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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Offshore Job News

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Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the price of oil and gas remaining depressed for many months now, and the many new developments related to drilling ashore, and domestic vessels remaining stacked in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), companies are working hard to find work in any market around the world. This downturn in activity also means less jobs for U.S. citizen seafarers.   This of course all means that everyone is

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

with Rampion and its contractors, has developed an  analysis and modeling process to fully understand why large monopiles oscillate in relatively small wave heights; and to increase the operating window for their installation. Monopiles and turbines are increasing in size as wind farms move farther offshore.    At the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently under construction off the south coast of the U.K., the developer was concerned that these large structures were beginning to oscillate in relatively small wave heights. This was affecting the operational window for lowering them

Alberto Morandi (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Establishes Technical Authority Board

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has established a Technical Authority Board to be led by Alberto Morandi, formerly head of Global Maritime Americas.   Global Maritime said the Technical Authority Board will promote excellence throughout the company, ensuring consistent and high-quality technical standards. Each board member, who will be nominated for a two-year term, will have specific knowledge in one of the following disciplines: marine operations, structural engineering, naval

SBM Offshore Nominates Wood as CFO

SBM Offshore has nominated D.H.M. Wood as a member of the management board and chief financial officer (CFO) to replace current CFO, P.M. van Rossum, who is set to retire.   The company will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on November 30, 2016 where it will be proposed that Wood be appointed as a member of the management board for a period of four years until the 2021 AGM. Van Rossum will then step down as management board member and CFO.    Wood has worked at Royal Dutch Shell plc since 1993 in various financial and management positions, including as Vice President

Technip Recertified to Gender Equality Standards

Technip entities in Brazil, France and Italy have been recertified to the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) global standard for gender equality in the workplace, including the group’s headquarters and the Innovation and Technology center both located in Paris, as well as Technip’s manufacturing plants in Le Trait, France, and Vitoria, Brazil. With Australia, Malaysia, the U.K., United Arab Emirates and the U.S. certified last year, Technip counts eight countries EDGE Certified and remains the first and only company in the energy industry to achieve this certification.   ED

Magnus Joins Kvaerners Executive Team

Sturla Magnus has been appointed new executive vice president (EVP) for Structural Solutions and responsible for Kvaerner's yard at Verdal. He will start in his new position April 1, 2017, at the latest.    Previous EVP of Structural Solutions, Sverre Myklebust stepped down as EVP for Structural Solutions at year end 2016. Ole Petter Bjartnes will be interim responsible for the product area until Magnus takes up the position.   Magnus is Norwegian and holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He comes from the position as Regional Business

Ian Springett (Photo: Tullow)

Tullow CFO Takes Leave of Absence

Tullow Oil plc Chief Financial Officer Ian Springett will take an extended leave of absence from the company in order to undergo treatment for a medical condition.   Les Wood, Vice President Finance and Commercial, has been appointed Interim CFO.

Morandi to Head GustoMSC’s Houston Office

Dr. Alberto Morandi has been appointed to the position of General Manager of GustoMSC’s office in Houston. He will be responsible for running the office and will act as point of contact for GustoMSC’s U.S. clients. GustoMSC is a design and engineering firm serving the offshore energy sector, and its U.S. office represents the company’s design solutions, associated hardware and specialist consultancy and engineering services in the local markets of the U.S. and the Americas. With Dr. Morandi’s appointment, GustoMSC said it aims to further ensure close working relations

BOEM Oil and Gas Lease Sale: 48m Acres

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the bureau will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA). “As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico remains an important component of our domestic energy strategy to create jobs, foster economic opportunities, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Hopper said. “The exploration

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PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. has announced that Patrick Grandelli, P.E. has joined PCCI’s Alexandria office as a Chief Engineer. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. Government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and renewable energy industries.  Grandelli is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and naval energy/operations staff officer who also served on three U.S. navy warships. He has two decades’ experience in the analysis and design of large subsea pipelines, ocean energy systems, and the conduct of

