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Hundreds of Norway Oil Workers Go On Strike

this year with the Shipowners' Association and is not on strike.Output ImpactSafe said 106 workers from the Teekay Petrojarl production ship operating at Shell's Knarr field would walk out initially.Norway pumped 1.97 million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids a day in 2017, according to BP's Statistical Review published in June.Natural gas production was 123 billion cubic metres last year, BP reported, making Norway the world's seventh biggest producer and Europe's largest gas supplier after Russia.Safe said workers on rigs that conduct exploration or production drilling

Ian Cummins (Photo: LOC)

LOC Names Cummins Energy Projects Development Director

International marine and engineering consulting firm LOC has appointed ex-Head of Engineering at BP, Ian Cummins as its new Energy Projects Development Director. Ian will focus on the oil and gas and renewables markets, and help to identify and develop new and innovative engineering opportunities to progress the business.Cummins brings extensive major project management and engineering experience to LOC, gained from working on exceptionally large projects, significantly boosting LOC's specialist expertise in this area.  Throughout Cummin's career he has worked for an operator, contractor

Paul Manzi (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Names Manzi Vice President of SSQE

various positions in marine operations and corporate safety, health and environmental compliance and stewardship. He has also served on technical committees and in leadership roles in trade safety organizations. Prior to joining Crowley, Manzi held a number of health, safety and environmental roles with BP, including stints in shipping, major projects in the Middle East and drilling and exploration in North Africa.   Manzi is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and earned a master's degree in environmental management from the University of Houston and a bachelor of science degree in marine transporta

Gunvor Hires BP's Former Top US Trader

Gunvor has hired a senior veteran oil trader, David Garza, previously with BP and most recently U.S. oil refiner Tesoro, to run its U.S. operations as the Swiss trading house further expands in North American energy markets. Gunvor began building its U.S trading operations last year, expanding outside its core markets in Europe, Asia and Africa. The company initially focusing on refined products and natural gas but this year has hired several traders to launch a crude oil desk in Houston, Texas, and beefed up its Canadian trading desk. Garza will start in September as the new managing director

Colombia's Ecopetrol Names New CEO, Echeverry Resigns

Carlos Echeverry. Echeverry, who has headed the company since March 2015, through difficult times caused by the global fall in crude prices, has resigned for family reasons, Ecopetrol said in a statement to the Andean country's financial regulator. Bayon, an engineer who spent 20 years working at BP PLC, will take over from Sept. 15, the company said. He has been a vice president at Ecopetrol since February 2016. Echeverry told Reuters in an interview last week that the company will focus on exploring for unconventional deposits in the center and north of the country over the next few years

Gretchen Watkins (Photo: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil CEO to Step Down after Total Takeover

Watkins, will leave the company when Total's acquisition of the company has been completed, Maersk said Wednesday.   Watkins joined Maersk Oil as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and took the role of CEO in October last year. Prior to joining Maersk Oil, she had worked at Marathon Oil and BP.   Total agreed last month to buy the oil and gas business of A.P. Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, strengthening the French major's operations in the North Sea.   The current COO at Maersk Oil, Martin Rune Pedersen, will become vice president of Total's operations in Norway, Denmark

(Photo: QA Weld Tech)

Apprentice Group Starts at QA Weld Tech

analysis and problem solving.    Working with difficult materials and engineering innovative solutions, the company is well recognized within the industry for its dynamic capabilities and ability to solve complex problems, working on projects alongside major companies across the globe including BP, Total, Shell and GE.   Founded in 1980, QA Weld Tech is a provider of integrated welding and engineering services delivering a full turnkey service from initial consultation right through to project management, inspection and testing. The company has recently expanded and now operates in seven

Nils Smedegaard Andersen (File photo: Danish Maritime Days)

Former Maersk Boss Named Unifeeder Chairman

the logistics and shipping industry after stepping down from his position as Group Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S in 2016. Andersen, who is a board member and strategic adviser to Unifeeder’s largest investor, e.g. Nordic Capital Funds, also serves as Non-Executive Director at BP plc, Non-Executive Director at Unilever as well as Chairman of the Board of international retail group, Dansk Supermarked A/S. “Unifeeder is a well-run company, fulfilling an important role as partner to both global liner shipping companies and industrial customers across Europe,” Andersen

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UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

