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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Pankaj Khanna Appointed As CEO of Ocean Rig

 Pankaj Khanna has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Rig UDW, a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services,  effective January 1, 2018.    Khanna is 47 years old with 29 years of varied experience in the maritime & offshore industry. He last served as Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Marine Inc, a drybulk company that he founded in 2013.    Prior to his position at Pioneer Marine Inc Khanna served as Chief Marketing Officer at Ocean Rig UDW Inc. from January 1, 2012 to October 2, 2012. Mr. Khanna served as the Chief

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Schlumberger Debuts GeoSphere

for optimization of the drilling plan before the formation was drilled. With the drill bit over 300 ft away from the target reservoir, the mapping-while-drilling technology confirmed that there was considerable distance for adjusting the trajectory if needed, to optimize reservoir entry.   Offshore Brazil, a customer deployed GeoSphere technology to accurately map multiple deepwater-well reservoir sections. The reservoir mapping-while-drilling service was used to guide well steering decisions, which enabled the customer to improve the drain position, avoid unplanned exits from target reservoirs

Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as Unit Director

Maersk Drilling Names First Female Director

  Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director for the Maersk Deliverer rig working for Chevron offshore Angola. She will assume her new role August 15, 2014. Moira is the first female unit director in Maersk Drilling. “We are very pleased to appoint Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director on the Maersk Deliverer. Moira has proven herself time and time again through various positions in Maersk Drilling, latest as Assistant Rig Manager for Drillship 4, and I am confident that she will strive in her new role with the rest of the team on Maersk Deliverer,” says

Antonia Panayides (Photo: Reed Smith)

Reed Smith Adds Two Shipping Partners

Reed Smith announced shipping lawyers Antonia B. Panayides and Jane M. Sarma have been promoted to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. Panayides joined Reed Smith in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Panayides deals with a wide range of dry shipping and offshore matters from the firm's London office. Her experience includes charter party disputes, shipmanagement, bill of lading, sale and purchase and contract of affreightment disputes whether subject to High Court and arbitration jurisdiction. Panayides acts for owners, charterers, ship managers and brokers, as well as P&I clubs.

Ben Oudman (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Taps Oudman as Regional Manager

, recent developments off the coast of Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon are some of the main drivers of oil and gas activities in the area, along with the rise of LNG. On the other hand, the markets in India and Africa are focused on fueling the growing energy needs through challenging deepwater offshore projects and gas to power investments.” Oudman indicates huge potential remains for mid and downstream activities in the Middle East. “As predicted in our Energy Transition Outlook report, fossil fuels will continue to play a substantial role until 2050, with the majority share coming

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Maersk Offshore Service Units to Cut Head Office Jobs

we have to scale down the head office. However, under the current market conditions it will be irresponsible not to act," Maersk Drilling's chief executive Claus Hemmingsen said in the statement.   Maersk Supply Services, which provides marine services to such as towing anchors and supplying offshore platforms, has also been hit by a slowdown in the industry.   "We are facing challenging market conditions in the coming years ... Our customers, suppliers and competitors are all being forced to adjust to a new reality," Carsten Plougmann Andersen, Maersk Supply Service's chief

Ensco Promotes Lowe to EVP

senior managers,” said CEO and President Carl Trowell. “These promotions highlight our commitment to career development and will further strengthen our company.” The management changes are effective immediately. Ensco plc brings energy to the world as a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. For more than 25 years, the company has focused on operating safely and going beyond customer expectations. Ensco is ranked first in total customer satisfaction with top honors in eight of 14 categories in the latest annual survey by EnergyPoint Research

Blair LeBlanc (Photo: Stokes & Spiehler)

Stokes & Spiehler Announces Management Promotions

Petroleum engineering and consulting firm Stokes & Spiehler has made several promotions to its management team, the company’s president Bruce Jordan, P.E. announced.   Blair LeBlanc, P.E., has been named Vice President – Offshore Operations; Russ Bellard, P.E., has been named Vice President – Onshore Operations; Tony Shell has been named Vice President – Sales & Marketing; and Donnie Busscher has been named Engineering Manager.   LeBlanc is a Registered Professional Engineer. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor’s

Mei Ling Chan (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Makes Two Hires in Asia Pacific

