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Deepwater Horizon Spill Increased Dolphin Deaths, Study Shows

May 23, 2015

After commemorating the 5-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, another study has been released highlighting the significant injury to bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published new results pointing to dolphin injury from the oil disaster. Since 2010, there has been an unusually high… Continue Reading »

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GMB Union Calls for Strike Action in UK North Sea

May 23, 2015

GMB announced Thursday that a strike ballot will go ahead after talks failed to resolve a dispute over changes to terms for offshore workers in UK waters. The union, along with Unite officials, held talks Wednesday with the Offshore Contractors’ Association about changes to employment conditions for workers covered by the Offshore Contract Agreement, including… Continue Reading »

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GE: First Refurbishment of Subsea Trees in Nigeria

May 23, 2015

GE Oil & Gas has completed the first refurbishment of subsea production trees at its service base in Onne, Nigeria. The milestone was achieved under a contract awarded by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo.). The GE team of Nigerian engineers dis-assembled the subsea trees to component parts before repairing and rebuilding them in accordance with customer requirements. The refurbishment… Continue Reading »

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Oceaneering Sheds Norway Staff

May 23, 2015

Oil services company, Oceaneering, is reportedly laying off employees in Norway as the company faces general decline in activity. According to Sysla.no, Oceaneering’s Erik Sæstad has confirmed that 100 new employees must leave the company, following the earlier reports on job cuts in Oceaneering Asset Integrity when 30 workers were laid off. While the majority of staff reductions at… Continue Reading »

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Underwater Welding

May 23, 2015

Underwater welding can be divided into main types that have been in use for many years: “wet” welding, which is done in the open water; and “hyperbaric” welding which is either performed “dry” inside a specially constructed positive pressure enclosure, or in the open water.   Underwater welding is a risky but necessary form of… Continue Reading »

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Hercules Sells Jackups Coldstacked Since 2009

May 23, 2015

Houston-based Hercules Offshore Inc. reported Tuesday that it sold this month four jackups in the Gulf of Mexico that have been coldstacked since 2009. The sales should result in cost savings of about $2 million for the remainder of 2015 and annual savings of $3.3 million thereafter, said James West, senior managing director and partner… Continue Reading »

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Fugro Simphony Catches Fire, Crew Evacuated

May 23, 2015

Fugro Subsea Services-operated ROV support vessel Fugro Symphony has reportedly caught fire, early this morning in Peterhead Harbour. According to reports, the fire-fighting teams were called for duty at approximately 3 AM on Wednesday and it took about 35 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. More than 80 crew members were safely evacuated to the Fishermen’s Mission… Continue Reading »

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CNOOC Appoints Yang Hua as Chairman, Succeeds Wang Yilin

May 22, 2015

China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. (CNOOC) appointed Yang Hua as chairman of the Board of Directors to succeed Wang Yilin, the Chinese company announced Tuesday. Prior to his appointment, Yang, who joined CNOOC in 1982, was vice chairman of the Board of Directors from Sept. 16, 2010 to May 19, 2015 and president of… Continue Reading »

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Telstra’s Pacnet Breached by Hackers

May 22, 2015

Australian telecommunication company Telstra informed on Wednesday that its recently acquired subsea cable company Pacnet has had a security breach, potentially making its costumers vulnerable. According to reports, Pacnet was hacked on April 3, approximately two weeks before Telstra completed the acquisition of Hong Kong and Singapore-based company. The US$697 million acquisition was announced in December last year,… Continue Reading »

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Shell Gets Short Life Extension for Draugen

May 22, 2015

A/S Norske Shell has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) to extend the lifetime of the Draugen facility. Draugen is an oil field in the Norwegian Sea, around 150 km north of Kristiansund. A/S Norske Shell (Shell) is the field’s operator. Production on the field began in October 1993. The field has… Continue Reading »

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