Offshore Services News

19 May 2020

Hornbeck Offshore Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

(Photo: Hornbeck Offshore Services)

Hornbeck Offshore Services has filed for chapter 11 to implement a prepackaged reorganization plan, according to a court filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston.The U.S.-based offshore vessel owner with more than $1 billion in long-term debt announed in March that it was negotiating wth lenders a restructuring support agreement and said it was moving toward a preackaged chapter 11 filing in the Southern District of Texas.In April, New York-listed Hornbeck struck a comprehensive…

06 May 2020

Ampelmann Makes One Millionth Offshore Transfer in Middle East

Image Credit: Ampelmann

Ampelmann, a Dutch company providing crew transfer gangways to the offshore energy industry, has said it has achieved a milestone of one million safe personnel transfers in the Middle East.The company said Wednesday that the milestone, which it took nearly a decade to achieve, was achieved during a project with vessel owner Halul Offshore Services, a subsidiary on Milaha.The millionth transfer crew transfer was made via Ampelmann's A-type system, that has been operating on the Halul 43 vessel since the beginning of 2020…

05 May 2020

Crowley Signs Up to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat said successful trials in Alaskan waters on board the Aframax tanker California contributed to the decision by Crowley Maritime Corp. to install Fleet Xpress across the majority of its fleet. (Photo: Inmarsat)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has agreed a contract to install Fleet Xpress from satellite communications provider Inmarsat on a majority of its vessels.The 128-year old Florida-headquartered business owns, operates and manages a diverse fleet of close to 200 vessels, including conventional and dual fuel (LNG) containerships, tankers and articulated tug-barges, and ship assist and offshore services tugboats, and various other types of barges.The deal was signed following trials in Alaska on Aframax tanker…

22 Apr 2020

Autonomy on Trial

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When discussing the arrival of autonomous workboats, many – especially those developing the technologies that enable them – say it’s is not a matter of if, but when. In fact, autonomous harbor tugs are already being put to the test in Singapore, where authorities hope to establish the technological infrastructure to enable fully autonomous ship operations. In the U.S., an autonomous vessel was shown to be able to respond to marine oil spills.But is autonomy really the future?

22 Apr 2020

Danish Base for German Offshore Wind Farm Service Workers

EnBW Baltic 2 Offshore Wind Farm - Image Credit: EnBW

EnBW Baltic 2 one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea will soon be serviced from the Danish port of Klintholm on the island of Møn, EnBW said Tuesday. The company has so far had its service team of up to 25 people travel from Rostock to a hotel vessel close to the EnBW Baltic 2 offshore wind farm. A hotel and a service building are now being constructed in Klintholm [Denmark], from where the EnBW workers will be ferried to the wind farm in the mornings and evenings during their two-week duty roster.

14 Apr 2020

Hornbeck Offshore Strikes Restructuring Deal with Lenders

A Hornbeck Offshore vessel - Image credit: Hornbeck Offshore

US-based offshore vessel provider Hornbeck Offshore has struck a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring support agreement with its lenders.The announcement on Tuesday follows Hornbeck’s previous announcement earlier this month when the company said it was in talks with lenders over the terms of the balance sheet restructuring, to be implemented through a prepackaged chapter 11 filing in the Southern District of Texas.Hornbeck Offshore said Tuesday that it had entered into restructuring…

03 Apr 2020

PGS Cold Stacks Two Seismic Vessels in Response to Low Oil Price

For illustration: Ramform Hyperion vessel - Image by PGS

Norwegian offshore seismic surveyor PGS has said that the coronavirus pandemic and the disruption in the oil market present unprecedented challenges for the offshore services industry, including the marine seismic industry.PGS expects the low oil price will have a material adverse impact on demand for seismic services and activity levels.Brent crude futures fell 3.2%, or 97 cents, to $28.97 per barrel as of 0636 GMT, after having risen 21% on Thursday.While oil companies have recently canceled several seismic survey contracts…

02 Apr 2020

Hornbeck Offshore to File Chapter 11

(Photo: Hornbeck Offshore Services)

