The Latest News and Offshore Jobs

Welcome to the first newsletter for news on shipping, offshore and drilling industries. This will have the week’s top news stories and information on offshore employment, new projects and more. For those looking at working offshore or within the maritime industries this will give you some basic information on what is happening in the offshore industry.

. . RIG and SHIPBUILDING PROJECT NEWS

. CHINA IS NUMBER ONE SHIPBUILDER. Sometime late last month in September, China claimed the crown of the world’s Number One Shipbuilding Nation from Korea and Japan. This achievement occurred much quicker than even the most optimistic of China’s shipbuilding officials had forecast. As of as few as two years ago, most leading Chinese commentators were talking of 2015 as the year in which China gained the shipbuilding ascendancy. Having worked on new rig projects in Korea last year I recall some people in Samsung saying China was 10 years behind. They were convinced that Chinese shipbuilders could not build quality containerships, LNG gas carriers, drilling rigs and FPSO’s, well that’s clearly wrong. The technology gap between China and Korea and Japan has decreased and partly that’s because Korea has interest there and the Chinese learn fast

FPSO Contract. MODEC has awarded Jurong shipyard in Singapore the contract to convert a VLCC to an FPSO for deployment in Ghana.

SHIPPING NEWS

CONTAINER SHIP GROWTH SLOWING. The world's containership fleet capacity is expected to rise to around 13.26 million TEU by the end of the year, equating to a lower than expected rate of 7.3 percent. The forecast high has reduced from the 14.02 million TEU set in January, a far lower year-on-year rate than expected. The new forecast rate was the slowest this decade, resulting from fewer new ship deliveries coupled with all-time high ship recycling rates.

BANNED FROM THE USA. Piraeus based ship manager Polembros Shipping yesterday pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans to violating anti-pollution laws, ship safety laws, and making false statements during a U.S. Coast Guard investigation of the M/V Theotokos, the Justice Department announced. According to the plea agreement, Polembros will pay a $2.7 million criminal fine and a separate $100,000 community service payment to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, a subunit of Smithsonian Institute. The money will be used to research and mitigate the effects of marine invasive species suspected to be transported in ballast waters of ocean-going vessels. Invasive species can threaten native species and damage the ecosystems of the United States. As part of the plea agreement, Polembros will also serve three years probation. As a condition of the probation, all ships owned or managed by Polembros (currently 20 vessels) will be barred from entering U.S. ports and territorial waters for three years

JOB LOSSES IN DENMARK. Commerce Minister Lene Espersen has no problem with A.P. Moller Maersk’s plans to replace 170 maritime officers with cheaper foreign labour. ‘When a company’s earnings experience a great fall, it’s common sense to react like this,’ said Espersen. ‘It’s about getting through the crisis and being ready for developments to turn around’. Container shipping company Maersk Line announced its plans yesterday to replace Danish workers with foreign ‘competent officers at a much lower price’. nThe shipper insisted it is not firing the officers, but offering them voluntary redundancy. Maersk Line has been fighting against falling freight rates and overcapacity since last year. It was reported in August that the shipper’s 6 billion kroner loss, brought the Maersk group’s total loss for the first six months of the year to 3 billion kroner. The Danish Maritime Officers Association called yesterday ‘a dark day for Danish shipping’. ‘Even though the shipper wants to do this voluntarily, it doesn’t change the message, which sounds to me like they want to do away with Danish workers on container ships in favour of cheaper Asian employees,’ said Peer Boje Brandenborg of the association to Business.dk. A.P. Moller Maersk declined to comment on how much they expect to save by replacing the Danish workers. But the Danish Maritime Officers Association estimates the amount to be between 30 and 33 million kroner annually. Source: The Copenhagen

