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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Offshore Energy Industry News

Rigs' Parts Lack Third-Party Endorsements

According to an Associated Press report from August 31, the equipment failures blamed for the Gulf oil spill might have been detected if the owners of the Deepwater Horizon continued to have the rigs’ drilling equipment verified by independent experts — something federal regulators mistakenly thought was happening offshore. This lapse in the offshore energy industry's safety net has emerged as a key finding in the joint federal inquiry by the Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement into the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (Source: Associated Press)  

James Fisher Opens Offshore Vessel for Tours

Dart Fisher (Photo courtesy of James Fisher)

James Fisher Marine Services Ltd (JFMS), and Fendercare Marine, both subsidiaries of James Fisher and Sons plc (JFS), held an open day to demonstrate the capability of their shoreside support base and the offshore support vessel, the Dart Fisher. The Dart Fisher, which was berthed in the Fendercare Marine base in Great Yarmouth, is a 26-meter catamaran specifically designed to service the offshore energy industry with the capability to transfer up to 12 engineers, three 20-foot containers with a total combined cargo weight of 30 metric tons.

Offshore Energy Industry Evacuates Before Ike

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The offshore energy industry continues to evacuate workers from the in advance of Hurricane Ike. According to the Minerals Management Service, 78 percent of oil production was shut in because of the approaching storm. Some 23 percent of the platforms in the Gulf and 36 percent of the rigs in the Gulf have been evacuated. Platforms are the offshore structures from which oil and natural gas are produced. Source:  The Times-Picayune

Geiger Named FGH President

Friede Goldman Halter elected Paul Geiger, Jr. as president of Friede & Goldman, Ltd., the company's naval architecture division, which is renowned for its designs of mobile offshore drilling units for the offshore energy industry. Geiger, who joined the company in 1989 as vice president of design, will head Friede & Goldman's newly consolidated offices in Houston.

ABS: New Guidance on Energy Storage

ABS has published The ABS Guide for Use of Supercapacitors in the Marine and Offshore Industries (Supercapacitor Guide) to support safe application of hybrid power in the marine and offshore industries. The maritime industry is increasingly interested in using supercapacitors as an energy storage solution when quick energy delivery is required during a peak loading condition. Particularly, offshore supply vessel (OSV) owners are considering supercapacitors to supplement energy supply during high-load operations, such as using power thrusters for dynamic positioning while station keeping. "We are developing a series of guides on energy storage systems so our clients have as many options as possible to effectively manage energy use…

Tidewater to Sell Fleet of Safety Standby Boats

Tidewater Inc., operator of the world's largest fleet of vessels serving the offshore energy industry, reportedly agreed to sell its North Sea safety-standby boats to BUE Marine Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tidewater Declares Dividend

Tidewater Inc.'s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $.15 per share on Tidewater's approximately 57 million shares of common stock outstanding. The dividend was declared during a regular meeting of the board and is payable June 21, 2007 to shareholders of record on June 11, 2007. Tidewater Inc. owns 463 vessels, the world's largest fleet of vessels serving the global offshore energy industry.

Crowley to Christen Barge

On July 28, Crowley Maritime Corporation will christen the 455-2, the second of three new Heavy Lift 455 series deck barges being built to handle project work for the offshore energy industry - primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. The 455-2 is one of three 400 x 105-ft.-wide deck barges to be built at Gunderson Marine's shipyard in Portland, Oregon. The media is invited to attend this christening, which will feature the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle against the hull and the subsequent launch and spectacular splashdown into the Willamette River.

Offshore Energy Course Earns RTN Recognition

Photo courtesy of OMA

Leading the way for client representative training in offshore renewables industry . An operational offshore energy course, providing training in the running and delivery of offshore renewables projects, has received industry recognition from the Renewables Training Network (RTN). The Client Representative Course, run by Offshore Marine Academy (OMA), received the ‘RTN Recommended’ status earlier this month, highlighting the academy’s ambitions to meet training demand as well as to close the skills gap within the industry.

