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27 Sep 2021

Havfram Set to Order Giant Wind Turbine Installation Vessel for U.S. Market

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Norwegian Ocean Installer, best known for its subsea installation services in the oil and gas sector, in December 2020 changed its name to Havfram - Ocean Forward in Norwegian - saying the name change reflected the company's growing commitment to offshore wind. Now, less than a year after the name change, the company is further strengthening its offshore wind commitment with the plan to order a jack-up wind turbine installation vessel capable of installing giant wind turbines of the future, aimed at the growing U.S.

24 Sep 2021

New Fortress Energy Charters Höegh Gallant FSRU

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Höegh LNG Partners has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy for the charter of the Höegh Gallant for FSRU operations for a period of ten years, with a planned start-up during the fourth quarter of 2021. New Fortress Energy will deploy the FSRU in Jamaica.Sveinung Støhle, Chief Executive Officer, stated: "The new long-term FSRU contract entered into with New Fortress is an important development for the Partnership as it extends the Partnership's contract coverage and average charter length and broadens our customer base and global footprint.

24 Sep 2021

ABS Awards AIP for Ned Project's Hydrogen-ready WTIV Design Aimed for U.S. Offshore Wind Market

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Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted its Approval in Principle (AIP) to Ned Project Inc. for its hydrogen-ready wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) design.The NP20000X ULAM design is intended to be Jones Act Compliant and able to meet future offshore wind market demands, specifically operations involving 15-20 MW wind turbine installations. According to ABS, the vessel's innovative approach loads monopiles vertically on the 8,000 square-meter (m2) deck…

23 Sep 2021

Esvagt's New SOV to Work at Offshore Wind Farm in UK

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Danish offshore vessel operator Esvagt, which earlier this week took delivery of a newbuild service operation vessel from Havyard Leirvik, plans to deploy the vessel at an offshore wind farm in the UK.The company said Thursday that the vessel, its third SOV offshore service vessel delivered to it by Havyard in nine months. The vessel completes the order for three SOVs ordered to service Vestas in several offshore wind farms.The new vessel is a sister vessel to ‘Esvagt Alba’, working in the Moray East wind farm in the UK…

23 Sep 2021

Drillship Arrives in Rotterdam for Conversion into Subsea Mining Vessel

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The 228-meter-long former drillship Vitoria 10000, now renamed Hidden Gem, has this week arrived in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to start its conversion into a subsea mining vessel.The news of the vessel's arrival was shared by The Metals Company (formerly DeepGreen Metals Inc.) whose strategic partner Allseas acquired the Vitoria 10000 in March of 2020, as its configuration is well-suited for modifications that will enable the deployment at sea of a 4.5 kilometer-long riser to bring polymetallic nodules up from the seafloor.In partnership with The Metals Company…

22 Sep 2021

ABS Names Lennon VP for Offshore Wind

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ABS has appointed Greg Lennon Vice President of Global Offshore Wind.“Greg is a leader who will build on the numerous successes of our offshore wind team and accelerate our continued support of the burgeoning industry here in the U.S. and globally. He will position us to be ready and able to support the President’s ambition to install 30GWs of offshore wind by 2030 and to work with our global partners to deliver over 150GWs targeted for 2030 around the world,” said Peter Fitzpatrick…

22 Sep 2021

GE Charters Acta Marine's SOV for French Offshore Wind Farm Work

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Offshore wind turbine maker GE Renewable Energy has chartered Acta Marine's Service Operation Vessel Acta Auriga for the commissioning activities of 80 Haliade 150-6MW turbines at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France.The vessel will start operating on behalf of GE Renewable Energy in the second quarter of 2022 when the offshore wind turbine installation is set to kick off.Departing from the Port of Saint-Nazaire, the vessel will assist in the mechanical completion and commissioning of the 80 Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines located around 12km off the coast.

22 Sep 2021

King’s Quay Floating Production Unit Reaches Texas

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China's Cosco Shipping has earlier this month delivered the King’s Quay floating production unit to Ingleside, Texas, aboard its M/V Xiang An Kou semi-submersible heavy transportation vessel, after a long journey from South Korea.The 21,498mt platform, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be used for Murphy Oil's offshore oil field developments around 175 miles south of New Orleans in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The King’s Quay floating production unit is scheduled to go into service in 2022.

22 Sep 2021

Havyard Leirvik Delivers Sixth SOV to Esvagt

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Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard Leirvik has delivered another offshore wind service operation vessel (SOV) to Danish vessel owner Esvagt.The vessel, Esvagt Havelok, is the third and last of the ‘triplet ships’ built by Havyard for Esvagt. The ship handed over Tuesday was the third in the same series, but it is the sixth wind farm service vessel that the Sognefjorden yard has delivered to the Danish offshore wind pioneer Managing director of Havyard Leirvik, Tor Leif Mongstad, says…

21 Sep 2021

Windcat Workboats Names Head of CSOV Business

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Offshore crew transfer company Windcat Workboats has informed that Stephen Bolton has joined its Executive Management Team as Managing Director CSOVs, as part of the company's plan to build a CSOV business.Commissioning service operation vessels (CSOV) are used as motherships for offshore technicians used in support of the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms located far from shore.Announcing CSOV director appointment, Windcat Workboats said: "Having worked on the…

21 Sep 2021

Zelim, Chartwell Building Remotely Operated Offshore Rescue Vessel

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Zelim, a company previously known as Offshore Survival Systems, has teamed up with naval architect Chartwell Marine to deliver a remotely operated rescue vessel designed to be mounted on offshore facilities."Offshore energy sites present a hazardous environment for personnel and vessel crews, where there is always a risk of man overboard (MOB) incidents. However, traditional approaches to search and recovery are unsuitable for many offshore facilities. In an environment where every second counts…

20 Sep 2021

Roberts Joins BAR Technologies as COO

Marine engineering consultancy BAR Technologies (BAR) announced that Simon Roberts, former Williams Racing Managing Director and Team Principal, has joined the business as Chief Operating Officer. Roberts will work alongside the BAR senior leadership team of Chief Executive, John Cooper, Chief Technical Officer, Simon Schofield and Head of Engineering, Lauren Eatwell.Prior to joining BAR, Roberts forged a career across a broad range of engineering sub sectors, comprising engines and drivetrains…

20 Sep 2021

Offshore Wind: High Tien Offshore to Acquire Taiwan's First Cable Laying Vessel

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Taiwan-based offshore engineering company High Tien Offshore Engineering has said it will invest into and own the first Taiwanese large Cable Laying Vessel (CLV) to support Taiwan's growing offshore wind ambitions.The company said that the vessel is expected to be ready by the end of 2023 and will be fully operational in the offshore cable laying business in 2024, "in response to the government’s promotion of the localization development strategy in the offshore wind farm industry."High…

