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February 2017 Issue

ABS VP Receives
‘Trailblazer’ Award

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, announced that Senior Vice President and CIO Maria O’Neill has been recognized by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce for career and personal achievements that place her in an elite category of female “Trailblazers”. The “Trailblazer” award is conferred on individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their careers that will help open doors for the next generation of women.


Gaylin Expands to
South Korea

Singapore-headquartered Gaylin, a supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment to the oil and gas industry, has opened a new facility in Busan, South Korea, co-located with Phoenix Offshore Co. Ltd., a Gaylin-owned ship chandler supply business. The new facility will stock a full range of equipment, including lifting equipment, marine mooring systems, winch packages and associated services. The site is near major seaports and is the cornerstone of a multimillion-pound expansion investment plan.

Gaylin will manufacture wire rope slings up to 128-mm in diameter in Busan. The site also has a 2,000-t horizontal test machine and a smaller 600-t unit. Eventually, Gaylin will use the location to supply more specialist offerings, such as crane examination, light engineering and spooling services.


Shell Starts Malikai
Production in Malaysia

Shell has started oil production from the Malikai tension-leg platform (TLP), located 100 km off the coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah. Situated in waters up to 500-m deep, Malikai is Shell’s second deepwater project in Malaysia, following the successful start-up of the Gumusut-Kakap platform in 2014. Malikai is expected to have a peak production of 60,000 barrels per day.

This is Shell’s first TLP in the country and the first Shell TLP outside the Gulf of Mexico.


Statoil Wins New York
Offshore Wind Lease

Statoil has been declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale of 79,350 acres offshore New York. Statoil will now have the opportunity to explore the potential development of an offshore wind farm to provide New York City and Long Island with a significant, long-term source of renewable electricity.

The lease comprises an area that could potentially accommodate more than 1 GW of offshore wind, with a phased development expected to start with 400 to 600 MW. The New York Wind Energy Area spans 79,350 acres. Statoil will conduct studies to better understand the seabed conditions, grid connection options and wind resources in the lease site.

New York projects that offshore wind will be a significant part of the renewable energy generation needed to meet its Clean Energy Standard in 2030.

As for Statoil’s plans for oil and gas, the company will drill about 30 exploration wells in 2017, an increase of about 30 percent compared to 2016. More than half of the wells will be drilled on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Statoil expects 16 to 18 NCS exploration wells to be completed in 2017.


Hoover Ferguson Group
Acquires Uniteam Offshore

Hoover Ferguson Group has acquired the rights and obligations of Uniteam Holding AS’s offshore container rental business. The transaction, which includes a specified fleet of standard and customized offshore containers in Norway and Malaysia, increases Hoover Ferguson’s established portfolio within the Norwegian oil and gas market and strengthens the group’s footprint in Asia.

Hoover Ferguson’s Norwegian management team will continue to lead Uniteam’s operations, supporting its customer base through the transitional period.

The offshore assets of Uniteam’s rental fleet will be incorporated into Hoover Ferguson’s Offshore strategic business unit, which designs, engineers and manufactures workspace and accommodation modules, IBCs and CCUs for the global oil and gas industry.

In October 2016, Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers finalized a merger to form Hoover Ferguson Group.


Deep Coral Protection
In Mid-Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries published the final rule for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s action to designate a large offshore protected area for deep-sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. The Council approved the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan in 2015 to protect deep-sea corals from the impacts of bottom-tending fishing gear.

Most deep-sea corals are slow-growing and fragile, making them vulnerable to damage from certain types of fishing gear that contact the seafloor. This final rule designates a large “deep-sea coral zone” in areas where corals have been observed or where they are likely to occur.

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), regional fishery management councils have the discretionary authority to designate zones where fishing may be restricted to protect deep-sea corals. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is the first of the eight U.S. regional fishery management councils to use this discretionary authority.

The new protected area is named after the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a five-term U.S. senator from New Jersey who was responsible for several important pieces of ocean conservation legislation, including the MSA provisions allowing for deep-sea coral protections. The Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area encompasses sites of known or highly likely coral presence in underwater canyons or slope areas along the continental shelf edge, as well as deeper areas where the presence of corals is uncertain, but where little or no fishing effort currently occurs. The coral zone encompasses more than 38,000 sq. mi. of federal waters off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Commercial fishermen are prohibited from using most types of bottom-tending fishing gear in the area, such as trawls, dredges, bottom longlines and traps.


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