Bourbon Offshore: Three Kidnapped from Crewboat Off Nigeria

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French offshore services provider Bourbon Offshore confirmed Monday that three crewmembers have been kidnapped one of its crewboats off the coast of Nigeria. In a statement, Bourbon said that three were kidnapped from the Surfer 1440 after it was boarded on the night of April 8th off the Nigerian coast. Bourbon says that it immediately activated an emergency unit in … [Read more...]

Nigeria Parliament Says Shell Should Pay $4 Billion for 2011 Bonga Oil Spill

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By Abraham Terngu ABUJA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Nigeria's National Assembly said on Wednesday oil major Shell should pay $3.96 billion for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield in the latest assessment of damage to the environment. The non-binding decision comes after years of analysis by various Nigerian state agencies, which have proposed a range of fines as high as … [Read more...]

Pirates Launch Deadly Niger Delta Attacks

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YENAGOA, Nigeria, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Pirates have launched a spate of attacks in the creeks of Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region since last Thursday, killing three policemen and abducting at least nine people, security officials said. Most of those kidnapped were local workers in Africa's biggest oil industry, where piracy in the surrounding waterways and seas is on … [Read more...]

Ebola Virus Hits Bourbon’s First-Half Results

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BY Tara Patel Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The deadly Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is affecting Bourbon SA’s operations, the supplier of ships and crew to energy producers said after reporting it swung to a loss in the first half partly on industry cost cutting. “The mobility of our vessels coming from Nigeria has been restricted by some countries,” Chief Executive Officer … [Read more...]

Doctor Dies of Ebola In Nigeria’s Oil Hub Port Harcourt

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By Tim Cocks and Julia Payne LAGOS/LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) - A doctor in Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement that the doctor fell … [Read more...]

Bumi Armada Extended Offshore Nigeria with $381 Million Contract

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Malaysian oil field services firm Bumi Armada Bhd said it has secured $381 million worth of contract extensions for its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Oyo field located offshore Nigeria. Bumi Armada said its subsidiaries signed two contracts with Oceanic Consultants Nigeria to continue chartering the FPSO and … [Read more...]

Nigerian Authorities Free Indian Hostages in Rare Victory Against Pirates

Rare Occurrence: Suspected pirates are paraded aboard a naval ship after their arrest by the Nigerian Navy at a defence jetty in Lagos August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

ABUJA, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Nigerian police have rescued three Indian sailors who were kidnapped from a cargo ship off the coast of Equatorial Guinea last month, a rare success story in its fight against piracy. The Equatorial Guinea-owned MV San Miguel was attacked by pirates on Jan. 3 and three Indian crew members were kidnapped, the Nigerian state security services (SSS) … [Read more...]