Titanium Explorer. Photo: Vantage Drilling

Petrobras Cancels Vantage Drillship Contract Citing Breaches

  Houston-based Vantage Drilling says it has been notified by Petrobras terminating it’s contract for the Titanium Explorer drillship. The 8-year contract for the drillship has been in place since February 2009 between Petrobras America, Inc. (PAI) and Petrobras Venezuela Investments & Services B.V. (PVIS) and Vantage Deepwater Drilling Company, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of […]

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Tankers Take 4,000-Mile Detour as Oil Prices Plunge

By Manisha Jha (Bloomberg) — Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the […]

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Irving Shipbuilding Cuts First Steel on Canada’s Arctic Patrol Ships

  Irving Shipbuilding has cut steel on the first of Canada’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships at the company’s Halifax Shipyard in Nova Scotia. Irving Shipbuilding was selected earlier in 2015 to build at least five of the Arctic patrol ships for the Royal Canadian Navy for US $1.9 billion. The first vessel is expected to […]

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Greek Coast Guard Nabs Arms Smuggling Ship Bound for Libya

ATHENS, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete. The freighter, with a crew of seven and which had […]


NASA Satellites Capture Three Hurricanes Marching Across Pacific

NASA satellites this week captured images of three simultaneous hurricanes over the Pacific Over near Hawaii, the first time in recorded history that three Category 4 storms march across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean at the same exact time. NASA says that at around the time of the first image, acquired between 9:30 and […]

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Ship Photos of the Day – Giant Gantry Cranes Arrive in Los Angeles

The heavy-lift vessel Zen Hua 19 arrived in Los Angeles carrying two new gantry cranes for the West Basin Container Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. According to the Port of LA, the cranes cleared the Vincent Thomas Bridge by just six feet as the vessel was guided in by the Los Angeles Port […]

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Sembcorp Bags Even Bigger Culzean Field Contract

  Another huge contract handed out today by Maersk Oil one day after the company and its partners won UK approval for the multi-billion development of the giant Culzean gas field in the North Sea. Earlier today we reported that Subsea 7 won a $150 million subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract for the […]