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15 Feb 2019

Oil & Gas M&A Deal Value Up in 2018

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Global oil and gas total deal value increased by US$ 79.7b during 2018 to reach US$426.8b, despite a decrease of 18% in deal volume, said EY Global oil and gas transaction review 2018.It said that while the first two quarters of 2018 saw greater deal appetite aided by rising oil prices, caution returned in the second half of the year due to a decline in the oil price to 2015 levels.Looking ahead, the 2019 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) environment will likely be shaped by lower commodity prices…

31 Jan 2019

Kirby Announces 2018 Q4/FY18 Results, Deal to Buy Cenac's Marine Fleet

Kirby Corporation announced a net loss attributable to Kirby for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 of ($24.4) million, or ($0.41) per share, compared with earnings of $231.3 million, or $3.87 per share, for the 2017 fourth quarter. Excluding certain one-time charges, 2018 fourth quarter net earnings attributable to Kirby were $44.9 million, or $0.75 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2018 fourth quarter were $721.5 million compared with $708.1 million reported for the 2017 fourth quarter.For the 2018 full year…

23 Jan 2019

The Tanker Market: 2019 and Beyond

Alex and Alice under construction. Photo courtesy Euronav

Late 2018 saw the tanker market bubble upwards through late November, with daily vessel hires moving in the direction of, though not yet reaching levels not seen since late 2014-2015, when oil prices were in freefall and inventories building to the brim. A few pundits have suggested that we are seeing a “mini 2014” where lowered oil prices are coaxing another inventory build which would drive tanker capacity utilization, and per diem freight inflows, higher. The oil market has changed over four years…

21 Jan 2019

AsiaPac Oil and Gas Industry Looks Up

Brice Le Gallo, Regional Manager, South East Asia & Australia, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

Confidence in the outlook for Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry has more than doubled in the past two years, according to new research published by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry.According to a new research from DNV GL, three quarters (76%) of senior oil and gas professionals in Asia Pacific are optimistic about the industry’s growth in 2019, compared with 58% in 2018 and 30% in 2017. The proportion of industry leaders who are confident in their own organizations’ prospects has also risen from 59% last year to 74% in 2019.

17 Jan 2019

Offshore Service Market to Outspace Onshore Shale

Graph: Rystad Energy

Spending on the offshore service sector will outpace spending on the onshore shale sector this year, said Rystad Energy.According to Rystad's Oilfield Service Research report, service companies exposed to the offshore subsea market and the maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) sector are set to benefit from this trend reversal.At current oil price levels, spending on land rigs, fracking and other services for the shale industry is likely to stay essentially flat in 2019.

15 Jan 2019

Weak Freight Markets Hobble Sovcomflot IPO

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Russian state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot said on Tuesday that uncertain conditions in the freight market are delaying its long-planned initial public offering (IPO).The Russian government has weighed a listing of Sovcomflot for years as part of broader privatization plans, but obstacles ranging from weak markets to international sanctions placed on Russians over Moscow's role in Ukraine crisis have prevented an IPO.The Russian economy ministry has said it had hoped to raise…

28 Dec 2018

Transocean: $830M Drilling Contract for Ultra Deepwater Drillship

While the late 2018 oil price swoon has put a damper on an otherwise positive year for offshore energy markets, Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) ends the year on a positive, signing a construction management contract, as well as a five-year drilling contract with Chevron USA, Inc. for one of its two dynamically positioned (DP) ultra-deepwater drillships currently under construction at the Jurong shipyard in Singapore.The drilling contract has an estimated backlog of $830 million, excluding mobilization and reimbursables.The rig will be the first ultra-deepwater floater rated for 20,000 psi operations and is expected to commence operations in the Gulf of Mexico in the second half of 2021.In the event of termination for convenience by the customer…

11 Dec 2018

AET Grows in Brazil

Eagle Paraiba. Photo: AET_Tankers

With the ongoing development of deepwater pre-salt plays and a decreased demand on local content in tankers and other vessels, Brazilian national operator Petrobras and other super-majors have been looking abroad for better rates and reliable operators of shuttle tankers. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Peter Liew, Global Director – Mid Size Tankers, Crude Shipping, about AET Tankers’ history and its operations in Brazil.AET (formerly American Eagle Tankers) was founded in Houston in 1994 primarily to conduct lightering operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

04 Dec 2018

Enquest Acquires Remaining Stake in Magnus

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United Kingdom-based petroleum exploration and production company Enquest said it had completed the acquisition of the remaining 75% stake in Magnus, an additional 9.0% stake in the Sullom Voe Oil terminal and supply facility and additional interests in associated infrastructure from BP.The Magnus transaction, as previously announced, is expected to add approximately 60 MMboe of 2P reserves (equating to approximately 30 percent of the Group’s reserve base) as at 1 January 2018…

29 Nov 2018

IOG Delays North Sea Project Financing

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UK based oil and gas development & production company Independent Oil and Gas Plc (IOG)cautioned that current oil price volatility and capital market conditions aren’t conducive to deliver its financing plan for the core Southern North Sea project before year-end.The company which explores for and develops oil and gas properties in the North Sea said in a press release that it was ready to enter the execution phase of its core development project in the UK Southern North Sea,…

