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Gas Leak Closes Visund Platform

A major natural gas leak shut down the Norwegian Visund offshore oil and natural gas platform, AP reported. No one was injured in the incident, but 17 of 91 crew members aboard were flown to a nearby North Sea platform by helicopter as a precaution when gas and fire alarms sounded. It was a major leak, but that strong winds kept the gas away from the platform itself. Gas leaks on offshore platforms can cause catastrophic explosions and fires, often far from shore, and the agency said it was investigating the incident. Visund was the sixth Statoil-operated field suffering problems this week. The total lost production is 250,000 barrels per day of oil and condensate, also called light oil, and about 50 million cubic meters of natural gas. Statoil ASA will check for any recurring problems in the various incidents. The Visund field produces about 35,000 barrels of oil and 5 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. It was not clear when production would resume. (Source: AP)


Schat-Harding to Exceed SOLAS Standards

Schat-Harding has agreed with Statoil to recall six of its FF1000S skid-launched freefall lifeboats for strengthening beyond SOLAS requirements. In service tests show that SOLAS requirements may need modifying for free fall boats for very high drop heights from some North Sea oil platforms. The move follows tests on boats installed on Statoil's Veslefrikk B platform in the North Sea. "The boat had been type approved by Lloyd's Register for a service freefall


ASC Chosen for North Sea Platform

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) of Vancouver, Canada announced the installation of its Autoload onboard stability software on Gjøa, one of the largest projects in the North Sea today. Gjøa's recoverable reserves are approximately 82 million barrels of oil and condensate and roughly 40 billion standard cubic metres of gas. More than 200 km of pipeline are to be laid at Gjøa as well as the cable that is going to supply the platform with power from shore


Siemens Installs First North Sea Platform

All photos: Siemens

Siemens has installed the HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea, marking the completion of a stage in German grid connection projects. HelWin1 will link the two offshore wind farms Nordsee Ost and Meerwind to the mainland. Using the Siemens technology installed on the platform, the alternating current power generated by the wind turbines is transformed into low-loss direct current for transmission onto land. Starting next year


Statoil North Sea Platform Incident Leads to Partial Evacuation

Snorre Rig: Image courtesy of Statoil

Statoil say that a situation arose in which drill fluid was lost as a new well was being drilled on Snorre A, in the Tampen area of the North Sea. Statoil explain that while it was possible to quickly reduce the loss of drill fluid to the reservoir, adverse weather conditions created some uncertainty as to when a vessel might get out to the platform with a new supply of drill fluid. As a purely preventive measure, 117 out of a total 254 platform personnel were transferred to Gullfaks A and


Kara Sea Platform 'West Alpha' Starts Drilling

West Alpha: Photo courtesy of PSA Norway

The 'West Alpha' platform, owned by North Atlantic Drilling, has begun drilling the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea as part of a joint Rosneft and ExxonMobil project, reports Russian official news agency 'Arctic-info'. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who took part in the launch of works by videoconference, called it an important step in the development of prospective fields in the Arctic. He noted the uniqueness of the project in terms of technologies applied in exploration and


Repair Job Underway at Victoria Shipyard

The Times Colonist reported that repairs started at Victoria Shipyards on a platform used to propel commercial satellites into orbit. The Odyssey Launch Platform is undergoing repairs after a failed mission damaged the vessel in January after 20 consecutive successful launches. The platform, which is 436.6 ft. long or almost one and a half football fields in length, is owned by Sea Launch, an international partnership of four American, Russian, Ukrainian and Norwegian businesses


PSV 'Skandi Caledonia' Hire Extended, Rate Increased

Photo courtesy of DOF

Three more years North Sea hire for DOP platform supply vessel 'Skandi Caledonia' Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has secured a three-year contract extension with Danish operator Maersk Oil for its platform supply vessel Skandi Caledonia for work in the UK North Sea sector. The three-year option now exercised from October this year replaces an earlier one-year option, with the dayrate for the new period  - which was not disclosed - set to increase 25%.


North Sea Platform Leak: Crew Evacuated

Cormorant Alpha Platform: Photo credit TAQA

TAQA, the global energy company based in Abu Dhabi, confirms a hydrocarbon release detected in one of the Cormorant Alplha platform legs. The hydrocarbons were discovered at 09.40 hours local UK time on Saturday, 2, March during maintenance work. The platform and all pipeline infrastructure were shut down as a precaution and the company removed 71 non-essential personnel from the platform via crew change flights, reporting everyone safe and well.