20 Sep 2021

Strategic Marine Unveils New Fast Crew Boat Design

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Shipbuilder Strategic Marine has unveiled its new Aluminium 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat (FCB) design. According to the company, the vessel comes with an efficient new hull form and Z-bow which improves seakeeping, requires less power for the same speed and deadweight (DWT), reducing fuel consumption and lower emissions."The new hull form has been developed in collaboration with Southerly Designs with CFD analysis and optimization by Seaspeed Marine Consulting. It has been put through…

17 Sep 2021

Port of Mukran to Serve as O&M Base for Parkwind's Baltic Sea Wind Farm

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Offshore wind developer Parkwind has selected the Port of Mukran as a service base that will serve its Arcadis Ost I wind farm, in the Baltic Sea, offshore Germany.Earlier this week, Parkwind, wind turbine maker Vestas, and construction firm Ems Maritime Offshore (EMO) signed the lease agreements for the O&M building in the Port of Mukran, the easternmost deep water port in Germany.The signing ceremony marked the start of the building development where up to 40 professionals will oversee and service the operations of the 257 MW wind farm Arcadis Ost 1.

17 Sep 2021

Quick Nord Stream 2 Start-up Would Calm Record-high Gas Prices in Europe, Kremlin Says

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A rapid startup of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany could help calm record-high gas prices in Europe, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday, as Moscow awaits for regulatory clearance for gas flows to begin.Russia announced last week that it had completed construction of the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 to Germany, doubling its gas exporting capacity via the Baltic Sea. However, the start of gas flows via the route needs the approval of Germany's regulator…

17 Sep 2021

Some 28% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Crude Output Offline

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U.S. Gulf Coast crude oil exports are flowing again after recent hurricanes took out 26 million barrels of offshore production, according to sources and Refinitiv Eikon data, with local prices easing as more shipments moved out of the region.Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas damaged platforms, pipelines and processing hubs, shutting in most offshore production for weeks. Restarts continued on Thursday with about 28% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude output offline. Some vessels remained at sea waiting to load U.S. crude.But of more than 50 tankers set to load U.S.

16 Sep 2021

Harvey Gulf Adds Second Tri-fueled Vessel with Real Time Emissions Monitoring

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U.S.-based offshore vessels owner Harvey Gulf International Marine on Thursday announced that it has taken delivery of its second tri-fueled platform supply vessel. The 310-foot Harvey Power is equipped to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric battery power, and ultra low sulphur diesel, but will be primarily operated utilizing only LNG and battery power.Harvey Gulf said it has three additional PSVs being retrofitted with batteries to make them tri-fueled, yielding a fleet of five tri-fueled vessels.

16 Sep 2021

DOF's Norskan Clinches AHTS Deals with Petrobras

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Norwegian offshore support vessel firm DOF said this week its Brazilian subsidiary Norskan had secured a new long-term contract and extended another one with the Brazilian oil company Petrobras.Anchor handler Skandi Botafogo has been awarded a 3-year contract with Petrobras to operate as AHTS with a startup in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 500 optional days to be mutually agreed.Skandi Amazonas AHTS has been awarded a 1-year extension on a contract with Petrobras until September 2022.Mons S.

16 Sep 2021

Ocean Cleanup Struggles to Fulfill Promise to Scoop Up Plastic at Sea

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Docked at a Canadian port, crew members returned from a test run of the Ocean Cleanup's system to rid the Pacific of plastic trash were thrilled by the meager results — even as marine scientists and other ocean experts doubted the effort could succeed.The non-profit, launched in 2013 amid buoyant media coverage, hopes to clear 90% of floating plastic from the world's oceans by 2040. But the group's own best-case scenario — still likely years away — envisions removing 20,000 tonnes a year from the North Pacific…

16 Sep 2021

Kongsberg to Deliver Vessel Insight for 26 Island Offshore Vessels

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Island Offshore has tasked Kongsberg Digital with equipping its whole vessel fleet with Kongsberg Vessel Insight infrastructure solution.With 26 offshore vessels expected to feature Kongsberg's solutions, this is one of the largest contracts for Vessel Insight since the software solution was launched in 2019."By installing the Vessel Insight infrastructure, Island Offshore will collect all the data from its fleet using a common platform. The data collected will enable the company to use advanced decision support tools and benchmark its vessels…

16 Sep 2021

SBM Offshore Completes $1.6B Project Financing for FPSO Sepetiba

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Dutch FPSO leasing specialist SBM Offshore has completed the project financing of FPSO Sepetiba for a total of US1.6 billion, which SBM Offshore says, is the largest project financing in the company’s history.FPSO Sepetiba, formerly known as Mero 2, is destined for deployment in Brazil with Petrobras.SBM Offshore said that the project financing was secured by a consortium of 13 international banks with insurance cover from Export Credit Agencies (ECA): Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and SACE S.p.A.

15 Sep 2021

UK Backs Zero-emissions CTV Concept

Artemis Technologies has revealed concept artwork of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) propelled by its transformative eFoiler (Image: Artemis Technologies)

A study, led by maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonize crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector.The grant, announced at London International Shipping Week, has been awarded as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.Artemis Technologies is partnering with CTV owner and operator Tidal Transit…

15 Sep 2021

Vineyard Wind Secures $2.3 Bln Loan, Allowing Construction to Start

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Vineyard Wind, which is on track to be the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, closed on a $2.3 billion loan and will begin construction in Massachusetts later this year, its owners said on Wednesday.The senior debt financing allows the project, a joint venture between Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, to mobilize its contractors and suppliers to begin work, the companies said.The U.S. government approved Vineyard Wind in May, billing it as the inauguration of a new domestic industry that will help eliminate emissions from the power sector…

15 Sep 2021

SEA-KIT's USV to be Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cell

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SEA-KIT, a company designing and building Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs), has won funding to install a PCB-based hydrogen fuel cell, engineered by Bramble Energy, on its 12m USV ‘Maxlimer’ and demonstrate zero-emission maritime operations.SEA-KIT secured the grant through the recent Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) – Strand 2 in the UK funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) working with InnovateUK.The project will showcase a successful diesel to hydrogen…

15 Sep 2021

ORE Catapult Secures Funding for Five Projects to Drive Forward Maritime Decarbonisation

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The UK-based Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has said it has secured funding for five projects as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.Fifty-five projects successfully secured £23m funding as part of the Competition, announced at an event during London International Shipping Week by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.ORE Catapult is either leading or is a consortium partner in five of those projects, totaling £3.3m in funding awarded.

