 Project

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Italy's biggest banking group Intesa Sanpaolo could help fund Novatek's Arctic LNG 2 project even as some European governments show lukewarm support for the giant Russian gas project."We are studying the dossier ... though no decision has as yet been taken," Antonio Fallico, chairman of group unit Banca Intesa Russia, told Reuters on Wednesday.Fallico said the bank had been invited to look at the financing deal by SACE, the state-owned Italian export credit agency."If the bank decides this project does not breach our policy in some way we'll do it…

22 Oct 2021

Shell Expects Ida-hit Offshore Platform to Restart in November

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Shell said on Friday it expects an offshore transfer facility, which was shut due to damage from Hurricane Ida, to be operational in the first half of November, restarting production of a popular Gulf of Mexico crude grade earlier than expected.The oil major was the hardest-hit producer from Ida, which tore through the Gulf of Mexico in August and removed 28 million barrels from the market.Shell previously said it expected its West Delta-143 offshore facility, which transfers oil and gas from three major fields for processing at onshore terminals…

22 Oct 2021

VIDEO: Jack-up Vessel Drops Turbine Blades Overboard at Vattenfall's Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm

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MPI Offshore, an offshore installation service firm owned by Van Oord, last week accidentally dropped three wind turbine blades into the sea, while conducting scheduled maintenance at Vattenfall's Ormonde wind farm in the Irish Sea, off the UK.According to the Kingfisher incident report, MPI Offshore's MPI Adventure jack-up vessel last week jacked up alongside Ormonde B01 wind turbine and dropped three 61 m turbine blades weighing 126 tonnes in total, and a blade clamping tool…

22 Oct 2021

Wind Propulsion Conference Set for Webb Institute

What: Natural Propulsion in Ship DesignWhen: November 16, 2021Where: Webb Institute, Glen Cove, NY (broadcast live)Hosts: Webb Institute, Marin Institute, and Wind Support NYCA new conference on the use of natural propulsion in the global shipping industry will take place in New York on November 16, 2021, hosted by Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY, and broadcast live.The conference aims to introduce to the audience the design of hybrid merchant ships capable of harnessing free and renewable energies available onboard – wind…

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