Subsea Industries Opens UK Office

Subsea Industries has strengthened its presence in the U.K.’s maritime and renewable energy sectors with opening up of a dedicated marine and offshore coatings office in the U.K. and the appointment of coatings specialist Mark Woods as its U.K.-based technical representative.   The new office forms part of Subsea Industries’ wider growth strategy to meet increased demand for the company’s award-winning non-toxic hard coatings.   As accounting manager, Woods will head up Chelmsford-based Subsea Industries U.K., with responsibility for sales growth across the company’

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Sonardyne Appoints Tena as Global Business Manager

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has announced the appointment of Ioseba (Joe) Tena as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Robotic Systems. Tena joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him more than 20 years of experience working with marine robotic systems, most recently at SeeByte.   Early in his career Tena worked with marine robots as a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. His PhD was completed in 2001 and focused on navigating Autonomous Underwater Vehicles using imaging sonars. The following year, Tena became part of the original

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse technology portfolio can support all major pillars of the Operation Phakisa maritime program, including: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine protection and ocean governance/monitoring.   The Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility currently combines office and warehouse space in addition to a testing lab, with plans already in place to open training facilities that will help local offshore operators

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McDermott Opens Office in Saudi Arabia

office opening follows McDermott’s recent Dammam yard inauguration and recruitment drive in Al-Khobar, where the company interviewed and assessed more than 600 Saudi craftsmen to support IKTVA localization objectives. McDermott said it has an extensive history of executing complex EPCI projects offshore Saudi Arabia and is committed to supporting the continued growth of oil and gas production in the country. Through decades of regional experience and knowledge gained of field conditions, McDermott’s Saudi operation has been established as a brownfield center of excellence

McNeel to Replace Lieungh as Sevan Marine CEO

Carl Lieungh will step down as CEO of Sevan Marine ASA effective January 1, 2017. The company’s board of directors has appointed current CFO Reese McNeel to take up the CEO role while continuing to carry out the CFO function.   Under the agreement reached between Lieungh and the board, Lieungh will step down as CEO but will continue as an advisor to the board of directors with responsibilities related to various tasks within the group until the end of 2017.

Petrobras CEO: Wage Hikes of Last Decade are Impossible Today

Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras is unable to give its workers the kind of pay raises that increased company salaries by about 50 percent in real, inflation-adjusted terms over the past decade, Chief Executive Pedro Parente said on Friday.   Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, is in annual pay talks with its unions, but Parente said that at least some of the employees understand the need for the financially troubled, heavily indebted company to limit pay increases. (Reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Oil Workers Reject Petrobras Offer, Strike Possible

test of mettle for new Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente, who has pledged to cut costs.   Petrobras said in a statement that the union's decision has had no effect on operations Thursday, though the unions said some workers in Rio de Janeiro-state blocked a heliport used to access Petrobras' offshore oil fields in the Campos basin.   Petrobras is struggling to maintain minimum investments as it tries to manage $125 billion in debt, the most in the oil industry. Last week the company offered a 4.97 percent increase in salaries, and said it planned to cut overtime payments and regular work

IBIA: Bunker Market Opportunities in Africa

certainly limited market growth, with restrictive licencing resulting in the anchorage at Pointe Noire, Congo being dominated by one supplier, while a customs crackdown in Angola has halted sales of competitively priced marine gas oil. The West African market is also suffering from a decline in the offshore and seismic vessel market as a result of the low oil price. Piracy, although in decline is still a serious consideration in the region, and fuel can be expensive, delivery is not always timely and the delivery infrastructure is often underdeveloped. However, one positive aspect was that the offshore

Andrew Mitchell (Photo: AISUS Offshore)

AISUS Offshore Hires Business Development Manager

AISUS Offshore, which provides remotely deployed visual and ultrasonic inspection solutions to the global oil and gas industry, said it is looking to double its turnover over the next three years through expansion at home and abroad.     The company has therefore appointed Andrew Mitchell as business development manager to support the company’s plans for future growth, as it looks to enhance its products and services to meet industry demand.    With an in-depth knowledge of global markets and over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Mitchell will focus

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Sonardyne Appoints Brown as Sales and Marketing Director

and expansion of the company’s subsea technology portfolio and in 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Sonardyne International Ltd.   In 2013, Brown took up the role of Divisional Director Oil and Gas responsible for achieving sustainable, profitable growth within Sonardyne’s offshore energy markets. He will continue to serve as a Director of Sonardyne Wavefront Ltd, the specialist sonar research company acquired in 2007.    

