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Noble Denton’s Loss

Noble Denton Group recently lost Tony Stafford, the managing director of Noble Denton Singapore and a director of Noble Denton Holdings Ltd. Stafford, born on July 28, 1945, was killed in a traffic accident in Singapore on the evening of January 12, 2002. Stafford began his career in engineering in 1963 as an assistant engineer under training with City Engineer of Sheffield and Borough Engineer of Slough. In 1969, he attended the University of Bradford where he attained a Bachelors degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, which he followed with a Masters degree in Offshore Engineering from University of Liverpool. Upon graduation, Stafford started his career with Taylor Woodrow International as a senior then later chief engineer on various construction projects. In March 1979, Stafford joined Noble Denton and Associates, where his engineering and managerial contributions were swiftly recognized. Starting as a Principal Engineer with their London office, he became a pivotal figure within the group. Stafford became the managing director of Noble Denton Brazil in June 1981, then moved to head the Middle Eastern operations, based in Dubai, in May 1984 before returning to Brazil in May 1986 and then to London as Managing Director in December 1986. Tony settled in Singapore in July 1993, as Managing Director of Noble Denton’s Far Eastern operations. In July 1996 Tony was appointed to the Noble Denton Group main board as Director and joint Chief Executive Officer


Merger Approved: Noble Denton, GL

The Norwegian cartel authority Konkurransetilsynet has approved the merger of Noble Denton with Germanischer Lloyd (GL). The two companies had announced their merger on 1 April 2009. Together, Germanischer Lloyd and Noble Denton will form a global technical assurance and consulting company to serve the oil and gas sector. The purchase of Noble Denton is the largest corporate acquisition in the history of Germanischer Lloyd.


GL Noble Denton Opens Office in Trinidad

Technical service provider for the oil and gas industry GL Noble Denton has opened an office in Port of Spain. With upstream and midstream capabilities across the complete asset lifecycle, GL Noble Denton already provides international oil majors, independent operators and E&C companies in the region with technical design, consulting, assurance and execution services. Trinidad's economy is strongly influenced by the petroleum industry


Petrobras 36 Starts Production

Record breaking Petrobras-36 began production on May 15th. Petrobras 36 is now the worlds largest semi-submersible floating production facility at 56,500 tons as well as being the deepest FPS development at 1,362 m. It has a capacity to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day. Noble Denton Europe Ltd. is the engineering contractor for the major hull and deck modifications to support the new process plant as well as the mooring system, riser supports and riser pull-in .


Oil and Gas Executives Discuss 2012 Outlook

Arthur Stoddart, GL Noble Denton Executive Vice President

Confidence for improved margins and higher capital investment has returned to the oil and gas industry this year, according to a group of industry leaders.   However in the long-term, the energy sector faces unprecedented challenges that could have a lasting impact for years to come. The comments were among those made at an exclusive roundtable event held recently in Houston by GL Noble Denton, an independent technical advisor to the industry.


Poll: Arctic Will Reverse Norwegian Oil Production Decline

A poll conducted at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference in Stavanger has revealed that industry professionals see Arctic exploration as a viable solution to Norway’s declining oil production rates. 74% of participants said that the development of sizeable reserves in Arctic waters offshore Norway could reverse the country’s diminishing North Sea production rates by 2030. By contrast, only 26% of participants felt Norway would not be able to abate the decline through Arctic


IMCA Puts DP in the Spotlight

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As befits the 50th anniversary of the advent of dynamic positioning (DP), the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has turned the spotlight on this invaluable technology. Earlier this year ‘Guidance for developing and conducting annual DP trials programmes for DP vessels’ (IMCA M 190) was published. Now a complementary publication ‘Example of an Annual DP Trials Report’ (IMCA M 212) is available for free download from the IMCA website.


Atlantic Marine Sets Up Marine Survey & Consultancy Arm

John Poulson: Photo credit AMA

Atlantic Marine Associates Inc. (AMA) a member of the Eagle Ocean Group appoints John S. Poulson to head the new service. Trading as AMA Consulting Services, the new entity is led by John S. Poulson, latterly president of GL Noble Denton, New York, and a leading expert in the marine engineering, survey, loss prevention and consultancy fields. AMA Consulting Services’ principal activity is carrying out independent surveys, investigations


American P&I Club Recruits Two Key Managers

Colin Snell: Photo credit SCB

Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., American P&I Club managers, make appointments in underwriting and survey, & technical departments. Colin Snell has been recruited to SCB’s underwriting department to support the club’s European and North American business.  An English lawyer by training, Colin has extensive experience in P&I, having earlier occupied senior positions with other major International Group P&I Clubs in London and New York


