Offshore Shipping Online A publication for the offshore shipping industry published by Clarkons since 1999 en Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:18:03 +0200 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:17:03 +0200 (OSO) Winter arrives in the North Sea Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:18:04 +0200 Seabrokers says the notoriously difficult North Sea winter season has arrived "with a vengeance," with owners enduring tough times on the spot market in recent weeks. The broker said AHTS vessel rates actually held up quite well in the first ha Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 commissioned for use on Pieter Schelte Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:13:48 +0200 Allseas Group has selected Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system for its pipelay/installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte. When complete early next year, the vessel will be able to lift loads of 48,000 SeaBird secures letter of award for source work in Southeast Asia Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:12:57 +0200 SeaBird Exploration Plc has received a letter of award for source work for one of its vessels in the Southeast Asia region.  It is estimated that the client will charter the vessel for 30-35 days starting early April 2015. The contract will ha Subsea 7 awarded installation contract in Gulf of Mexico Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:10:31 +0200 Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by the Hess Corporation for installation work in support of the Stampede project in deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The scope of work involves installation of flowlines, steel catenary risers, umbilicals, jumpe Vard confirms Farstad subsea vessel order Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:49:37 +0200 Vard Holdings Limited has confirmed that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of a subsea construction vessel for Farstad Shipping. The vessel will be of VARD 3 17 design, with a total length of 98m and a beam of 21.5m, and MOS and Seafox Group combine offshore accommodation assets Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:46:45 +0200 November saw Millennium Offshore Services (MOS) and Seafox Group combine to form what they describe as the world's largest offshore jack-up accommodation service vessel (ASV) company, with operations spanning Europe, the Middle East and North Afri IMCA makes appointments in Asia, and Australia and New Zealand Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:42:11 +0200 Two regional directors appointed by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will ensure that the association has an increasingly active presence in two key offshore oil and gas areas of the world – Asia, and Australia & New Zealand. Nordic Maritime awarded survey contract Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:40:23 +0200 Nordic Maritime Pte Ltd has been awarded a contract to provide 2D seismic survey work in Indonesia by MultiClient Geophysical (Pte) Ltd. The survey is expected to commence in December 2014 and will take approximately 60 days to complete. < Patrice Tide sold Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:37:20 +0200 Marcon International has announced that Tidewater Marine International has sold their 41.2m x 8.2m x 3.5m depth/2.38m draft, high-speed, aluminum crew/supply vessel Patrice Tide to private European operators. Built by Breaux Brothers Enterpris Farstad secures Technip subsea deal - to build new vessel Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:42:47 +0200 Farstad Shipping has been awarded a five-year framework agreement by Technip Norge AS for delivery of ROV support operations, light construction work, IMR and other subsea related activities. The agreement gives Technip the right to utilize the SeaBird secures MOA Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:41:03 +0200 SeaBird Exploration has received a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from an as yet unannounced company to acquire up to 45,000 km of 2D seismic data in North/South America region.  The MOA provides for the company to charter one seismic Farstad secures Australian contracts Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:37:45 +0200 Farstad Shipping has been awarded the following charter contracts in Australia: Inpex has awarded contracts to the AHTS Far Sabre (2008, UT 712 L, 14,688 bhp) and the AHTS Far Sound (2007, UT 712 L, 14,688 bhp). Commencement is expe Pacific Basin sells towage business to Smit Lamnalco Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:35:36 +0200 Pacific Basin Shipping Limited and Smit Lamnalco have announced the sale to Smit Lamnalco of Pacific Basin's entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA) (including all its harbour towage operations and 16 harbour tugs); and two additional assets SBM Offshore restructuring and moving headquarters Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:11:50 +0200 SBM Offshore says that in the light of market conditions and in order to optimise the company's cost base, capacity requirements have been reviewed with the objective of creating a productive environment and maintaining core competencies Rolls-Royce and VTT unveil futuristic bridge concept Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:05:24 +0200 Rolls-Royce says it believes that 'ship intelligence' will be the next major transition for the shipping industry as ships are set to become more complex and will require high levels of data analysis to operate on-board systems to manage propulsion, na