U.S.-based offshore vessel owner Hornbeck Offshore Services announced it will file chapter 11 after defaulting on payment obligations.The New York-listed company said in an SEC filing that it has reached an agreement with lenders and holders of the company’s unsecured 5.875% and 5% senior notes pursuant to which the creditors have agreed to forbear, until April 20, from exercising certain of their rights and remedies with respect to certain defaults.Hornbeck said it is in the…

28 Feb 2020

BP Extends Vroon ERRVs Contract

Image: VOS

Maritime offshore-services supplier Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) Ltd has secured a three-year contract extension with BP, worth around £30million.VOS, one of the largest providers of emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) in the North Sea, will continue its exclusive provision of four vessels to support BP’s North Sea and West of Shetland assets until 2023.The Dutch-owned company said that the extension was secured for the VOS Discovery, VOS Fairness, VOS Innovator, and…

17 Feb 2020

Vroon, Jisco Extend Nautical Aisya AWB Partnership

Nautical Aisya - Image by Vroon

JISCO Marine and Vroon Offshore Services Singapore have signed a two-year extension agreement for the management of the Accommodation Work Boat (AWB) Nautical Aisya. This renewal will extend the JISCO and VOS Singapore cooperation until at least the end of February 2022, Vroon said Monday.The extension follows a recent contract award to Jisco marine by Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) for AWB Nautical Aisya. The new charter started on February 1, 2020. The vessel, which has provided DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) role for BSP, will now widen its work scope to include helicopter operations, Vroon said.

13 Feb 2020

PSA Marine Buys Peruvian Towage Co

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Singapore towage and pilotage company PSA Marine has moved into the South American market with the acquisition of Tramarsa Flota, a Peruvian towage company.Tramarsa Flota and its subsidiaries have been acquired from Grupo Romero. Headquartered in Lima, Tramarsa Flota offers towage, pilotage, launch boat and offshore services in 10 major ports along the Peruvian coastline. It owns 45 vessels, including 17 tugs, 23 launches and five support vessels for diving activities and other marine services.The stock purchase agreement was signed in Lima…

29 Jan 2020

Solstad Reups, Expands Deal with Marlink

(Photo: Solstad Offshore)

Norwegian offshore services and supply vessel company Solstad Offshore has renewed its connectivity contract with Marlink, committing 65 offshore vessels to Sealink, Marlink’s high-throughput Ku-band VSAT service. Solstad’s vessels will be provided with Sealink Services and L-band backup to ensure seamless global connectivity.Solstad sought a flexible, customized service to meet the diverse demands of its offshore support vessel (OSV) fleet, Marlink said. Building on more than 10 years of partnership…

15 Jan 2020

Crowley Realigns Its Marine Services Group

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US-based Crowley Maritime Corp. announced on Wednesday that it has realigned its marine services organization and introduced new leadership.In a move that aims to provide better support to customers, Crowley Marine Services, part of the company’s shipping arm, will now be comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated business segments: offshore services, ship assist and tanker escort and engineering services – those provided by Crowley and subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants.Jeff Andreini…

27 Dec 2019

Hornbeck Offshore Delisted from NYSE

(File photo: Hornbeck Offshore Services)

Hornbeck Offshore Services announced its common stock has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on December 20, 2019, and that the company began trading on the OTC Pink marketplace effective December 23, 2019.The NYSE announced that Hornbeck stock was was suspended from trading because the company did not maintain an average global market capitalization of at least $15 million over a consecutive 30-trading-day period, as required by NYSE continued listing standards.Hornbeck…

27 Dec 2019

Offshore Energy Outlook for 2020

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will use floating wind turbines to provide power to the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.  (Image: Equinor)

The “new normal” is a phrase tossed around often in offshore energy circles today as those servicing and operating in the sector grapple with the harsh realities of the prolonged industry downturn. Operators, service companies and equipment suppliers have been forced to adjust to oil selling at prices well below the $100+ per barrel mark seen in years past. As of this writing, Brent oil was hovering around $62 per barrel, and analysts expect prices will remain in this range for some time into the future.On top of this…

08 Dec 2019

Offshore: OSV Market Report

Photo courtesy Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle

The environment in oil patches onshore and offshore alike has been challenging throughout 2019; worries about an economic slowdown – whether cyclical or induced by a trade war – have weighed heavily on oil prices, even in the face of reduced production by the big producers. Though storm clouds persist, there appears a clearing on the horizon.The fate of Offshore Service Vessels (OSVs) is, naturally, closely tied to the price of oil. Seacor Marine’s John Gellert, in reviewing its Q2 results, said: “Activity levels in the U.S.

