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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

Dec 11, 2018

Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast.Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals…

Husky Energy ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Oil Spill off Newfoundland

Dec 11, 2018

Canadian petroleum company Husky Energy submitted a preliminary report about the largest-ever oil spill in Newfoundland and Labrador and said it is “deeply sorry” for the incident.According to local media reports, the oil and gas company admitted that on November 16…

Saipem Suffers Cyber Attack

Dec 10, 2018

Italian oil services company Saipem said it had identified a cyber attack out of India on Monday that had primarily affected its servers in the Middle East.'We are collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on our infrastructures…

PGS Sues Polarcus in Australia

Dec 07, 2018

Offshore geophysical company Polarcus Limited said it is being sued by PGS Australia Pty Ltd for patent claims relating to the acquisition of seismic data on three surveys in Australia and the processing of that data.'These proceedings follow…

Major Traders Bribed Petrobras Staff -Prosecutors

Dec 05, 2018

Brazil prosecutors alleged on Wednesday that trading giants Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore paid over $30 million in bribes to employees at state-owned oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA in return for business.The alleged graft was the latest finding of the country's sweeping 'Car Wash' investigation…

Execs of Big Oil Traders Knew of Petrobras Bribes

Dec 05, 2018

Brazilian investigators said on Wednesday that 'top executives' of trading giants Vitol , Trafigura and Glencore had full knowledge that their employees paid millions in bribes to executives of state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA in return for business…

Enquest Acquires Remaining Stake in Magnus

Dec 04, 2018

United Kingdom-based petroleum exploration and production company Enquest said it had completed the acquisition of the remaining 75% stake in Magnus, an additional 9.0% stake in the Sullom Voe Oil terminal and supply facility and additional interests in associated infrastructure from BP…

Ørsted Hires Focus Consultants on Sustainable East Coast Offshore Hub

Dec 03, 2018

Focus Consultants has been appointed to deliver sustainability services for a new East Coast Hub for the offshore wind giant, Ørsted, which is currently building the biggest offshore wind farms in the world.Currently in construction on the Royal Docks at Grimsby…

Mitsubishi Corporation Part-divests in Moray East Offshore Wind Project

Dec 03, 2018

Japan's largest trading company  Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced the divestment of shares in Diamond Green Limited, with 30% to be transferred to The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc (KEPCO) and 20% to Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL)…

Transocean Shareholders OK Ocean Rig Acquisition

Nov 29, 2018

Transocean, international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells, has announced that its shareholders approved the acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW, by approving the proposals presented at Transocean’s Extraordinary General Meeting…

Brazil Ship Collision Reveals Offshore Regulatory Gaps

Nov 28, 2018

Brazil has more than doubled the number of risky ship-to-ship oil transfers this year, but its monitoring of such offshore maneuvers is lax, to a point where a July 2017 collision between two tankers was not reported, according to a Reuters review of government and shipping records…

Ørsted Completes Divestment in Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm

Nov 26, 2018

Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted A/S has completed the divestment of 50% of the Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).Three months ago, Ørsted signed an agreement to sell 50% of the 1,218MW offshore wind farm Hornsea 1 to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)…

Nordic American Offshore Shelves Horizon Maritime Combination

Nov 25, 2018

The owner and operator of platform supply vessels (PSVs) Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has informed that its project to combine with Horizon Maritime Services has been called off.A stock exchange announcement from the Bermuda-based company said: 'The contemplated business combination…

Equatorial Guinea Punishes Subsea 7

Nov 22, 2018

Equatorial Guinea has ordered energy operators to stop doing business with oil and gas service firm Subsea 7 for failing to comply with local laws aimed at creating more jobs for locals, the oil minister said on Thursday.In September, an oil ministry source warned that Schlumberger…

Danish Parliament Includes Offshore Shipping in International Register

Nov 20, 2018

The Danish Parliament has approved new regulation following extension of the rules on tax free net wages for seafarers to also include certain specialized vessels.According to Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish parliament adopted an extension of the seafarer tax scheme last spring…

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