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Mick Fanning Claims Victory at J-Bay Open

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the J-Bay Open, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), defeating John John Florence (HAW) in an exciting Final in three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Jeffreys Bay. Today’s incredible victory comes a year after a dramatic incident during the 2015 J-Bay Open Final where Fanning was attacked on live television by what is believed to be a Great White Shark. “It’s definitely a very different feeling this win,” said Fanning. “There was a real emotional build up coming back

Shearwater platform (Photo: Shell)

Wood Maintenance Workers Back Strike on Shell Platforms

As many as seven of Royal Dutch Shell's North Sea platforms could be hit by the first strike action in the basin in 10 years after Wood Group employees working on the facilities voted on Wednesday in favour of industrial action.   Wood Group workers are employed on Shell platforms to carry out maintenance work. A person familiar with the operations said this meant production from the platforms was unlikely to be affected by potential strikes in the short term.   Nearly all Wood Group workers who participated in the ballot carried out by labour unions Unite and RMT supported strike action

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Norway Oil Service Firms, Unions Fail to Reach Wage Deal

Wage negotiations between Norwegian oil service workers and their employers failed early on Wednesday, the Industri Energi trade union said in a statement.   The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, which represents the employers, separately said the negotiations had been put on hold for the time being.   The talks cover about 6,500 union members at around 60 companies that are suppliers to the oil industry.   If the two sides fail to reach an agreement, the next move could be a round of mandatory negotiations hosted by a state-appointed mediator.   Workers are not allowed to

Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

About 755 Norwegian workers on seven oil and gas fields could go on strike from Saturday, hitting output from western Europe's top producer, if a new wage deal is not agreed before a Friday deadline, trade unions said on Monday.   A final round of mandatory talks will be hosted by a state mediator on June 30 and July 1 in an effort to avoid disruption that could start the following day.   The affected fields account for nearly 18 percent of Norway's oil output and a little more than 17 percent of its natural gas, Reuters calculations show.   Combined oil output was about 285

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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

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Seacat Services Invest in UK Offshore Training

Offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has announced a considerable investment in its unique Maritime Apprenticeship scheme, and has committed to creating further training opportunities with the launch of dedicated Traineeship and Cadetship programs. These specialist training courses, delivered in conjunction with Red Ensign and HTP Training, will provide an entry point for young UK seafarers into the rapidly developing offshore wind sector. Following a highly successful intake for the inaugural Seacat Services Maritime Apprenticeship scheme, which began in 2014 with over 200

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Norway's Oil Wage Talks to Start June 30 in Bid to Avert Strike

Norwegian oil firms and their employees will begin a final round of wage negotiations on June 30 in a bid to avoid a strike that would limit the output of oil and gas from western Europe's top producer, the Industri Energi labour union said on Wednesday.   The deadline for reaching a compromise has been set to July 1, Industri Energi leader Leif Sande said. If no deal is struck, shutdowns could begin the following day.   In 2012, a 16-day strike among some of Norway's oil workers cut the country's output of crude by about 13 percent and its natural gas production by about four percent.

Sebastian Araujo (Photo: Trelleborg)

Trelleborg Appoints MD for Brazil Offshore Operation

Trelleborg’s offshore operation, a manufacturer of polymer and syntactic foam-based solutions, has appointed Sebastian Araujo as Managing Director of its Brazilian manufacturing facility in Macae.   With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Araujo has a background in the oil and gas subsea sector, previously holding general and commercial management roles in pipe coating and pipe bending service companies such as Bredero Shaw.  

Mikal Grure Eie (Photo: Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering)

Global Maritime Appoints Norway Regional Manager

 Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has appointed Mikal Grure Eie as Regional Manager for Norway. Mikal’s brief will to develop closer customer relationships and drive new business development opportunities throughout Norway - a key market for Global Maritime.   Mikal has spent over 10 years in the offshore sector. Previous roles include support with the construction of the Hywind floating wind farm and other wind power projects as well as on oil and gas fields, such as

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