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London Offshore Consultants Expands in Asia

Kenny Ong, Manager of LOCs new Vietnam office in the port of Vung Tau, which will formally begin operations in May 2013. Photo: LOC

New office in Vietnam at the port of Vung Tau announced at Maritime Vietnam London Offshore Consultants (LOC) announced further expansion in Asia Pacific with the opening of a new office in Vietnam. The new office in the port of Vung Tau, which will formally begin operations in May, will be managed by Kenny Ong, who is highly experienced in major offshore oil and gas projects across Asia, especially in Vietnam. The office will provide oil majors, contractors, underwriters, and other insurers operating in Vietnam’s oil and gas sectors with specialist consultancy services for planning, design and execution of complex, high-value marine and energy-based operations. LOC’s expertise is in the construction, marine transportationand installation of structures onshore and, in particular, offshore. The group offers technical consultancy such as front-end advice on new technologies, assessing viability of proposed operations, approving such operations and monitoring their execution. Investigating operational problems is also covered by LOC’s remit. LOC’s client profile in Vietnam is oil majors including the national oil company, PetroVietnam, and its various arms and international and national offshore contractors working in Vietnam. These include both domestic underwriters and the international insurance market, particularly those insuring either the oil major or the project contractor. www.loc-group.com


Otto Marine Clinches Australia AHTS Contracts

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Otto Marine says it has clinched AUD57-million worth of charter contracts in Australia for two of its large deep water AHTS vessels. Otto Marine Limited, which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, with shipyard and other specialized offshore services, says that it has secured time charter contracts with two oil majors for its deep water anchor handlers, GO Sirius and GO Spica. Employed in drilling and pre-lay support, the 16


Profitable Year for Shipbuilding Companies

Increased spending on offshore exploration & production (E&P) of oil and gas has increased order-book positions of Indian shipbuilders. ABG Shipyard has an order backlog of Rs 1,300 crore, while Bharati Shipyard has pending orders worth Rs 676 crore on its books. The jump in order books is getting reflected in stock prices of these companies as well. BSL has seen its market cap soar to almost Rs 900 crore from Rs 309 crore at the beginning of 2005


Trafigura Fixes Australian LNG Cargo

Swiss-trading house Trafigura has purchased one of three liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes offered by Australia's North West Shelf export plant as part of a tender awarded late last week, four traders said. The winners of the remaining two cargoes are thought to be a mid-size oil major and a Japanese electric utility, traders said, although it was not possible to confirm this. Asian spot LNG prices are trading at around $9 per million British thermal units for March delivery.  


Total Says Nigeria’s Oil Bill Will Hurt Industry

According to a September 21 report from the Associated Press, a top official at French oil major Total SA warned that a proposal to overhaul Nigeria's oil industry would hobble foreign investment, just as the firm prepares to bring a major offshore field into production. Analysts said the petroleum bill would sharply reduce the profits of foreign oil companies like Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total, all of whom have subsidiaries operating oil fields in Nigeria


EMAS Wins US$110-million Subsea & Offshore Contracts

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Singapore's EMAS, the operating brand of Ezra Holdings, announce that its Subsea Services (EMAS AMC) and Offshore Support Services (EMAS Marine) divisions have been awarded projects worth US$110 million. These projects will be executed in the Gulf of Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region. EMAS AMC’s project wins come from a national oil company operating in the Gulf of Mexico for a SURF type offshore installation project


Oil Majors Report High Profits

Driven by the sustained high price per barrel of oil, oil majors Chevron and Amerada Hess today announced outstanding financial results for the second quarter. Chevron, the No. 2 U.S. oil company, posted second-quarter profits which more than doubled, matching analysts' expectations, thanks to stronger oil and natural gas prices. Second-quarter earnings excluding special items rose to $1.14 billion, or $1.75 a diluted share, from $484 million, or 73 cents a diluted share, in the year ago period


Oil Majors to Preserve Dividends Despite Oil Collapse

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  Europe's oil majors will strike a sober note in their fourth-quarter results and investors will focus on companies' plans to maintain cherished dividends and their strategies to cope with the oil prices collapse that caught many unawares. Having sold around $120 billion in assets in recent years to boost balance sheets and keep up dividend payouts, companies are expected to increase borrowing and further cut costs as they come to terms with oil prices that have more than halved