First of Type DP2 IMO 70m Catamaran FCB Under Construction

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced a first of type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat (FCB), compliant with IMO HSC code and complete with a crew transfer system consisting of dynamic positioning equipment class (DP2) coupled with a stabilized access platform. Construction of the vessel has commenced at the shipbuilder Incat Tasmania, with delivery scheduled for September 2014. The vessel will operate as a fast crew transfer vessel for 150 offshore workers to multiple offshore installations


Maritime Broadband Opens Office in Greece

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Maritime Broadband has expanded its worldwide footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece. The new office addresses the growing international demand for its C-Bird VSAT communications solution and spearheads sales and service support in the region.


Pemex Suspends Eviction of Workers in Campeche

Pemex Operation

  Due to the behavior shown by the low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico, whose career was diverted in the last hours, the Technical Analysis Group Emergency Response Plan for Hurricanes (PREH) of Pemex, recommended the suspension of the removal of offshore platforms in Campeche.


Documentary Examines Shipbreaking Practices in Bangladesh

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Toxic ships for Bangladesh: TV documentary on German ship owners and their shipbreaking practices A new documentary titled "Giftiger Tankerschrott für Bangladesch - Toxic ships for Bangladesh" will be shown this Sunday, October 26 on German state TV channel ZDF.


Three Dead in Offshore Platform Accident

Three workers were killed and one is still missing after an accident at one of the offshore oil and gas platforms in the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, Azeri state energy company SOCAR said on Thursday. SOCAR said that one of the platforms collapsed during repair works and a small wagon-house fell


MTN Broadband Coverage Expanding

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After launching its Terrestrial Broadband Network (TBN) just more than one year ago, MTN Communications (MTN) announces the number of TBN-connected cruise ships has doubled and covered regions have tripled. Since the MTN TBN kick-off in Alaska in the Summer 2013 cruise season


Fire Aboard Alaska Natural Gas Platform

The U.S. Coast Guard launched several assets in response to a report of a fire on board a natural gas drill platform in Cook Inlet Thursday. The Coast Guard diverted a Coast Guard Hercules HC-130 crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to conduct an overflight of the Baker Platform in Cook


Mine Detection Robot Performs in Bahrain

(Photo: Northrop Grumman)

As the demand for naval technology rapidly escalates globally, the Middle East remains a hotspot for investment and innovation. To this end, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), in support of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain


Infographic Guide to North Sea Well Abandonment

Claxton, an Acteon company, has released an infographic guide to well abandonment costs in the North Sea. Released on the eve of the Oil and Gas UK Offshore Decommissioning Conference, held annually in St Andrews, Scotland, to discuss decommissioning in the region


BV to Operate Single Window in Congo

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  The Democratic Republic of the Congo has awarded the consortium Bureau Veritas BIVAC B.V. / Soget, the concession to set up and operate the Single Window for facilitating trade. “This Single Window for international trade facilitation is a true modern platform that will simplify


Drydocks World's to build BorWin3

Drydocks Worlds Signing Ceremony

Drydocks World signed an agreement today with Petrofac to build the BorWin3 high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform in the North Sea, named BorWin gamma.  When completed, this will provide an essential renewable offshore resource to meet increasing energy demands.


GONDAN Delivers PSV Designed with FORAN

Stril Luna, designed with FORAN. (Image courtesy of Gondan Shipyard)

FORAN was the shipbuilding CAD/CAM System used in the design and production of the vessel Stril Luna, built by Astilleros Gondán and delivered to the Norwegian shipowner Simon Møkster Shipping. Stril Luna, an offshore platform supply vessel (PSV)


MacGregor Secures Deck Machinery Orders from Sinopacific

the main dimensions of SPA85L have been optimized to meet the complex conditions of the South China Seas

MacGregor has signed a new series of deck machinery orders for 12 vessels with the China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. This builds on a track-record of contracts that now stands at 150 shipsets of equipment successfully delivered and installed at Sinopacific yards


Barge Master Installed on Walk-To-Work Vessel

Photo courtesy of Barge Master

On October 14 the Barge Master BM-T40 system motion-compensated knuckle boom crane pedestal was installed on the new Wagenborg Walk-to-Work vessel, designed and built by Royal Niestern Sander. The vessel and Barge Master system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015


Crowley Christens New Ocean Class Tugboat

Photo: Crowley

Crowley christens new ocean class, DP2 tugboat, Ocean Sun, in Louisiana As part of the company's new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Sun, today in Lake Charles


Renewable Energy: Schottel Tidal Turbines Ready For Use

Photos courtesy of Schottel

In the last months Schottel  successfully tested its hydrokinetic turbines in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The full-scale tests included 260 operating hours under realistic conditions.   The result: One turbine with a rotor diameter of four meters generates 50 kW per second at






 
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