SHIP ORDER CUTS CONTINUE. Lloyd Fonds AG, the German company that specializes in shipping and aviation funds, cut $458.8 million of orders for new vessels as slumping world trade lowers demand. The company eliminated orders for four container ships and four commodity transporters, Hamburg-based Lloyd Fonds said in a statement on its Web site yesterday. The decision will cut its “shipping pipeline” to 21 carriers from 29, it said. The industry is grappling with “the worst shipping crisis to date” with 500 idled container ships, the statement said. CMA CGM SA, the world’s third-largest container shipping line, said yesterday it planned to renegotiate and cancel deliveries of some new ships. South Korean yards have 37 ships under construction for an ailing French container shipping company undergoing a debt restructuring program, industry sources said Wednesday. Local sources said that CMA CGM Group -- the world's third-largest container line operator -- has orders placed with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Samsung Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) and Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Hyundai has 10 outstanding orders, with DSME and Samsung building eight and six ships each for their French client. Hanjin secured three orders, with 10 others being held by its affiliate yard in the Philippines. The tally accounts for roughly 72 per cent of the 51 ships ordered by CMA CGM in the 2009-2012 period. Industry sources, however, stressed that while there has been speculation that the French company will cancel outstanding orders or delay payment as part of its debt restructuring effort, such a move is not highly likely at present. Concerns that CMA CGM may hold off payment caused stock prices for shipyards to plunge on the bourse, "Of the six ships being built, one was turned over in May, with no changes being forecast for transfer dates of vessels slated to be handed over in November and the first half of 2010," an executive at the Samsung yard on Geoje Island said.

CRUISE SHIP COLLISION. A Carnival cruise ship pulling out of Cozumel late Wednesday collided with a Royal Caribbean ship docked nearby in an incident that has left both vessels damaged. Carnival says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend had just untied from its berth at the popular Mexican resort town when it was caught by heavy winds and pushed into the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas. "Extremely strong winds pushed the vessel up against the side of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas," the line says in a statement to USA TODAY. "The (Royal Caribbean) ship was at dock when the incident occurred. The Carnival Legend sustained broken glass and other minor damage to some open deck areas."

Drilling News

THE HAGUE -- Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, signaling the start of initial construction. Chevron will operate the project with a 50% stake; Shell and ExxonMobil each hold 25%. The project will include construction of an LNG facility with an annual capacity of around 15 million metric tons per year on Barrow Island, off Western Australia’s coast. Plans call for development of the Greater Gorgon gas fields, beginning with the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields with development facilities installed directly on the ocean floor in water up to 1,300 m (4,265 ft) deep. Two subsea pipelines with a combined length of 240 km (149 mi) will carry the gas to facilities on Barrow Island. Shell has signed a long-term supply agreement with PetroChina for LNG from its share of Gorgon. During the 20-year contract term, Shell will sell up to 2 million tonnes of LNG per year to PetroChina. NOTE THIS PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO OFFER VERY LARGE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