15 Sep 2021

Marine Battery Firm Corvus Plans 4Q IPO

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Marine battery maker Corvus plans an initial public offer (IPO) in the fourth quarter, aiming to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange, its top executive said on Wednesday.The company, which assembles battery cells into giant batteries for ships such as ferries, cruise vessels, tug boats, [and offshore support vessels] expects the global market for such solutions to be worth $10 billion in 2030."We see that already ... the backlog is three times what it was a year ago," Chief Executive Geir Bjoerkeli told an energy conference."To take that growth…

15 Sep 2021

VIDEO: Installation of Innovative Floating Wind Turbine Foundation - TetraSpar

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Offshore vessel operator and installation services firm Bourbon Subsea Services has recently completed the installation of the 3.6 MW TetraSpar floating wind turbine prototype at a test site in Norway.The TetraSpar Demo project is developed by Stiesdal Offshore Technology, TEPCO Renewable Power, Shell, and RWE and has been described as the world’s first full-scale demonstration of an industrialized offshore foundation.The TetraSpar foundation concept is the modular “building block” arrangement: each foundation is assembled from tubular steel modules…

15 Sep 2021

Rosneft Could Export Gas via Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

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Russia's Energy Ministry is due to prepare a report in the coming days about the possibility of Rosneft exporting natural gas to Europe via the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Interfax cited Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Wednesday.Currently, Kremlin-controlled Gazprom has exclusive rights for Russian pipeline gas exports.Novak said this month that Rosneft had asked the government for permission to export natural gas and the government was reviewing the request.The…

15 Sep 2021

CGG Extends Seismic Vessel Deal with Shearwater in Brazil

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Shearwater GeoServices has won a six-month contract extension with seismic data firm CGG on its Nebula survey offshore Brazil and is nearing completion of work for CGG on its North Viking Graben survey.Shearwater has previously conducted work for the extensive Nebula survey in the Campos and Santos basins and the announced extension will run to the end of 2021.“We are pleased with this extension in this very promising exploration area, adding more work to Oceanic Sirius and to our overall backlog”…

14 Sep 2021

Cotta Named Supply Chain Manager for Mayflower Wind

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Massachusetts offshore wind developer Mayflower Wind announced it has hired Will Cotta as its supply chain manager.Cotta, who has experience working with the Mass Clean Energy Center and the offshore wind industry, is charged with growing Mayflower’s supply chain in the New Bedford and Fall River area as well as across Massachusetts.“Will has the knowledge, insights and experience that enables him to make sure that offshore wind development is done in a manner that is fully compatible with existing ocean uses and with environmental stewardship in mind.

13 Sep 2021

Energy Firms Face Another Storm in US Gulf

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Royal Dutch Shell on Monday began evacuating staff from a U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil platform, and other energy companies began preparing for hurricane-force winds from a second Gulf Coast storm in as many weeks.Tropical Storm Nicholas was about 105 miles (115 km) south of Port O'Connor, Texas, and moving north with winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph). It could become a hurricane just ahead of landfall on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.Waves stirred up by Nicholas neared 12 feet (3.7 m) in height were reported outside of Port Aransas…

13 Sep 2021

Another Storm Barrels Toward US Gulf Coast

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The Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana was bracing on Monday for the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which was expected to batter the region with life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and gusty winds.The storm, carrying winds of 60 mph (97 kph), was moving erratically as it headed northward about 140 miles (225 km) south of the southern coast of Texas, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a Monday morning bulletin. It was forecast to move ashore along the southern or central coast of Texas late on Monday afternoon or evening.The National Weather Service issued storm surge…

13 Sep 2021

Hybrid Battery Package Installed on Siem PSV

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Siem Offshore said one of its dual fuel platform supply vessels (PSV) has been upgraded with a hybrid battery package, in line with the company’s goals to reduce its environmental footprint.The installation aboard the 2014-built VS 4411 DF Siem Symphony was conducted at Westcon’s yard on the Norwegian west coast during the second quarter, and the vessel has been assigned the Battery Power notation from DNV. Prior to the conversion, the 5,500-dwt vessel was already equipped to…

13 Sep 2021

Crosby Tugs Merges with SEA.O.G

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U.S.-based marine services and transportation companies Crosby Tugs and SEA.O.G Offshore have merged to focus on delivering installation support and operations and maintenance services for the U.S. offshore wind industry.“We are looking forward to continuing to support the ever-changing energy market, and with the combined synergies, we are going to be in a better position to service our clients. Our team is ready to drive the future forward.” Kurt Crosby, CEO of Crosby Tugs.The new combined fleet has 130 inland and offshore towboats and a fleet of over 400 barges…

13 Sep 2021

Deep-sea Mining firm The Metals Co Tumbles 17% on Nasdaq Debut

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The Metals Co (TMC) was trading down around 17% after listing on the Nasdaq on Friday following its creation from the merger of deep-sea mining exploration firm DeepGreen and a blank-check company.TMC opened at $11.0535 a share but started falling soon after, hitting a low of $8.31.In a filing on Tuesday, TMC said it had received only $110.3 million of the proceeds from a private placement of Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp (SOAC) shares, having entered into agreements with investors for a $330 million placement.“SOAC intends to continue to seek to enforce the funding obligations of

13 Sep 2021

VARD Orders Kongsberg PM Thrusters for Rem Offshore's CSOV Duo

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Norway's Kongsberg Maritime has won a deal with VARD shipyard to supply a large package of permanent magnet (PM) thrusters for installation on two new offshore wind farm maintenance vessels ordered by REM Offshore. The scope of delivery for the two Construction Service Operations Vessels (CSOV) includes PM azimuth thrusters, together with PM tunnel thrusters and a retractable azimuth thruster. PM thrusters differ from conventional thrusters in that the propeller blades are not driven directly with a motor and shaft.

