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Marine hydrokinetic testing approved off Florida

Aug 13, 2013

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday announced availability of a revised environmental assessment (EA) and its finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for lease issuance to conduct marine hydrokinetic technology testing offshore Florida…

Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233: 21 million acres offered

Jul 30, 2013

The US Dept. of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced final details for the Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233. The sale will take place on August 28 and will cover about 20.7 million acres off Texas for oil and gas exploration and development…

OIS launches Wellintel service for decommissioning

Jul 30, 2013

Offshore Installation Services Ltd (OIS), an Acteon company, launched a new service designed to help operators fulfill their suspended well decommissioning plans. Wellintel is a well data collection and review service that gathers and prepares…

BSEE: Offshore decommissioning accelerates in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 26, 2013

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has jurisdiction over decommissioning of “idle iron” wells and structures, pipelines, and the Rigs-to-Reefs program. According to BSEE, there were about 2,996 production platforms on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)…

CIGI urges Canada to increase Arctic operations

Jul 25, 2013

To prepare Canada’s northern communities for the “New Arctic,” the federal government needs to devote greater policy attention and resources to strategic Arctic maritime areas such as Nunavut, says a new policy brief issued by The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)…

Analysis: Energy reform in Mexico: Is it time?

Jul 25, 2013

Analysis: Perspectives President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced that he will send a “transformational” energy reform bill to Mexico’s Congress in the coming months in an effort to attract the private capital and expertise required to develop Mexico’s deepwater and shale deposits…

NOIA’s Randall Luthi Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearing

Jul 24, 2013

NOIA’s Randall Luthi Testifies at Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing Says Revenue Sharing and Offshore Access are Inextricably Linked During testimony today at a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on offshore energy revenue sharing…

Kenya forges ahead

Jul 18, 2013

Recent offshore drilling by Apache and Anadarko help gauge the potential of the Lamu basin. Vision 2030 is Kenya’s development strategy which aims to transform the economy and “create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030…

IMarEST Appoints 111th President

Jul 15, 2013

Andreas Chrysostomou has been appointed the 111th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at its annual general meeting on 21 March 2013. Richard Vie has been appointed President Elect…

Nations may designate two Antarctic Marine Protected Areas

Jul 12, 2013

A group of 24 nations and the EU are meeting in Bremerhaven, Germany, July 11-16, to discuss revised proposals to create two marine protected areas (MPAs) in the ocean surrounding Antarctica. If approved, these may become the largest marine reserves on Earth…

Watson leaving BSEE to join ABS

Jul 10, 2013

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James A. Watson will step down from the agency in order to join maritime class society ABS as its president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Americas Division, effective September 2…

DNV awards FloaTEC ISO 9001 certification

Jul 09, 2013

FloaTEC has been awarded certification to ISO 9001-2008 for project management and engineering for the offshore industry. DNV Business Assurance, a division of the world-renowned Det Norske Veritas Certification B.V., and an internationally…

Marine spatial planning draws attention

Jun 26, 2013

We have all grown up with the concept of land use planning or town planning to allocate areas of land for certain uses or activities such as business, industry, agriculture, residential, or nature conservation. The same concepts can be applied to marine areas…

The long and winding road to SEMS compliance

Jun 14, 2013

Safety is a necessary practice for all operations, and new regulations for oversight seem to be missing some key components.The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released its Safety and Environmental Management Systems…

Progress after Piper

Jun 12, 2013

As the 25th anniversary of the UK North Sea Piper Alpha disaster approaches, GL Noble Denton looks at regulatory best practice. The 25-year anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster provides an important opportunity to stop and reflect…

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