. . HOUSTON – Plans by Petrobras to build up to 28 new drilling rigs between 2013 and 2018 will be divided into phases with a call for bids as early as September, according to the Brazilian national oil company. The Executive Board of Petrobras has given the go-ahead to hire the rigs as part of the company’s previously announced strategy to develop the ultra deepwater subsalt areas of the Campos and Santos basins, and elsewhere in Brazil. As previously announced, Petrobras officials said the contract tenders will require increasing levels of local content. The first round of contracts is for a minimum of nine rigs. Of this first lot, seven vessel-type units will be built based on consolidated technologies widely used in the global market, and constructed in a single shipyard. Contracting these seven rigs from a same shipyard will allow the winning bidder to make the investments that are required in order for it to construct the needed infrastructure and to achieve the necessary economies of scale, Petrobras says. The two other units, which may be either vessel-type rigs or semisubmersible platforms, will be built separately and may use technologies that incorporate concepts new to the market, but which will afford Petrobras greater economic and operating benefits. In addition to building these nine units, the company will simultaneously conduct a process among all rig operators in which Petrobras would charter up to four units per operator. The rigs to be chartered would be built in Brazil. Under this strategy, the charterers themselves would be responsible for constructing rigs in Brazilian shipyards. The volume of orders will enable new, modern shipyards in Brazil, Petrobras says. It is expected that the investment in new and existing yards will lead to the implementation of a new Brazilian naval industry that can compete with the best international shipyards in the offshore industry segment. Due to the characteristics of these drilling rigs, building them in Brazil will also promote a major expansion of the related industries in goods and services that supply the shipyards’ productive chain. ADELAIDE, Australia -- The Spikey Beach-1 well offshore Tasmania is dry, according to operator Beach Petroleum. The well targeted oil in the upper eastern view group. It reached a final total depth of 2,100 m (6,890 ft). No significant hydrocarbon shows were encountered and the well is being plugged and abandoned. Beach is also drilling the NS 394-3 (Burtocal North) well in the North Shadwan concession in the Gulf of Suez. After spudding on Sept. 14, the well is drilling ahead at a depth of 672 m (2,205 ft). It is targeting the Nubia sandstone. The NS 377-3 oil development well is expected to spud on Sept. 19. It will be drilled from shore as an extended reach production well. It is planned to intersect the offshore Kareem formation oil pool 150 m (492 ft) north of the GH377-1 discovery well.

. . KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- ExxonMobil Philippines and Mitra Energy plan to start drilling operations in the Sulu Sea in the fourth quarter. Drilling could cost up to $100 million, according to the 2009 work program submitted to the Sulu Provincial Government Energy Department. ExxonMobil and Mitra each hold a 50% interest in the contract area. The drilling area covers 8,620 hectares in the Sulu Sea off the Philippines.

. . RIO DE JANEIRO -- Well 4-SPS-66C (4-BRSA-723C), know as Abaré Oeste, has proved oil and natural gas, according to operator Petrobras. The well is in the 1-SPS-50 (Carioca) evaluation area in the Santos basin pre-salt BM-S-9 concession in 2,163 m (7,096 ft) of water. This is the fourth well drilled in block BM-S-9, which is composed of two evaluation areas: Guará, which consists of well 1-BRSA-594-SPS (1-SPS-55), and Carioca, which consists of well 1-BRSA-491-SPS (1-SPS-50

. . STAVANGER, Norway -- Production has begun from the Volund development offshore Norway, according to operator Marathon Petroleum and its partners. Volund is the second tie-back to the FPSO Alvheim. Current oil production from the FPSO is approximately 140,000 b/d, which is about 20,000 b/d greater than nameplate capacity. The first Volund well is functioning as a swing producer until there is some natural decline in the Alvheim fields, likely by the middle of 2010.

. . LONDON -- The Glenlivet exploration well, West of Shetland has hit pay, according to Faroe Petroleum. The semisubTransocean Rather drilled the well to a total depth of 7,654 ft (2,333 m). The Palaeocene reservoir was encountered close to prognosis, with the upper reservoir section indicating gas-filled sand. Preliminary log analysis indicates a 201-ft (61-m) net gas column of excellent reservoir quality, the company says. The average porosity in the penetrated reservoir section is high and permeability is also expected to be very high. Further analysis of the results is under way and the drilling of a potential immediate side track well on the discovery is currently being evaluated by the partnership, with a decision expected in the next two days. If proved to be commercial, Glenlivet could become a part of the planned new UK west of Shetland gas gathering system, with the Total-operated Laggan gas field as the focal point. Glenlivet is 15 km (9.3 mi) from the proposed Laggan gas export pipeline to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands, and Glenlivet license operator DONG E&P is also a 20% equity partner within the Laggan development project. The Glenlivet license also contains another gas discovery, Laxford (Faroe 10%) and a number of further potential exploration targets, all situated close to the Glenlivet discovery. Some of these additional opportunities may also have the potential to be commercialized through the planned new UK west of Shetlands gas gathering system, Faroe says. The Glenlivet well is the first of a firm five-well Atlantic Margin exploration drilling program which Faroe is undertaking over the coming months. Drilling of the second well in the program, operated by OMV, is scheduled for this month, and will test the Tornado oil prospect, close to BP’s producing Schiehallion field. Following Tornado, the company is scheduled to drill three further high-impact exploration wells, the Anne Marie oil prospect in the Faroes (operated by Eni), the Cardhu oil prospect in the UK (operated by BP) and the Lagavulin oil prospect in the UK (operated by Chevron).