13 Sep 2021

McDermott's Amazon Vessel to Install Pipelines at Shell's Whale Project

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Offshore installation firm McDermott said Monday that its upgraded Amazon vessel was coming to the Gulf of Mexico to support a subsea contract for the Whale Development in Alaminos Canyon.Oil major Shell in July reached a final investment decision for its Whale deepwater field development. Discovered in 2017, Whale will feature a semi-submersible production host in more than 8,600 feet (2621 meters) of water with 15 oil-producing wells.McDermott will provide engineering, procurement…

10 Sep 2021

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port Fully Reopens After Ida Damages

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest U.S. privately owned deepwater crude terminal, has fully reopened its marine operations for imports and exports, a spokesperson said on Friday.The facility closed on Aug. 28 ahead of Hurricane Ida, which caused extensive damages to U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production and processing. More than two-thirds of oil production was shut-in on Friday.There were no vessels docked at the port on Friday, the spokesperson said. However, at least one tanker…

10 Sep 2021

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Completed, Gazprom Says

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Gazprom said on Friday it had finished construction of the Nord Stream 2 subsea pipeline to Germany, completing Moscow's project to increase its gas export capability and bypass Ukraine, but flows have yet to be cleared by regulators.The much-politicized pipeline will double Russia's gas exporting capacity to Europe via the Baltic Sea and will allow Moscow to circumvent its political foe Ukraine as a major route for its lucrative gas exports to Europe."The head of the management board…

10 Sep 2021

Sembcorp Marine Wins Dorado FPSO FEED Deal with Altera

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Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine has secured an exclusive contract from floating production firm Altera Infrastructure, to carry out the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) work for an FPSO to be built for Santos' Dorado oil and project offshore Australia.Dorado. located in the Bedout Sub-basin, offshore Western Australia,  is an oil and gas project which is expected to have an initial oil production of 75,000 to 100,000 barrels per day, with subsequent development of significant…

09 Sep 2021

Atlantic Wind Transfers Taps CrewSmart for Fleet and Personnel Management

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U.S. offshore energy support vessel company Atlantic Wind Transfers (AWT) has chosen CrewSmart's management system to ensure compliance and set the benchmark for fleet and personnel management efficiency in the growing U.S. offshore wind market.According to CrewSmart, its digitally-optimized management software will allow AWT to streamline its reporting and analysis across its fleet for both crew and shoreside personnel, while unlocking efficiency improvements through instant access to organized data.

09 Sep 2021

Ultimate Sea Trial: Volvo Penta, Danfoss Editron Power MHO's New CTVs

Danish offshore crew transfer specialist MHO has earlier this week taken delivery of two hybrid crew transfer vessels, after what was described as an ultimate sea trial.Namely, the vessels arrived in Esbjerg, Denmark after a 12,000 nautical mile journey from China, for which developers of propulsion technology Volvo Penta and Danfoss Editron said was a voyage of discovery, with the many lessons learned helping to create a tailor-made solution fit for the owner’s requirements.Measuring 34.4 meters in length and with an 11-meter beam…

09 Sep 2021

VIDEO: Guyana's Second FPSO Sets Sail from Singapore

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Liza Unity FPSO, set to become Guyana's second offshore production unit, has been completed in Singapore and has set sail towards Guyana.Keppel Shipyard, responsible for the construction and integration of the topside modules with the China-built FPSO hull said Thursday it had delivered the FPSO to SBM Offshore. Once in Guyana, the FPSO will be deployed at ExxonMobil's Stabroek offshore block.Keppel O&M’s scope of work included the fabrication of several topside modules, the riser balcony…

09 Sep 2021

Fleet Trimming Continues as Solstad Sells AHTS Sea Ocelot

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore has sold another non-core vessel as part of its plan to trim its fleet and make it more competitive.It said Thursday it had sold the AHTS Sea Ocelot to an unnamed buyer. The 70 meters long vessel, built in 2007, was sold through Solstad's subsidiary Deep Sea Supply Labuan II."Delivery of the vessel to the new owner took place today September 9th, 2021. The sale of the vessel will result in an immaterial accounting effect for Q3 -2021," Solstad offshore said, without sharing the sale price.

07 Sep 2021

Ørsted, ATP Picks Leading Contractors for Danish Energy Island Bid

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Denmark-based offshore wind developer Ørsted and ATP, Denmark’s largest institutional investor, have teamed up to bring leading offshore construction specialists to Denmark to support their bid for the North Sea energy island.Back in February, Denmark approved the construction of the first of its kind wind energy hub in the North Sea that promises to produce yet unseen amounts of green electricity, in what has been described as the largest construction project in Danish history.The…

07 Sep 2021

Final Section of Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Welded into Place

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The last section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been welded into place, its operator said on Monday, meaning the two long stretches of the pipe can now be joined to complete the Baltic subsea link.The $11 billion pipeline, which will double Russian gas exporter Gazprom's (GAZP.MM) capacity via the Baltic Sea, has drawn opposition from the United States, Ukraine and others opposed to Europe increasing its reliance on Russian energy imports.The project is also seen allowing Russia to forego piping gas to Europe via Ukraine…

07 Sep 2021

Over 80% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Still Offline

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More than 80% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut in after Hurricane Ida, a U.S. regulator said on Monday, more than a week after the storm made landfall and hit critical infrastructure in the region.Energy companies have been struggling to resume production after Ida damaged platforms and caused onshore power outages. About 1.5 million barrels per day of oil production, or 84%, remains shut, while another 1.8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas output, or 81%…

06 Sep 2021

Seaway 7 Charters Maersk Connector Cable Layer

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Danish offshore vessel operator Maersk Supply Service has secured a one-year contract for its Maersk Connector cable laying vessel with Seaway 7, a renewables branch of offshore installation firm Subsea 7.Seaway 7, which is set to merge with vessel owner OHT, will take the 138.35 meter-long vessel on a one-year charter, with an option to extend for six more months.Starting in October 2021, the Maersk Connector will initially work in the North Sea region and is expected to move to Asia after that.

06 Sep 2021

Seadrill Closer to Chapter 11 Emergence as Court Nod Granted

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Offshore drilling company Seadrill has moved a step closer to reaching bankruptcy emergence after the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas approved the disclosure statement for the company's proposed plan of reorganization.Seadrill said Friday that the court had authorized the company to distribute the disclosure statement and solicit votes from all lenders on the Plan. The court also set a hearing to consider approval of the Plan for October 26, 2021."The…

06 Sep 2021

Coast Guard Probing 350 Reports of Oil Spills in Wake of Hurricane Ida

A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew conducts an overflight assessment Sept. 5, 2021 of the Bay Marchand approximately 2 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The crew witnessed an 11-mile rainbow sheen that the Coast Guard is actively monitoring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said it was probing nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the U.S. Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Ida.Hurricane Ida's 150 mile per hour (240 kph) winds wreaked havoc on offshore oil production platforms and onshore oil and gas processing plants. About 88% of the region's offshore oil production remains shut and more than 100 platforms unoccupied after the storm made landfall Aug. 29.The Coast Guard has been conducting flyovers off the coast of Louisiana looking for spills.

06 Sep 2021

Global Offshore Lands Arcadis Ost 1 Offshore Wind Farm Gig

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Global Offshore, part of Global Marine Group, has won a contract for the installation and burial of 27 array cables at Parkwind’s Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in the German Sector of the Baltic SeaGlobal Offshore will be responsible for the project management and marine engineering; cable protection systems supply and installation, pre and post lay surveys, cable loading and laying, cable burial, and post-burial survey.OceanIQ, Global Offshore’s sister company, will provide route engineering services for the project.

