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Delayed Production Start at Njord after Gas Leak

The Njord-platform. Archive photo: Statoil

Production on the Njord platform was shut down on April 24 as a result of operational problems with gaskets in a gas export compressor. Later the same day, during work to resume production, a gas leak was discovered in one of the risers. All production on Njord was immediately shut down and will remain shut down until the cause of the leak has been determined. Production at the Njord field has been shut down since April 1 as a safety measure, while inspection of risers is carried out after earlier discoveries of internal damage to a particular type of flexible pipe. The first instances of damage were discovered during a planned inspection last autumn, and an inspection programme was initiated which is now being carried out. Riser inspection is also being carried out at the Visund field. Risers are the pipes that convey oil and gas from the seabed to the installation, and consist of several layers of plastic and steel. Production at Njord and Visund is planned to be phased in again in due course as inspection of the risers confirms that they are in order, or after they have been repaired or replaced. The Njord field resumed partial production on April 16, but was shut down again on April 24 when manual measurements during a work operation revealed a gas leak from one of the risers after an automatic shutdown. The well was contained when the leak occurred.


Production Resumed on Brage and Veslefrikk

The Oseberg A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Production on the Brage and Veslefrikk fields has been resumed after the small fire on the Oseberg A platform in the on June 15. The small fire occurred in a high voltage room on the Oseberg A platform which is part of the Oseberg field center.  The high voltage room supplies electric power to the utility systems on the field center.  Both the processing and the transport of oil and gas from the Oseberg field centre were stopped immediately


Britain Prepares For Next Anticipated Computer Glitch

British maritime authorities have reportedly chartered winter tugboats early to help head off a possible shipping disaster anticipated on Thursday - the ninth day of the ninth month, 1999. The date entry "9/9/99" is a "stop file" in some old computers - a command that could shut down systems on an unknown number of ships plying the open seas, Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials said. The failure of navigation or other operations on large ships is the main concern for the MCA when the


Oil Prices Fall, Emergency Oil Flows

Newswires reported that oil prices fell 2.4 percent on Tuesday as the energy industry showed signs of recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and industrialized countries prepared to tap emergency supplies to avert a crunch. U.S. crude CLc1> settled down $1.61 to $65.96 a barrel, below last week's peak $70.85. Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast early last week, shutting down nearly all U.S. offshore crude oil production and paralyzing more than 10 percent of refining capacity


Nigerian Shipowners in Dire Financial Straits

Nigeria ensign: Image CCL

The Nigerian Ship Owners Association, NSA, has informed that some of its members are currently grappling with huge financial indebtedness to some banks, which has been aggregated at over $3billion (N480bn) reports the country's National Mirror. NSA, formerly known as the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria ISAN, is the umbrella body for all fully Nigerian- owned shipping firms made up of over 40 companies, most of which have closed down or at the verge of being closed down.


Hammerfest LNG Plant Resumes Production

Hammerfest LNG Plant: Photo credit Statoil

The Norwegian LNG plant was shut down due to water ingress in natural gas driers, but is now back in production. Large amounts of natural gas are sent ashore and cooled down at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya, the world’s most northerly and Europe’s first export facility for LNG from Snøhvit, the first petroleum development in the Barents Sea that has no installations above the sea’s surface.


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea. Drummond only recently reopened the port in northern Colombia after the government had shut down operations until the miner completed an upgrade to meet new environmental legislation. It missed the January deadline for finishing work.


Weather Shuts Down Sydney

Strong winds and high seas forced authorities to close Sydney's port to passenger and cargo ships on Saturday. Winds of up to 59 mph lashed the coast of New South Wales state, bringing down power lines and unroofing a handful of homes. A Sydney Ports spokeswoman said swells of between 22 to 33 feet and wind gusts up to 35 knots inside Sydney Harbour forced the port's closure until at least Sunday. Australian Broadcasting Corp radio said the P&O passenger liner Pacific Sky, with about 1


MacGregor's 'Soft Start' Benefits Powerful Electric Motors

MacGregors new “soft start” method reduces starting current peaks to half that of Direct On Line start-up, minimising stresses on mechanical and hydraulic components

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has introduced a new electric starter cabinet for hydraulic hatch cover power units on bulk carriers and general cargo ships. It features an intelligent “soft-start” function that avoids starting current peaks and reduces stresses on mechanical and hydraulic components. "A ship has a closed electrical system and so current peaks may cause disturbances elsewhere in the system


Nigerian Oil Workers Call Off Strike After Talks with Government

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  Nigerian oil workers' unions have called off a four-day strike after reaching a deal with the government in a dispute over pensions, they said on Saturday. A joint statement from the two main unions also said they had agreed to resolve directly with the state oil firm an outstanding issue over problems concerning refineries. Oil companies and the government had said the strikes, which began on Tuesday, did not affect exports


Golden Gate Ferry Captains Stage One-day Strike

The Golden Gate passenger ferry system, California's largest, was shut down on Friday by striking boat captains, disrupting service for thousands of San Francisco Bay-area commuters in a wider labor dispute over wages and benefits for transit workers.


