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Seadrill Record Best-ever Quarterly Result

Jack-up Rig West Ariel: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill announces favourable first quarter 2013 financial results.  Highlights     •    Seadrill records its best operating quarterly result ever and generates first quarter 2013 EBITDA*) of US$713 million     •    First quarter 2013 net income of US$440 million and earnings per share of US$0.87     •    Increases the ordinary quarterly cash dividend by 3 cents to US$0.88     •    Economic utilization for floaters increased to 92% in Q1 2013 from 86% in Q4 2012     •    Economic utilization for the jack-up fleet in Q1 2013 was 99%, up from 94% in Q4 2012     •    Seadrill ordered four jack-ups for a total estimated project price of US$230 million per rig, with deliveries in 2015     •    Completed the acquisition of the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Songa Eclipse for a total consideration of US$590 million     •    Secured a 2-year extension for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig West Leo with a total estimated revenue potential of US$430 million     •    Completed the sale of the jack-up rig West Janus for US$73 million recording a gain on sale of US$61 million


Keppel, Smedvig Cooperate on New Drilling Tender

Keppel FELS Limited has entered into a cooperation agreement with Smedvig Asia Limited (Smedvig Asia) to build a Semisubmersible Drilling Tender (SSDT) with Keppel Offshore & Marine’s proprietary design. Developed by the Deepwater Technology Group (DTG), the KFELS SSDT3600-GOM-C42 will be the fourth vessel in the series of successful SSDTs that have been gainfully deployed in this region. Valued at $94 million, Keppel FELS and Smedvig Asia will own and operate the ultra deepwater semi


SapuraCrest, Ramunia Awarded Contracts

Two oil and gas players, SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Ramunia Holdings Bhd, announced major contracts related to the industry worth $120 million and $24 million respectively. SapuraCrest said its 51%-owned unit Tioman Drilling Co Sdn Bhd had been awarded a contract from Carigali-Triton Operating Co Sdn Bhd (CTOC) for the provision of two drilling units– Teknik Berkat and a new mobile drilling vessel, known as T-10 – to CTOC.


Smedvig Gets Drilling Contract

Unocal Thailand Ltd. has issued a letter of intent to Smedvig Asia Ltd. for the assignment of the self-erecting tender rig T-4. The production drilling assignment has a duration of five years, and the contract value is estimated at approximately $73 million. The contract includes an incentive arrangement that could increase the contract value. The proposed contract includes early termination provisions after three years against payment of an early termination fee.


Seadrill Rig Contract Extended

West Epsilon Rig: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill - North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. announces extension of Statoil contract for the harsh environment jack-up rig 'West Epsilon'. North Atlantic Drilling Ltd., a majority owned subsidiary of Seadrill Limited, announce that Statoil has exercised its option to extend the contract for the heavy-duty harsh environment jack-up rig West Epsilon by two years from December 2014 to December 2016. The estimated value of the contract extension is US$215 million.


Seadrill Q3 2013 Profit Slips Marginally

Drillship: Image courtesy of Seadrill

In its third quarter 2013 financial report, Seadrill states consolidated revenues were US$1,280 million compared to $1,268 million in the second quarter of 2013, and operating profit for the quarter was US$471 million compared to US$507 million in the preceding quarter. Seadrill explains that the decrease in operating profit is a result of higher operating expenses due to new rigs entering the fleet and higher general and administrative expenses due to the consolidation of Sevan Drilling.


Schlumberger And Transocean Offshore Combine Forces

Schlumberger Limited and Transocean Offshore Inc. have signed a definitive merger agreement under which the offshore contract drilling business of Schlumberger (Sedco Forex Offshore) will be spun off and promptly combined with Transocean Offshore in a merger of equals. The resulting company, Transocean Sedco Forex, will be the world's largest offshore drilling company and is projected to become the fourth largest oilfield service company in terms of market capitalization


Smedvig Announces 1Q Results

Smedvig reported consolidated operating profit of NOK 161 million for the first quarter as compared to NOK 226 million in the previous quarter. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower utilization of the mobile units. Net financial expenses for the first quarter was NOK 9 million as compared to NOK 68 million in the previous quarter. Net income for the first quarter was NOK 129 million as compared to NOK 144 million in the previous quarter.