06 Sep 2021

Coast Guard: No Active Discharge Near Reported Oil Spill Sites in Gulf of Mexico

A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew conducts an overflight assessment Sept. 5, 2021 of the Bay Marchand approximately 2 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The crew witnessed an 11-mile rainbow sheen that the Coast Guard is actively monitoring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)

Following reports of oil spills found along the Southeast Louisiana coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday it had conducted overflights Sunday that focused on two locations previously identified for further investigation."Members of the National Strike Force aboard a Coast Guard HC-144 flew over Bay Marchand, south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and the Enterprise Offshore Drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, in a continued effort to track and monitor any threats they may pose to the environment," the U.S.

06 Sep 2021

DOF Subsea Sells Skandi Neptune Vessel

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF Subsea has sold its 2001-built construction support vessel Skandi Neptune.According to DOF Subsea, the vessel has been sold to an unnamed "international buyer."The vessel will be delivered to the new owner in Q3 2022, after completing its current commitments, DOF Subsea said Monday, without sharing further details. VesselsValue estimates the 104.2 meter-long vessel's value to be around $3.13 million.Per the vessel's AIS, the Skandi Neptune left Vitoria…

06 Sep 2021

U.S. Offshore Oil Output Still Mostly Down a Week after Hurricane Ida

A U.S. Gulf of Mexico platform - Credit: Lukas Z

Damage to oil production facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico kept output largely halted on Sunday, a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall, according to offshore regulator the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).Energy companies have been coping with damaged platforms and onshore power outages and logistical issues, slowing efforts to restart production. Some 88% of crude oil output and 83% of natural gas production remained suspended.About 1.6 million barrels of crude oil remained offline, with only about 100,000 barrels added since Saturday.

05 Sep 2021

Divers to Try to Locate Oil Spill Source in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

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A private dive team will try to locate the source of a suspected oil spill spotted in the Bay Marchand area of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the region this week, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Saturday.U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite images, first reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday, showed a miles-long brownish-black slick spreading in coastal waters about two miles off Port Fourchon, Louisiana, an oil…

03 Sep 2021

Insurers Bracing for $1B Hit from Hurricane Ida Damage to Offshore Facilities

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Insurers are bracing for a hit of about $1 billion from physical damage to offshore rigs and structures from Hurricane Ida, according to preliminary estimates from U.S. property data and analytics company CoreLogic.The estimate did not include losses from production disruption and could be revised over time, a spokesperson for CoreLogic said.The volume of oil shut in by the hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico rose to 1.7 million barrels per day of offshore output, up 240,000 barrels from Wednesday…

03 Sep 2021

Offshore Vessel Hits Platform at South Pars Field, Off Iran

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An offshore vessel has this week allided with an offshore gas platform in Iran's South Pars gas field, according to Pars Oil and Gas Company.The incident happened Wednesday when the vessel hit the SPD12B gas platform in the Persian Gulf.A photo shared by POGC shows a vessel could be a fast crew supplier-type. The company didn't share vessel details.According to POGC, there were no casualties and the deck of the platform was unaffected by the incident.POGC said the cause of the accident was under investigation, and that gas production from the platform continued uninterrupted.

03 Sep 2021

Noble Corp. Sends Force Majeure Notice to Shell over Drillship Damaged in Storm

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Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has sent a force majeure notice to its client Shell over the Noble Globetrotter II drillship contract after the rig was damaged earlier this week in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in severe weather during Hurricane Ida. The 2013-built ultra-deepwater drillship has a contract with Shell lasting until early September 2023 at a flexible day rate of at least $275,000.U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that the drillship, located 80 nautical miles south…

03 Sep 2021

Solstad Offshore Wins Deals for 7 PSVs in West Africa

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore said Friday it had secured contracts for seven platform supply vessels.Without sharing the client identity Solstad Offshore said the new medium-term contracts were secured in West Africa. Solstad said it had signed letters of agreement with "key clients for 7 PSVs", all with start-up in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. "The total firm duration of the contracts is approximately 1,000 vessel days with options to extend the contracts further…

02 Sep 2021

Nine Injured on Noble Drillship During Ida

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrew aboard the Noble Globetrotter II. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating damage to a Noble Corp drillship hit by Hurricane Ida while operating in the Gulf of Mexico, a spokesperson said on Thursday.Nine crew members suffered minor injuries when the storm hit on Sunday, Noble said. Workers were treated onboard and four were taken to shore for evaluation, Noble's vice-president for Investor Relations Craig Muirhead said in a statement.The U.S.

02 Sep 2021

Solstad Offshore Bags Two-year Contract for Normand Tonjer CSV

Normand Tonjer - Credit: Solstad Offshore

Solstad Offshore has won a contract for the construction support vessel Normand Tonjer.The Norwegian offshore vessel owner said the new two-year firm contract would keep the vessel busy until October 2023. The 95-meter long vessel has been working for the same client since 2018, Solstad said, without saying who the client was. The company did not share the financial details.Built by Kleven in 2010 as Rem Vision, the vessel was renamed Normand Tonjer, after the merger of Solstad and Rem Offshore in 2016.According to the vessels AIS…

02 Sep 2021

DOF's Skandi Achiever DSV to Stay with Petrobras Until 4Q 2022

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Norwegian offshore vessel operator DOF Subsea has won more work in Brazil with Petrobras.After a recent three-year contract secured for a pipelay support vessel duo co-owned with TechnipFMC, DOF Subsea said Thursday it had secured a contract extension with Petrobras for the diving support vessel Skandi Achiever.The extension will see the Skandi Achiever stay with Petrobras until the fourth quarter of 2022, providing ROV and diving services until the fourth quarter of 2022.

02 Sep 2021

Retrofit: Eidesvik, Aker BP Partner Up to Cut Emissions from Existing OSV Fleet by 'at least' 70%

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Eidesvik and oil and gas firm Aker BP are developing a project which aims to reduce emissions from existing offshore supply vessels.The project called "Retrofit' will evaluate various solutions for converting existing supply vessels to low-emission units and with the goal of reducing emissions by "at least 70 percent."Aker BP has already, together with strategic partners Eidesvik, Solstad Offshore, and Simon Møkster Shipping, decided to install batteries on three offshore supply vessels operating on long-term contracts with the company.

02 Sep 2021

U.S. Offshore Oil Firms Eye New Bases after Storm Damages Key Hub in Louisiana

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Offshore energy companies have started searching for new bases away from Louisiana's devastated ports as oil and gas companies launch efforts to resume their Gulf of Mexico operations.Port Fourchon, a key hub for the offshore industry, was slammed by Ida on Sunday when it made landfall with winds over 150 miles per hour (240 kph). Supply boat, fuel and air ferry services were still unable to access facilities there on Wednesday due to extensive storm damage.Dozens of oil and gas companies operate in the U.S.