Global Maritime, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has made two important hires to support its Asia Pacific (APAC) operations.   Mei Ling Chan has been appointed as Regional Finance Manager for APAC where she will take responsibility for finance functions and reporting across the region; and Leong Weng Yoon has been named Global Maritime’s new HSEQ Manager for APAC. Leong Weng Yoon’s appointment reaffirms Global Maritime’s commitment to the highest health, safety, environmental and quality standards across its

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Aker Solutions Opens Subsea Plant in Brazil

subsea equipment. It will provide the first subsea control systems manufacturing capability in Brazil, enabling delivery of complete well systems that are placed on the seafloor.   “The facility will build on and strengthen our nearly four-decade presence in Brazil, which is a key global offshore market with significant deepwater and subsea potential,” Aker Solutions' Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo said. “It reinforces our commitment to developing local competence and working with our customers to create long-term value in this major oil and gas province.”   The

Clint Carriere (Photo: Viega)

Viega Hires Carriere as Technical Manager

Viega LLC has appointed Clint Carriere as its newest technical manager for shipbuilding and offshore for the Gulf territory.   In this position, Carriere is responsible for growing the shipbuilding and offshore market, presenting to engineering firms to secure specifications for press fittings for major projects, maintaining current business and searching for new business and providing technical support to distributors within the Gulf Coast and inland waterways.    Carriere brings more than eight years of industry experience to the position. Prior to joining Viega, he worked as an

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BP Hires Head of US Shale Unit before Spin-off

Oil major BP has appointed a chief executive to look after its U.S. onshore oil and gas assets, months ahead of its plan to spin off the business to boost the profitability of its shale gas portfolio in the country. SandRidge Energy Inc's former Chief Operating Officer David Lawler will take on the Houston-based role on Sept. 15. He will head the new business - called U.S. Lower 48 Onshore - which includes unconventional resources of around 7.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent across 20,000 wells. Lawler has decades of experience in the U.S. energy market after working at Shell, ConocoPhillips

Training session: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling Rig Team Train Local Talent

positions on-board the rig. To do so, experienced employees play a key role. In 2014, the rig team on Mærsk Deliverer initiated seven local acceleration programmes as part of a localisation plan focusing on employing, training and educating local talent in Angola. The experienced offshore employees have worked closely with the rig team to get the local acceleration programmes up and running. The programmes build on the knowledge and experience gained by the offshore crew throughout their career and their ability to transfer this knowledge and experience to their new Angolan colleagues

Steen S. Karstensen (Photo: Maersk)

Maersk Supply Service Names Karstensen CEO

Steen S. Karstensen has been appointed CEO of Maersk's offshore services arm, Maersk Supply Service, with effect from October 24.   Karstensen comes from a position as Chief Procurement Officer and takes over from Jørn Madsen, who was recently appointed CEO of Maersk Drilling, effective November 7.   Karstensen joined the Maersk Group in 1986 and has had led a 30-year-career with the company in procurement, logistics, supply chain, in-house consultancy and other cross-functional areas. His previous role in Group Procurement included overseeing Maersk Maritime Technology

Durkin Appointed COO of Maersk Drilling

  Angela Durkin from Baker Hughes will join Maersk Drilling as new Chief Operating Officer (COO). She will assume her new role 1 May 2015 taking over from Jørn Madsen and report directly to CEO Claus V. Hemmingsen. “We are very pleased that Angela Durkin will join Maersk Drilling. Angela brings vast experience with her from Baker Hughes, and with her technical competencies and enormous international experience from an oilfield service provider in the drilling industry, she is just the right fit for Maersk Drilling. I am confident that with Angela on board, we will have an even

North Sea – Hope for Declining Production?

Western Europe will continue to rely on imported Russian gas into the 2020s as mature offshore provinces struggle for growth, while large-scale shale gas extraction looks increasingly unlikely in the medium term, according to Douglas Westwood. Following Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and the resulting strained diplomatic ties with the West, it remains to be seen if North Sea production can rally to support any drop in gas flow from Russia.   With many IOCs planning investment into UK offshore fields through enhanced oil recovery (EOR), deeper water plays and downstream infrastructure

Anna Keen (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Appoints Asia Pacific Manager

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has appointed Anna Keen as Regional Manager for the Asia Pacific region.   Keen, who previously held a management role at Global Maritime Mooring Group, will be responsible for bringing increased cohesion to Global Maritime’s Asia Pacific operations and driving new business in the region. She will report to Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering CEO, David Sutton.   Keen has worked in the oil and gas and marine consultancy business