Oil & Gas

Gulf Marine Services jack-up barge wins first contract

Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has won its first contract for the GMS Scirocco after completing the vessel ahead of schedule. The company said the jack-up barge will commence a four month contract next month for an engineering, procurement and construction contractor. All other vessels owned by GMS have been delpoyed to support brownfield oil and gas production, well services and maintenance work in the MENA region.

Other News

Piper Alpha rescue plaque donated to memorial trust

A plaque dedicated to two crewmen who died during the Piper Alpha rescue mission has been saved. Emergency response and rescue vessel Sandhaven was one of the first on the scene of the catastrophic oil rig blaze on July 6, 1988. Six men were rescued by the team, but it was overcome by flames when a second gas line ruptured and crewmen Brian Batchelor and Malcolm Storey died, along with 165 other men. Rig operator Occidental Group later donated a plaque to the Sandhaven as a tribute to the pair.


EMGS profits dip as it reduces headcount and vessel fleet

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) said it has reduced its headcount by 20% as well as reducing its fleet down to three vessels as it looks to make cost savings. The company said its revenues were down to $12.1million from $42.5million the same time a year earlier. Contract sales ended at $4.8million while sales from the multi-client library ended at $7.3million.

Oil & Gas

Bourbon Orca: Definitely ‘out of the box’

Ten years ago, Bourbon became the first offshore support vessel operator to take on a radical new design developed by Ulstein of Norway. The bull-nosed beast with its easy lined and fairly slim hull was known as the X-Bow design and the first of the class, Bourbon Orca, was delivered in 2006. Its front end was then and remains curiously reminiscent of ancient vessel types such as Roman merchant ships and the Italian trabaccolo, of which a few examples remain extant. In August 2006, Energy reported: “Norway has again demonstrated its ability to come up with a radical offshore support vessel design that could prove a major step forward, both operationally and in terms of safety.

Oil & Gas

Seadrill acquires new vessel

Seadrill has taken ownership of an ultra deepwater drillship in a $456million deal with Ship Finance. The West Polaris was acquired by Ship Finance in 2008 and chartered to Seadrill with purchase options commencing in 2012.


BW Offshore wins contract extension

BW Offshore has received a one year contract extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Umuroa. The vessel is operating on the Umuroa field in waters offshore New Zealand for AWE. The contract period will now finish in Q4 2016 instead of Q4 2015.

Oil & Gas

GMS wins contract award for new vessel

GMS (Gulf Marine Services) has won its first contract award for one of its mid-size vessels. The GMS Shamal will be chartered by national oil company in the MENA region. The company said the contract is for five years, which includes a two years firm option, with a further three one-year options.

Oil & Gas

Technip beefs up fleet

A newbuild Diving Support Vessel (DSV) currently being built by Vard has been named as the ‘Deep Explorer’. The state-of-the-art vessel was commissioned by French services company, Technip. The company had previously announced in April plans to invest in the new vessel, which has been equipped with the latest navigational technology.