01 Sep 2021

Noble Drillship Damaged by Hurricane Ida

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The U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday it is responding to a drillship that reportedly sustained damage as Hurricane Ida ripped through the Gulf of Mexico and into Louisiana as a Category 4 storm.The agency said it was notified during the storm that the ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Globetrotter II had been damaged, and that it had been in touch with both the vessel's master and owner Noble Corporation since Sunday to gauge the extent of any damage and to ensure readiness of…

01 Sep 2021

TechnipFMC Says Vessel Contract with Petrobras 'Significant'

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Oilfield services giant TechnipFMC has shed more light on vessel contracts it recently secured with Petrobras in Brazil in cooperation with the Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF.DOF last week said it had, in JV with TechnipFMC, secured three-year contracts for two pipelay support vessels Skandi Vitória and Skandi Niteroi, without sharing further details on the scope of work awarded nor on the value.TechnipFMC on Tuesday issued a separate statement in which it said the contracts…

01 Sep 2021

Waterjet Propelled Workboat Delivered for work Offshore in the Gulf of Guinea

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A 12m workboat built by Strategic Marine has completed sea trials and was delivered to Tullow Ghana Limited.The vessel will be deployed to offshore deepwater projects in the Gulf of Guinea.To this end the vessel has been fitted with an advanced marine propulsion system, with waterjets designed to provide superior manoeuvrability.The workboat is designed to be launched and retrieved from a larger mothership with a single point lifting hook and will primarily perform line handling and crew transfer duties.

01 Sep 2021

Danish Offshore Vessel Owner Looking to Recruit 50 Seafarers

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Danish offshore vessel owner Esvagt is looking to recruit around 50 seafarers on the back of recently awarded contracts with energy giant TotalEnergies."New long-term contracts with TotalEnergies on seven vessels for operations in the North Sea have resulted in great activity in the HR-department in ESVAGT," the company said.The company said in August it had secured several contracts with TotalEnergies as part of the marine spread for the Danish part of the North Sea.According to ESVAGT…

01 Sep 2021

First Look at Louisiana Offshore Oil Port Finds No Major Damage after Hurricane

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest deepwater oil import and export terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast, has found no major damages to its marine operations during an initial review [of the impact of the hurricane Ida], but operations remain offline as assessments continue, according to a person familiar with the matter.Louisiana Offshore Oil Port Llc - a joint venture of Marathon Petroleum Corp, Phillips 66 and Valero Energy Corp - has a crude oil loading and unloading facility 18 miles (29 km) off the coast of Louisiana.

31 Aug 2021

PHOTO: Heerema's Sleipnir Installs First Tyra Topsides

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Heerema Marine Contractors' giant semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir has lifted and installed the first new topside for TotalEnergies' Tyra redevelopment in the Danish North Sea.Noreco, TotalEnergies' partner in the project, shared the photos of the installation via social media on Tuesday."The world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir, with an incredible precision, has now lifted off the first new Tyra topside and installed it on the jacket. This is an important step towards what will be a state-of-the-art facility in the North Sea…

30 Aug 2021

Hurricane Ida's Fury Cuts Deep into U.S. Oil Output, Gasoline Supplies

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Hurricane Ida pummeled U.S. Gulf Coast energy suppliers, knocking out most of the region's offshore wells and nearly half its motor fuel production and drove prices broadly higher.The storm crashed on Sunday into the Louisiana coast, tearing through U.S. offshore oil and gas fields with 150 mile per hour (241 kph) winds and pushing up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) of water ashore. More than 620,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were without power.Production losses - including at six Gulf Coast refineries - will lift retail gasoline prices by 5 to 10 cents a gallon, said tracking firm GasBuddy.

29 Aug 2021

Hurricane Ida Shuts 96% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Crude Output

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Energy firms on Sunday had suspended 1.74 million barrels per day of oil production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), as Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm.Ida made landfall on Sunday near Port Fourchon, the land base for the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest privately-owned crude terminal in the United States.Oil companies raced to evacuate employees from offshore infrastructure in the days ahead of the storm, prompting shutdowns at their facilities in the Gulf.Almost 94% of U.S.

27 Aug 2021

First US-built Offshore Wind Substation to be Constructed in Texas

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Offshore wind developer Ørsted and its partner Eversource have selected Kiewit to construct an offshore wind substation, which will be deployed at their South Fork Wind project serving New York’s Long Island. This will be the first US-built offshore wind substation.Offshore wind substations are critical components of utility-scale offshore wind farms. Substations collect the power produced by wind turbines and connect the clean energy to the grid. The offshore substation will consist of a topside resting on a monopile foundation.Kiewit will not only build but also design the substation…

27 Aug 2021

Oil Firms Race to Complete Gulf of Mexico Evacuations as Major Storm Approaches

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U.S. oil and gas companies on Friday raced to complete evacuations from offshore Gulf of Mexico platforms as Tropical Storm Ida advanced towards oilfields that provide 17% of the nation's oil production.The storm early Friday was about 50 miles northwest of Grand Cayman Island moving north at 15 miles (24 km) and expected to intensify and become near a major hurricane when it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). A major…

27 Aug 2021

Near-term Outlook for Deepwater Floating Production Systems is Excellent

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Near-term prospects for the deepwater sector are excellent. That’s the conclusion of an in-depth market analysis of the floating production market just completed by IMA/WER in the August 2021 Floating Production Systems Report.Asked what is driving the positive sentiment, WER’s Chairman Jim McCaul explains that, “Oil demand growth is expected to continue at a strong pace, OPEC+ appears  to be able to successfully keep oil supply under control, and crude  inventory has been falling…

26 Aug 2021

MHO's New CTVs Have Zero-emissions Capability

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A pair of hybrid crew transfer vessels (CTV) with extensive zero-emission capability have been delivered to service the Hornsea Project 2 offshore wind farm in the U.K. North Sea for Ørsted.The newbuilds, MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo, built by AFAI Southern Shipyard in China, are the third and fourth Incat Crowther-designed vessels for MHO & Co, following on from MHO Esbjerg and MHO Gurli.MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo are powered by an advanced propulsion system that was developed in collaboration with Danfoss and Volvo Penta.