The Latest Job Opportunities

Drilling Contractor Atwood Oceanics are looking for Rig Electrician for Singapore

Drilling Contractor Atwood Oceanics are looking for Rig Electronics Technician for Singapore

Drilling Contractor Atwood Oceanics are looking for Rig Mechanic for Singapore

Employment Agency Maxwell Bruce are looking for a 2nd Engineer for GOM - Candidates must have experience working on a DP Drillship or Semi-submersible rig, and will have worked on DP systems in the past. You will have an STCW or USCG 2nd Engineer unlimited COC, and must be a US National, or currently eligible to work in the US. Candidates who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Employment Agency Offshore Marine Services are looking for a 2nd Engineer for a permanent vacancy on one of their drilling rigs, offshore South East Asia. This is a staff vacancy offering a good salary and benefits package. Suitable candidates must have experience as a 2nd Engineer (preferably on a drillship/semi-submersible), and hold unlimited certification. Interested candidates should send an updated CV through Rigzone.

SEADRILL MANAGEMENT (S) PTE LTD in Singapore is looking for a driller. Must have a current certificate of proficiency by an accredited well control school Driller's level. Must have all normal offshore related safety courses. Must have knowledge of operating rigs with cyberbase / amphion drilling controls. Must have supervisory training and a minimum of four to six years relevant / combined experience as Assistant Driller, Derrickman and/or Floorhand. Apply through RigZone

Diamond Offshore is looking for a Ballast Control Officer for GOM. Requires a valid USCG Ballast Control Operator's License/Endorsement. Experience as a BCO on an offshore drilling rig. Operate ballast control system on a semi-submersible drilling rig to maintain the required stability of the vessel; continually monitor the deck loads so as to maintain the desired list/trim through activation of the proper stability procedures; responsible for performing tasks in a safe, conscientious, and efficient manner under the supervision of the Barge Supervisor. Promotional opportunities available. Please apply for this position using Rigzone's ''Apply Online'' feature

Drilling Contractor Leap29 require a Captain, Dynamic Position Officer in India. n excellent opportunity with a one of the leading drilling contractors in the world has requirements for Chief Mate/ Snr DPO/ DPO for their current offshore operations in India. In return great remuneration and excellent career prospects are offered. Apply through RigZone

DPO and Electronics Tech Required for DP drillship. Apply via RigZone.

Ross Recruitment Ltd require a toolpusher and a driller for drillship. The applicant should have a minimum of 3 years experience in this role. Apply via RigZone.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH PRIDE DRILLING

PRIDE INTERNATIONAL has been awarded a five-year contract from a subsidiary of BP for Pride's advanced-capability, ultra-deepwater drillship that is scheduled for delivery in mid-2010. The unit is being constructed at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea on a fixed-price basis and is expected to be initially utilized in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with further operations possible on BP's other global deepwater interests. The drillship is one of three Pride ultra-deepwater units under construction at the SHI shipyard. All three units have now been awarded contracts with durations of at least five years. The rig will be one of the most advanced ultra-deepwater drilling and completions units in the offshore industry, capable of drilling in water depths of up to 12,000 feet (equipped for 10,000 feet) and drilling to a total vertical depth of up to 40,000 feet. The rig will offer a variable deck load of 20,000 metric tons, dynamic positioning in compliance with DPS-3 certification, expanded drilling fluids capacity, a 1,000 ton capacity top drive and living quarters for up to 200 personnel. The rig will be modified from the original design to improve on its already extensive off-line operational capabilities. Design modifications include the addition of a 160-metric ton active-heave compensated construction crane that allows the rig to perform subsea construction activities, such as the placement of production trees and manifolds in up to 10,000 feet of water without obstructing the critical path of drilling deepwater wells, and an additional 2,000 feet of marine riser. The unit will not initially be functional as a dual-activity rig, but can be modified to add this functionality in the future. We are currently taking applications for the following positions:

MASTER /OIM - UNLIMITED LICENSE MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR - DP EXPERIENCE RIG SUPERINTENDENT CHIEF ENGINEER - UNLIMITED LICENSE SR. SUBSEA ENGINEER SUBSEA ENGINEER CHIEF MATE 2ND MATE/SDPO

All Candidates MUST Have: Legal authorization to WORK IN THE USA on a full-time basis for anyone other than your current employer. Minimum of FIVE YEARS work experience on a 5th generation rig. Problem solving capabilities. For Consideration Please Apply on the Pride International Website:

Soul Resources Limited is urgently seeking to recruit seeking various drilling personnel on behalf of their client:

Drillers Tourpushers Toolpushers Rig Mechanics/Rig Electricians

The client is looking for candidates with offshore experience on Jack-Ups, semisubmersibles and drillships, platforms. They also require candidates with good Cyber experience on jack-ups and land rigs. Locations: Libya/Egypt/Angola/Congo/Singapore Apply via RigZone.

Adecco Engineering Pte Ltd in Singapore are looking for OIM/ Master and the client, an offshore oil exploration drilling company, who has cyberbase DP Drillships and Semi-submersibles operating in Asia, is seeking for suitable candidates for OIM/ Master position. This will be a permanent direct hire with the company. For interested applicants, please kindly attached your latest resume, indicating your full contact details, expected and current salary and earliest possible available date. For more information, please feel free to contact us at (65) 66655595 or email your resume to gwen.lau@adecco-asia.com or francis.wong@adecco-asia.com or apply through Rigzone

Progressive Recruitment- The client is looking for the following positions.

Rig Manager x 1 Tool Pusher x 2 Driller x 2 Rig - Land Rig, Amphion system, cyber chair based new rig. Location - South East Asia. Start date - Immediate

Minimum 5 years in drilling (cyberchair) Minimum depth drilled - 13000ft, 4500 - 5000 metres Valid IWCF, IADC certifications, medicals Language - Conversant in English

Please send in your CV with salary expectations, references and earliest start date. Apply now. To start work ASAP Apply through RigZone

SEADRILL MANAGEMENT (S) PTE LTD In Singapore looking for Senior Electrician/Electricians for Asia Pacific and Middle East, Singapore. Must have four years experience as a Rig Electrician and be competent in the repair, maintenance and operation of electrical power generation and distribution systems, cranes, cyberbase rig control, rig auxiliary equipment, major drilling equipment and rig skidding and jacking systems. HNC/ONC Electrical or equivalent, minimum recognised Trade Apprenticeship. Apply though RigZone

Frontier Drilling looking for Chief Electrician. Frontier Drilling is a deepwater drilling contractor headquartered in Houston, TX, has immediate openings for Chief Electricians to work on the Bully I, our purpose built drillship, currently under construction and capable of ultra-deepwater DP operations worldwide, specifically designed for moored and DP arctic operations. At Frontier Drilling, we offer a competitive salary with incentives, plus a benefits package that includes Medical/Dental and Vision plans, as well as a 401(k) plan with company matching contributions up to 6%. Additional travel incentives may also be available. Eligible candidates are encouraged to submit their resumes via the apply button below, via fax to 832.397.5572, via e-mail to employment@frontier-drill.com, or apply online at www.frontier-drill.com

