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Satellite Communications Deal

Marlink has recently signed a new five year agreement with Singapore-based offshore drilling company ABAN Singapore Pte Ltd. As part of the new contract, Marlink will install Dual Stabilized Sealink(T) antennas onboard four of ABAN’s Jack-up rigs, providing always-on, reliable connectivity and significantly higher...

Prelude LNG Development to Deploy Shell’s FLNG Technology

Shell plans to develop its Prelude and Concerto gas discoveries, located in the Browse Basin off the northwest coast of Western Australia, using its innovative Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) technology. Shell’s FLNG solution is an important development for the LNG industry, with its ability to process gas ‘in situ’ over an offshore gas...

Order for Platform Supply Vessel

STX Europe has been awarded a contract with Deep Sea Supply for the design and building of a Platform Supply Vessel. The new PSV 09 CD design, optimized for eco-drive in all weather conditions, is designed by STX Europe in Ålesund, Norway. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2012, and will be...

‘Centre of Excellence’ for Cargo Carrying Business

Swire Oilfield Services is defying market conditions by establishing Aberdeen, UK as a Centre of Excellence for its Cargo Carrying business with a GBP 750,000 investment, creating five jobs. Work has already begun on the new paint curing facility at the company’s fleet refurbishment workshop in Aberdeen. The three acre site is scheduled for...

Two Mohican ROVs for Marin Mätteknik

ROV manufacturer Sub-Atlantic Ltd has completed the delivery of two Mohican ROVs to Swedish-based Marin Mätteknik AB (MMT AB) in a deal worth GBP 750,000. An international survey company offering a wide range of technical solutions for seafloor and sub-bottom survey, MMT AB has grown significantly in recent years and is expanding into new...

First Order for Five Voith Radial Propellers

Voith is developing a new marine propulsion system for installation into a special vessel used for setting up offshore wind parks. From idea to contract signature in eigtheen months – this is how the success story of the new mainstay in the marine business of Voith Turbo can be summarized. With the development of...

ITS Announces USD 55 Million Equity Investment

ITS Group, a specialist provider of oilfield equipment and services to the global oil and gas industry, today announces a USD 55 million equity investment from leading energy-focused private equity firm Lime Rock Partners. The agreement provides Lime Rock with a minority stake in ITS Group in return for providing growth capital to be...

GMS Endurance Under Construction

A uniquely designed self-propelled self elevating jack-up barge is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and, once delivered, will be one of the most flexible and capable vessels in the market. Gulf Marine Services (GMS), the Middle East region’s largest elevating support vessel operator, has developed a design along with MSC Gusto which...

Seajacks Leviathan Delivered to Fluor

Seajacks, the UK jack-up liftboat operator, has delivered its Leviathan vessel to Fluor Ltd on time and on budget, marking the start of its offshore charter works at Greater Gabbard, the world’s largest offshore wind energy development under construction. Fluor, will install 140 turbines at the site, 25 km off the East coast of...

Deconstructing the Cost of Decommissioning

Senior figures from across the oil and gas industry will gather in Aberdeen next week to discuss the findings of the latest research from Deloitte and Douglas-Westwood, which will examine the economic implications of dismantling North Sea infrastructure. The Deloitte seminar on 5 October will provide an overview of the study’s findings, which encompass...

Jumbo Javelin Installs First Transition Piece

Click here to watch the installation video! Jumbo Offshore’s engineers and the crew of DP2-vessel Jumbo Javelin have successfully installed their first Transition Piece (TP), off the UK’s south-east coast. This is the first time that a TP has been transported and installed with only one DP2 vessel. The installation trial included leveling and...

First Ship with High Temperature Fuel Cell

September 2009 saw the initial operation of the first high temperature fuel cell to be run on board of a ship, within the FellowSHIP research project (Fuel Cells for Low Emission Ships). The HotModule supplied by the Tognum subsidiary MTU Onsite Energy GmbH Fuel Cell Systems is scheduled for service on the offshore supply...

