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Tidewater Sells North Sea Boats

Tidewater Inc. will sell its North Sea safety-standby boats to BUE Marine Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland. The $40 million all-cash deal is expected to close by late June. The 28 safety-standby boats were obtained by Tidewater as part of earlier acquisitions. This type of rescue vessel is required for oil and gas entities operating in the North Sea.


Rowan Wins North Sea Contract

Rowan Companies won a term drilling contract for use of the Rowan Gorilla VII in the North Sea commencing in August 2005. The contract provides for a one-year term with a minimum work commitment of nine months, and includes an option for a second year. Rowan estimates that contract revenues, based on a one-year term, will be approximately $65 million. As previously reported, Gorilla VII is currently carrying out decommissioning activities on the Ardmore Field in the North Sea which the


Sharp Rise Seen in North Sea Decommissioning

Decom North Sea (DNS), the organization which represents the North Sea’s oil and gas decommissioning industry, has welcomed changes in the budget which will boost the sector, leading to new jobs and investment in new equipment.   With annual decommissioning expenditure in the North Sea forecast to top £1billion within a few years and a total of about £35billion due to be spent over the next 20 to 30 years, DNS had called for the budget to provide long-term certainty


BP Selects Offshore Automation Contractor of Choice

BP Exploration selects Emerson Process Management as automation contractor of choice for North Sea oil & gas operations Emerson will be BP’s preferred supplier of integrated control and safety systems for five offshore fields in the U.K. continental shelf, including the new Clair Ridge platforms and the Quad 204 floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Emerson’s selection as contractor of choice builds on an earlier agreement in which the company was named a Main


UK North Sea Gas Discovery 'Significant' Say E&P

E.ON Exploration & Production's (E&P) Tolmount gas discovery in the UK North Sea could contain significantly higher volumes than originally estimated, making it one of the largest discoveries made in this part of the North Sea for several years. The recently completed appraisal well reached its targets within time and budget on 6th July. A 855 m side-track was completed on 30th July, 2013.   "This successful discovery in UK is an important step for our growing upstream


Divorce Costs Could Sour Scotland's North Sea Hopes

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Scottish nationalists are betting $2.5 trillion of hydrocarbons trapped miles beneath the North Sea could bankroll an independent Scotland, but winning control of the European Union's largest oil reserves would be no blank cheque. Scotland says the bulk of Britain's North Sea oil and gas reserves are in its waters, while London says any division would be subject to negotiations should Scots vote to end their 307-year-old union with England in a referendum on


WesternGeco Awarded Contract

ExxonMobil Exploration has awarded WesternGeco a multiproject Q-Marine contract to cover three ExxonMobil assets in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. Q is the WesternGeco proprietary suite of advanced seismic technologies for enhanced reservoir location, description, and management. The surveys will be conducted by the Geco Topaz and the Western Neptune, two of the four WesternGeco Q-Technology vessels


Rowan Extends North Sea Contract for Gorilla VII

Rowan Companies, Inc. has entered into a one-year extension of its drilling contract for the Rowan Gorilla VII in the North Sea. Gorilla VII is currently working offshore Denmark under a one-year term contract that contained an option for a second year. By the exercise of the option, the rig's commitment is now extended to August 2007. The extension will generate additional drilling revenues of approximately $93 million.


North Sea Unions Call for Better Lifeboats

Lifeboats on oil and gas installations in the North Sea are not fit for purpose, union leaders claimed yesterday in Aberdeen, according to a report on www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk. The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) reportedly called for a new and safer way of evacuating offshore workers by boat and gave a damning verdict on the two methods currently in use.


Transocean to Create New Offshore Drilling Company

Image courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd. says that it intends to pursue the creation of an entity comprising 8 of its UK North Sea midwater drilling rigs.  The new entity, Caledonia Offshore Drilling Company (Caledonia) is expected to be established during the second half of 2014. The offshore drilling assets currently contemplated for transfer to Caledonia include the following rigs: Sedco 704, Sedco 711, Sedco 712, Sedco 714, Transocean John Shaw, Transocean Prospect, GSF Arctic III and J.W. McLean.


