Two Greenpeace activists film themselves boarding oil rig

Two members of Greenpeace filmed themselves approaching and boarding 27,000 tonne Transocean rig Paul B Loyd Jr on Sunday evening June 9th while it was being towed out to sea in the Cromarty Firth. The rig is contracted to BP. Greenpeace has been calling for BP to end drilling for new oil wells. BP said…

Norwegian oil platform evacuated after collision

More than 200 people were evacuated by helicopter from Norwegian oil platform Statfjord A after offshore support vehicle Sjøborg (IMO 9591923) collided with the platform during the night of on June 6th/7th No oil spills were reported and no-one was injured of the people on the oil platform or 12 people on the vessel. Statfjord…

Equinor resumes loading at Statfjord A platform

Equinor has resumed loadings at its Statfjord A platform as an investigation continues into a spill that occurred during oil transfer operations on May 15th Oil was spotted on the surface of the sea while crude was being loaded onto a shuttle tanker at one of Statfjord A’s loading buoys. Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA)…

BIMCO to publish offshore decommissioning contract

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has approved DISMANTLECON, an international standard contract for offshore decommissioning projects which would “provide a balanced set of terms and conditions to both parties in the process”. The contract was approved at the Committee’s meeting in Athens on May 14th and will be released at the end of June. Kees de Looff,…

Turkish plans for offshore drilling in Cyprus-claimed area causes US, EU concerns

The US and EU have expressed deep concern at Turkey’s announced plans for offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by Cyprus as part of its exclusive economic zone. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that Turkey was starting drilling in the region. The EU and US issued statements at the weekend in…

Marine accident round-up : 7th May 2019

Self-discharging bulk carrier Saginaw (IMO 5173876) allided with the pilings of the swing railroad bridge near Middlegrounds Metropark, on the Maumee River early on April 30th while sailing downstream to Lake Erie after delivering stones to the nearby Kuhlman dock. The accident caused damage to a walkway atop the pilings. Train traffic was halted for…

Canadian kidnapped from Nigerian oil rig

A Canadian national has been confirmed as one of the three oil workers who were kidnapped in Nigeria on Saturday April 27th. The three workers, from Canada, Scotland and Nigeria were abducted during an early-morning raid on a rig owned by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Ogbele, Rivers State, according to a Reuters report. The…

Greenpeace members climb down from Norwegian rig

Greenpeace activists have climbed down from  the West Hercules drilling rig in Norway, owned by Seadrill. The rig was boarded by four Greenpeace members on Monday April 29th and was evacuated the following day. The rig, in the Norwegian Arctic, is scheduled to be used next month by Equinor to explore for oil and gas….

Further tightening in upstream energy insurance capacity is expected

A further tightening in upstream energy capacity was expected later in 2019 because of constraints placed by Lloyd’s, said broker Lloyd & Partners, part of JLT. The broker said in a report that the business plan limits placed by Lloyd’s on medium-to-smaller syndicates in respect of the premium income they write would probably result in…

New head of marine & energy, reinsurance, at Ariel Re

Argo Group subsidiary Ariel Re has named David Martin to the role of Head of Marine & Energy, Reinsurance, effective immediately. Ariel Re said that Martin brought more than 30 years’ experience to the role. He joins from Tokio Millennium Re, where he most recently served as Head of UK underwriting. Martin will report to…