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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


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


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.


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


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


Talisman Sinopec Closes North Sea Platform Ahead of Storm

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK has closed its Buchan Alpha platform in the North Sea, the company said on Wednesday, ahead of an expected severe winter storm. The Buchan Alpha is a floating production installation that contributes less than 5,000 barrels of oil per day to the Forties crude stream. A spokeswoman for the company, a joint venture between Canada's Talisman and China's Sinopec, said 61 non-essential personnel had been taken from the installation to Aberdeen, Scotland


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


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%.


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


Oil Platform Ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico

Photo: BSEE

Fire broke out on an unmanned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported.   BSEE is responding to the damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27


Imtech Marine, Radio Holland Equip Floatel

POSH Xanadu (Photo courtesy: Imtech Marine)

Last month, POSH Xanadu, the largest purpose-built floatel to date was delivered at PaxOcean in Zhoushan. POSH Xanadu is a ship-shaped column stabilized semi-submersible accommodation platform, housing 750 passengers and crew in 390 spacious cabins


EU Backs Dover Strait Sea Connection

Photo courtesy: Ten-T Program

The EU's TEN-T Program will back with over $16.25million the improvement of the sea connection between Dover in The UK and Calais in France.   The developments include better traffic management, berth enhancements and a new rail freight connection between Calais and southern France.


Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'

File photo

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."  


New Satellite System to Track Illegal "Pirate Fishing"

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."


MacGregor Access Equipment for 2 Cruise Ships

STX France SA has awarded a contract to MacGregor for the delivery of cargo and passenger access equipment for two cruise ships.   MacGregor said its turnkey delivery includes the design, production, delivery, installation and commissioning of tailor-made systems that include MacGregor doors


MacGregor Bags Contract from STX

Photo by MacGregor

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from STX France SA to deliver cargo and passenger access equipment for two cruise ships. The order was booked into fourth quarter 2014 order intake.   MacGregor's 'turnkey' delivery includes the design, production, delivery


Largest Container Ship at Zeebrugge Port

CSCL Globe

  While on her maiden voyage in the AEX1 service, the container vessel China Shipping Container Lines Globe, currently the world’s - or the “globe’s”- largest container vessel, moored at the port of Zeebrugge.


New Survey Catamaran for Indian Navy

INS Makar

The Indian navy is operating a stable research platform built around a steel-hulled catamaran. The 53.15 by 16-meter (174.4 X 52.5-foot) INS Makar has a molded depth of 4.5 meters (15 feet). Designed by the Australian naval architecture firm Sea Transport Solutions, the INS Makar


Great ships of 2014: Siem Moxie

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The ISV Siem Moxie, an Ulstein SX 163 design not only has been deemed a “Great Ship” in our pages, it has also been awarded the “Offshore Renewables Awards 2014” and the “Innovation Awards” by an international panel.  The Siem Moxie measures 242 x 55.7 ft


N-Sea, Siem Offshore Extend Charter Agreement

Siem N-Sea (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)


Great Ships of 2014: Allseas’ Pieter Schelte

Pieter Schelte at Daewoo shipyard

In a word, Pieter Schelte is BIG. Founded in 1985, Swiss-based Allseas Group S.A. is specialized in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction. The company employs more than 2,500 people worldwide and operates a fleet of specialized


Statoil Evacuates North Sea Platforms Ahead of Storm

A Statoil offshore field (file photo, courtesy Statoil)

Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil is moving some workers off seven North Sea platforms in anticipation of a weekend storm, but production should not be affect, a spokesman said on Friday. "We are partly unmanning the Statfjord B and C, Troll B, Snorre B, Veslefrikk


World's Largest Crane Ship Arrives in Rotterdam

Pieter Schelte Heerema, one of the largest ships in the world with a length of more than three football fields, arrives at the port of Rotterdam for the last works before it is operational.     Pieter Schelte Heerema, one of the largest ships in the world


Ericsson Maritime Platform Targets Shipping Connectivity

Ericsson eyes shipping industry

To tap the potential of shipping industry, Ericsson launched its Maritime ICT Cloud platform designed to provide an end-to-end solution targeting connectivity and tracking needs for the maritime industry. The Swedish telecom giant Ericsson launched Maritime ICT Cloud services for the shipping






 
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