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During the early hours of 14 December 2002, while traveling from Zeebrugge, Belgium to Southampton in the UK, Car carrier Tricolor collided with Kariba, a 1982 Bahamian-flagged container ship with a load of nearly 3,000 automobiles. Kariba was able to continue on, but Tricolor sank where she was struck, some 17 nautical miles (20 mi) north of the French coast within the French exclusive economic zone in the English Channel. While no lives were lost, the ship remained lodged on her side in the mud of the 30 metres (98 ft) deep waterway, one of the busiest shipping-lanes in the world.
A MAJORITY OF the Dáil voted to ban oil and gas drilling in Irish waters today, despite government opposition. The ‘Keep it in the Ground’ Bill, if passed into law will make Ireland the 5th country globally to ban oil and gas exploration. It aims to stop the issuing of any new licences for the exploration of fossil fuels, something Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented.
It's May 2014, Scotland goes to the polls in 4 months to vote in a historic referendum for independence. The Yes camp are creeping ahead in some opinion polls and the UK government in Westminster are starting to panic. Enter the BBC who are 100% impartial and not biased... May 16th 2014 and one of the BBC's leading stories says "In just over five years Britain will have run out of oil, coal and gas." The source quoted, the Global Sustainability Institute said shortages would increase dependency on Norway, Qatar and Russia and that Britain had just 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal and three years of its own gas remaining. (For anyone wondering the Global Sustainability Institute is actually the Anglia Ruskin University).
NHV Group has announced that its H175 fleet surpassed its first 30,000 flight hours. This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. The 30,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s fleet of eleven H175s. NHV was the global launching customer of this platform, whose first two aircraft entered into service in December 2014. Initially operated from Den Helder, NHV gradually expanded H175 operations to other bases in the North Sea and West Africa, where the aircraft has accumulated experience and gained maturity. The aircraft is currently in operation in the NHV North Sea bases of Den Helder (The Netherlands), Aberdeen (Scotland) and Esbjerg (Denmark).
Offshore driller Odfjell Drilling will employ more than 200 personnel in Norway as two new semi-submersibles join the company’s fleet this year. Odfjell said on Wednesday that the new workers would consist of operational personnel, engineers, and administrative support personnel to support its growing North Sea activities.
A top Interior Department official told oil industry leaders the Trump administration is seeking to sign contracts leasing new coastal waters for oil drilling under favorable terms that will be difficult for future presidents to revoke or rewrite. Joe Balash, the assistant secretary for land and minerals management, outlined that approach to oil industry leaders attending an International Association of Geophysical Contractors conference in Houston last month, according to audio obtained by Bloomberg News.
Total SA’s discovery of South Africa’s first oil in deep water could prove to be a bonanza for a country lacking crude reserves of its own and prompt a rush from other majors. That’s if they’re able to solve the engineering challenges of operating in one of the fastest ocean currents in the world. The Brulpadda find, with reserves estimated at about 1 billion barrels of oil, is located in deep waters around 175 kilometers from SA’s coastline. It could be enough to supply SA refineries for almost four years and be a major boost for the country’s struggling economy.
Three days – that’s what it took to lift four of the last pieces in the Johan Sverdrup puzzle into place – the two final platform topsides, a bridge and a flare stack. The processing platform lift was the heaviest lift ever performed offshore. “Now we are in the process of concluding the installation campaign for the first phase of construction of Johan Sverdrup. Putting the final building blocks of this gigantic project into place is important to ensure start-up of the field as planned in November this year,” says Trond Bokn, senior V.P. for Johan Sverdrup.
Equinor has awarded a subsea contract to TechnipFMC for the NOK41bn ($4.83bn) Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Under the contract, which is worth between $75-250m, TechnipFMC will be responsible for the construction and installation of the subsea production system of Johan Sverdrup Phase 2.
Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition partners with Maersk in world's largest maritime biofuel pilot Convinced of the urgency to act on climate, a group of Dutch multinationals - FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever - all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller - Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of ocean shipping.
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