Specially Designed Lifeboats for Pieter Schelte

Pieter Schelte (Photo: Norsafe)

The Norsafe JYN100 is a conventional Totally Enclosed Lifeboat (TELB) which is designed and built in accordance with the latest NORSOK R-002 standards, with a capacity of 106 persons. The advanced hydraulic davit systems are specially designed for platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay


Deepwater Semi-Sub COSL Prospector Delivered

COSL Prospector

COSLProspector, the fourth deep-water semi-submersible drilling rig built by CIMC Raffles for China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL), has been delivered in Yantai, Shandong Province. It represents another milestone for China’s deep-water drilling rig going into the global mainstream market


Damen, Palfinger Upgrade North Sea Jack-Up Rig

Photo courtesy of Palfinger

With the support of Palfinger systems JUMP technology, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen has completed an upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea, in 30 days less than was initially projected by the client.  


Strategy Can Maximize UKCS potential

North Sea and UKCS Potential

Companies operating in the North Sea require a cultural shift to make the most of the its potential, according to a new report from Deloitte, the business advisory firm. The report, which gauges the oil and gas industry’s reaction to Sir Ian Wood’s Maximising Recovery Review


Damen Lands Cruise Ship Repair Work

MSC Magnifica (Photo courtesy of Damen)

MSC Magnifica arrives at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) has been awarded a cruise repair and maintenance contract from MSC Cruises. Built in 2010, the MSC Magnifica is 293 meters long and has a capacity for more than 2


SMC to Provide Marine Coordination for Siemens

Photo courtesy of Siemens

Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) have been working with Siemens, providing offshore marine coordination for a fifth Siemens Wind Power construction project. The Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea began construction in early 2014, and is due for completion mid-2015


Maersk Interceptor Named in Norway

Maersk Interceptor

  In a ceremony held at GMC Marine Partners yard in Mekjarvik in Norway, Mrs. Anita Utseth, Senior Vice President in Det norske oljeselskab ASA (Det norske) had the honour of naming the ultra harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Interceptor.


Production Begins at North Sea Golden Eagle Field

Denmark's Maersk Oil, a unit of conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk , said on Monday oil production from the Golden Eagle field in Britain's North Sea had started. There are two Golden Eagle wells with potential to produce about 18,000 barrels of oil per day.


12th ULSTEIN PSV Delivered to Deep Sea Supply

Sea Swift (Photo:  ULSTEIN/Gunnar Haug)

Zhejiang Shipbuilding in Ningbo, China, delivered Sea Swift, the final of 12 platform supply vessels (PSVs) of the large PX105 design to shipowner Deep Sea Supply PLC on October 23, 2014. The Deep Sea Supply vessels are 88.9 meters long and 19 meters in the beam


Launch of OCEAN FALCON in Pasajes

Zamakona Yards Group successfully completed the launch of the ship “Ocean Falcon” at its facilities in Pasajes (San Sebastian, northern Spain).

  On November the 6th, Zamakona Yards Group successfully completed the launch of the ship “Ocean Falcon” at its facilities in Pasajes (San Sebastian, northern Spain). The ship is the third Zamakona Yards launches, of all three signed with the Norwegian shipping company


Quantitative Risk Analysis for LNG Terminals

Wim Lafeber

Widescale Development of LNG Bunkering is Expected.   Lloyd’s Register recently conducted a survey that indicated that the majority of major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the widescale development of LNG bunkering


BP's New Core Flood Robot EOR Techniques

World’s first Core Flood Robot for EOR

BP announced today that it is now operating the world’s first robotic coreflooding system. The Core Flood Robot is the most recent addition to BP’s programme of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) research facilities. Coreflooding is one of the most important techniques used to identify and


CMA CGM to Apply Low Sulfur Surcharge

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM said it will implement a low sulfur surcharge on all its trades in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and for all cargos as of January 1, 2015. MARPOL Annex VI regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships assign Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Emission Control Areas (ECA) with more


Van Heck Advances Dredging Innovation

Photo: Van Heck

Van Heck started in 1964 as a one man operation to build and develop pumps and services to the dredging industry. Driven by innovation and its reputation, the company expanded into the offshore industry boom of the 1980s and its expertise grew as it helped tackle the challenges set by this


Petrojarl Knarr FPSO Earns AoC from PSA Norway

Petrojarl Knarr (Photo: Norsafe)

Teekay’s Petrojarl Knarr FPSO has received PSA Norway’s Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC), and has now arrived the Knarr field in the North Sea. The AoC is a statement from the PSA expressing the authorities’ confidence that petroleum activity can be performed by the facility






 
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