COSCO Shipyards, Like Most Others, Found 2013 Challenging

Mr. Li Yun Peng: Photo courtesy of COSCO

China shipbuilder and repairer COSCO group in its financial report for year ending 31, December 2013, informs that operating conditions for most of 2013 continued to be difficult. The Group’s turnover was $3.5 billion, lower by 6% from $3.7 billion for the year before. Excerpts from chairman Mr. Li Yung Peng' letter to shareholders follow: "Gross profit amounted to $321 million, from $485 million in 2012. Net profit attributable to shareholders was $30.6 million, a decline of 71%


Dramatic Turn-Around in COSCO's Q1 2014 Finances

COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard: Photo COSCO

Offshore marine engineering, shipbuilding, ship repair & conversion and dry bulk shipping group,  COSCO Corporation (Singapore) reports a Q1 2014 gross profit increase increase Y/Y of 21.8%. Group turnover increased 41.8% to $1.04 billion in Q1 2014 from $733.0 million in Q1 2013 on the back of increase in shipyard revenue. Turnover from shipyard operations increased by 43.2% to $1.03 billion from $719


Statoil Halts Angola Exploration, Cancels Rig Contract

Statoil drillship.jpg

Norway's Statoil has halted its exploration campaign in Angola after several disappointing wells and canceled a rig contract with Stena Drilling, the firm said on Friday. "The costs of terminating the operations and associated services including the Stena Carron rig contract will be


Trelleborg Invests in High-Speed Fender Test Rig

Trelleborg Fender

Trelleborg’s marine operation is in the process of building and installing a custom-made high-speed test rig, capable of testing both rubber and foam fenders.   The rig is being built in Trelleborg’s new Berryville facility in Virginia, U.S


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


Fourth Rig Delivered to Perforadora Central

Coatzacoalcos is the fourth of five jackup rigs Keppel AmFELS is building for Perforadora Central

Keppel AmFELS LLC, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered the jackup rig, Coatzacoalcos, to Mexico’s Central Panuco S.A. De C.V., a subsidiary of Mexico's Perforadora Central S.V. De C.V


As Oil Prices Drop, Rigs Go Off-Line

Photo courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market. The drilling contractor's shares rose as much as 3 percent in early trading after the


Lamprell to Deliver 2 Additional Rigs for NDC

NDC Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, and Lamprell Chief Executive Officer, Jim Moffat, shake hands after signing the contract award for two further high specification jackup drilling rigs which NDC awarded to Lamprell

Lamprell received a new contract award valued at approximately $365 million from National Drilling Company (NDC) for the construction and delivery of two further high specification jackup drilling rigs of a Super 116E (Enhanced) Class. Lamprell was previously awarded contracts by NDC for a


Australian PM Holding Talks on Sub Purchase

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

  Australia is holding talks with a number of countries on a contract to build replacements for Australia's aging submarine fleet, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday at the G20 leaders Summit in Brisbane. Japan has been seen as the front-runner to sell Australia as many as 12


Paragon Acquires Majority Stake in Prospector

PROSPECTOR 1 on location in the U.K. Sector of the North Sea (Photo courtesy of Prospector Offshore Drilling)

Paragon Offshore plc reported that it has acquired 52,749,014 shares of Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A., a publicly traded offshore drilling company listed on Oslo Axess. Paragon acquired the shares at a price of 14.50 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per share, or $2


Dryships Achieves Refinance of 5% Convertible Notes

Photo by DryShips

  DryShips Inc. global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following:


Transocean's Fleet Update Summary

Discoverer Seven Seas

 Transocean Ltd. issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since October 15, 2014.  The total value of new contracts since the October 15


Ocean Rig's $120m Loan Agreement with DryShips

Ocean Rig UDW

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. a global provider of off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following: On November 18, 2014, Ocean Rig’s $120 million loan to its majority shareholder, DryShips Inc. (―DryShips‖), was approved by a special committee of Ocean Rig’s Board of


HII Announces Pricing of 5% Senior Notes Due 2021

Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII) announced today that it will sell $600 million aggregate principal amount of 5% senior notes due 2021 at a price of 100% of the par value. The company said it intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes to pay the consideration for the


Stolt-Nielsen Buys One Million of Its Common Shares

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today that on November 18, 2014, it agreed to purchase one million of its common shares through a private tender of shares at a price of NOK 110 per share. The shares are purchased in accordance with the buyback program announced on November 18, 2014.


Samsung Heavy Scraps Samsung Eng Takeover

Gepje Shipyard (Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries)

Samsung Heavy Industries said on Wednesday it has decided to scrap a $2.5 billion stock deal to take over Samsung Engineering, potentially complicating restructuring plans by parent Samsung Group ahead of a looming succession. Shareholders doubting the synergies of the merger had asked the two


COSL Takes Delivery of New Semisub

COSL’s deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSL Prospector delivered

  China Oilfield Services Limited saw successful delivery of the deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSLProspector it invested in and commissioned to build in Yantai, Shandong today. This rig has adopted the latest marine engineering design concepts in the world and has mets the






 
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