06 Dec 2019

VOS Champion Starts New Charter

(Photo: Vroon Offshore Services)

Vroon Offshore Services reports its Singapore-managed anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS ) vessel VOS Champion has started a five-month contract with a major international oil and gas engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contractor. The firm period of the current contract will last until March 2020.VOS Champion, which had been under charter to Chevron earlier this year, was delivered to her new charterers in early November and immediately mobilized to Sandakan, Malaysia.

22 Nov 2019

Court Reviewing Bourbon Takeover Bids

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Takeover offers for the assets and activities of French offshore services company Bourbon will be reviewed by the Marseilles Commercial Court next month, Bourbon said in a a company update.Four candidates have submitted an offer concerning assets and activities of BOURBON Corporation and/or BOURBON Maritime, Bourbon said.As part of the reorganization proceedings opened since August 7, 2019 to the benefit of the holding BOURBON Corporation and its sub-holding BOURBON Maritime,…

22 Nov 2019

DOF Subsea Bags APAC Contracts

Skandi Hercules. Image: DOF Subsea AS

Norway-based international subsea operating company DOF Subsea announced several contract-awards in the Asia Pacific region, securing 130 days vessel and resource utilization into the first quarter of 2020. The contracts, for undisclosed clients in New Zealand and South East Asia, will see Skandi Hercules commence operations in December 2019 for a major operator, said the company which provides integrated project managed and engineered subsea solutions to the global offshore oil and gas industry.Additionally…

15 Nov 2019

Sovcomflot Profits Up on Stronger Tanker Market

Pic: PAO Sovcomflot

Russia's state-owned tanker carrier Sovcomflot (SCF Group) reported improvements on both the top and bottom line in the third quarter benefiting from a stronger tanker market.The energy shipping company posted a net profit of  $26m as revenue increased in the third quarter.Sergey Frank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PAO Sovcomflot, said: “We are satisfied with the Group’s performance over the third quarter. Sovcomflot steadily follows through on its strategy of increasing the share of large-scale industrial shipping projects in its portfolio."He added: "During the reporting period…

04 Nov 2019

Kuok Makes Cash Offer for POSH

 Image courtesy: PACC Offshore Services Holdings

The Kuok Group, through its investment vehicle Quetzal Capital, announced a voluntary conditional cash offer to buy out Singapore-listed PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (POSH).Quetzal Capital said that the conditional offer to acquire all of POSH for S$0.215 a share, marking a 97.2 percent premium over the stock’s closing price on 30 October.The offer price represents a premium of approximately 109.8%, 96.2%, 69.6% and 35.3% over the one-month, three-month, six-month and twelve-month volume-weighted average prices respectively…

28 Oct 2019

POSH Terasea Liquidated After Default

Image: POSH Terasea

PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), an Asian operator of offshore support vessels, with a diversified fleet servicing offshore oil and gas E&P activities,  said its joint venture, POSH Terasea (PTPL) would be voluntarily liquidated by creditors after it defaulted on a facility with an outstanding amount of around US$27.6 million.POSH said the maximum potential financial impact arising from the liquidation will be up to $42m and no material impact to its operating cash flow is expected.PTPL is 50 percent-owned by POSH and 50 percent-owned by Terasea…

22 Oct 2019

Damen Patrol Vessels for Offshore Nigeria

Damen recently delivered a pair of FCS 3307 high-spec patrol vessels to be operated by Homeland Integrated Offshore Services (Homeland IOS Ltd) in Nigeria. Photo: Damen

Damen recently delivered a pair of FCS 3307 high-spec patrol vessels to be operated by Homeland Integrated Offshore Services (Homeland IOS Ltd) in Nigeria, and now the boats are being prepared for their assignments. The boats will be deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to protect and support the offshore assets of Homeland’s clients which include many international oil companies.Features of the 33-m vessels include Damen’s trademark Axe Bow hull form that delivers excellent fuel economy and a top speed of 29 knots together with superb maneuverability and excellent seakeeping.

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