Hercules spins off
US liftboat feet to All Coast
Newly formed Houston marine services company All Coast has
completed the acquisition of Hercules Offshore’s domestic liftboat
feet. The $57.5-million deal includes 29 active liftboats, ranging from
class 105 to class 229, as well as 10 cold stacked units. All Coast Vice
President and COO Byron Allemand said the company is retaining
some 300 Hercules Offshore employees as well as the company’s
operations center in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Edison Chouest feet set to grow
Edison Chouest Offshore announced plans to increase its feet
of offshore service vessels by more than 40, most of which will be
built at the company’s affliated shipyards on the US Gulf Coast and
Brazil. The newbuilds will include 17 diesel-electric platform supply
vessels 312 ft ( 95 m) in length, two high ice class AHTS vessels for
use in the Arctic, four subsea construction vessels for the Gulf of
Mexico market, and 22 other vessels covering a range of offshore
services. The company also said its C-Port 3 terminal in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, would be in operation by March 2014, and that a
further expansion, C-Port 4, is in the design phase.
ink contract with Petrobras
A joint venture of Seadrill and Malaysia’s SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad has been awarded a contract worth $2.7 billion with
Petrobras for three pipe laying support vessels. The JV Sapura Naveg-ação Marítima will operate the three newbuild vessels for Petrobras
for a period of eight years, with an option to extend for another eight.
Work is scheduled to begin offshore Brazil in 2Q 2016. The vessels
will be built in the Netherlands at a cost of about $800 million.
Petrobras pads Subsea 7 order book
Subsea 7 won three contracts with Petrobras worth a combined
$1.6 billion to construct and operate three newbuild fexible pipelay support vessels. The new vessels, to be delivered from the IHC
Mer wede shipyard in Holland in 3Q 2016, 4Q 2016, and 2Q 2017, are
designed to operate in 3,000-m ( 9,843-ft) water depths. Construction
and commissioning costs will run about $950 million; the contracts
cover a service period of fve years.
Dolphin Drilling held a naming ceremony for a new drillship under
construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. The ultra-deepwater
drillship, christened Bolette Dolphin, is scheduled to begin service this
year under a four-year contract with Anadarko. The 751-ft (229-m) long
vessel is equipped to drill in water depths up to 12,000 ft ( 3,658 m).
Dockwise transported the 23,000-ton Lucius truss spar from Technip’s
Pori, Finland, yard to the Kiewit Offshore Services facility in Ingleside,
Texas. Dockwise, acquired by Boskalis this year, used the Mighty
Servant 1 vessel for the journey of 7,700 nautical miles. The spar will
be installed at the Anadarko-operated Lucius development in Keathley
Canyon block 875, and will be capable of producing 80,000 b/d of oil
and 450 MMcf/d of gas. First oil is scheduled for 2014.
Petrobras also extended a contract with Subsea 7 for the Norman
Seven pipelay support vessel. The fve-year extension, beginning in
4Q 2013, is worth approximately $400 million.
Cat-B semi for NCS cancelled
Citing technological hurdles, Aker Solutions and Statoil have
cancelled a $1.9-billion agreement announced in April, 2012, for a
Category B semisub capable of performing year-round well intervention and drilling services offshore Norway. The technology
development required to build the rig proved “considerably more
demanding than initially anticipated,” Aker Solutions said, leading
to the mutual agreement to scuttle the project. “Unfortunately, the
technological issues weren’t solved in the initial system defnition
phase of the project,” said Per Harald Kongelf, regional president for
Norway at Aker Solutions. “We still believe in the concept of Cat B,
but the technology needs more time to be developed.” The proposed
rig would have operated in shallower waters up to 500 m ( 1,640 ft), a
requirement that “proved to be particularly challenging,” Aker said.
Atwood orders fourth UDW drillship
Atwood Oceanics has exercised an option with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering for a fourth ultra-deepwater drillship,
to be named the Atwood Archer. The new drillship, scheduled to be
delivered by the end of 2015 at a cost of approximately $635 million,
is a DP- 3 dual-derrick rig capable of operating in 12,000-ft ( 3,658-m)
water depths. The Houston-based driller has until March 31, 2014,
to exercise an option with DSME for a ffth ultra-deepwater drillship.
PPL jackup backlog grows
with Oro Negro order
Sembcorp Marine’s PPL Shipyard has secured contracts worth a
combined $417 million to build two jackup rigs for Mexico’s Integra-dora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro. The rigs are scheduled for
delivery in 2015 and will bring to six the number of Pacifc Class 400
jackups under construction at for Oro Negro at PPL. The frst two
units are slated for delivery next year. •