American Club has New Principal Surveyor

John Poulson, vice president, principal surveyor

John Poulson Rejoins Management Team.   Well-known surveyor John Poulson, a highly-experienced former mariner, is rejoining the American P&I Club’s management team on February 1 as vice president, principal surveyor and head of the survey and technical department. He worked with the club’s managers for several years in the middle of the last decade before moving to GL Noble Denton (as it is now), New York


Noble Energy Announces Increased Quarterly Dividend

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Noble Energy, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of 18 cents per common share, which represents an increase of nearly 29 percent from the prior 14 cents per common share quarterly dividend. The dividend is payable on May 19, 2014


Noble Reports 2013 Results

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Noble Corporation has reported fourth quarter 2013 net income of $174 million, or $0.68 per diluted share. Results for the fourth quarter included an after tax charge of $36 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, relating to an impairment taken on the FPSO Seillean


Noble Corp. Reports Better Q3 2013 Results

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Offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry, Noble Corp., reports that (excluding a sale transaction mentioned below, settlement and asset impairment charge), third quarter 2013 earnings were $219 million, or $0.85 per diluted share. The results compared to $177 million, or $0


GL Noble Denton to Manage Premier Oil Asset Integrity

Mike Pritchard, Vice President, Process and Integrity Services, GL Noble Denton (left) and Mike Skitmore, UK Business Unit Manager, Premier Oil.

Premier Oil, the FTSE-250 oil and gas exploration and production company, has awarded a major asset integrity management contract to GL Noble Denton for the provision of asset integrity advice and inspection services across Premier Oil’s U.K. operated assets.


GL Nobel Denton Issues New Guidelines

"Advancing best practice in marine warranty and consulting - GL Noble Denton issues new Guidelines for offshore operations" GL Noble Denton has issued three new Technical Guidelines for assessing and approving energy industry marine operations.  


Offshore Drillers, Noble Corp., Bound for UK

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Noble Corporation's Board of Directors has approved changing the place of incorporation of the publicly traded parent of the Noble group of companies from Switzerland to the United Kingdom. The Company's shareholders will be asked to vote to approve the proposed change.


GL Noble Denton Wins Business Development Award

Award Winners at the EUA IGEM Gas Industry Awards Lunch 2013. Image courtesy of EUA.

GL Noble Denton's contribution to developing and implementing safety regulations in hydrocarbon-rich countries has been recognized at the UK Gas Industry Awards. The independent technical advisor won the International Business Development category at a ceremony held in London recently


Consolidation Likely as U.S. Oil and Gas Operators Grapple with New Regulation

New research reveals the impact of post-Macondo reform U.S. oil and gas professionals are losing their appetite for risk and are worried about rising operating costs, as they grapple with the consequences of a tougher, post-Macondo regulatory regime


Chinese Liftboat Hoists Shell's 'Noble Discoverer'

Alaska Lifting Operation: Photo courtesy of USCG

'Noble Discoverer', the massive drillship that is an integral part of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil drilling ambitions, is getting a lift to Asia. The drill rig has been loaded onto the cargo deck of another vessel, the 708-foot Chinese-flagged heavy lift ship Xiang Yun Kou


IADC Recognizes GL Noble Denton Expert

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has recognized Mike Hoyle, one of GL Noble Denton's leading technical authorities for offshore oil and gas structures, for his contribution to new ISO Standards for the site-specific assessment of mobile offshore units.  


Marine Artist John A. Noble: Birthday Centenary Celebrations

John Noble: Photo courtesy of the Noble Maritime Collection

The Noble Maritime Collection is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Staten Island seaman artist. John A. Noble From 1928 until 1945, Noble worked as a seaman on schooners and in marine salvage.  In 1928, while on a schooner that was towing out down the Kill van Kull


Fairmount Pair Tows Rig Noble Max Smith to Brazil

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Super tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition have towed the drilling rig Noble Max Smith from the Gulf to Brazil. Both tugs hooked-up in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA.   For this job the Fairmount Sherpa and the Fairmount Expedition were mobilized to the departure location from there


Germanischer Lloyd Gives Nod to CORSAIR TVR v.2

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Baker Lyman's software is only approved Towing Vessel Record.   Classification giant Germanischer Lloyd (GL) granted Type-Approval to Baker, Lyman & Co (BL) for their cutting-edge Towing Vessel Record software, CORSAIR TVR v.2, effective November 1, 2012


Dr. Steven Cargill Receives MTS Award

GL Noble Denton expert receives distinguished achievement award for contribution to the DP Industry. In Houston, TexasThe Marine Technology Society (MTS) Dynamic Positioning Committee honors Dr Steven Cargill with its 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award.


Singapore Office Opened by GL Garrad Hassan

Ragna Schmidt-Haupt: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

The consulting company's Ragna Schmidt-Haupt leads a drive focused on the area's renewable energy services' sector. Ragna’s extensive experience in the solar industry leaves her well positioned to head-up GL Garrad Hassan’s activities in Singapore and she is already leading


 
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