Government support to cover the costs of training seafarers.   UK shipping companies would also undertake to employ their newly qualified officers for a sufficient period to enable them to attain the higher level Certificate of Competencies.   Big-name multinationals like Anglo Eastern Group; BP Shipping, Shell Shipping & Maritime and Maersk Crewing are among the 40 shipping companies that have backed the letter.   “The Government has a vision of a Global Britain and shipping is willing and able to play its part in achieving this. SMarT Plus provides an opportunity for the

Nigel Hopkins (Photo: Harris Pye)

Hopkins Named Managing Director at Harris Pye UK

in Llandow, South Wales before officially taking over from Dave Hayden on October  1, 2017.   Nigel Hopkins started his engineering career in the merchant navy spending 13 years sailing on a variety of vessels including oil tankers, gas tankers and cruise ships working for companies including BP, Mobil, and Cunard Line eventually qualifying and sailing as Chief Engineer, something to which other senior Harris Pye team members can also lay claim.   He then made a career move into the offshore oil and gas industry where he spent the following 20 years and was involved with new builds

2017 winner Marianne Mckevitt (Photo: SPE)

Offshore Achievement Awards: Young Professional Finalists Revealed

Four young offshore industry professionals have been recognised for their career achievements after securing places on the shortlist for the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards (OAAs), sponsored by TAQA.   Chris Stewart, engineer at Expro, Laura Steedman, graduate mechanical engineer at BP, Lyndsey Thomas, offshore operations engineer at Nexen, and Jennifer Brown, offshore HSEA supervisor at Nexen, are the finalists in the Young Professional award category.   From 20 applications an initial shortlist of six candidates were interviewed. The four shortlisted individuals impressed judges in a

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Oil Producer Norway Starts Wage Talks to Avert Widespread Strikes

conflict, citing vital national interests.   Top companies that could be affected by the talks include consumer goods maker Orkla, fertiliser maker Yara , metals producer Hydro and oil services companies Aker Solutions and Kvaerner.   Also at risk are major oil firms including Statoil, Aker BP, Lundin Petroleum and Shell. (Editing by Terje Solsvik, editing by Louise Heavens)  

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

new group CEO.   Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House.   Hardy, who started his career at BP and traded fuel oil, was long seen as one of two front-runners to succeed Taylor alongside another Vitol veteran Chris Bake.   Vitol said in a statement that Hardy joined the firm in 1993 and held a number of trading and management roles in Singapore and London. He has been a member of Vitol's

Susan Dio (Photo: BP)

Dio Named President, Chairman of BP America

BP announced that Susan Dio has been appointed chairman and president of BP America Inc., BP’s chief representative in the U.S., from May 1, 2018.   Dio succeeds John Mingé, who will move to chair a study by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) into CCUS technologies and their potential deployment. He will retire from BP in March 2019.   Dio, a chemical engineer by training, has been chief executive of BP Shipping for the past three years, responsible for BP’s shipping business worldwide, including its fleet of over 70 operated and time-chartered vessels. In this time

Margareth Øvrum (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Changes in Statoil's Top Deck

Hegge as Chief Financial Officer. Hegge will become U.S. country manager.John Knight, Statoil's head of global strategy and business development, who is based in London, will be replaced by Al Cook, an executive in the international development and production division, who was once chief of staff to BP CEO Bob Dudley.Tim Dodson remains Statoil's head of exploration."The changes in top management and our business area structure will strengthen our ability to deliver ... as we develop as a broad energy company", chief executive Eldar Saetre said in a statement.In March, Statoil said it

Helge Lund  Photo courtesy of BP

BP Names Former Statoil Boss Lund as Next Chairman

BP named Helge Lund, a former head of Norway's Statoil, as its next chairman on Thursday, as the British oil major looks to extend a period of rapid growth after recovering from a deadly oil spill in 2010.Lund, who also led BG Group during its acquisition by rival Royal Dutch Shell, will replace Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of BP for almost nine years, at the beginning of next year.The 55-year-old Lund steered Statoil through its transformation from a state oil company into a leading global player, and is likely to have to navigate BP through the succession of its veteran CEO Bob Dudley later

BP Shipping’s Aggies left to right: Daniel Justus, Stewart Andrews, Jenny Long, Sara Broadrick, Garrett Jones and Michael Flannery.

Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping

Jenny Long was an Aggie with a challenge. She had an important job opening to fill with her company, BP Shipping Americas, located in Chicago. As the regional voyage operations superintendent for BP Shipping, it is her job to fill it with the best and most qualified candidates. Long graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a Marine Transportation degree and a minor in Maritime Administration.So, when she has an open position, one of the first places she contacts is her alma mater, Texas A&M Galveston. “BP Shipping has an open and fair hiring process” says Long. “We

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