Manila's Port Gridlock Squeezing Philippine Economy

Photo: Philippine Ports Authority

Philippine furniture maker Betiscrafts Inc should have delivered a shipment of custom-made chairs to Middle East customers last month. But a cargo from China of imported fabric needed for the upholstery has been held up by severe congestion at Manila's main port


Trading Houses Limit Gasoline Trades as Profits Slump

Traders Mercuria, Trafigura and SOCAR cut gasoline desks; new refining capacity slashes traditional profitability. U.S. refining boom weighs on global light products. Trading houses are shrinking their gasoline desks in response to a slump in activity, particularly in Europe


Kongsberg to Supply FPSO Safety System

Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME), the wholly owned Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) subsidiary of global maritime technology developer Kongsberg Maritime, will deliver an Integrated Control and Safety System for the new BW Offshore Catcher FPSO.


Hallin Marine Completes Unique FPSO Contract

Diving Support Vessel: Photo Hallin Marine

Hallin Marine, a Superior Energy Services company, says it has completed a unique project for COOEC Subsea Technology, a wholly-own subsidiary of COOEC (China Offshore Oil Engineering Company) which  involved the replacement of 9 mooring lines beneath the floating production storage and


Oil Spills into Ohio River from Coal Plant

The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy near Cincinnati, Ohio. The spill occurred late on Monday during a "routine transfer of fuel oil" at


Offspring Launches Oiltech Surge Protector

Photo: Offspring International

Surge protection during tanker loading   Mooring and offloading systems supplier, Offspring International, has announced a rapid response, surge protection system for terminal loading hoses. Called Oiltech Surge Protector, the hose monitoring system offers a smarter and more sensitive way


Delta "T" Debuts Variable Speed DCTV

Image: Delta T Systems

Delta "T" Systems introduces the new DCTV variable speed DC engine room ventilation control system. This fan control system is the next successor of Delta "T" Systems' DCT2 controller and is the most robust, yet technologically advanced DC fan control system on the market


Port Authority Lists Subpoenas over Bridge Closure

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has disclosed a list of federal and state subpoenas it has received linked to investigations into a scandal over deliberate lane closures at a major transportation route. The list, the most extensive disclosure of the matter so far by the usually


UK Oil Imports Exceed Exports for First Time in 30 Years

Britain imported more oil products than it exported last year for the first time in 30 years, an official report shows, and analysts say the country is likely to stay dependent on overseas oil as its refineries close. Britain exported 26.2 million tonnes of products such as diesel


Typhoon Kills 10 in Philippines, Storm Heading for China

A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and shut down the capital, cutting power and prompting the evacuation of more than 400,000 residents, rescue officials said. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year


Philippine Typhoon Leaves Chaos in its Wake

A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and shut down the capital, cutting power and prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370,000 people, rescue officials said on Wednesday. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year


Laborde Draws Repeat Customer

Vidalia Dock

Carla Jenkins of Vidalia, Louisiana, proudly carries on a family tradition of business on the waterways. Owner and operator of Vidalia Dock and Storage, a company started by her father in 1956, Jenkins relies on engine distributor Laborde Products to keep her fleet running reliably.


Japan Typhoon Weakens, Heads to Main Islands

Typhoon Neoguri: Image USNRL

Torrential rains from a weakened but still dangerous typhoon battered Japan's Okinawa islands on Wednesday, leaving two dead and threatening widespread flooding as the storm headed for the nation's main islands. Typhoon Neoguri, a super typhoon as it bore down on Okinawa this week


Island Performer Equipped for Deep-Sea Subsea Work

Island Performer at the naming ceremony in the Geiranger fjord, Norway (Photo: Ulstein Group/Tonje Alvestad)

The Ulstein Verft subsea newbuild, Island Performer, was delivered today to shipowner Island Offshore. The flexible, state-of-the-art RLWI/IMR vessel will serve her first five years for FTO in the Gulf of Mexico. “The vessel is customized to suit the scope of work in the FTO contract






 
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