Miller is VP - Government and Political Affairs, NOIA

Megan Bel Miller

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has promoted Megan Bel Miller to Vice President for Government and Political Affairs. She will lead NOIA's Congressional relations and Political Action Committee.Megan joined the NOIA staff in May 2013 as Senior Director, Government & Political Affairs. “Megan’s unparalleled Hill and legislative experience combined with her knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico and the offshore energy industry have greatly benefitted the NOIA membership and staff over the past two years.She has helped further our mission to promote offshore energy access…

NOIA Optimism on Gulf of Mexico Oilfield Sales

Overall, compared to the last two years, we are seeing a positive trend for the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are looking forward to Wednesday’s lease sale with cautious optimism. “Not only is this the first Central Gulf of Mexico sale in two years and the last lease sale in the current five year OCS leasing plan, but the 2012-2017 plan is not yet out, so it is unclear when the next Central Gulf sale will occur. These factors likely point to pent-up demand and interest in leases. If you consider a few big discoveries in the Central Gulf over the past few years, such as Chevron’s Hadrian discovery and BP’s Tibor and Kaskida discoveries in deepwater and McMoran’s Davey Jones discovery in shallow water, there may be heavy interest in both deepwater and shallow water blocks.

NOIA President Comments on Schneider's DOI Nomination

“It is the prerogative of the President and Secretary to nominate whomever they choose, but there are many unanswered questions about how Janice Schneider will regulate the offshore energy industry. He added, “That being said, many of our members are disappointed that Tommy Beaudreau was not nominated. He came to the Department of the Interior during a difficult time, but over the last two years he earned the reputation for being willing to listen and learn about industry concerns. I wish him the very best as he returns his full attention to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

SBM Offshore, CGU, AGU Sign MoU

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The Comptroller General's Office (CGU), the Attorney General's Office (AGU) and SBM Offshore today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU sets a framework between the Company, the CGU and the AGU for discussions on a potential mutually acceptable settlement and for the disclosure by SBM Offshore of information relevant to the CGU's investigations. SBM Offshore provides floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, over the full product life-cycle.

OSD Opens China Design Office

The Offshore Ship Designers group has opened a design office in . Initially staffed with six naval architects it will provide design resources to OSD’s European partners and also provide Asian shipyards with innovative tug and offshore support vessel designs. OSD has recently undergone a change in partners with the acquisition by ’s Ulstein Group of one of the founding partners, Dutch heavy offshore vessel designer . OSD now consists of the combined resources of WorldWise Marine, the specialist tug design and consultancy, and IMT Marine Consultants, which has a strong portfolio of offshore support vessels of all types. Offshore Ship Designers Group (OSD) is a global one-stop resource delivering naval architecture and marine engineering skills to the shipping and offshore energy industries.

Lundstrom Joins Tidewater

Tidewater Inc. said that Bruce D. Lundstrom has joined Tidewater as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Lundstrom, who will report to Chairman, President and CEO Dean Taylor, will be responsible for the Legal, Insurance and Human Relations/Benefits staffs of the company, and will also act as Tidewater's Chief Compliance Officer. He joins Tidewater following a ten-year career within the oil and gas industry. In his most recent position at Prisma Energy International Inc. as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Tidewater Inc. owns 454 vessels, the world's largest fleet of vessels serving the global offshore energy industry.

FGH’s Convertible Note Interest Payment Status

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced that it has not made the semi-annual interest payment on its outstanding 4 1/2% convertible subordinated notes due 2004. The company plans to make this interest payment within the 30-day grace period provided under the indenture relating to the notes. Friede Goldman Halter is a world leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for the maritime and offshore energy industries. Its operating units are Friede Goldman Offshore (construction, upgrade and repair of drilling units, mobile production units and offshore construction equipment); Halter Marine (construction of vessels for commercial and governmental markets)…

Navig8 Buys RK Offshore

Photo: RK Offshore

Maritime services provider Navig8 Group has agreed to buy shallow-water contractor RK Offshore Management. Singapore-headquartered Navig8 Group, the world's largest provider of maritime services, announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire Africa-focused RKOffshore Management (RKOM), a fully-integrated provider of marine services to the offshore energy industry. Completion of the acquisitions is subject to a number of conditions precedent which are expected to be satisfied on or before 30 April 2016.