Deepwater Cyber Based Driller Wanted. Must be in possession of a valid subsea Well Control BOP Certificate. Cyberbase and semi-sub experience greatly preferred. Apply via RigZone

Derrickman Wanted. Helix Energy Solutions Group. For DSV Seawell, GOM. The Seawell is a custom designed, dynamically positioned light well intervention and saturation diving vessel with a 20 year track record of success in the North Sea - it is unique in both structural design and operational experience. The vessel's track record is second to none, having entered more than 650 wells, decommissioning over 150 live and suspended wells and 15 subsea fields. The vessel is capable of flowing wells back to the surface for clean-up operations and can also be adapted to perform well stimulation tasks. You MUST be a US Citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Comprehensive offshore experience commensurate with the project scope of work. Rigging and Banksman course. Valid Offshore safety/survival course and valid offshore medical certificate

Motorman Wanted. Helix Energy Solutions Group. For DSV Seawell, GOM. ou MUST be a US Citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Engine Wachtkeeping Certificate, in accordance with STCW 95; Minimum 3 years experience in Motorman position; Experience performing routing preventative maintenance and minor repairs on Diesel-Electric power plants and DP Class II Power Management Systems; Solid knowledge of SMS and ISPS codes; Knowledge of offshore production processes and applicable Class / USCG rules is preferable, but not required. DP Operators certificate issued by the Nautical Institute, or comply with the requirements of Guidelines for Design and Operation of Dynamically Positioned Vessels DPVOA (IMCA). Comply with the requirements as described in Section 4.5 of the IMCA ''Training and Experience of Key DP personnel'' document. An adequate knowledge and experience with the relevant class of vessel in accordance with Section 5 of the IMCA document, ''The training and experience of key DP personnel.''

Helix Energy Solutions Group Want a Catering Manager - M/V Caesar . The 480 foot long S-lay pipeline installation vessel Caesar is a world-class platform for installing various diameter pipelines in shallow and deepwater. The versatile vessel offers a range of depth configurations with a variable-radius stinger (70 to 300 meters) and adjustable length (70 and 100 meters). The Caesar can lay pipe from 6-inch to 42-inch OD. With its 400-ton tension capacity, the vessel can install pipe in water depths in excess of 6,500 feet, and install large diameter trunk lines in shallow water. With transit speeds of about 14 knots, the Caesar is readily available for service around the world. You MUST be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. Minimum 3 years experience as Food & Beverage manager in a restaurant or on board a vessel. Hotel Management or Cook/Bakery school. Food handling and hygiene course. Fluent in verbal/written English. Computer literate and very good administrative skills. Completion of external safety/trade training as per Company's training matrix. APPLY VIA RIG ZONE

Helix Energy Solutions Group require a EHS Advisor / Medic - Helix Producer 1. The Helix Producer 1 is a ship-shaped floating production unit (FPU) with a disconnectable riser transfer system that is currently being developed by Helix. This innovative vessel will be the first ship-shaped dynamically positioned FPU used in the Gulf of Mexico and is planned for first deployment at the Helix-ERT Phoenix development at GC 237. The FPU will have a process package capable of producing 30,000 BOPD, 70MMSCFD, and 50,000 BWPD and is expected to enter service in the first quarter of 2010. You MUST be a US Citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Minimum 3 - 5 years related work experience. OSHA, MMS, USCG, and host country regulatory knowledge. Maintain EMT certificate/license during employment with the Company. Paramedic certification/licensure is preferred. APPLY VIA RIG ZONE

Helix Energy Solutions Group require a Safety Coach - DSV Seawell. ou MUST be a US Citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. A minimum 5 years experience working as an Oil & Gas industry safety professional with NEBOSH Diploma or NVQ Level IV qualifications or US equivalent. Offshore experience required, including knowledge of marine, diving, subsea and drilling/well intervention activities. APPLY VIA RIG ZONE