TEN Wins Shuttle Tanker Contract

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) (NYSE: TNP or the “Company”) today announced two 15-year time charters with a national oil major for two DP2 Suezmax shuttle tankers with delivery within 2012. These charters are expected to generate revenues of at least $520m over their corresponding periods. The return on equity anticipated from this project is attractive when compared to other mainstream shipping projects and our overall investment criteria and will make a significant


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


Shell Eyes Arctic Drilling this Summer

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Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling programme this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high. Remote and costly to develop, the Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of the world's undiscovered


NewLead Holdings Acquire 5 Vessels

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  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels to its fleet. The Company has expanded its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market.


NewLead Expands Fleet to 10 Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels, expanding its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market.   NewLead completed the acquisition of three bitumen tankers


CFE to Lift Eight LNG Cargoes

Mexican state-owned utility CFE has bought eight cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG), four traders said. Swiss trading house Trafigura was awarded the bulk of the volume, selling seven cargoes, while oil major BP sold the remaining cargo, two traders said.


BP Freezes Pay in 2015 to Cut Costs

BP is freezing base pay across the group this year, the latest in a series of steps by oil majors to cut costs in response to sinking oil prices.   Over the past year, oil majors have been selling assets to protect cash flows and shareholder dividends.  


Chemical Tanker Turned OSV

In its former life, Uksnoy Shipping’s seismic support vessel Rig Adromeda was a Turkish-built chemical tanker,  converted to an Offshore Service Vessel with a twist: an innovative permanent-magnet propulsion system from Inpower. (Photo courtesy Uksnoy Shipping)

With innovation in its Norwegian DNA, Uksnoy Shipping took a chemical tanker and made it into an Offshore Service Vessel with an innovative propulsion system. The conversion of a Turkish-made chemical tanker and its retrofitting with a promising new energy-saving propulsion system in 2013


Oil Majors Seek to Claw Back Costs from Service Firms

Global oil majors say they are demanding cheaper but better services from engineering and service companies, or simply taking work back in-house, after losing hundreds of billions on cost overruns in the last five years. Cost overruns and delays were the main reason why oil majors generated


BP Remains Singapore's Top Marine Fuel Supplier

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BP Singapore kept its spot as a top marine fuel supplier by volume for the eleventh straight year in 2014 at the world's biggest bunkering port, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.  MPA does not specify the volumes each supplier sells


Oil Drop Won't Stop China in South China Sea

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South China Sea spats are a territorial fight and not about the oil, points out a report appeared in Bloomberg. "When it comes to territorial tensions in the South China Sea, it’s more about what goes through it than what lies beneath it," says the report.


BP Asks for Lower Fine in Gulf Spill Trial

BP Plc, citing low oil prices, tried to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act on Tuesday as the penalty phase started in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.   BP said its fine should be modest as it took extensive steps to mitigate the


BP, Conoco Cutting North Sea Jobs

Oil majors BP and ConocoPhillips will cut over 500 jobs in the North Sea following similar moves by rivals to reduce costs in one of the world's most expensive exploration areas as oil prices tumble. Although the cuts are relatively small for companies with dozens of thousands of employees


Libya Containing Port Fire, Export Resumption in Question

Libya has made progress containing a fire at its largest oil port that has destroyed four days of the country's oil production but the damage to storage tanks will hamper efforts to resume exports, officials and industry insiders said.  


Total Sells Stake in GTT

Oil major Total agreed to sell its remaining 10.4% stake in Gaz Transport & Technigaz (GTT), a leading maker of insulated hull linings for tankers that carry liquefied natural gas, to Singapore-based investment group Temasek. Total had already reduced its shareholding from 30% in February


New Players in Singapore Markets in OW's Absence

The downfall of a leading marine fuel supplier that prompted sellers to tighten credit terms in Singapore is skewing the post-OW Bunker jostle for market share towards cash-rich trading companies and barge operators, traders said. Marine fuel premiums over cargo prices in Singapore


Shell Launches Naturelle Stern Tube Fluid

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Shell has launched its new range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including Shell Naturelle S4 Stern Tube Fluid 100.   The Shell Naturelle range of products is designed to enable ships entering U.S. waters to comply with the revised 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP). 






 
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