27 Nov 2018

Norden Buys Medium Range Tanker Pair

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Danish shipowner Norden has purchased 2 South Korean-built MR product tankers from 2009. Both vessels have a deadweight capacity of 50,000 tonnes and the acquisition further expands the Norden product tanker fleet ahead of the expected market improvement towards 2020.With the purchase, the Norden owned tanker fleet has been expanded with 4 MR vessels in 2018 bringing the total Norden tanker fleet up to 58 vessels including chartered vessels.A press release from the Denmark company…

22 Nov 2018

Heerema Fabrication Group Sells UK and Netherlands Yards

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Dutch offshore construction and engineering company Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) intends to divest a significant part of its activities in the field of design and fabrication of complex steel constructions for the offshore market.HFG has been struggling for some time with insufficient project volume and marginal profitability. In addition, the risks associated with building topsides are high and clients are not prepared to pay for this risk.As a result of the divestment HFG…

13 Nov 2018

Argus Adds New Marine Fuel Price Assessments

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Oil price reporting agency Argus has launched five new price assessments for low-sulphur marine fuels, ahead of new global rules capping the amount of sulphur in marine fuels, also known as bunkers.International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will cut the limit for sulphur in bunker fuels globally from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent from the start of 2020."Argus is pleased to be taking the lead in bringing price transparency that enables this large and emerging oil market to advance trading in preparation for the IMO 2020 required fuels…

13 Nov 2018

BY THE NUMBERS - Offshore Supply Vessels: Balanced Continued Pressure with Gradual Recovery

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Global consulting firm AlixPartners, in a new paper entitled, “Too many ships, too few rigs: why recovery is still a distant dream for the OSV sector,” warns that companies counting on a quick return to stability in the OSV sector are in for a rude awakening.The September report goes on to say that OSV companies continue to face pressure due to a radically changed oil industry and must take quick and decisive action in order to survive in what should be considered the ‘new normal.’Separately…

02 Nov 2018

Big Oil Set to Cash in on IMO 2020 Rules

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The world's biggest oil traders are gearing up to cash in on big disruptions that could hit the shipping fuel market in just over a year due to new U.N.-mandated environmental rules.International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will cut the limit for sulphur in marine fuels globally from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent from the start of 2020."We're going to hopefully facilitate the new rules in 2020 by helping out the industry and the participants in general to have a reasonably smooth transition…

01 Nov 2018

TGS Remains Upbeat as Shares Drop

TGS CEO Kristian Johansen (Photo: TGS)

Oslo-listed seismic surveyor TGS fell more than 10 percent after reporting disappointing third-quarter results on Thursday, as oil firms were still too cautious to spend despite a raft of upbeat earnings.TGS, which maps the seabed in search of hydrocarbon deposits for oil firms, reported quarterly operating profit of $24 million, down from $26 million a year ago and missing a forecast of $37 million returned by a Reuters poll.While oil companies like Shell, BP and Total are reporting bumper profits in the third quarter…

17 Oct 2018

Gulf Marine Services Bags New Contract

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UAE-based Gulf Marine Services (GMS), a provider of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, said it secured a new contract for one of its Small Class vessels.The new charter is for 12 months (including options) and is scheduled to commence shortly. The vessel will be supporting well intervention activities for a national oil company (NOC) in the MENA region.Duncan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of GMS…

12 Sep 2018

Electrification in a New Era for the O&G Industry

(File photo courtesy of BP)

With the recovery in oil prices, deepwater and ultradeep water oil and gas (O&G) projects are the focus of renewed interest. Project viability will come down to a continued focus on cost, but also productivity through high-performing assets. And electrification is set to drive a dramatic impact of these high-tech production facilities for more efficient operations.Following a prolonged downturn in prices, a flicker of life has returned to offshore production projects with oil recovering to around $70/barrel.

12 Sep 2018

Offshore Optimism is Cautiously on the Rise

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Following the path of oil prices, consolidation also follows myriad financial crises. What happens next isn’t altogether clear, but the long, deep trough for offshore energy may finally be in our choppy wake.In mid 2017, financial turnaround and financial repairs specialist Alix Partners made a bold statement regarding the beleaguered Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) marketplace. In a July 2017 report, following an analysis of 44 participants in the business, the restructuring team wrote: “The industry faces grave financial pressure…

11 Sep 2018

Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

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Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the norther

09 Sep 2018

CMA CGM Margin Hit in Q2

Photo: Port of Hamburg

French shipping liner CMA CGM said that rising oil price impacted its operating income in second quarter of 2018. "Volume growth and positive net income in a market environment affected by rising fuel costs," said a press statement from the company.Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, commented on the results:"Over the second quarter CMA CGM has recorded a core EBIT margin close to the first quarter as well as a positive net income in spite of a sharp increase in fuel prices.

16 Aug 2018

New Fuel Rules Push Shipowners to Go Green with LNG

El Coquí, one of the world’s first ConRos powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades.From 2020, International Maritime Organization rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped to clean up sulphur emissions. This will be enforced…

09 Aug 2018

Euronav Updates on Gener8 Merger

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The acquisition of Gener8 resulted in the recognition of a gain on bargain purchase on business combination of USD 36.3 million being recorded in the consolidated statement of profit or loss in the second quarter, says Euronav.The largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in the world said that it booked a gain on bargain purchase as a result of the Net Assets acquired being higher than the consideration paid.Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said: "Completion of the…

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