26 Aug 2021

Boatbuilders SAFE Boats, Diverse Marine Target US Offshore Wind

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Boatbuilders SAFE Boats International and Diverse Marine are teaming up to build vessels for the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind market.For the past three years U.S.-based SAFE Boats has been working with U.K.-based Diverse Marine promoting SAFE Boat designs in European markets, and now the companies have entered a formal partnership agreement to brings Diverse Marine’s crew transfer vessel (CTV) designs and experience to the U.S. offshore wind market.In support of the Biden Administration’s call to build a clean energy economy…

26 Aug 2021

US Offshore Oil Workers Flee as Storm Approaches Gulf of Mexico

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U.S. energy companies on Thursday began airlifting workers from Gulf of Mexico oil production platforms and moved vessels from the path of what could become a devastating hurricane by the weekend.A storm is brewing in the Caribbean Sea and is forecast to grind through the main oil-producing region of the Gulf. It could become a major hurricane ahead of landfall on the central Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said. Hurricanes with winds of up to 111 miles (178 km) per hour are classified as major and can bring devastating damage onshore.BHP…

25 Aug 2021

Huisman Scales Up Production Capacity to Meet Demand from Offshore Wind Sector

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Dutch marine equipment maker Huisman, known for its offshore crane solutions, said Wednesday it had doubled the slew bearing production capacity of its facility in Schiedam, the Netherlands. "With this significant increase in production capacity, Huisman is able to meet the growing demand for large diameter slew bearings, an integral part and key component of its Heavy Lift Cranes," Huisman said. As for the expansion, the company said that it was responding to the "considerable"…

25 Aug 2021

U.S. to Restart Oil Leasing with Offshore Auction This Year

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The Biden administration said on Tuesday it would take steps to restart the federal oil and gas leasing program in the next week and plans to hold a Gulf of Mexico auction as soon as October, court papers showed.The move comes two months after the U.S Interior Department first said it would comply with a June 15 federal judge's order blocking its months-long pause in oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.That order was a blow to a key White House effort to address climate change by reining in fossil fuel extraction.U.S.

24 Aug 2021

OMSA Reports Alleged Jones Act Violation in the US Gulf of Mexico

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A new report from a U.S. offshore services trade group details alleged Jones Act violations by a foreign-flagged vessel in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), which recently launched its Jones Act Enforcer program to document and report violations of the U.S. law requiring seaborne cargo shipped between two U.S. points to be carried by American-built, crewed, and owned vessels, said it received a tip from an industry stakeholder that Louisiana-based Triton Offshore had posted photos on social media showing its Chinese-built…

24 Aug 2021

Crowley, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Setting Up Offshore Wind Training

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Crowley Maritime Corporation and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) said Tuesday they'd create a first-of-its-kind training and workforce development program dedicated specifically to the New England region’s offshore wind energy industry.The program will be certified by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a non-profit that sets international standards for safety training. The academy will coordinate with Relyon Nutec, the world’s largest provider of specialized instruction for energy and industrial sectors…

24 Aug 2021

Petrobras Awards 3-year Deals for DOF/TechnipFMC PLSV Duo

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Brazilian oil company Petrobras has contracted awarded contracts for two pipelay support vessels owned by DOF and TechnipFMC.Oslo-listed DOF Subsea said Tuesday that the contracts, for three years each, are for the vessels Skandi Vitória and Skandi Niteroi, secured via JV partner TechnipFMC and via Norskan Offshore, respectively.Both vessels are Brazilian-built and flagged and owned by DOFCON Navegação Ltda., a joint venture between DOF Subsea (50%) and TechnipFMC (50%).Operations will start in February 2022 at the latest.

24 Aug 2021

Maersk Supply Service Nets One-year Vessel Charter Extension in Angola

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Danish offshore vessel operator Maersk Supply Service has secured a one-year contract extension for one of its subsea support vessels in Angola.In a social media post on Monday, Maersk Supply Service said it would provide the full scope IRM services for an undisclosed oil major in Angola, supported by one of the company's I-class subsea support vessels.In addition, the contract covers an integrated package of FSV, 2 WROV + Positioning Services as well as project management and engineering services.Osvaldo Sechie…

24 Aug 2021

Five Dead, Six Injured in Pemex Offshore Platform Fire

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Five workers were killed and six injured in Sunday's fire on an offshore platform in the southern Gulf of Mexico operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) that cut about a quarter of Mexico's oil production, the company said on Monday.The fire broke out as crews were performing maintenance on the platform, and a search for missing workers continues, Pemex Chief Executive Octavio Romero told a news conference.The platform remains out of operation, with about 421,000 barrels per day of oil lost and 125 wells offline, he said.

23 Aug 2021

NOV to Design and Equip Cadeler's New WTIVs

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NOV announced it has signed a contract to design and equip two wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) newbuilds for Denmark-based Cadeler. The new vessels will have the largest jacking capacity in the industry and will be able to transport and install seven complete 15 MW turbine sets or five sets of 20-plus MW turbines, NOV said.Under its deal with COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry and Cadeler, NOV will supply the overall design for the GustoMSC NG-20000X self-propelled jack-up…

23 Aug 2021

DOF Subsea Secures Work on Several Offshore Campaigns in Asia Pacific

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Norwegian subsea support vessel operator said DOF Subsea said Monday it had won several contracts awards in the Asia Pacific region.According to DOF Subsea, the contracts provide "significant" utilization for resources and vessels in Q3 and Q4 2021 and secure a "solid" backlog into the first half of 2022. "Onshore works are underway for several offshore campaigns that will utilize the CSV Skandi Hercules and the onshore and offshore teams from Q3 2021 into Q1 2022," DOF Subsea…

23 Aug 2021

Nexans Extends 'Havila Phoenix' Charter, Rents Trencher

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Offshore cable maker Nexans has extended the charter for Havila Shipping's Havila Phoenix subsea construction vessel.The extension is for a period of 100 days, with further options for 40 days. The contract will keep Havila Phoenix working for Nexans up to February 2022. "For a part of the extended period Nexans also rent the T3200 Trencher which will be operated from the vessel," Havila said.Nexans first struck a deal to charter the Havila Phoenix subsea construction vessel back in January…

23 Aug 2021

Solstad's Anchor Handler to Stay with Equinor for Another Year

Norwegian offshore shipping firm Solstad Offshore has secured a contract extension with Equinor for its Normand Ferking vessel.The extension will see the anchor handling vessel stay with Equinor for another year, to November 2022. Equinor has the option to extend the contract for a further two one-year options."Normand Ferking has been on contract with Equinor since 2007 and will continue to support their activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf," Solstad Offshore said.The vessel's AIS shows it has most recently visited the Heidrun B installation in the Norwegian Sea.

