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NOAA ships begin 2014 hydrographic season

Apr 29, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the US Department of Commerce, announced yesterday the start of the 2014 hydrographic survey season. New data collected will increase coastal environmental intelligence around the country…

Sakhalin Energy orders new vessel

Apr 22, 2014

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) and Sovcomflot Shelf (SCF Shelf) on behalf of Sovcomflot Group have signed a contract for construction and long-term operation of a multifunctional icebreaking supply vessel for the Sakhalin-2 offshore platforms…

Gazprom ships first Arctic crude

Apr 19, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil today. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top gas producer Gazprom, shipped the first 70,000 tonnes of oil by tanker from the Prirazlomnoye platform…

BSEE discusses arctic drilling

Apr 18, 2014

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Alaska region director Mark Fesmire participated in a panel discussion yesterday (April 17) in Washington, D.C. on applying lessons learned for drilling in the Arctic. During the discussion…

Iceland adds to PSV fleet

Apr 15, 2014

Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has signed a contract for the construction of a hybrid diesel-electric platform supply vessel (PSV) for Icelandic offshore shipping company Fafnir Offshore. The vessel (pictured), based on the new Havyard 833 WE ICE design…

Nuclear ice-breaker starts arctic research

Apr 09, 2014

The Arctic Research and Design Center, a joint venture between Rosneft and ExxonMobil, has started its Kara-Winter 2014 Expedition to assess ice conditions in the Laptev, Kara, and East-Siberian Seas.  The expedition, which has support…

BSEE seeks oil spill response technology for drift ice

Apr 03, 2014

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced on 2 April 2014 that it is investing up to US$600,000 for targeted oil spill response research in drift ice conditions. In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government's business opportunities website…

Shell chooses Endeavor for Chukchi advising

Apr 01, 2014

Shell has appointed Houston-based consulting firm, Endeavor Management to advise the supermajor in preparation for a possible revamp of Shell's Chukchi Sea drilling campaign. Endeavor said it will provide support and advice for a third…

Pick of the week - Myanmar, Greenpeace and OAA

Mar 28, 2014

Missed out on the top stories this week? Here are our top three most-viewed stories from the past week:  OAA winners shine - More than 500 industry professionals came together at the sparkling 28th Offshore Achievement Awards ceremony in Aberdeen…

Gazprom makes Arctic advances

Mar 27, 2014

A rendering of Kirinskoye's subsea processor, a first for a Russian company. Sarah Parker Musarra examines the offshore developments that helped make 2013 a banner year for Russia's Gazprom. Located…

The Laptev Sea: Beginning of the Transpolar Drift

Mar 27, 2014

Schematic of the Arctic surface circulation including the Transpolar Driftal. The Siberian shelves are vast and shallow, seasonally ice-covered, and receive more than 80% of the Arctic freshwater input…

Russia limits access to Arctic

Mar 27, 2014

Global oil majors continue to lobby concessions for opertations on the Russian Arctic shelf; Eugene Gerden reports. Amid the fierce critics from the global environment organizations, the Russian government continues to create conditions…

Greenpeace scales West Alpha

Mar 24, 2014

Greenpeace has said five of its 14 activists have scaled the West Alpha semisubmersible drilling rig offshore Norway in protest against ExxonMobil’s plans to drill in the Russian Arctic.  The protest has been staged on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill…

NASA's Operation IceBridge campaign

Mar 17, 2014

Michael Studinger, a project scientist for NASA's Operation IceBridge, and Nathan Kurtz, a physical scientist, provide commentary during a virtual tour of the Operation IceBridge campaign in the Arctic.

Arctic research center launched

Mar 11, 2014

An Arctic petroleum research center has been launched in Tromso, Norway, to increase knowledge about hydrocarbon exploration in the region.  The Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration (ARCEx) is funded by the Norwegian…

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