New Regional Headquarters in Mumbai

IHC Merwede has opened a new regional headquarters in Mumbai in a bid to boost its presence and service offering on the Indian Subcontinent. The Dutch shipbuilding group, well-known worldwide for its dredging and offshore work, has actually had an office in Delhi for nearly 25 years and it has already been doing business...

Naming of THSD Gateway

Saturday 26 September 2009 witnessed the naming and launch of the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (THSD) Gateway at the IHC Merwede Offshore & Marine yard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands on. The ceremony was conducted by Mrs M.J.A. Smits-Schiebroek, the spouse of ir. drs. H.N.J. Smits, the CEO of Rotterdam Port Authority N.V. The 12,000...

Dredging Contract

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the contract from Secretaría de Comunicaciones Y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transport) for the dredging of an access channel and turning basin at the LNG import terminal of Cuyutlán on the west coast of Mexico. The contract value is approximately Euro 40 million and the work is scheduled...

Best Renewable Energy Company

Subocean Group has won a top renewables accolade at a prestigious business awards ceremony. The Group, which is one of the UK’s largest market leaders in specialist high performance subsea cable installation and burial solutions, was named the best Renewable Energy company at the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Northern Star...

Huge Success for European Offshore Wind 2009

European Offshore Wind 2009 conference and exhibition – the world’s largest gathering of offshore wind energy professionals took place in Stockholm from 14 – 16 September. The event, organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), was hailed a huge success, doubling in size from its previous edition in 2007. Over 4,800 participants saw...

Mighty Servant 1 was Safely Escorted

Between the 13 and 14 September, the Dockwise semi-submersible, heavy-marine transport vessel, Mighty Servant 1, was safely escorted by EUNAVFOR warships through the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. The Mighty Servant 1 is currently transporting the Gjøa Hull from Korea to Norway. The EUNAVFOR Belgian warship Louise-Marie, participating in...

“Key Lessons can be Learnt”

Offshore wind must not limit the lessons it can learn from offshore oil and gas if it is to become a viable and mature industry, says Nial McCollam of the diversified energy services group, Senergy. His message of collaboration on operational as well as technical issues will be high on the agenda at this...

OE 2009: Record Number of Visitors

Record numbers of visitors have been pouring through the doors at SPE Offshore Europe as the upstream industry’s flagship international event continues to reflect the sector’s vibrancy and resilience. The second and third days of the show saw key issues discussed in the outstanding conference panel sessions by leading Exploration & Production...

Expro Secures Contract Extension with Shell

Oilfield service company Expro today announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding covering the extension of two major contracts with Shell in Europe. The contracts, which Expro values at approximately USD 100 million, provide wireline and well test services in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland and represent a strengthening of a...

Perpendicular at Open Sea

Wind turbine manufacturer Bard Engineering GmbH has developed a unique concept for the foundations of wind turbines. The mast is placed on a supporting cross piece that rests above the water surface on three main pilings. Enerpac’s Synchronous Lifting System is used to level this supporting cross piece accurately and in just a short...

Major Contract for HB Rentals

Offshore accommodation provider HB Rentals has won a deal worth more than USD 3.25 million to supply a dozen custom-build, high-specification units for global energy production and supply specialist E.ON Ruhrgas. E.ON has bought the complex of HB Rentals’ standard-setting Safe Area A60-rated cabins outright, for installation on the Babbage platform as it develops the...

Successful Opening Day OE 2009

Major issues including climate and energy, breakthrough technologies and the operating model being used by the upstream industry were in the spotlight during the opening day of SPE Offshore Europe 2009, with thousands of delegates coming through the doors to participate in the international oil and gas sector’s leading event. The first day of...

2010 Mandatory USA Efficiency Class For AC Motors

As from 19 December 2010, It will no longer be possible to export numerous types of alternating current (AC) motors to the USA. Aproco BV, the Baldor – Reliance motor distributor in the Netherlands, has a digital White Book available, that provides answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the ‘Energy Independence and...