Oil Company Heads For the Beaufort

Shell plans Beaufort Sea drillingNEW ACQUISITION: Oil giant buys mothballed drilling rig to prepare for 2007 exploration. Shell has purchased the offshore drilling rig Kulluk for drilling in the Beaufort Sea. (Photo by Shell) By WESLEY LOYAnchorage Daily News(Published: March 4, 2006)Dutch oil giant Shell, which stormed back to Alaska last year by spending more than $44 million on Beaufort Sea exploratory leases, has purchased a mammoth drilling rig to…

March 20, 2006

The Flu and Ship Movies.

I am sitting here surrounded by the papers, blueprints and associated documents that one consults when writing a docking specification. The specification is gone now, contract is signed and I have a breathing space before the ship actually comes out of the water. Of course I could clean my desk so I can actually lay my hands on any required paper without moving 200 other pieces of paper, but there…

March 8, 2006

Good News on Canadian Shipbuilding

Trustee for Quebec-based Davie Shipyard says it has accepted purchase offer_____ MONTREAL (CP) _ The Davie shipyard near Quebec City is expected to be sold to the Quebec-based ship repair company, Navamar.The trustee for the bankrupt shipyard announced Friday it has accepted Navamar’s purchase offer, considered the most suitable offer of the five companies interested in purchasing it.Few details have been released about the offer.But Navamar will go over the…

March 2, 2006

Can You Imagine The Havoc….

if this happened on a ship and trying to log it?Well, Chief, you see, there was this smell of cooking snake and then ‘BOOM’ all the lights went out.This is better then the mouse that shut Vancouvers lights out a few years ago. Snake brings LNG facility in Thailand to standstill17:56 06/ 02/ 2006KUALA LUMPUR, February 6 (RIA Novosti) – A natural gas facility in southern Thailand was brought to…

February 8, 2006

Wartsila-One Stop Shopping

First John Crane, then Lipps and Deutz, now Wartsila has acquired Power and Automation Systems from Aker Kvaerner. AKPAS supplies power and automation systems for the oil and gas, marine and industrial markets. The company operates mainly in the North Sea region with major oil and gas companies and Norwegian shipyards. AKPAS has annual net sales of EUR 28 million and 135 employees in Stord, Norway. The acquisition price is…

February 6, 2006

We’ll Buy It, Then We’ll “Canadianize” It

PUBLICATION:The Telegram (St. John’s)DATE:2006.01.22 BYLINE:Baker, Jamie Missing the boat; Critics blast plan to have DFO vessel designed in NorwayMarine-design experts and political leaders in this province are furious over the federal government’s stated preference to award a major contract for vessel design – which they say can be done right here – to a company in Norway.On Nov. 28, Public Works Canada released an advance contract award notice (ACAN) stating…

February 2, 2006

CHIKYU: Pardon me

Joides Resolution was an impressive ship to see in Victoria Harbour, a casual visitor to the city over tha last few years. In the context of the politically charge debate of offshore oil drilling in BC, it was often a sight that made people nervous, but certainly interested all that saw the ship. An impresive, specialized piece of equipment. I read in the paper about the completion of the $540…

February 1, 2006

Immigrants to Canada cry foul

I came across an interesting article in the Georgia Straight, a weekly newspaper in Vancouver, about the plight of educated and skilled immigrants to Canada. A topic which probably strikes a cord with many immigrants of seafaring backgrounds. Of whom, many have settled in Vancouver, and which, I understand, have some misgivings about their current situations versus what they were experiencing before coming to Canada. Canada seems to be suffering…

January 28, 2006