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Rigs/Vessels: US & Gulf of Mexico

Ocean Installer to place Delta House umbilicals

Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for an umbilical installation project with Oceaneering for LLOG Exploration on the Delta House project.

TGS signs LOA for 2D surveys over Mexico and US Atlantic

TGS has signed a letter of award with SeaBird Exploration to acquire up to 300,000 km (186,411 mi) of 2D seismic data offshore Mexico and in US Atlantic waters.

First LNG-powered support vessel to debut in the Gulf of Mexico

Green initiatives aimed at building dual-fuel fleets and using LNG propulsion technology are providing the framework and best practices for gas-fueled vessels operating in US waters. In 2011, Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC decided to build a new generation of Jones Act-compliant offshore support vessels that have the capacity to burn both diesel and LNG as fuel to service the US GoM offshore market. These OSVs are the first LNG-powered vessels to be built in a US shipyard under the auspices of the US Coast Guard and classification society ABS.

ClassNK expands Veracruz office to increase offshore support

Classification society ClassNK has expanded its Veracruz office in Mexico to better support the growing offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Chevron hits oil offshore GoM in Guadalupe prospect

Chevron Corp. made an oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico.

Chevron drillship Pacific Sharav arrives in Gulf of Mexico

Chevron Corp. reports that the deepwater drillship Pacific Sharav has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling.

Offshore at 60: The Blue Water breakthrough

In January 1962, a strange contraption under lease to Shell Oil, called the Blue Water 1, spudded a record-setting offshore well in 297 ft (91 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The maiden voyage of the Blue Water 1 took place a month before NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to complete an orbit of the earth. Both missions revealed a newfound human ability to explore frontiers beyond the comfort of terra firma. On Aug. 14, 1962, Shell Oil dramatically disclosed the details of its new "floating drilling platform."

USCG's path forward: A unitary regulatory approach to industry on the OCS

Over the last year, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has focused on normalizing the regulatory sphere on the outer continental shelf (OCS) by making a concerted effort to give industry definitive parameters.

Crowley christens new ocean-class tugboat Ocean Sun

As part of its new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean-class series, Ocean Sun, on Oct. 15 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

MacGregor updates on new offshore Asia contracts

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won new contracts with China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group and with Thailand-based Mermaid Maritime Public Co. Ltd.

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