23 Aug 2021

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Nord Stream 2. Measures Expected to Have No Effect on Project

The sanctions were imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, shipowner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta -  Image Credit: Peter aus Holtenau

The Biden administration on Friday slapped sanctions on a Russian ship and two companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but opponents of the nearly-completed project said the measures would not stop it.The sanctions were imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, shipowner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta, the State Department said in a report to congressional committees. A copy of the report was seen by Reuters.U.S. President Joe Biden separately issued an executive…

23 Aug 2021

One Dead, Five Missing as Fire Erupts on Pemex Offshore Platform

For Illustration; Pemex's platforms offshore Mexico - Image by BoH/Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0

One person died and five went missing after a fire broke out Sunday on a Pemex offshore platform in the Campeche Bay, Mexico.The fire broke out at the E-Ku-A2 platform at Pemex's Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field at 3:10 pm Sunday and was brought under control an hour later.Pemex said that one person died, six people were injured, and five went missing. Pemex said it was conducting a search and rescue operation, as well as working damage assessment and stabilization of the integrity of…

23 Aug 2021

North Star Renewables Secures $131M Loan to Build Offshore Wind Vessels

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North Star Renewables, a North Star Shipping subsidiary established earlier this year to target offshore wind business opportunities, said Monday it had finalized a funding package of £96 million (around $131 million) to build its new renewables vessel fleet.The Aberdeen-based company has contracts in hand worth around £270 million (~$368 million), to deliver three service operation vessels (SOVs) to be used on what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 3.6GW Dogger…

23 Aug 2021

Only 15km Left to Finish Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, Putin Says

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There are only 15 km (9 miles) left to finish the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that bypasses Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.The $11 billion project doubling the capacity of the first Nord Stream pipeline to 110 billion cubic meters a year has been a focal point of tensions between Moscow and the West.Despite U.S. sanctions, Nord Stream 2 is almost complete and the key question is how Russia will ship its gas to Europe once a current…

23 Aug 2021

Santos Selects Altera for Dorado FPSO FEED

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Australian oil and gas company Santos has awarded the FEED contract for the FPSO for the Dorado project offshore W. Australia to Altera Infrastructure.Located in the Bedout Sub-basin, Dorado is an oil and gas project which is planned to be developed in two phases. The initial development involves the production of oil and condensate through a wellhead platform (WHP) and FPSO. Gas will be reinjected in the initial phase to enhance oil and condensate recovery, followed by a planned future phase of gas production to backfill Santos’ domestic gas infrastructure in WA.According to Santos…

20 Aug 2021

Transocean and Dolphin Drilling Make New Bid for Seadrill

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Offshore drilling rig contractors Transocean Ltd and Dolphin Drilling have made a new offer to buy the assets of stricken rival Seadrill Ltd, Dolphin's chief executive said on Friday.Oslo-listed Seadrill, founded by Norwegian-born tycoon John Fredriksen, is seeking to emerge from U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings under an alternative financial plan filed in court last month."I can confirm that Dolphin and Transocean submitted an updated bid yesterday," Dolphin Chief Executive Bjoernar Iversen told Reuters.Seadrill's Oslo-listed shares traded 5.5% up by 1425 GMT…

20 Aug 2021

DOF Subsea Nets Contract Extension in Africa

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Oslo-listed offshore vessel operator DOF Subsea has secured a 6-month extension to a contract in Africa.The company said that the project, with an unnamed client and at an undisclosed location, would continue using the Skandi Seven throughout the extended duration.The vessel is used for integrated FSV services, project management, engineering, procurement, and logistical services within deep-water construction and maintenance of existing subsea infrastructure.While DOF was tight-lipped on further details…

20 Aug 2021

Solstad Sells Sea Panther AHTS for Recycling

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Norwegian offshore vessel operator Solstad Offshore said Friday it had sold its AHTS Sea Panther vessel for recycling.The vessel was sold through Solstad Offshore's subsidiary Solstad Rederi, and the delivery to the buyer took place today August 20th, 2021."The sale of the vessel will result in an immaterial accounting effect for Q3 -2021," Solstad Offshore said, without sharing the sale price."Solstad Offshore ASA is considering several vessels for green recycling as a part of our efforts to be in the forefront of sustainable and [environmentally] optimal operations.

19 Aug 2021

Oil Platform Worker Medevaced in the Gulf of Mexico

A Coast Guard helicopter crew prepares to medevac an oil rig crew member experiencing a cardiac event on the Hoover-Diana oil platform, 150 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, August 19, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Air Station Houston)

An ailing crew member was medevaced from an oil platform approximately 150 miles east of Corpus Christi, Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.The Coast Guard said its watchstanders at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi received a call at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday from personnel on ExxonMobil's Hoover-Diana oil platform stating a a 54-year-old crew member was experiencing a cardiac event. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.An HC-144 Ocean Sentry…

19 Aug 2021

OFCO Buys Seven Offshore Support Vessels

An aerial view of one of the new vessels acquired by OFCO. (Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Offshore Support and Logistics Services Company (OFCO – Offshore International), the integrated maritime logistics service provider that is jointly owned by Allianz Marine & Logistics Services (AMLS) and SAFEEN, Abu Dhabi Ports’ marine services arm, announced it has acquired seven offshore support vessels, including four anchor handling tugs, a 65-meter landing craft, as well as a supply ship and multipurpose safety standby vessel.Officially launched in January 2021, OFCO provides onshore and offshore integrated logistics solutions, and subsea services.

19 Aug 2021

ABS to Class FPSO Pair Being Built for Petrobras Buzios Field

 An FPSO in Brazil - Credit: Ranimiro/AdobeStock

The American Bureau of Shipping said Thursday that an FPSO duo being built for Brazil's Petrobras would be constructed to ABS Class.The sister FPSOs are currently named P-78 and P-79 and will be deployed at the giant Buzios pre-salt offshore oil field in Brazil's Santos Basin.ABS said that the fact the FPSO duo would be built to its Class demonstrated ABS’ continued leadership in the industry, with ABS Class accounting for 60% of all FPSOs in service. Around 70 percent of FPSOs in Brazil are ABS Class…

19 Aug 2021

Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline to Be Completed Next Week

Fortuna pipelayer - Credit: Christoph Brilke/MarineTraffic.com

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction is 99% complete, the operating company said on Wednesday, after a media report the Russian-led project, which has come under criticism from the United States, is expected to be finished on Aug.

19 Aug 2021

First Offshore Wind Substation Installed in France

Credit: DEME Offshore

Belgian offshore installation firm DEME Offshore said Thursday it had installed the first offshore wind substation in France, at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm site. The installation of the 2,100-ton substation was carried out by Allseas' giant Pioneering Spirit vessel.This was also Allseas’ first job for the offshore wind industry, and it is the first “complete” installation job executed by Pioneering Spirit, as it installed the 50-meter tall supporting structure last weekend."The…

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