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Mermaid cancels two more newbuild orders

Jan 03, 2017

Mermaid Maritime is at the chopping block again with China Merchants Industry, as the Thai company axes an additional two newbuild contracts with the shipbuilder. Illustration of the MTR-3 rig…

Empyrean awarded PRMB permit

Dec 20, 2016

Empyrean Energy has been awarded a permit for 100% of the exploration rights for Block 29/11, located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin (PRMB), offshore China, following a successful application to the China National Offshore Oil Corp. Empyrean…

FES develops CALM Buoy Swivel

Dec 15, 2016

Flexible Engineered Solutions International (FES), a supplier of fluid transfer systems to the oil and gas offshore industry, has developed the CALM Buoy Swivel for a major manufacturer of marine equipment, based in China.  The CALM Buoy Swivel…

Wärtsilä, CSSC sign licensing agreement

Dec 13, 2016

Wärtsilä has signed a manufacturing license agreement with Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC), based in Jiujiang, China. The two-way agreement provides CSSC with…

Royal IHC bags Chinese reel lay work

Nov 30, 2016

Royal IHC has entered into a contract with Shanghai Salvage in China for the supply of an integrated 550t reel lay system, making it the first reel lay system in the Chinese market. Illustration from Royal IHC…

LNG a-go-go

Nov 01, 2016

Mozambique’s emerging LNG business may be picking up after a quiet period. John Sheehan reports on progress made, including Eni’s Coral FLNG project. An Anadarko employee. Images from Anadarko…

Mekers launches liftboat

Oct 27, 2016

Mekers Offshore launched its first in a series of liftboats at Dajin Heavy Industries yard in Jiangsu, China.  The self-elevating liftboat is a four-legged, DP2, self-propelled vessel with a working depth of 70m. It can house up to 250…

Huisman cranes bound for Asia

Oct 24, 2016

Huisman, a specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, secured a contract from Japan Marine United Corp. for the delivery of one 800-tonne pedestal mounted crane (PMC) and a contract from Jurong Shipyard for the delivery of one 100-tonne pedestal mounted offshore crane (PMOC)…

COSL receives delivery of two Wärtsilä designed AHTS

Oct 03, 2016

The Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group yard in China has delivered two new Wärtsilä designed anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels to China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL).   The delivery of these two ships follows the success of the…

Day of the drones

Oct 01, 2016

In a short period of time, drones have shot to popularity as a tool for offshore oil and gas facility inspection. Elaine Maslin profiles the technology and its providers. Flying high. Image from Sky-Futures…

Exmar FLNG unit completes testing

Sep 28, 2016

Exmar's barge-based FLNG unit, at one time meant to operate off the coast of Colombia, has completed performance testing at Wison Offshore & Marine's Nantong, China yard, the engineering firm announced on 27 September. While the deal…

CNOOC starts production from Enping

Sep 22, 2016

China's CNOOC has started production from the Enping 18-1 oilfield in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of the South China Sea. In addition to fully utilize the existing facilities of Enping 24-2 oilfield, the project teamed up with Enping 23-1…

CNOOC starts at Weizhou

Sep 12, 2016

CNOOC Ltd. started production at the Weizhou 6-9/6-10 comprehensive adjustment project in the South China Sea. The Weizhou field is in the Beibu Gulf at about 35m water depth. In addition to fully utilizing the existing facilities of Weizhou 6-9/6-10…

COSL completes Barents seismic campaign

Aug 10, 2016

China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) completed a 3D seismic survey in the Barents Sea using its 12-streamer seismic vessel HYSY 720. The operation, over two blocks, had taken 100 days and signified a new monthly seismic data acquisition record of 1820…

OOS orders semisubmersible crane vessels

Aug 04, 2016

Chinese shipyard China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) is to build two new semisubmersible combined accommodation and crane vessels for Dutch firm Overdulve Offshore Services.  The OOS Serooskerke (named after a village in the Netherlands) and OOS Walcheren (a former Dutch island…

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