Subsea 7 Wins Pipeline Industries Guild Award

Subsea 7, a provider to the offshore energy industry, has won the Pipeline Industries Guild’s (PIG) 2012 Subsea Pipeline Technology Award. The award was made at the PIG National Dinner in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The award recognizes Subsea 7’s technology initiative for the installation of Mechanically Lined Pipe (Bubi® pipe) by reel–lay³. Subsea 7’s has been working with the pipe manufacturers  BUTTING to optimize the technical and commercial benefits of using Bubi® pipe over corrosion resistant alloys and metallurgically clad pipes currently used by the industry. The technology, independently qualified by DNV, has demonstrated its market potential and been adopted for the first major Pre-Salt project, Guará-Lula NE, in Brazil by Petrobras.

Ferguson Modular Invests in Norwegian Market

Ferguson Modular, a division of the Ferguson Group, specialists in the rental of accommodation and engineering modules to the offshore energy industry around the world, has invested $1.9m into the manufacture of new modules for the Norwegian market. The modules will be manufactured under NORSOK standards. Commenting on the investment, Ferguson Modular’s Director of Business Development Gary Wilson said: “The NORSOK compliant modules have been manufactured to expand our rental fleet in Norway and will be available at the end of October through Ferguson Norge AS, our Norwegian division based in Tananger. The NORSOK standards are developed by the Norwegian petroleum industry to ensure adequate safety, value adding and cost effectiveness for petroleum industry developments and operations.

CEO's to Discuss Challenges to Dutch Offshore Industry

Goof Hamers (CEO, IHC Merwede), Jan-Pieter Klaver (CEO, Heerema Marine Contractors) & others to discuss the challenges that the industry faces in realizing its full potential. The Dutch offshore industry is an international front-runner and the sector adds considerable value to the Dutch economy and has strong potential in generating economic growth. A panel of CEOs will discuss how Dutch offshore industry can maintain front-runner position during the Offshore Energy Industry Panel on 23. October 2012 in Amsterdam RAI. Other confirmed speakers include Frans van Seumeren (Chairman, Rolldock, Roll-lift, Barge Master), Gilbert van den Brink (Managing Director, Wintershall) and Bram van Mannekes (former Secretary-General, NOGEPA).

Subsea 7 Wins Offshore W. Australia Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. wins a US$100-million from Apache Australia Pty for the Julimar Development Project. The project includes the transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of subsea umbilicals, manifolds and diver-less tie-in spools. Project management and engineering will commence immediately from Subsea 7’s office in Perth, Australia, with offshore operations scheduled to commence in late 2014. Darren Cormell, Subsea 7's Vice President, Australia & New Zealand said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this exciting and prestigious Australian contract. Norway-based Subsea 7 S.A. is a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor to the offshore energy industry worldwide.

Halter Marine Confirms Merger Talks

Shipbuilder Halter Marine Group Inc. confirmed it is in talks with an oilfield service company about a possible stock-for-stock merger. The company, which in January announced a sweeping restructuring to cut costs, said it cannot assure the talks will lead to a transaction. It also said it cannot guarantee a deal, if any, would represent a premium over current market prices. Halter Marine, which also builds offshore drilling rigs and engineered products serving the offshore energy industry, said it will not issue further comment until the talks are completed or are called off.

Crowley Christens Barge 455-3

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently christened and launched barge 455-3, the third heavy-lift 455 series flat-deck barge to be built and delivered to Crowley this year by Gunderson Marine in Portland, Ore. Susan Michel, Crowley's director of people development and learning, had the honor of sponsoring and christening the newest addition to the company's growing big-barge fleet. Barges 455-3, 455-2 and the Marty J, all delivered this year, are 400-feet long by 105-feet-wide deck and are engineered for handling project work for the offshore energy industry, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. Each, with its 105-foot width and 25-foot depth, offers increased capacity and stability for transporting large cargoes.

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