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December 2013 Issue

Oil and Gas Workforce Survey Shows More Registered Females
The latest statistics from OilCareers.com's Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey show that registered female candidates have risen by almost 10 percent globally in the past year as the skills gap widens and salaries soar.

Salaries are predicted to rise more than 60 percent this year, in comparison with an expected rise of less than 20 percent in 2010. Hiring trends are also predicted to increase by more than 40 percent.

It seems there are more women in the sector, with OilCareers.com seeing a rise in the number of female candidates seeking administration, commercial/financial/legal, engineering, HR/personnel/training, management, sales and marketing roles. The biggest number of registered female candidates falls in the age group of 23 to 32 years old, showing that young women are choosing to seek employment in the oil and gas sector. This is particularly important to allow existing skilled workers to pass on crucial knowledge that may otherwise be lost.

However, just more than 20 percent of women registered for traditionally male-dominated roles, including diving, drilling and engineering.

The survey covers all seven major oil and gas producing regions: Europe, the Middle East, the Former Soviet Union-Caspian, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and the Americas, highlighting both salary and hiring trends across the industry. The survey can be downloaded at www.oilcareers.com/onstream/workforce-survey.

Cargotec Acquires Aker Solutions' Pusnes Unit
Cargotec's (Helsinki, Finland) MacGregor has entered into an agreement to acquire Aker Solutions' (Fornebu, Norway) mooring and loading systems unit for an enterprise value of approximately €180 million. The unit, known by the Pusnes brand name, provides mooring equipment, loading and offloading systems, as well as a wide range of deck machinery for the global offshore and shipping markets.

This acquisition is highly complementary with MacGregor's existing offshore offering, including the earlier announced acquisition of HATLAPA.

The Pusnes business was founded in 1875, and is headquartered in Arendal, Norway. In 2012, the unit had sales of approximately €130 million. The unit employs about 370 people, with main facilities in Norway, U.K. and Korea.

'With the previously announced acquisition of HATLAPA, MacGregor is now well on its way in executing its growth strategy, having concluded two key cornerstone actions,' said Mika Vehvil'inen, president and CEO of Cargotec.

'Management will now prioritize the integration of both the Pusnes unit and HATLAPA into MacGregor where significant synergies are expected to be realized. Within Cargotec, we will focus on strengthening our balance sheet and bring gearing back to below our 50 percent target.'

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals from competition authorities and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

DOF Subsea Charters Normand Reach for North Sea
DOF Subsea (Bergen, Norway), a provider of integrated subsea solutions, has chartered a new multipurpose vessel to assist in North Sea operations. The company has entered into a long-term charter agreement with Reach Subsea (Haugesund, Norway) for the newbuild construction support vessel Normand Reach. DOF Subsea has signed a two-year contract with Reach Subsea, with two one-year extension options.

The Normand Reach is due to be delivered before the end of May 2014 and will replace DOF Subsea's Skandi Bergen vessel for high-end construction projects. The vessel is 121 meters long and equipped with a 250-ton AHC crane and two work-class ROVs.

The new vessel will be completely dedicated to the North Sea and support DOF Subsea's continuing growth strategy in the U.K. and Norway. The first assignments for the vessel will be for execution of projects for global operators in the U.K. These projects will be managed by DOF Subsea UK.

Crowley Tows and Supports Lucius Spar in Gulf of Mexico

On the heels of the recent successful delivery of Olympus, the largest tension-leg platform ever to be developed for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Crowley (Jacksonville, Florida) has provided ocean towing and positioning support services for the Lucius spar in the Gulf of Mexico for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (The Woodlands, Texas).

Three of Crowley's ocean-class tugs, Ocean Wind, Ocean Wave and Ocean Sun, towed the 605-foot-long, 110-foot-wide spar from Corpus Christi, Texas, through the Ingleside Channel and out to Keathley Canyon Block 875 some 300 miles offshore.

Crowley tugs Pilot and Warrior, towing heavy-lift series barges 455 5 and 455 9, followed the successful trio with 20,000 tons of dry ballast materials to help lower Lucius into the water during installation.

The Crowley ocean-class tugs worked together in both nearshore and offshore waters to relocate the spar. During the first stage of work, the nearshore phase, the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave provided assistance by towing Lucius away from Corpus Christi.

Relocation to deeper waters marked the beginning of the second phase of work, the offshore stage. Here, the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave maintained their positions and towed the Lucius to its final location. In the final stage, the positioning phase, the Ocean Wind, Ocean Wave and Ocean Sun helped hold the platform in its final location, and remained on site in a star pattern to provide support as the spar was connected to its moorings and made storm safe in 7,100 feet of water.

The project continued with transport of the rig's subcellar deck aboard Crowley's Marty J. Conclusion of the project will come as one of the ocean-class tugboats tows Lucius's 9,000-ton topside module atop Crowley's barge Julie B from Corpus Christie along the same 300-mile route as its preceding parts. Beginning in 2014, Lucius will produce oil and gas through a truss spar floating production facility. It will have a nameplate capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil a day and 450 million cubic feet of gas a day.


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