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Utilities terminate contract for $2.5B Cape Wind project

BOSTON (AP) - The decision by two major utilities to terminate their contracts to buy power from the proposed $2.5 billion wind farm in Cape Cod waters could kill the project, according to supporters and detractors of the plan.
 

ROV NEWS

India to probe Antarctic waters with ROV developed by Chennai lab

 CHENNAI: This new year, India will begin underwater expedition of the Antarctic region using a remotely operable vehicle (ROV) developed by Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). Samples collected from the underbelly of icebergs, which could be millions of years old, may hold potential surprises, including clues on origin of life. 

The ROV, which is fitted with cameras and mechanical devices, will collect samples from under icebergs. It will also capture images underwater. "While the upper part of ice which is exposed to air keeps changing, the bottom part remains relatively intact. Some of the samples from the bottom of icebergs could be millions of years old," said NIOT director M A Atmanand. 

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Tsuneishi Delivers 200th Kamsarmax BC

 Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi has delivered its 200th Kamsarmax BC, making this in-house designed model the company’s top selling ship.

The 82,000-mt D/W type bulk carrier Ultra Lion, built in China by  Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding, was built for Kambara Kisen.

 

OFFSHORE NEWS

Chevron Announces Second Oil Discovery in Deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Chevron Corporation has announced a significant oil discovery at the Anchor prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Anchor is Chevron's second discovery in the deepwater Gulf in less than a year.

 

OFFSHORE NEWS

ConocoPhillips Announces First Oil Production from the Eldfisk II Project

 ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has announced first oil production from the Eldfisk II project in the Norwegian North Sea. 

 

 

CONTRACT AWARDS

Bibby Subsea Signs Vessel Contract with Bordelon Marine

Bibby Offshore's Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea (the "Company"), has signed a three year contract with Bordelon Marine to charter a new vessel. The Brandon Bordelon (photo) is an ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) and will commence a three year charter in August 2015 primarily operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The addition of the Brandon Bordelon to Bibby Offshore's existing international fleet of specialized vessels enhances the capability throughout the Americas region.

 

CONTRACT AWARDS

Bibby Subsea Signs Vessel Contract with Bordelon Marine

Bibby Offshore's Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea (the "Company"), has signed a three year contract with Bordelon Marine to charter a new vessel. The Brandon Bordelon (photo) is an ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) and will commence a three year charter in August 2015 primarily operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The addition of the Brandon Bordelon to Bibby Offshore's existing international fleet of specialized vessels enhances the capability throughout the Americas region.

 

ROV NEWS

Phoenix Upgrades Navy’s 'Deep Drone' ROV

 Phoenix International recently completed an upgrade of the U.S. Navy’s 8,000-foot depth capable remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Drone.

 
All work was performed under a multi-year contract with the U.S. Navy’s Office of Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV). The upgrade included installing a new umbilical, sonar, high definition camera, LED lighting system, an updated frame, and a new foam pack. In addition, and at the heart of the upgrade, Phoenix installed a completely new Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based vehicle control system.

MARINE/VESSEL NEWS

Stealthgas Puts Six LPG Carriers to Work

Greek liquefied petroleum has (LPG) shipping company Stealthgas has agreed on the sale and leaseback of one of its vessels, and five new charter arrangements for its LPG carriers.

 

Stealthgas entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for the 7,517 cbm, 2001-built LPG carrier Gas Cathar in the fourth quarter of 2014. The proceeds from the sale of the vessel are USD 14.3 million. Stealthgas will bareboat charter back the vessel for four years.

 

 

ROV NEWS

Ennsub Delivers DEEP 4000 Deepwater Deployment Systems

Ennsub has completed the design and manufacture of two innovative workclass remotely operated vehicle (WROV) deployment systems which have been designed and manufactured for ROVOP and are due to be installed into a new build, tier one pipelay vessel early in 2015.

A number of senior figures from the oil and gas industry were given an insight into Ennsub’s DEEP 4000 system recently before visiting its new Teesside premises.

 


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